Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/features en-GB iOS 8 leak confirms Apple iWatch is on the way http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-leak-confirms-apple-iwatch-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple is preparing to jump into the smartwatch skirmish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="We&#039;re hoping the iWatch will look half as good" alt="iOS 8 leak confirms Apple iWatch is on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iWatch-concept-Maps-Martin-Hajek-005_1%20%281%29.jpg?1398176386" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A leaked <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8</a> home screen displaying a Watch Utility app confirms that Apple does indeed have an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch</a> in the works.</p> <p>If genuine, then this is the clearest indication to date that Apple is planning to reveal a smart wearable this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s iWatch is expected to arrive with a variety of sensors to track health information before logging it into iOS 8&#39;s new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-could-track-your-fitness-new-healthbook-app/news" target="_blank">Healthbook app</a>, which has once again cropped up in these latest leaked screenshots alongside the new TextEdit, Preview, Tips and iTunes Radio apps.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth pointing out that the Watch Utility app&#39;s icon looks positively ugly and out of place among the flat pastel icons of the surrounding iOS 8 apps.&nbsp;This suggests that Apple is still polishing up the watch app, prior to its official reveal.</p> <p>iOS 8 is expected to be announced at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-wwdc-set-2-june-ios-8-here-we-come/news" target="_blank">Apple&#39;s annual WWDC event </a>which is set to kick off in June, but it&#39;s unclear whether or not the iWatch will be revealed alongside it.</p> <p>Personally, we think that Apple will save the iWatch unveiling for September, where it can show off its integration smarts with its new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 </a>sibling.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch: price, specs, release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.phonearena.com/news/Watch-Utility-appears-on-another-iOS-8-leak-while-FaceTime-goes-down-for-iOS-6-users_id55316#3-" target="_blank">Phone Arena</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2340838/ios-8-shown-on-an-iphone-5s-and-ipad-reveals-iwatch-app" target="_blank">The Inquirer</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="600" height="450" title="Spot the watch" alt="iOS 8 leak confirms Apple iWatch is on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch-utility.jpg?1398176386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-leak-confirms-apple-iwatch-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-leak-confirms-apple-iwatch-way/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iWatch Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:13:54 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435925 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch: new official details emerge http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-new-official-details-emerge/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG&#039;s Android Wear device will offer something Samsung&#039;s Gear 2 can&#039;t: an always-on screen </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 G Watch will come in two colour finishes" alt="The G Watch will come in two colour finishes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-watch-1.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG&rsquo;s global site has updated <a href="http://www.lg.com/global/gwatch/main.html#display">its page</a> on the G Watch smartwatch, revealing some new details about the Android Wear-powered wrist-piece.</p> <p>The site confirms that the G Watch will be water- and dust-proof (very useful traits for a watch, in our opinion), that it will come in two colour options (&ldquo;Stealth Black&rdquo; and &ldquo;Champagne Gold&rdquo;) and, perhaps most interestingly, that it will features an always-on screen.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The always-on screen might seem like an obvious feature for a smartwatch &ndash; after all, you&rsquo;d expect a traditional wristwatch to display the time all the time &ndash; but battery conservation means that some of the G Watch&rsquo;s rivals can&rsquo;t pull it off. The Samsung Gear 2, for instance, saves power by shutting its screen off until the movement of the wearer&rsquo;s arm wakes it up.</p> <p>The G Watch will be among the first wave of Android Wear devices to go on sale, and it&rsquo;s been reported it will be available before the end of July for &ldquo;less than &pound;180&rdquo;. That undercuts the pricing of both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Gear 2</a>.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.lg.com/global/gwatch/main.html#display">LG</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> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The always-on screen should be a welcome feature" alt="The always-on screen should be a welcome feature" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch-always-on-screen.jpg?1398272008" /> </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 Watch gets always-on screen </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-new-official-details-emerge/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:30:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435912 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Another (massive) smartwatch emerges, and new Call of Duty confirmed http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-another-smartwatch-emerges-and-new-call-duty-confirmed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Time to kick back and soak up a morning’s worth of tech news in our daily round-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rufus Cuff Wrist Communicator" alt="Rufus Cuff Wrist Communicator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rufus-cuff_0.jpg?1397805460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet Rufus Cuff, the smartwatch with a bigger screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smartwatches are usually designed to be as small as is physically possible, but no so the Rufus Cuff. The wearable &ndash; which makers Rufus Labs call a &ldquo;wrist communicator&rdquo; rather than a smartwatch &ndash; has a 3in widescreen and the full version of Android on board, meaning it can run pretty much any app.</p> <p>While primarily designed for use with an Android or Apple smartphone, connecting via Bluetooth 4.0, it also comes with Wi-Fi and can therefore work independently.</p> <p>It looks a lot bulkier than the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 </a>and upcoming Android Wear devices, but Rufus Labs is clearly banking on its larger screen and tough build quality (it&rsquo;s splash-proof) being enough to attract a different audience. They&rsquo;re currently seeking funding <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-rufus-cuff-more-than-a-smartwatch-a-wrist-communicator#home">via Indiegogo</a> and look set to reach their goal of $200,000.</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/8uva1xb7DRo" 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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D printing produces the smoothest stop motion animation ever </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>&ldquo;Bears on Stairs&rdquo; is a new project that shows how 3D printing can help produce incredibly smooth stop motion animations. London creative agency DBLG created the video by 3D printing around 40 models of a bear climbing a staircase &ndash; one for each &ldquo;frame&rdquo; of the animation. Then they were filmed by DSLR in a repeating sequence to create a moving image that looks like computer animation rather than a real-world object. Impressive stuff.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://petapixel.com/2014/04/15/bears-stairs-ridiculously-smooth-stop-motion-animated-video/">PetaPixel</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SlGsj47EBIU" 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-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"> Next Call of Duty game coming this year from Sledgehammer Games </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>Some very unsurprising news has just been confirmed: Activision is to release a new <em>Call of Duty</em> game later this year, and it won&rsquo;t be developed by Infinity Ward.</p> <p>The news comes courtesy of an Activision investor call, which also revealed that the development studio for the as-yet-unnamed title won&rsquo;t be Treyarch but Sledgehammer (a relatively new studio which contributed to the development of <em>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3</em>). Treyarch, however, will likely make the 2015 <em>Call of Duty</em> title, meaning Activision now has three separate studios working on games in the series at all times.</p> <p>Going forward, that&rsquo;ll give each studio three years to develop their game &ndash; and hopefully that&rsquo;ll mean better single-player experiences. While multi-player modes have remained solid, single-player campaigns have been noticeably dropping in length and quality over the past few <em>CoD</em> releases.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/call-duty-2014-confirmed-new-lead-developer-new-development-cycle/#!EAdCh">Digital Trends</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review">Call of Duty: Ghosts review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts" alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4372COD_Ghosts_Maniac_Blindside_1.jpg?1397805460" /> </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"> RunKeeper launches Breeze, an iPhone 5s-only step-tracking app </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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="299" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/91934781?portrait=0&amp;color=70cfd6" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="532"></iframe></p> <p>Aimed at those to prefer to walk rather than jog, RunKeeper&rsquo;s new Breeze app has just launched on iTunes. The app, which is only compatible with the iPhone 5s and its M7 motion coprocessor, is always tracking your steps in the background and therefore able to tell you exactly how far you&rsquo;ve walked on any given day.</p> <p>With plenty of competition, Breeze aims to set itself apart from its competition through an attractive, simple UI and its notifications, which keep you up to date with how far you&rsquo;ve gone towards completning your daily step goal.</p> <p>Breeze will eventually integrate with RunKeeper, as well as roll out to other phone models. You can download it for iPhone <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id826697005">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/17/5622014/runkeeper-launches-breeze-step-tracking-app">The Verge</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> 3D Printing Gaming iOS apps Wearable tech Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435676 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2 Neo http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can afford a Samsung smartwatch, should you actually buy one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-review-wrist.png?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Gear 2 Neo is now the cheapest way to get a Samsung smartwatch on your wrist.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the &lsquo;budget&rsquo; plastic version of Samsung&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>, does 99% of what the more expensive device can do and trims in all the right places while knocking the price down by &pound;70.