Smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatches/features en-GB Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 4 redesign and Android Wear watch for later this year http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korean tech giant&#039;s busy schedule shows no signs of letting up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="What will the Note 4 be wearing?" alt="Samsung confirms new Galaxy Note 4 design and Android Wear watch for later this " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1_0.JPG?1397656586" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will arrive with a &#39;new form factor&#39;.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Samsung&#39;s senior vice president of product strategy Yoon Han-Ki didn&#39;t provide any more information on the company&#39;s next generation of super phablet, but we expect a radical change from the current <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>&#39;s faux leather back.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:49:49 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435571 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear Fit http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s new wearable is Fit by name, but not by nature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear Fit" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-016.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember life before fitness bands? Those innocent days when tracking your health meant counting how many pints you&#39;d downed that week and timing how long it took you to walk to the curry house?</p> <p>Well they&#39;re long gone. In fact there are so many fitness bands on the market now, we need someone to invent a fitness tracker tracker just to, er, keep track of them.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unique curved screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Light weight </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> music control and notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unresponsive screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unreliable heart-rate tracking </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Awkward ergonomics </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, it&#039;s not the Gear 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear Fit&#39;s not the only new wearable Samsung&#39;s thrusting on to an already crowded marketplace - you might also be aware of its flashy cousins the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;and Gear 2 Neo. Both are proper smartwatches, with the ability to run apps, make calls and, in the case of the Gear 2, take photos.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given that both can also track your heart rate and count your steps,&nbsp;why would you choose a Gear Fit over the other two? Maybe it&#39;s the lure of that curved screen. Or, maybe it&#39;s a simple money thing; after all, the Gear 2 is a full &pound;80 more expensive than the Fit.</p> <p>But then again, the Neo is the same price as the Fit, and all it loses over the Gear 2 is the metal finish and the camera - while retaining the IR remote capability, the heart rate sensor, the built-in music player and the S Voice control for your phone.</p> <p>We&#39;d also question why you&#39;d want the Gear Fit over any of the other fitness bands out there - the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex</a>, for instance, which is &pound;90 cheaper and will work with more than just Samsung phones.</p> <p>Ah, so it&nbsp;<em>was</em>&nbsp;that curved screen after all. You tart.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-fit/mwc-2014/video-samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/video">Samsung Gear Fit hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4128" height="2322" title="The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Wearing all three might be overkill" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-009_0.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sweet dreams </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whatever your initial reason for buying the Fit over the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature">Gear 2 Neo</a>, here&#39;s another one: it&#39;s really light - a mere 27g, to the Gear 2&#39;s 68g and Neo&#39;s 55g. Numbers blah - it really feels a lot lighter too. Putting on one of the Gears feels like putting on a watch, whereas a Fit&rsquo;s presence is soon entirely forgotten.</p> <p>This is important if you&rsquo;re planning to wear the Fit in bed &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t watch you or smell you like some of the more advanced sleep trackers, but it will give you basic time asleep and movement feedback. So long as you&rsquo;ve remembered to activate the Sleep app before power-down, that is. Who&rsquo;s a clever post-human? You are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear Fit is light enough not to disturb your sleep" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-003.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Fit - tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 1.84in curved Super AMOLED (128x432)</p> <p><strong>OS:</strong> Tizen-based OS</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong>&nbsp;Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Ruggedness:</strong>&nbsp;IP67 (water resistant 1m for 30 mins)</p> <p><strong>Sensor:</strong> Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Optical Heart Rate Sensor </p><p><strong>Colours:</strong> black, brown, orange</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;210mAh, Typical Usage 3-4 days</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong>&nbsp;23.4x57.4x11.9mm, 27g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Walk the walk? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Come the morning, you&rsquo;ll want to make sure the Pedometer app is running. If it&rsquo;s still on from yesterday then you&rsquo;re fine, but it doesn&rsquo;t start automatically, for example, when you close the Sleep app.</p> <p>The Pedometer is the app that will track your movement all day, and is the chief source of data that you might want to compare your activity from day to day. Set a daily step goal and go for an ice cream when the goal complete notification vibes up on your wrist. There&rsquo;s no altitude sensor, mind, so you won&rsquo;t get Fitbit-style &lsquo;floors climbed&rsquo; feedback.&nbsp;</p> <p>More precise event tracking comes by firing up the Exercise app, which can be set to Walking, Running, Cycling or Hiking. This brings in the heart-rate sensor and allows you to set specific distance, time or effort goals. The difference between walking and hiking? Kendal Mint Cake, we think. Oh, and Hiking, like the Cycling option, takes GPS data from your connected smartphone to calculate distance and speed. Which makes some kind of sense given that the accelerometer is redundant for bike riding. Slightly less for hiking, unless your walking boots are extremely plushly cushioned. Either way, successful data recording depends on your keeping your phone somewhere where it can still get a decent GPS reading. Which slightly takes the fun out of having a wearable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Run, Fraser, run!" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-002.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In Running mode, you have the option to activate Firstbeat coaching that, by watching your heart rate, actively encourages you to speed, slow down or maintain your pace. We had mixed results with this.</p> <p>One run in particular, the Fit completely panicked after just five minutes of a 30-minte run, telling me repeatedly to slow down, then reporting that I had completed my &lsquo;Moderate&rsquo; goal. It seems likely that this sporadic accuracy is to do with the heart rate sensor failing to get an accurate reading &ndash; on-screen prompts guide you to keep the Fit off the wrist bone, but that&rsquo;s exactly where it likes to sit once you start pounding down the pavement. No ultra-marathoneer, me, but a recorded max heart rate of 211bpm seems unlikely.</p> <p>On the whole, despite on-screen prompts, this is not an intuitive exercise device. Full instructions are available as a PDF from Samsung&rsquo;s support site and you might well have to swallow your pride and download them.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Fit&#039;s Cycling mode needs GPS data from your phone" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-006.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CURVES IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s more bad news, which we&rsquo;ve been hiding from you until now. You know that fancy curved OLED screen? It&rsquo;s a pig to use. There, we said it.</p> <p>Pertinent to the subject in hand &ndash; exercising &ndash; it&rsquo;s too sensitive to accurately scroll or select while you&rsquo;re breathing hard or still on the move. This isn&rsquo;t helped by the fact that the icons of the top menu are similarly styled to those in the sub-menus so a miss-press error is difficult to diagnose.</p> <p>Swiping and scrolling and sweating and trying to diagnose the aforementioned coaching glitch, I realised I had walked into the middle of a mob of Royal Parks stags. There was death in their eyes and blood on their antlers and although I survived, another park user called me an &lsquo;idiot&#39;. At that point I was about as annoyed with a gadget as I get.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say that the Fit&rsquo;s screen isn&rsquo;t clear. The OLED tech is crispy, despite its 128x432 pixel specification. You can choose from a variety of wallpapers that help readout as much as they look pretty, and the brightness is adjustable. There&rsquo;s no ambient light sensor-powered auto-adjust, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s some lovely wallpaper there..." alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-019.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FEATURES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life seems to be within Samsung&rsquo;s claimed 3-4 days, certainly after the first week&rsquo;s excited prodding has passed. Be careful not to lose the Fit&rsquo;s proprietary charging cradle, though or you are, as they say, fubar.</p> <p>You can choose what wrist you have your Fit on, and you can have it turn on automatically when you rotate said wrist. This works as you would want it perhaps half the time. Sometimes you turn your wrist for the screen to remain resolutely blank; moments later you notice it glowing away to itself unbidden.</p> <p>A couple of times it auto-activated in the shower &ndash; it&rsquo;s IP67 rugged &ndash; and the water on the screen sent it into a fit of ghost menu scrolling and app activation. We turned that feature off in the end. Neither of us was enjoying it.</p> <p>A recent firmware update gave you the ability to change between landscape and portrait screen orientation. Landscape view suits the device and long-form text flows better, but it&rsquo;s awkward to read. Portrait is more natural to manipulate, but the text wrap goes all to pieces.</p> <p>You might ask, what is this &lsquo;text&rsquo; are we reading on the Fit? Actual SMS texts, we might answer, and emails and notifications. Almost any app that can flash up on your phone&rsquo;s notification bar can also trigger a vibrating alert on your Fit watch. The first couple of sentences can be scrolled through, before it prompts you to continue reading on your mobile device. (Everything to do with the Fit and its phone app refers to your &lsquo;mobile device&rsquo;, not &lsquo;phone&rsquo;. It gets irritating after a while. Surely the Fit is also a mobile device?)</p> <p>Hit the continue button and your phone will light up and act on the notification, with varying levels of success depending on what else your phone is up to at the time. The Gear Fit Manager has a screen for selecting (and then deselecting) which of your phone&rsquo;s apps get to ping your Fit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll need to connect the Gear Fit to a Samsung phone to make it work..." alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-018.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="..and if you lose the charging cradle, you&#039;re in trouble" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-017.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other functions of the Fit include Find My Device that launches a ringtone and lights up the LED on your phone. Plus, there are stopwatch and timer apps in addition to the always-on clock app. And, finally, the Media Controller, which works damn well. Play, pause, skip and volume without getting your phone out of your pocket, as well as the name of the currently playing track. It&rsquo;ll work with media apps other than the standard Samsung music player, too, though it&rsquo;ll often keep scrolling the name of the last played track on the official app, rather than, say, the podcast you are now listening to in Podkicker.</p> <p>You can reject incoming calls, or send a pre-programmed text message. Speaking of apps, that&rsquo;s currently a functionality disconnect between the Fit, the Gear Fit Manager app and Samsung&rsquo;s S Health app &ndash; with the latter tending to record its own pedometer reading despite input from the Fit. This is worse on last-gen Samsung devices, such as the Note 3, which has a less clever Manager app for the wearable. All of which, we&rsquo;ve been told by Samsung, will be upgraded, updated and fixed in the near future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Music!" