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Oppo Reno 10x Zoom hands-on review

The Oppo Reno is a smartphone that takes its key design feature not from a racing car, the latest fashionable color, or some fabulous piece of architecture — but from a shark.

No, it doesn’t have rows of razor sharp teeth. It does have a motorized selfie camera that pops up from the top of the phone at an angle, making it look like a shark fin. Oppo even calls it a “shark fin camera.”

Shark-like cameras

The shark fin camera is very cool, even by pop-up camera standards. It rises up from the right side to reveal not only the selfie camera lens on the front but also a flash unit on the back. This is clever use of space, and a great way to minimize clutter on the already busy rear panel.

The selfie camera has 16 megapixels packed in along with some trickery to make skin tones look more natural in low-light conditions. I used it in bright conditions and the results were good, although it was difficult to asses the algorithm’s effectiveness.

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The real camera action on the Reno is around the back of the phone. Oppo has two versions of the Reno coming in June — a standard Reno and the Reno 10x Zoom. In case it’s not obvious, you will want the Reno 10x Zoom model if you’re a camera fan. Powerful zoom features are a big trend at the moment, and the camera on here delivers a 10x hybrid zoom. The camera app cycles through 2x and 6x zoom levels before it reaches 10x, or you can use a scroll wheel for more accuracy.

Zoomed in shots at this level in a room with artificial lighting looked solid, but not remarkable. Look closely at the images and detail is lacking — but it’s still amazing you can take any kind of shot like this on a phone. More

I loved the seamless switch between the zoom levels in the interface — it’s like you’re actually shifting the lens manually — and the versatility such a feature provides. Oppo uses a similar periscope zoom technology as the Huawei P30 Pro. The Reno 10x Zoom has a 48-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel telephoto, and an 8-megapixel wide angle lens.

Pictures look excellent on the massive 6.6-inch, notch-free AMOLED screen

Photos taken inside looked great in standard mode, full of color and life, and also at 2x. Oppo’s Ultra Night Mode and the Dazzle Color setting are available, and these modes produced some great photos on the RX17 Pro, meaning they should get even better here.

Pictures look excellent on the massive 6.6-inch, notch-free AMOLED screen, which may sound enormous, but the phone is surprisingly compact and light. The bezels are really small, resulting in a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, and although the phone is quite thick it never felt unmanageable.

Software, specs, and downsides

Shown on the screen is Oppo’s Color OS user interface over Android 9.0 Pie. It’s version 6 on the Reno, and it’s a smoother, more acceptable style than version 5.3 on the RX17 Pro and other recent Oppo phones.

There is a pull up app tray, for a start, and moderately more acceptable icon designs. The notification shade is a cheap rip-off of iOS’s Control Center though. However, the increase in speed and responsiveness is very welcome. In the short time using the Reno, the software has graduated from being almost hateful to just quirky, which is a step up for Color OS.

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The software’s speed is helped by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 inside the phone, which will also power a third version of the Reno — one with 5G. This will be one of the first 5G phones available in the U.K., and it’ll be available on EE’s 5G network when it launches on May 30.

The size of the phone is partially due to a big 4,065mAh battery with Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging system, which should take it from zero to 100% in about 80 minutes, based on previous experience. It’s great to see so many high-end smartphones launch with big batteries recently.

Now that the software isn’t such a big downside to buying an Oppo phone, are there other problems? The Reno doesn’t have an IP rating, so isn’t strictly water resistant in any way; there’s no wireless charging, and the design isn’t one of the company’s most exciting. It’s a little faceless, despite the pretty green hue on the model I handled.

Price and availability

Oppo is a relative newcomer to the U.K., having only started selling a selection of devices earlier this year. The Reno series is a comprehensive line-up of pretty smartphones, with some compelling specifications. However, clearer nomenclature is needed to tell them apart, and not to confuse potential buyers. The regular Reno does away with the wide-angle lens, the hybrid zoom, and the 855 processor, making do with a Snapdragon 710 processor, and a 6.4-inch screen. It will cost 450 British pounds when it goes on sale June 5.