</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> <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"> Lightweight but durable </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bright, sharp, colourful screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> On-board music playback </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"> Disappointing app store </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only works with Samsung phones </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheaper than Gear 2 but still pricey </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’s almost identical to the Gear 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is essentially the same device so most of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">in-depth Gear 2 review</a> also applies to the Neo. It&rsquo;s the same clear, bright and colourful 1.63in Super AMOLED touchscreen and the same sci-fi functionality. It reliably pulls in email, message and phone notifications from your smartphone via Bluetooth as well as playing music, counting steps and even measuring your heart rate.</p> <p>And best of all, it&rsquo;s the same 300mAh battery (and clip-on charging cradle). As on the Gear 2, battery easily lasts two to three days on one charge. Our Gear 2 Neo dropped around 30% a day unless we really hammered it.</p> <p>There are some differences. There&rsquo;s no camera on the Neo, but that&rsquo;s really no great loss. After the first heady snapping session, we pretty much forgot about using the cam on the Gear 2.</p> <p>We also got on a lot better with the auto screen-on function on the Neo than our Gear 2 unit, which is odd. A flick of the wrist activates the Neo&rsquo;s watchface around nine times out of ten - a significant improvement on the more expensive model.</p> <p>But the Neo is, as with the Gear 2, only compatible with select Samsung phones, while the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel</a> smartwatch play nice with all iOS and Android phones.</p> <p>And right now there&rsquo;s also a dearth of Gear apps - we really couldn&rsquo;t find anything we wanted to download to our Neo apart from Feedly. For now, Pebble is clearly ahead of Samsung here, with mapping, transport and smart home apps providing plenty of good reasons to jump on the smartwatch bandwagon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison_0.JPG?1397748746" /> </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="Neo materials do look and feel a little cheaper" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison-3.JPG?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Neo loses the camera, but that&#039;s really not a loss" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison-2.JPG?1397748746" /> </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="It&#039;s the same screen on both devices" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison-1.JPG?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 Neo tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong> -&nbsp;Tizen-based</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 1.63in Super AMOLED with 320x320 resolution (278ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 1 GHz dual-core processor</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 512MB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;4GB</p> <p><strong>Sensors</strong> - Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate</p> <p><strong>Colours</strong> - Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> -&nbsp;37.9 x 58.8 x 10mm / 55g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks cheaper because it is </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 looks stylish if you squint, but our Mocha Grey Neo has all the charm of an army watch. Sure, the Charcoal Black looks smarter than the grey. But the all plastic build and textured strap still feel cheap against wrists that are accustomed to finer materials.</p> <p>It is durable, comfortable and light - 55g compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2&rsquo;s</a> 64g. And it&rsquo;s waterproof to IP67 standards, too, so showers aren&rsquo;t kryptonite to the Neo.</p> <p>So it all boils down to how much you care about looks. When it comes to smartwatches, we care. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&rsquo;s</a> a bit of a retro throwback, the Gear 2&rsquo;s a bit nerdily blinging, but both are a bit nicer than the halfway house Neo - at least to our eyes. We&rsquo;d say the world is still waiting for that first unequivocally sexy smartwatch. Perhaps it&rsquo;ll be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch</a>?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The single-button navigation is simple" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-2-neo-review-strap.png?1397748746" /> </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="There&#039;s a slight feeling of cheapness to the strap" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-2-neo-review-clasp.png?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 Neo 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>Having said all that about the looks, we&rsquo;d still take the Neo over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>. Losing the camera really isn&rsquo;t a loss at all, and while the Neo is less premium, the Gear 2 isn&rsquo;t that gorgeous to begin with.</p> <p>&pound;180 is still a load to spend on an accessory for a Galaxy phone, though, and next to the more open, more apptastic <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> it looks like pretty poor value.</p> <p>Perhaps the bigger problem, though, is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>: Google Now-powered smartwatches are coming from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">LG, Motorola and more</a>, and they certainly look and sound to be a step-up from the current smartwatch crowd. If you must geek out right now, the Neo is the Gear we&rsquo;d get. But we&rsquo;ll be waiting for Wear.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo verdict" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-2-neo-review-main.png?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>Better value than the Gear 2, the Neo is a truly geeky accessory for Samsung users - but it&rsquo;s also far from essential</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review#comments Gear 2 Neo Geek accessories Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:32:27 +0000 Tom Parsons 1435666 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung: Tizen phone and Android Wear smartwatch coming this year http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 will see the arrival of the first smartphone equipped with Samsung’s new operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-range_0.jpg?1397715847" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A Samsung executive has confirmed that the company plans to launch a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meego-dead-long-live-tizen/news">Tizen</a>-based smartphone and an Android Wear-based smartwatch before the end of 2014.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of product strategy at Samsung, said that at least two phones sporting the Tizen operating system were in the works &ndash; and that the first, a high-end model, was due to launch around the end of the second quarter of 2014 (likely May).</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung will still rely on Android as the main platform for its smartphones, but hopes that Tizen &ndash; developed in-house and debuted in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a> smartwatch&nbsp;&ndash; will eventually account for at least 15 percent of its handsets.</p> <p>Speaking of smartwatches, Yoon had something to say on those, too: first, that Samsung eventually wants its Gear watches to be compatible with all Android smartphones rather than just its own Galaxy devices; and second, that it plans to launch an Android Wear smartwatch later this year.</p> <p>Seems like Samsung thinks there&rsquo;s plenty of scope for it to enjoy the best of both worlds.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-samsung-elec-sales-idUSBREA3F09320140416">Reuters</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-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"> Samsung launching Android Wear watch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Smartphones Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:34:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435575 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 4 redesign and Android Wear watch for later this year http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korean tech giant&#039;s busy schedule shows no signs of letting up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="What will the Note 4 be wearing?" alt="Samsung confirms new Galaxy Note 4 design and Android Wear watch for later this " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1_0.JPG?1397714298" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will arrive with a &#39;new form factor&#39;.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Samsung&#39;s senior vice president of product strategy Yoon Han-Ki didn&#39;t provide any more information on the company&#39;s next generation of super phablet, but we expect a radical change from the current <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>&#39;s faux leather back.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:49:49 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435571 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear Fit http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s new wearable is Fit by name, but not by nature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear Fit" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-016.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember life before fitness bands? Those innocent days when tracking your health meant counting how many pints you&#39;d downed that week and timing how long it took you to walk to the curry house?</p> <p>Well they&#39;re long gone. In fact there are so many fitness bands on the market now, we need someone to invent a fitness tracker tracker just to, er, keep track of them.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unique curved screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Light weight </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> music control and notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unresponsive screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unreliable heart-rate tracking </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Awkward ergonomics </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, it&#039;s not the Gear 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear Fit&#39;s not the only new wearable Samsung&#39;s thrusting on to an already crowded marketplace - you might also be aware of its flashy cousins the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;and Gear 2 Neo. Both are proper smartwatches, with the ability to run apps, make calls and, in the case of the Gear 2, take photos.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given that both can also track your heart rate and count your steps,&nbsp;why would you choose a Gear Fit over the other two? Maybe it&#39;s the lure of that curved screen. Or, maybe it&#39;s a simple money thing; after all, the Gear 2 is a full &pound;80 more expensive than the Fit.</p> <p>But then again, the Neo is the same price as the Fit, and all it loses over the Gear 2 is the metal finish and the camera - while retaining the IR remote capability, the heart rate sensor, the built-in music player and the S Voice control for your phone.</p> <p>We&#39;d also question why you&#39;d want the Gear Fit over any of the other fitness bands out there - the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex</a>, for instance, which is &pound;90 cheaper and will work with more than just Samsung phones.</p> <p>Ah, so it&nbsp;<em>was</em>&nbsp;that curved screen after all. You tart.