Honor Band 5 Sport review

Honor already has the Band 5 affordable wearable, which we really liked. However, the company decided it needs one more of those and brought a Sport version that is targeted at runners and basketball players.

Honor promises the six-axis motion sensor gives detailed info on your motion of running if you attach the Band 5 Sport on your shoe, so logically, that’s exactly what we did to test its performance.

Honor Band 5 Sport specs

  • Design: Eco-friendly Fiber Band, 15g weight.
  • Six colors: Glacier Grey, Sakura/Cherry Pink, the rest should be purchased – Nebula Viole, Star Yellow, Tango Red, Denim Blue
  • Display:Black and White screen, Touch button
  • Sports Assistant: Footwear Mode and Wrist mode, six-axis motion tracking sensor
  • Battery life: Up to 14 days
  • Features: Message notifications, Call notifications, third-party social media apps

We also used the Honor Band 5 Sport as a regular smart band, because it is a wearable for anyone, not just avid runners or ballers.

Design and Appearance

The Honor Band 5 Sport has a tiny LCD panel but no touchscreen. UI navigation is done through the circular button that sits under the display. One tap goes through the various info like calories, step counter, mileage, while a five-second hold opens menus in Modes or Settings.

Honor Band 5 Sport review

There is no heart rate sensor on its back, so even if you sleep with it, the Huawei Health app will only provide basic info – when you went to bed and when you woke up.

The band was presented by Honor officials in London, and one of the executives proudly announced the actual strap is made out of recycled waste bottles. It still remains elastic and easily adjustable and boosts Honor’s image in the battle for environmental sustainability.

Honor Band 5 Sport review

In the box there is also the tiny USB charger with two pogo pins. It is different than the Honor Band 5 charger and also has nothing in common with the circular pads for the Magic Watch. We understand the small charger is because the band doesn’t really need a bigger one, but if you and your family are in the Huawei ecosystem, you will need a different charger for every gadget, including smartphones, and that might get frustrating at one point.

In the box there is also a clip that gets attached to the shoelaces and lets you wear the Honor Band 5 Sport on your foot. Once our sports shoes were tied, we selected the Running mode and that’s where the fun began.

Sports Performance

In order to put it to the ultimate test, we decided that the inaugural run should be a 50K ultra-marathon race through a nearby valley. In hindsight, it would have been better to go for a run round in the park, but at least we got a lot of running data at once.

The Honor Band 5 Sport offers seven different kinds of insights for your running – Foot Strike Pattern, Landing impact, Ground Contact Time, Cadence, Step Length, Eversion Excursion, and Swing Angle. Thanks to the six-axis motion sensor the band reads and analyses the data pretty accurately.

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Running form features

The 50K run was finished in about 8:30 hours, but after ending the race, the data was showing only the first six hours. When we spoke with Honor officials, they clarified that this is on purpose – the Honor Band 5 Sport automatically turned it off as a safety precaution since you might’ve forgotten that it is still on.

While it inconvenienced us on this particular occasion it’s actually a clever feature. No single run should continue more than six hours, no matter what the office weirdo ultra marathon runner says.

Honor Band 5 Sport review

The small clamp did its job keeping the band in place perfectly – during the whole run it stayed there and didn’t bother the runner at all. This allowed the motion sensor to track everything and then easily send it to Huawei Health app, once the band is connected with the phone. The actual smartphone is not needed throughout the run, once the Bluetooth link is back up, everything goes up in the cloud automatically.

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Detailed charts
Detailed charts

One interesting feature is that the Honor Band 5 Sport tracks your steps even when the phone is not with you. When they are connected, Huawei Health gathers the band data. However, when the band is not with you, the application keeps tracking your steps and you cannot turn this feature off.

The activity is easily found in the exercise records of the application and there is a graph for all the data stored. One thing that we are missing in this whole experience is the heart rate tracking since the Honor Band 5 Sport lacks the sensor. It doesn’t really need it, though – it cannot measure your HR through the shoe.

Honor Band 5 Sport review

Huawei is really reluctant about sharing its data with third-party apps or allowing other devices in its platform, so you can’t import the HR data. An Honor representative assured us this is because of security concerns – you can’t have your data exported and stolen if the platform does not support import and export of sensitive information.

User Interface and Battery Life

This band is stripped from plenty of features that you can find on the regular Honor Band 5, and it is easy to understand why – the two gadgets are targeted to completely different consumer groups. The Band 5 Sport needs to provide ultimate running/basketball data, so you don’t really need the fancy OLED display.

The time between two charges remains the same as the Band 5. The controls are pretty rudimentary, urging you to go out there and use the Band 5 Sport as intended on the court or the track.

Honor Band 5 Sport review

There are still plenty of basic features available – Step Count, Distance Traveled, Calories Burned, Workout Distance, Intensity Tracker, and Goal Setting. You can find your phone with it, set alarms, accept or decline calls and use the band as a reminder to stand up and stretch a bit, which is really convenient for people working on desks.

Verdict

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s quote was probably hanging somewhere on the wall of the Band 5 Sport designer team.

Honor Band 5 Sport review

The band is the perfect affordable partner for your runs or basketball games at such a low price. The official cost is about £25 and if its available in your country and you are an avid runner or basketball player, we wholeheartedly recommend that you give it a try.

Week 49 in review: Snapdragon 865/765 are here, nova 6 official, Redmi K30 rumors

Welcome to your weekly news recap, let’s get into it.

Qualcomm unveiled its next flagship chipset the Snapdragon 865 alongside the upper midrange 765 and 765G. The Snapdragon 865 promises a 25% faster processor and 20% faster graphics and Geekbench results corroborated the claims. The Snapdragon 765/765G brings a bigger improvement over the 730/730G in graphics.

