Tag: smartwatch

A look at the Zing Smartwatch – A different approach

Smartwatches are starting to diversify. Each manufacturer is trying to carve out their niche in the market, and the Zing Smartwatch aims to provide a fashionable, modern, and fun approach to the wearable market. Let’s get Social The Zing is an activity tracker designed for the social generation. …

LG Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch announced

Hot on the heels of the new and updated Samsung and Huawei smartwatches, LG has announced the second edition of their Urbane watch. With the majority of smartwatches running Android Wear, there is often little that manufacturers can do to differentiate their wares in terms of software. Much …

Pebble announce the Pebble Time Round

Traditionally most of us have the expectation that watches are a certain shape – circular. For a while, smartwatches struggled to accommodate this traditional shape until relatively recently when a few Android Wear devices with round faces started to make an appearance. Pebble was an early entry into the …

IFA – Samsung unveil the Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic

Watches look best when they’re round. At least, that’s the way Samsung sees it. Their new Gear S2 smartwatch has been unveiled here at IFA. There’s going to be two versions, including one with 3G connectivity baked in. The specs include a 1.2” Super AMOLED 360×360 circular screen …

Fossil to launch an Android Wear watch.

Founded in 1985, Fossil recently announced that they were teaming up with chipmaker Intel, which could mean only one thing. The company was looking into a smartwatch. Well at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015. it was announced that Fossil will release its first fashion smartwatch, an as-yet-unnamed …

Get the Apple Watch look for less than £25

You want a smartwatch, but you don’t want to pay a fortune. Perhaps you want to see if this whole smartwatch businesses is for you? Well, this could be just what you need. OK, perhaps not need necessarily, but it could be something to spend a few quid …

Get (vivo) Active with Garmin

Smartwatches: they now exist in a crowded market. It’s difficult to make a case for a new device but here we are, looking at a new device. The Garmin Vivoactive slides in at the top of the Garmin wearables range. Taking advantage of the GPS pedigree that Garmin is …

Huawei Watch priced up. You got £300 spare?

We had a play with some of the Huawei smartwatches at Mobile World Congress and they’re looked really rather good. What was of concern though, was the possible price of their new Huawei Watch. MobileFun appear to have slid it into their website for a cool £300 here …

LG Watch Urbane – Get it today from Google Play

You’ve got £259.99, right? You don’t need that new TV. No, you need a watch my friend. A smartwatch. This is one we got the full sweaty hands-on with (or should that be ”wrist-on”?) In Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. It’s available in silver or gold (and I …

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 gets a serious price drop

It’s been some time since we published our Sony Smartwatch 2 Review. If you wanted one they were still holding out at £149.99, but now Amazon have slashed the price right down to just £68.92 here.. It’s billed as a “wireless smartphone notification device” and will also act …

Moto 360 Watch now a bit cheaper here in the UK too

The price of the Moto 360 has dropped in the USA recently, but here in sunny Britain we’ve only just been blessed with a price drop. It’s only on the light finish Moto 360 but it’s £40 off and you can’t argue too much with that. You can …

What can you do with a SmartWatch…

And more importantly – what’s the point? I’ve personally never understood the need for a SmartWatch. Perhaps it’s because of the reported short battery life on some models, or it’s because I’m never separated from my phone, but I never really ‘got it’. However, I’ve become aware that the …

Will smartwatches have the same range of apps as smartphones?

Well, that certainly didn’t take long. No sooner has the Apple Watch been announced and we’re already getting emails telling us about apps that’ll run on the thing. That’s expected I guess, but when betting apps also set to arrive on the thing, you know it’ll probably be …

Atongm W008 Smartwatch Review. Do you really need the Apple Watch?

Since I typed my original post about this device it’s now dropped in price. At around £40 and supported by lots of supposed “5 star reviews” it seemed appealing, so I thought it was worth a dabble. Fancy a cheap smartwatch? Let’s see what it’s really like. First …

MWC – A look at the ZTE smartwatches

Around the side of the ZTE stand there were some ordinary-looking watches. I only say “ordinary” in the sense that they didn’t immediately scream “smartwatch” at me. They were neither chunky or “techy” in appearance and the design was both understated and stylish. None of these are on …

MWC – GUESS who do smartwatches

If you think about it, watchmakers are probably breathing a huge sigh of relief. There was a moment when lots of people thought.. “Hey, I don’t need a watch, I’ve got me a phone. This thing tells me the time, the date, the weather and it does Facebook …

MWC – Kronoz. Can a watch maker create a smartwatch?

We’ve already seen how smartphone manufacturers like LG create smartwatches. However, we should perhaps consider how an existing watchmaker approaches the problem. MyKronoz have designed watches since 2013 and I was interested in their ZeTel and ZePhone watches, which have SIM cards in, and the ZeFit, ZeCircle, ZeBracelet, …

MWC – The LG Watch Urbane hands-on

I’ve got to tell you, I’ve never really considered a smartwatch until now. Heck, I’ve not even considered a watch full stop for a while. James has given me a Pebble on loan and, I’ll admit, my attitude is changing somewhat. Here, it’s Android Wear powering the show …

Vodafone offer up the LG G Flex2 with free G Watch R

Hello, what’s this then? The hot new LG G Flex2, on Vodafone with a G Watch R chucked in too? For £44.50 per month? Ohh, I’ll have a bit of that thank-you. Feeling a bit like a bendy LG G2, this has a 5.5″ screen and runs Android …

Smartwatches banned from exams

Spoiler: unless you’re a student this will be of no real relevance. I remember sitting GCSE exams back in the mid-1990s and before our mock exams some bright spark discovered a new type of calculator that would allow you to write words. Lo and behold, the teachers soon cottoned …

