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Garmin updates Forerunner smartwatch line

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 06/05/2019.

Garmin are big on fitness. They always have been, and always will be. All of their smartwatches cater for the fitness market, and their Forerunner line leads the way. No surprises then they’ve updated it for 2019. The Forerunner line now includes the 45, 45S, 245, 245 Music and 945. These are newly updated to cater to runners more than ever. Each model can analyse your performance and training history to provide greater insight into your runs. The difference between them is in the level of analysis and smartwatch functionality.   Forerunner 45 and 45S Starting with the entry-level models, the Forerunner 45 has heart-rate moni..

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Huawei launches the Huawei Watch GT Active and Elegant

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 14/04/2019.

The first-generation Huawei Watch (launched 2015) was one of the best smartwatches on the market at the time. The second-generation Huawei Watch 2 (launched 2017) was, and still is, one of the best smartwatches on the market today - especially the Sport version with its neat ceramic bezel and sporty design. What we’re saying is Huawei has a track record for launching brilliant smartwatches, and they’ve announced two new ones for 2019. The Huawei Watch GT Active and Huawei Watch GT Elegant are updated versions of last year’s Watch GT.   Huawei Watch GT Active and Huawei Watch GT Elegant The Huawei Watch GT Active and Huawei Wa..

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Tag Heuer announces Connected Modular 45 Golf Edition

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 27/03/2019.

The Tag Heuer Connected has proven to be very popular with folk who hit the green. So much so, the Swiss brand’s announced the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Golf Edition, an updated version of the standard device. The Connected Modular 45 Golf Edition has a brand-new golfing app which is preloaded with 39,000 international golf courses. Using GPS to track your location, it notifies you when you’re close to a golf course and automatically recognises which course you are on so you can get teed up without faffing about. It shows you a map of the course you’re on, recommends an iron, and lets you see the distance to greens and hazards, me..

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The Citizen the Eco-Drive Riiiver is a smarter hybrid smartwatch

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 24/03/2019.

Hybrid smartwatches sacrifice functionality over their touchscreen brethren in return for stonking battery life. They tell the time like a normal watch but collect data like the number of steps you take behind the scenes. This information is then accessed on your smartphone via a companion app. The relationship works well but you’re always left with the feeling the device on your wrist could do more. Citizen think the same. Which is why they’ve just launched the Citizen Eco-Drive Riiiver, a hybrid ‘connected’ smartwatch that can do more. Riiiver (yes, three i’s, which stand for “imagine,” inspire” and “innovate,”) is an open IoT platfo..

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Garmin launches adventure-based MARQ smartwatch line

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 20/03/2019.

Hot on the heels of luxury timepiece brands launching high-end smartwatches (like the Montblanc Summit and Tag Heuer Connected) Garmin have launched their own high-end smartwatch line with an adventurous vibe. The five smartwatches (Aviator, Driver, Captain, Expedition, Athlete) are targeted towards pilots, ship captains, explorers and athletes. In other words, the cream of the crop. They stand out from ordinary smartwatches through a set of unique features which are model specific. We’ll take a closer look at these below.   MARQ Aviator The MARQ Aviator is for pilots. It lets you view three different time zones and comes pre..

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The TickTalk 3 is the smartest kid’s smartwatch in town

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 09/03/2019.

More and more parents are choosing to buy their kid a smartwatch so they can stay connected with them while they’re out. The best kids’ smartwatches also offer location-tracking or let parents set up geo-boundaries. What this is all about of course is parents keeping tabs on their children and being there as quickly as possible in an emergency. Kids aged between 5 and 10 are too young for a phone so a smartwatch is the next best thing. If you’re considering a smartwatch for your own kids, the TickTalk 3 is one of the standout devices of 2019. We came across this device while carrying out research into the market and it impressed us ..

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MyKronoz launches new smartwatch range for 2019

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 04/03/2019.

MyKronoz has announced a new range of smartwatches for 2019. The ZeTrack, ZeNeo, ZeRound3 Lite and ZeRound 3 join the ZeSport 2, ZePop and ZeTime 2 in the range and maintain the company’s budget-friendly approach. For those of you who don’t know, MyKronoz is a Swiss company headquartered in Geneva. They make budget-friendly smartwatches and are best-known for the ZeTime, a touchscreen smartwatch with mechanical hands. Their newest additions to the range look to be solid offerings too. Here’s what you need to know.   ZeTrack The ZeTrack is an activity tracker with a 0.92” 128 x 64 IPS-LCD display. It has an IP67 water resistan..

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The Nubia Alpha smartwatch has a 4-inch flexible display

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 28/02/2019.

The fully-round display is beautiful. Apple’s squarish display is nice. But with most smartwatch displays coming in at under 1.4”, they’re hardly ‘immersive’. Enter then Nubia, a Chinese manufacturer best-known for their smartphones. They have launched a new smartwatch this week at MWC. It’s called the ‘Alpha’ and it’s packing a 4” display - enough to make the competition blush that’s for sure. The 4” display is a flexible OLED panel with a resolution of 960 x 192. What that means is it literally wraps around your wrist. The ultra-wide aspect ratio is unique and so is the display concept itself. The OLED is built into a flexible resin ..

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Samsung announces Galaxy Watch Active

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 22/02/2019.

Samsung have announced a new smartwatch this week - the Galaxy Watch Active, which isn’t a replacement or upgrade to the Galaxy Watch released last year. Instead, it joins the Galaxy Watch range as a more fitness-focused option.   What you need to know It’s smaller and lighter than the Galaxy Watch with improved ergonomics (fit) to make the heart-rate tracking more consistent. It’s also a bit of a strange one to be honest, lacking the rotating bezel of the original Galaxy Watch (the feature that made it so good). The rotating bezel was ditched to make the Active lighter and more comfortable on the wrist. In use, it means you ..

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The smartwatch market grew 60% in the US last year

Posted by Martin Simkin in News on 22/02/2019.

The smartwatch market is showing no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, it’s actually on the up. Smartwatch sales were up more than 60% in the US last year according to figures from The NPD Group who also said smartwatch sales totalled $5 billion -- triple the amount on 2015 and a 50% increase on 2016. This is a good sign the smartwatch market has plenty of growth in it yet. And with the smartphone market stagnating and even sales of the iPhone not doing too well, it’s expected more manufacturers will get in on the game. Newcomers will have a job on their hands to snatch a portion of the market though, with Apple, Samsung, and F..

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