The Reno 10x Zoom could potentially provide a similar photo experience to the Huawei P30 Pro

The Reno 10x Zoom is the one to look at, and it will cost 700 pounds from June 12, putting it up against the excellent OnePlus 7 Pro. The Reno 5G will come at a later date, and for an unspecified price. I was told I saw the 5G model, but it looked identical to the Reno 10x Zoom, but no 5G test network was available to see it working.

Conclusion

Last time I swooned over an Oppo phone, it was the utterly stunning Find X. How does the new Reno compare? It may not be quite so eye-catchingly gorgeous, but it has a more comprehensive and usable camera, better software, and more power. It’s even future-proofed for those keen 5G early adopters, if you wait and buy the 5G version.

For everyone else, the Reno 10x Zoom could potentially provide a similar photo experience to the Huawei P30 Pro, but for much less money. That’s exciting, and could help Oppo really build its brand among tech fans in the U.K..

Sadly, the Reno will not be for sale in the U.S., so the only way to buy one will be to import one.

These are the 20 best Android games you can play offline

Even in our increasingly connected world you may find yourself without Wi-Fi or data access throughout your day-to-day life. What better way to pass the time than to play a mobile game? Many of the most popular mobile games require an internet connection. Trying to open your favorite game while on a plane only to realize it won’t work can be a drag. To help you avoid that unfortunate dilemma, we compiled a list of the 20 best offline games for Android, each of which doesn’t require Wi-Fi or data access to enjoy.

Monument Valley 2

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Monument Valley 2, the sequel to the 2014 sensation, introduced a heartfelt bond between mother and child. Protagonist Ro guides her child through the gorgeous, dream-like puzzle levels. The environments themselves are even more pleasant than the already delightful original. Seeing landscapes change with your inputs is perhaps an even cleverer illusion than the actual puzzles. Relaxing, moving, and utterly mesmerizing, Monument Valley 2 is one of the best puzzle-adventures on Android.

Hitman G0

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Agent 47’s move from stealth to tactical strategy actually made a whole ton of sense thematically. But we doubt anyone expected Hitman Go to be one of the better turn-based games around on mobile. Each grid-based level plays out like a game of chess. Characters are even rendered as model figures. Dispatching enemies while working through rooms is just as satisfying as it typically is in real time. Mechanically sound and wonderfully designed, Hitman Go is the turn-based puzzle game you never knew you needed. No prior knowledge of the Hitman franchise is required to fully enjoy it, either.

Alto’s Odyssey

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Keeping in step with its predecessor, Alto’s Odyssey is an automatic runner that replaces running shoes for a nifty snowboard. Unlike the original which stuck with conventional snowy alps, Alto’s Odyssey takes place throughout several desert-themed chapters. Chapters contain randomly generated areas to keep the experience fresh. The star here is the simplistic gameplay, which continuously has a level of freedom and joy to it rarely seen in the popular mobile genre.

NBA Jam

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The iconic and sadly defunct basketball series NBA Jam translates remarkably well to mobile. With a campaign mode, play now, and local multiplayer available offline, NBA Jam boasts a ton of content for a low price. The two-versus-two style of arcade action is easy to grasp with touchscreen controls. You don’t need to be a basketball aficionado to jump into the high-flying escapades of NBA Jam. This is a great choice for sports game fans looking for something that can be played in both quick spurts and long gaming sessions.

The Witness

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A collection of 523 line puzzles scattered across a majestic and mysterious island, The Witness is one of the best puzzle games ever made. Using rulesets cleverly learned through play, The Witness‘ puzzles gradually increase in difficulty. Soon you’ll be using the environment around you to assist in solving puzzles and it won’t take long until you’re obsessively working on solutions both in your head and on scraps of paper.

To the Moon

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Johnny Wyles is dying and wants to go to the moon, though he doesn’t know why. He enlists the help of two doctors who help to recreate memories of his life en route to granting his dying wish. From there, To the Moon quickly turns into a moving love story. More narrative experience than a game, To the Moon is well-written and accompanied by wonderful 16-bit visuals. If you want a great yarn, To the Moon holds one of the best game narratives on Android.

