Back in January, we reported on a hybrid smartwatch from Kronaby called Nord that had a stonking two-year battery life and a premium design. Since then, a variety of upper-market hybrid smartwatches have come to market, but none of them have matched the battery life of the Kronaby, which is some feat. Kronaby’s outstanding battery life has done the brand well, with their hybrid smartwatches selling beyond expectations. And now, they are expanding their range with nine new models, which will be introduced to the Sekel and Carat ranges with new finishes. These will offer new case finishes..
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Ladies, you’ve been spoilt for choice recently with the smartwatch market. We recently wrote about two new smartwatches, the Michele Connected and Skagen Signatur T-Bar, that have been designed for slimmer, feminine wrists and the best part is, neither of those devices give up any features to achieve that look. They’re good smartwatches. And now, there’s two more devices to add to your list, if you are in the market for a women’s smartwatch. They’re called the Fossil Q Neely and Fossil Q Jacqueline, and they both have a 36mm case, making them the smallest Fossil smartwatches to date. Th..
Good battery life is unquestionably the biggest challenge the smartwatch market faces. Right now, smartwatches with a screen, such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, consume the entirety of their battery’s charge within a few days. And sometimes, depending on usage, battery life can last less than 24-hours. Several solutions have been presented to overcome this challenge. For instance, the Casio WSD-F20 has a battery-saving monochrome LCD layer on its screen. It isn’t just up to OEMs to improve battery life, however. It’s also up to the component suppliers. Qualcomm being a pr..
If you think you know the smartwatch market well, head on over to Kickstarter, a place where wonderful, strange and occasionally ludicrous projects started by ambition designers and entrepreneurs get funded for production. It’s one of our favourite websites, because there’s so many diverse smartwatch projects on there. It makes for fascinating research. One thing that has stood out on Kickstarter recently is the overwhelming surge towards the fitness market with smartwatches. Even Apple, Samsung, LG and other enormous brands are going for it. And if you need further proof of a surge, ju..
Ladies looking for a chic, comfortable smartwatch haven’t been well served by the market until just recently. The market has instead focused on churning out masculine timepieces that are enormous, or utilitarian. There are winds of change blowing, however, with brands and designers launching plenty of options for women recently. One such option is the Michele Connected, a luxury hybrid smartwatch that pairs a premium design with the latest technology for an uncompromised smartwatch experience. Here’s what you need to know about it: The Michele Connected The Michele Connect..
Sometimes, devices pop up that give us a glimpse into the future of a market. In 2002, Nokia launched the 3510i, one of the first mobile phones with a colour display. In 2003, 80 per cent of all new, high-end mobiles had a colour display too. In 2016, Xiaomi announced the Mi MIX, a smartphone with an edge-to-edge display. This year, edge-to-edge displays on smartphones are the norm (examples being the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, Apple X to name but a few). The smartwatch market has not yet had as pivotal a product as these two examples, although one has just come close. The LooK ..
Solar power (power obtained by harnessing energy from the sun - or any compatible light source) has been used to successfully power wristwatches for a long time. But smartwatches are trickier, because they use a lot more power than standard timepieces. For instance, a regular coin-cell battery will power a Quartz wristwatch for at least a few years. On a hybrid smartwatch, that timeframe drops to less than twelve months. OEMS can extract more battery life from their devices, but to do so, they must dumb them down. They must sacrifice functionality. I’m sure you see the problem. Solar..
Disillusioned by all the large, masculine smartwatches on the market? Fret not, for Danish accessories brand Skagen has launched a device just for you. The new Skagen Signatur T-Bar Hybrid Smartwatch is a slenderer take on the smartwatch, with a 36mm case and a 16mm strap. Those dimensions make the Signatur T-Bar one of the bonniest and chicest smartwatches on the market today. Skagen is marketing the Signatur T-Bar Hybrid Smartwatch as a device for ladies, and it’s certainly feminine enough to warrant that. It is available in four different finishes: Rose gold, stainless steel, grey an..
The Fitbit Ionic is a unique smartwatch with its sights firmly set on the fitness market. It offers fitness guidance and health insights that go beyond those offered by the Apple Watch or comparable Android Wear devices. Features include Dynamic Personal Coaching, which offers guidance on your every move by monitoring your activity, and SmartTrack, which automatically selects exercises and automatically records activity progress. Multi-Sport Modes also let you track specific aspects of your workouts, including your swims, biking sessions and weight lifting sessions, and the Fitbit Ionic..
The way we see it, any smartwatch that classes itself as a ‘fitness smartwatch’ must pass a simple, but important test: It must be comfortable to wear. To be comfortable when out running, lifting weights at the gym or anything else, a smartwatch needs to be small. If a smartwatch isn’t small, then it’s going to get in the way of your workouts and hinder your progress. Over the years, we’ve seen a fair few enormous smartwatches tout themselves as suitable for fitness activities. An example being the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3, which has a 46mm face. At that size, a smartwatch is uncomfortabl..