Smart Watch News & Reviews

By Vernon Niven | The best smart watches you can buy today plus a few on the way. Apple Watch, Pebble, Samsung Gear, Sony, LG, Moto 360 and more.

Apple Watch Series 3 (non-LTE) review: third time’s the charm

You don’t need LTE<p>I like watches. I wear one every single day, without fail, and have since I was in elementary school. I also like gadgets a lot, which means that a smartwatch is something that I’ve always been intrigued by and wanted in my life.<p>But despite being both a watch wearer and a fan of …

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Fossil’s new Android Wear smartwatch has a touch-sensitive bezel and costs $275

It start shipping today<p>Fossil today announced a new smartwatch in its Q line called the Q Control that comes with a touchscreen bezel that allows for quick scrolling through the device’s interface. Running Android Wear, the Q Control comes with a 45mm, water resistant circular case and 20mm …

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7 things you’ll want to try first with your Apple Watch

Black Friday is coming and lots of Apple fans will probably search for cut price deals on the popular Apple Watch and its vast medley of straps. Here …

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Fossil Q Control Android Wear Smartwatch Annoucned

Fossil has announced the launch of their latest smartwatch, the Fossil Q Control. The new smartwatch comes with Google’s Android Wear OS and it comes …

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Matrix PowerWatch hands-on: The promise of a world without chargers

When Matrix co-founder Douglas Tham handed me my review unit of the PowerWatch, I had to fight the instinct to ask for a charger. This thermal-powered wearable doesn't need one -- it gets energy by converting your body heat into electricity. It's been a year since I saw an early prototype of the …

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Fossil Q Activist review: watch first, smart second

Hybrid smartwatches are good now<p>For the past couple of weeks, I've been wearing a Fossil Q Activist, a good-looking $155 watch that has let me track my steps and know when I get a notification. I haven’t had to charge it a single time.<p>The Q Activist, like several other devices in Fossil's Q lineup, …

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10 Apple Watch Series 3 bands our Watch Store customers love

Whether you got the Apple Watch Series 3 or just want to up the game of an older model, we’ve got you covered with our Watch Store customers’ favorite bands. These are some of the best-selling straps for Apple Watch — bands we personally love and recommend for their quality, craftsmanship, value …

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Foxconn wants a piece of growing Apple Watch business

The Apple Watch Series 3 experienced a 50 percent sequential increase in sales over the July to September quarter, and Apple is looking to bring in new suppliers to help deliver on the increased demand.<p>One of the companies that reportedly wants in? Foxconn, a.k.a. the manufacturer which already …

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Samsung Gear Sport's best feature is Spotify

Samsung can make a nice-looking watch, but it's not always nice in function.<p>Samsung makes fantastic looking watches but it doesn't always give them the best tools for success. So is Samsung Gear Sport a typical Samsung watch?<p>I've been wearing Samsung's newest Gear watch for about a week, across an …

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Apple Watch Series 3: How Can Apple Make Smartwatch Even Better? [Opinion]

The Apple Watch 3 might have arrived to a difficult start with many people having connection issues. As this author explained in a review a couple …

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Be Wary of Insurance Providers Offering Cheap Apple Watches

There is news this week that insurance company John Hancock is offering their Vitality life insurance policy owners the opportunity to get an Apple Watch Series 3 for only $25. This is a whopping $304 off the normal retail price, which is a pretty amazing deal. So what’s the catch?<p>The catch is that …

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Apple Watch is a better iPod thanks to streaming music

Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3. It feels great, but you'd better get used to using Siri.<p>I used to wear an iPod Nano on my wrist. It stored songs, it had an FM radio and it told me the time.<p>Years later, the Apple Watch is finally living up to the …

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Misfit's Vapor Android Wear watch goes on sale October 31st

Nobody can say that Misfit Vapor is vaporware anymore. The smartwatch will finally be available for purchase on October 31st from Misfit's website, though its email subscribers will have the chance to get one earlier than that. We first saw Vapor at CES 2017 back in January when it was still …

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Huawei Watch 2 Pro launched in China, comes with eSIM and Android Wear 2.0