Plague Inc.

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A mainstay on the Google Play charts since its 2012 launch, Plague Inc. is one of the most satisfying and diabolical real-time strategy games around. At the start of each simulation, you create a virus that will hopefully wipe out the entire population (yes, it’s twisted). Thoroughly engaging and actually somewhat educational, Plague Inc. makes creating pandemics an experience that you’ll never get sick (sorry) of.

Downwell

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Welltaro decides to explore a well. That’s the premise of Downwell and an obvious one at that. What follows is a frenetic roguelike centered around perpetual downward motion. Guiding Welltaro, you must avoid obstacles and enemies with the help of gunboots that only recharge when touching ground. Downwell’s levels are randomly generated, which makes each run different than the last. Designed to be played in portrait mode with minimalistic monochromatic visuals, Downwell is an excellent, if very challenging, time waster.

Broken Age

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Double Fine’s Broken Age tells the story of two teenagers breaking free from the humdrum of their daily lives. Fashioned as a classic point-and-click adventure title, Broken Age has intriguing puzzles, gorgeous hand-drawn animations, and a gripping story. It also helps that Broken Age‘s cast is quite talented with the likes of Jack Black and Elijah Wood lending their voices to the memorable characters.

Stardew Valley

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Perhaps the ultimate town management game on Android and one of the defining games of this generation, Stardew Valley sets up well for mobile. It’s the perfect experience to play for short chunks of time each and every day. But you can also log long stretches in Pelican Town quite easily. Taking care of your crops and making small talk with the folks of Pelican Town is surprisingly rewarding. Stardew Valley‘s charming writing, endearing visuals, and addictive gameplay make it one of the best games on Android.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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For a large-scale console-style experience on mobile, look no further than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The port of the PlayStation 2 classic runs well on mobile and the open world third-person shooter gameplay still holds up today. San Andreas is one of the best Grand Theft Auto games. It also happens to be one of the best games on Android.

Wayward Souls

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A dungeon crawler, Wayward Souls excels in delivering satisfying and strategic action fit for mobile devices. Designed specifically with touchscreen controls in mind, Wayward Souls is one of the better roguelikes available on Android. Death is permanent, so each run is a new experience. And even successful runs don’t take very long. Surprisingly deep combat and six unique characters to choose from help make Wayward Souls stand out among a sea of average dungeon crawlers on Android.

Old Man’s Journey

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Another story-focused adventure, Old Man’s Journey follows the titular character on a quest across the world. A game about longing, regret, love, and the choices we make, Old Man’s Journey features stirring writing and beautiful visuals. The actual gameplay is limited to helping the Old Man move past obstacles, but this limited interaction is enough to make you feel as if you’re really on this journey with him.

10000000

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Melding dungeon crawling with match-three puzzlers, 10000000 (Ten million) is one of the most inventive games on this list. The goal is to accumulate 10,000,000 points in order to escape the dungeon. Along the way, you tinker with rows and columns to match three icons in a row. Successful matches grant attacks, let you pile up loot, and even level your character. Puzzles change as you progress further through the dungeon. While it takes a few runs to get the hang of it all, 10000000 is a great choice for anyone wanting to shake things up and play something genuinely novel.

Florence

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A wordless love story, Florence is a stellar visual novel that can be completed in one sitting. It magically re-creates the feeling of falling in and out of love with the help of gorgeous animations and simplistic puzzles. The puzzles themselves, though simple, cleverly help inform the player of the emotions of Florence and her boyfriend. Florence has one of the best love stories in gaming, and it accomplishes this feat without using words. That alone makes it worth a playthrough.

