Archive for the ‘Wearables’ Category
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Spigen have just announced a motherload of cases, screen protectors and stands for the Apple Watch. There’s so much that we’re actually covering the announcements in two posts. We already covered the cases here, so let’s move onto the accessories!
Spigen S330 Stand
This stand is made of high-quality brushed aluminium in Apple’s popular style, providing a fitting stand for your Apple Watch. The stand can be used alone, or in concert with your charging cable for a cleaner way to charge your Apple Watch at night.
Spigen Crystal Screen Protector (3 Pack)
These Crystal entry-level screen protectors come three to a pack, making it easy to replace them as they are damaged. They’ll ensure that your Watch remains scratch-free, allowing it to retain its purchase price and initial good looks. Available for both Apple Watch sizes, and particularly recommended for the Apple Watch Sport.
Spigen Steinheil Flex Screen Protector
These screen protectors only come one to a pack, but you’ll enjoy longer-lasting durability and great scratch resistance without affecting touch or force touch compatibility. Available for both Apple Watch sizes, and particularly recommended for the Apple Watch Sport.
So there we have it - three essential Apple Watch accessories from Spigen. Please be sure to check out our first post with all of Spigen’s Apple Watch cases too! Any questions or comments? Speak to us below!
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Spigen have just announced a motherload of cases, screen protectors and stands for the Apple Watch. There’s so much that we’re actually covering the announcements in two posts. In this post, we’ll take a look at the Spigen cases for the Apple Watch; check this post for the Spigen non-case accessories! In any case, let’s get started.
Spigen Slim Armor Case
The Spigen Slim Armor Case is our first for the Apple Watch, and it’s a good one. It provides considerable protection against scratches and drops, while maintaining a relatively slim profile. This case uniquely includes a cover for the digital crown, preventing scratches to it while still allowing for full use. The case comes with two crystal clear screen protectors, and is available in three colours for both Watch sizes.
Spigen Thin Fit Case
The Spigen Thin Fit is one of the slimmest Apple Watch cases available, providing good scratch protection while adding an absolute minimum of size and weight. The case is made from polycarbonate and features a smooth matte coating, available in four colours for both sizes of the Apple Watch.
Spigen Rugged Armor Case
The Rugged Armor Case offers a strong appearance and convincing protection against scratches and drops. The case, which is available in black and white for the 38mm and 42 Apple Watches, is made from TPU. That ensures a slim but tough design, and includes full access to all ports and features. The case comes with two crystal clear screen protectors as a bonus.
Spigen Tough Armor Case
As its name suggests, the Spigen Tough Armor is the most protection you can get for your Apple Watch. The Tough Armor Case provides extreme protection from drops and scratches, thanks to its durable double-layered TPU and polycarbonate construction. The case includes a 2mm lip to protect the screen, ensuring the brunt of any impact is felt by the case and not the watch inside. The Tough Armor case is available exclusively for the 42mm Apple Watch, in three great colours.
Spigen Liquid Crystal Case
Our final case is the Spigen Liquid Crystal Case, a flexible polycarbonate case that is easy to install and provides protection without changing the look of your phone. You’ll retain full access to the digital crown and all other buttons, and benefit from a long-lasting case coated with urethane to prevent discoloration over time. The Liquid Crystal Case is available for both the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watches.
So there we have it – five great Apple Watch cases, all made by master crafters Spigen. Please let us know what you think of these cases in the comments below, and be sure to check out our second post with all of Spigen’s Apple Watch accessories, including screen protectors and a brilliant desk stand!
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
The Apple Watch goes on pre-order tomorrow from 8:01 AM UK time. Ordering online seems like the best bet, although you’ll also be able to book an appointment to try the Watch in an Apple Store.
Remember to update your billing and delivery information now; you might even want to turn on Express Checkout to save time on the day. You can also use the heart icon in the upper right of each Apple Watch’s page to save it as a favourite, so that you can order them instantly.
Regardless, you can expect your Watch to be delivered from April 24th, two weeks later. Leaked information from Apple Germany suggests that some of the more expensive stainless steel Apple Watch options - including the Modern Buckle, Leather Loop and Link Bracelet – will ship at least four weeks after the pre-order date. The £8,000 Apple Watch Edition, meanwhile, will be available from May.
Early reviews from The Verge and Bloomberg suggest that the cheapest model, the aluminium Apple Watch Sport, is the most highly recommended. The Sport has precisely the same internals as the more expensive models, and with the prospect of a much-improved second-generation model next year it seems silly to get anything else.
If you’re planning to pre-order the Apple Watch, you should have a look at some of our Apple Watch accessories, all of which are scheduled to arrive before that April 24th ship date. Here are our top 3 picks:
The WatchStand is our first recommended accessory, providing a tidy and convenient way to charge your Apple Watch overnight or through the day. The dock will charge your Watch at full power, and can accommodate the Watch in vertical or horizontal positions. That makes it easy to see incoming notifications even when your Watch isn’t on your wrist, and shores up the limited battery life that has been reported in early reviews. The WatchStand even caters for your iPhone too, with a landscape-mode stand. It’s a well-designed package that lets you get the most out of your shiny new Apple Watch.