Along with the official launch in China of the new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, Huawei announced a new Huawei Watch 2 Pro. The announcement comes as a surprise, as we didn’t get any hint about it during the international Mate 10 launch event held in Munich last week.<p>Its design is very similar to the …

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A buried clue in Verizon earnings: Wearables are finally gaining steam

If you think Verizon's just a cell phone company, check out its latest earnings report.<p>Verizon said on Thursday it got more new customers than …

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How to sync and load music onto Apple Watch with watchOS 4

Apple introduced a few music management changes to Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 4, which now allows users to load multiple playlists, …

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The Apple Watch 3 is awesome

Ten days in with the new Apple Watch 3, and I'm amazed by how quickly it integrated into daily life.<p>Earlier this month, I made the leap to the dark …

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70% Of Apple Watch 3 Buyers New To Platform; 80% Buying Cellular Version

70% of Apple Watch Series 3 buyers are buying their first-ever Apple Watch, says GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives. And 80% of Series 3 buyers are buying the LTE-equipped cellular version, which eliminates the need for an always-near paired phone.<p>Both of those numbers are huge for Apple.<p>Apple has …

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Android Wear features can now arrive via Google Play for more timely improvements

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Google was over and done with Android Wear, given the dearth of smartwatch news at its recent product launch event — not to mention the Android Wear section’s subsequent removal from the Google Store. However, Google has still been working on the platform lately …

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Google Store wipes Android Wear watches clean out of the site

With the Apple Watch Series 3 making the most waves in the smartwatch space right now and an ecosystem otherwise suffering for some identity, Android …

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5 reasons it's worth buying an Android Wear watch right now

Android Wear is more awesome than ever, and now is definitely the time to buy.<p>Android Wear is the software that powers an increasing number of …

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Review: First Impressions

Be it swimming, spinning, running, yoga, mountain biking or circuit training, the stunning setting of Cala Mondrago in the Spanish Island Mallorca couldn’t be a more perfect location to test Fitbit’s much anticipated smartwatch, the Ionic.<p>Weeks before its official launch, I put the smartwatch …

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Friday 5: Awesome Apple Watch apps to try this weekend [Video]

My hands-on look at the Apple Watch Series 3 is still forthcoming, but I have to say that I’ve been extremely impressed by the potential and speed of this device. The Series 3 is, in my opinion, what the original Apple Watch aspired to be. The hardware has not only increased in efficiency and …

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Texting problems on Apple Watch 3? Here's what's going on

The Apple Watch Series 3 includes cellular connectivity, but SMS messages are not treated the same way as phone calls and iMessages. Here's what you need to know.<p>The big new feature on the Apple Watch Series 3 is its ability to live on a cellular LTE network, free from both Wi-Fi networks and the …

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A solar-powered smartwatch seems like a good idea — if it works

Battery life on smartwatches is, in a word, bad. And while most of today’s watches can more or less make it through a day without dying, they’re still a far cry from the months or even years that traditional watches can run for.<p>What if you never had to charge your smartwatch? That’s the promise of …

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watchOS 4: How to customize and use the new Siri face on Apple Watch

watchOS 4 introduces a new Siri watch face on Apple Watch that intelligently updates to show you relevant content throughout the day. The Siri watch face pulls data from 14 different sources by default, but customizing these sources can help remove information from the timeline that you don’t need …

Verizon Wear24 Smartwatch Has Been Discontinued

The Verizon Wear24 smartwatch was launched back in May. The device came with Google’s Android Wear OS and the smartwatch retailed for $350 or $300 …

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Apple Watch Series 3 Observations- Part 3

Thanks to the weekend, I’ve been using some extra time to test out the new Apple Watch and use it in situations that I might normally not try out if left to my own devices. So far, so good, as my battery life and connectivity have performed as good or better than expected.<p><b>The Screen</b><p>If you have …

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch goes on sale on October 1st for $300

Alongside the Fitbit Flyer headphones<p>Fitbit announced today that it will be launching the Ionic — the company’s first true smartwatch — on October 1st for $299.95. Also set to launch that day is the company’s first foray into the headphone market, the Fitbit Flyer, for $129.95.<p>The Ionic was …