MWC is here and that means we should get a new wave of Android Wear devices over the coming weeks that tempt us into parting ways with hundreds of dollars for the honor of being attached at the wrist level to our phones. Ahhh, the future. Before we get there, though, we wanted to wrap-up our coverage of the first two Android Wear 2.0 devices that LG and Google introduced to us a couple of weeks ago, the Watch Sport and Watch Style.
Tim has already posted his review of the LG Watch Sport, so be sure to check that out. Today, I’ve got the LG Watch Style review for you, a watch that is certainly on the cheaper end when compared to the Watch Sport, but supposedly equally as important. (more…)
Android Wear 2.0 has finally arrived, and the first two devices to feature it are the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style. Kellen is handling our Watch Style coverage (his review), so it’s my duty to walk you through our time with the Watch Sport. (more…)
I don’t know that I would consider myself a full-blown “watch guy,” but I’ve certainly come to appreciate some finer, mechanical wrist candy here or there in recent years. So when TAG Heuer, a brand known for making Swiss luxury watches, announced that it was dabbling in the smartwatch game, I was interested on both personal and professional levels. It’s not that I’m personally a fan of TAG Heuer watches (though I do own one), it’s just that the idea of a luxury watchmaker seeing potential (or threat) in smartwatches is sort of fascinating. I don’t think anyone in the Swiss watch world is scared of a Smartwatch Crisis like we saw in the 70s with Quartz, but to see one of the more well-known brands jump onboard this early is worth talking about.
Over the past month, I’ve spent off-and-on-again time with the TAG Heuer Connected on my wrist. In other words, I’ve spent a lot of time with a $1,500 smartwatch on my wrist, but it came off and on as regularly as any of my other watches. Does that mean it didn’t win me over? Or does that mean it slotted in nicely with the rest of my watch rotation? Let’s find out.
This is our TAG Heuer Connected review. (more…)
First teased at MWC earlier this year, the Huawei Watch has finally landed in the US. During those months of waiting, Huawei was reportedly tweaking the device to no end, making sure it would be the perfect Android Wear smartwatch, capable of lasting buyers for years to come.
With such a premium design and build, the device also comes with quite the premium price tag. Starting at $349 for the base model, it is one of the most expensive Android Wear devices available, so we wanted to make sure to review it in depth to give you our opinion before you go dropping a few hundred dollars for it.
This is our Huawei Watch review. (more…)
The original Moto 360 was the best smartwatch released in 2014. It had the looks of a modern yet traditional timepiece, along with the feature set of the current vision of a smartwatch, all at a price that wasn’t insulting to consumers understanding that it was a first gen product. Sure, it had its faults, but in the end, when you are talking about a fashion accessory that also has smarts, it’s all about aesthetics – and the Moto 360 was king by a mile.
With the release of the Moto 360 (2nd gen), Motorola had a lot to live up to, but they also had a chance to improve upon last year’s best watch. We all know that this year’s watch needed a major bump in processor to help in performance, so Moto took care of that. They also introduced size options, because not everyone wants to lug around a tank on their wrist. They even tweaked the design a bit, making it more classic looking than ever, while offering even more custom options through their Moto Maker software. Overall, the new 360 is upgraded in all of the right places.
So is it still king? Let’s find out in our Moto 360 (2nd gen) review. (more…)
The Pebble Time is an important product for a few reasons, but the most important is that it is the only serious contender for the space on your wrist besides Android Wear and Apple Watch. For most users, Android Wear and Apple Watch make more sense on their respective platforms. Really, the only reason the Pebble Time exists is because the original Pebble did a lot of what many users wanted in a smartwatch far before Android Wear and Apple Watch were a thing nerds argued about and normal humans looked at briefly as they passed through their mall.
Now that Android Wear and Apple Watch are here, though, can Pebble stay relevant with the Time?
This is our Pebble Time review. (more…)
It has been a minute since we last reviewed an Android Wear device. That’s not because there haven’t been decent options introduced since we finished off with the Moto 360, it’s just that there isn’t much to talk about between any of them. They all have to adhere to Google’s standards in the same way, all basically have the same set of specs and features, and are all supposed to run the same version of Android Wear (for the most part).
Sure, you get a square display here and a round one there, or GPS in this one and not in that one, but the experience is all pretty much identical. They perform the same because they all use the same RAM and processor, and their batteries all last about as long as the next because they are basically the same size. If you have seen a review of one Android Wear watch, you know exactly how the next one is going to go. If you are considering one, you really just need to decide if you need a smartwatch in your life and if you like the look of any of them. Seriously, that’s the state of Android Wear.
With that said, we decided to review the LG Watch Urbane because it’s trying to be different. The Watch Urbane wants to be premium and worthy of its arguably high $350 price tag. LG put things like coated stainless steel and a fully-round display on it. They included a genuine leather watch band and a marketing campaign targeting the business elite. They even managed to convince Google to give it the newest version of Android Wear weeks before everyone else, likely as a selling point.
So because of all of that, we spent the last week with it on wrist and wanted to share some final thoughts. This is our LG Watch Urbane review. (more…)
Motorola’s Android Wear watch, the Moto 360, is without a doubt the most anticipated wearable of 2014. There is good reason for that, of course. Thanks to its classic, round design, stainless steel body, and leather accessories, there aren’t any other smartwatches that can come close to the overall package promised.
Motorola took their sweet time getting it ready for retail after initially unveiling it in March, but the device is now available for purchase. Early reviews showed concern over battery life, limited quantities have been available for purchase, and Apple just got done unveiling their own watch, so we can imagine that you want our thoughts. Trust me when I say that there are plenty to share.
This is our Moto 360 review. (more…)