If you’ve shopped for a smartwatch recently, you’ll have probably noticed that smartwatches tend to be listed for specific markets. For instance, outdoor smartwatches make different lists than fashion smartwatches. However, what these devices have in common is that they usually require a connection to your smartphone to be useful - or at least, for you to use their best features. The solution to the issue of smartphone-tethering is to buy a standalone smartwatch, which lets you use all its best features without a connection to your smartphone. Below, we have listed 10 standalone smartphones that you should know about. We’ve covered ..
If you’re into smartwatches, but you like the timelessness of analogue dials, then a hybrid smartwatch is what you want. Hybrid smartwatches don’t have a touchscreen. Instead, they boast a stonking battery life and track your activity and sleeping patterns - with your daily progress displayed on a smartphone application. They’re wear and forget devices, and what they do they do well. But, with so many to choose from, sifting the good from the bad isn’t easy. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Below, we’ve listed what we believe to be the top 10 hybrid smartwatches of 2017 to help you buy the right smartwatch for you. So, without fur..
The current generation of smartwatches can track your steps, detect what activities you perform, calculate your calorie burn and monitor and measure your heart rate. These solo functions are valuable for a wide variety of people, although these smartwatches are yet to break into healthcare with any real force, a market which many people thought would be a key beneficiary of the smartwatch revolution. The biggest challenge smartwatches face with healthcare is that the data they collect isn’t guaranteed accurate. For instance, no OEM has published a percentage accuracy of the optical heart rate monitor on their smartwatch. This means tha..
Today’s children have a lot of things keep them occupied. But the trouble is, most of these things do not promote an active lifestyle. Video games are immersive and fun but they are played sitting down, and smartphones and tablets are good for nothing but thumb exercise. Indeed, going outdoors and being active seems novel to many children today. But what if you, as a parent, could make physical activity as fun as a video game? And what if you could get your child to be more active and actually enjoy it? Well, that’s the aim of the game with kid’s fitness trackers. Below, we have created for you a list of the top 10 kid’s fitness tra..
When I was younger, my parents bought me my first watch. It was an analogue Timex piece with a fabric strap. Its only superpower was its ability to tick away for four whole years before the battery needed replacing. I loved that watch. I was amazed that I could tell the time just by looking at my wrist. I was in love with something that was, to me, high-tech. Today’s kids have it a whole lot better though. Merely telling the time is the least that smartwatches can do. Kids can play games on their watch now, or sync their watch with their smartphone so they never miss that text from mum or dad telling them to come home because their tea..
Smartwatches are a fashion statement for some, a neat piece of technology for others. But for the elderly, they transcend any ‘cool factor’ and can be genuinely useful. For instance, they can provide medication reminders, track daily activity and even alert loved ones of any emergency. Some smartwatches can also take and receive phone calls, which is a particularly useful feature because unlike a phone a watch will be worn all of the time. If you are looking to invest in a smartwatch or fitness device for your loved one, we have prepared a list for you below which we feel covers the best devices available right now. So without further ..
Android Wear smartwatches have seen sales soar over the last two years, which is testament to the fantastic work OEMs are doing. There really are some excellent devices out there now, but they all have one thing in common: The current version of Android Wear leaves much room for improvement. Thankfully, however, that will be addressed soon, with a software update called Android Wear 2.0 coming to select devices. Android Wear 2.0 was announced at Google I/O 2016. It was initially supposed to launch in late 2016, but Google announced in September that they were delaying the launch until “sometime” in early 2017, for reasons undisclosed. ..
For many tech fans, Pebble represented the "other" smartwatch company. Unlike juggernauts like Apple, Google, and Samsung, Pebble didn't generally get the same amount of attention in the media - but there was something unique about this company that made it particularly appealing. Pebble had always been a smartwatch brand funded by the people - for the people. When the Pebble brand first appeared in 2012, there wasn't much of a smartwatch scene to work with. However, the OS-agnostic and open approach of Pebble helped it to maintain a long-standing status as a wearable hero. As we move forward into 2017 with the news that Pebble has ..
Style and practicality have always been components of Swiss design. In the world of jewelry and timepieces, Swiss creations have often acted as status symbols for the rich and fashion-conscious. Though Swiss watches have always been regarded as a sumptuous fashion icon, many popular brands are trying their hand at the modern revolution, and getting involved with time-pieces from a more tech-heavy perspective. Since smartwatches have become more than just gadgets to many people - and indeed represent fashion statements to the masses - it only makes sense that Swiss smartwatches would be appeasing those in search of a functional, yet att..
Strapping one of the latest pieces of smart technology to your child's wrist makes more sense than you might think these days. In an age brimming with potential threats and reasons to worry about your youngsters, the right GPS tracking smartwatch can allow you to monitor your child's location in real time, and even let them call for help in an emergency. The idea isn't for you to stalk your child - but to ensure that they're equipped with a tool for absolute safety at all times. Since new smartwatch technology seems to emerge on an almost constant basis, we've put together a list of some of the most modern GPS tracking tech on the mark..