Posts tagged with: Gear Fit
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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    Wearable devices are increasingly popular among technology enthusiasts. However, the smartwatch is just one of the products in the wearables category, and, apparently, it is performing worse on the market than other wearable solutions. According to a Digitimes report based on numbers from ABI Research, the activity tracker is outselling the smartwatch. The ratio is four-to-one in the activity tracker's favor. 2.35 million activity trackers were shipped in the first quarter of the year, meaning that those who bought a smartwatch were less than 600,000. "Activity Trackers are currently the ...

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    Though many of us argue that Pebble tends to make better smartwatches than Samsung, the Korean company's marketing prowess is doing its thing again. Thanks to Samsung's incredible marketing of their smartwatches (by means of celebrity endorsement and otherwise), the company has reportedly sold 500,000 wrist-wearables in the first quarter of 2014. The half-million figure seems even larger when last year's numbers come into play -- over the course of the entire year, Samsung only sold about 1,000,000 smartwatches. This year, they are already on track to sell a handsome 2,000,000, though the ...

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    Got a new Samsung Galaxy S5 or Gear Fit? You may be on the hunt for accessories to go with it. Samsung has just announced a collection of crystal accessories from Swarovski for its Gear Fit and Galaxy S5. For the Galaxy S5, crystals are integrated right into the back cover, and there is an extra design feature where two crystal effects are merged -- neat. Two colors will be made available of the new cover, Vibrant Blue and Mystic Black. Moving along to the Gear Fit, the Charm Sliders are positioned by Samsung to give users "ultimate versatility in their wearable technology experience." ...

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    While Samsung's fashionable Gear Fit smart watch/fitness accessory saw plenty of action in our recent exercise adventure with S Health, our coverage of the device itself has been limited to just an initial hands-on and an unboxing as Editor-in-Chief Anton D. Nagy waits for his Galaxy S5 review unit to complete the long trek to Romania (our full Galaxy S5 review can be found here). On the bright side, Samsung was good enough to provide us a Gear Fit for review use here in the States as well. The tricky part: our window with that device was quite short, just about two days in all. That's not ...

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    Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don't like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety. This week's special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the "special" acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing ...

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    The desk. The keyboard. The chair. If you're a technology blogger in 2014 (or really any kind of white collar employee) these are very likely the tools which dominate your workday. So when a company like Samsung decides to make fitness a priority with its new flagship smartphone, it can be tough to fully evaluate those features unless you get out from behind that desk. Today, that's just what we're doing. While we've already given you a glance at Samsung’s S Health suite in our Galaxy S5 review –and the Galaxy S 4 review before that– we're taking a much closer look in this video. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how the Samsung Gear Fit is now sold-out, despite its crazy price tag. LG follows the news as we find some official photos of the two variants the company plans to launch. Microsoft follows the news as the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview has exceeded user install-base expectations. Amazon then takes over as we learn more about a new tilting feature in its probable smartphone. We end today's show as we learn why the iPhone 6 phablet might be delayed. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Gear Fit sells out, despite $200 ...

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    If you're looking to pick up a fitness tracker, you probably have more options than you know what to do with: Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, or even a general-purpose smartwatch like Pebble. This year, we saw Samsung introduce a couple new models to its Gear family, including the Gear Fit, a stripped-down wearable that sort of bridged the gap between display-less trackers and more flexible smartwatches. We weren't sure if the band's $200 price tag might scare a lot of shoppers away, either driving them to more affordable or more full-featured offerings. Now early reports of sales are in, and it ...

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    Just under one month ago, Google turned the smartwatch and wearables industry on its head. As I was writing an editorial about the then-rumored Google smartwatch, Google pulled a fast one on us and announced something much more than just one smartwatch; it announced an entire, dedicated platform for smartwatches: Android Wear. I immediately changed the tone of my editorial and wrote what was on my mind that very moment. I regretted ordering Pebble Steel just one week before. To this day, though the Pebble Steel shipped and arrived before I definitively decided to cancel the order, I regret ...

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    Welcome to our Samsung Gear Fit unboxing! You will have to wait however, until our Samsung Galaxy S 5 review unit lands on our doorstep. We'll review the smartwatch, then, because we want to take advantage of the added features of the S5, we'll also review this futuristic wearable. We also want to experience the complete 2014 line-up UX, as Samsung intended it at the Barcelona launch event. What about the Gear Fit? It's a completely new product, it has nothing to do with last year's Galaxy Gear or the Gear 2 line-up. It is also, according to Samsung, the first product in its class to ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    We just spent a few minutes touching base with LG and its upcoming G Watch, so let's stay in this wearables lane for a little while longer and check in with Samsung and the Gear Fit. Compared to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Fit is a bit of an underdog, but it's not without its own stand-out features, including that curved OLED screen. While everything we've seen so far has depicted the Fit using that display in a landscape orientation, today we learn about a software update for the wearable that will bring it a portrait-mode view. Considering how very narrow the aspect ratio of the Gear ...