Limbo

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A masterclass in minimalism, Playdead’s Limbo is an utterly unforgettable puzzle-platformer. You play as a young boy, working through ominous environments rendered entirely in shades of black and white. The puzzles range from clever brain teasers to inventive physics puzzles. The star here is the chilling atmosphere, which is an unrelenting and omnipresent force.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

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Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, the enhanced PSP remake of the PlayStation classic, is arguably the greatest turn-based strategy game ever made. With a treasure trove of content, a ridiculously nuanced battle system, and a sweeping story filled with memorable characters, Final Fantasy Tactics is an experience that will likely demand dozens, if not hundreds of hours of your time.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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While dozens upon dozens of Star Wars games have been made, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is possibly the very best. The 2003 RPG featured a rich story and deep role-playing gameplay, making it an instant classic in the process. KOTOR stands the test of time on Android. If you’re a Star Wars fan or RPG enthusiast, BioWare’s KOTOR is a modern classic that you should play as soon as possible.

XCOM: Enemy Within

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Hailing from one of the best modern strategy franchises around, XCOM: Enemy Within brings the refined tactics gameplay to Android with great success. XCOM has some of the deepest turn-based combat you can find on any platform. If you dabble in tactics, XCOM: Enemy Within is sure to delight.

Bloons TD 6

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The latest entry in the most popular tower defense franchise on mobile, Bloons TD 6 is an engaging strategy game with colorful visuals. Bloons TD 6 features gameplay that is easy to pick up and learn on the fly, but the upgrade system is vast, allowing for new strategies to form even after dozens of hours of play. More laid back than some other strategy games on this list, Bloons TD 6 will appeal to even just casual fans of the tower defense genre.

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Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

One of Garmin’s most popular running watches just got an upgrade. The Garmin Forerunner 245 is a step up from the Forerunner 235, bringing improved running metrics, full-color breadcrumb maps, music, and a stylish new design.

I’ve been running with the Forerunner 245 to see if these upgrades are as remarkable in real life as they sound on paper, and the short answer is yes — this is yet another well-rounded, though a bit expensive, fitness watch from Garmin. Keep in mind, this is very much a watch for runners and not necessarily the best option for casual athletes — the Fitbit Charge 3 is a much more affordable option for people who don’t need all the bells and whistles, but just want a reliable tracker.

Fresh new design

Put the Forerunner 235 next to the new Forerunner 245, and you’ll be surprised to know they come from the same family. Garmin did away with with the plastic-y feel and replaced it with a sporty and tough fiber-reinforced polymer casing. It also shrunk down the 245, making it smaller at 42mm but slightly thicker at 12.2mm (the Forerunner 235 was 45mm, and 11.7mm thick).

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The watch face on the Forerunner 245 is an ideal size; it fits both small and large wrists without looking out of place. The watch has a sporty look that works for most casual occasions, but once you hit semi-formal or formal dress attire, you may want to swap it out with something a bit more elegant. In my opinion, it beats the look of most fitness trackers.

The silicone strap has been upgraded too. It now has a quick-release band that feels soft against your skin and textured on the outside. The 20mm band is perforated, so it breathes when you workout and adjusts to fit a wide range of wrist sizes. The band is durable and fits securely, though perhaps almost too securely. Similar to the Forerunner 945, the rubber loop that fastens the strap is snug, making it difficult to loosen it quickly.

The watch has a sporty look that works for most casual occasions

While Fitbit and Apple have opted for touchscreen interfaces, Garmin stays firmly attached to its sunlight-readable color display and five-button navigation. The display is covered by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is scratch-resistant and an improvement over the chemically-strengthened glass of the Forerunner 235.

The 1.2-inch display on the Forerunner 245 is about the same size as its predecessor, but it has a higher resolution (240 x 240 pixels), which makes content look crisp. It also gets bright enough to easily read the screen in direct sunlight, at night, or when running.

The buttons on the Forerunner 245 are slightly raised from the bezel, making them easy to press. Each button has a label for its function, though the labels are difficult to read. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to figure out what each one does. The start/stop button has a red ring and a red line on the bezel so you can find it easily even in the middle of a workout. It also is slightly more raised than the other buttons.

I wore my watch under a light rain jacket and had no problem pressing the start/stop button through the jacket fabric.