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-005.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When we first saw the Samsung Gear Fit, we saw a light, wearable fitness device with a unique curved screen and the ability to work seamlessly with Samsung phones. What we got was a light, but quite bulky, wearable device. It has a curved screen that&rsquo;s as irritating to use as it is cool to look at. It&rsquo;s a fitness device that works via a new-fangled optical heart rate sensor that we don&rsquo;t trust, compared to the battered heart-rate strap we&rsquo;ve been using for years. It does not, as yet, work seamlessly with Samsung devices.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the bah humbugs. We do like getting notifications straight to the wrist, especially while wandering about the house while the phone is charging somewhere. Controlling music playback is a boon, especially given the inability of most headphone remote buttons to do anything useful. Plus, it tells the time, and the date, and what your next calendar event is. And although the curved screen doesn&#39;t always work, it does look cool.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s hoping the Gear Fit 2 will be better" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-020.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looks great, but doesn&rsquo;t play so well. There are, and there will be, too many other winner wearables to recommend this one</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Fit review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review#comments Gear Fit Health and fitness Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:37:39 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435417 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2 http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will Samsung&#039;s second plunge into the smartwatch sea bring it success? We strap in to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Main%20choice.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&#39;s be honest. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">original Galaxy Gear</a> was hardly Samsung&rsquo;s proudest moment. It wasn&rsquo;t exactly a looker, it was laggy, and the battery life left a lot to be desired.</p> <p>Couple that with its &pound;300 price tag and it&rsquo;s no wonder it was immediately overshadowed by the likes of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid metal build with customisable straps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bright, sharp colour display </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> On-board music playback </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications handled well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Auto-screen on feature needs tweaking </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hardly any apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pricey for a smartwatch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only works with select Samsung devices </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A welcome makeover </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It doesn&#39;t matter how clever a wearable device is - if it&#39;s ugly then you won&#39;t want to use it. No one wants to be the subject of amused smirks in a train carriage.</p> <p>Thankfully Samsung has considerably improved the original Galaxy Gear&#39;s design, and you won&#39;t be ashamed to wear the Gear 2 in public.</p> <p>There have been a few subtle millimetres shaved off here and there and the overall design is much cleaner than the original. It&#39;s got a thinner clasp and the pimple-like protrusion for the camera has been banished to design hell.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2&#039;s styling is a vast improvement over the original Galaxy Gear" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-7.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera&#039;s now flush with the body" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-8.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The home button&#039;s easy to find with a finger" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-6.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Gear 2 vs Galaxy Gear" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Original-Gear-Comparison.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is still a camera but it&#39;s now embedded into the watch face itself, sitting flush at the top alongside an IR blaster. It&#39;s a massive improvement, as is the removal of the power button on the side.</p> <p>Samsung has instead opted for a home button on the front, which turns the screen on and off in addition to firing up a chosen app with a double tap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Can you tell which is which?" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Original-Gear-Comparison-1.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turn it around and you&#39;ll notice the charging pins, along with what initially appears to be another camera lens.</p> <p>Thankfully wrist selfies aren&#39;t a thing (yet). What you&#39;re looking at is a heart rate sensor, similar to the one found on the rear of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and underside of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>. That means no more uncomfortable chest straps while you&#39;re out pounding the pavement on your lunchtime runs.</p> <p>Strapped on, the Gear 2 is light and unobtrusive, as any good watch should be, and the strap should accommodate most wrists without any problems. But while the metal construction of the Gear 2 is solid, the plastic strap is noticeably creaky in quiet environments. It can be swapped it out for any standard 20mm watch strap, though.</p> <p>The Gear 2 is also IP67 rated, meaning it can survive temporary submersion in up to 1m of water for thirty minutes. Most importantly that means it won&rsquo;t cost you &pound;250 when you wash the sleep from your eyes during your morning shower and realize you&rsquo;re still wearing your watch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-vs-pebble-steel-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 vs Pebble Steel: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Charging cradle pins and hear rate sensor" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-13_0.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The plastic strap is a little creaky, but you can swap it out for any standard strap of your choice" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-9.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display of affection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 retains its predecessor&#39;s 1.63in 320x320 AMOLED display and text and icons are sharp and easy to read.</p> <p>While it guzzles more power than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&#39;s</a> E Ink screen, we definitely prefer its rich colours and sharp text to the Pebble&#39;s pixellated monochrome alternative (even it does have a certain retro charm all of its own).</p> <p>It&#39;s slathered in Gorilla Glass 3, too, so accidental knocks and scrapes shouldn&rsquo;t pose much of a problem.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using the Gear 2 with the display brightness set to low levels without any problems, and there&rsquo;s an outdoor mode that cranks the brightness up for a short period if you&rsquo;re struggling to make out what&rsquo;s on the screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 1.63in 320x320 AMOLED is unchanged" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Screen-1.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Outdoor Mode temporarily raises the brightness if you&#039;re struggling to see the screen outside" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Screen.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set up and charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The majority of wearable devices are largely useless if they&rsquo;re not paired to a smartphone, and the Gear 2 is no exception. Annoyingly, Samsung has once again restricted compatibility to its own devices, which is hugely limiting, especially when compared to the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> (which works with both iOS and Android devices) and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony Smartwatch 2</a>, which plays nice with all Android phones.</p> <p>Currently, 18 Samsung devices including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-2/review" target="_blank">Note 2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4</a> are supported, and we can&rsquo;t see Samsung opening up the Gear 2 to other Android devices anytime soon. Boo.</p> <p>Setting up the Gear 2 itself is simple enough. You&rsquo;ll need to download the Gear Manager app from the Samsung app store, and we recommend choosing the more traditional manual Bluetooth pairing method as opposed to the trickier NFC pairing option that requires the attachment of a cradle.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right: The dreaded cradle is back.</p> <p>The original Gear shipped with a hideously huge charging cradle that we dubbed Big Bertha.</p> <p>Thankfully, Bertha&rsquo;s hit Weight Watchers and dropped quite a few dress sizes, and she&rsquo;s much easier to clip on and off.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d still prefer an in-built microUSB port, though, as you&rsquo;ll be stuck for power if you&rsquo;re out and about without the charging cradle.&nbsp;Still, the Gear does look cleaner without any ports, and we can see why Samsung&rsquo;s stuck to its guns from a design point of view.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The charging cradle is back, but it&#039;s slimmer than before" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Charger.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A frustrating time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that the Gear 2 tells the time. To increase its battery life, the screen remains off until the in-built accelerometer detects that you&rsquo;ve flicked your wrist up to look at the watch face.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a sensible solution &ndash; after all, there&rsquo;s no need for the display to be on if you&rsquo;re not looking at it &ndash; but in practice the Gear 2&rsquo;s sensors are far from perfect.</p> <p>Seven times out of ten we were forced to press the home button to manually turn on the screen to check the time, which is a massive pain, especially when one hand isn&rsquo;t free.</p> <p>It can be very frustrating, and we&rsquo;ve received many an odd stare while frantically shaking our wrists in a desperate attempt to wake the screen from its slumber.</p> <p>This is something that could be easily remedied by a sensitivity update, and we&rsquo;d quite like to see an option for the Gear 2 to learn your individual wrist glance motions to avoid frustration in future. Here&#39;s hoping.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The screen is supposed to wake when you move your wrist, but it&#039;s pretty patchy" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-front-1.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s going it alone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we get into what the Gear 2 can actually do, we should point out that Samsung has kicked Android to the curb in favour of its own Tizen-based operating system.</p> <p>Perhaps one day we&rsquo;ll look back on this as the start of the Samsung break away from Google to make its own claim for the mobile OS throne. Or perhaps not, but for now we&rsquo;re happy to report that Samsung&rsquo;s OS is actually a massive improvement over that of the original Gear.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s far slicker to use and much faster without any hiccups or lag, which can also be attributed to the slightly faster 1GHz processor gracing its insides.</p> <p>Thanks to the home button, navigation is simpler this time around. Swiping left and right takes you through the app screens, while swiping down takes you back a screen. You can reshuffle the icons by holding them down for a few seconds and dragging them, as you would on a smartphone.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/mqQRzPpjc2/embed/" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The majority of the Gear 2&rsquo;s settings are taken care of by Samsung&rsquo;s Gear Manager app, which lets you cycle through the different clock face styles and lets you select custom wallpapers.</p> <p>You can keep things simple with a standard digital clock face, or chuck in weather and pedometer widgets if you want more than just the time at a glance.</p> <p>The Gear 2 is more than just a fancy techy timepiece, though...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The majority of the Gear 2’s settings are taken care of by Samsung’s Gear Manager app" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-app.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications and messaging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Notifications are the bread and butter of the smartwatch spread, and the Gear 2 handles them very well.</p> <p>While the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">original Gear</a> suffered from delays, the Gear 2 pushes new emails and text messages to your wrist instantly.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s incredibly useful and a great way to filter junk emails and unimportant messages - doing so while walking down the high street in the morning without ever having to slip your phone from your pocket is an immense, geeky pleasure.