5 circular smartwatches that made me jump ship from analog
Jul15

5 circular smartwatches that made me jump ship from analog

For the longest time, I had been adamant on staying away from smartwatches, and apparently so did many other people. Not because I’m some sort of neo-luddite who lives under a rock and cowers at the evolving world around me, but because I’m a traditionalist when it comes to accessorizing. I prefer my watches circular and my bands made of leather. It doesn’t even have to be genuine leather, just let me dream a little bit. Smartwatches have been sweeping the globe, and it makes sense why. They have allowed people to organize their day better, monitor their body like never before, and are on the verge of revolutionizing the health industry. So where does that leave the rest of us who refuse to become a social pariah in this ever-changing wearable world? We searched high and low to find smartwatches that have the perfect mix of stylish aficionado and uber tech geek. Here are five smartwatches that will pull you into the 21st century. Vector Luna       Announced earlier this year, the Vector Luna isn’t simply a stylish upgrade within the smartwatch market, but a ticking time bomb. The company is claiming to use a battery with a 30 day lifespan, and if that’s the case, this watch is going to blow the others out of the competition. The Vector Luna sports a stainless steel body in rose gold, black and silver, along with bands in silicon, leather, and metal. The smartwatch does the traditional like email alerts and comes with a pedometer and a calorie counter, but there is so much more. Vector will be releasing an app that allows users to change the interface of the Luna watch, as well as news organizations developing news alerts for the watch. The Luna is expected to sell for around $300 and be released sometime this summer. LG G Watch R LG jumped into the smartwatch market last year when it rolled out its first watch for Android Wear. Last October, the company released the G Watch R, a circular interfaced watch that packs a punch. It comes with a Snapdragon™ 400 processor, has with the latest Android OS, and is even waterproof. LG only has one model, a black metal faceplate and a black leather band. Yes, the trailer for the G Watch R is pretty terrible and sounds like a dubstep album played in reverse. But don’t let it fool you, the watch should be top contender for those folks looking for a watch that bridges circular design and technology. Plus, the price was recently dropped to $249, making it a more affordable choice when shopping for...

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We’re giving away a LG Watch Urbane in exchange for a user review
Jun09

We’re giving away a LG Watch Urbane in exchange for a user review

Maybe you saw our Apple Watch giveaway and wished Android Wear would get an equal amount of love. Well, Google-lovers, today is the day your dreams come true as we’re offering the very same spectacular opportunity to those on that side of the smartwatch fence: We’re giving away one LG Watch Urbane (silver model with black strap) in exchange for a user review. To enter the contest, here’s what you need to know: You must register as a Wearables.com community member to enter this giveaway. The LG Watch Urbane runs on Android Wear, requiring version 4.3 or more recent. We do not provide the smartphone; you’ll need to have one of your own. You must be 18 years or older and have a valid U.S. shipping address. You must be willing to provide honest and accurate feedback, or be willing to forfeit the device. Mark your calendars, because you can only enter to win until June 30. Also helpful in your quest to win is the opportunity to unlock bonus entries by tweeting and visiting liking the Wearables.com Facebook page. Entries are handled by the Rafflecopter widget on the contest page. At Wearables.com, we’re lucky to receive the hottest devices in order to review them internally. But once we do, we really like to give them away to you guys. After all, our aim is to inspire honest dialog and feedback between ourselves, brands, and users. If Android Wear isn’t your thing, hop on over to our Runtastic Orbit...

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The LG Watch Urbane now available in most markets with Android Wear update
May20

The LG Watch Urbane now available in most markets with Android Wear update

The third edition in the LG family, the LG Watch Urbane is now available in most markets, and with its release comes the launch of Android Wear 5.1.1 (download links are now available for other Android Wear smartwatches). The smartwatch runs thanks to a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, while its screen measures to 1.3-inches and includes a 410mAh battery that will last up to two days on a single charge. A round face, dipped in chrome and available in either silver or gold, mimics the appearance of a traditional wristwatch. The latest OS will have WiFi connectivity and allows a smartwatch user to pair his or her phone with more than one wearable at a time. Apps will now stay open on the watch until closed, font size can be adjusted, notifications can be received even while using another app (like directions), and the watch screen can be locked. Along with these new OS capabilities, the Urbane gets two additional features: LG Call and LG Pulse. As described by IBN Live, “The LG Call feature lets you access recent calls and favourite contacts list on the connected smartphone to speed-dial from the watch. The LG Pulse feature is for health monitoring and measures your heart rate every second during exercise with no maximum time limit” The smartwatch starts at $349.00 and is available in the Google...

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New to the Wearables Database: Pebble, Movo and LG products

This week we’ve added to the Wearables.com database a few highly anticipated products and a young company dedicated to affordable activity tracking. Movo Wave The Movo Wave is the first wearable device made for everyone. Available for only $29.99, the Wave seamlessly fits into everyday life, helping people understand their daily activity by tracking steps, distance traveled and calories burned. While combining simplicity and affordability, the Wave offers a sleek design and daily color customization options. See company profile below. Pebble Time Pebble Time is the next generation Pebble smartwatch. It has a color e-paper display with up to 7 days battery life, sports a built-in water resistant microphone, and runs a new time-centric operating system designed to give you immediate access to the most important information you need throughout your day. Pebble Time is available in three colors. It set records on Kickstarter for the most successful crowdfund campaign in history, ending at $20 million. Pebble Time Steel Pebble Time Steel is the premium version of Pebble Time. Designed for busy professionals who need to accomplish more during their day, Pebble Time Steel comes in three stainless steel finishes: silver, black, and gold. Pebble Time offers a full color e-paper display, microphone, and up to 10 days of battery life. Pebble Time Steel launched as part of the Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign, the most successful crowdfunding campaign in history, ending at $20 million. LG Tone Pro The LG Tone Pro is the essential audio solution for life on the go. The Tone Pro features a comfortable around-the-neck design that countours to the body. It features quick access controls to control music, take calls, and can stream via your smartphone. You can connect up to two devices at once, and can have your text messages read to you with Text to Speech features. The Tone Pro features up to 15 hours of talk time or 10 hours of music playback. Movo Company Profile Movo™ provides products that are simple and accessible — designed to free customers from the complexities and high price of current products in the consumer technology market. With an emphasis on lifestyle over fitness, Movo aims to design products that can be easily integrated into daily life. Stay tuned for next week’s...

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