Tracking accuracy

The aesthetic changes in the Forerunner 245 are nice, but the improved tracking is where Garmin’s new Forerunner watch shines. I used to be content with my Forerunner 235 and the metrics it collected until I started testing the Forerunner 245. Now that I have gotten a taste of measurements like anaerobic training effect and training load status, I don’t want to go back.

Overall, tracking has been spot on. The watch has Garmin’s latest heart rate sensor and pulse oximeter, and the sensors sit flush on the back of the watch so you don’t even notice they are there. Distance, heart rate, and the GPS track results were similar with the other smartwatches and devices I used in testing, including the Garmin 645, Garmin Fenix 5X Plus, Suunto 9 and the Polar H10 chest strap.

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Elevation tracking is the biggest disappointment with the Forerunner 245, and that’s because it’s calculated using GPS track and map data and not recorded by the device as there’s no barometric altimeter. I typically run a hilly course that gains about a 1,000 feet in a couple of miles.The Forerunner 245 was consistently lower on elevation than any of the altimeter-equipped devices both during and after a run. At the end of a recent three-mile run, for example, the Forerunner 945 recorded 984 feet of elevation gain, while the Forerunner 245 calculated it to be 860 feet. It’s not terribly far off, but I wouldn’t call it reliable.

New breadcrumb maps and navigation

Another welcome feature in the Forerunner 245 is mapping. When you are in the middle of an outdoors workout, you can scroll to the map data screen and see your GPS track on a map. It’s not a topographical map, you’ll have to buy the Forerunner 945 for that, but is a breadcrumb map that shows your current location with an arrow and the GPS track from your current run or a pre-loaded run.

You can use the built-in compass (also new in the Forerunner 245) and your GPS connection to follow the track. It gave me the confidence to explore new trails knowing I would not get lost.

Music support

The Garmin Forerunner 245 is available in a music version which allows you to store up to 500 songs on the watch as well as sync to Spotify or Deezer. But getting the music transferred over to your watch is not as easy as it should be. Some of the steps are done on a computer, and some on the watch. It’s not intuitive so you may need to follow the manual. Thankfully, once you finally get the music on the watch, you’re good to go.

Getting the music transferred over to your watch is not as easy as it should be

I used the Forerunner 245 with a pair of Aftershokz Bluetooth headphones and the experience was problem-free. Once I connected my headphones, the watch remembered them and asked to connect them when as I turned on my music. I could control playback and adjust the volume from the watch, allowing me to keep my phone stowed safely in my running vest (I could have left it home if I stored music, too).

Health and wellness

Like most of Garmin’s watches, the Forerunner 245 tracks your health and wellness in addition to the fitness performance metrics. It tracks your heart rate 24/7, allowing you to monitor resting heart rate, a valuable metric that can be used to gauge fitness level as well as tell when you are getting sick.

The sensor also is used to calculate  your all day stress level, and Garmin’s new body battery metric tracks your overall energy reserves. The stress level and body battery metric are great options to have, but on the Forerunner 245, they are overshadowed by the other available metrics. I frequently checked my training load, but never once looked at body battery.

The Forerunner 245 also tracks your sleep and is as accurate as any other smartwatch we have tested. It accurately detected my sleep and wake times and even recorded moments in the middle night when I woke up to grab a blanket or adjust my pillow. It breaks down sleep into stages: deep, light, REM and awake.

It also detects movement and records oxygen levels thanks to the included pulse oximeter. This oxygen level can be used to detect sleep apnea and other sleep disturbances, but I found the values were difficult to interpret, and there’s not really much support here anywhere from Garmin.

Other Software features

Garmin’s Forerunner series may be focused on running, but that’s not all these watches can do. The Forerunner 245 is a smartwatch and a highly customizable one at that. The watch has a variety of widgets that show the weather, your last workout, notifications, heart rate, step count and more You can cycle through these widgets and add, move or remove them to suit your needs.

The watch displays just enough information so I know whether I need to take out my phone and respond right away or wait

Notifications from your connected mobile phone are sent to the watch, where you can read and delete them. Each notification contains a portion of the incoming alert and the app that sent it. At a glance, I can tell whether its an email, a Facebook message or a Trello notification. The watch displays just enough information so I know whether I need to take out my phone and respond right away or wait until later.