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    The wearable space has greatly matured since this time last year. Pebble, for one, grew from the gauche, all-plastic smartwatch behind the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, to a finely machined luxury watch made of marine grade stainless steel with a blossoming ecosystem of applications and a dedicated development community and fan base. But that's hardly the only wearables development of the past year. The idea of wearables and, more specifically, smartwatches became more mainstream; Google Glass started spreading about the tech space; Google purchased WIMM Labs; Sony ...

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    HTC's all new One launch event is still... (*checks HTC's countdown page*) the better part of four days away, and though Galaxy S5 pre-orders have opened (or are just about to) with some of the big US carriers, we're still three weeks away from seeing those order get fulfilled. If you're seriously jonesing for some next-level smartphone action, and are sick and tired of waiting, we've got just the fix for you, as we learn about an opportunity to try out Samsung's latest hardware for yourself, beginning today. At 100 Best Buy stores spread across the US, the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, ...

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    With the end of March now in sight, we're only about three weeks away from when you'll finally be able to get your hands on Samsung's brand new Galaxy S5. As carriers prepare for the smartphone's arrival, we're starting to get new details on pricing, and learn how the order process will open. Today AT&T fills us in on the details for its own GS5 retail launch, as well as giving some US prices for Samsung's latest Gear-series wearables. AT&T's 16GB Galaxy S5 will sell for just about $200 on contract, or $650 free-and-clear. Pre-orders for the handset begin tomorrow, March 21, and ...

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    This week's announcement of Google's Android Wear project has very much shaken up our expectations when it comes to smartwatches, but before those get here and we have a chance to gawk over round displays on models like the Moto 360, we still need to see the retail arrival of some pre-Wear models. Samsung revealed the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit back at MWC last month, but wasn't sharing pricing information at the time. We heard some rumors that suggested the Gear 2 might sell for around $300, with the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit coming in close to $200. Now, as Samsung begins to provide ...

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    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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    "What would you say to the people who think that what you do is illegal?" " ... I would tell them that I don't want to answer this question." When you're interviewing the world's most notorious phone leaker, he's bound to duck a question or two. But cautious though he is, Evan Blass –formerly of Pocketnow and currently known across the web by his pen name @evleaks– is also a fountain of insight into the shadowy craft of being a professional spoiler. On today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, Evan shares the ups and downs of the underworld he's come to dominate, and gives us a glimpse ...

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    Samsung is not exactly a company we'd say is hurting for new wearables, having just introduced three new models at MWC next week; in addition to two new Gear smartwatches, we also saw the company introduce its Gear Fit activity tracker. But could Samsung already have another, similar product to the Fit in the works? That's exactly what we're forced to consider this morning, as we check out an FCC listing for an apparent S Circle fitness tracker. The FCC paperwork confirms that this is an activity tracker we're looking at, but for the name we have to turn elsewhere – that “S Circle” ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the HTC Desire 310, along with the rumors of an AT&T HTC Desire 610, and the recent photo leaks of the HTC M8. Then we talk about the iPhone 5c, and how its inventories have completely disappointed Apple. Then we talk about the recent rumors that Foxconn expects 90 million iPhone 6 orders from Apple. We also go through what to expect from Apple's A8 chip, which is rumored for the iPhone 6. Samsung follows the news as we have rumors of the price tag for the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit. We end today's show talking ...

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    Samsung introduced its second-gen Galaxy Gear – this time shortened to simply the “Gear 2” - over a week ago. News of the smartwatch arrived alongside that of the camera-less Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit fitness tracker. Samsung shared details about software features, product specs, and even confirmed that sales of these models would begin sometime in April; really, we had everything we could hope to know except for pricing. While we still haven't seen any official numbers, some figures have managed to leak out this week, and assuming they're in the right ballpark, it looks like this ...

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    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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    Sadly, Mobile World Congress is now over. This year's mobile show in Barcelona, Spain was one of the busiest, device-driven shows in recent years. We saw a boatload of handsets, a few tablets, some wearables, and a lot of future products that won't be available for a while. Needless to say, there was plenty for just about everyone to be excited about at least something: a new Galaxy S smartphone, three new wrist-mounted Gear devices, a new Sony flagship, new additions to the HTC Desire lineup, new Huawei devices, including a wearable, a new YOGA Tablet and smartphone from Lenovo, Nokia X ...

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    Although the "wearables" category is somewhat new to Pocketnow, devices that are meant to be worn, rather than carried, have been around for quite some time. In the very early days they were called pocket watches. Eventually they evolved into timekeepers that we wore around our wrists. Original versions just kept track of time, but other features were added in: day of the week, day of the month, and even moon phases eventually came to wrist watches. Some got barometers, stopwatches, countdown times, calculators, even simple calendars. When Microsoft released its SPOT technology, and began ...

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