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.

Wear OS watches get (slightly) useful interactive faces

Look at all that space on your smartwatch's face. You could be doing so much more with it. In addition to simply displaying the time, date, current weather and your fitness progress, your watch's canvas could also do things like launch apps, switch modes or even let you play mini games. That is, if …

Wear OS

Apple Releases Second Beta of New watchOS 5 Operating System to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 5 update, two weeks after releasing the first beta following the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote and one week after releasing an updated watchOS 5 beta 1 with a bug fix. watchOS 5 is the newest version of the software that runs …

Smartwatches

By 2022, today's smartwatches will seem 'quaint,' predicts IDC

Are you all about gadgets? Are you into wearables? Then the next few years might be very exciting for you.<p>Health and fitness are at the heart of smartwatches nowadays. But with rapid developments in cellular connectivity, especially 5G, and integration with more internet-of-things devices, IDC …

Wearable Tech

Hotel chain deploys Samsung Gear S3 to serve guests

Every so often, we talk about the odd devices that are getting deployed into the enterprise ecosystem. Windows Phone turned out to be a bust for the …

Hospitality

Five of my favorite watchOS 5 features [Video]

In a previous post we touched on 50 of the new changes and features found in watchOS 5. Many of the changes were subtle updates and enhancements, but a few of them stood out above all the rest. Watch this hands-on video as I talk about five of my favorite watchOS 5 features.<p>Manually connecting to …

Smartwatches

Pebble smartwatch owners might be getting a lifeline after all

• Officially, support for Pebble smartwatch software and services will end on June 30, according to Fitbit.<br>• However, a third party group called Rebble plans to offer a replacement for those services to Pebble owners.<br>• Rebble is asking Pebble owners and developers to link their accounts to their service …

Apps

Apple Watch Series 4 Rumor: No Moving Side Button Or Digital Crown

The next generation of Apple Watch, presumably called Series 4, may not have a Side Button or Digital Crown that will actually depress when you push them. That’s the latest rumor to be added to a growing pile that includes the suggestion that the next Watch will have a bigger screen in the same …

Smartwatches

Next-gen Apple Watch could use solid-state haptic buttons

The next-gen Apple Watches have so far avoided physical redesigns in favor of under-the-hood improvements. That could change this year, however, according to a new report.<p>Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim that the Apple Watch Series 4 will replace the current physical buttons on the device for …

Smartwatches

Apple Watch rumor suggests 'solid state' buttons are coming

Now that the Apple Watch has built-in LTE, what could change in the next version? A rumor from <i>Fast Company</i> suggests that the Watch could follow Apple's "Force Touch" equipped laptops or iPhone 7 (and higher) models by making the button and digital crown "solid state" parts that don't actually move …

Apple Watch

The Elago Wristfit gives you a place to holster your Airpods

Elago’s products usually complement Apple’s products in ways that make them more useful than before. Take for instance their airpods strap that …

Apple Watch

The 14 Products That Apple Should Make

At WWDC 2018 this week, Apple announced some pretty sweet updates coming to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS this fall. No hardware products were …

MacBook Pro

Two Things the Apple Watch Gets Wrong

After owning an Apple Watch for a few weeks, I have two major complaints about the way that it tracks and manages my fitness.<p>I have written in the …

Apple Watch

How to sell your first-gen Apple Watch

It's the (unfortunate) nature of the tech beast: Hardware makers eventually stop supporting older models.<p>Case in point: At the WWDC event earlier this week, Apple announced WatchOS 5 -- but said it won't be available for the original Apple Watch.<p>Thankfully, that doesn't mean your first-gen wearable …

Smartwatches

Lawsuit alleges that every Apple Watch contains the same defect

Every Apple Watch that Apple has made is defective. At least, that’s the argument made by a new class action lawsuit, asking Apple to pay $5 million in damages for refusing to acknowledge an issue which affects its wearable devices.<p>According to Kenneth Sciacca of Colorado, who filed the suit, Apple …

Apple Watch

Here's Why watchOS 5 Is a Game-Changer for Apple Watch

Every year, the Apple Watch becomes a little more independent from the iPhone. A little more useful. A little more necessary.<p>Credit: Tom's Guide<p>On …