Did you know that the Apple Watch can play music even when it’s not paired to your iPhone? That means you can leave your heavy iPhone at home when you’re out jogging or exercising, and still benefit from your favourite tunes. Make the most of that special ability with the Avantree Jogger Pro, a well-tuned set of Bluetooth headphones specifically designed for use while exercising. They’re light, comfortable and work fine in the rain. They even include Multipoint technology, letting you stay connected to your iPhone too.
If you’d like to make use of the same functionality with a more traditional over-ear design, then the Olixar X2 Pro Stereo Headphones are a great alternative.
Our final accessory is this portable charger, which will allow you to recharge your Apple Watch on the go. Just plug in your Watch with its charging cable, place everything in your bag and leave it for a few minutes. The Apple Watch’s small internal capacity will ensure it’s recharged quickly; then you can unplug and wear the Watch as normal. With Apple admitting the Watch has less than a day of battery life, this could be a must-have accessory to keep your Watch ticking.
If you’d like to recharge your iPhone from the same power bank, just use your existing Lightning cable or pick up a super-short one here.
I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful! Please write any questions or comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Apple are trying very hard to make the Apple Watch their first true luxury product; a fashion accessory that appeals to the upper end of the economic spectrum. Thankfully, the world at large is bringing Apple back down to earth in comic fashion, by crafting some of the most dreadful straps possible.
Make a mess of Apple’s options
Apple has done pretty well to make their collections look good, but it’s still possible to end up with the ugly duckling of the Apple Watch world by trying some unorthodox combinations. Mark Gurman provided an excellent start to the proceedings using the website mixyourwatch.com, which lets you play with all possible combinations.
I’m definitely a fan of combining the most expensive watch case, the £9,460 18-carat gold, with the cheapest strap, the £39 fluoroelastomer. Of course, we also have to make it the loudest colour available as well:
Pick up some awful third-party alternatives
Probably the most well-popularised third-party strap is the Reserve Strap, which actually charges your Apple Watch with its own integrated batteries. That’s pretty damn useful, but looks pretty clunky and childish:
Of course, you can do more to your Apple Watch than just put a terrible band on it. You can also put it in a box with this line of Apple Watch cases from designed by many. The case provides additional protection, but also make your Watch considerably thicker, heavier and uglier.
Mashable also produced a list of Apple Watch strap concepts, which are by and in large reasonable… but also include some rather deliberately awful ideas, including a plaid watch, a reversible plastic/leather option and the obligatory tie dye.
I’m sure we’ll see even more 3rd party Apple Watch straps in the weeks to come.
Choose your own terrible look
Custom phone cases have grown in popularity over the last five years, allowing users to choose their own designs to adorn their phones. This has allowed people to make some surprisingly beautiful and individually meaningful cases, but has also let trolls and design illiterates craft wonderfully terrible stuff. Casetify is letting people do the same for the Apple Watch, which should prove interesting for such a visible accessory. Even their site is in on the joke, asking “your #selfie on your watch band? Err… why not!”
Unlocking a wider world of questionable straps
Of course, you shouldn’t feel limited to just Apple Watch straps if you want your watch to push the boundaries of bad taste. A couple of crowd-funded adapters have been launched since the Watch’s announcement, which seek to marry Apple’s proprietary slide-in locking mechanism with standard 22mm straps. With these in place, you’ll be able to choose from a much wider range of awful watch bands. You can pick up an ill-suiting strap from a retailer online, or just take off your sweaty casio strap and use that. Nice.
Have we missed some top-tier ugly Apple Watch straps? And what do you think of our selections? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @mobilefun!
Thursday, March 12th, 2015
The Apple Watch was announced on Monday, and already we’ve started to get in a nice range of accessories for the wearable. We have five charging stands prepared, including four distinct designs each from a different manufacturer. These Apple Watch docks serve to both charge your Apple Watch each night, and provide a suitably stylish display area for your watch. I hope you’ll enjoy what we’ve selected so far, and we welcome your feedback in the comments below!
The DODOcase is our first selection, and it’s a beauty. The stand is made from genuine Californian walnut and tanned leather, providing a classy traditional look. The stand is elegantly formed to hold the Watch in an elevated position, allowing you to show off your choice of case and band without revealing a clumsy charging mechanism. The base is made from solid steel for stability, so you’ll be assured a perfect platform for your desk, side table or nightstand. This relic, handcrafted in San Franciso, is available on pre-order now for just shy of £60.
Our second stand has a more modern look, and a friendly price point too. The Griffin WatchStand is designed to charge and display your Apple Watch at an even more elevated position than the DODOcase example, making it ideal for positioning on a low table like a nightstand or coffee table. This stand also allows you to position your watch vertically or horizontally, allowing you to emphasise readability or a cleaner appearance according to your preference. Finally, the Griffin WatchStand also includes a handy stand area for your phone, allowing you to keep an eye on incoming notifications or watch videos in landscape mode.
Apple are famous for their use of aluminium, and HEDock are using that same material here to provide a great-looking platform for the Apple Watch. The modern industrial design is simple but effective, and will complement any colour or strap combination well. If you’re looking for a futuristic dock, this is a great choice.
The Twelve South HiRise is our last Apple Watch accessory of the article, but it’s a good one. The HiRise uses a cool partially split design to display the Apple Watch, while keeping the bulk of the strap and the charging cable safely out of sight. The charging stand is available in two colours – silver or black.
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