</p> <p>Obviously the Gear 2&rsquo;s screen is too small to actually reply to messages with an on-screen keyboard, so you have the option to open up the message on your connected device.&nbsp;You can also choose from a pre-set list of replies, or attempt to craft a reply using S Voice, although you should be prepared for a fair amount of unintentionally dodgy word substitutions and misspelling if you go with the latter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2 does notifications well" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-notifications.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1080" height="1920" title="Voice recognition could do with a bit of work" alt="Samsung Gear 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-messaging.jpg?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t be a Dick (Tracy) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>S Voice is far more useful for commands such as &lsquo;call home&rsquo;, but unless you want to look like a sci-fi weirdo who talks to his watch that&rsquo;s best done only when you&rsquo;ve got mic-enabled headphones in.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t even want to bark voice commands at the Gear 2 then you can manually dial numbers or scroll through a list of contacts instead.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll probably use the keypad more than the voice control" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Phone.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 1.63&rdquo; Super AMOLED (320 x 320)</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g;</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong> 1.0GHz dual-core processor</p> <p><strong>Memory: </strong>512MB + 4GB storage</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> 300mAh internal; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth 4.0, IR</p> <p><strong>Water resistance: </strong>Rated IP67 (one meter for 30 minutes)</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong> 2MP, 720p 30fps video&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OS: </strong>Tizen-based OS</p> <p><strong>Sensors:</strong> Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate</p> <p><strong>Colours: </strong>Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Play that funky music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition to controlling music playback on your connected device, the Gear 2 can store tracks locally, thanks to 4GB of on-board storage.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need the charging cradle to connect the Gear 2 to a PC via its USB port, but once that&rsquo;s done it&rsquo;s as easy as dragging and dropping without having to install any proprietary software. Nicely done.</p> <p>Its built-in speakers are actually surprisingly decent for a watch, but unless you want to be <em>that guy</em> on the train, you&rsquo;ll definitely want to opt for Bluetooth headphones instead.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a very welcome feature and it&rsquo;ll come in very handy for listening to music while you&rsquo;re out for a run and can&rsquo;t be bothered to cart around your hulking great phone.</p> <p>Speaking of which...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s built-in storage for your music" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Music.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Health tracking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung is no stranger to the fitness tracking bandwagon, and as with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, the Gear 2 has a heart rate sensor on its rear.</p> <p>Apart from checking how nervous are, recording your heart rate can be a useful addition to your training arsenal as it can help you see whether or not you need to increase or decrease your effort levels.</p> <p>You can choose to automatically track your heart rate while logging your runs, walks and cycles in the built-in exercise app, or you can use the dedicated heart rate app to check it manually.</p> <p>The good news is that when it works it produces very accurate results. The bad news is that it doesn&rsquo;t always work. Too often we found ourselves having to adjust the position of the Gear 2 slightly and take multiple measurements.</p> <p>We&#39;d recommend strapping the Gear 2 a little tighter to your wrist before logging a workout to ensure that it has sufficient contact with your skin to measure your heart rate.</p> <p>The Gear 2 also doubles up as a pedometer and it works as well as any wrist-based step tracker we&#39;ve used. But as is the case with its peers, it&#39;s not perfect. We got into our car with zero steps on the clock and after a 15-minute drive, the Gear 2 registered 17 steps.</p> <p>Of course wrist movements and false steps plague all fitness bands, and in the grand scheme of things, a few hundred false step counts aren&rsquo;t going to make much difference in the ten thousand or so we all take each day.</p> <p>The Gear 2 naturally integrates all of this exercise, step and heart rate data into Samsung&#39;s own S Health app, which lets you analyse your stats in addition to logging calories on your connected device.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Keep calm and keep training" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-App.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not going to count many steps lying down like that" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Pedometer.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An acceptable camera, if you really need it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2&#39;s camera won&#39;t be a priority for most users and we didn&#39;t find much use for it beyond impressing and/or repelling various people at the pub.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;ve forked out the extra cash over the camera-less Gear 2 Neo then you probably won&#39;t be disappointed - yes, it&#39;s only 2MP. No, it doesn&#39;t have a flash. But it&#39;s a camera that&#39;s built into a watch, and its perfectly acceptable for what it is.</p> <p>You can shoot pictures in the Gear 2&#39;s native square aspect ratio or opt for more traditional 16:9 or 4:3 shots if you prefer.</p> <p>Photos are naturally not the sharpest and they&rsquo;re next to useless in dim light, but well-lit shots are perfectly acceptable for the likes of Facebook.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="500" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13766601825/in/set-72157643768229995/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The Gear 2&#39;s camera should ideally be used for spontaneous shots as it&#39;s quicker to fire up than whipping out your phone. A 2MP photo of a subject worth shooting is better than no photo at all, after all.</p> <p>720p video recording is also present and it could come in quite handy for espionage situations such as recording the number plate of that car that just knocked you off your bike. Or, you know, your cat drinking from the tap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera isn&#039;t special. Well, apart from the fact that it&#039;s on a flaming watch!" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Camera.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Casio throwback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fun doesn&#39;t stop at cameras and hear rate sensors, though. The Gear 2 has gone all 90s with a built in IR blaster that lets you control TVs and set-top boxes with an in-built remote app.</p> <p>Setup is as easy as choosing the brand of TV and firing out some test commands. The range isn&#39;t as impressive as a dedicated remote, but you should still be able to haunt a few pub tellies with it.</p> <p>We rarely found a use for it beyond impressing our circle of techhead friends, but if your dad&#39;s fallen asleep with the remote in his hands and Newsnight&#39;s on then it could be a life saver.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Is this the coolest universal remote ever?" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-TV-Remote.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliant Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next to looks, battery life is the most important thing for most smartwatch users. We&#39;ve got enough tech to charge everyday without throwing another device onto the pile, and a smartwatch that needs charging daily is simply not good enough.</p> <p>Despite having a slightly smaller battery than the original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Gear</a>, we&#39;re happy to report that battery life on the Gear 2 is excellent and beats the original&rsquo;s by miles.</p> <p>We haven&#39;t had to charge it once since we received it. At the time of writing, it&#39;s on 36% and it&#39;s been connected to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> for a solid 36 hours and counting. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>That&#39;s around three days of use if you baby the battery and two and a half to two days of fairly heavy use, and the constant connection didn&#39;t seem to affect the Note 3&#39;s battery levels at all.</p> <p>While its still not up there with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&rsquo;s</a> endurance, we&#39;d pick three days and a higher resolution colour screen any day.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2&#039;s battery is good for about three days" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Battery.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spot the apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One area in which the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> does trounce the Gear 2 in is apps. One of our original complaints with the first Galaxy Gear device was its lack of apps, and the Gear 2 has even fewer.</p> <p>Naturally any new operating system faces this problem and we expect app numbers to rise once the Gear 2 has been out for some time, but it&#39;s still disappointing for those early buyers.</p> <p>There&#39;s a smattering of software and watchfaces currently available from the Samsung store, hardly any of which are worth actually downloading.</p> <p>Having said that, we recommend checking out <a href="http://www.mobilesrepublic.com/appygeek-en/" target="_blank">Appy Geek</a> if you do happen to pick up a Gear 2. It&#39;s a tech-focused news reader that pushes entire stories straight to the Gear 2.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There just aren&#039;t enough apps for the Gear 2 yet" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-smartwatch-apps.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Readers are surprisingly easy to, umm, read on the Gear 2" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-smartwatch-2.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 is an improvement over its predecessor in every single way. It&#39;s better built, faster, more useful, and has surprisingly good battery life to boot, which is why it&#39;s earned an extra star. There&#39;s functionality here that you will get use out of every day.</p> <p>But it&#39;s not without its faults. The auto screen-on sensitivity needs tweaking, the app store is lacking, and it only works with select Samsung devices. And it&rsquo;s &pound;250.</p> <p>And then of course, there&#39;s the looming shadow of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>. Google-powered smartwatches like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>&nbsp;look stunning, and they promise to offer more functionality than the Gear 2 - or any other current smartwatch for that matter.</p> <p>Promising contextually useful information powered by Google Now (not to mention turn-by-turn navigation),&nbsp;Android Wear&nbsp;smartwatches look set to bring powers to your wrist that could prove truly useful.</p> <p>Buying a smartwatch like the Gear 2 now, just before the storm hits, echoes a time when people prematurely bought HD-ready TVs just before 1080p became widespread. Our advice? Wait just a little while longer to avoid buyer&#39;s remorse later on.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;re a die-hard Samsung fan who wants the excellent screen and notification features of the Gear 2 <em>right now</em>, you won&#39;t be disappointed. We recommend taking a peek at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/mwc-2014/samsung-unveils-galaxy-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-one-day-mwc-2014-kicks/news" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a>&nbsp;&ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t have a camera and it&rsquo;s slathered in plastic, but it&#39;s substantially cheaper at &pound;180.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">the 10 Best Wearable Gadgets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-10.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2 Neo (right) - plastic build and lacks a camera, but a better option for most" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison.JPG?1397243243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An improvement in every way, the Gear 2 is an impressive smartwatch that&#39;s sadly still shackled to Samsung&#39;s ecosystem</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gear 2 Gear 2 Neo Health and fitness Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:35:06 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433304 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iWatch looks likely to launch alongside the iPhone 6 in September http://www.stuff.tv/apple-iwatch-looks-likely-launch-alongside-iphone-6-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We could see Apple&#039;s timepiece hit the stage in five months&#039; time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A rather pretty iWatch concept" alt="Apple iWatch looks likely to launch alongside the iPhone 6 in September" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iwatch-s.jpg?1397124223" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple will reveal the iWatch in September alongside the <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>, if the latest rumours are to be believed.