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-fit/mwc-2014/video-samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/video">Samsung Gear Fit hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4128" height="2322" title="The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Wearing all three might be overkill" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-009_0.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sweet dreams </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whatever your initial reason for buying the Fit over the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature">Gear 2 Neo</a>, here&#39;s another one: it&#39;s really light - a mere 27g, to the Gear 2&#39;s 68g and Neo&#39;s 55g. Numbers blah - it really feels a lot lighter too. Putting on one of the Gears feels like putting on a watch, whereas a Fit&rsquo;s presence is soon entirely forgotten.</p> <p>This is important if you&rsquo;re planning to wear the Fit in bed &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t watch you or smell you like some of the more advanced sleep trackers, but it will give you basic time asleep and movement feedback. So long as you&rsquo;ve remembered to activate the Sleep app before power-down, that is. Who&rsquo;s a clever post-human? You are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear Fit is light enough not to disturb your sleep" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-003.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Fit - tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 1.84in curved Super AMOLED (128x432)</p> <p><strong>OS:</strong> Tizen-based OS</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong>&nbsp;Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Ruggedness:</strong>&nbsp;IP67 (water resistant 1m for 30 mins)</p> <p><strong>Sensor:</strong> Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Optical Heart Rate Sensor </p><p><strong>Colours:</strong> black, brown, orange</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;210mAh, Typical Usage 3-4 days</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong>&nbsp;23.4x57.4x11.9mm, 27g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Walk the walk? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Come the morning, you&rsquo;ll want to make sure the Pedometer app is running. If it&rsquo;s still on from yesterday then you&rsquo;re fine, but it doesn&rsquo;t start automatically, for example, when you close the Sleep app.</p> <p>The Pedometer is the app that will track your movement all day, and is the chief source of data that you might want to compare your activity from day to day. Set a daily step goal and go for an ice cream when the goal complete notification vibes up on your wrist. There&rsquo;s no altitude sensor, mind, so you won&rsquo;t get Fitbit-style &lsquo;floors climbed&rsquo; feedback.&nbsp;</p> <p>More precise event tracking comes by firing up the Exercise app, which can be set to Walking, Running, Cycling or Hiking. This brings in the heart-rate sensor and allows you to set specific distance, time or effort goals. The difference between walking and hiking? Kendal Mint Cake, we think. Oh, and Hiking, like the Cycling option, takes GPS data from your connected smartphone to calculate distance and speed. Which makes some kind of sense given that the accelerometer is redundant for bike riding. Slightly less for hiking, unless your walking boots are extremely plushly cushioned. Either way, successful data recording depends on your keeping your phone somewhere where it can still get a decent GPS reading. Which slightly takes the fun out of having a wearable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Run, Fraser, run!" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-002.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In Running mode, you have the option to activate Firstbeat coaching that, by watching your heart rate, actively encourages you to speed, slow down or maintain your pace. We had mixed results with this.</p> <p>One run in particular, the Fit completely panicked after just five minutes of a 30-minte run, telling me repeatedly to slow down, then reporting that I had completed my &lsquo;Moderate&rsquo; goal. It seems likely that this sporadic accuracy is to do with the heart rate sensor failing to get an accurate reading &ndash; on-screen prompts guide you to keep the Fit off the wrist bone, but that&rsquo;s exactly where it likes to sit once you start pounding down the pavement. No ultra-marathoneer, me, but a recorded max heart rate of 211bpm seems unlikely.</p> <p>On the whole, despite on-screen prompts, this is not an intuitive exercise device. Full instructions are available as a PDF from Samsung&rsquo;s support site and you might well have to swallow your pride and download them.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Fit&#039;s Cycling mode needs GPS data from your phone" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-006.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CURVES IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s more bad news, which we&rsquo;ve been hiding from you until now. You know that fancy curved OLED screen? It&rsquo;s a pig to use. There, we said it.</p> <p>Pertinent to the subject in hand &ndash; exercising &ndash; it&rsquo;s too sensitive to accurately scroll or select while you&rsquo;re breathing hard or still on the move. This isn&rsquo;t helped by the fact that the icons of the top menu are similarly styled to those in the sub-menus so a miss-press error is difficult to diagnose.</p> <p>Swiping and scrolling and sweating and trying to diagnose the aforementioned coaching glitch, I realised I had walked into the middle of a mob of Royal Parks stags. There was death in their eyes and blood on their antlers and although I survived, another park user called me an &lsquo;idiot&#39;. At that point I was about as annoyed with a gadget as I get.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say that the Fit&rsquo;s screen isn&rsquo;t clear. The OLED tech is crispy, despite its 128x432 pixel specification. You can choose from a variety of wallpapers that help readout as much as they look pretty, and the brightness is adjustable. There&rsquo;s no ambient light sensor-powered auto-adjust, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s some lovely wallpaper there..." alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-019.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FEATURES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life seems to be within Samsung&rsquo;s claimed 3-4 days, certainly after the first week&rsquo;s excited prodding has passed. Be careful not to lose the Fit&rsquo;s proprietary charging cradle, though or you are, as they say, fubar.</p> <p>You can choose what wrist you have your Fit on, and you can have it turn on automatically when you rotate said wrist. This works as you would want it perhaps half the time. Sometimes you turn your wrist for the screen to remain resolutely blank; moments later you notice it glowing away to itself unbidden.</p> <p>A couple of times it auto-activated in the shower &ndash; it&rsquo;s IP67 rugged &ndash; and the water on the screen sent it into a fit of ghost menu scrolling and app activation. We turned that feature off in the end. Neither of us was enjoying it.</p> <p>A recent firmware update gave you the ability to change between landscape and portrait screen orientation. Landscape view suits the device and long-form text flows better, but it&rsquo;s awkward to read. Portrait is more natural to manipulate, but the text wrap goes all to pieces.</p> <p>You might ask, what is this &lsquo;text&rsquo; are we reading on the Fit? Actual SMS texts, we might answer, and emails and notifications. Almost any app that can flash up on your phone&rsquo;s notification bar can also trigger a vibrating alert on your Fit watch. The first couple of sentences can be scrolled through, before it prompts you to continue reading on your mobile device. (Everything to do with the Fit and its phone app refers to your &lsquo;mobile device&rsquo;, not &lsquo;phone&rsquo;. It gets irritating after a while. Surely the Fit is also a mobile device?)</p> <p>Hit the continue button and your phone will light up and act on the notification, with varying levels of success depending on what else your phone is up to at the time. The Gear Fit Manager has a screen for selecting (and then deselecting) which of your phone&rsquo;s apps get to ping your Fit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll need to connect the Gear Fit to a Samsung phone to make it work..." alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-018.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="..and if you lose the charging cradle, you&#039;re in trouble" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-017.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other functions of the Fit include Find My Device that launches a ringtone and lights up the LED on your phone. Plus, there are stopwatch and timer apps in addition to the always-on clock app. And, finally, the Media Controller, which works damn well. Play, pause, skip and volume without getting your phone out of your pocket, as well as the name of the currently playing track. It&rsquo;ll work with media apps other than the standard Samsung music player, too, though it&rsquo;ll often keep scrolling the name of the last played track on the official app, rather than, say, the podcast you are now listening to in Podkicker.</p> <p>You can reject incoming calls, or send a pre-programmed text message. Speaking of apps, that&rsquo;s currently a functionality disconnect between the Fit, the Gear Fit Manager app and Samsung&rsquo;s S Health app &ndash; with the latter tending to record its own pedometer reading despite input from the Fit. This is worse on last-gen Samsung devices, such as the Note 3, which has a less clever Manager app for the wearable. All of which, we&rsquo;ve been told by Samsung, will be upgraded, updated and fixed in the near future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Music!" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-005.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When we first saw the Samsung Gear Fit, we saw a light, wearable fitness device with a unique curved screen and the ability to work seamlessly with Samsung phones. What we got was a light, but quite bulky, wearable device. It has a curved screen that&rsquo;s as irritating to use as it is cool to look at. It&rsquo;s a fitness device that works via a new-fangled optical heart rate sensor that we don&rsquo;t trust, compared to the battered heart-rate strap we&rsquo;ve been using for years. It does not, as yet, work seamlessly with Samsung devices.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the bah humbugs. We do like getting notifications straight to the wrist, especially while wandering about the house while the phone is charging somewhere. Controlling music playback is a boon, especially given the inability of most headphone remote buttons to do anything useful. Plus, it tells the time, and the date, and what your next calendar event is. And although the curved screen doesn&#39;t always work, it does look cool.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s hoping the Gear Fit 2 will be better" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-020.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looks great, but doesn&rsquo;t play so well. There are, and there will be, too many other winner wearables to recommend this one</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Fit review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review#comments Gear Fit Health and fitness Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:37:39 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435417 at http://www.stuff.tv You can buy Google Glass tomorrow... if you live in the US http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-yes-you-can-now-own-pair-google-glass/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bypass the Google Explorer program selection process for a day </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="You, yes you, can now own a pair of Google Glass" alt="You, yes you, can now own a pair of Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/url.jpg?1397492040" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you been infuriated that Google has made Google Glass available to just a handpicked fraction of possible users? Well turn that frown upside down - we have good news for you.