Smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/smartwatch/features en-GB HP’s first smartwatch offers more style than an Apple Watch http://www.stuff.tv/hp/hp-s-first-smartwatch-offers-more-style-iwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The MB Chronowig is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and goes on sale this Friday </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="The MB Chronowig. Nice" alt="HP MB Chronowig" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mb-chronowig.jpg?1415151442" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HP may be best known for its printers and chunky-but-reliable laptops, but its first smartwatch is among the most stylish we&rsquo;ve clapped eyes on.</p> <p>The company has teamed-up with Gilt Group designer Michael Bastian to produce the just-announced MB Chronowig, which will go on sale from 7 November.</p> <p>There are plenty of good and a few bad bits to the HP MB Chronowig: let&rsquo;s start with the good.<br />&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</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/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</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"> The good bits </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>First, it looks like a normal watch, not a proof of concept no-one short of a lover of the socks-and-sandals combo would wear. &ldquo;I wanted to create a wearable device that looked like a cool watch, first and foremost,&rdquo; says designer Bastian.</p> <p>Mission accomplished, although the MB Chronowig is clearly a pretty male-centric design; all you&#39;ll see on its website are moody-looking blokes with designer stubble.</p> <p>Next up on the list of pros, the watch lasts for up to seven days off a charge. Take that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>, which reportedly only lasts for one full day before needing a top-up.</p> <p>The MB Chronowig is designed to work with plenty of devices too - it&#39;s compatible with iPhones from the iPhone 4S up and Androids running Android 4.3 and newer.</p> <p>As well as looking like a normal watch, the Chronowig should also feel like one: it uses normal watch-style straps in leather, nylon or rubber, and from the pics we&#39;ve seen it doesn&rsquo;t look to be any thicker than some metal wrist-burdens that don&rsquo;t offer any phone smarts at all.</p> <p>After all the fuss about whether the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;would get a Sapphire glass display, you&nbsp;may also be interested to know that the HP watch has a Sapphire Crystal top plate: it&rsquo;s harder than nails. Unless those nails are made of diamonds.</p> <p>&nbsp;</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 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"> The Bad (but certainly not ugly) </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>So what&rsquo;s the catch? Well, the MB Chronowig is smart, but not that smart.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t run <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear</a> or another known operating system, but instead seems to offer fairly basic smart features that all take place using Bluetooth. The front&#39;s not even a touchscreen &ndash; can a smartwatch already be retro?</p> <p>You get email alerts, calendar notifications and can control music from the watch. But you&rsquo;re not going to be playing games, measuring your heart rate or tracking your runs. There are 10 smart features in total, just a fraction of what&#39;s possible with most other smartwatches. Simple is the order of the day.</p> <p>It does have a share tracker function, though, which seems apt because this watch does not come cheap. It&rsquo;s expected to cost between US$350 and US$650.</p> <p>And making a UK conversion is a bit pointless when, with just 300 MB Chronowig watches being made, they may not be too easy to get hold of anyway. Still, check out the <a href="http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/mm/michael-bastian-x-hewlettpackard-1">Gilt website</a> from November 7 if you fancy a particularly pricey stop-gap until the Apple Watch turns up next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Hands on with the Apple Watch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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> http://www.stuff.tv/hp/hp-s-first-smartwatch-offers-more-style-iwatch/news#comments Android Wear HP Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:58:13 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452076 at http://www.stuff.tv Lenovo slides into wearable tech with the SW-B100 smartband http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/lenovo-quietly-gets-wearable-tech-sw-b100-smartband/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitness tracker outed on Lenovo store, with specs but no price tag </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="567" height="425" title="Lenovo slides into wearable tech with the SW-B100 smartband" alt="Lenovo slides into wearable tech with the SW-B100 smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lenovo%20smartband_0.jpg?1414461636" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s no longer a case of who&#39;s getting in on wearable tech but who isn&#39;t &ndash; and Lenovo is no longer content to be the latter.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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 band is available in two colours: blue and orange. As far as compatibility requirements go, it seems to work with Windows (Windows 8 minimum), Android (4.3 and newer only) and iOS (version 7.1 and newer).</p> <p>It weighs 22g, which is pretty light. Other than that, it doesn&#39;t do much different from the standard fitness tracker - it measures fitness wearables, calories burned, heart rate and steps taken, and apparently also your sleep habits.</p> <p>As for notifications, you will get the standard ones for texts, calls and calendar appointments. Expect small icons as the screen is too small to display whole mssages &ndash; you won&#39;t be reading any emails on this. One particularly cool feature is that you can unlock your PC with the wristband.</p> <p>Pricing is not yet available and Lenovo has yet to make an official announcement regarding the wristband or any other wearable tech it might have. But we&#39;ll update you when we know more.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/26/7072947/lenovo-reveals-its-first-fitness-tracker" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Lenovo quietly gets into wearable tech with the SW-B100 smartband" alt="Lenovo quietly gets into wearable tech with the SW-B100 smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenovo%20smartband%202_0.jpg?1414461636" /> </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/smartwatch/lenovo-quietly-gets-wearable-tech-sw-b100-smartband/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/lenovo-quietly-gets-wearable-tech-sw-b100-smartband/news#comments Lenovo Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:50:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451472 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus looks set to unveil new ZenFone and ZenWatch next week http://www.stuff.tv/asus/prepare-yourselves-possible-launch-new-asus-zenfone-and-zenwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The company&#039;s Japanese wing has released a handful of promotional teaser pics hinting at new gear </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="567" height="425" title="Prepare yourselves for new Asus ZenFone and the ZenWatch" alt="Prepare yourselves for new Asus ZenFone and the ZenWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch_1.jpg?1414061843" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus has an event scheduled for 28th October &ndash; and it could well be that we&#39;ll be getting our first official look at new ZenFone and ZenWatch models.