</p> <p>The news comes courtesy of Taiwan's Economic Daily News which reports that Apple suppliers TPK, Richtek and Quanta Computer have all been ordered to start production on various iWatch components.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iWatch heading for September release? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple suppliers gearing up for production </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-iwatch-looks-likely-launch-alongside-iphone-6-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-iwatch-looks-likely-launch-alongside-iphone-6-september/news#comments Apple Geek accessories iWatch Smartwatches Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:10:53 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435133 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the stunning LG G Watch and Moto 360, the first Google Android Wear smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 08/04/14: LG G Watch will undercut the Samsung Gear 2&#039;s price when it lands by the end of July </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" alt="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-main.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has, out of the blue, announced Android Wear - a version of Android designed specifically for watches. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/easily-best-looking-smartwatch-weve-ever-seen-shame-it-isnt-real/news">With no similarly impressive-looking iWatch</a> on the horizon, Apple must be kicking itself.</p> <p>Both LG and Motorola have revealed smartwatches that will be running Android Wear, and the LG will be the first Google watch to hit shelves when it lands sometime between April and June this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The core functionality of Android Wear smartwatches is based on search and contextual awareness.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with Google Glass, saying &quot;OK Google&quot; will initiate a search, which you can then use to look up information, open apps or even send messages - it&#39;ll transcribe your voice. Frankly, it looks stunning.</p> <p>Other scenarios imagined in the promo videos include functionality we&#39;re familiar with from the Google Now app, such as reminders of your meetings, navigation info for how to get there and real-time feedback on your arrival time. The context awareness will also extend to flashing up QR code tickets when you&#39;re at the airport or cinema and warnig you if there are jellyfish in the sea when you&#39;re jogging down the beach to catch some waves.</p> <p>Naturally, Google watches will have wellness in mind too, with exercise tracking and reminders being a part of the device&#39;s repertoire.</p> <p>Android Wear devices will also let you fire up a music playlist on your smartphone or tablet, as well as cast a film to your TV. Yes, that is cool.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-ui.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-bike.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not yet clear how the devices will operate, but Google has created a beta SDK for developers so that existing apps can send notifications to Google watches powered by Android Wear. On the developer video, Android&#39;s Director of Engineering David Singleton says the preview SDK &quot;will allow you to extend your Android applications still running on phones and tablets to provide ricer experiences for the new form factor,&quot; which suggests that rather than doing all the hard graft themselves, Android Wear watches are mirrors for the Android phones and tablets with which they&#39;re paired. That&#39;s good news for battery life, a constant issue for wearables - particularly those with nice, big colour screens.</p> <p>The first Android Wear devices are the square LG G Watch and circular Motorola Moto 360, but we can expect to see many more Android Wear-powered watches over the coming months: other partners include Asus, HTC, Fossil and Samsung, who clearly haven&#39;t written off Android as a smartwatch platform just yet, despite dropping it in favour of Tizen for its follow-up Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear Neo devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 preview</a></strong></p> <p>Indeed, Singleton says &quot;We&#39;re working with consumer electronics manufacturers, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.&quot; Sounds like there will be an interesting variety on offer.</p> <p>For now, let&#39;s take a closer look at what LG and Motorola have prepared.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0xQ3y902DEQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="808" title="Android Wear sports notifications" alt="Android Wear sports notifications" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-sports_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch - square and business-like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s G Watch opts for a Sony Smartwatch 2-esque square design, but most of the finer details are still under wraps. It&#39;ll be &#39;compatible with a range of Android smartphones&#39;, and like all G Wear devices will be voice-activated: say &#39;OK Google&#39; and it&#39;ll spring into action just as the Motorola Moto X smartphone does. The G Watch appears to take other design cues from its maker&#39;s past Google-branded efforts: there&#39;s more than a hint of Nexus 4 in its finish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-4/review">Google Nexus 4 review</a></strong></p> <p>Other details: the LG G Watch will &#39;present a low barrier of entry for developers and offer the best experience for users&#39;, reads the PR. This suggests it should rely on standard developer tools and, hopefully, won&#39;t cost too much - two key elements to getting the whole wearable trend off the ground and on people&#39;s wrists. It&#39;ll be out in Q2 2014.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/128341-lg-g-watch-release-date-by-july-and-less-than-180-in-the-uk-hands-on-pictures" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a> has confirmed that the LG G watch will land before the end of July for less than &pound;180. Whether or not that translates to &pound;179.99 remains to be seen, but either way it&#39;s going to look tempting next to the Samsung Gear 2 which is expected to arrive with a noticeably larger price tag.</p> <p>The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are only a tenner more at &pound;190, and we&#39;ll have to wait and see what goodies the LG G watch is packing before we can truly compare which choice offers more bang for your buck. Stay tuned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" alt="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_1.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360: circular and sexy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much detail about Motorola&#39;s 360 aside from a picture showcasing a rather gorgeous circular screen and what appears to be a sensor on the back - could this be a fitness and wellness tracker that captures heart rate data in addition to providing notifications, navigation and search? That would seem sensible to us.</p> <p>Moto&#39;s dabbled in circular screens before - remember the beautiful Aura feature phone? - so although it looks like a concept device, the 360 is entirely plausible in its design. According to the site, it&#39;ll be available in summer 2014&hellip; and frankly, it looks stunning. We could actually see ourselves wearing this, just as we could Gabor Bologh&#39;s beautiful smartwatch concept. Still - who needs fantasy now?</p> <p>We&#39;ll have more on both watches and on Android Wear as details emerge, as we&#39;re as excited to see what&#39;s next as you are. Stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update 20/03/14:</strong>&nbsp;Moto has dripped out a little more information on the Moto 360. For starters, it&#39;s confirmed that there&#39;s no charging port or pin, which gives the watch a clean, natural look. It&#39;s keeping mum on the details, but we&#39;re assuming the 360&#39;s battery supports wireless charging.</p> <p>Speaking of which, while the exact battery life hasn&#39;t been shared, Motorola stressed that it&#39;s aware of the importance that consumers place on battery life and that battery life was one of the most important priorities when designing the 360. Sounds promising.</p> <p>Pricing and availability remain a mystery, but Motorola has confirmed that the 360 will launch globally on the summer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">The 8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="769" height="577" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="769" height="577" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-back.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="590" height="442" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-aura.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news#comments Android Google Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:38:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433895 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iWatch's UV light sensor could stop you from turning into a red lobster on holiday http://www.stuff.tv/apple-iwatchs-uv-light-sensor-could-stop-you-turning-red-lobster-holiday/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not only that, but it&#039;ll measure your blood oxygen levels too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="UV 8? Time to go inside and fire up the Xbox" alt="Apple iWatch&#039;s UV light sensor could stop you from turning into a red lobster on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iwatch-uv-sensor.jpg?1397006669" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fresh whispers from the rumour mill suggest that Apple will implement a sun exposure warning feature into its upcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch</a>, along with a tool for measuring blood oxygen levels.</p> <p>The speculation come courtesy of Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, who believes that an ultraviolet (UV) light sensor from Texas-based Silicon Labs is likely to find its way into the iWatch.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Science </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The sensors also include infrared (IR) sensors, which can be used to measure both heart rate and blood oxygen levels.</p> <p>We&#39;ve already seen how this can be achieved in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Gear Fit</a>, and the principles in the iWatch would be exactly the same.&nbsp;</p> <p>And as for oxygen levels - medical devices called pulse oximeters exist which have sensors that measure blood oxygen levels when placed over fingertips and earlobes.</p> <p>The sensors typically use a pair of LEDs - one with a red light wavelength and the other emitting infrared light. Both types of light wavelengths are absorbed at different levels depending on how saturated our blood cells are with oxygen molecules. &nbsp;Blood cells carrying less oxygen absorb more red light, allowing overall blood oxygen levels to be calculated.</p> <p>It&#39;s all rather clever, and while Apple certainly hasn&#39;t invented the technology, it will be the first company to wrap up all of these sensors into a single neat smartwatch package.</p> <p>Whether or not they&#39;ll make their way into the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;remains to be seen, but we&#39;ll keep you updated with the latest news, as always.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch: price, specs, release date - everything we know</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/04/07/barclays-apples-iwatch-could-include-uv-light-exposure-sensor" target="_blank">Apple Insider</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.silabs.com/products/sensors/infraredsensors/Pages/Si114x.aspx" target="_blank">Silicon Labs</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Just some red blood cells, doing their thing" alt="Apple iWatch&#039;s UV light sensor could stop you from turning into a red lobster on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/red-blood-cells.jpg?1397006669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-iwatchs-uv-light-sensor-could-stop-you-turning-red-lobster-holiday/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-iwatchs-uv-light-sensor-could-stop-you-turning-red-lobster-holiday/news#comments Apple Geek accessories iWatch Smartwatches Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:05:58 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435055 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/watch-out-william-samsung-has-smartwatch-makes-calls-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Gear Solo” trademark application points to a wearable that has no need of buddying up to your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too" alt="Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-range.jpg?1397006777" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am might be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">plotting</a> to bring the first call-making, non-smartphone-needing smartwatch to the world &ndash; but Samsung looks to be hot on his heels.