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a limited time on April 15th at 9am EDT, the search giant will open its doors and allow anyone to join its Glass Explorer program and order a set of its trendy Explorer Edition Glass online.</p> <p>It is unsure how many units exactly will be up for grabs, but the company claimed in its Google+ <a href="https://plus.google.com/+GoogleGlass/posts/HaUCDHtRvcn" target="_blank">blog post</a> that quantities will be limited.&nbsp;</p> <p>The initiative is probably Google&rsquo;s shot at gaining feedback from a wider audience before it pushes its Web-ready glasses out to the public.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every day we get requests from those of you who haven&rsquo;t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too,&rdquo; it said in its blog post.</p> <p>Costing US$1500, the offer is valid to all adult US residents with a US shipping address.</p> <p>For those in other parts of the world desperate to get them on your face, get your friends, relatives or contacts in the US to help score you a pair.</p> <p>Google Glass can be booked <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;And if you don&#39;t fancy wearing a computer on your face, perhaps&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wearable-tech" target="_blank">these readily available wearable devices</a>&nbsp;will be more fitting for you.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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> http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-yes-you-can-now-own-pair-google-glass/news#comments Glass Google Wearable tech Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Will Findlater 1435426 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2 http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will Samsung&#039;s second plunge into the smartwatch sea bring it success? We strap in to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Main%20choice.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&#39;s be honest. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">original Galaxy Gear</a> was hardly Samsung&rsquo;s proudest moment. It wasn&rsquo;t exactly a looker, it was laggy, and the battery life left a lot to be desired.</p> <p>Couple that with its &pound;300 price tag and it&rsquo;s no wonder it was immediately overshadowed by the likes of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid metal build with customisable straps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bright, sharp colour display </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> On-board music playback </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications handled well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Auto-screen on feature needs tweaking </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hardly any apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pricey for a smartwatch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only works with select Samsung devices </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A welcome makeover </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It doesn&#39;t matter how clever a wearable device is - if it&#39;s ugly then you won&#39;t want to use it. No one wants to be the subject of amused smirks in a train carriage.</p> <p>Thankfully Samsung has considerably improved the original Galaxy Gear&#39;s design, and you won&#39;t be ashamed to wear the Gear 2 in public.</p> <p>There have been a few subtle millimetres shaved off here and there and the overall design is much cleaner than the original. It&#39;s got a thinner clasp and the pimple-like protrusion for the camera has been banished to design hell.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2&#039;s styling is a vast improvement over the original Galaxy Gear" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-7.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera&#039;s now flush with the body" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-8.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The home button&#039;s easy to find with a finger" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-6.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Gear 2 vs Galaxy Gear" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Original-Gear-Comparison.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is still a camera but it&#39;s now embedded into the watch face itself, sitting flush at the top alongside an IR blaster. It&#39;s a massive improvement, as is the removal of the power button on the side.</p> <p>Samsung has instead opted for a home button on the front, which turns the screen on and off in addition to firing up a chosen app with a double tap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Can you tell which is which?" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Original-Gear-Comparison-1.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turn it around and you&#39;ll notice the charging pins, along with what initially appears to be another camera lens.</p> <p>Thankfully wrist selfies aren&#39;t a thing (yet). What you&#39;re looking at is a heart rate sensor, similar to the one found on the rear of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and underside of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>. That means no more uncomfortable chest straps while you&#39;re out pounding the pavement on your lunchtime runs.</p> <p>Strapped on, the Gear 2 is light and unobtrusive, as any good watch should be, and the strap should accommodate most wrists without any problems. But while the metal construction of the Gear 2 is solid, the plastic strap is noticeably creaky in quiet environments. It can be swapped it out for any standard 20mm watch strap, though.</p> <p>The Gear 2 is also IP67 rated, meaning it can survive temporary submersion in up to 1m of water for thirty minutes. Most importantly that means it won&rsquo;t cost you &pound;250 when you wash the sleep from your eyes during your morning shower and realize you&rsquo;re still wearing your watch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-vs-pebble-steel-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 vs Pebble Steel: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Charging cradle pins and hear rate sensor" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-13_0.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The plastic strap is a little creaky, but you can swap it out for any standard strap of your choice" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-9.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display of affection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 retains its predecessor&#39;s 1.63in 320x320 AMOLED display and text and icons are sharp and easy to read.</p> <p>While it guzzles more power than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&#39;s</a> E Ink screen, we definitely prefer its rich colours and sharp text to the Pebble&#39;s pixellated monochrome alternative (even it does have a certain retro charm all of its own).</p> <p>It&#39;s slathered in Gorilla Glass 3, too, so accidental knocks and scrapes shouldn&rsquo;t pose much of a problem.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using the Gear 2 with the display brightness set to low levels without any problems, and there&rsquo;s an outdoor mode that cranks the brightness up for a short period if you&rsquo;re struggling to make out what&rsquo;s on the screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 1.63in 320x320 AMOLED is unchanged" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Screen-1.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Outdoor Mode temporarily raises the brightness if you&#039;re struggling to see the screen outside" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Screen.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set up and charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The majority of wearable devices are largely useless if they&rsquo;re not paired to a smartphone, and the Gear 2 is no exception. Annoyingly, Samsung has once again restricted compatibility to its own devices, which is hugely limiting, especially when compared to the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> (which works with both iOS and Android devices) and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony Smartwatch 2</a>, which plays nice with all Android phones.</p> <p>Currently, 18 Samsung devices including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-2/review" target="_blank">Note 2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4</a> are supported, and we can&rsquo;t see Samsung opening up the Gear 2 to other Android devices anytime soon. Boo.</p> <p>Setting up the Gear 2 itself is simple enough. You&rsquo;ll need to download the Gear Manager app from the Samsung app store, and we recommend choosing the more traditional manual Bluetooth pairing method as opposed to the trickier NFC pairing option that requires the attachment of a cradle.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right: The dreaded cradle is back.</p> <p>The original Gear shipped with a hideously huge charging cradle that we dubbed Big Bertha.</p> <p>Thankfully, Bertha&rsquo;s hit Weight Watchers and dropped quite a few dress sizes, and she&rsquo;s much easier to clip on and off.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d still prefer an in-built microUSB port, though, as you&rsquo;ll be stuck for power if you&rsquo;re out and about without the charging cradle.&nbsp;Still, the Gear does look cleaner without any ports, and we can see why Samsung&rsquo;s stuck to its guns from a design point of view.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The charging cradle is back, but it&#039;s slimmer than before" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Charger.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A frustrating time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that the Gear 2 tells the time. To increase its battery life, the screen remains off until the in-built accelerometer detects that you&rsquo;ve flicked your wrist up to look at the watch face.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a sensible solution &ndash; after all, there&rsquo;s no need for the display to be on if you&rsquo;re not looking at it &ndash; but in practice the Gear 2&rsquo;s sensors are far from perfect.</p> <p>Seven times out of ten we were forced to press the home button to manually turn on the screen to check the time, which is a massive pain, especially when one hand isn&rsquo;t free.</p> <p>It can be very frustrating, and we&rsquo;ve received many an odd stare while frantically shaking our wrists in a desperate attempt to wake the screen from its slumber.</p> <p>This is something that could be easily remedied by a sensitivity update, and we&rsquo;d quite like to see an option for the Gear 2 to learn your individual wrist glance motions to avoid frustration in future. Here&#39;s hoping.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The screen is supposed to wake when you move your wrist, but it&#039;s pretty patchy" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-front-1.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s going it alone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we get into what the Gear 2 can actually do, we should point out that Samsung has kicked Android to the curb in favour of its own Tizen-based operating system.</p> <p>Perhaps one day we&rsquo;ll look back on this as the start of the Samsung break away from Google to make its own claim for the mobile OS throne. Or perhaps not, but for now we&rsquo;re happy to report that Samsung&rsquo;s OS is actually a massive improvement over that of the original Gear.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s far slicker to use and much faster without any hiccups or lag, which can also be attributed to the slightly faster 1GHz processor gracing its insides.