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..
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 ..
Recently bought yourself a smartwatch with cellular connectivity? If it doesn’t have eSIM functionality (which clones your smartphone’s SIM card), then you’re going to need a SIM card for your smartwatch to get 4G LTE. SIM cards are often free to order, but you’ll need to opt into a mobile data plan to get 4G LTE on your wrist. Some SIM cards for smartwatches have unlimited data in the US. If you’re going to use your smartwatch for streaming music and videos we recommend you get a SIM card with a minimum 10GB monthly data allowance. In this consumer guide, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about 4G connectivity and SI..
Fitness trackers - they come in all shapes and sizes. The best fitness tracker is very much a personal choice, because everyone has different needs. For some people, a fitness tracker that just counts steps and crunches calories is enough. Others want heart-rate tracking, VO2 max tracking and GPS to track their running routes. The bottom line is no matter how advanced you want a fitness tracker to be – no matter what features you find most valuable – you can have them. In this guide to the top 10 best fitness trackers in 2018, we’ll reveal the fitness trackers that are at the top of their game, so that you can stay on top of yours. Wh..
You don’t have to have your smartphone in your pocket to listen to music. You can do it with a smartwatch and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. It’s just as easy and perhaps more convenient, since you can skip tracks from your wrist. Most people get into smartwatches because they want a lightweight music device for running or the gym. It’s these activities which show smartphones up - they get in the way and are quite frankly extracting. If you don’t want a glass brick in your pocket when you’re working up a sweat, a smartwatch for music is what you want. Don’t work out? That’s fine. But you commute, right? Or at the very least, you wa..
It’s a fact that most consumer electronics out of China are cheaper than consumer electronics manufactured elsewhere in the world, which is good news if you’re in the market for a new smartwatch. Chinese smartwatches are 50 to 80 per cent cheaper than smartwatches made by Western brands. It’s important to point out too that Chinese smartwatches are branded - it’s just you’ve probably never heard of them. So-called micro-brands tend to pop up, put their name on a smartwatch, and then disappear to rename themselves. It’s just how the market works over there, and it works well. The Best Chinese Smartwatches You Can Buy In this..
Rugged smartwatches are incredibly versatile. They’re great for hiking, swimming, wearing to work, playing with the kids and everything in-between. What makes a smartwatch rugged? It’s got to have a durable outer body, some level of shock protection and waterproofing of some kind, be it an IP certification such as IPX8 or IP68 or an ATM rating such as 10ATM. It’s also got to have in-built GPS - a feature which is extremely useful if you do any outdoor exploring. Unfortunately, there are literally hundreds of smartwatches out there that claim to be rugged but really aren’t. They’re just regular smartwatches dressed up in a fancy shel..
Looking for the best Samsung smartwatch? You have five devices to choose from in 2018. These are the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, Samsung Gear Sport, Samsung Gear Fit2 GPS and Samsung Gear S2. These are Samsung’s latest smartwatches and are your best bet if you want a great smartwatch experience. Here’s some quick facts about all these smartwatches: • They are all compatible with devices running Android 4.4 or later • They are all compatible with iPhone devices running at least iOS 9 • They all feature a heart-rate sensor and activity tracking •&nbs..
Whether you pump iron, take calisthenics classes or get in your cardio at the gym, a smartwatch can help you workout harder and smarter. The best gym smartwatches will track each lift and every step you take in the gym. If that’s something you’d benefit from, we’ve got some great recommendations for you. It’s important to note that regular fitness trackers have little to offer if your workouts heavily focus on weightlifting. The market is such that it caters for running, swimming and cycling rather than lifting weights. Even something as simple as a push-up, or pull-up, isn’t tracked by standard wearables. The market is also such th..
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where technology start-ups, and sometimes established brands, pitch a new product for investment. Ordinary folk invest a fixed amount in the product to help it reach its funding goal. Once funded, the product begins production and generally starts shipping a few months later. Right now, there are over a hundred smartwatch projects on Kickstarter bidding for investment. In this article, we’ll detail the top 10 Kickstarter smartwatches. Please note: By the time you read this article, some or all the smartwatches listed won’t be available for investment anymore. Regardless, this article serves as ..