Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

August 11, 2019

In a relatively short period of time, Apple has become the clear leader in smartwatches. But Samsung isn’t going down without a fight, and the company has the numbers to prove it. According to two separate analyst’s reports, Samsung’s wearables business has grown by more than 100 percent over the past year. And now Samsung is introducing another wearable to the lineup, just a couple days ahead of the company's…

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Review: Suunto 3 Fitness

May 29, 2018

The outdoor industry has a little millennial problem. It shows up even in the terminology. As recently as ten years ago, you didn’t like climbing. You were a climber. You were part of an intensely tribal subculture, and you had the chops, and the highly technical gear, to prove it. But advances in materials science and general awareness have made it easier and more affordable than ever to get outside….

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Fitbit beats revenue expectations slightly, but tracker sales are still down

May 3, 2018

Fitbit scored a small coup on earnings this week, ever so slightly beating revenue expectations for the quarter. The company pulled in $247.9 million, up over Wall Street’s expected $247.3 million. Of course, that’s still a notable drop from this time last year, when the company pulled in $298.9 million. The numbers are down as the overall fitness tracking category has declined, and the company sold 2.2 million devices in the…

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Inside Fitbits Quest to Make Fitness Trackers Invisible

August 21, 2017

Three wooden boxes are just sitting here, unopened, on a large conference room table inside Fitbit’s San Francisco offices. Initially, I had assumed the boxes contained the company’s two new trackers, the Flex 2 and Charge 2. But Michael Polin, one of Fitbit’s product marketing managers, is already holding the new gadgets in his hand. The Flex 2 is a tiny, smooth spike no larger than a pen cap. The…

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Wearables suck at tracking calories burned, study shows

July 25, 2017

bit unintentionally racist). The 31 women and 29 men tested various combinations of the Apple Watch (first generation), Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and Samsung Gear S2 while walking on treadmills and ridingstationary bikes. Those results were compared to data from medical-grade equipment for measuring heart rate and carbon dioxide in the breath, a commonly accepted measure for gauging energy expenditure. Turns out all of…

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Wearables suck at tracking calories burned, study shows

May 26, 2017

bit unintentionally racist). The 31 women and 29 men tested various combinations of the Apple Watch (first generation), Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and Samsung Gear S2 while walking on treadmills and ridingstationary bikes. Those results were compared to data from medical-grade equipment for measuring heart rate and carbon dioxide in the breath, a commonly accepted measure for gauging energy expenditure. Turns out all of…

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