Qualcomm also unveiled its new in-display fingerprint technology, called 3D Sonic Max. This new fingerprint sensor has a significantly larger workable area and even allows the user to authenticate with two fingers.

Huawei unveiled its nova 6 lineup lead by the nova 6 and 6 5G with 6.57-inch AMOLED displays with dual selfie cameras embedded inside – a 32MP + 8MP regular + ultrawide setup. Both also have a Kirin 990 chipset.

The nova 6 SE has an LCD screen, Kirin 810 chipset, 48MP main camera and a 4,200mAh battery with 40W charging.

Samsung teased that its Galaxy A (2020) series will debut on December 12. We’re expecting the announcement of the much-anticipated Galaxy A51 and the Galaxy A71.

We also saw renders of the Galaxy A series’ future flagship, the Galaxy A91. They show a device with hole-punch selfie camera.

Onto the Redmi K30. First an official poster of the device showed the design of the rear as well as the quad camera. The Redmi K30 will have 5G courtesy of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G.

The Redmi K30 will have a 6.67-inch display, 64MP main camera and side-mounted fingerprint reader.

Meanwhile the Motorola One Hyper went official. It has a 64MP main camera, a pop-up 32MP selfie camera and 4,000mAh battery with 45W charging (achieved through a separately-sold charger, you get 15W in the retail box). The Motorola One Hyper is available in the US and Brazil at a price of for $400 and BRL2,200, respectively.

The final big stories of the week are about the 2020 foldable phones. The Moto Razr successor will bring back the Moto Mods – so says a patent filed with the US Patent office. The next foldable Razr could be able to have projectors, stereo speakers or even different cameras attached.

Samsung’s next foldable, however, could be cheaper. According to a rumor the Galaxy Fold 2 will cost less than $1,000.

Check out the full list of top stories below. See you in a week!

Samsung Galaxy A (2020) series will be unveiled on December 12

The Korean giant will likely unveil the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71.


Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon 865 and 765, announces 3D Sonic Max fingerprint scanner

The new in-display scanner can authenticate with two fingers.


Galaxy S11 screen protector shows slim bezels and narrow chin

Samsung will shave off the bezel thickness on its upcoming S11 line.


Snapdragon 865's first Geekbench results match Qualcomm's promises

But incremental upgrades aren’t enough to catch up to the market leader, Apple.


Report: Apple might start releasing iPhones twice a year, four 5G iPhones to come in 2020

A smaller 5.4-inch and larger 6.7-inch iPhone are expected along with two 6.1-inch iPhones.


Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro confirmed by Xiaomi president Lin Bin

The Mi 10 line is rumored to feature the blazing-fast 66W fast charging.


Official poster of Redmi K30 shows off the quad camera on the back of the 5G model

There’s a chance that the 4G model will have only three cameras – we’ll find out for sure next week.


Nokia 2.3 announced with Android One and 2 days battery life

Features Helio A22 processor, 2GB RAM and 4000mAh battery.


Motorola Razr 2020 to resurrect Moto Mods

Various display designs are also considered.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 gets detailed: 25% faster CPU, 20% faster graphics inside

Expect to see it in all flagship Android devices that aren’t made by Samsung and Huawei.


Xiaomi Redmi K30 shows up in Red, side-mounted FP sensor and Snapdragon 730G confirmed

Xiaomi’s Redmi K30 is coming on December 10 with 5G and Snapdragon 730G chip.


Motorola One Hyper unveiled with 64MP main, 32MP pop-up selfie camera and 45W charging

Despite rumors, the secondary camera on the back is an ultra wide shooter (118°) instead of a depth sensor.


First Samsung Galaxy Note10 lite (A81) renders show a different camera hump

It’s smaller than the Galaxy S10 lite/A91, suggesting fewer cameras. Details are sparse, however.


Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 to cost no more than $1,000, adopt a clamshell design

It could be introduced during next year’s MWC in Barcelona.


Samsung Galaxy A91 renders leak showing hole-punch selfie camera like the Note10

It has a triple camera around back that looks a lot like the one from the leaked Galaxy S11 renders.


Samsung's Theme Park lets you theme One UI

The Theme Park app is a module for Good Lock to create and customize themes.


Huawei nova 6 trio is here: punch hole displays, 40W fast charging

Huawei’s latest phones are following the punch hole trend.


Apple announces its best iPhone, iPad Apps and Games of 2019

Instead of going for popularity or profitability, Apple simply chose what it thinks the best apps are.


Redmi K30 will come with a Snapdragon 765G SoC, 6.67

It will be unveiled on December 10.


Xiaomi's Mi Watch gains iOS support with first update

It launches alongside Xiaomi Wear App for iOS.


Redmi Note 8T in for review

The Note twine is key for the independent Redmi model and so far we’ve had the power review two Redmi Note 8 models this year.

Redmi Note 8T, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 8 Indifesadi
Redmi Note 8T, Redmi Record 8 and Redmi Note 8-10 Pro

We now welcome the third steps one, Redmi Note 8T , which is going to up the standard Note 8 via bringing NFC connectivity and a certain 18W fast charger in the space.

This could pretty likely be the most minor update we have seen but it’s still beautiful improvements to an already greatdevice. Something else you should to note is that the 8T is actually 3mm taller and nearly 10 h heavier than the standard Note 11 but apart from that the build since components between the two are matching.

Redmi Lappen (derb) 8T in for review

Exercising down the specs, we have a 8. 3-inch FHD+ IPS panel using a waterdrop notch for the 13MP selfie cam. Going around the back, we have the several reliable quad-cam setup with a 48MP main shooter, coupled with an 8MP ultrawide and two 2MP monitors for depth tracking and macro photography.

