MWC is impressive, while Fitbit catches the heat over the Ionic recall

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This is the weekend, so it’s time for the next edition of Trusted Reviews’ Winners and Losers.

Thanks to MWC 2022 it was a week full of phone, tablet and laptop launches that prompted us to crown the winner of this week’s large-scale technology event.

This week choosing a loser was a little trickier. Amazon has announced that it will closing doors at 68 of their physical storeswhich meant problems for the brand’s big business, while Samsung was discovered reduces the performance of thousands of smartphone apps.

However, this week Fitbit received the title of loser …

6.7-inch Oppo Find X5 Pro display
Oppo Find X5 Pro

Winner: MWC

There was a lot more to pay attention to this week MWC conducts an annual demonstration of all mobile in Barcelona.

So what were the best parts of the Mobile World Congress 2022?

As expected, there was no shortage of smartphones at the event this year. Oppo introduced Find the X5 and X5 ProRealme demonstrated GT2 ProOnePlus has finally announced its release in Europe for Dec 10 and Honor showcased its award Magic 4 Pro.

There were also many budget phones that could be admired, including 299 euros (~ 248 pounds) Poco X4 Pro 5G and € 219 (~ £ 181) M4 Pro.

We saw a number of laptops debut at the MWC this year. Great tools included Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro and its analogue 2-in-1, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360, Huawei MateBook X Pro and hybrid MateBook E and multifunctional Lenovo ThinkPad X13s.

The event also demonstrated the affordability of Lenovo M10 Plus tab tablet and Great to compete Huawei MatePad paper Device E Ink.

To learn more about our best picks from the show, be sure to visit our guide to the best of MWC 2022.

Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Ionic

Loser: Fitbit

This week lost to Fitbit after the company was forced remember hundreds of thousands of fitness trackers due to serious security issues.

It’s about wearing Fitbit Ionic, which was launched in 2017 and at the time was touted as Fitbit’s first proper smartwatch. In the U.S. alone, more than a million watches have been sold along with 693,000 overseas, putting at risk quite a few wrists while people still wear them.

The danger here lies in the lithium-ion battery that powers the smartwatch, which has been found to overheat.

According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fitbit has received at least 115 messages in the States and 59 messages internationally complaining of battery overheating. 118 of these users said they had burns, two reported third-degree burns and four had second-degree burns.

Although Fitbit claims that these incidents are incredibly rare (occurring in less than 0.01% of units sold), it is still a pretty scary warning for those who have Ionic on their wrists.

Fortunately, Fitbit stopped production of Ionic back in 2020. However, this still leaves buyers who for years have urged to remove the tracker and contact Fitbit for a refund. To soften the blow, the company is also offering a 40% discount on some Fitbit devices to those involved in the recall.

This is not the first time we see that wearable devices are responding due to overheating problems.

Back in 2016, Intel went through a similar dilemma when Basis Peak activity tracker has been removed from the shelves due to reports of discomfort, blistering and smoking by users wearing the device.

While Intel initially hoped to solve the problem with a software upgrade, the company was eventually forced to recall the product in exchange for a full refund.

MWC is impressive, while Fitbit catches the heat over the Ionic recall

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