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 and Nike are releasing a limited edition Apple Watch Series 2

Apple and Nike are expanding their smartwatch partnership with the debut of a new, limited edition model called the NikeLab. It’ll feature a space gray Apple Watch Series 2 with a white and black band.<p>Aside from the band, which won’t be sold alone, the NikeLab is exactly the same as the Nike+. The …

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This smartwatch only reminds you of appointments – and that's just perfect

While smartwatches based on Google and Apple’s wearable platforms attempt to pack in plenty of features, the Calendar Watch from Vienna-based brand What? goes in the other direction and does just one thing: help you keep an eye on your schedule through the day.<p>That’s a bold move for the company, …

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ZeTime Smartwatch

If you're looking for a smartwatch, you have several options. But the ZeTime Smartwatch is the first of those choices to give you a stainless steel …

How to update your smartwatch to Android Wear 2.0 manually using OTA downloads

Google began the process of rolling out Android Wear 2.0 to a plethora of smartwatches all the way back in February. This latest update brings many enhancements and refinements, but most notable are its revamped UI, on-watch Play Store, and watch face complications. If you’re hoping try out the new …

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Smart & Sporty

<b>TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45</b><p>Here's something you don't see on many smart watches: a Swiss Made tag.<p>But TAG Heuer's Connected Modular 45 comes with …

One of Alphabet’s other divisions has made its own health-themed smartwatch

While Google and its third-party partners have been quite busy launching Android Wear-based smartwatches over the past few years, another company under Google’s parent organization Alphabet has been quietly working on a smartwatch of its own. Today, that company, Verily, announced some of the …

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10 Apple Watch bands you can get on Amazon for less than one band from Apple

Apple Watch bands from Apple can cost as much as $250 for the Modern Buckle band, and that’s not even including the $550 black Link Bracelet or the …

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Following Fitbit acquisition, Pebble rolling out update to ensure watches will function indefinitely

Last December, Pebble was acquired by Fitbit with all future hardware plans being canceled. Since then, however, there have been questions about the fate of existing Pebble devices on the market. Now, Pebble has pushed an update to the Pebble app on iOS and Android to ensure that existing …

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Android Wear 2.0 is hitting more watches today

Yesterday, Google said that an unspecified bug was delaying the Android Wear 2.0 rollout yet again. It looks like the delay hasn't been <i>too</i> severe, though. The company says that Wear 2.0 is now available for five more watches: the Polar M600, Nixon Mission, Fossil Q Wander, Fossil Q Marshal and …

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Bug delays Android Wear 2.0 yet again

Google's been talking about Android Wear 2.0 for a <i>long</i> time -- it was first announced almost a year ago, at the I/O 2016 developer event. But it was delayed from a planned fall launch until early 2017. And while a few watches have been released that include the new software (most notably the LG …

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Use Theater Mode to help you sleep with your Apple Watch

The new Theater Mode in watchOS 3.2 can do more than keep you from annoying others when you’re at the movies. If you track your sleep with your Apple Watch, Theater Mode can help you get some extra shut-eye.<p>It’s quick and easy to turn on Theater Mode. The setting toggles your watch into silent mode …

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Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch

The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos …

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Samsung finally has an LTE model of the Gear S3 Classic

If you're in the market for a new wearable with a retro look, Samsung today announced that its Gear S3 Classic smartwatch is getting 4G LTE connectivity. The original Classic lacked this feature, opting for WiFi instead. S3 fans had to go with the Frontier version if they wanted LTE.<p>Gallery: The …

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A tale of two smartwatch Kickstarters

Should we add smarts to a mechanical watch, or add mechanical parts to a smartwatch?<p>Should a hybrid smartwatch take modern tech back in time or bring legacy timekeeping mechanisms to today’s digital watches? Two new smartwatches hit Kickstarter this morning, peddling radically different visions of …

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Fashion brand Guess is launching a Snapdragon-powered Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

Fashion brand Guess is launching an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch successor to its original Guess Connect.<p>The device is launching in eight styles, five of which are intended for men (44 mm) and three of which are targeted at women (41 mm), and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. …

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Fossil's smartwatches start receiving Android Wear 2.0

Fossil may have been a bit late to introducing Android Wear watches, but it's one of the fastest out of the gate with the Android Wear 2.0 upgrade. The fashion brand has started rolling out Google's latest software to its Q Founder, Q Marshal and Q Wander watches as of today. There are no surprises …

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45: Yes, $1,600 Android smartwatches are still a thing

TAG Heuer is upping the premium smartwatch game with a new high-end Android Wear watch. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a versatile luxury smartwatch that is even more expensive than the original.<p>With a starting price of $1,600, the all-metal watch is more than four times the price of the …

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This bracelet for long-distance relationships lets you ‘touch’ your partner when they’re miles away

<b>Long distance relationships aren’t easy.</b><p>Most of the time, life goes on. You can make do with messaging sweet nothings on Whatsapp and getting jiggy …

This smart watch is actually a Raspberry Pi computer running Windows 98

Running Windows 98 from your browser is pretty rad, but did you know you can boot the legendary operation system straight from your self-made smart watch? One recreational inventor has managed to do precisely that and now you can too – all you need is a Raspberry Pi.<p>Giving in to his sense of …

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Real watch hands on a smartwatch face actually makes sense

One of the biggest complaints about smartwatches today is that they don't always display the time, since their screens go to sleep after a while. Several companies have tried to alleviate the issue by offering always-on displays, but that comes at the expense of battery life. Swiss startup MyKronoz …

‘All’ Fossil Q devices get Android Wear 2.0 next month, Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3 in early Q2

Google had seemingly encouraging news to share for owners of many Android Wear oldies upon finally releasing the platform’s 2.0 update, alongside the …

Rethinking wearable computing

Bring up the topic of wearables these days, and you’re likely to see rolled eyes, shrugged shoulders, and a general sense of “whatever.” The problem, …

TAG Heuer Connected Modular smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 could land in March after all

While Tag Heuer doesn’t have a lot of competition in the small, profit margin-driven luxury smartwatch field, the Swiss fashion designer still …

The very first Apple Watch Series 3 details may have just leaked

The Apple Watch Series 2 was a modest but welcome improvement over the original Apple wearable, but with stiff competition from Samsung and LG, it’s …

Apple Watch Series 3 to Feature New Touchscreen Panel Due to Supply Yield Issues

Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 will feature a new type of touchscreen, according to a supply chain report.<p>Due to cost and supply chain issues, …

All the big Android announcements we expect to see at Mobile World Congress 2017

Barcelona’s famous fair, the Mobile World Congress, is just around the corner. As always, (almost) all the big names in mobile will join the party to show the latest and greatest coming out of their R&D. And while Samsung’s absence may represent a hit for the general vibe of the coming days, there …

Unboxing the LG Watch Style

Google recently launched, after a bit of a delay, Android Wear 2.0. In conjunction with the launch of the next generation of their smartwatch …

Google is finally taking fitness seriously with Android Wear 2.0

It won't replace a Fitbit, but there is still a lot it does well.<p>Google's Android Wear 2.0 watch platform is the company's biggest shot yet at jumping into the fitness tracking world dominated by companies like Fitbit. Is it there yet? Not quite.<p>The company's revamped smartwatch operating system …

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How to use Android Pay on your Android Wear smartwatch

The payment system only works for NFC-enabled devices.<p>Android Pay can now be used on select Android Wear smartwatches post Google's rollout of the …

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