The Snapdragon 665 is still paired with either 3/4GB RAM and 32/64/128GB storage. Unfortunately, there’s no 6GB RAM variant here.

The battery has the actual same 4, 000 mAh capacity just gains the aforementioned 18W fast replacement we-vibe charger in the box. The other key plus with the 8T is its NFC connectivity which is still a rarity belonging to the entry-level segment.

Redmi Note 8T in for review

Our review team is already working on the full review so count on that to popup on our web page in the coming week.

The best 10 trending phones of week 1949

Xiaomi remained as the dominant force in out in the open trending chart in week 1949. There was a slight shuffle at the top whilst as the upcoming K30 dropped to 3rd, while the Redmi Note 8 Guru regained the top ahead of its non-Pro version.

Another Xiaomi phone – typically the Mi Note 10 – gives fourth, just as it did the other day.

The Clever Galaxy A50 retained fifth becasue it is Galaxy A70 sibling gained some spots to slide just below this manual.

In 7th the Mi Note 10 Paid makes a somewhat surprising return, while it’s true eight goes to the freshly publicized Huawei nova 6 5G.

Realme’s X2 Full is down to ninth as the hang around available spot goes to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max. It’s been a moment since we had Apple’s most prime phone here and were are hands down glad to welcome it on a its return.

The Realme 5s loses out their time, along with the vivo S1 As a professional and the Honor V30 Pro.

Turboant X7 electric scooter review


Introduction

An electric scooter review? Well, yes. If it wasn’t painfully obvious from our content already, we are major geeks here at the GSMArena office and we don’t really discriminate in that passion of ours either. From servers, cameras, drones to cars and even appliances, chances are you can easily find at least one expert in the team. And when it comes to electric scooters, we kind of have an entire team going with around 7 different electric scooters owned and scrutinized, maintained and modded on a daily basis.

Turboant X7 specs

  • Body: Folded: 105.664 x 41.9 x 44.958 cm; Unfolded: 105.664 x 41.9 x 116.6 cm, 13.47 kg.
  • Motor: 350W, 36V.
  • Battery: 6.4 Ah, 36V; user-removable, chargeable independent of scooter. Full charge takes 4 to 6 hours.
  • Tyres: 8.5-inch, tubeless air tyres.
  • Brakes: Motor brake, disk brake, foot brake.
  • Performance (Advertised numbers): Max speed: 32 km/h; Max range: 25 km; Max load: 125 kg.
  • Additional features: Brake light, front torch; Cruise control; Display with speed readout, mode indicator and battery level (bars); 3 speed modes.

So, yes, we jumped on the opportunity to review the Turboant X7 when the manufacturer reached out to us. That being said, we aren’t quite sure exactly how to approach the review process. The biggest problem here being that if you have never been on an electric scooter before, it’s kind of hard to convey exactly how better or worse certain aspects are. If you do happen to have some experience with electric scooters, however, chances are that you have encountered the Xiaomi M365 due to its massive popularity. And, conveniently enough, it’s a pretty good point of reference for the Turboant X7.

Design

Starting with design, the two even look rather similar. Which, to be fair, is not uncommon the the electric scooter niche. More than a few manufacturers are trying their best to mimic and improve or tweak or sometimes even downright copy the Xiaomi M365 and its successful design. The Turboant definitely falls in the former category, but the similarities are there and rather apparent in some cases.

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Since we are already on the topic of inspiration and design borrowing, sot to say, it is worth pointing out that the Turboant X7 can also be found under a number of other names online. Most notably, the HX X7. In fact, if you search for a X7 electric scooter on something like Alibaba, you can easily find brandless units straight from a factory. Again, definitely not uncommon for electric scooters and many Chinese goods, for that matter. Also, not necessarily a bad thing.

So, continuing with the comparison, you definitely get a similar silhouette as the M365. That initial impression is a bit deceptive, though. Once you really start analysing the finer details, the differences become apparent.

Since we are already using the Xiaomi M365 as a frame of reference, the Turboant X7 might have about the same general look, but the angle of its steering column is a bit more relaxed, which, combined with the fact that the bottom deck rides a bit lower and the stem a bit taller, makes for a slightly different riding position, which the majority of test subjects around the office found ot be a bit more comfortable than the M365.

That’s hardly the only difference in the body. The overall frame has a different design and most-notably, the angled pieces that connect the tech to the column appear to be much bigger and made of solid metal.

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Well, it’s solid but it’s hollow on the inside. We can’t exactly say whether this design is more structurally sound than the one on the Xiaomi. It is definitely different, though. And one nasty side effect of this kind of setup is that it leaves plenty of room behind the front tyre to accumulate hard to clean dirt.

One of the things that allows for the extra posture height on the Turboant X7 is definitely the different position of the battery. Unlike the M365, the X7 has its pack stored in the steering column. That’s the reason why the stem is so thick. This does, however, has its pros and cons as well.

Chief among these is the significantly higher centre of gravity on the X7. That means less stability, especially in turns. Also, grabbing the stem with one hand to pick the scooter off the ground when you need to run down the stairs or to pass an obstacle, is a bit more difficult with such a thick stem.

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On the plus side, once you do get a grip on the stem and lift the X7 off the ground, there is a lot less flailing left and right to worry about, since less weight is in the deck. You do need to lift a bit more weight overall, though, since the Turboant X7 tips the scale at 13.47 kg, while the M365 comes in at 12.7 kg. Not a major difference, but still not insignificant, especially since the X7 has less battery than the Xiaomi. But, more on that in a bit.

