Posts tagged with: smartwatch
  • by | February 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and we immediately fell in love with the hardware imrpovements over the original Pebble. We were a bit surprised, however, when CEO Eric Migicovsky told us it would sell for $100 more than the original, or $250. Inside, they're practically the same, save for the 8MB storage in Pebble Steel vs 4MB in the original. It has Gorilla Glass 2 covering the display, a machine-cut, marine grade stainless steel chassis, and a choice of two finish styles – brushed or PVD coated. It also ships with two premium watch straps: a genuine leather and matching ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and while many feel the upgrade over the original Pebble to be a disappointment, there is no denying how good looking the new Pebble is. It's internals and specs are practically the same as the original, except this model has double the internal storage. It bears the same display, battery, CPU, etc. But its frame is smaller, it weighs a little more, and it looks infinitely more classy. While we put this smartwatch to the test and determine if it's worth an additional $100, feast your eyes on the Pebble Steel unboxing video below, and tell us why ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    As I sit here writing this article, my Pebble smartwatch is on my wrist and my mind is racing back to my time with the Galaxy Gear -- and finally getting it to "work" with my Nexus 5. I love my Pebble. It's a watch that does so much more than a standard wristwatch, and helps keep my smartphone in my pocket, rather than in and out, over and over when I check notifications. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a different breed of smartwatch. In addition to doing most of what Pebble does, it also serves as your phone's handset, lets you snap short videos, and more. Unfortunately, it's only "compatible" ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 4:35 PM

    If the rise of the smartwatch (and wearables in general) is doing nothing else, it's providing manufacturers with the opportunity to really experiment and play around with new designs, trying to think up innovative ways to enrich our lives through these smart products. Sure, many of the players are treading lightly, not wanting to release anything too bizarre looking, but even in more mainstream devices we're seeing some unexpected design choices – like Samsung building the Galaxy Gear's camera into the watch's strap. One newly published patent application reveals an unusual take on the ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 4:39 PM

    Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a lot going for it, but two major obstacles have been responsible for really holding it back: its very limited smartphone compatibility, and its quite lofty price tag. We already find ourselves looking forward to the next big thing, anticipating a second-gen Galaxy Gear to launch early this year (and possibly alongside the Galaxy S 5), but that doesn't mean that the original smartwatch can't still offer a whole lot of functionality. Of course, with this new watch just over the horizon, Samsung's going to have to take steps to keep the older model ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 2:16 PM

    Love or hate them, smartwatches are a growing thing. Many of us here at Pocketnow have or will soon own a Pebble, and Michael Fisher also has a soft spot for the Galaxy Gear. And Joe and I share similar theories on the future of smartwatches, wearables, and the personal area network. But it's not just us those of us who are obsessed with technology either. As new generations of devices have come out and they become more visible to the general public, they have grown in popularity. For instance, while sitting in a coffee shop writing last week, I saw two random customers wearing Pebble. A ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 3:32 AM

    Pebble, Samsung, and Sony, to name a few, already have a jump-start in the wearables sector, specifically in the smartwatch business, but there are still key players that are yet to join the fight. While there are only rumors about an upcoming Apple smartwatch, and Samsung smart glasses, Acer and ASUS are two Taiwanese giants that already made their plans public. An Acer company executive admitted that wearables were demoed to key customers at CES, and that "the company is still developing certain types of wearable devices. We certainly aim to play a role in the new market", said ...

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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 16, 2014 5:30 PM

    Few will argue that wearables aren't the next big thing. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, and face-mounted displays were in full force at CES last week. And the term "wearables" is plastered all over every tech site on the Web. While not everyone quite understands the usefulness and importance of peripherals for smartphones with glanceable, easily accessible information, the attention the few important devices are getting in this brand new market is telling of just how ready we are for the next big thing. Several of us here at Pocketnow have been following the blossoming smartwatch market ...

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  • by | January 9, 2014 11:43 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new plans to reimburse you for early termination fees from competing carriers. We then move to the Moto G as the device has just landed at Verizon for just $100 on a pre-paid plan. Up next we have Archos, a company we haven't talked about before, and its plans for a $50 smartwatch later this year. We later talk about the iPhone 6 and the rumored frame that just got leaked, aside from more details on the phone's camera. We end today's show talking about Samsung, and its plans for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 4. All this ...

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  • by | January 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    When will Apple finally get around to releasing its smartwatch? Rumors argue quite convincingly that such a product is in development, but they've been in disagreement (or just fully in the dark) when it comes to precisely when the so-called iWatch might become available. In recent months, the narrative seems to be one dominated by talk of delays, and rumors have suggested that it won't be until well within the second half of the year before we see any iWatch launch. Now some new sources are weighing-in on the matter, describing some particular setbacks Apple has supposedly been enduring. ...

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  • by | January 6, 2014 2:00 PM

    Last week, we heard from Pebble that it had a special announcement ready to go for the CES, and would be sharing it with us today. What would it have in store; just more news about the upcoming Pebble app store, or could there also be new hardware? We were skeptical that we'd be seeing anything so bold as an all-new Pebble 2, but it turns out some new hardware really is in the cards, and today Pebble announces the new Pebble Steel. Functionally, Pebble Steel is unchanged from the original watch; we get the same display, same battery life, same feature set – it's still a Pebble at its ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 11:39 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Oppo's Find 7, and all the details we've wanted to know about its 2K display. Then we talk about LG due to some rumors of the G3, aside from possible wearable items. Samsung is next as we first talk about rumors of a new Galaxy Camera on its way. We also talk about the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 that just landed at the FCC. We end today's show talking about some legal problems that HTC is giving to their previous VP of design due to leaks. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Oppo Find 7 display size, 2K resolution, confirmed - LG G3: ...

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  • by | December 24, 2013 2:58 PM

    Six months ago, we saw Sony introduce its aptly-named SmartWatch 2 (above), this year's follow-up to its prior model, featuring a larger, higher-res display. While it boasted specs like an impressive battery life, the lack of really head-turning features (such as the camera on Samsung's Galaxy Gear) may have hurt Sony's sales. Can it do better in 2014? It sure sounds like we'll be finding out one way or the other, with some new FCC docs sure suggesting that Sony's been developing another smartwatch. While that last Sony smartwatch was the SW2, this paperwork describes a Sony model SWR10, ...

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