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All posts tagged "Smartwatches"

  • Apple Watch Sport review: the definitive timepiece for Apple fans

    Let's get this out of the way: smartwatches are still fairly stupid. They're supposed to stop users constantly checking the nagging smartphones in their pockets, but I find I check my phone more often with a smartwatch on my arm. That's not to say I absolutely hate all smartwatches. Sure (and rather incredibly, in fact), I've used some that I've liked before: the Sony SmartWatch 3, the LG G Watch R and the more recent Samsung Gear S2 spring to mind, but they aren't desirable, or beckon me on bended knee to buy them.  If anything, I'm better off with...

  • Samsung Gear S2 review: intuitive but imperfect

    Android Wear currently rules the smartwatch roost, running on more devices than we could possibly list off the top of our heads. While that's a great thing for Google, it's not for consumers. Although Google recently updated its OS, it remains immature in a relative young market segment, and as a result, smartwatches haven't seen the rise and rise that we've expected from them in their early days. This isn't to say that some smartwatches are completely hopeless though. What I will say however is that few Android Wear smartwatches really impress enough to leave a lasting impression. But what if...

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. As a result, here are four of the most interesting smartwatches...

  • Fitbit announces Fitbit Blaze smartwatch at CES 2016

    Fitbit is looking beyond simple health tracking for 2016, at least that's what it seems from its first device of the new year. Hosting a press conference at CES 2015, the company outed its latest wearable, and it looks like more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. Dubbed the Fitbit Blaze, the wearable marks a few firsts for the American company, most notably, it's first genuine colour screen smartwatch. It's also a recognition that style plays a more integral role in smartwatch purchasing decisions than features alone, and is a stark departure from its usual functionality-first fare. Taking its heart...

  • Samsung Gear S2 hands-on preview: touch me, tease me

    There are many gimmicky devices floating around in the consumer cloud. Smartwatches are arguably the lousiest of the lot, with manufacturers promising you all and more this world has to offer on the small wearable screen. They rarely deliver on this promise. While there are some great examples of smartwatches, don't get me wrong, including the likes of the Sony SmartWatch 3 and the Apple Watch, I still don't see a reason to buy one. There's no intrinsic need for them. Bread. Water. Air. Sure. But smartwatches? The hardware isn't really the limiting factor either. Some feature internals that could power...

  • Huawei to TomTom: 6 stand-out smartwatches from IFA 2015

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. No amount of PR fairy dust will make me think otherwise: smartwatches are idiotic. For the moment at least, they serve no measurable practical purpose. Even with Android Wear, they aren't functional to the point where I absolutely have to have one and that is the genre's chief problem. Still, that doesn't stop manufacturers from jumping on the new smartwatch pony and riding it to Berlin. Huawei, ASUS, LG and even TomTom have all gone big this week, launching new products at Europe's biggest consumer...

  • iPhones and Android Wear watches can now talk to each other

    Android Wear smartwatches are now even more useful, thanks to its newfound compatibility with devices running iOS 8.2 and above. For all you iPhone 5 and newer users, that means you can now purchase an Android Wear watch and pair it with your Apple phone. It's a massive leap forward for Google, as the update now gives iPhone users a more varied set of alternatives to the Apple Watch, which is (to be honest) rather overpriced as first-generation hardware. On its official blog, Google noted that the integration only works on the LG Watch Urbane at present, but it's looking to...

  • LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a 23-carat gold, limited edition swag-watch

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. Previously, swagger and street credibility was largely limited to established watchmaker names like Rolex and Hublot. Well, times are clearly changing. In a bid to make its smartwatches a little more attractive to the business and monetary elite, LG has dipped it's Watch Urbane in 23-carat gold, and slapped a US$1200 price tag onto it. It's called the LG Watch Urbane Luxe, and that Luxe modifier is there for a reason. This thing's about as distinguished as smartwatches come, with an alligator leather strap and...

  • Android Wear update makes its smartwatches a little more useful

    It's easy for smartwatch companies to develop a face to indicate the time, but the device's issues is its inability to show the plethora of additional information available in an orderly fashion. Well, Google is actively trying to remedy this and has subsequently issued an Android Wear update, that brings with it interactive watch faces. While it does sound like something that has been with Android Wear for ages, it's a little more intricate than that. The watch face itself -- without forcing the user to trudge through it's idiotic menu -- displays bit-sized information, from weather, to steps taken,...

  • Garmin Fenix 3 review: worth the money

    As a (relatively) young tech journalist, you often find yourself reviewing gadgets that you could never feasibly afford on your salary. It's something you try not to think too much about -- you'd go mad if you did. Despite my best efforts though, it's something I couldn't stop thinking about during my two weeks with the Garmin Fenix 3. And for the most part, that's because I also couldn't stop thinking about how much I want this device to be a permanent part of my life. From a purely technological point of view, there's no reason why that should be...