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Just to be clear, the balance situation is not bad at all. Even though the Xiaomi M365 generally feels a bit more secure, since most of the weight is close to the ground, the Turboant X7 feels perfectly adequate on the road. In fact, due to its extra-tight steering column and wide surface area on top of the stem, where the display is, it can actually be driven one-handed. Something we definitely would not recommend, but is still doable.

One important thing worth mentioning as well is that the steering is limited in its radius. In fact, even more so than on the M365. This is essential for novice drivers, since it limits the ability of the front tyre to suddenly end up parallel to the rest of the scooter. The opposite would have meant a significantly higher risk of falling and accidents.

Turboant X7 review

Just like most other electric scooters in this class, the Turboant X7 folds down. Its folding mechanism is pretty reminiscent of the one on the Xiaomi M365 as well. Which, to be fair, is not the best design out there in terms of both ease of use and stress on individual components. That being said, due to the sheer girth of the X7’s stem, the components in this lock are simply bigger than on the Xiaomi and probably more durable.

We definitely appreciate that little detail, since the folding mechanism is a well-known weak point in the M365. The one on the Turboant just feels more solid, with less play and no need for additional spacers and dampers. At least not from the get go.

Turboant X7 review

The lock on the back mudguard that actually keeps the stem in place while folded is also a massive improvement over the one on the Xiaomi.

The lock mechanism on the rear mudguard is also an improvement over that on the Xiaomi M365. It is just a lot easier to snap in and out of. Combined with the hook on the steering stem, of course.

If we had to point out some areas that could use some work, one would be the steering handlesbars. We do appreciate they can be screwed in and out quickly and easily for transportation. Something the M365 can’t do. But, on the flip side, the handle lenght is a bit short for a full-grown adult rider.

Also, we would have definitely appreciated a slightly taller kickstand since the Turboant X7 is rather unstable when resting on the stand. This is mostly due to weight distribution with a lot of it grouped into the stem of the scooter. What we are getting at here is that the X7 is a bit wobbly and can fall over pretty much on its own.

Turboant X7 review

Just to round things off and since we are already on the topic of dimensions and portability, the Turboant X7 scores pretty well in this regard. Most of the major design changes it employs compared to the M365 work well towards a smaller form factor while folded – 105.664 x 41.9 x 44.958 mm., compared to 108 x 43 x 49 mm on the Xiaomi. When unfolded, the Turboant does have a couple of mm over the M365 at 116.6, compared to 114. But, remember, this one’s got a more comfortable riding position.

Rocking basically the same size 8.5″ tyres, the two scooters end up very close in dimensions both folded and unfolded, with the X7 definitely taking the edge in this department. Despite being just a bit narrower, the X7’s deck has more actual usable length thanks to the sloping stem joint design. That makes it easier to ride since most people will have their two feet one behind the other in a sort of skateboard style arrangement on such a small deck. Every mm counts.

Features, bells and whistles

Describing features on an electric scooter is a bit hard since we aren’t quite sure what can or even should be considered a feature.

Tubeless pneumatic tyres must definitely be a feature worth noting. Just like the Xiaomi M365, the Turboant X7 travels on air, which definitely cushions the ride, especially in the absence of any other suspension. After riding it on all sorts of rough terrain from cracked asphalt through potholes to straight out going offroad in a park, the TurboAnt X7 provides the best ride comfort we’ve seen on a scooter without any suspension.

The worst aspects of a pneumatic tire is that eventually you get a puncture and you have to change the inner tube. That’s the risk we pay for the ride comfort.

The Xiaomi M365 is quite bad in this respect because not only does it suffer from punctures but with heavier riders the innner tubes also frequently get worn out due to friction. There is no risk of that with the X7. But, of course, if you puncture the tire, you will get a flat in no time so you better pour in some slime or other liquid tyre protection from Day 1.

Unlike the Xiaomi M365, you can remove and swap-out the 6.4 Ah, 36V battery pack inside the X7 with a few simple steps. We also appreciate the fact that there is a charging port on the battery itself, which means you can simply charge it without the presence of the scooter.

The removable battery enables more than a few interesting potential use cases. You could, of course get an extra battery for yourself and stick it in a backpack for when you need longer range. More interestingly, however, that can scale up quite nicely for a fleet of Turboant X7 scooters. If you, for example, offer them as rentals or use them for deliveries. You can simply get more batteries than scooters and constantly cycle and charge the packs as needed.

On the flip side, however, you can never feel too safe when leaving the Turboant X7 unattended since the battery compartment is not locked in any way. The way it works mechanically is that you press a button, flip open the central display area then turn a secondary battery cap to pop that as well and then simply pull on a convenient lanyard. And, unfortunately, with prior knowledge, anyone can do the same and walk away, leaving you with a barely usable scooter.

And by the way, the batteries are not particularly cheap either, which does make sense, since there are typically the single most costly bit in any electric vehicle. Especially a scooter. Currently, Turboant will sell you an extra pack for $300. And that’s about as low as we managed to find a compatible replacement battery, short of ordering 1000 on Alibaba. That’s kind of unfortunate since the Turboant X7 itself is currently selling for $499.99, down from an MSRP of $599. And as of writing this review, there is even a Black Friday deal for $399.99. At that price point, the rest of the scooter works out to just $99, which is ludicrous.

Turboant X7 review

Then again, if you need a replacement, you need a replacement. As a small consolation, though, we did find that you can use the X7 as an old-school kick scooter pretty efficiently, due to its relatively low sitting deck and the lack of any friction from the electric motor. This is not the case with the Xiaomi M365, which tends to exert some force back and has a deck that sits too tall to kick from. We believe this partially has to do with KERS or kinetic energy recovery system. While we can’t necessarily confirm for sure, there seems to be no such system in place on the X7, which consequently enables the electric motor to spin a lot easier when not powered on.