</p> <p>At the IFA tech expo in early September, Asus announced that its elegant <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android-wear">Android Wear</a>-running <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">ZenWatch</a> would be out by Christmas and priced at under &pound;200.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Being optimistic </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>Looking at things optimistically, we could be seeing a new variant of the ZenWatch with different (i.e. better) specs than the one we&#39;ve already seen. </p> <p>The ZenWatch sports a 1.63in AMOLED display with a 320 x 320 resolution (resulting in a pixel density of 278ppi), in addition to a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Not bad, but we&rsquo;re hoping that if there&rsquo;s a new ZenWatch it ups its game on the spec front.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the ZenFone unveiling, rumours have indicated at the company crafting up a 5.5in ZenFone device, which is predicted to debut at CES 2015 but we&rsquo;re secretly hoping Asus is already done with it and ready to bring it to market. We&rsquo;ve got a week more to speculate what&rsquo;s coming before Asus confirms it for us.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature">Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build wristwear for every occasion</a></strong></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/asus_japan_teases_a_launch_of_a_phone_and_a_smartwatch-news-10007.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a> and <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/a_55_asus_zenfone_is_reportedly_in_the_works-news-9837.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 itemprop="name">&nbsp;</h1> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Prepare yourselves for new Asus ZenFone and the ZenWatch" alt="Prepare yourselves for new Asus ZenFone and the ZenWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/phone.jpg?1414061843" /> </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/asus/prepare-yourselves-possible-launch-new-asus-zenfone-and-zenwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/prepare-yourselves-possible-launch-new-asus-zenfone-and-zenwatch/news#comments Android Wear Asus Smartphones Smartwatch Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:52:46 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451159 at http://www.stuff.tv Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build wristwear for every occasion http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From rock climbing in the country to taming the treadmill, this transforming smartwatch concept has you covered </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="500" height="375" title="Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build the perfect watch for every occasion" alt="Blocks modular smartwatch lets you build the perfect watch for every occasion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blocks-smartwatch.jpg?1413292227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-teams-phonebloks-project-ara-modular-phones/news-0">Google&#39;s Project Ara modular phone concept</a>? It lets you swap out individual components like the camera and processor without having to upgrade to a brand new device.&nbsp;</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Modules range from extra batteries to screens, cameras, processors and GPS radios. If you&#39;re heading down to the gym then you might opt for a heart rate sensor and pedometer, for example.</p> <p>If you&#39;re off on a long hike however, you might want to add in an extra battery and GPS module to make sure you don&#39;t end up lost and stranded.</p> <p>An 8MP camera and a SIM card for uploading snaps directly from your watch might be the better choice for a night out, especially if you&#39;re prone to leaving your phone in the thieving embrace of a black cab seat.</p> <p>Like modular phone concepts, the possibilities are vast, and very exciting - but Blocks is currently only in the &#39;working prototype&#39; stage.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the Blocks team is aiming to launch &nbsp;device in the first half of 2015, it&#39;s set to debut on a crowdsourcing site soon to get the ball rolling - so stay tuned.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.chooseblocks.com/" target="_blank">Blocks</a> via <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/blocks-modular-smartwatch/31113/" target="_blank">Gizmag</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M86jRh8a4w4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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 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><strong>Update 14/10/14:&nbsp;</strong>The Blocks smartwatch has made the list of finalists in Intel&#39;s Make It Wearable challenge, which kicks off on 3 November in Berkeley, California.</p> <p>So far the project&#39;s been awarded US$50,000 by Intel, and it&#39;s in the running to win an additional US$500,000.</p> <p>If you fancy diving in early then you could be one of the first 1000 exclusive members to reserve their own Blocks smartwatch on 16 October, with a US$50 deposit.</p> <p>That&#39;ll nab you a super early bird price when the crowd-funding campaign launches early next year, so it shouldn&#39;t be too long before you&#39;re strutting around amongst your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>-toting friends with an air of superiority.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/m1dB4LzIVSU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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"><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"> Build your own smartwatch </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"> Blocks: the first modular smart wristwear </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature#comments Smartwatch Wearable tech Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:08:14 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433576 at http://www.stuff.tv iWatch will have NFC, wireless charging and a flexible sapphire glass display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-will-have-nfc-wireless-charging-and-flexible-sapphire-glass-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More iWatch specs leak, including details of its dinky processor </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="567" height="426" title="iWatch will have NFC and wireless charging – and will be bigger than a postage stamp" alt="iWatch will have NFC and wireless charging – and will be bigger than a postage s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iw.jpeg?1410261674" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/its-official-apple-sends-out-invites-9-september-event/news">9 September</a>&nbsp;event is drawing near &ndash; and it&#39;s widely expected to debut its first wearable device, the rumoured&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch</a>.