</p> <p>Thanks to the home button, navigation is simpler this time around. Swiping left and right takes you through the app screens, while swiping down takes you back a screen. You can reshuffle the icons by holding them down for a few seconds and dragging them, as you would on a smartphone.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/mqQRzPpjc2/embed/" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The majority of the Gear 2&rsquo;s settings are taken care of by Samsung&rsquo;s Gear Manager app, which lets you cycle through the different clock face styles and lets you select custom wallpapers.</p> <p>You can keep things simple with a standard digital clock face, or chuck in weather and pedometer widgets if you want more than just the time at a glance.</p> <p>The Gear 2 is more than just a fancy techy timepiece, though...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The majority of the Gear 2’s settings are taken care of by Samsung’s Gear Manager app" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-app.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications and messaging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Notifications are the bread and butter of the smartwatch spread, and the Gear 2 handles them very well.</p> <p>While the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">original Gear</a> suffered from delays, the Gear 2 pushes new emails and text messages to your wrist instantly.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s incredibly useful and a great way to filter junk emails and unimportant messages - doing so while walking down the high street in the morning without ever having to slip your phone from your pocket is an immense, geeky pleasure.</p> <p>Obviously the Gear 2&rsquo;s screen is too small to actually reply to messages with an on-screen keyboard, so you have the option to open up the message on your connected device.&nbsp;You can also choose from a pre-set list of replies, or attempt to craft a reply using S Voice, although you should be prepared for a fair amount of unintentionally dodgy word substitutions and misspelling if you go with the latter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2 does notifications well" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-notifications.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1080" height="1920" title="Voice recognition could do with a bit of work" alt="Samsung Gear 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-messaging.jpg?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t be a Dick (Tracy) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>S Voice is far more useful for commands such as &lsquo;call home&rsquo;, but unless you want to look like a sci-fi weirdo who talks to his watch that&rsquo;s best done only when you&rsquo;ve got mic-enabled headphones in.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t even want to bark voice commands at the Gear 2 then you can manually dial numbers or scroll through a list of contacts instead.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll probably use the keypad more than the voice control" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Phone.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 1.63&rdquo; Super AMOLED (320 x 320)</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g;</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong> 1.0GHz dual-core processor</p> <p><strong>Memory: </strong>512MB + 4GB storage</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> 300mAh internal; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth 4.0, IR</p> <p><strong>Water resistance: </strong>Rated IP67 (one meter for 30 minutes)</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong> 2MP, 720p 30fps video&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OS: </strong>Tizen-based OS</p> <p><strong>Sensors:</strong> Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate</p> <p><strong>Colours: </strong>Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Play that funky music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition to controlling music playback on your connected device, the Gear 2 can store tracks locally, thanks to 4GB of on-board storage.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need the charging cradle to connect the Gear 2 to a PC via its USB port, but once that&rsquo;s done it&rsquo;s as easy as dragging and dropping without having to install any proprietary software. Nicely done.</p> <p>Its built-in speakers are actually surprisingly decent for a watch, but unless you want to be <em>that guy</em> on the train, you&rsquo;ll definitely want to opt for Bluetooth headphones instead.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a very welcome feature and it&rsquo;ll come in very handy for listening to music while you&rsquo;re out for a run and can&rsquo;t be bothered to cart around your hulking great phone.</p> <p>Speaking of which...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s built-in storage for your music" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Music.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Health tracking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung is no stranger to the fitness tracking bandwagon, and as with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, the Gear 2 has a heart rate sensor on its rear.</p> <p>Apart from checking how nervous are, recording your heart rate can be a useful addition to your training arsenal as it can help you see whether or not you need to increase or decrease your effort levels.</p> <p>You can choose to automatically track your heart rate while logging your runs, walks and cycles in the built-in exercise app, or you can use the dedicated heart rate app to check it manually.</p> <p>The good news is that when it works it produces very accurate results. The bad news is that it doesn&rsquo;t always work. Too often we found ourselves having to adjust the position of the Gear 2 slightly and take multiple measurements.</p> <p>We&#39;d recommend strapping the Gear 2 a little tighter to your wrist before logging a workout to ensure that it has sufficient contact with your skin to measure your heart rate.</p> <p>The Gear 2 also doubles up as a pedometer and it works as well as any wrist-based step tracker we&#39;ve used. But as is the case with its peers, it&#39;s not perfect. We got into our car with zero steps on the clock and after a 15-minute drive, the Gear 2 registered 17 steps.</p> <p>Of course wrist movements and false steps plague all fitness bands, and in the grand scheme of things, a few hundred false step counts aren&rsquo;t going to make much difference in the ten thousand or so we all take each day.</p> <p>The Gear 2 naturally integrates all of this exercise, step and heart rate data into Samsung&#39;s own S Health app, which lets you analyse your stats in addition to logging calories on your connected device.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Keep calm and keep training" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-App.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not going to count many steps lying down like that" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Pedometer.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An acceptable camera, if you really need it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2&#39;s camera won&#39;t be a priority for most users and we didn&#39;t find much use for it beyond impressing and/or repelling various people at the pub.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;ve forked out the extra cash over the camera-less <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a> then you probably won&#39;t be disappointed - yes, it&#39;s only 2MP. No, it doesn&#39;t have a flash. But it&#39;s a camera that&#39;s built into a watch, and its perfectly acceptable for what it is.</p> <p>You can shoot pictures in the Gear 2&#39;s native square aspect ratio or opt for more traditional 16:9 or 4:3 shots if you prefer.</p> <p>Photos are naturally not the sharpest and they&rsquo;re next to useless in dim light, but well-lit shots are perfectly acceptable for the likes of Facebook.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="500" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13766601825/in/set-72157643768229995/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The Gear 2&#39;s camera should ideally be used for spontaneous shots as it&#39;s quicker to fire up than whipping out your phone. A 2MP photo of a subject worth shooting is better than no photo at all, after all.</p> <p>720p video recording is also present and it could come in quite handy for espionage situations such as recording the number plate of that car that just knocked you off your bike. Or, you know, your cat drinking from the tap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera isn&#039;t special. Well, apart from the fact that it&#039;s on a flaming watch!" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Camera.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Casio throwback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fun doesn&#39;t stop at cameras and hear rate sensors, though. The Gear 2 has gone all 90s with a built in IR blaster that lets you control TVs and set-top boxes with an in-built remote app.</p> <p>Setup is as easy as choosing the brand of TV and firing out some test commands. The range isn&#39;t as impressive as a dedicated remote, but you should still be able to haunt a few pub tellies with it.</p> <p>We rarely found a use for it beyond impressing our circle of techhead friends, but if your dad&#39;s fallen asleep with the remote in his hands and Newsnight&#39;s on then it could be a life saver.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Is this the coolest universal remote ever?" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-TV-Remote.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliant Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next to looks, battery life is the most important thing for most smartwatch users. We&#39;ve got enough tech to charge everyday without throwing another device onto the pile, and a smartwatch that needs charging daily is simply not good enough.</p> <p>Despite having a slightly smaller battery than the original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Gear</a>, we&#39;re happy to report that battery life on the Gear 2 is excellent and beats the original&rsquo;s by miles.</p> <p>We haven&#39;t had to charge it once since we received it. At the time of writing, it&#39;s on 36% and it&#39;s been connected to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> for a solid 36 hours and counting. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>That&#39;s around three days of use if you baby the battery and two and a half to two days of fairly heavy use, and the constant connection didn&#39;t seem to affect the Note 3&#39;s battery levels at all.</p> <p>While its still not up there with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&rsquo;s</a> endurance, we&#39;d pick three days and a higher resolution colour screen any day.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2&#039;s battery is good for about three days" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Battery.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spot the apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One area in which the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> does trounce the Gear 2 in is apps. One of our original complaints with the first Galaxy Gear device was its lack of apps, and the Gear 2 has even fewer.</p> <p>Naturally any new operating system faces this problem and we expect app numbers to rise once the Gear 2 has been out for some time, but it&#39;s still disappointing for those early buyers.</p> <p>There&#39;s a smattering of software and watchfaces currently available from the Samsung store, hardly any of which are worth actually downloading.