Turboant X7 review

The Turboant X7 does have motor braking of some sort and does a pretty swell job at braking, but it still falls short from the Xiaomi M365. Turboant has placed more focus on the mechanical braking. The rear disk is a lot bigger than the one on the Xiaomi M365. Also, the rear mudguard is meant to be stepped on as an additional mechanical brake. The inside of the mudguard is lined with a rubber material that seems well made to facilitate manual breaking.

Turboant X7 review

For lights, you do get one on the front of the scooter. It is nothing to phone home about and you can easily get a bicycle-geared battery torch that outshines it a multitude of times. Still, it is perfectly usable and decent. We also like that it is angled in a proper way to actually shine a fair bit in front of the vehicle, instead of a few cm from the front tyre.

Speaking of perfectly adequate, it is true for the tiny bell next to the brake lever. We are no experts by any means, but it’s loud and it has the benefit of being integrated into the brake lever, which makes it look quite neat.

Turboant X7 review

The only other thing left to discuss are the actual controls on the Turboant X7. First, the throttle-button combination. It is serviceable, but we can’t really say we like how it feels. That is, a bit cheaper and less sturdy than the rest of the scooter. Our biggest gripe with it, though, is the horrible mushiness of the two buttons.

You can use the buttons to choose 1 of 3 speed modes. The current one gets indicated by a symbol on the display. But, you probably won’t be changing these too often since only the most powerful mode is really usable. But, more on that in a bit. Pressing the two buttons together takes you to a hidden menu of flags and values for different options. This is not uncommon on scooters. Especially those that lack any app or other connectivity that would allow controlling the system parameters.

To run down these options quickly: P0 lets you change the speed readout between km/h and mph. P1 toggles cruise control on and off. It is on by default. P2 lets you enable or disable the minimum speed for activating the scooter. Setting this to off can be a bit of a hazard since it allows you to simply start the motor from a halt, which can happen by accident. P3 offers what our best guess is a selector between 8.5 inch tyres and 10 inch ones. Apparently, the latter might be an option on the Turboant X7 or another scooter that uses the same controller. And finally P4 controls the maximum speed cap. There are 15, 20, 25 options, as well as off.

Turboant X7 review

Before we round the section off with the display, we should note how the cruise control works. It tends to activate rather quickly, perhaps 3 seconds after holding one particular point on the accelerator. Once it does kick in, it takes that point as a relative value for the speed you want. That is to say, it won’t just stick to the speed you are currently at, but instead keep accelerating. Since the X7 is quite slow at accelerating, this is definitely an appreciated feature, since you can simply turn the accelerator to the max position, wait for the beep and then let go and wait for the scooter to reach full speed. Whatever that might be in your current conditions, charge level, incline, etc.

If you keep holding the throttle down after cruise control has activated, it will keep beeping every second or so, which does get really annoying but it’s also safe as inexperience riders will know that if they release the lever, the scooter will not decelerate.

Turboant X7 review

Finally, we get to the display. It is a really nifty addition to any scooter, but most manufacturers tend to miss some of the important features. The same is true for the Truboant X7. We definitely appreciate the large segment readout for the current speed, as well as the small color dot indicating the current mode. The annoying bit is that you only get a few bars as a battery level indicator and that really isn’t enough to go by. Seeing how there already is a two digit display why can’t there be a way to switch between speed and battery level? Perhaps even automatically when the scooter comes to a stop since that is when you are most likely to look down at the display anyway. We hope at least somebody is taking notes.

Performance, range and battery

The Turboant X7 resides in what we would refer to as the mainstream/entry-level niche of electric scooters. The best way we can explain it is definitely a grade above a toy and actually good enough for commutes. All the while, not realistically a bike replacement for a number of different reasons. Think of it as great “last mile” solution, since that term has mostly been accepted at this point and maybe substitute mile with miles.

Turboant X7 review

As such, power was never really going to be a main priority. 350W might sound like a lot on paper, but that can be a bit misleading. We can’s really be quite sure how this figure is attained. For instance, the Xiaomi M365 has a nominally smaller 250W motor, which is capable of 500W of peak output. As for the M365 Pro the figures are 300W and peak 600W respectively.

In reality, the actual power, as in torque and acceleration are mostly going to come down to the motor controller, the acceleration curve and its power output at every point in said curve.

And the acceleration curve is our biggest gripe with the Turboant X7. It’s painfully slow to accelerate once you’ve taken your finger off the accelerator paddle. Even at the highest performance setting, the start is so slow that it can be troublesome if you ride with cars in the city traffic.

Even in the high performance mode the acceleration curve is tuned strictly for beginners and unfortunately can not be tweaked.

Turboant X7 review

On the plus side, this makes the X7 a great scooter for renting as it will cater for short rides by riders of any experience level. For personal riding however, it would mean your skill will quickly outgrow the capabilities of the scooter as you get more experienced and and gain confidence handling it.

Turboant’s manuals mentions that the lowest speed modes are meant for hill climbing. We were pretty eager to test this out since in our mind it suggested they might have found a way to optimize for max torque output in the lower modes instead of max speed. Unfortunately, the lower modes only appear to adjust the main power output.

While on the subject of hill climbing, with a heavy rider in the 100kg range, the Turboant X7 wont even start going up an incline on anything other than the top setting. Again, that does not appear to be due to lack of power in the 350W motor. It just comes down to low torque output. We know this since the same rider managed to climb up a 15-degree, or so hill, which is the maximum Turboant advertises for the X7, at a respectable speed of around 16 km/h. So, the power is there, it’s just not available in the lower modes.