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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 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href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-will-have-nfc-wireless-charging-and-flexible-sapphire-glass-display/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-will-have-nfc-wireless-charging-and-flexible-sapphire-glass-display/news#comments Apple iOS Smartwatch Watch Wearable tech Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:57:26 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446700 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear Solo watchphone to be revealed next month http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Standalone call-making wearable expected at IFA alongside the Galaxy Note 4 </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 devices" alt="Samsung devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-wearables_0.jpg?1408435475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in May, reports indicated that Samsung was moving ahead with plans for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-reportedly-set-unveil-standalone-watchphone-soon/news">a smartwatch with its own SIM card</a> - and no need for a paired phone. Now it seems likely that we&rsquo;ll hear about it as soon as next month.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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>Just last week, patent filings from Samsung hinted at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-s-rounded-smartwatches-revealed-patent-filings/news">new Gear models with rounded faces</a> and strap-mounted cameras (pictured above), the latter of which would indicate that they aren&rsquo;t Android Wear devices. Perhaps one of those distinctive designs will be used to make the Gear Solo stand out from its brethren.</p> <p>It appears that we&rsquo;ll hear much more in a few short weeks, as Samsung already has an event planned for 3 September where it is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 4. Don&rsquo;t be surprised if the Gear Solo appears alongside it before IFA kicks off two days later.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/08/07/2014080701403.html">The Chosun Ilbo</a> via <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/portable-devices/samsung-gear-solo-set-to-arrive-alongside-galaxy-note-4-at-ifa-1260780">TechRadar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 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-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="651" title="Samsung patent filing" alt="Samsung patent filing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-round-watch2_0.png?1408435475" /> </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-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news#comments Gear 2 IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Smartwatch Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:26:37 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444354 at http://www.stuff.tv No screens, no messages, no nonsense: this watch shows the time, live football scores, and nothing else http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/no-screens-no-messages-no-nonsense-watch-shows-time-live-football-scores-and-nothing-else <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The time is quarter past... YES, GET IN MY SON </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="Meet the sort-of-intelligent watch" alt="No screens, no messages, no nonsense: this watch shows the time, live football s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hotblack-watch.jpg?1404351116" /> </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> <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><strong>I don&#39;t understand. This isn&#39;t a smartwatch.</strong><br />Not all watches have to be smart you know. Some are allowed to just sit there and look pretty. There&#39;s nothing wrong with that.</p> <p>But you&#39;re wrong, or half wrong at least. This might not be a smartwatch, but it&#39;s at least a semi-intelligent one.</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 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><strong>What are you getting at?</strong><br />Football my dear boy. Football.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite its regular analogue appearance, Hoptroff London&#39;s Hotblack timepiece has Bluetooth powers, allowing it to talk to a corresponding iOS or Android app, which beams live football scores straight to your wrist.</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="Wristy business" alt="No screens, no messages, no nonsense: this watch shows the time, live football s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hotblack-watch-2.jpg?1404351116" /> </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><strong>Hang on what -</strong><br />It&#39;s all explained above. In normal use, the middle dial shows off the date. When your selected team&#39;s match kicks off, the bottom dial shows off the elapsed time in each half, as well as a dedicated section for extra time.</p> <p>The top dial shows off your team&#39;s goals (going up to an ambitious 8+), while the date dial then doubles up as the opposition&#39;s score.</p> <p>Oh, and of course, the hands and large numbers on the outer edge are there to tell you the time.</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="660" height="495" title="Simples" alt="No screens, no messages, no nonsense: this watch shows the time, live football s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hotblack-watch5.jpg?1404351116" /> </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 railway track: natural territory of the smartwatch" alt="No screens, no messages, no nonsense: this watch shows the time, live football s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hotblack-watch-4.jpg?1404351116" /> </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><strong>This&hellip; this is actually rather brilliant, in a simple sort of way.</strong><br />Isn&#39;t it just? Sadly the Hotblack is a little pricey however. It&#39;s currently available for pre-order on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1087611122/hotblack-the-premium-watch-with-live-football-scor/comments" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, where you can currently nab one from &pound;400.</p> <p>Still, it&#39;s less &nbsp;than a season ticket we suppose...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="So urban, very metal, wow" alt="No screens, no messages, no nonsense: this watch shows the time, live football s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hotblack-watch-1.jpg?1404351116" /> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/no-screens-no-messages-no-nonsense-watch-shows-time-live-football-scores-and-nothing-else#comments Geek accessories Hot Stuff Smartwatch Watches Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:02:17 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440763 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: LG G smartwatch to come with long battery life and massive storage http://www.stuff.tv/lg/purported-lg-g-smartwatch-come-long-battery-life-and-massive-storage/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you believe leaks, you can expect up to 36 hours of battery life and 4GB of internal memory </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="Purported LG G smartwatch to come with long battery life and massive storage" alt="Purported LG G smartwatch to come with long battery life and massive storage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gallery_9.jpeg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that LG is brewing up the G Watch smartwatch &ndash; and now we know even more about it. At least, we do if the latest leak is correct.</p> <p>According to Chinese leaker&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks" target="_blank">@upleaks</a>, the G Watch will have long, long battery life and a massive amount of storage (at least by smartwatch standards).