Verizon Black Friday 2014 Deals: Free Galaxy S5, Moto X Football Edition, Xperia Z3v – $99 G Watch, $50 Off Nest, and More

Ahhh yes, Black Friday. The biggest shopping week of the year is here, friends. Whether you are ready to start thinking about X-mas and presents or not, now is the time to at least start looking at deals on some of your favorite products, even if they are items you plan to gift to yourself, because there are plenty to be had. For example, you will want to take a look at the list below, which is from Verizon’s planned Black Friday weekend price slashing.  (more…)

Video: Moto 360 vs. LG G Watch

Even though we have already reviewed both the Moto 360 (review) and LG G Watch (review), we have yet to do a full comparison of their specs, design, and performance on video. Since these are arguably the two Android Wear watches to consider at this time (sorry, Gear Live), thanks to either their price (G Watch at $179) or premium circular build (Moto 360), we are finally doing that today.

This isn’t a video that will talk battery life or viewing in sunlight, since we did that in each of those reviews, but we will instead focus on the design when compared next to one another, and also the performance of each when thrown through a variety of tasks. In this clip, you will see each device run through a series of voice actions, all of which seem to struggle at times thanks to the beta-ness that is Android Wear. It’s hit or miss from one command to the next between each wearable. That can’t be user error, right?  (more…)

Three Great Android Wear Apps: WearFaces, Knock, and Panic

With the Moto 360 now available, we are sure there are plenty new Android Wear users in the building, so we wanted to share a few apps that we thought you might find useful.

Of course, many of the first things you will want to download are custom watch faces, so we have that covered, but we also wanted to showcase a couple of utility applications, two of which you may not have thought to try out on your own.

Below, see our list of a few apps which we think you might enjoy on your Android Wear smartwatch. (more…)

Thursday Poll: Should a Smartwatch be Round or Square?

Square or round? That seems to be the debate about smartwatches in 2014. Motorola decided long ago that they were ditching the rectangular smartwatch design for something closer to a traditional, circular time piece with the Moto 360. We have even seen LG already jump to the idea as well, with the G Watch R. But then you have Samsung sticking with square (semi-curved square, to be correct) throughout their half-dozen or so watch releases. And of course, Apple went square with the Apple Watch in this week’s unveiling.

We are curious which you prefer? Clearly, you think the Moto 360 is the best looking watch of the bunch, according to our latest poll, but that could be because of the overall design. Maybe you could buy into a square watch if it looked amazing. You tell us – square or round?

Should a Smartwatch be Round or Square?

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Apple Watch Sounds Like It has 1-Day Battery Life to Me, Just Like Most Smartwatches

Apple announced the Apple Watch today, a device that won’t actually arrive until some time in early 2015. Even though it isn’t going to be available for months, Apple still showed off the device’s potential features, design, different models, and an estimated price, which will start at $349. But for those in the Android game who have been interested in Android Wear and smartwatches in general, there was one piece to today’s presentation that was of interest – expected battery life. Of course, that information never did arrive, nor has it appeared on Apple’s own dedicated website section for the Watch. Well, not directly, but Apple has hinted at it a couple of times.

Android Wear watches, at least so far, have struggled to get more than a full day of use before needing to be charged. We have talked off and on about smartwatch battery life expections for weeks, especially now that the Moto 360 is available, suggesting that they need to be lessoned thanks to the technology involved here. Yet for whatever reason, tech enthusiasts had decided that Apple would unveil a watch that goes well beyond a day, maybe even three or four without needing to be charged. As unrealistic as that sounds, this is the world we live in. Expectations for Apple to change the game are always there, even if they haven’t for years.

I hate to break it to you, but from what we have heard and seen from Apple today, it certainly doesn’t appear as if they have reinvented battery tech for watches with the Apple Watch. (more…)

LG G Watch Drops to $179 Through Google Play on Apple Watch Day

The LG G Watch dropped to $179 through Google Play today in both black and white, just as Apple was showing off their new Apple Watch. Nice timing.

If you want a current watch platform that was built as a companion to your phone, not a device arriving in 2015 that is bloated with a smartphone-like experience, then by all means, check out the G Watch.

The $50 discount runs through September 23.

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