Atongm W008 Smartwatch – Not reviewed

Here’s another gadget I found whilst browsing some random Chinese gadget suppliers. It’s a smartwatch, but not just the usual type that hooks into your smartphone via Bluetooth. No, this one actually has a SIM card and microSD inside so you can make and receive calls on the …

CES – Sony update the Smartwatch 3

Alcatel aren’t the only people announcing smartwatches, although in the case of Sony it isn’t a new model rather a couple of new strap options for the existing Sony Smartwatch 3. First up is a new metal body for the Smartwatch 3, similar to the business edition of …

CES – Alcatel announce iOS/ Android smartwatch

Yes, it’s me again with yet another smartwatch announcement. This time at least it’s from a phone manufacturer rather than a watch maker, Alcatel I choose you. The new Alcatel Watch, yes seriously that is its name, features a round display with a semi-functional outer ring and then …

First all stainless-steel smartwatch from Burg to launch at CES

  Dutch lifestyle designer and trendsetter, Hermen van den Burg announced yesterday that as part of the BURG Smatwatch Collection 2015 they are launching the worlds first all stainless steel smartwatch, the BURG® 27, at CES in January. Available in Stainless Steel, Rose Gold Stainless Steel IP, and Black Stainless Steel IP, …

Samsung Gear S available on Friday

If you like the look of this 3G-enabled smartwatch you really don’t have long to wait. The Samsung Gear S will be available on Friday. O2 and Samsung Experience stores will be selling the watch, which will let you reply to texts and will deliver notifications from your …

The Shanda Geak 2 smartwatch boasts crazy battery life

Shanda are a well known Chinese company, who have a watch hardware division called Geak. So it makes sense that their 2nd smartwatch will be called the Shanda Geak 2. So far nothing of any huge interest to us UK residents, but there are two things of interest …

Windows smartwatch arrives! Sort-of.

If you like watching Eastenders on repeat or nails being dragged along a blackboard you’ll probably like this. Windows 95 is probably running on some office PCs somewhere still (probably on the PC of a Director / Manager who says it’s “essential” to their work. Colin Davenport has …

Hotel information beamed to your smartwatch

You’re the gadget man. You’re the one with the latest kit. You’ve got yourself one of those hot new Android Wear smartwatches. Now. Now you need some apps that’ll talk to it. Yeah. That’s going to take a while. Getting the latest bleeding-edge kit means that you have …

A smartwatch, for kids

Sure, smartwatches might be a new thing, but can you get one for your child? There’s a range of tracker watches that’ll help parents and carers monitor movements yes, but how about a full-blown smartwatch? The new VTech Kidizoom is just £29.99 and it’s about the closest thing …

Aces of Luftwaffe review

I don’t normally review games for smart phones as I don’t normally play them but this one caught my attention in a big way so I figured what the hell.   The premise of the game is very simple it is a top down rolling shooter that as …

A closer look at the Moto 360

We got a brief introduction to the not-quite-available-yet Moto 360 smartwatch just a few days ago, but here’s a closer look at the device. It has a tiny bezel and a screen which almost seems to float on the top of the watch, but is slightly thick. As …

Samsung Gear Live announced. Buy one now

It wasn’t long ago that we had 1.2GHz CPU’s in laptops (in fact, I think this one I’m using right now has one). Now our smart watches have them. This is the Samsung Gear Live, powered by Android Wear. It has a 1.63″ Super AMOLED (320×320) screen and …

Samsung design for new smartwatch leaked

In a recent application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Samsung have given some hints about what they think a new smartwatch could look like and how a user could interact with it.   The answer to the design at least, is very similar to the …

Future Sony Smartwatches won’t use Android Wear

Sony have been in the smartwatch game longer than most, developing their own version of Android as their OS of choice on their devices. Such as the LiveView and SmartWatch ranges. With the announcement of Android Wear you might think they’d be perfectly placed to be an early …

It’s wearables day – Android Wear is go

In Barcelona we saw this, the Samsung Gear Fit. It’s not got “Galaxy” in the title because it’s not powered by Android. Now Google, who generally like world domination, would rather that change, so here’s the “Android Wear” initiative. The full details on what is included (plus an …

Pebble Steel – Review

The original Pebble was one of the first SmartWatches that actually got my attention, up until then SmartWatches were just trying far too hard. With devices like the Sony Liveview being flawed by horrific software and driver issues. What Pebble were offering seemed to fit a lot of …

Samsung Gear Fit – Hands on

That’s the thing with Mobile World Congress. You go out there, you do about 20 miles of running about, then a few days later you sit back and find that one of your posts never made it past the “draft” stage. I blame the sheer fact that I …

Samsung announce Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

Just a day before the official Samsung Unpacked 5 event here in Barcelona (and at a really early time in the morning whilst we are sleeping), Samsung have announced two new smartwatches to upgrade their Galaxy Gear range. First off is the main flagship watch, the Gear 2. …

HTC to show off some smartwatches next week?

With a global event happening in just a few days and their hot new device getting announced in March, just what, if anything, will HTC be showing us at Mobile World Congress? Some HTC One handsets from last year? We can’t see that happening. Perhaps, then, this Bloomberg …

New Xperia update causing WiFi problems

The Xperia Z in the Coolsmartphone office recently got updated to Android 4.3 but, shortly after, we noticed that the Sony Smartwatch 2 no longer worked. It seems we’re not the only ones, with the Xperia Care website now bubbling over with similar comments. It seems that, post …