</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Is there any truth to 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 alleged spec sheet also takes us a step closer towards confirming some details that were previously assumed, such as its usage of Bluetooth 4.0 to match up to your smartphone, as well as a speech recognition feature that lets you articulate simple commands to it.</p> <p>Speculative news of the LG wearable made their rounds for a while now, but LG has yet to confirm any of these conjectures. We&rsquo;re hoping it will make a debut at Google&rsquo;s annual I/O conference, which runs between 25 and 26 June.</p> <p>Rumours even suggest the G Watch will be handed out to developers at the event, but we&rsquo;re not sure how deep these tittle-tattles run.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://9to5google.com/2014/06/10/lg-g-watch-specs-back-panel-leak/" target="_blank">9to5Google</a>, image: <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/476402160620425216/photo/1" target="_blank">@upleaks</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news">Meet the stunning LG G Watch and Moto 360, the first Google Android Wear smartwatches</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Purported LG G smartwatch to come with long battery life and massive storage" alt="Purported LG G smartwatch to come with long battery life and massive storage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spec.jpg?1402678237" /> </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"> LG G smartwatch gets massive battery </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/purported-lg-g-smartwatch-come-long-battery-life-and-massive-storage/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LG Smartwatch Wearable tech Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:16:45 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438913 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Pebble Steel review – the best smartwatch yet http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/video-pebble-steel-review-best-smartwatch-yet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Equally fashionable and functional, the successor to the most successful smartwatch to date takes wearable tech beyond the gimmicks we&#039;ve seen so far </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="Video: Pebble Steel review – the best smartwatch yet" alt="Video: Pebble Steel review – the best smartwatch yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-05%20at%2014.23.37.png?1396753839" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3433201048001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3433201048001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/video-pebble-steel-review-best-smartwatch-yet/video#comments Pebble Smartwatch Wearable tech Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:17:12 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1434896 at http://www.stuff.tv Wearables Week: the Rufus Cuff brings your Pip-Boy 3000 one step closer to reality http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/wearables-week-rufus-cuff-brings-your-pip-boy-3000-one-step-closer-reality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This crowd-sourced smartwatch is the the hulking behemoth of the wearable world </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="Wearables Week: the Rufus Cuff brings your Pip-Boy 3000 one step closer to reality" alt="Wearables Week: the Rufus Cuff brings your Pip-Boy 3000 one step closer to reali" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rufus-cuff.jpg?1396330342" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Rufus Cuff smartwatch&#39;s name alone hints at its beefy proportions, but you can&#39;t quite appreciate just how big it is until you see it hugging a wrist.</p> <p>With a 420x240 3in TFT display, it absolutely dwarfs the rest of the smartwatch world and looks like it was custom built for the likes of André the Giant and Shaquille O&#39;Neil. Think Fallout 3&#39;s Pip-boy module running Android 4.4 KitKat, and you&#39;ve got the right idea.</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>So, we&#39;ve established that it&#39;s big. As in, Big. But what else has the Rufus Cuff brought to the already crowded smartwatch table, besides its own gravitational field?</p> <p>Well, it&#39;s got access to the full Google Play Store for starters. Apps, games, music, movies - the whole lot. That&#39;s an impressive feat for a smartwatch, and it&#39;s all thanks to the phone-like size of the screen, which will actually allow you to play games and use apps without obscuring everything with your fingers.</p> <p>The larger screen also means you&#39;ve got access to a full Android keyboard, making this the first smartwatch you can actually use to respond to emails and messages with. A full web browser also means you can browse the wonders of the interwebs straight from your wrist.</p> <p>Naturally it can also keep track of your steps and other exercise stats like speed and distance, and it&#39;s even got a front-facing camera and microphone for video calls.</p> <p>Chuck in 16GB of storage, an LED flashlight, forgotten phone reminders and iOS and android compatibility, and we&#39;ve got ourselves one of the most fully featured wearable devices around.</p> <p>Sure you can&#39;t actually make calls on it independently of your phone as it lacks a SIM slot, but built-in Wi-Fi takes care of emails and browsing even when you&#39;re not paired up with your smartphone.</p> <p>Plus you&#39;ll probably feel ridiculous enough playing Candy Crush on it as it is, let alone holding it up to your face Dick Tracy style. Do you actually enjoy making babies cry? Of course not.</p> <p>The Rufus Cuff can currently be snapped up on indiegogo for the earlybird price of US$230. Its creators are looking for a substantial US$250,000 total to make it a mass-produced reality, so if you want your wearables to go all out then you&#39;d better show your support.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Meet the stunning LG G Watch and Moto 360, the first Google Android Wear smartwatches</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-rufus-cuff-more-than-a-smartwatch-a-wrist-communicator" target="_blank">indiegogo</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="922" height="691" title="Wearables Week: the Rufus Cuff brings your Pip-Boy 3000 one step closer to reality" alt="Wearables Week: the Rufus Cuff brings your Pip-Boy 3000 one step closer to reali" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rufus-cuff2.jpg?1396330342" /> </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="1154" height="866" title="Wearables Week: the Rufus Cuff brings your Pip-Boy 3000 one step closer to reality" alt="Wearables Week: the Rufus Cuff brings your Pip-Boy 3000 one step closer to reali" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pip-boy-3000.jpg?1396330342" /> </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/smartwatch/wearables-week-rufus-cuff-brings-your-pip-boy-3000-one-step-closer-reality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/wearables-week-rufus-cuff-brings-your-pip-boy-3000-one-step-closer-reality/news#comments Geek accessories Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:11:47 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434582 at http://www.stuff.tv TomTom Multi-Sport http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/tomtom-multi-sport/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TomTom hops out of the car and onto your wrist with its first big push into the world of sports trackers </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="TomTom Multi-Sport" alt="TomTom Multi-Sport review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tomtom-multisport.jpg?1415945874" /> </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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By concentrating on what matters most in a sports watch and leaving secondary features to one side, TomTom has come up with a tracker that works just as hard as you do.