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Apple Watch announced

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Apple announced their first smartwatch today, the Apple Watch. The fitness-focussed wearable is built for use with the new iPhone 6, whose announcement we covered here. The Apple Watch could well be the first smartwatch to break into the mainstream, with a stunning design, clever features and a bold new interface. The Apple Watch will be released in 2015, but Apple haven’t announced a specific date yet. It’ll cost around £300, with certain models costing much more. Let’s take a closer look!

Design

The Apple Watch has an interesting design with roots in both iPhone and classic watches. Unlike many smartwatches on the market, the Apple Watch will be sold in 18 different varieties: two sizes, three materials, six bands and multiple colours. Considering most smartwatches ship in two colour schemes, the Apple Watch will be vastly more diverse; a good thing for a fashion accessory.

The Apple Watch is available in two sizes, with a 1.5-inch or 1.65-inch display. The body can be made from stainless steel, aluminium and even 18-carat gold. Each material forms its own collection: ‘Apple Watch’, ‘Apple Watch Sport’ and ‘Apple Watch Edition’, respectively.

The right hand side of the Apple Watch includes two physical elements. There’s a dial called the ‘Digital Crown’, which is used for scrolling, zooming and selecting… and there’s a button below which is used to contact your friends for a call or brief message. On the back, you’ll find a heart-rate sensor covered with sapphire lenses. The rear of the phone also allows a magnetic inductive charging solution, where magnets provide perfect alignment for the wireless charging.

Interface

The Apple Watch has a rather unusual interface with a field of circular icons arranged arbitrarily. You can zoom into this field with the crown, or use the touchscreen to adjust the centre point. Once the app icons are large enough, you’re free to open the app by tapping on it. Apple are also measuring the force of your touches, so a hard tap is distinguishable from a light touch.

Of course, the heart of any watch are its faces. Apple have provided some really nice ones here, varying from incredibly minimal faces with large animated backgrounds, traditional analogue watch faces and very dense digital faces. Elements of these faces can be changed individually; for example you might choose to replace a weather read-out in the lower section for your daily calendar appointments.

Notifications are an important part of any smartwatch, and Apple haven’t forgotten them either. Notifications appear as you raise your watch to read it, with different apps offering different methods of replying. There are some clever touches here: if you’re asked whether you want to see Captain America or the LEGO Movie, two of your quick reply options will be the names of the films… and it’s not just films, any either/or question seems to work like this.

Conclusion

Apple are incredibly good at crafting products that move a developing category into the mainstream. They did it with MP3 players, they did it with smartphones, they did it with tablets and now they’re trying for watches. The Apple Watch seems to be the most complete smartwatch yet devised, thanks to a cunning blend of style, usability and features… and I’d be very surprised if Apple don’t sell millions of them.

Thanks for checking out our Apple Watch coverage! We’ll have much more on this wearable as it comes closer to market. To receive word of our latest blog posts, new products and promotions, follow us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

Samsung release Gear S infographic

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Samsung’s new smartwatch is the Gear S. The Gear S is one of the first to come with its own SIM card, letting it work independently of your phone. Find out more of its features with the infographic prepared by Samsung below!

Interested in the Gear S? We’ll have them in both colours soon. Register your interest and sign up for availability notifications via our product pages below:

Thanks for checking out the infographic and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter at @mobilefun or Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

Square and stylish ASUS ZenWatch announced at IFA

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Asus ZenWatch Smartwatch - Black    Asus ZenWatch Smartwatch - Black

ASUS have just announced their first smartwatch: the ZenWatch, running Google’s Android Wear OS.

The ZenWatch has a square face with a 320×320 pixel AMOLED display, set in a curved stainless steel frame with IP55 water resistance. The display isn’t curved, but the Gorilla Glass 3 above it is. The steel colour is complemented by a rose-gold-coloured trim around the perimeter of the watch and a genuine leather band with fine stitching. You can also replace the strap with your own 22mm strap.

Internally, the ZenWatch is equipped similarly to other Android Wear smartwatches like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. That includes a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, Bluetooth and connectivity options.

Asus ZenWatch Smartwatch - Black    Asus ZenWatch Smartwatch - Black

Where the ZenWatch sets itself apart is in its feature set and style. Elements of ASUS’ ZenUI have made an appearance on the watch, with over a hundred new watch faces included.

The ZenWatch also includes Watch Unlock (unlock your phone by tapping your watch), Tap Tap (toggle functions by double-tapping the watch) and Cover To Mute (cover your watch to mute your phone). Additional apps like Remote Camera, Find My Phone, Presentation Control and Wellness Manager are also included on-board, making for a more comprehensive loadout than other Android Wear smartwatches on the market.

The ZenWatch will be available by late Autumn this year for around €199. To see more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product page linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article. Be sure to let us know what you think of the ZenWatch, either in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun.

Samsung announce Gear S curved display smartwatch

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Samsung’s Gear Fit wearable was critically panned upon release, but everyone liked its unique curved display. The curve looked good, and it also allowed Samsung to include a much larger screen than ever would be ergonomic otherwise. Today, Samsung unveiled another curved display wearable: the Gear S smartwatch.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Gear S is that its Super AMOLED display is massive. That flexible screen has allowed Samsung to fit a 2-inch 360 x 480 screen on your wrist, without a significantly bigger footprint than the 1.65-inch Gear Live. The effect is quite striking, particularly together with the analogue watch face that Samsung have chosen in their press shots.

When it comes to hardware, the Gear S has one big trick up its sleeve: connectivity. You’ll find a SIM card slot on the back of the watch, which’ll allow it to operate independently of a smartphone. The Gear S also includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an accelerometer, a gyro, a compass, a heart-rate monitor, an ambient light sensor, a UV sensor and a barometer. It’s an impressive litany of sensors and connectivity options. One nice advantage of  this is that you’ll be able to go for a run, record your route and fitness information, all without a smartphone bouncing around in your pocket.

Otherwise, the Gear S mirrors what we’ve seen from Samsung wearables in the past. It runs the Tizen OS and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, backed with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Performance was generally improved in Samsung’s Tizen follow-up to its initial Android-based watch OS, so we should see a reasonably smooth interface here once again. The final important piece of the internals is the battery, which is 300mAh. It doesn’t sound like a lot to me, but Samsung have claimed that the device will last two days.

The Samsung Gear S is coming soon to Mobile Fun. For more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the links below:

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LG tease round G Watch R for September reveal

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

LG have teased a new smartwatch in a YouTube video (embedded below). It’s thought to be called the LG G Watch R, and like the highly anticipated Moto 360 it comes with a gorgeous round dial.

The phone looks a lot classier than LG’s first Android Wearable, the square original G Watch. Like the Moto 360, the Watch R comes with nice circular watch faces suited to the display, but unlike the 360, the Watch R doesn’t have a weird black bar cutting off the bottom part of the face.

The G Watch R includes a side button (unlike the G Watch), a digital step counter, a distance meter and a compass. Of course, the watch will run Android Wear, which is supported by a growing number of Android apps, allowing you to receive incoming notifications, take notes, remotely control your phone and much more.

LG G Watch R for Android Smartphones - Black

The G Watch R will be announced by LG early next month, at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin. The watch is thought to go on sale soon afterward, in order to compete with the Moto 360. The Watch R is likely going to launch at a lower price point than the Moto 360, so it’ll be up to the first few reviews to really determine which will be the best option.

We’ll have the Watch R here at Mobile Fun, and we’ve already added the watch to our virtual shelves. To see more information and to register interest when we have confirmed pricing and availability, please visit the product page linked below:

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