When you are in the middle of a workout, alerts are still sent to the watch, but they only occupy a small slice of the screen at the top. It will not block the data screen so you can track your workout without interference. Unlike an Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch, you cannot make phone calls, and there’s no voice assistant to help with any queries. You can’t even respond to notifications from the watch — though that’s only if you’re using it with an iPhone. If you connected the watch to an Android phone, you can respond to some notifications with preset messages.

Day-long battery life

Battery life in the Garmin Forerunner 245 is a mixed bag — compared to other fitness watches, even some of Garmin’s other watches. The company improved the battery life in GPS mode — delivering up to 24 hours which will cover you for a 50-mile or possibly even a 100K race. The Forerunner 245 has UltraTrac mode which periodically turns off GPS to preserve the battery and uses the accelerometer to measure distance.

In smartwatch mode, which covers typical daily use, the battery life decreased from 9 days in the Forerunner 235 to seven days in the Forerunner 245. In my real-world testing, I had to charge the battery after five and half days with 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, notifications and five GPS workouts totaling 8 hours. Now that’s still far better than what you’ll find with watches like the Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, but it’s still a step below some of Garmin’s own alternatives.

Pricing, Availability and Warranty information

The Garmin Forerunner 245 is available now for $300 from Garmin, REI, and other online retailers. Adding the music feature bumps the cost by $50 (Forerunner 245 Music).

Garmin products are warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for one year from the original date of purchase.

Our Take

The Garmin Forerunner 245 is a well-rounded fitness smartwatch that tracks all the important metrics that are geared toward the semi-serious to serious runners. The only area the watch stumbles is in elevation measurements — without a barometric altimeter, elevation tracking is not as accurate. If you mostly run mostly on flat areas or don’t track your vertical gain, then this omission is not a deal breaker. If you run mountains, you may be disappointed.

Is there a better alternative?

Yes. If a barometric altimeter is a must-have, then you’ll need to spend a bit more cash to upgrade to the Forerunner 645 or the Forerunner 945. The 645 has the same core features of the 245 with the addition of the altimeter and gyroscope, while the 945 is a fitness tracking machine used by serious, number-crunching runners.

How long will it last?

The Forerunner 245 is built with the quality I have come to expect from Garmin. My existing Forerunner 235 is three years old and still going strong. I expect the Forerunner 245 to have the same longevity, if not more.

Should you buy it?

Yes. You should buy the Forerunner 245 if you are run regularly and want to start tracking more than just the basics like pace and distance.

Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold preorders

Samsung is taking its time bringing the Galaxy Fold back to market. And frankly, that’s probably for the best. The Note debacle from a few years back was an important lesson about what happens when you rush a product back to market. That one resulted in a second recall — PR nightmae upon PR nightmare.

With a release date still very much in limbo, Best Buy has sent notes to those who pre-ordered the Fold. Spotted by The Verge, the letter has since been posted to Best Buy’s support forum. It cites “a plethora of unforeseen hiccups,” (fair enought) adding, “Because we put our customers first and want to ensure they are taken care of in the best possible manner, Best Buy has decided to cancel all current pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The letter goes on to assure customers that the big box retailer is “working closely with Samsung” to help deliver the product to customers. At the moment, however, their guess on the timeframe is as good as ours.

Recent reports have suggested that an announcement was imminent, with the company having solved design flaws that had reviewers peeling off screens and getting debris jammed in the holes of the folding mechanism. More recent reports gave the product a June 13 release date, but that too appears to have been scrubbed for the time being.

Amazon Memorial Day sale: Apple Watch, Surface Pro, and 4K TV Deals

When it comes to online shopping, there’s one store that almost everyone has bought something from at least once: Amazon. The massive online retailer is one of the biggest names in the business, and with Prime Day on the horizon, Prime Members have a lot of deals to look forward to this summer. We’ve already seen some great Memorial Day sales from Walmart, Home Depot, and Best Buy, but Amazon appears to be staying under the radar with its weekend sales.