</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"> £180.00 </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> <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"> Does less, does it for longer </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>TomTom&rsquo;s first solo effort in the fitness world is slim enough to wear all day as a normal watch. Straps are interchangeable and data syncing is done by docking the watch in a USB cradle. The LCD screen is clear and straightforward, with navigation via TomTom&rsquo;s simple &lsquo;one-button&rsquo; setup &ndash; which is actually a four-way rocker. The &lsquo;swim sensor&rsquo; mode uses accelerometers to track your time in the pool, and it also logs treadmill workouts.</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="TomTom Multi-Sport" alt="TomTom Multi-Sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTomMultiSport-2.jpg?1415945874" /> </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"> TomTom Multi-Sport 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>Waterproof to 50m ● 1.3in, 144x168, monochrome LCD ● USB ● Optional heart-rate belt (&pound;230 bundle) ● 50g</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"> The triathlete&#039;s choice? </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>TomTom keeps things simple here, and while the menu layout initially seems odd, you&rsquo;ll soon learn where to find everything. The TomTom&rsquo;s web app isn&rsquo;t as slick as those of its rivals but a bespoke smartphone app has just gone live and you can sync to some 3rd party services. Tracking of runs, swims and cycles makes it great for triathletes in training, but the lack of a dedicated triathlon mode means it&rsquo;s more awkward than it should be for actual races. The accelerometer-based swimming mode can also be a bit patchy. But it lasts for days, the clear display gives stats at a glance and the &lsquo;training partner&rsquo; pacing function is brilliant. There&rsquo;s no Wi-Fi transfer but the potential is great given the price.</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="TomTom Multi-Sport" alt="TomTom Multi-Sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TomTomMultiSport-3.jpg?1415945874" /> </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-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </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>A comparative bargain and a must for multi-disciplinarians</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> http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/tomtom-multi-sport/review#comments Health and fitness Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:07:02 +0000 Tony Horgan 1433804 at http://www.stuff.tv Adidas MiCoach Smart Run http://www.stuff.tv/adidas-micoach-smart-run/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adidas&#039; MiCoach Smart Run wants to be your training partner, but does this smartwatch have the legs to keep up with you? </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="Adidas MiCoach Smart Run" alt="Adidas MiCoach Smart Run review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Adidas-MiCoach-smart-run-01.jpg?1396861981" /> </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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A pulse-taking sportswatch that&#39;s also a Bluetooth music player sounds like a plan, so we put the plan into action...</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"> £300.00 </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> <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"> Smart running watch </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>With a big touchscreen dominating its front, this part-smartwatch, part-running watch instantly brings to mind Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy Gear. It&rsquo;s no bandwagon jumper, though &ndash; the Smart Run has proper sportswatch skills of its own, taking your pulse by measuring the blood flow on your wrist and auto-syncing with the miCoach website over Wi-Fi. The inclusion of a 3GB Bluetooth MP3 player is an added bonus.</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="Adidas MiCoach Smart Run" alt="Adidas MiCoach Smart Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Adidas-MiCoach-smart-run-02.jpg?1396861981" /> </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"> Adidas MiCoach Smart Run 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>Showerproof ● 1.45in, 184x184, colour LCD ● Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth ● Optical heart-rate monitor ● 79g</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"> Lacking stamina </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 a training partner, it&rsquo;s spectacularly comprehensive &ndash; it&rsquo;ll even serve up helpful videos of exercises in the gym. Adidas&rsquo; MiCoach app is great, but it&rsquo;s the only software the Smart Run talks to. Shame it doesn&rsquo;t link to MyFitnessPal and other heaA pulth trackers, too. The beltless heart-rate monitoring is great, too, but all this comes at a cost. For starters, it&rsquo;s bulky &ndash; definitely too big to wear all the time. Battery life also takes a hit: all too often we&rsquo;d get ready for a run only to find it&rsquo;d died. Even in non-GPS mode it won&rsquo;t last a full day. What&rsquo;s more, we had to stand around in the cold while it took a leisurely 90 seconds to pick up GPS, compared to a speedy sub-15 seconds by the TomTom and Garmin. More training needed, Adidas.</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="Adidas MiCoach Smart Run" alt="Adidas MiCoach Smart Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Adidas-MiCoach-smart-run-03.jpg?1396861981" /> </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-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><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"> 0 </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>As smart as they come, but not quite fit enough to keep up</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> http://www.stuff.tv/adidas-micoach-smart-run/review#comments Health and fitness Smartwatch Wearable tech Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:15:03 +0000 Tony Horgan 1433801 at http://www.stuff.tv Qualcomm Toq smartwatch launch date revealed http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-launch-date-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s not long left to wait for those eager to strap Qualcomm’s wearable tech to their wrist </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.JPG?1384945557" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Qualcomm has announced that its Toq smartwatch will be on sale from 2nd December, priced at US$350 (&pound;220).</p> <p>The wristwatch will be sold directly from <a href="http://toq.qualcomm.com/" target="_blank">Qualcomm&rsquo;s website</a>, and if you go there now you can enter your email address for automatic updates on availability.</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"> Watch out now </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>Will it trounce the Galaxy Gear? That remains to be seen, but our very own Lucy Hedges got the chance to formulate some early opinions by getting her hands on a Toq back in September. Watch the video <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/ifa-2013/hands-video-review-qualcomm-s-toq-offers-different-take-wearable-tech/video" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve contacted Qualcomm to see if a UK release date and price has been confirmed.