</p> <p>According to Patently Apple, the company has applied to trademark the term &ldquo;Gear Solo&rdquo; in its native South Korea, with a view to bringing a SIM-toting smartwatch to market. &ldquo;Solo&rdquo;, of course, refers to the fact that the smartwatch, unlike current models like the Pebble, Sony Smartwatch and Samsung&rsquo;s own Galaxy Gear range, can connect to a mobile data network on its own. Existing smartwatches have to do so via a smartphone.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t get too excited just yet &ndash; or too fixed on the Gear Solo name. The report suggests that Samsung executives are still mulling over the branding (in other words, the name could change) and that, at first at least, the standalone, call-making smartwatch will be released only in South Korea.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/04/samsung-reportedly-preparing-new-standalone-smartwatch-1.html">Patently Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Geek accessories Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:10:34 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435050 at http://www.stuff.tv Pebble Steel http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Less is more with Pebble&#039;s second smartwatch - wish list wristwear doesn’t come better than this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review " alt="Pebble Steel review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pebble-steel-review-main.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Pebble Steel isn&rsquo;t just the best smartwatch ever, it&rsquo;s the blueprint for real world wearable tech beyond the gimmicks and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/got-google-glass-dont-be-glasshole-says-google/news" target="_blank">glassholes</a> we&rsquo;ve seen so far.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US$250 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Comfortable, looks like a real watch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Five day battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS and Android compatible </div> <div class="field-item even"> App store has bags of potential </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More expensive than original Pebble </div> <div class="field-item even"> Screen could be a bit bigger </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble to the Metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">old Pebble</a> isn&rsquo;t ugly - honest - it just doesn&rsquo;t suit everyone. For students, designers and media types, it&rsquo;s a tidy retro chic statement watch. But for normal people who wear suits and go to meetings that plastic design was never going to cut it.</p> <p>Enter, Pebble Steel. It&rsquo;s not heart-stoppingly gorgeous but it doesn&rsquo;t need to be. This is a sturdy, stylish (still retro) design in either &lsquo;Steel&rsquo; silver or matte black, and its got a pleasantly curved, Gorilla Glass-coated screen. In short, this the most discreet smartwatch you can wear.</p> <p>It looks like a watch, it feels like a watch. Seriously, we&rsquo;re disappointed with the lack of attention it&rsquo;s been getting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/gallery?viewid=113942" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL PEBBLE STEEL GALLERY HERE</a></p> <p>And plenty stays the same. There&rsquo;s still no touchscreen and we marginally prefer the Pebble&rsquo;s old, supremely clickable plastic buttons, but for the sake of looks, these new metal ones win us round. It&rsquo;s still waterproof too, so there&rsquo;s no panicking at the mere mention of rain.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also still comfortable enough to wear. And we mean all day, everyday - unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Gear</a> with its rigid band and heavy case. It&rsquo;s not quite as light as the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank"> barely-there original</a>, at 56g, but the Steel&rsquo;s still lighter than most regular timepieces. Switch out the leather strap for metal with a tiny screwdriver and it&rsquo;s still only 99g - nice.</p> <p>One warning for watch nerds: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">cheaper Pebble&rsquo;s</a> a bit more free and easy when it comes to straps, playing nice with any regular watch band, but the Pebble has a toothed design that will require third parties to make straps specifically for the watch. Chances are they will.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-verdict.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-back-strap.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-metal-on-arm.jpg?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-buttons.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble Steel Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 1.26in 144 x 168 Memory LCD 176ppi with Gorilla Glass</p> <p>Processor: ARM Cortex-M3, up to 80MHz</p> <p>RAM: 8MB</p> <p>OS: PebbleOS v2</p> <p>Storage: 8 app/watchfaces (1024kb flash memory)</p> <p>Battery: Lithium-ion, lasts 5-7 days</p> <p>Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, 4.0 LE</p> <p>Dimensions: 46 x 34 x 10.5mm</p> <p>Weight: 56g (99g with metal strap)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS and Android friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike some rivals, the Pebble isn&rsquo;t designed to help flog more smartphones, it&rsquo;ll make friends with anything - iPhones, any Android phones, even BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices, albeit unofficially. It (almost) goes without saying that this adds a dollop of futureproofing to the Pebble - reckon you&rsquo;ll switch from your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> to an Android within the year? The Pebble can stay put.</p> <p>On iOS and Android, getting started is a case of downloading the now much slicker and straightforward Pebble companion app and pairing via Bluetooth, a set-up that takes mere minutes.</p> <p>Then the differences begin - Pebble&rsquo;s shiny new store offers a ton of apps to load onto the device (around 1000 at the last count) but many are exclusive to either iOS or Android. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a> now supports sending notifications to Bluetooth devices (previously only messages and emails would come through) but you can&rsquo;t micromanage which ones to send over from your iPhone. With Pebble apps and Android, you can do a lot more from your watch (reply to messages etc). It&rsquo;s rather imbalanced, but this fragmentation isn&rsquo;t Pebble&rsquo;s fault and we suspect the slightly more tweaky Android crowd will be looking to stretch the smartwatch to its limits anyway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-app-store.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-iPhone-1.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App Explosion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pebble has always had the best digital watchfaces - kooky Mario animations, classic words and old school charmers such as Aviator (pictured) particularly suit the new build. But now it has the best smartwatch apps, too.</p> <p>A mix of free and paid for (the latter more common on iOS), useful and quirky, Pebble&rsquo;s app store boasts big names such as Yelp, Evernote and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/ces-2014/pebble-steel-hands-worlds-best-smartwatch-just-got-smarter/news" target="_blank">Mercedes-Benz</a>, but its community of smaller developers is well established, too. Choose carefully - there&rsquo;s bags of choice but the Steel can sadly hold only eight apps or watchfaces at once, the same as the original. The Pebble companion app has an App Locker to store more, though, and it&rsquo;s quick to load and unload.</p> <p>The best Pebble apps do one of two things: offer glanceable info (think fitness and sleep tracking, bus times via UK Transport, maps with PebbGPS, Twitter mentions via Twebble) or simple wrist-top controls (the built-in music player, Huebble for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stufftv-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-home-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Philips&rsquo; Wi-Fi Hue lights</a>). Stray too far from these functions and you&rsquo;ll end up spending ten minutes keying in one word or reaching for your smartphone.</p> <p>Clever devs have got round the eight-app rule by creating packages such as Smartwatch+ and Pebble Cards that bundle features such as weather, calendar and remote shutter into one app. These tend to cost &pound;1-2 but they&rsquo;re worth the tiny investment.</p> <p>There are more of the usual suspects (check-in to Foursquare on the watch itself, for example) and a few games, but who wants to play games on their smartwatch? This isn&rsquo;t the 80s. Sure, the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank"> Galaxy Gear</a> can take photos and make calls, but Pebble&rsquo;s making nice strides into simple, no-frills home automation with apps such as the aforementioned Huebble, Kronos (for Sonos systems) and, in the US, Time Warner Cable. Controlling a smart home is that much quicker with a few presses of the Pebble&rsquo;s buttons, but we won&rsquo;t let bigger, more fully-featured smartphones and tablets stray too far. We&rsquo;re early adopters, not idiots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review - Huebble" alt="Pebble Steel review - Huebble" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-huebble.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review - Twebble" alt="Pebble Steel review - Twebble" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-twitter.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review - UK Transport" alt="Pebble Steel review - UK Transport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-transport.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review - music player" alt="Pebble Steel review - music player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-music-player.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tweaks not tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Design aside, how far does that extra &pound;50 go? It&rsquo;s essentially the same smartwatch as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">original Pebble</a> with a few tweaks but between these, the new materials and app tricks, it&rsquo;s a very different beast to the device we tested last year.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a three-colour LED in the bottom-left of the watchface - handy for spotting when it&rsquo;s charged but fairly useless if you use the vibrate function. The Steel holds more apps and watchfaces, as we said, and there&rsquo;s now a bit more RAM - 8MB to be exact (don&rsquo;t scoff, it&rsquo;s enough).</p> <p>So the Steel performs much like its polycarbonate predecessor: a bit of lag here and there moving around the settings menus and some Bluetooth hiccups - the curse of every smartwatch we&rsquo;ve tried, we&rsquo;re afraid. But next to the overloaded<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank"> Samsung Galaxy Gear</a> and the sketchy <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review" target="_blank">Sony Smartwatch 2</a>, the Pebble is still the most reliable and smooth in use by quite some margin.</p> <p>Its default screen is still a watchface - cycle through these with the up/down buttons - with apps and settings available at the press of the middle of the Steels&rsquo; three metal buttons. Here you get the music player controls (yep, it works with Spotify), notifications archive, alarms, watchfaces, settings, and then your downloaded apps. Still a foolproof system with no fiddly touchscreen icons (as on the Sony) or confusing carousels (as on the Galaxy Gear).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Pebble Steel review " alt="Pebble Steel review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-metal-strap.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review " alt="Pebble Steel review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-close-iPhone.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review " alt="Pebble Steel review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-metal-close-up_0.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same screen, same killer battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A 1.26in 176ppi e-paper screen won&rsquo;t get spec-heads sweating but the Pebble Steel sticks with last year&rsquo;s screen for good reason - it gets the job done and allows the Pebble to keep going for four to five days on a charge.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s very easy on the eye next to all the LCDs you&rsquo;ll be glued to, great for reading outdoors, and text looks as crisp as it needs to. The backlight is a bit too blue for our liking but useful nonetheless, and contrast is top-notch too: it should be on a monochrome screen such as this. As well as Gorilla Glass, Pebble&rsquo;s slathered on an oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating, despite it not having a touchscreen. Fingerprints aren&rsquo;t a problem but the Pebble&rsquo;s metal sides do a fine job of trapping tiny bits of dust on the screen - take pride in dusting it off with your sleeve.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/gallery?viewid=113942" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL PEBBLE STEEL GALLERY HERE</a></p> <p>As for that battery life, it&rsquo;s still a huge plus for the Pebble - we refuse to charge our smartwatch every night and we don&rsquo;t have to. It should drop no more than 20% a day depending on how much you use it and the Steel will warn you at both 20% and 10%.