Despite not having a landing page for its Memorial Day sales, Amazon is discounting a number of different items. Smartwatches, tablets, 4K TVs, smart home devices, and laptops are all getting discounts to stay competitive with prices from Walmart and Best Buy. So if you’re looking to save some serious cash on some shiny new tech this weekend, take a gander at some of the best deals we’ve found.

Top Deals

If you don’t feel like going through the intensive scrolling process to take a look at all of the savings, we understand. In fact, we gathered most of them right up here to make it easy on you.

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  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-HS100-Required-Google-Assistant/dp/B0178IC734/" data-title="TP-Link Smart Plug" data-cta="TP-Link Smart Plug“>TP-Link Smart Plug — $14
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/ecobee4-Thermostat-Built-Sensor-Included/dp/B06W2LQY6L/" data-title="Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat" data-cta="Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat“>Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat — $199
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Arlo-Security-System-Siren-VMS4330-100NAS/dp/B01LWS96JV/" data-title="Arlo Pro Security System" data-cta="Arlo Pro Security System (3 cameras)“>Arlo Pro Security System — $370
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/TCL-55S405-55-Inch-Ultra-Smart/dp/B01MTGM5I9/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=4k+tv&qid=1558670053&s=gateway&sr=8-3" data-title="TCL 55-inch 4K Roku Smart TV" data-cta="TCL 55-inch 4K Roku Smart TV“>TCL 55-inch 4K Roku Smart TV — $300
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN55RU8000FXZA-FLAT-UHD-Smart/dp/B07NC9XWG5/" data-title="Samsung 55-inch Flat 4K Smart TV" data-cta="Samsung 55-inch Flat 4K Smart TV“>Samsung 55-inch Flat 4K Smart TV — $798

Smartwatch Sale

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Unsurprisingly, Amazon has had some of the very best smartwatch deals in 2019 so far. We’ve seen some great discounts on the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear Sport as well as steep price cuts on Garmin wearables month after month. If you’re hoping to pick up a fancy new watch with loads of smart features this Memorial Day weekend, Amazon has got you covered with solid savings. Here are a few of the best deals we’ve found so far:

  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Watch-GPS-38mm-Silver-Aluminium/dp/B07K37HKT8/" data-title="Apple Watch Series 3" data-cta="Apple Watch Series 3“>Apple Watch Series 3 — $199
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Sport-Smartwatch-Bluetooth-SM-R600NZKAXAR/dp/B075X35D8M/" data-title="Samsung Gear Sport" data-cta="Samsung Gear Sport“>Samsung Gear Sport — $167
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Fitbit-Ionic-Smart-Charcoal-Included/dp/B074VDF16R" data-title="Fitbit Ionic" data-cta="Fitbit Ionic“>Fitbit Ionic — $195
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Bluetooth-SM-R800NZSAXAR-Version-Warranty/dp/B07M6RWQXK/" data-title="Samsung Galaxy Watch" data-cta="Samsung Galaxy Watch“><strong>Samsung Galaxy Watch</strong> — $223
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Amazfit-Smartwatch-Monitoring-Ultra-Long-Bluetooth/dp/B07CRSK5DM/" data-title="Amazfit Bip Smartwatch" data-cta="Amazfit Bip Smartwatch“>Amazfit Bip Smartwatch — $80

Smart Home Sale

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With Amazon Alexa leading the smart home revolution, it’s no surprise that there are always at least a few discounts going on for those devices. While Amazon is likely saving their best Echo smart speaker savings for Prime Day 2019, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some smart bulb, smart plug, and smart lock deals going on for Memorial Day. Below are a few of the best discounts we could dig up:

