Archive for the ‘Smartwatches’ Category
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
More Pebble smartwatches have been sold than any other, and now there’s a new model on the horizon. The Pebble Time is a gorgeous new design, with a unique color e-paper screen that can show 64 colours while retaining the seven day battery life that Pebble users rely on.The Pebble Time also includes a microphone, allowing users to record notes and respond to messages. The new Time will be available in three colours – black, white and red – and will be launched on Kickstarter before being sold more widely at retail.
The Pebble Time’s new design is 20% slimmer than the first generation model, with its display wrapped in Gorilla Glass and a stainless steel bezel. That color e-paper display is quite something – it’s always on, making checking the time easy, and it’s still easier to read in sunlight than an LCD or OLED display. The Pebble Time is water resistant too, so you can wear it in the rain or while doing the washing up.
The Pebble Time also introduces new software into the mix. The Time will come with a ‘continuous timeline’ interface, where new notifications, upcoming events and contextual information can be shown in sequence. You can move forward to see upcoming calendar or flight info, go back to see sports scores or fitness records, or see information in the present like stocks, weather and… the time.
The Time also has more potential than earlier models when it comes to interfacing with other devices. The Pebble Time’s Bluetooth radio can be controlled by third-party apps, potentially allowing the Time to serve as a control hub that lets it talk to fitness trackers, heartrate monitors and other wearables. Ideally, that’d mean you’re able to leave your phone at home more often.
The Pebble Time looks like a strong improvement upon what was already a solid smartwatch platform. With a more comfortable design, a color display and a redesigned interface, there’s a lot to look forward to here.
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
LG announced the Watch Urbane this week, a new Android Wear smartwatch that combines the solid internals of the G Watch R with a brand new design. We had some hands-on time with the watch recently; here are our impressions.
The Watch R was a well-designed smartwatch, but it had a more rugged and outdoor look. In contrast, the Urbane lives up to its name with stylish elegance. A thinner bezel reduces the size of the watch, and the silver or gold curved metal makes for a softer look.
The redesigned look works well with the watch faces on offer, which as of Android Wear 5.0 include hundreds of new options. Unlike the Moto 360, you get a completely round display – no “flat tire” here!
The new body is married to a high-quality genuine leather strap, which is coloured black on top and tan on the bottom for the silver model. There are two lines of white stitching and a traditional clasp. The watch uses the same magnetically-aligned charging system as before, with four gold contacts transferring power and data. The Urbane includes IP67 water resistance as well.
Bottom line, LG have crafted the most luxurious Android Wear smartwatch so far. The thinner bezel and more stylish look of the Urbane really impresses, while the fully round display looks as good as ever. If you didn’t like the oversized look of the G Watch R or the flat tire look of the Moto 360, this is the watch for you.
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
The Apple Watch will be released in April, 2015! That’s the word from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was speaking during an earnings call late last week. The date is a little later than expected, but still falls within the company’s previously announced early 2014 timeline.
The Apple Watch is likely to be one of the best-selling smartwatches of 2015, with a range of models in different materials, styles and price points. Apple calls it “our most personal device yet“, and it’s not hard to see why.
The main idea is to keep your iPhone in your pocket for tasks that are simple, like seeing notifications, paying for goods and services using Apple Pay, and tracking your fitness. While we haven’t seen many apps running on the device, a wearable deeply integrated with your iPhone or iPad is likely to be a feature that attracts a hearty following.
Here at Mobile Fun, we’ll be supporting the Apple Watch with a full range of accessories. We’ve already added charging docks, mains chargers and screen protectors to our site, and we’ll have more accessories to come as the Apple Watch’s release date draws closer. With the combination of our accessories and the many styles of the Apple Watch, you’ll definitely be able to make a wearable that is uniquely yours.
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Friday, January 23rd, 2015
We first covered the Alcatel Smartwatch when it was announced at CES earlier this month, but now we’ve got our first piece of solid information about the product: We are expecting stock at the end of March. That’s still two months away of course, but it’s an encouraging sign for a smartwatch that looks like a strong early contender for 2015 smartwatch of the year. Let’s take a look at what makes the Alcatel Smartwatch so special (because it sure isn’t that unique name!).
The first thing is the price. This smartwatch is being sold for only £100, making it about half the price of similar smartwatches like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R.
The Alcatel Smartwatch also works on both iPhone and Android phones, which is a rare commodity in a smartwatch market currently dominated by Samsung and Google. While the Apple Watch is coming later this year, it’s sure to be way more expensive than the Alcatel Smartwatch.
Battery life is another big advantage for the Alcatel Smartwatch. The wearable is said to last between two and five days, which is very impressive for a smartwatch with an LCD display. While you’ll probably need to turn off the always-on display mode to reach those figures, it makes the Smartwatch a way better choice for those that primarily want a wearable for fitness tracking.
Otherwise, the Alcatel Smartwatch is essentially a better but less expensive version of the Motorola Moto 360 which proved so popular last year (and remains on my wrist to this day!). The most notable similarity is the almost-round display, with a flat spot at the bottom of the circle for the watch’s display driver and other circuitry to be kept.
The Alcatel Smartwatch is coming to Mobile Fun at the end of March, and is available for pre-order right now. Please visit the link below to see more information, be notified of stock availability or place your order!
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Monday, January 5th, 2015
Alcatel unveiled their first smartwatch at CES this weekend. The creatively named Alcatel Watch is a less expensive version of the Moto 360, with the same almost-round display missing a slice at the very bottom.
The big difference (besides the price) is that Alcatel’s Watch works with iPhone and Android, through a companion app installed on your phone. Here, you’ll be able to choose which phone apps will have their notifications piped through to your watch, adjust watch faces and themes and see health data the watch has collected.
The health tracking provided with the Watch seems on par with other smartwatches, thanks to an integrated heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer, altimeter and compass. That’ll translate into stats like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and time spent sleeping.
Image from The Verge
Alcatel are claiming that the Watch will last between two and five days on a single charge, depending on your usage and the smartwatch’s settings. That’s better than most Android Wear smartwatches, so it’ll be interesting to see if that advantage is realised in real-world testing. Charging is also a bit more convenient than most smartwatches, with a simple micro-USB port allowing charging without the added bulk of a dock or adapter.
There are four versions of the watch, with two plastic models in black/red and white (coming soon) and two metal models (coming later this year). US availability will reportedly begin in April; global availability has yet to be announced but we’ll be selling it once it is available. You can see our store page here for more info, and to pre-order or be notified when stock is available.
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