Smartwatches

WatchOS 5 makes those pricey $10,000 Apple Watch Editions obsolete

The idea of luxury watches is that they last a lifetime, maybe more. Patek Philippe makes this explicit with its tagline, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”<p>Clearly Apple didn’t get the memo, though. The company’s ultra-expensive Apple Watch …

Smartwatches

Apple Watch is about to get a lot better, but WatchOS 5 is still missing 2 big features

Apple's 2018 WWDC keynote was about software, not hardware. And yes, there was a lot of news on iOS 12. But there was also a rundown on WatchOS 5, Apple's newest software update for Apple Watches. And like iOS 12, it was about small refinements, not earth-shaking changes. And no, Apple did not …

Smartwatches

What Is Apple Watch’s New watchOS 5? It Includes Tons Of New Features To Make Life Easier

During Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote on Jun. 4, the company took some time to show off its new Apple Watch update, watchOS 5 …

Smartwatches

WatchOS 5 updates the Apple Watch with Walkie-Talkie app

The latest Apple Watch operating system brings new workout features and the ability to send short audio messages to friends.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will get automatic workout detection, walkie-talkie mode, and better notifications

watchOS 5 will arrive this fall<p>Apple’s popular smartwatch will be getting a new software update later this year in the form of watchOS 5. It will add new features for health and fitness tracking, as well as software that aligns with the screen time limitations that are coming with iOS 12 on the …

Smartwatches

Fitbit shipped 1 million Versa smartwatches in six weeks

The Ionic didn't do much to turn around Fitbit's ailing fortunes, but the Versa is faring decidedly better. Fitbit has revealed that it has shipped "more than" 1 million Versa smartwatches in the six weeks since the wristwear went on sale April 16th. While that's not about to make Apple break out …

Wearable Tech

Apple Watch Series 4: Apple’s 2019 Smartwatch Might Finally Hit The Perfect Spot For Wearable Devices

The Apple Watch Series 4 could be compatible with accessories from previous models.<p>The Apple Watch Series 4 is practically around the corner, but …

Smartwatches

Ontario student charged with distracted driving for checking time on Apple Watch

A student at the University of Guelph learned the hard way that wearable tech counts as a distraction when you’re driving.<p>The student was charged …

Apple Watch

With Apple Watch bands, the choices are epic

A month ago, my generous wife got me an Apple Watch for our anniversary. It’s a watch I wanted, but could not justify, so it was a nice surprise. …

Smartwatches

Apple Watch Series 4 To Boast Brilliant Edge-To-Edge Screen, Report Claims

The Apple Watch design has gone largely unchanged since its launch in 2015. I mean, sure, it’s varied in thickness by fractions of an inch, sporting a red dot on the digital crown in some of the latest models, and the materials in the deluxe Edition models has changed, but overall, it’s almost …

Smartwatches

watchOS 4.3.1 now available for Apple Watch, includes startup bug fix

watchOS 4.3.1 is now available for all Apple Watch models after a few weeks of developer beta testing. The latest software update includes a bug fix for an issue that affected some users.<p>Here’s what’s new in watchOS 4.3.1:<p>watchOS 4.3.1 fixes an issue which caused Apple Watch to sometimes remain at …

Apple Watch

Week In Wearables: Google Pixel Watch Predicted, Apple-Compatible Headgear, Samsung Watch Tipped

This week saw leaks suggesting that Google is working on its own smartwatch, perhaps called the Pixel Watch. There’s a cycling helmet you can control with an Apple Watch and rumors leak of smartwatches with Wear OS. All part of the week in wearable news. <i></i><p><i>The Week in Wearables is a news digest, out</i> …

Wear OS

23 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple Watch

From messaging to productivity to advanced fitness tracking, Apple Watch has something for every user.<p>But not every Apple Watch feature is obvious from the get-go. Apple has filled the watch — which is now on its fourth iteration, the Apple Watch Series 3 — with neat tricks and helpful tools to …

Smartwatches

The Apple Watch has found a surprisingly useful home

When the Apple Watch launched in 2015, it wasn’t exactly clear who, or what, it was for. It was a phone accessory meant to curtail some of the notification anxiety the phones themselves had created by paring your digital life down to only the most essential disturbances. For many consumers, though, …

Smartwatches