Battery life is one of the qualms that many smartwatch owners face, and that’s because it is hard to fit a large battery in these devices, and so the focus is on maximizing battery efficiency. Continue reading Report: The Apple Watch 2 will have a thinner display and a thicker battery
Around three years ago, real money was to be made in the smartphone market. It seemed that companies could get away with high margins and high volumes, and customers would never catch on to their strategies. Continue reading OnePlus made a smartwatch, and then decided not to release it
The Urbane 2 was poised to be one of the more innovative Android Wear smartwatches, but was recalled within days of hitting shops. LG said that there was some manufacturing defect that was spotted at the last minute, and so the Urbane 2 couldn’t reach consumers.
But now, LG says that it has fixed the defect, which affected the functioning of the device and that it is ready to be shipped, nearly five months after the recall.
The smartwatch would be launching in the US first on AT&T for $199, and would be launched in other regions and with other carriers at a later date.
What do you think?
The battery life of Android Wear wearables (or pretty much any wearable) has been abysmal so far, having a few hours of battery life when they should be lasting days. Continue reading The next Android Wear update will improve battery life
The Moto 360 was the first wearable to really make sense. It looked good, and at first glance, you would be forgiven if you thought it was just a regular watch. Continue reading The original Moto 360 has started getting Marshmallow
Android Wear was launched last year, and even after a year we aren’t seeing the massive influx in sales that it was expected to bring. Plus there are very few Android Wear smartwatches on the market, showing that companies are still wary of dipping into the nascent smartwatch market. Continue reading Android Wear’s latest update clears up the clutter
Smartwatches are inherently tethered devices. They depend on your phones for notifications, Internet and much, much more. But while smartwatches were made for delivering information as quickly as possible, tethering them to a smartphone still limits their usefulness. Continue reading With its latest update, Android Wear smartwatches get access to LTE
Luxury and technology are two very different spheres, and when buying a product, you usually focus on one, and compromise on the other. Buying a cutting-edge product does not mean that you are buying a luxury product, and buying an expensive product does not mean that you are getting the best of what technology has to offer. Continue reading The Tag Heuer Watch: $300 hardware in a $1500 smartwatch
Smartwatches are by and large smartphone-dependent devices. Without smartphones, most aren’t that useful, and some can’t even display the time without a smartphone.
But some manufacturers have been trying to change that by adding more radios into their smartwatches. While the first smartwatches launched with Bluetooth, now it is not uncommon to see WiFi and even GPS on smartwatches. With these new radios, Smartwatches take another step towards not being fully tethered to a smartphone.
LG launched an LTE smartwatch earlier, and also announced the first LTE Android Wear smartwatch this year. Now, AT&T has revealed the price of this smartwatch.
According to AT&T, the G Watch Urbane 2nd generation LTE would cost $300 unlocked, and $199 with a two year contract, which is a concept that is being phased out.
While for most it is difficult to justify the high-prices of these smartwatches, for a select few it is worth it. What do you think? Is LTE on a smartwatch really useful?
Smartwatches are supposed to be second screens of sorts, alerting you of notifications and offering a small snippet before you decide whether it is worth it to pull out your phone. They are not designed to replace smartphones. Continue reading LG announces the first LTE-enabled Android Wear smartwatch