</p> <p>[<a href="http://social.memberemail.com/Share.aspx?i=1306fe783af6c2f67a64ed3d8383cb83a96402f5e7aa9ace936cc066a8a4346e" target="_blank">Qualcomm</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/18/5117216/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-release-date-price" target="_blank">The Verge</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YzTrqifCOhs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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"> Qualcomm Toq coming 2 December </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/qualcomm-toq-smartwatch-launch-date-revealed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smartwatch Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:18:23 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429208 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony SmartWatch 2 http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Sony&#039;s third stab at intelligent wristwear good enough to take on the mighty Pebble? Stuff spends a week prodding Sony&#039;s latest piece of wrist candy [UPDATED: now with hands-on video] </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review" alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-smartwatch-2-review-hands-on-2_0.png?1396863869" /> </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>It's a turbulent time to be a smartwatch.</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"> £130.00 </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"> Small, lightweight, cheap </div> <div class="field-item even"> Twice weekly charge via microUSB </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good selection of apps </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"> Unreliable in use </div> <div class="field-item even"> No iOS compatibility, some Sony-only functions </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Useless without a smartphone </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"> It&#039;s a mini Xperia Z </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>For such a boundary-pushing slice of kit, the SmartWatch 2 doesn't make the most impactful first impression. In fact, it looks a bit route-one. Its square aluminium and plastic watchface, Sony logo, capacitive buttons and silver power button on the right-hand edge help to keep it in line with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature">Sony's Xperia design DNA</a>. Our sample is the Active version, which comes with a black silicone strap, but leather variants and a silver-faced version are also available.</p> <p>At 122.5g it's light, comfortable and less auspicious than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Galaxy Gear </a>– you might get through cringey small talk before someone comments on your piece of time-focused gadgetry.&nbsp;By cramming in a 1.6in LCD touchscreen, it makes excellent use of the limited space available too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The lack of any other physical buttons on the SmartWatch gives it a sleeker design, but in use we prefer the Pebble's old-school 'real' buttons on either side. With its big bezels and monochrome non-touch screen, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review">Pebble</a>&nbsp;is already a bit old-school, but its big, physical buttons save time when skipping tracks or getting rid of notifications.</p> <p>To use Sony's three capacitive home, back and app re-ordering buttons, you have to tilt the SmartWatch towards you, power on the screen then tap. We think Pebble has the right idea.</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 brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2743924645001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2743924645001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-review-hands-on-5.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-7.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-review-16.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 design and build " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-14_1.png?1396863869" /> </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"> Just don&#039;t add water </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>Remember those steamy showers we took with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z/review">Xperia Z</a>, Z1 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review">Xperia Tablet Z</a>? Well, the SmartWatch 2 isn't invited to that particular party. When the microUSB flap is covered, it is splashproof and IP57 water resistant, which means it's fine in the rain and for splashing Ragu around in the kitchen.&nbsp;</p> <p>But - and it's a big but - it ain't waterproof. Step away from that snorkelling gear. Sony's list of what the SmartWatch 2 isn't suitable for includes showers, baths (does London rain count as a bath?), swimming, diving and fishing. Thus, we haven't submerged the SW2 in any containers of water as we know exactly what will happen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Splashproofing is a bonus over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">non-water resistant Gear</a>, but the Pebble can handle depths of up to 50m, and it has a magnetic USB charging cable to avoid the need for a port cover. In this regard, it's just the better thought-out 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="Sony SmartWatch 2 waterproof " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 waterproof " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-review-waterproof.png?1396863869" /> </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"> Sony SmartWatch 2 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>Processor: not specified</p> <p>Display: 1.6in 220x176 LCD Touchscreen</p> <p>Camera: None</p> <p>Connectitivity: Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, microUSB</p> <p>Memory: not specified</p> <p>Dimensions: 41.6mm x 41.1mm x 9mm</p> <p>Weight: 122.5g including silicon strap&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery: 3-4 days normal use, 5-6 days light use</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-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"> Simple set-up </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>Setting up the SmartWatch 2 is painless – just turn the watch on, flip the Bluetooth switch on your Android phone (it's compatible with all of them, though no love for iOS) and then scan for Bluetooth devices on your phone and pair. If your 'droid has NFC you can also tap to pair.&nbsp;</p> <p>The free <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonyericsson.extras.liveware&amp;hl=en_GB">Smart Connect app from Google Play </a>is where all the action happens. If you have a big-screened Sony like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news">Z Ultra</a>, this might be familiar: it's where you control paired Bluetooth headphones, headsets, speakers and wearables. Select the SmartWatch 2 to edit to alter settings and download compatible apps.&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="Sony SmartWatch 2 set-up " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 set-up " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-6_0.png?1396863869" /> </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"> 2004 wants its screen back </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's been a while since we gazed upon a 220x176 colour screen, but the SmartWatch 2's touchscreen boasts a respectable 176ppi given its 1.6in span. That's not a patch on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Samsung's glorious 278ppi Galaxy Gear</a> screen, mind you, so icons, text and yes, the time, will all look a bit fuzzy and jagged to nerd eyes.