</p> <p>Having said that, we recommend checking out <a href="http://www.mobilesrepublic.com/appygeek-en/" target="_blank">Appy Geek</a> if you do happen to pick up a Gear 2. It&#39;s a tech-focused news reader that pushes entire stories straight to the Gear 2.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There just aren&#039;t enough apps for the Gear 2 yet" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-smartwatch-apps.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Readers are surprisingly easy to, umm, read on the Gear 2" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-smartwatch-2.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 is an improvement over its predecessor in every single way. It&#39;s better built, faster, more useful, and has surprisingly good battery life to boot, which is why it&#39;s earned an extra star. There&#39;s functionality here that you will get use out of every day.</p> <p>But it&#39;s not without its faults. The auto screen-on sensitivity needs tweaking, the app store is lacking, and it only works with select Samsung devices. And it&rsquo;s &pound;250.</p> <p>And then of course, there&#39;s the looming shadow of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>. Google-powered smartwatches like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>&nbsp;look stunning, and they promise to offer more functionality than the Gear 2 - or any other current smartwatch for that matter.</p> <p>Promising contextually useful information powered by Google Now (not to mention turn-by-turn navigation),&nbsp;Android Wear&nbsp;smartwatches look set to bring powers to your wrist that could prove truly useful.</p> <p>Buying a smartwatch like the Gear 2 now, just before the storm hits, echoes a time when people prematurely bought HD-ready TVs just before 1080p became widespread. Our advice? Wait just a little while longer to avoid buyer&#39;s remorse later on.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;re a die-hard Samsung fan who wants the excellent screen and notification features of the Gear 2 <em>right now</em>, you won&#39;t be disappointed. We recommend taking a peek at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a>&nbsp;&ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t have a camera and it&rsquo;s slathered in plastic, but it&#39;s substantially cheaper at &pound;180.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Neo review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">the 10 Best Wearable Gadgets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-10.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2 Neo (right) - plastic build and lacks a camera, but a better option for most" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An improvement in every way, the Gear 2 is an impressive smartwatch that&#39;s sadly still shackled to Samsung&#39;s ecosystem</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gear 2 Gear 2 Neo Health and fitness Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:35:06 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433304 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the stunning LG G Watch and Moto 360, the first Google Android Wear smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 08/04/14: LG G Watch will undercut the Samsung Gear 2&#039;s price when it lands by the end of July </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" alt="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-main.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has, out of the blue, announced Android Wear - a version of Android designed specifically for watches. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/easily-best-looking-smartwatch-weve-ever-seen-shame-it-isnt-real/news">With no similarly impressive-looking iWatch</a> on the horizon, Apple must be kicking itself.</p> <p>Both LG and Motorola have revealed smartwatches that will be running Android Wear, and the LG will be the first Google watch to hit shelves when it lands sometime between April and June this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The core functionality of Android Wear smartwatches is based on search and contextual awareness.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with Google Glass, saying &quot;OK Google&quot; will initiate a search, which you can then use to look up information, open apps or even send messages - it&#39;ll transcribe your voice. Frankly, it looks stunning.</p> <p>Other scenarios imagined in the promo videos include functionality we&#39;re familiar with from the Google Now app, such as reminders of your meetings, navigation info for how to get there and real-time feedback on your arrival time. The context awareness will also extend to flashing up QR code tickets when you&#39;re at the airport or cinema and warnig you if there are jellyfish in the sea when you&#39;re jogging down the beach to catch some waves.</p> <p>Naturally, Google watches will have wellness in mind too, with exercise tracking and reminders being a part of the device&#39;s repertoire.</p> <p>Android Wear devices will also let you fire up a music playlist on your smartphone or tablet, as well as cast a film to your TV. Yes, that is cool.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-ui.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-bike.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not yet clear how the devices will operate, but Google has created a beta SDK for developers so that existing apps can send notifications to Google watches powered by Android Wear. On the developer video, Android&#39;s Director of Engineering David Singleton says the preview SDK &quot;will allow you to extend your Android applications still running on phones and tablets to provide ricer experiences for the new form factor,&quot; which suggests that rather than doing all the hard graft themselves, Android Wear watches are mirrors for the Android phones and tablets with which they&#39;re paired. That&#39;s good news for battery life, a constant issue for wearables - particularly those with nice, big colour screens.</p> <p>The first Android Wear devices are the square LG G Watch and circular Motorola Moto 360, but we can expect to see many more Android Wear-powered watches over the coming months: other partners include Asus, HTC, Fossil and Samsung, who clearly haven&#39;t written off Android as a smartwatch platform just yet, despite dropping it in favour of Tizen for its follow-up Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear Neo devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 preview</a></strong></p> <p>Indeed, Singleton says &quot;We&#39;re working with consumer electronics manufacturers, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.&quot; Sounds like there will be an interesting variety on offer.</p> <p>For now, let&#39;s take a closer look at what LG and Motorola have prepared.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0xQ3y902DEQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="808" title="Android Wear sports notifications" alt="Android Wear sports notifications" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-sports_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch - square and business-like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s G Watch opts for a Sony Smartwatch 2-esque square design, but most of the finer details are still under wraps. It&#39;ll be &#39;compatible with a range of Android smartphones&#39;, and like all G Wear devices will be voice-activated: say &#39;OK Google&#39; and it&#39;ll spring into action just as the Motorola Moto X smartphone does. The G Watch appears to take other design cues from its maker&#39;s past Google-branded efforts: there&#39;s more than a hint of Nexus 4 in its finish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-4/review">Google Nexus 4 review</a></strong></p> <p>Other details: the LG G Watch will &#39;present a low barrier of entry for developers and offer the best experience for users&#39;, reads the PR. This suggests it should rely on standard developer tools and, hopefully, won&#39;t cost too much - two key elements to getting the whole wearable trend off the ground and on people&#39;s wrists. It&#39;ll be out in Q2 2014.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/128341-lg-g-watch-release-date-by-july-and-less-than-180-in-the-uk-hands-on-pictures" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a> has confirmed that the LG G watch will land before the end of July for less than &pound;180. Whether or not that translates to &pound;179.99 remains to be seen, but either way it&#39;s going to look tempting next to the Samsung Gear 2 which is expected to arrive with a noticeably larger price tag.</p> <p>The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are only a tenner more at &pound;190, and we&#39;ll have to wait and see what goodies the LG G watch is packing before we can truly compare which choice offers more bang for your buck. Stay tuned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" alt="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_1.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360: circular and sexy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much detail about Motorola&#39;s 360 aside from a picture showcasing a rather gorgeous circular screen and what appears to be a sensor on the back - could this be a fitness and wellness tracker that captures heart rate data in addition to providing notifications, navigation and search? That would seem sensible to us.</p> <p>Moto&#39;s dabbled in circular screens before - remember the beautiful Aura feature phone? - so although it looks like a concept device, the 360 is entirely plausible in its design. According to the site, it&#39;ll be available in summer 2014&hellip; and frankly, it looks stunning. We could actually see ourselves wearing this, just as we could Gabor Bologh&#39;s beautiful smartwatch concept. Still - who needs fantasy now?</p> <p>We&#39;ll have more on both watches and on Android Wear as details emerge, as we&#39;re as excited to see what&#39;s next as you are. Stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update 20/03/14:</strong>&nbsp;Moto has dripped out a little more information on the Moto 360. For starters, it&#39;s confirmed that there&#39;s no charging port or pin, which gives the watch a clean, natural look. It&#39;s keeping mum on the details, but we&#39;re assuming the 360&#39;s battery supports wireless charging.</p> <p>Speaking of which, while the exact battery life hasn&#39;t been shared, Motorola stressed that it&#39;s aware of the importance that consumers place on battery life and that battery life was one of the most important priorities when designing the 360. Sounds promising.</p> <p>Pricing and availability remain a mystery, but Motorola has confirmed that the 360 will launch globally on the summer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">The 8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="769" height="577" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="769" height="577" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-back.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="590" height="442" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-aura.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news#comments Android Google Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:38:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433895 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/watch-out-william-samsung-has-smartwatch-makes-calls-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Gear Solo” trademark application points to a wearable that has no need of buddying up to your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too" alt="Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-range.jpg?1397006777" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am might be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">plotting</a> to bring the first call-making, non-smartphone-needing smartwatch to the world &ndash; but Samsung looks to be hot on his heels.