</p> <p>A few grumps in this department: you have to install an app to show the Pebble&rsquo;s battery percentage and the charger is not only proprietary but also slightly different to last year&rsquo;s cable. So it&rsquo;s one more thing to remember on holidays, but with a battery this good, such niggles can be forgiven.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-covered.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-battery.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-LED.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-back.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble Steel verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Did we mention the Pebble Steel is the best smartwatch you can buy? Well it is.</p> <p>Nothing&rsquo;s perfect - we&rsquo;d like a slightly bigger (colour e-paper?) screen to fill the watchface and give some of Pebble&rsquo;s new apps room to breathe, storage space for more apps and watchfaces, and official support for BlackBerry and Windows Phone. We&rsquo;re sure the design can also only get sleeker with refinements - Pebble should get a move on, too, as 2014 is already bringing worthy rivals, first from Samsung but possibly also from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/wrist-wars-htc-working-smartwatch-too/news" target="_blank">HTC</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple</a>.</p> <p>As a hint of what&rsquo;s to come from wearables, the Pebble is already impressive and oh so loveable. Mega-affordable, open and trustworthy, with a well thought-out featureset (not a &#39;let&#39;s chuck everything in there&#39; one) and an app store that has serious momentum, the Pebble is also a grower. Even if it doesn&rsquo;t win everyone over in seconds or minutes, sceptics turn to loyal followers within hours and days.</p> <p>Another wonderful thing? If you can&rsquo;t afford the Steel, or don&rsquo;t want to be shackled to businessman metal, the standard plastic Pebble is still on sale, too - both are cheaper than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a> and work with more smartphones than the equally cheap <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review" target="_blank">Sony SmartWatch 2</a>.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s no surprise then that the Pebble Steel shoots to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">No.1 spot of our best wearables list</a>. How long the little watch that could stays on top is another matter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-vs-pebble-steel-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Which smartwatch? Samsung Gear 2 vs Pebble Steel </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-watchface.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-ensemble-2.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel review" alt="Pebble Steel review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-music.JPG?1395230258" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Future features meet a familiar watch form - the Pebble Steel is the best smartwatch you can buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble Steel review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;Wish list wristwear doesn’t come better than this&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review#comments Pebble Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:20:35 +0000 Sophie Charara 1433530 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin Forerunner 620 http://www.stuff.tv/forerunner-620/garmin-forerunner-620/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin’s lightweight GPS running watch may be small but it logs an elite amount of data </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Garmin_Forerunner_620_12.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/jools-whitehorn" title="View user profile.">Jools Whitehorn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Garmin is the seasoned pro of the GPS gadget fraternity, with the Forerunner 620 being the latest in its long line of GPS fitness watches.</p> <p>It combines a touchscreen with physical buttons and comes with a sensor-packed heart rate monitor belt, Wi-Fi capabilities and a USB charging cradle as standard. Sounds like the recipe for run-recording perfection, and it nearly is.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £330.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Light weight </div> <div class="field-item even"> Exhaustive running stats </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Long battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Small screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clunky menu system </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch you looking at? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first thing you&rsquo;ll notice about the 620 is that it&rsquo;s the same size as a &lsquo;normal&rsquo; watch, making it possible to use as your everyday watch - that&rsquo;s certainly not a given with either fitness watches or &ldquo;smart&rdquo; watches.</p> <p>The well-ventilated, rubbery strap is nice and secure, with plenty of closely-spaced holes so you can get the fit just right. It&rsquo;s also water resistant to 50m so you can use it to time your pool session, but it doesn&rsquo;t have a dedicated swim tracking feature as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/tomtom-multi-sport-gps-watch-hands-review/news" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport</a> does. Charging is taken care of with a USB-connected cradle that snaps magnetically to the back of the 620 and can take care of workout uploads if you&rsquo;re not using the Wi-Fi feature.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_10.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_14.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Forerunner 620 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 1in (diameter) colour LCD, 180x180 resolution</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth</p> <p><strong>Waterproofing</strong> - 50m</p> <p><strong>Included accessories</strong> -&nbsp;Heart rate monitor</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 44g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Circular training </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The circular LCD display keeps things simple with its mostly monochrome readout, just adding some coloured accents. It won&rsquo;t turn any heads, but that&rsquo;s okay, because it does a great job of getting information across quickly.</p> <p>Also, being a more classic design that only turns on the backlight when you tell it to, it doesn&rsquo;t eat up precious battery. A lesson the battery-blitzing full colour screen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-smart-sport-watches/feature" target="_blank">Adidas Smart Run</a> could do to learn. The touchscreen doesn&rsquo;t always respond first time if you&rsquo;re swiping through menus, but what it lacks in sensitivity it makes up for in versatility as it&rsquo;s usable with sweaty hands or with gloves on. A simple tap will scroll through up to four different data screens while running.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_01.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stat pulldowns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no escaping it &ndash; the 620 is for stat geeks, and it feels like a product that&rsquo;s been put together with features in mind and a little less emphasis on usability. It takes a while to learn your way around the menu system &ndash; it isn&rsquo;t as intuitive as the TomTom Multi-Sport&rsquo;s fluid lists &ndash; but that&rsquo;s partly because it has so much to offer.</p> <p>The customisable workout display screens are a Garmin hallmark, and up to four different screens can be set up with one to four slots for data. Brilliant if you want to have a nice big pace readout one moment, and detailed heart rate data the next. Vibration alerts can be set to notify you when you enter or leave heart rate training zones, tick off another kilometre or similar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_02.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deep data </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not everyone gets on with a heart rate belt, but the Garmin fabric strap is about as comfortable as they come, and adds accelerometers to its measurements toolkit. It&rsquo;s this that allows the 620 to measure vertical oscillation, cadence and ground contact time. Or, in normal speak, how much you bounce, your step rate and for how long each foot touches the pavement.</p> <p>These are &ndash; we&rsquo;re told &ndash; crucial data for developing a more efficient running style. If you&rsquo;re a budding elite runner, you&rsquo;ll want these to be as low as possible, and you&rsquo;ll be able to track your progress by uploading your workouts to the fantastic Garmin Connect website.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_17.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Web workouts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As proprietary workout-logging websites go, Garmin Connect is right up there with the best. It&rsquo;s not as pretty as Nike&rsquo;s offering, but ease of use and sheer depth of stat-tracking is top of the pile. Being equipped with Wi-Fi, the 620 will upload your workout the moment it finds your home network when you walk back in the door.</p> <p>Garmin Connect also now has its own iOS and Android mobile app, which enables live-tracking of workouts. So, if you keep a phone in your pocket, the 620 will use it to beam your location and workout data to Garmin Connect in real time for your friends, family or competitive types to see.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_09.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fully featured </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Though small, the 620&rsquo;s battery life is among the best we&rsquo;ve tested, lasting a week as a normal watch, and good for a handful of workouts before recharging is needed. This is important, because there&rsquo;s nothing more frustrating than finding your GPS watch has gone flat during a day of simply sitting on your wrist (we&rsquo;re looking at you, Adidas Smart Run) before you&rsquo;ve even laced up your trainers.</p> <p>The 620&rsquo;s sophisticated heart rate monitoring enables some more pro features, namely, it estimates your VO2 Max &ndash; a quantitative measure of your aerobic fitness &ndash; and then gives you predicted times for races of varying distances. Then, once you&rsquo;ve run your hardest, it tells you how much recovery time you should take before your next big exertion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_07.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_03.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_06.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin Forerunner 620 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve become accustomed to the clunky menu system, Garmin&rsquo;s pedigree begins to shine through.</p> <p>The customisable data fields are brilliant, although the screen itself could be bigger and clearer. Its battery life is as good as we&rsquo;ve seen, and the HR belt adds a wealth of running data &ndash; not essential for beginners, but great for the dedicated improver.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s expensive, though, so if you can do without these extra stats, the otherwise identical Forerunner 220 (&pound;250) could be for you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/group-test-smart-sport-watches/feature" target="_blank">Adidas versus Garmin versus TomTom sport watches</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" alt="Garmin Forerunner 620 fitness watch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin_Forerunner_620_04.jpg?1395048883" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Helps you get scientific about your running, but you&rsquo;ll pay for the privilege</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forerunner 620 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin&#039;s fitness watch for stat geeks </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/forerunner-620/garmin-forerunner-620/review#comments Forerunner 620 Garmin Geek accessories Health and fitness Smartwatches Wearable tech Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:29:43 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433472 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit prices leak http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-fit-prices-leak/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sammy&#039;s next generation superwatches might have price tags at last. But are they wallet friendly? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit prices leak" alt="Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit prices leak" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9964_0.jpg?1394154781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we had plenty of wrist-on time with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/mwc-2014/samsung-unveils-galaxy-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-one-day-mwc-2014-kicks/news" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2</a>, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit at their launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung chose to keep mum on the pricing information.