&nbsp;It's easy to forgive, considering the price difference: £130 to the Sammy's £300.</p> <p>Straight on, colours are vibrant and it's a clear, bright display. Fingerprints blight it, though, and viewing angles aren't great either: if you tilt the watchface away from your body, it starts to look like an overexposed photo.&nbsp;</p> <p>Outdoors, the low-power mode provides a neat, subdued watchface that's easy to read in direct sunlight too. We still think the less colourful but gloriously readable Pebble display has the SmartWatch 2's beat in most usage scenarios.</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="Sony SmartWatch 2 screen " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-8.png?1396863869" /> </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"> Genuinely smart skills </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>With a mini icon grid reminiscent of smartphone homescreens, the SmartWatch 2 is easy to navigate. Unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Galaxy Gear</a>, you won't find yourself scrolling round and round the full screen icons trying to find the pedometer.&nbsp;</p> <p>When your phone is MIA, all you can do with the SW2 is read notifications that have already synced, set alarms, use the torchlight (don't bother with this) and, of course, check the time.&nbsp;</p> <p>But when your smartphone gets involved, the SmartWatch 2 is the most informative wearable we've tested so far. Once you've downloaded the right apps (see boxout below), the buzz, tilt 'n' check routine when you get an email will become second nature.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review">Pebble</a> is faster (texts somehow appear on the watch before they do on your phone), but the Sony ups the ante by allowing you to scroll through previous notifications by swiping downwards at any time (on the Pebble they disappear into the ether at a button press), and is shows more information on one screen. For example, your WhatsApp message is displayed in its entirety, not just who sent it and the name of the group.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, there's lots of room for improvement. We'd like icons on the Facebook app to show what's a message sent to us and what's just a status update. Maybe we have blathering friends, but email previews are so short as to be basically useless. And Twitter needs more settings, so we can get a buzz for interactions and mentions but not tweets by the 8,000 people we follow.&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking of apps, there's about 110 to peruse right now: a pretty impressive selection from the insanely useful to the wacky. That's less than Sony's promised 400, but more than is available for the Galaxy Gear at time of writing.</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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-13.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review" alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-4.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review" alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-review-hands-on-1.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review maps " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review maps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-review-maps-app.png?1396863869" /> </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"> Sony SmartWatch 2: the apps to download first </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>1. <strong>WatchIt! </strong>Ignore the SmartWatch apps asking for your money to sync with WhatsApp. Get WatchIt! for free and it will show any notifications that pop up as banners on your phone including WhatsApp, Google+ and Hangouts chat. Before it will work, it requires turning on access for the app in your smartphone's accessibility settings.&nbsp;</p> <p>2. <strong>Endomondo</strong>&nbsp;The SmartWatch 2 is not a standalone GPS running watch, but glancing at it during a jog does save time as you can keep your phone in your pocket, cutting the faff. We used it with Endomondo, as it's a reliable, feature-heavy app and service, and the SW2's display shows time, distance, mph and heart rate (if you pay for this). Sony offers a 14-day free trial to Runtastic Pro Gold (£4.29 app) with an activation code in the pack of the SmartWatch 2 active edition.&nbsp;</p> <p>3.&nbsp;<strong>GPS Maps for SmartWatch </strong>Now we're talking. It relies on your smartphone's GPS but if you're cycling, motorbiking or just moving your legs really fast this is a great, free app. It's a little slow but it zooms in and out (via the corner controls) easily enough and marks your location with a red arrow.&nbsp;</p> <p>4. <strong>Slideshow</strong>&nbsp;Pebble's no good for viewing photos but the Sony is with its bright, clear images. We'd like to be able to navigate our phone's gallery to find individual snaps, but for now, we'll make do with a slideshow of recent photos – including what your mates have sent you on WhatsApp. So, you know, be careful.&nbsp;</p> <p>5. <strong>Calendar reminder</strong>&nbsp;One of the SmartWatch apps we glanced at the most. It's simple enough and we really did use it in meetings when it would have been rude to unlock our phone and swipe to the calendar widget. Smartwatch win.&nbsp;</p> <p>6. <strong>WebBrowser </strong>Hey, you've just bought a smartwatch. You want some gimmicks. This is pretty slow to load, has a painfully old-school Nokia-style keyboard layout and is juddery to scroll. But you can Google stuff on your watch if you really want, and freak non-techy friends out with your wrist computer.&nbsp;</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-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"> Power Up (Thumbs Down) </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>Ah, it was all going so well: the apps, the notifications. But the SmartWatch 2 requires plenty of patience: patience we just don't have. First up, the Bluetooth connection often drops out – but since that's the case for all the smartwatches we've been wearing lately, it's not a deal-breaker.&nbsp;</p> <p>The glitches, however, almost are. Icons greying out, the homescreen going into low power mode for no reason, a line of static-style, multi-coloured pixels appearing, a lack of responsiveness when scrolling and swiping. This is when the Pebble's lack of touchscreen starts to look very appealing.&nbsp;</p> <p>And why have the notifications disappeared to be replaced by blank Jan 01 bars, Sony? The Pebble's just told us we have a meeting in five minutes while you have been busily crashing and burning. The Endomondo app, as much as we liked it, was one of the biggest culprits for causing the SW2 to go into meltdown, and not even longpressing the power button saves it.&nbsp;</p> <p>It took a few days for our SmartWatch 2 unit to get into this state of disrepair, but with only about 20 apps on there and with plenty of rejuicing/recuperating time, we hoped for better. If Sony can update the SmartWatch 2's software to make the experience of using it plain sailing, it'll earn at least one more star.&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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review in use " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review in use " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-10.