</p> <p>According to Patently Apple, the company has applied to trademark the term &ldquo;Gear Solo&rdquo; in its native South Korea, with a view to bringing a SIM-toting smartwatch to market. &ldquo;Solo&rdquo;, of course, refers to the fact that the smartwatch, unlike current models like the Pebble, Sony Smartwatch and Samsung&rsquo;s own Galaxy Gear range, can connect to a mobile data network on its own. Existing smartwatches have to do so via a smartphone.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t get too excited just yet &ndash; or too fixed on the Gear Solo name. The report suggests that Samsung executives are still mulling over the branding (in other words, the name could change) and that, at first at least, the standalone, call-making smartwatch will be released only in South Korea.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/04/samsung-reportedly-preparing-new-standalone-smartwatch-1.html">Patently Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Geek accessories Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:10:34 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435050 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The webOS that never was, and Will.i.am’s big smartwatch revealed! http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget yer venti latte – our tech news round-up is the best way to kickstart your day </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="Fully Charged: The webOS that never was, and Will.i.am’s big smartwatch revealed!" alt="Fully Charged: The webOS that never was, and Will.i.am’s big smartwatch revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/will-i-am-smartwatch.jpg?1397007247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mochi: how webOS would have looked </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>Palm&rsquo;s webOS mobile operating system was a sad, sad failure &ndash; despite being innovative and quite lovely, it never took off, was routed by iOS and Android, and now has to suffer the ignominy of being no more than a platform for LG&rsquo;s smart TVs (no offence, LG). But the team behind it has this week released the code and concepts for Mochi, the latest version of the OS, to the community for further work.</p> <p>Basically, anybody who feels like poking around in or tweaking Mochi can do so. And it&rsquo;s an interesting piece of design, boasting a &ldquo;flat&rdquo; look long before Apple and Android adopted it. Worth a look if you&rsquo;re a smartphone obsessive, even if only to lament what might have been.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://github.com/enyojs/mochi/wiki/Mochi-Designs">Github</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/5/5585216/team-behind-webos-releases-mochi-redesign-open-source">The Verge</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="webOS Mochi" alt="webOS Mochi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/webos-mochi.jpg?1397007247" /> </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"> Will.i.am may have invented a smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not content with inflicting a hideous camera case add-on for the iPhone upon the world, Black Eyed Peas frontman and celebrity tech evangelist Will.i.am has leapt aboard the wearables wagon. Over the weekend, Will chose to reveal an (as-yet-unnamed) smartwatch on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, saying it can make calls without a smartphone, runs Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and will play music through a pair of Bluetooth headphones. It looks big, mind you. Or perhaps Will.i.am just has small wrists.</p> <p>The star said that the device would be revealed in more detail soon, but it&rsquo;s the calling aspect that might set it aside from the pack &ndash; most wearables are merely companion devices that require a paired smartphone to get online. Could it really be Will.i.am that delivers the first true watchphone of the 21st century? Stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/04/will-i-am-smartwatch-video/">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-most-ridiculous-celebrity-tech-endorsements/news">5 of the most ridiculous celebrity tech endorsements</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rj7IfmUbF0M" 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-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"> A first look at The Expendables 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>
The first two <em>Expendables</em> movies were shameless, stupid 1980s-style fun &ndash; and now Stallone, Statham and co are coming back with the third (and apparently final) instalment in the series. Check out the first official trailer, which reveals nothing of the plot (hey, remember the amazing plots of the first two? Us neither) but gives us a glimpse of a clutch of new/aging stars including Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson.</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/5bPJrbzjLls" 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-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"> Wreck-It Ralph seems set for a sequel </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>Speaking of sequels, it seems that Disney&rsquo;s animated video game-themed movie <em>Wreck-It Ralph</em> may well be getting one. Disney&rsquo;s animated films rarely get sequels, but composer Henry Jackman (who worked on the first movie) told Collider that he believed <em>Wreck-It Ralph 2</em> was &ldquo;officially on the cards&rdquo; and that he was aware that a story was being worked on. The first movie was a huge box office success &ndash; as well as being really quite lovely &ndash; so this shouldn&rsquo;t come as a huge surprise, but it&rsquo;s good to know that there&rsquo;s a soft spot for geek culture even within the most mainstream of movie studios.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://collider.com/henry-jackman-captain-america-winter-soldier-interview/#1ICQrfTzBmsfUPOy.99">Collider</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wreck-It Ralph seems set for a sequel" alt="Wreck-It Ralph seems set for a sequel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wreck-it-ralph.jpg?1397007247" /> </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> Film and TV Smartphones Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:35:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434993 at http://www.stuff.tv Wearables Week: Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky: “We know our smart technology is the best” http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-ceo-eric-migicovsky-we-know-our-smart-technology-best/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We chat Pebble apps, fashionable tech and Android Wear with the man who plans to win the smartwatch war </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="Eric Migicovsky with the original Pebble" alt="Eric Migicovsky with the original Pebble" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Eric%20head%20shot1200.jpg?1396754278" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;re Eric Migicovsky. You rip the screen off a Nokia 3310 and with the help of duct tape and Arduino build yourself a prototype smartwatch for cycling.</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble Vs Android Wear </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>Google has joined forces with LG and Motorola for the first two Android Wear devices, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">G Watch and Moto 360</a>, with future devices coming from HTC, Asus, Fossil and Samsung. It&rsquo;s a strong start.&nbsp;</p> <p>The big question for Pebble&rsquo;s founder and CEO then, is this: is he going to beat Google&rsquo;s wearable platform or join it?</p> <p>&ldquo;Will we be building an Android Wear device? From what we&rsquo;ve read about Android Wear and from talking to people, it looks like you have to run Android on the watch, that&rsquo;s one of the requirements. And we do not run Android on Pebble. At the moment I can only say that we&rsquo;re building our own OS and constantly evaluating the possibilities. Increased awareness in the broader developer community is going to be excellent for us.&quot;</p> <p>Pebble might be sticking with its own platform, but did Google approach the makers of the smartwatch to bring them into the Android Wear fold?</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t comment on that,&rdquo; says Migicovsky. &ldquo;Our initial inclination is that the vision and the direction that we put down is the one we&rsquo;ll be following. Pebble has the ability to be used on both iOS and Android, which is very important. It has the simplicity factor which lends itself very well to people picking it up and starting to use it. What&rsquo;s especially cool is that you&rsquo;re using it for some of the key things like music control or notifications &ndash;&nbsp;and after that, you start discovering all these other cool things Pebble can do.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Pebble line up: Steel and the original plastic Pebble " alt="The Pebble line up: Steel and the original plastic Pebble " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-and-original-slant.png?1396754278" /> </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="LG&#039;s G Watch running Android Wear " alt="LG&#039;s G Watch running Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_1_0.jpg?1396754278" /> </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="769" height="577" title="The round Moto 360 smartwatch looks stunning " alt="The round Moto 360 smartwatch looks stunning " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front_0.jpg?1396754278" /> </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"> Building a watch as gorgeous as the concepts </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 internet agrees that Pebble Steel is the most watch-like smartwatch ever and the first many people would consider actually wearing. But it&rsquo;s not heart-stoppingly beautiful - this is still a US$230 device with some rough edges and a small-ish screen for the watch size.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;As a small company you can only really invest in one design,&rdquo; says Migicovsky. &ldquo;So we built one and we&rsquo;re really glad it took off. You can recognise a Pebble. It makes it really easy for me to know who to go up and talk to.&nbsp;More importantly you can change the watchface to change the look and feel of the watch when it&rsquo;s on.&quot;</p> <p>Would he consider partnering with fashion brands or watch makers? &quot;It&#39;s a possibility, definitely. We recognise that there&rsquo;s this infinite assortment of individual tastes and preferences and we can&rsquo;t fill them all. We know our smart technology is the best and we want to give more people access to it. So we&rsquo;ll make decisions like that to get us in front of more and more people.&nbsp;If someone wants to glue diamonds to it, I can guarantee someone could sell it. We are probably not going to be the ones to do that.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re working on all fronts to fulfil the vision of an all-screen watchface, it&rsquo;s something we&rsquo;re always pressing. There&rsquo;s a lot of things we need: screen technology, battery life technology, assembly technology.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel with the Aviator watchface " alt="Pebble Steel with the Aviator watchface " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-metal-on-arm-1.jpg?1396754278" /> </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 original $10 million smartwatch " alt="The original $10 million smartwatch " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-smartwatch-main-1-1.jpg?1396754278" /> </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="907" height="680" title="Just a concept sadly - by Hungarian designer Gabor Balogh " alt="Just a concept sadly - by Hungarian designer Gabor Balogh " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartwatch-concept1.jpg?1396754278" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What are smartwatches for? </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 smartwatches are actually for is still up in the air. But what&rsquo;s clear is that Pebble is headed in a very different direction to Samsung&#39;s wrist-computer approach.