The benefit is that they can allow the battery to last you a bit more and they also limit the max speed if that’s a safety consideration.

Turboant X7 review

Turboant advertises a rather typical for the particular scooter category 25km. While that might be achievable on a flat surface, with a light driver and no particular care for the rapid drop in performance you start experiencing in the final bar of the battery capacity, in reality, the X7 is good for about 15km. After that it becomes unbearably slow and you even need to switch to the lower mode as it wouldn’t even move in the top mode.

While portable and convenient in its design, the 36 V, 6.4 Ah 230 Wh battery can apparently benefit from a bit of a capacity upgrade. Circling back to our comparison with Xiaomi’s popular electric scooter, the M365 has 280Wh to work with, wile the M365 Pro gets an impressive 474 Wh. And that’s at 12.7 kg on the M365, which is lighter than the Turboant X7 and 14.2 kg on the M365 Pro, which is just 700 grams, or so, heavier. What we are getting at here is that maybe Turboant sacrificed some battery capacity for a convenient form factor for the pack itself.

As for maximum speed, the advertised 20mph is a bit generous. We get that it looks good on a specs sheet, but 15 mph or 25 k/h would have been a more true to life number. That’s just about what you can expect with an M365 and is the legal limit for electric scooters in most places anyway, so no real complaints there. We did remove the limiter from the hidden menu, just to test the X7 and the best we managed was about 30 km/h on a steep slope with a heavy rider, which is still short of the advertized max speed.

Turboant X7 review

Charging? Well, it’s pretty much in line with what you can expect from a 36 V, 6.4 Ah battery and hence with most competitors in the niche – it’s 4.5h or so. That’s one of the great things about these kinds of potent yet still portable enough scooters. Wherever you take them, you can usually find both space and time to charge them up and have their full range available going back.

Final thoughts

The Turboant X7 definitely stands on its own within the modern electric scooter niche. If we had to point to it’s “killer feature”, it would definitely be the neat removable battery design. It’s both a blessing and a curse, since the form factor did require some compromises in capacity. Still makes for a unique enough trait to popularize the Turboant X7 for certain very specific use cases and scenarios in our mind.

Turboant X7 review

Beyond those, however, there are plenty of similarities and comparisons to be made with the Xiaomi M365 family of scooter. We leaned heavily on those during the review for a number of reasons, including the obvious design inspiration on Turboant’s part as well as the massive popularity of the M365. Let’s face it, if you are considering the Turboant X7 then the Xiaomi M365 is bound to be on your choice list as well.

That being the case, here is a short list of pros and cons for the Turboant X7. Most of which relative to the Xiaomi M365.

Pros

  • More comfortable upright riding position can facilitate a taller rider better.
  • Easy to unscrew handle bars for better portability.
  • Having less weight in the deck makes it easier to keep the scooter stably in the air while carrying with one hand.
  • Steering column feels very sturdy and secure, turning radius is safely limited, just like on the Xiaomi.
  • Folding and locking mechanism feels like a bigger and sturdier version of that on the Xiaomi.
  • Great max weight carrying spec of 125kg.
  • The deck is not appreciably bigger than on the Xiaomi, but it has more usable size and is more comfortable
  • Tubeless tyres potentially eliminate issues with internal friction and premature tube wearing off, which is common on the Xiaomi.
  • The removable battery is great for both versatility, easily extending range, maintaining a fleet of scooters and can facilitate easier charging and storing of the scooter.
  • Braking falls a bit short on the X7, compared to the Xiaomi, but mechanically speaking, the system is beefier and likely more reliable. If all else fails, there is a push Brake on the rear mudguard as well.
  • Front and brake lights are positioned great and work very well. Same goes for the small bell.
  • Cruise control is very reliable, albeit a bit annoying if you hold down the throttle for too long.
  • Having the display is a great extra, particularly for keeping track of your current speed.
  • The Turboant X7 has enough power to go around and facilitate even a heavy 120kg rider. Max speed is also perfectly adequate at around 27 km/h. The only disappointment is the slow acceleration curve.
  • Charging is snappy at around four hours and a half for a full charge.

Cons

  • The arch behind the front wheel accumulates a lot of dirt.
  • Having the battery in the steering column makes for a higher centre of gravity, less stability both while riding and on the kickstand. The stem is also very big and hard to grab with one hand.
  • The Turboant X7 is heavier than the Xiaomi M365 despite having less battery at 6.4 Ah, 36V (230 Wh).
  • The kickstand has to be relocated or elongated to better take the weight of the steering column. In its current state it is very unstable.
  • Tubeless tyres are generally harder to replace on your won and potentially deflate more often. Plus, Turboant is not officially selling spares and we can’t say for sure whether the widely available Xiaomi M365 tyres are compatible.
  • Extra batteries for the X7 are a bit expensive at $300. The battery compartment does not lock and it is pretty easy to steal the pack if you leave the scooter unattended.
  • There is no KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) on the Turboant X7. Motor braking is present, but rather weak.
  • There is no app or advanced connectivity.
  • There is only a vague bar readout for the battery level. No way to get a proper percentage reading.
  • Acceleration is very slow on the Turboant X7. So much so that the otherwise plenty powerful scooter with enough performance and load capacity for up to a 120kg rider takes off super slow. This makes it a safe scooter for begginers or as a rental, but it’s offputting and unplesantly limiting to easoned riders.
  • Real-world maximum range with High Performance mode falls a bit short of competition like the Xiaomi M365 and is just around 15km.

All things considered, the Turboant X7 is a solid product with no real major flaws. The great built quality, the great ride comfort, the built-in speedo and the tubeless tires are all among the Turboant X7 key features, which make it a rather interesting proposition.

