Apple Watch Series 5 review: the king of smartwatches

October 24, 2019

Always-on screen completes the package kicking competitors to the curb and becoming a top reason to buy an iPhone When Apple launched its smartwatch in 2015 to a lukewarm reception, quickly eclipsed every other smartwatch and with Swiss watchmakers combined. The latest Apple Watch Series 5 iteration, though still pricey at 399 and up, looks likely to continue the firms domination of the smartwatch market and deservedly so. If you…

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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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Fitbit’s New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

March 9, 2019

At one time not long ago, Fitbit was the clear leader in digital fitness trackers. That title began slipping from its grasp, however, after the Apple Watch came into existence four years ago. Now Fitbit is second to Apple in smartwatches, and only the fourth largest shipper of wearables worldwide. Fitbit's plan? Make more-affordable wares to lure in new customers. The company's new Versa Lite smartwatch, a simplified version of…

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S10s

February 22, 2019

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active doesn't come with a rotatable bezel.Image: samsung Samsung went nuts and announced a boatload of new gadgets at its Unpacked event today. The star of the show was no doubt the Galaxy S10, but Samsung also made room for a new smartwatch: the Galaxy Watch Active. SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ take premium Android phones to the next level Samsung is no stranger…

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Fitbit earnings beat expectations on strength of smartwatch sales

November 1, 2018

Fitbit is slowly righting its financial ship, courtesy of a successful push into the smartwatch category. The wearable company reported a profit (when adjusted for items such as stock-based compensation) thanks to growing sales in the new category.    Total revenues rose slightly to $393.6 million in the third quarter compared with the same period last year. The company did report a loss this quarter under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)….

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The new Wear OS starts hitting smartwatches

September 29, 2018

Google’s in a tough spot with Wear OS. It’s been four and half years since the operating system arrived as Android Wear, and while plenty of manufacturers have tried their hand at devices, the operating system has failed to make a large dent on the smartwatch category. Apple continues to dominate the space, while top competitors Samsung and Fitbit have opted to go in-house with their operating systems. modest 2.0…

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Apples Watch isnt the first with an EKG reader but it will matter to more consumers

September 18, 2018

Apple’s COO Jeff Williams exuberantly proclaimed Apple’s Watch was the first to get FDA clearance as an over-the-counter electrocardiogram (EKG) reader during the special event at Apple headquarters on Wednesday. While Apple loves to be first to things, that statement is false. AliveCor has held the title of first since late last year for its KardiaMobile device, a $100 stick-like metal unit you attach to the back of a smartphone. Ironically,…

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Fossil announces new update to Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

August 10, 2018

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil’s earlier, simpler watches. In other words, these are some nice, low-cost smartwatches for the fitness fan. The original Q watches included…

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Samsung courts mainstream users with the Galaxy Watch

August 10, 2018

Name aside, not all that much appears to have changed with the new Galaxy Watch. Samsung’s clearly used the Gear Sport as the jumping off point here. And that’s a good thing. Since the beginning, Samsung’s wearables have been plagued by a size issue. They’re huge — big on my wrists, even, and I’m 5’11. That rules out a pretty massive potential user base right out of the gate. The…

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Apple might redesign Apple Watch with bigger screen

March 30, 2018

The Apple Watch Series 3 has proven to be a big hit.Image: lili sams/mashable The Apple Watch could get its first design update since it launched way back in 2015. In his latest investor note (via 9to5Mac), KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he believes the next Apple Watches, slated for launch this fall, might come with displays that are about 15 percent larger than the current Series 3. SEE…

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