</p> <p>Sam Mobile has stepped in early however, and the site claims to know the retail prices for all three models, thanks to an inside source.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many people found the previous Gear&#39;s asking price too steep, so it looks like Samsung is hoping that its improved design, longer battery life, heart rate sensor and IR blaster will be perceived as getting more for your money.</p> <p>It&#39;s interesting to see both the camera-less Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit arrive with the same price tags. We expected the Gear Fit to be the most wallet friendly of the three, given its lack of certain features like S Voice and the ability to make calls, not to mention the absence of an IR blaster.</p> <p>But we don&#39;t suppose curved Super AMOLED displays come cheap.</p> <p>We&#39;re taking these prices with a generous serving of salt until something official comes in, so stay tuned for more info as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Fit hands-on review - curved display + heart-rate sensor = fitness band gold</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="https://twitter.com/SamMobiles/status/440929050933329920" target="_blank">Sam Mobile</a> via <a href="http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/669/f/9809/s/37d01f83/sc/5/l/0L0Stechradar0N0Cus0Cnews0Cportable0Edevices0Cdid0Esomeone0Ejust0Eout0Ethe0Eprices0Eof0Ethe0Esamsung0Egear0E20Eand0Egear0Efit0E0E12312240Dsrc0Frss0Gattr0Fall/story01.htm" target="_blank">Tech Radar</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit prices leak" alt="Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit prices leak" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gearfit.jpg?1394154781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-fit-prices-leak/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-fit-prices-leak/news#comments Gear 2 Gear 2 Neo Gear Fit Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:43:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433340 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2 vs Pebble Steel: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-vs-pebble-steel-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We throw the classiest new smartwatches on the planet into a ring and make them grapple for our amusement. But which comes out on top? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 vs Pebble Steel: the weigh-in" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Gear 2 vs Pebble Steel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pebble-steel-vs-samsung-gear-2.jpg?1394718921" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartwatches are big news right now, with new models springing up like artisan coffee shops on a newly gentrified high street.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pebble Steel ditches the bright plastic of the first model in favour of a metal case in stainless steel or matte black finishes and a choice of metal or leather bands. The slightly curved face is more elegant than that of the original, the buttons are satisfyingly clicky and the whole thing feels comfortable and well built.&nbsp;The overall impression is of a premium device, like something you could wear to the office even if you don&#39;t work in a design agency. In short, like a real watch.</p> <p>The Gear 2 is similarly revamped from last year&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Gear</a>, and like the Pebble Steel it&#39;s gone metal. No, not in a new fondness for studded denim and strong cider, but in an all-metal face available in a range of colours including, um, gold. The design is much sleeker than last year&#39;s model, with no unsightly screws and no protruding bulge on the strap for the camera. Speaking of straps, the rubber one it ships with is perfectly pleasant but the fact it can take any standard 20mm watch strap gives you complete control over its looks. That said, whatever strap you stick on it, it&#39;s still obvious that it&#39;s a smartwatch.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Pebble Steel</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Read our in-depth Pebble Steel review here&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel" alt="Which smartphone? Pebble Steel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-design.jpg?1394718921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Gear 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-2-design.jpg?1394718921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We love the Pebble&#39;s E Ink display - it&#39;s incredibly crisp and clear, especially in bright sunlight. Which, admittedly, is less of a pro here in the gloomy old UK. And while it may only have 24,000 pixels, that&#39;s fine for displaying digits, watchfaces and notifications. The Steel&#39;s screen is unchanged from that on the original Pebble, but it is now encased behind near-unbreakable - and waterproof - Gorilla glass. There&#39;s also a new three-colour LED for notifications.</p> <p>There&#39;s no E Ink on the Gear 2 - instead, as is usually the case with Samsung, it&#39;s AMOLED all the way. The 1.63in, 320x320 display won&#39;t win any awards for sharpness, but it&#39;s perfectly good at this size and, being a proper screen, can do things E Ink can&#39;t - such as display colour photos. The other big difference is that unlike the Pebble Steel, it&#39;s a touchscreen. Good in theory, but on a screen this size, it can be fiddly.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Pebble Steel</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pebble Steel&#39;s not really about power, acting more as a companion device than the all-singing, all-dancing Gear 2. Even so, we&#39;re a little disappointed that you can only install a maximum of eight apps, especially given that each watchface counts as one. Battery life on the original Pebble disappointed us slightly too, managing around three days&#39; intensive use - though with a bit of care it did last for the promised 5-7. We&#39;d imagine the Steel would fare about the same.</p> <p>In smartwatch terms, the Gear 2 is as powerful as they come. It runs on a dual-core 1GHz processor, has 512MB of RAM and even has 4GB of storage space. That means there&#39;s plenty of space for music, photos and apps, and plenty of power to do things with them. The 300mAh battery is slightly smaller than the one in the Galaxy Gear and has more work to do than the Pebble, so the promised three days&#39; of juice is likely to be optimistic. But then again, most phones struggle to survive for one day.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Samsung Gear 2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App Abilities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The number of Pebble apps is growing all the time thanks to the opening of the Pebble Appstore on iOS last month. There are more than 1000 now available, ranging from watchfaces to fitness trackers to notification and battery display tools. There are even a few games, though we can&#39;t really see ourselves spending lots of time playing games on the Pebble Steel. There&#39;s a good mix of free and paid-for apps too, and with the store due to open on Android soon, we can only see things getting better. It&#39;s slick in use, with a simple four-button setup that makes operation child&#39;s play.</p> <p>One of the biggest changes between the Galaxy Gear and Gear 2 is that Samsung&#39;s ditched Android in favour of its own Tizen OS. That&#39;s fine by us, because we found using the original Gear to be a bit of a pain. From what we&#39;ve seen so far, Tizen works much more slickly, but the downside is that its app selection will be limited, at least at first. Samsung says it will launch with around 100 apps and is encouraging developers to make more. What&#39;s on offer? The usual mix of watchfaces, fitness trackers and notification apps. Just fewer of them than on Pebble.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Pebble Steel</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel vs Gear 2" alt="Which smartphone? Pebble Steel vs Gear 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-vs-samsung-gear-2-app.jpg?1394718921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 comes with a built-in camera that, while it won&#39;t produce anything that&#39;s going to win you any awards, feels like a handy feature to have (even if it&#39;s simply to help you live out some kind of James Bond fantasy by surreptitiously snapping subjects from your wrist). But perhaps more handy still is the heart rate sensor. This keeps an eye on your pulse while you&#39;re wearing it and will work with the Samsung S Health activity tracking app. The Gear 2 also acts as a digital music player (you&#39;ll need a pair of Bluetooth headphones, natch), although you won&#39;t be able to cram all that many albums on to its 4GB of storage and, like its predecessor, will draw in notifications from a phone &ndash; as long as it&#39;s a Samsung Galaxy phone, that is. You can even make calls on it, meaning you can finally live out those Dick Tracy fantasies.</p> <p>The Pebble Steel isn&#39;t really big on features. And that&#39;s fine, really &ndash; it&#39;s designed to be a companion to your phone and not a standalone device.&nbsp;So what do you get? Well, it can display notifications of all kinds - texts, emails, incoming calls, calendar entries and social networking updates among them. It can also control a variety of devices via Bluetooth, including music players - handy if your phone&#39;s in your pocket - Hue lights, Sonos and more. Plus you can view maps and transport info on it.&nbsp;All the same, the feature-packed Gear 2 has it soundly beaten in this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Samsung Gear 2</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smart-watches-dont-need-be-smartphones/feature" target="_blank">There&#39;s nothing smart about a watch that&#39;s also a phone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 and Galaxy S5" alt="Which smartwatch? Samsung Gear 2 and Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-2-and-galaxy-s5.jpg?1394718921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel" alt="Which smartwatch? Pebble Steel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-hands-on-06_0.jpg?1394718921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While we&#39;ll reserve our final judgement until we&#39;ve had the chance to fully test both watches, it&#39;s clear that they&#39;re quite different devices with slightly different purposes. The Gear 2 is (relatively) rich in features and high on spec, while the Pebble Steel sets it sights on being less attention-grabbing: its screen is fantastic and its design is a step above the Gear 2&#39;s. Crucially, the Steel also has better app support (at least at the time of writing) and this nudges it slightly ahead of its rival &ndash; at least until we&#39;ve reviewed the two models properly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on reviews</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/ces-2014/pebble-steel-hands-worlds-best-smartwatch-just-got-smarter/news" target="_blank">Pebble Steel hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-vs-pebble-steel-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-vs-pebble-steel-weigh/feature#comments Gear 2 Pebble Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:32:13 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433238 at http://www.stuff.tv MWC 2014 day 2 round-up: the £15 Firefox phone, Moto's smartwatch and S5 cases break cover http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-day-2-round-stories-you-missed/news-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take you on a swift jog through all the rest of the stories from the Barcelona show floor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="MWC 2014 day 2 round-up: the stories you missed" alt="MWC 2014 day 2 round-up: the stories you missed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mobile-world-congress_0_1.jpg?1393426762" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola working on a smartwatch that’ll be seen as a “style item” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola has revealed that it is developing a smartwatch with a view to launching it &ldquo;in a few months&rdquo;.</p> <p>And the company is concentrating on style. Moto&rsquo;s Rick Osterloh said that the focus of the as yet unnamed watch would be to &ldquo;solve a real user problem in that there are no wearable products you want to wear&hellip; because they are all extremely ugly.&rdquo;</p> <p>The watch will use Android (no surprise there) and will feature Moto branding, a sign that the company will be retaining its brand identity in the wake of its acquisition by Lenovo.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/portable-devices/other-devices/motorola-reveals-it-s-developing-a-smartwatch-1228561">TechRadar</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Motorola" alt="Motorola" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-logo.jpg?1393426762" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mozilla’s £15 Firefox OS phone could take the developing world by storm </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mozilla&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2013-%E2%80%93-firefox-os-review-%E2%80%93-hands/news">Firefox OS</a> might not be making huge waves in the developed world, but it could be the platform that helps spread smartphone use through emerging markets &ndash; a place hitherto ruled by cheap feature phones made by the likes of Nokia.