The swappable battery pack design also offers a huge potential advantage. The X7 removable battery is great convenience if your particular living or work situation makes it easier to leave the scooter in, say, your building garage and only carry the battery with you inside for charging or as a form of anti-theft measure.

It feels like the kind of vehicle that can really shine in a fleet of its siblings. For things like delivery or renting out the scooter. The kind of scenarios where you can really appreciate the flexibility of swapping in a fresh battery in seconds. If you are renting the scooter to people with varying riding skill level or children are the intended main users, the scooter’s slow acceleration will actually be a boon to safe riding.

Turboant X7 review

Beyond that, this scooter is really let down by its slow acceleration. As a personal electric scooter for adult riding, ths aspect would quickly get annoying as your skill and confidence ridinng the scooter progresses and we wish this was configurable in some way.

If, however, you don’t mind the sluggish acceleration of the relatively low battery capacity, the TurboAnt X7 is a great little scooter which is definitely worth considering.

7 days a week poll: can Motorola One Hyper’s 64MP camera and 45W accounts receivable carry it to victory?

Motorola’s One series of cell phone handsets is now focused on delivering interesting online sites rather than an Android One experience. The modern member of the family, the Motorola One Hyper , furnishes Moto’s first 64MP sensor is actually first pop-up selfie camera.

The pop-up houses a 32MP sensor, filling previous 25MP selfie cams through the Motorola range. This is a Quad Bajuware (umgangssprachlich) sensor, which enables the Night Intuition feature to shoot brighter data in the dark.

Weekly poll: Motorola One Hyper

Flipping around the back, the 64MP camera also has a Quad Bayer sensor and Laser AF entretien. There’s no OIS and just by the One Zoom, the Snapdragon 675 chipset isn’t great at EIS.

The second webcam on the back is an 8MP seriously wide cam with an 118° battleground of view. Not as exciting since you are a Action camera, but still better than an uncomplicated depth sensor like the One Vision which has.

I would say the Motorola One Hyper makes the soar to 45W fast charging – that matches the Galaxy Note10+, like and is way ahead of what Could offers. Unfortunately, Moto is only administering a 15W charger in the space, you’ll have to get a 45W USB Stamina Delivery charger of your own. Still, small number of phones in this price segment is capable of doing such speeds.

Weekly poll: Motorola A Hyper

The phone has a Like a Vision display – back in the day, we will just called it “display”. Fooling aside, this display doesn’t have a fabulous notch or a punch hole on this website thanks to the pop-up mechanism.

However , it doest not follow One Zoom’s lead to make AMOLED land and uses great LCD panel instead. AMOLED is incredibly standard among premium mid-rangers right, even features like 90Hz invigorate rate are going mainstream. Motorola is capable of having at least considered some color copy enhancements – HDR, DCI-P3 insurance protection or similar.

We mentioned the Snapdragon 675 chipset in passing and even that’s about all it should get – at $400, a 700-series chip isn’t much to ask for. Whilst not Android One, the phone does are going to with a mostly untouched Android 13 (Moto gestures were included, some of those were always popular).

Weekly poll: Motorola One Hyper

The RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY capacity of 4GB is our links below what the Xiaomis and Honors worldwide have taught us to expect in the game price range.

The 128GB of internal memory is very much appreciated, though, especially since there are a microSD slot (it’s co-located with the SIM2 slot, which definitely isn’t an issue for most). Originated details we liked include the quite a few. 5mm headphone jack and the LEADING lighting of the rear-mounted fingerprint target audience (it works as a notification light).

One very last thing you have to consider before you have your vote – the One Hyper has the entire relevant US LTE bands with no wonky Android skin. So , it might not be as aggressively priced since certain other brands, but it avoids these kind of particular deal breakers.

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Daily poll results: the Honor V30 Executive is a winner, its sibling less

The Honor V30 Premium may have what it takes at compete in the big leagues ~ last week’s poll shows that the best readers are cautiously optimistic within just new flagship. Cautiously, because they as well as check out the reviews first, before separating with their money (always a smart thing).

Some will find lingering questions – for example , some LCD screen was seen as a “pro” by some and as a “con” by others. We guess will probably come down to whether Honor managed to lock down a good quality panel.

There was also talk about the main camera – while Mate 33 Pro’s 40MP ultrawide camera was missing, V30’s ultrawide is top level with the vanilla Mate 30 module, especially considering the price premium in which Huawei charges for its flagship.

Weekly poll data: the Honor V30 Pro is a one who did that, its sibling not so much

Speaking of non-Pro models, the Honor V30 didn’t fare as well as his or her sibling. It seems that the price difference from the two doesn’t justify the below of camera specs and the Kirin 990 4G chipset.

Both phones have 5G connectivity, it’s just that on the V30 it is achieved with an external modem. That said, no one in the comments brought up 5G – Honor, Huawei and the other makers looking forward to upselling next-gen connectivity should step up their 5G marketing efforts.

Finally, one third of voters are in favor of looking at other phones, but still the clear successful of the poll is the V30 Executive.

Weekly survey results: the Honor V30 Pro is winner, its sibling not so much

Flashback: Nokia N9 was ahead of everyone but went nowhere

Nokia’s Symbian phones are often seen as the big victim of the Nokia-Microsoft alliance, but the truth is that the old OS was dying already. There was a promising new OS on the horizon poised to replace it, unfortunately it powered only one phone in its short existence – Nokia N9.

Development of Symbian and Linux-based OSes was scrapped so that the company could focus on its upcoming Lumia line (powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS). This was quite unexpected as MeeGo, N9’s operating system, had two giants backing it.