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our position is that we need to build good hardware that meshes into people&rsquo;s lives and provides them with little moments of awesomeness throughout the week,&quot; says&nbsp;Migicovsky. &quot;That vision doesn&rsquo;t really require us to add everything including the kitchen sink into our product. The cool thing is that we have a Bluetooth low energy radio that right now is talking to the phone but in the near future will be able to talk to other devices as well. A Bluetooth heart-rate monitor or your bicycle power meter or a little external GPS.&quot;</p> <p>The other elephant in the wearable tech room, of course, is Google Glass.&nbsp;Migicovsky&#39;s not fazed by the smart specs, though. &quot;I&rsquo;ve tried voice control with Google Glass. But I think the technology&rsquo;s got a little way to grow. Not even in terms of it working perfectly but the experience has to be there - how does it help me on a daily basis?&rdquo;</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="Hello early Pebble prototype " alt="Hello early Pebble prototype " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/early-Pebble-prototype.png?1396754278" /> </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"> The future of Pebble is apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Maybe Pebble will &lsquo;surprise&rsquo; us with a third smartwatch at CES 2015, but Migicovsky wants to talk about the bigger picture.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our business right now is selling smartwatches but our heart and our vision is building a wearable platform that will survive. We&rsquo;re one of the only companies in the world working on a true platform and operating system that&rsquo;s custom designed for wearables from the ground up. I&rsquo;m looking forward to seeing how we can grow that in the next year, two years and five years all the way to the point where our computers are embedded in our skulls.</p> <p>&quot;The focus is on the platform. How do we encourage and incentivise developers to build on top of Pebble? How do we monitor how people are using it and use that in our marketing? There&rsquo;s thousands of these apps [2300 to be exact] so which ones cause people to become enamoured with Pebble?&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>Pebble&rsquo;s most popular apps are the Modern watchface, an analogue face which shows the date and weather, and Smartwatch+, a bundle of weather, Find my Phone, Bitcoin and stocks info for iOS. The official app store is just three months old but it has bags of potential.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of the apps I was dreaming about have already been made,&quot; he notes. &quot;There&rsquo;s an app for Pebble that tells you where the nearest City Bike is in San Francisco called Share a Bike. It just makes sense, that&rsquo;s what I want to see on my wrist.&nbsp;We&rsquo;re going to be an active player in the smart home space. We have some Hue lightbulbs in the office, it&rsquo;s fun to see people play around with those. I have Nest at home so I can change the temperature from my desk. It&rsquo;s interesting when you&rsquo;re outside the home too, being able to check what&rsquo;s going on.</p> <p>&quot;I view Pebble as somewhat of a niche product. But it&rsquo;s a mass niche product. Someone may use Pebble because there&rsquo;s a great app in beta called <a href="http://www.swimiomotion.com/" target="_blank">SwimIO</a> that classifies which stroke you&rsquo;re doing and counts the number of strokes and laps without a phone, on the watch itself. Pebble is not a swim watch, it&rsquo;s a smartwatch that runs a swim watch app. For someone who swims, it&rsquo;s immensely useful. For someone who loves notifications, it&rsquo;s immensely useful. That&rsquo;s why the platform is going to take off.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> <p>&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="SwimIO app for Pebble " alt="SwimIO app for Pebble " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-pool.jpg?1396754278" /> </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="Changing Philips Hue lightbulbs with Huebble " alt="Changing Philips Hue lightbulbs with Huebble " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-huebble_0.JPG?1396754278" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble&#039;s app store on iOS " alt="Pebble&#039;s app store on iOS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-app-store-1.JPG?1396754278" /> </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/pebble-ceo-eric-migicovsky-we-know-our-smart-technology-best/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-ceo-eric-migicovsky-we-know-our-smart-technology-best/feature#comments Pebble Wearable tech Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:07:27 +0000 Sophie Charara 1434847 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 Jawbone UP24 http://www.stuff.tv/jawbone/jawbone-up24/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to be fitter? Need to sleep better? Sure you do. Jawbone&#039;s clever UP24 wristband - now with Bluetooth - can help </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="Jawbone UP24 review" alt="Jawbone UP24 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Jawbone_UP24_18.jpg?1396753776" /> </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/shane-richmond" title="View user profile.">Shane Richmond</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moderate exercise and a decent night&#39;s sleep are the foundation of good health, and yet they&#39;re all too easily neglected.</p> <p>The Jawbone UP24 can fix that, first by tracking your sleep patterns and the steps you take and then by nudging you into doing a little better. That might involve challenging you to beat your steps goal by 20% or just vibrating to tell you that you&#39;ve been lazing in your chair for too long. It&#39;s simple, but it really works.</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"> £125.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Added Bluetooth means hassle-free syncing </div> <div class="field-item even"> The app introduces challenges and streaks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Unobtrusive and stylish </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"> Little value for cyclists and swimmers </div> <div class="field-item even"> App needs to offer more realtime recommendations </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy-to-lose dongle required for charging </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"> Wireless wrist action </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>Like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/jawbone/review" target="_blank">its predecessor</a>, the UP24 is a slim, subtle wristband. In fact, the only way to tell the two versions apart is the patterns on the outside: UP24 has calm, smooth lines while the original UP has hyperactive zigzags.</p> <p>What separates them technologically is UP24&#39;s Bluetooth, meaning that, instead of plugging the band into your phone&#39;s headphone jack to check your progress, the UP24 will update wirelessly and automaically througout the day. It still needs to be plugged into its USB adaptor for charging but that isn&#39;t too troublesome (as long as you don&#39;t lose the bespoke dongle), although battery life is now seven days rather than 10.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/jawbone/review" target="_blank">the original Jawbone UP review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smooth lines replace the old UP&#039;s hyperactive zigzags" alt="Jawbone UP24 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jawbone_UP24_02.jpg?1396753776" /> </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="You still need the dingle for charging - don&#039;t lose it!" alt="Jawbone UP24 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jawbone_UP24_12.jpg?1396753776" /> </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"> Set goals, stick to goals </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>Background updating means you can do more with UP&#39;s nifty app, such as telling it to alert you to certain milestones with a vibration or a phone notification. You might want a pat on the back for hitting your target or a 4pm nudge when you&#39;re nowhere near it. Quick, break out the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9RDoetuw6A" target="_blank">treadmill desk</a>!</p> <p>UP24s vibrating alerts are useful for other things too, such as using smart alarms to wake you in the morning when you&#39;re in a light sleep and so feel less sluggish.</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="&quot;Bedtime Success&quot; sounds like something that would get caught in Stuff&#039;s spam filter." alt="Jawbone UP24" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jawbone_UP24_16.jpg?1396753776" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better connected </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 app has other new features - also available on the &pound;100 basic Up band - such as sleep and activity-based challenges, streaks and milestones that encourage you to keep hitting your targets and more &#39;insights&#39; - factoids that give advice, such as the ideal room temperature for a good night&#39;s kip.</p> <p>And Jawbone has continued to expand the range of services with which it can connect. Want to connect your wristband to your Philips Hue lighting system? No problem: lights that come on when you wake up are yours at last.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stufftv-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-home-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2013 - Philips Hue</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Who knew sleep was so important?" alt="Jawbone UP24" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jawbone_UP24_17.jpg?1396753776" /> </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"> Testing the limits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are still limitations. If you get most of your exercise through cycling or swimming, for example, then the UP24 will think you&#39;re a sloth.</p> <p>It lacks a screen too, so if you want an activity band that&#39;s also a watch, you&#39;ll need to look elsewhere. And although the service is getting smarter, it still can&#39;t offer the precise realtime recommendations. UP24 can tell you that you didn&#39;t get much deep sleep last night, for example, but it doesn&#39;t know why and it doesn&#39;t tell you what to do today based on that information.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio hands-on - the triathlete&#39;s sportswatch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Black and blue and red all over" alt="Jawbone UP24 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jawbone_UP24_19.jpg?1396753776" /> </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"> Jawbone UP24 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>Jawbone&#39;s UP was already great but the Bluetooth capability makes the UP24 a much better device. Taking the hassle out of syncing means tasks such as setting alarms are much easier and it&#39;s all the more tempting to check-in with the app more regularly.</p> <p>If the &pound;25 price difference is a stretch then the UP will do fine, but UP24 is more than worth the extra cash.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Wearable Gadgets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The UP24 is worth the extra £25 over the original UP" alt="Jawbone UP24 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jawbone_UP24_06.jpg?1396753776" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A stylish fitness band and a smart app, both made super-convenient by the addition of Bluetooth</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/jawbone/jawbone-up24/review#comments Health and fitness Jawbone UP24 Wearable tech Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:11:26 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434856 at http://www.stuff.tv