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…)
Along with the new LG V10, LG unwrapped a new smartwatch this evening called the Watch Urbane (2nd Edition). This watch is unique in that it’s the first Android Wear smartwatch to feature cellular connectivity, with an option to connect via 4G (LTE), 3G, WiFi or Bluetooth. Why anyone needs LTE on their watch is beyond me, but that’s where we are at in 2015. (more…)
Ready for TAG Heuer’s luxury Android Wear watch? It’s coming November 9, according to its CEO, who spoke with CNBC yesterday. The watchmaker is planning some sort of unveiling event at its LVMH building in New York at 11AM Eastern on that day. (more…)
For a few folks who pre-ordered the Moto 360 (2nd Gen), you may have received an email directly from Motorola, stating that your order has been delayed. A personal email from Motorola’s Bjorn Kilburn, VP of E-Commerce, reads that technical difficulties with the company’s ordering and shipping system has led Motorola to be late in delivering customized Moto 360 devices. (more…)
The Huawei Watch has arrived, so now it’s time to begin the full review process. First up, of course, is an unboxing video! Before we get right into the video, let’s do a little bit of background on the device itself.
The Huawei Watch features a 1.4″ full-circle AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 300mAh battery. Do note, there is no NFC connectivity for the smartwatch, so that may be a downer for a few potential buyers. (more…)
A smartwatch can be an expensive investment, one that you may not be too sure about quite yet, especially when you don’t have the opportunity to try it out before you purchase. Thanks to Lumoid, that all changes, as they have a system that allows you to try basically any Android Wear device for a 2-week period, then send it back if you don’t want to keep it. (more…)
IFTTT’s DO Button, a button on your phone that performs select functions, is now available to users of Android Wear. To be more specific, users of the DO Button, can set at-home temperatures with Nest, changing lighting moods with Philips Hue lightbulbs, perform actions with apps, and much more. Now, with support for Android Wear, all of these automated tasks can be done straight from your smartwatch. (more…)
Three round smartwatches stole headlines this week, all of which will be available at some point over the next few weeks. We have the new Moto 360 (2nd gen), Huawei Watch, and Samsung’s Gear S2 and S2 Classic. All look pretty fantastic, but each are different in their own way. Moto wants you to customize the hell out of theirs, while Huawei has given you options, but wants you to think of its watch as a high-end premium device. Samsung, well, it’s positioning itself somewhere in the middle, though it seems to have realized all that was wrong with previous watches and fixed them this time around, making watches that are worth considering.
We spent time with all of them over the last couple of weeks. Tim went hands-on with the Huawei Watch here. I also did my thing with the new Moto 360 here, and the Gear S2s here.
I’d have to say that if I were choosing one today, I’d probably go Huawei Watch. The combination of the premium experience, design, and choice has won me over. But that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited to spend ample time with the new Moto 360 and Gear S2. Decisions will be made here shortly, once our reviews are ready.
What about you? If you were picking a smartwatch today, which way would you go?