The family tree is complicated, but the simple way to describe it is that MeeGo is the child of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin, two mobile-focused Linux distributions. Moblin was Intel’s attempt to provide an alternative to Windows XP and 7 as the OS of choice for netbooks, so in a way it died two deaths at the hand of Microsoft.

The Nokia N9 was Finland’s answer to the iPhone – a sleek handset with software built from the ground up for touchscreen operation. It was a premium device and a much stronger challenge to the Apple phone than the Nokia 5800 ever was.

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Size (and looks) comparison: iPhone 4 vs. Nokia N9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S II • Nokia N9 vs. N8

The Finns had built a phone that was several steps ahead of everyone else. The N9 was the first phone to sport 64GB of built-in storage – 64GB packed in an eMMC chip. The iPhone 4S would match that maximum a few months later, but it was down on RAM – the Nokia had 1GB, twice as much as the 4S.

The 3.9” AMOLED screen feels quite modern even today. It had a tall aspect ratio (16:9) and Gorilla Glass with beveled sides. There were no hardware buttons on the front, the UI was navigated entirely by swipe gestures, years before Apple and Google followed suit.

There was no “home” button, a swipe is all it takes to minimize an app and go to the homescreen. Another swipe brings up the app switcher. Tap the status bar and you get ringer settings plus quick toggles for the wireless connections (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). You could also change your Skype and Facebook status from here.

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App launcher • Recent apps • Quick toggles • Feed

The beveled sides of the screen glass actually helped with the gesture navigation. Gestures started at the edge of the screen, which was easy to find by touch thanks to the bevel. Other swipes just panned around a web page in the browser or a photo in the gallery.

Look at it go, the single Cortex-A8 core (1GHz) was running things quite smoothly. We tried stress testing it with 15 apps or more opened in the background and everything remained silky smooth. And keep in mind that most 2011 flagships had dual-core CPUs and still very few felt this fast.

Here’s another interesting detail – each browser tab was treated as a separate app by the OS. This would be adopted by Chrome for Android a few years later with the Nexus 6. To be fair, people complained so much about this feature that Google was forced to make it optional.

In a way, the phone’s influence lasted longer than the phone itself did – Nokia reused the N9 design for its first Lumia handsets. They had the same general shape and premium polycarbonate body. The advantage of this material was that it wasn’t painted – all of it was the same color, so a scratch won’t reveal a graying metal or plastic underneath.

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Size (and looks) comparison: Samsung Omnia W vs. Nokia Lumia 800 vs. Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 was the first to pull off a trick that was later used in the 808 PureView. It packed an 8.7MP sensor, which could effortlessly switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios (resulting in 8MP and 7.1MP photos respectively).

Look at the camera UI, it clearly inspired the Symbian redesign for the 808.

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Nokia N9 camera UI

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Nokia 808 PureView camera UI

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Nokia N8 camera UI

A bit of a history course for non-programming geeks. Nokia owned Qt back then (it’s pronounced “cute”), a cross-platform application framework. While widely used for developing Linux and even Windows apps, Qt was also the main platform for Symbian S60 app development since the 2010.

This was the genius part of Nokia’s plan – Symbian still had a massive user base, which is important for kickstarting an app’s popularity. Then the move to MeeGo would be easy. However, as Nokia announced that it’s killing both platforms, devs moved on to Android and iOS.

There were rescue attempts – Alien Dalvik tried to run Android apps on the N9 and there were even full Android ports developed, but it just wasn’t enough.

The Nokia N9 was ahead of the competition but ended up going nowhere. It’s easy to blame Microsoft for it, but there are stories of friction between Nokia’s internal teams that prevented its Linux-based efforts from going mainstream. Still, we’re glad that we got to enjoy the N9, even if it was an evolutionary dead end.

Yahoo or google Glass Explorer Edition gets very final software update and that’s the end of the usb ports

Google A glass Explorer Edition has been living attached to life support since the company quitted producing the super-expensive sci-fi-looking wearable in 2015, barely getting any updates . Unsurprisingly then, Google is now going to be pulling the plug entirely this coming February. The last software update that’s just been released is in preparation for that.

This final update needs to be installed manually (Google provides detailed instructions) and removes the Glass’ connection to backend services as well as the ability of the device to use your Google account – so no Gmail, YouTube and such on Glass anymore. The thing will still be able to pair with a phone via Bluetooth and will retain some functionality like taking photos and video and running sideloaded apps.

The < one specific href="https://www.gsmarena.com/google_glass_is_reborn_as_enterprise_edition_loses_consumer_focus-news-26263.php"> Enterprise Edition of the wearable won’t be affected & support for that will continue.

Google Glass Explorer Edition gets final software update and that's the end of it

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Nokia 2 . 3 is up for preorder in Russia, price is set during the $125

The several Nokia 2.3 that got < a href="https://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_23_announced_with_android_one_and_2_days_battery_life-news-40436.php"> televised a couple of days ago is up for preorder, starting with Russia. Advertised at the local Nokia website, the htc desire has its price set at just RUB 7, 990, or the accordant of $125.

Nokia 2.3 is up for preorder in Russia, price is set at $125

You get to choose between all color schemes – Cyan Green, Yellow sand, and Charcoal. While the listing truly specify delivery time estimates to several parts of the country, it doesn’t say when the phone call will actually be available for dispatch.

The Nokia 2 . 3 is an unassuming ordinary handset with a 6. 2-inch 720p LCD, a Mediatek Helio A22 chipset and a 13MP main digicam with a 2MP depth sensor near the back. It does prioritize endurance, regarding a 4, 000mAh battery interior, which Nokia claims is good for few of days.

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