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review in use " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review in use " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-11.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review in use " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review in use " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-12.png?1396863869" /> </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"> Sensible battery life </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>What a relief to find that when the SW2 buzzes to say it's down to 15% battery, you can simply grab a microUSB cable to recharge. The port is covered with a small flap on the left-hand edge of the watch body. Compared with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Galaxy Gear's</a> bespoke charging cradle, this is fantastic news.&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery life is much better than the Gear too – we charged it three times in the space of just over a week, but we reckon when we're not testing it, twice a week will suffice. Longevity-wise it sits smack bang in the middle of the Galaxy Gear (1-2 days max) and the saintly <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review">Pebble</a>, which lasted all week on a single charge.&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="Sony SmartWatch 2 battery life " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 battery life " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-15.png?1396863869" /> </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>As a concept, Sony's SmartWatch 2 seems to tread a fine line between the simple (like the Pebble) and the overblown and tricksy (like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Galaxy Gear</a>). The design is solid, if a little drab-retro for our liking, the screen is a useful size and battery life is good enough to keep us using the device. It focuses on being a second screen to your super-capable Android phone, and doesn't try to replicate what it can do. That's to be applauded.&nbsp;</p> <p>But in order to adorn millions of wrists, it needs to at least approach the reliability of a real watch, and it needs a few more useful apps. The basics such as Spotify would be nice, but it'd be better still if Sony pushed the boat out with something that allowed you to use its NFC to make mobile payments.&nbsp;</p> <p>Right now, the most reliable smartwatch (as well as being the cheapest, longest-lasting, easiest to read outdoors and actually waterproof) is still the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review">Pebble</a>.&nbsp;But if you want an LCD screen, the best third-party smartwatch app store and simple charging, the SmartWatch 2 is just about worth your patience.&nbsp;</p> <p>Words: <a href="https://plus.google.com/100316166955509219073/posts">Sophie Charara&nbsp;</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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review verdict versus Pebble versus Galaxy Gear " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review verdict versus Pebble versus Galaxy Gear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-10-group.png?1396863869" /> </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="Sony SmartWatch 2 review verdict " alt="Sony SmartWatch 2 review verdict " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-hands-on-3.png?1396863869" /> </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-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </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>Good battery life, great apps and notifications and all-Android compatibility, but the SmartWatch 2 needs a reliability boost</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"> Sony SmartWatch 2 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"> Can Sony&#039;s third stab at intelligent wristwear take on the mighty Pebble? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartwatch-2-review-hands-on-5_0.png?1383916534" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review#comments Smartwatch Sony Wearable tech Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:14:50 +0000 Sophie Charara 1428111 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC plans a "disruptive" tablet and an Android smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/htc/tablets-are-htcs-future-whilst-they-refuse-follow-fashion-wearables/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s big-screen ambitions don&#039;t stop with the One Max – it&#039;s still looking forward to a future laden with tablets </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 concept by Eliott Copier puts HTC’s famous widgets on your wrist" alt="HTC LinkWatch concept" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC-linkwatch-concept.jpg?1383047882" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">HTC hasn't dipped its toe into the tablet market since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-flyer/review">HTC Flyer</a>, back in 2011 – but it's planning to shake things up with a "disruptive" tablet.</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/ben-stinson" title="View user profile.">Ben Stinson</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"> Watch this space </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 class="MsoNormal">Smartwatches and other wearable devices are high on most tech brand’s agendas – and HTC is no exception, with <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-22/htc-said-to-plan-android-smartwatch-with-camera-for-next-year.html">Bloomberg</a> reporting that it's working on an Android smartwatch with a camera. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mr Chou calls&nbsp;out “version one” and “gimmick” wearable devices in his FT interview, noting that “It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept; it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. That is an opportunity for us” he said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ms Wang went on to say that “there are a lot of devices to innovate... Ubiquitous intelligence is not just wearables” – suggesting that HTC plans to wait for the other major tech brands to play their wearable cards first, before committing to any wrist-wrapping accessories.</p> <p>If HTC were to launch a tablet with the same quality feel as its highly praised One series, would you get in line for one – or has HTC missed the boat? Let us know on&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/Stufftv" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/263c57ce-3954-11e3-a3a4-00144feab7de.html">Financial Times</a> and <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-22/htc-said-to-plan-android-smartwatch-with-camera-for-next-year.html">Bloomberg</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-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="Though it had promise before phablets were even a ‘thing’, the HTC Flyer failed to impress" alt="HTC Flyer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-flyer-tablet.jpg?1383047882" /> </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="HTC Jetstream" alt="HTC Jetstream" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-Jetstream-proto_0.jpg?1383047882" /> </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"> HTC plans &quot;disruptive&quot; tablet and smartwatch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/tablets-are-htcs-future-whilst-they-refuse-follow-fashion-wearables/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/tablets-are-htcs-future-whilst-they-refuse-follow-fashion-wearables/news#comments HTC Smartwatch Tablets Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:46:20 +0000 Ben Stinson 1428191 at http://www.stuff.tv