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Feature Articles

Feature Articles

Galaxy Watch Active blood pressure feature - how does it work?

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 05/03/2019.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is one heck of a smartwatch. It’s so good it’s one of our early contenders for the best smartwatch of 2019. For a snip under $200 you get top-end hardware and (in our opinion) a better software experience than you do on Wear OS right now. That’s because the Galaxy Watch Active runs Tizen, Samsung’s own OS and it just does notifications and gestures better. We were worried when we heard Samsung had ditched the rotating bezel of last year’s Galaxy Watch, but that has proven a shrewd move (lightness, baby!).   Blood pressure on the Galaxy Watch Active That lightness (the Samsung Galaxy Watch Activ..


The Best Smartwatches 2019

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 02/03/2019.

This article is a guide to the best smartwatches in 2019. We will continuously update it through the year as new smartwatches are released. We will add to it only, which will leave a list of the very best smartwatches money can buy. This list is unbiased, which means we’ve not received remuneration for listing them. A quick note that this article will only list smartwatches released in 2019. We do not want to list older devices because these are irrelevant. If you are looking for a new smartwatch for either yourself or as a gift, the best smartwatches on the market have been released this year. However, some of last year’s devices w..


The Best smartwatches for heart rate tracking

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 20/02/2019.

Think all heart rate trackers on smartwatches are created equal? Think again. The performance of heart rate trackers differs considerably across manufacturers and there’s three reasons why this can be the case. The first reason is hardware. All smartwatches use an optical heart rate sensor which detects the blood pulsing through your veins. But different manufacturers use different sensors, and some are better than others. The second reason is software, because while the sensor itself collects data, it’s the software which number crunches the data into information. Software can give an inaccurate set of results if the algorithm isn’t ..


Apple Watch health features for the elderly

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 12/01/2019.

The Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch in the world. Key to its success (aside from that Apple logo) is its usefulness to a wide range of people. Athletes use theirs to track fitness, the average joe uses his to read iMessages on his wrist, and commuters use theirs to control and listen to their Spotify playlist - all iPhone free. But by far the toughest challenge the Apple Watch faces is the elderly, and there’s a reason why Apple should be catering to seniors - they are a growing market in the US (as silly as that may sound). People are living longer than ever and that’s a big opportunity for Apple. So, the question is can th..


Black Friday 2018 Smartwatch and fitness band deals

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 16/11/2018.

Black Friday is nearly upon us, and in good old-fashioned spirit retailers are getting in early on their best deals. You could save $20, $30, $40 or even more than $50 on a new smartwatch or fitness band with the right Black Friday deal. In this guide, we’ll reveal the best deals to keep more money in your wallet. Please keep in mind the following though:     •    Black Friday deals can expire anytime, even before Black Friday. So-called ‘early bird’ deals are only available while stocks last.     •    You may need a voucher or discount code to get the deal. If this turns ou..


The Best Wear OS smartwatches

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 07/11/2018.

If you want a smartwatch experience that’s buttery smooth with access to a huge range of apps, Wear OS smartwatches can’t be beaten. Google doesn’t allow manufacturers to customise Wear OS to any great extent, which means smartwatches running it deliver a consistent user experience. Device manufacturers can only make their smartwatches stand out through preinstalled apps and hardware, which is why some are fantastic and others a little “meh”. In this guide, we’ll run through all the best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy. We keep up with all new releases and there’s nothing significant on the horizon, but we’ll update this list if ne..


Apple Watch alternatives - Alternatives that are actually good

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 21/10/2018.

The Apple Watch is a seriously good smartwatch. There’s no doubt about it being a top-tier device. But that square face isn’t for everyone. And you know what? The Apple brand isn’t for everyone either. Most people we talk to say Apple has lost its mojo. Believe the same? It sounds like you’d do better with an Apple Watch alternative. There’s loads of Apple Watch alternatives out there. Some of them are rubbish, but some of them are absolutely outstanding. What we’ve got here is a collection of the best alternatives listed in one helpful guide. You know, because we’re nice like that. Here’s the best alternatives to the Apple Watch: ..


Tizen vs Wear OS

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 20/10/2018.

Samsung owns Tizen and Google owns Wear OS. You’ll find Tizen exclusively on Samsung smartwatches and Wear OS on hundreds of devices. From a product choice perspective, there’s a whole lot more choice with Wear OS but that doesn’t matter. You’re here because you want to know which is best for you. The only new Samsung smartwatch you can buy right now is the Galaxy Watch, which is in our opinion is the best smartwatch on the market. There’s only a handful of Wear OS competitors that stand up to it in late 2018. These are the Huawei Watch Sport 2, Fossil Q Explorist HR (Gen 4) and the Skagen Falster 2. In this guide to Tizen and Wear ..


How Many Steps in a Mile

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 27/08/2018.

The pedometer, more commonly known as a step counter or fitness tracker, has been around for centuries. To be exact, since 1780 when the Swiss inventor, Abraham-Louis Perrelet, invented the first pedometer. Tracking the number of steps we take on a daily basis has become a bit of an obsession in recent years, but understandably so! From walking and running to hiking or biking, being active every day is essential to maintaining overall health. As a matter of fact, the number of steps an individual takes each day can now be used to predict their risk of developing potentially harmful chronic conditions like heart disease, rheumatoid arth..


The Best Budget Smartwatches 2018: Best Smartwatches From $30

Posted by Martin Simkin in Feature Articles on 23/08/2018.

Looking for the best budget smartwatch? We’ve got you covered. Budget smartwatches come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so there’s lots of choice. The thing to remember is there’s two main types of budget smartwatch:   Budget hybrid smartwatches These are analogue smartwatches (mechanical hands) with fitness tracking sensors built in (sometimes a heart-rate sensor too). You access fitness metrics on your smartphone via an app, which is how you set alarms and stuff. Hybrid budget smartwatches have the benefit of excellent battery life (typically in excess of 6-months).   Budget touchscreen smartwatches These are ..


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