Good news, releases and announcements have hit the news this afternoon. Are you thinking of signing up for Inbox, a Sony Xperia Z3 or an activity tracker?
Have you been wanting to try Inbox by Gmail? The new service has created a fair amount of hype within the Google community. It’s a very unique service, but it has only been available through an invite system.
Those who have been trying to get an invite unsuccessfully can now celebrate. Google is running an “Inbox happy hour” between 3 and 4 PM Pacific. You can send them an email requesting an invite at email@example.com. You should get your invite by 5 PM Pacific.
Opinion: I am still not sure about Inbox. I have been trying it for a while and feel like it doesn’t have a purpose or identity in the Google Apps portfolio. It may be just me, but I feel like Inbox would confuse users more than it would help them. Anyways, Inbox Happy hour is about to start, so go test it yourself.
Want an invite TODAY? #InboxHappyHour 3-4pm PT. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org between 3 and 4pm PT and you'll get your invite by 5pm
— Inbox by Gmail (@inboxbygmail) November 5, 2014
Carrier-branded devices can be a bit of a pain, especially if you dislike commitments and contracts. If you are like me, you would rather purchase an unlocked phone at full price, and now you can get the Sony Xperia Z3 with no limitations or chains. It is available off-contract and unlocked, straight from the manufacturer.
The phone will cost a pretty penny, but it’s quite worth the $679 Sony is asking for it. You can read our review to learn more about the Xperia Z3 before you take the plunge.
Opinion: We happen to love the phone and think this is a fair deal. We also know not all of you want to spend almost $700 on a phone, though. Which side are you on? Would you rather go through your carrier or the manufacturer?
Jawbone’s activity trackers are perfect for users who don’t want all the features in a smartwatch, but would love to get all the activity and fitness tracking capabilities. The company’s activity trackers are small, convenient and relatively affordable. Today we are taking a look at the newest Jawbone fitness wearables, the UP Move and UP3.
The Jawbone UP3 is the higher-end version. It can track your heart rate, galvanic skin response, respiration rate, temperature and it even has an accelerometer. It can also track your sleep and even keep an determine REM, light and deep sleep. It’s not exactly cheap at $180, though.
Now if you want something affordable, you have to take a look at the $50 Jawbone UP Move. Of course, the device won’t have as many features. It can track your steps, exercise activities, calories burned and some sleep tracking.
Opinion: These activity trackers can be quite awesome for those who really care about their health and fitness. There is so much information they can track, but I happen to find it hard to wear a health device all the time. I would prefer if it also had some other smart features.