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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    It was over two years ago that we first strapped on the Pebble to get a taste of what the redefined wristwatch might be like – and after a quick jaunt with its metallic cousin the Pebble Steel, we’re ready to try out the true next generation: the Pebble Time. Despite the significance of this sequel, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble Time comes in much the same packaging as the original: a nondescript, Postal Service-ready cardboard box that tears open to reveal the watch itself, a charging cable, quick-start literature … and not much else. If the packaging has stayed constant, the ...

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    The Huawei Watch saw the light of day at the 2015 Mobile World Congress, and the world was charmed by the good looks of the wearable. That, however, started to face away when we first heard rumors of the wearable's price; figures as high as $1,000 were rumored, and boy we're glad those reports were way off. Not that the prices we're seeing today are anything official, but at least they seem to be more realistic. A Reddit user discovered the Huawei Watch price listed for pre-order on MobileFun's website, and the price tags attached are $386.99 for the silver and black unit, and $451.49 ...

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    It was the headline that shook the wearable world: late last month, in just 24 hours of preorders, Apple had sold more of its smartwatches than its competitor Google had managed to sell in an entire year. This is the kind of blitzkrieg we've come to expect from Apple, with its talent for transmuting even mundane releases into world-altering events using sheer marketing muscle. Indeed, some of us wondered whether the initial wave of preorders would prove to be the zenith of public interest in the Apple Watch. Given its lukewarm reception in the broader press and a target audience ...

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    The Apple Watch has been on the market for a grand total of three days, and already reports of Apple Watch problems are rolling in. On the hardware side, probably the most visible Apple Watch problem thus far comes from noted YouTuber UnboxTherapy (of #bendgate fame), who took a variety of abrasive materials to two purported samples of the Apple Watch cover glass and found that the Ion-X material scratches more easily than expected. Granted, you're not going to be taking sandpaper to your smartwatch every day ever, but this does raise the question of just how well the Watch will fare ...

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    Apple may not be your favorite technology company, and it's first-generation smartwatch might be a little pricey for your taste, but any device that outstrips the competition's annual sales in a single day demands attention. Our own Adam Doud stayed up pretty late a few weeks back to order up a Sport edition, and now that it's hit Pocketnow's Boston offices, it's time to kick off the first step in the review process: the Apple Watch unboxing. In this video, we take you through the process of freeing the Apple Watch Sport from its retail packaging, stripping away box, then ...

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    I’ll be honest: when I first laid eyes on it at CES 2015, the Alcatel Onetouch Watch struck me as a poor man’s Moto 360. At the time there weren’t many circular smartwatches on the market, so between that, the steel casing, and the circular display –complete with the "flat tire" at bottom– it was tough not to draw the immediate comparison. It took wearing the Watch for over a week (paired to a Galaxy S6 and then an iPhone 6) to understand what it is, what it isn't, and whether it might be for you. ALCATEL ONETOUCH Watch review Its round casing isn’t as rare as it once was, ...

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    The Apple Store is finally back online with the appearance of two highly-anticipated products of two highly-anticipated products. Both the Apple Watch and MacBook have become available for order through the online portal (in varying capacities), as weeks of waiting have come to an end following initial reviews. Apple Watch pre-orders in particular have been anticipated since the product's initial announcement in September of last year. For the Apple Watch, interested customers are now able to put in a pre-order for the model they're interested in, and then orders will begin shipping on ...

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    One of the coolest gadgets we had the fortune of going hands-on with at CES 2015 was Alcatel Onetouch's first wearable product, the Watch, and we were eager to learn more about it at the time – especially when exactly we'd be able to pick one up for ourselves. We're getting those answers today, as the company has just kicked off the first sales of the ambitious device. Here's a breakdown of Alcatel Onetouch Watch pre-orders. Let's address the elephant in the room first: the price. Yes, this device comes in at $100 below the base-model Moto 360, and $200 below the Apple Watch Sport's ...

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    Wearables, especially smartwatches, are the next "big thing" in mobile technology. Exactly what they should do is still being discovered through iterative trial and error. Currently we have the Pebble 1.0 and Pebble 2.0 (referring to the firmware on the watch itself, and not to be confused with Pebble and Pebble Steel) and the Galaxy Gear. There are a few other more minor players, but already we're seeing the proverbial floodgates open -- and it's not necessarily a good thing. Don't get me wrong, choice is good. Competition is great. Learning from one's own mistakes is valuable, and ...

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    Your watch is undergoing a dramatic transformation as the battle for your wrist is beginning to heat up. Timekeeping has been of great importance over the centuries. What started as large, ornate boxes in high-class homes and businesses gradually miniaturized to mantle-top pieces, then wall hangings, and eventually to something that you could tuck into your pocket. The first pocket-watches showed up in the 1500's, and became popular in America in the 1830's. Wrist-watches didn't begin replacing gold-chained pocket-watches until the 1920's, and electronic watches didn't arrive until the ...

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    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

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    Perhaps we should start off by explaining what a smart watch is. Like a regular watch -- or chronograph if you'd prefer -- a smart watch tells time, but it does so much more. A regular watch (which we'll just call a "watch") might also include the date, the day of the week, and if you had a super-fancy one, even the barometric pressure and altitude. The nice thing about a watch is its simplicity. You glance at it and get all the information you need. As we started waltzing toward the chasm of information overload, brought on by the now ubiquitous smartphone, the traditional watch just ...

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