  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/August-Smart-Lock-3rd-technology/dp/B0752XNC8M/" data-title="August Smart Lock" data-cta="August Smart Lock“>August Smart Lock — $99
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-HS100-Required-Google-Assistant/dp/B0178IC734/" data-title="TP-Link Smart Plug" data-cta="TP-Link Smart Plug“>TP-Link Smart Plug — $14
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/ecobee4-Thermostat-Built-Sensor-Included/dp/B06W2LQY6L/" data-title="Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat" data-cta="Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat“>Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat — $199
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Arlo-Security-System-Siren-VMS4330-100NAS/dp/B01LWS96JV/" data-title="Arlo Pro Security System" data-cta="Arlo Pro Security System (3 cameras)“>Arlo Pro Security System — $370
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Ambiance-Equivalent-Starter-Assistant/dp/B07D1J5QC7" data-title="Phillips Hue Premium Start Kit" data-cta="Phillips Hue Premium Start Kit“>Phillips Hue Premium Start Kit — $115

Laptop and Tablet Sale

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We’ve already seen some great Memorial Day sales on Dell XPS and HP Spectre x360 laptops directly from the manufacturers, but Amazon has quite a few discounts as well. We’ve found savings on Microsoft, Apple, Acer, and even a few offers from Lenovo. Below are some of the best deals we could find from this Amazon sale:

  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Surface-Intel-Bundle-Platinum/dp/B07JQTMBWZ/" data-title="Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Bundle" data-cta="Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Bundle“>Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Bundle — $899
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Apple-iPad-Wi-Fi-32GB-Silver/dp/B07BTS2B1L/" data-title="Apple iPad (Latest Model)" data-cta="Apple iPad (Latest Model)“>Apple iPad (Latest Model) — $249
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Flex-Convertible-Touchscreen-Fingerprint/dp/B07QFBJH5Z/" data-title="Lenovo Flex 6 Convertible Laptop" data-cta="Lenovo Flex 6 Convertible Laptop“>Lenovo Flex 6 Convertible Laptop — $549
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Chromebook-11-6-16GB-XE500C13/dp/B01N5P6TJW/" data-title="Samsung Chromebook 3" data-cta="Samsung Chromebook 3“>Samsung Chromebook 3 — $174
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/All-New-Amazon-Fire-7-Kids-Edition-Tablet/dp/B01J90MSDS/" data-title="Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet" data-cta="Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet“>Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet — $90

4K TV Deals

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Black Friday may still be a long ways away, but that doesn’t mean TVs aren’t as affordable as ever. So far, our Memorial Day coverage has consisted largely of TV discounts on LG, Samsung, and Vizio smart televisions. The sheer amount of affordable big screen HDR TVs on the market right now is really quite impressive. We’ve snagged a few of the best sales Amazon has to offer right now for your convenience:

  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/TCL-55S405-55-Inch-Ultra-Smart/dp/B01MTGM5I9/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=4k+tv&qid=1558670053&s=gateway&sr=8-3" data-title="TCL 55-inch 4K Roku Smart TV" data-cta="TCL 55-inch 4K Roku Smart TV“>TCL 55-inch 4K Roku Smart TV — $300
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN55RU8000FXZA-FLAT-UHD-Smart/dp/B07NC9XWG5/" data-title="Samsung 55-inch Flat 4K Smart TV" data-cta="Samsung 55-inch Flat 4K Smart TV“>Samsung 55-inch Flat 4K Smart TV — $798
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-43LF621U19-43-inch-Ultra-Smart/dp/B07D4F2P26/" data-title="Toshiba 43-inch 4K Fire TV" data-cta="Toshiba 43-inch 4K Fire TV“>Toshiba 43-inch 4K Fire TV — $230
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/LG-75UK6190PUB-UK6190PUB-HDR-Smart/dp/B07HXJVSDM/" data-title="LG 75-inch 4K HDR Smart TV" data-cta="LG 75-inch 4K HDR Smart TV“>LG 75-inch 4K HDR Smart TV — $999
  • <span data-placement="deeplink" data-deeplink="1" data-cloudcity="1" data-align data-type="textlink-deeplink" data-merchant="5b9be81f89f4b3242158adcd" data-url="https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-QN43Q60RAFXZA-Flat-QLED-Q60/dp/B07N4KZ3C9/" data-title="Samsung 43-inch 4K QLED TV" data-cta="Samsung 43-inch 4K QLED TV“>Samsung 43-inch 4K QLED TV — $678
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