Nothing’s CMF devices prove once again that cheap doesn’t mean boring

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It doesn’t run on Google’s Wear OS platform, so you won’t be able to access as many apps as other smartwatches. CMF hasn’t provided details about the operating system, but it works just like a Wear OS smartwatch and is pretty fast. It supports iPhone and Android, so anyone can use it. You can pair it to your phone via the CMF Watch app. Battery life is impressive – CMF claims 11 days with normal use, and it seems to be worth it. After a day, I had 90 per cent battery left.

CMF Watch Buy Nothing

You can replace the band and bezel of the CMF Watch Pro 2.

Photo: Julian Chokkattu

You can get notifications, and swipe on tiles to see details like the weather and step count. The watch can track sleep, heart rate, cycle tracking, blood oxygen saturation and over 100 workouts (with auto-workout detection), plus it has built-in GPS. From my very limited time with the device, its results seem to be fairly accurate, although I’ll need to do more testing. All of this can sync with Google’s Health Connect, Apple Health or Strava.

CMF Buds Pro 2

CMF Earbuds by Nothing

Photo: Julian Chokkattu

CMF Case Buy Nothing

Photo: Julian Chokkattu

Finally, there’s the CMF Buds Pro 2, a pair of AirPods-esque wireless earbuds with a fun case design. The round part on the outside of the case is called the Smart Dial, which you can gracefully turn to adjust the volume without fiddling with the earbuds or taking out your phone. You can also press this button to control noise cancellation, activate the voice assistant, or mute the microphone (all of this is customizable in the Nothing X app. There are still touch controls on the earbuds if you prefer to use them instead).

The earbuds have dual drivers and support active noise cancellation and transparency mode, and there are three mics to power it all. CMF claims battery life of 6 hours, and if you charge them with the 460-mAh battery in the case, they go up to 25 hours. There is no wireless charging for the case, but you can recharge it via USB-C.

All of these devices are now available for purchase.


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