</p> <p>Key could be the Flame, a handset that costs next to nothing yet features all the traits of a smartphone: Firefox OS, a dual-core Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC and a 4.5in touchscreen (with an 845 x 480 resolution). It can run a selection of HTML5 apps and will cost US$25 (&pound;15).</p> <p>Mozilla suggests that people think of the Flame as a more powerful feature phone than a full-on smartphone, but as Firefox OS expands there&rsquo;ll be access to more and more apps. The rock bottom price should also force competitors like Nokia (which just launched a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-x-x-xl-hands-review/feature">trio of cheapish Android phones</a> that seem destined for developing markets) to lower their own prices.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/02/23/new-developer-hardware-and-tools-show-firefox-os-ecosystem-momentum-2/">Mozilla</a> via <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/24/the-newly-announced-25-firefox-os-smartphone-is-being-heard-clearly-by-nokia/">Venture Beat</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mozilla’s £15 Firefox OS phone could take the developing world by storm" alt="Mozilla’s £15 Firefox OS phone could take the developing world by storm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mozilla-flame-firefox-os.jpg?1393426762" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Proporta and Griffin first with Samsung Galaxy S5 cases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, that didn&rsquo;t take long. A mere 24 hours after Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5 to the world, the first batch of third-party cases have landed in our inbox.</p> <p>We don&rsquo;t have the space or frankly the willpower to write about them all, but you can see Proporta&rsquo;s range <a href="http://www.proporta.co.uk/catalogsearch/advanced/result/?name=&amp;description=&amp;sku=&amp;price%5Bfrom%5D=&amp;price%5Bto%5D=&amp;pp_device%5B%5D=4098">here</a> and Griffin&rsquo;s <a href="http://store.griffintechnology.com/galaxy-s5">here</a>. Griffin&rsquo;s priciest case is the rugged &ldquo;military-duty&rdquo; Survivor while Proporta&rsquo;s is a rather fetching &ldquo;brand collaboration&rdquo; with waxed jacket experts Barbour &ndash; it even has a tartan interior.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re all available for pre-order now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s5-hands-review/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Proporta and Griffin first with Samsung Galaxy S5 cases" alt="Proporta and Griffin first with Samsung Galaxy S5 cases" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/barbour-samsung-s5-case.jpg?1393426762" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ex Nokia boss Stephen Elop heading up Microsoft’s Xbox division </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will soon be ruling over Microsoft&rsquo;s Xbox division, it was today revealed.</p> <p>Julie Larson-Green, who has been in charge of Xbox as head of the Devices and Studios Group since Don Mattrick left Microsoft seven months ago, announced in a leaked internal memo that she will be moving to the company&rsquo;s My Life &amp; Work team and that Elop (who worked for Microsoft before becoming Nokia CEO) will be taking over as part of the transition from Nokia.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/24/ahead-of-stephen-elops-return-microsofts-julie-larson-green-picks-up-new-internal-role/">TechCrunch</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stephen Elop" alt="Stephen Elop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Stephen_elop.jpg?1393426762" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Galaxy S5 Microsoft Motorola Mozilla MWC 2014 Smartphones Smartwatches Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:21:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432896 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC to launch smartwatch and tablet by end of 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/htc-launch-smartwatch-and-tablet-end-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC’s smartwatch will be a real looker, promises company chairwoman Cher Wang </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Qualcomm Toq" alt="Qualcomm Toq" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-hands-on-1_0_0.JPG?1393425203" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC will likely launch a smartwatch by Christmas &ndash; and it may well be joined by a tablet.</p> <p>HTC chairwoman Cher Wang told CNET that the smartwatch is definitely coming before the end of 2014, and promised that it would put style and design front and centre, as well as concentrating on delivering long battery life.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back in the tablet game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wang also mentioned tablets, saying that HTC could launch a slate this year. That might not sound particularly interesting, but given that HTC has recently kept its beak out of the tablet market to concentrate on phones, it&#39;s definitely news. What shape the tablet might take remains a mystery: will HTC aim for the 7in or 10in markets?</p> <p>When asked about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">successor to the HTC One</a>, Wang noted that all will be revealed at its official launch on 25th March. We&rsquo;ll be there to give you all the details.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57619421-78/htc-chairwoman-our-smartwatch-will-be-ready-by-christmas/" target="_blank">CNET</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/htc-launch-smartwatch-and-tablet-end-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HTC MWC 2014 Smartwatches Tablets Wearable tech Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:26:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432885 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our wrists get acquainted with Samsung&#039;s latest smartwatches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9964_1.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We had the pleasure of trying out both of Samsung&#39;s new smartwatches - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/mwc-2014/samsung-unveils-galaxy-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-one-day-mwc-2014-kicks/news" target="_blank">Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo</a>, here at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2014" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014</a>.</p> <p>From tracking steps to music playback and fashion, there&#39;s a lot to cover, so let&#39;s jump straight in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That&#039;s better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has obviously taken heed of the original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Gear</a>&#39;s critics; the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer a much improved design. The unsightly screws are gone, the design is sleeker and more streamlined, and the protruding camera bulge which plagued the strap of the original Gear is long gone. Hooray!</p> <p>The Gear 2 sports an all-metal watch face for a more premium look than the plastic Gear 2 Neo, and we think it looks rather classy. Even in gold.&nbsp;</p> <p>A new Home button on both devices makes navigation a little more intuitive too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0005.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0004.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Gear 2 Neo has a plastic build, both devices feel sturdy and light.&nbsp;The straps on both models can be replaced with any standard 20mm watch strap, and they clip on and off in seconds.&nbsp;</p> <p>They&#39;re not much thicker than a standard watch (though the watch face itself is noticeably larger), but you&#39;ll soon forget you&#39;ve got a mini computer on your wrist. </p> <p>Just the way it should be.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0006.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9997_0.JPG?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We quite like the standard rubber straps, and found the metal clasps to be sturdy, with plenty of holes to allow for pretty much any wrist size.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_0.JPG?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0002.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Designing the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo so that they&#39;ll take a standard 20mm watchstrap is a great move by Samsung; it&#39;ll allow you to express your own personal style with ease, and means that you can dress the smartwatch up to suit the occasion, rather than being permanently saddled with a device that looks like a geek toy.</p> <p>Both models are available in a variety of colours, from funky orange to a more subdued charcoal black, which was our personal favourite.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also change the background and clock face to customise it even further, or use the Gear app on a supported smartphone to create your own backgrounds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0027.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smile, you&#039;re on camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the Gear 2 Neo, the Gear 2 features a camera which is built into the top of the watch face. It&#39;s far more discreet than the previous Gear&#39;s camera, spies will be delighted to hear.</p> <p>You&#39;re not going to win any awards with the snaps or video captured with it (especially in low-light conditions), but sometimes it&#39;s just nice to capture spur-of-the-moment events. Like an adorable squirrel chasing its tail, or the numberplate of a suspected KGB agent who&#39;s just tried to assassinate you.</p> <p>The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo also feature a built-in IR blaster, which will let you control TVs and other devices &ndash; and&nbsp;harkening back to the Casio glory days of old.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0001.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0009.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0007.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the pulse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo feature a heart rate sensor on the rear of the watch, allowing you to track how hard you&#39;re pushing yourself during a workout.&nbsp;</p> <p>It managed to detect our heart rate through our wrists within seconds, and it&#39;s much more convenient than having to wear a bulky chest strap.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993.JPG?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can log heart rate information and other exercises directly into both Gear 2 variants, before syncing them up with your Samsung device (unlike the original Gear, the new models play nice with 15 Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S5 and its new S Health app).</p> <p>Notifications also return, and you&#39;ll be able to select which third-party apps you want to receive notifications from, using the Gear app on a supported Galaxy device.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0012.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music playback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both models pack 4GB of storage, letting you listen to music directly on the device itself &ndash;&nbsp;as long as you&#39;ve got a pair of Bluetooth headphones or speakers nearby.</p> <p>The app is easy enough to use, and we pumped out tunes to Bluetooth headphones in seconds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0013_0.jpg?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung claims that the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will last for three days on a single charge. A full test of the battery life will have to wait until we can get our hands on a review sample, but that aside, the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches have addressed most of the original Gear&#39;s design flaws.</p> <p>They&#39;re sleeker, sexier and a lot more wearable. For smart devices, that&#39;s the most important issue to address, and Samsung has done that rather well.</p> <p>They&#39;re also more useful than the original Gear as they can play music without your smartphone - no more carrying your phablet around while you run. As long as the Gear 2 matches Samsung&#39;s claimed battery life, we&#39;ll be happy. </p> <p>Of course, we&#39;d be happier if they played nice with all Android devices, rather than just Samsung&#39;s own smartphones, but we can&#39;t see that happening anytime soon.</p> <p>We&#39;re looking forward to putting the Gear 2 through its paces, so stay tuned for Stuff&#39;s full review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999_1.JPG?1394189343" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature#comments Gear 2 Gear 2 Neo MWC 2014 Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:05:34 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1432804 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 and iWatch could have unscratchable sapphire screens http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-and-iwatch-could-have-unscratchable-sapphire-screens/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s next-gen iDevices might be slathered in one of the hardest substances on Earth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 6 and iWatch could have unscratchable sapphire screens" alt="Apple iPhone 6 and iWatch could have unscratchable sapphire screens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-render-2_0.jpg?1392945885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6&#39;</a>s screen could be completely scratch-proof. 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