Posts tagged with: smart watch
  • by | April 12, 2014 12:03 AM

    One of the big draws in getting a smart watch is being able to see all of your smartphone notifications with a quick glance at your wrist instead of having to take your phone out of your pocket.  Personally, I'm still not sold on the utility of this concept, but it does seem to be getting some traction and there are numerous new smart watch models coming out that all do different things in different ways.  I recently found a new smart watch manufacturer at a press event that I hadn't heard of before.  Martian Watches is making a new smart watch called the Martian Notifier that combines ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    Update: The original edition of this article misidentified Android Wear as "Google Wear". This has been corrected and the author has been appropriately flogged. That headline has multiple dimensions to it. Sure there are a number of concerns involved with touching your phone. Safety, for example. Texting and drive and the death and mutilation that can occur is one such example. Hands free devices are always preferred when navigating a 2000 lb box of death at 55 mph (ya know, give or take) on the highway. There are also health concerns. Lately, your cell phone has been compared with toilet ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 3:04 AM

    I remember back in 2002 when I first started using smartphones, everyone else was using iPods and flip phones. The iPods were for music and the little flip phones were for phone calls. I thought that was all pretty ridiculous since my phone could do all of that, plus play videos, browse real web pages, send/receive emails, sync my calendar & contacts, play games, etc. all on a large color screen at a time when iPods and cell phones had tiny greyscale screens. All of those devices had clocks on them so since everyone was carrying a phone and an iPod around at all times, the need for ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    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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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:24 PM

    This afternoon's announcement of Google's developer preview for Android-powered smartwatches brought a lot of scintillating video to our eye sockets. We had young hip dads checking sports scores while bathing their kids; young hip bicyclists getting directions on the fly; and young hip surfers getting jellyfish warnings (those exist?) at the beach – all using wrist-mounted devices that, like the actors, looked almost too hip to exist. In fact, that's what Stephen Schenck reported when Google's announcement went live: the devices on display in these videos were's actual hardware, but more ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 12:30 AM

    When we asked a Samsung rep to clarify the differences between the Gear 2 Neo and its simply named (but better-endowed) sibling at today's Unpacked event, we were surprised to learn just how shallow those differences were. The Neo drops the camera, leaving the IR port to fend for itself in its tiny porthole up top, but aside from the accompanying reduction in size and mass, the watches are essentially identical. That means the Gear 2 Neo packs the same Tizen OS, the same heart rate sensor around back, the same 4GB of local storage, and the same tightened hardware build that allows for ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 11:29 PM

    When a company churns out its first smart watch after less than a year's development, then follows it up with a sequel less than six months later, there's something funky going on. So what does it mean when a company releases not one, but two sequels to its half-baked initial offering, announcing them alongside a funky fitness bracelet and the headlining Android smartphone for 2014? It says the company is determined to make a meaningful splash in the wearables space before its competitors get the chance, and it's taking a typical Samsung approach to getting there. To be sure, the Gear 2 ...

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  • by | January 25, 2014 7:31 AM

    It’s a smartwatch we’ve talked a lot about over the past couple months, putting it through a comparison with its arch-nemesis the Pebble before evaluating it based on rigid awesome/not awesome criteria. We'll also be touching on its (unofficial) ability to sync with non-Samsung devices in a video next week. But the Samsung Galaxy Gear recently received a significant software update in the form of the MK7 system package, and it’s important enough that we thought we’d give it a quick look in our review studio. Click on down to the Galaxy Gear update review to see how the new software ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 7:01 AM

     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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  • by | January 3, 2014 9:36 PM

    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 7:05 PM

    I know that headline needs explaining. Couple things right up front: The tablet market has positively exploded in the past few years. From a 2010 high of 17 million units shipped (thanks in large part to the then-new iPad) to a Gartner projection of 184 million units shipped in 2013, the tablet is doing just fine, thanks. As a category, smartwatches would be lucky to find success even close to that. Even the bullish Canalys forecast for a 900% increase in smart watch shipments in 2014 would only translate to 5 million units hitting humanity's wrists. Even giving the above numbers some ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and as such, we're rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 10:03 AM

    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the spec talk and ...

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  • by | October 21, 2013 8:40 PM

    The Pebble smart watch set the wearable-tech space on fire when it broke all previous records to become the biggest-ever Kickstarter surprise earlier this year. But it wasn't its fundraising ability that prompted a few of us on the Pocketnow team to pre-order one; it was the promise of a smart watch that was actually, you know ... smart. That's a promise that the Pebble delivered on when it arrived at our doorstep last spring, and we've been enjoying our little wrist-borne mobile companions ever since. But the folks behind Pebble aren't the only ones trying to make a name for themselves in ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 1:39 PM

    "Samsung's best commercial is for its worst product." That's my nomination for best (non-Pocketnow) tech headline of the year, and it comes from Vlad Savov over at The Verge. The headline leads, by way of a link, to Vlad's largely negative review of the Galaxy Gear, Samsung's new smart watch. And while I've spent only a day or so with my own Galaxy Gear review unit, I already find myself disagreeing with Vlad's conclusion. I don't think the Gear is Samsung's worst product, or even a predominantly bad one. But -and here's the interesting part- I think my opinion is due in large part to that ...

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