Wearable Reviews

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: This is the one

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: This is the one

Has there been a learning experience for Apple quite like the Apple Watch? Back when the original model launched in 2015, there was - not unfairly - a sense that Apple itself wasn't quite sure what exactly it should do. Now, as the Apple Watch Series 4 arrives on wrists, it does so not only with a laser focus, but with the compelling hardware to match.

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Withings Steel HR Sport Review: Analog style with a smart heart

Withings Steel HR Sport Review: Analog style with a smart heart

Withings wrote the book on making a fitness wearable that wasn't an ugly hunk of rubber on your wrist: now, it wants the Steel HR Sport to do the same for smartwatches. Freshly returned to original co-founder Eric Carreel after a stint as Nokia Digital Health, this first product under new management argues you don't need to sacrifice classic watch style just to get modern smart features. In an Apple Watch Series 4 age, though, does Withings' nod to the analog past make too many compromises for its future?

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Review: Just Right

Samsung Galaxy Watch Review: Just Right

The Samsung Galaxy Watch follows the tradition of the Galaxy Gear S smartwatch line with a new brand and a new outlook on life. The Galaxy Watch uses the newest version of Tizen to deliver a wrist-bound smart wearable device experience that's both powerful and feels natural. The Galaxy Watch is the first smartwatch I've worn that I've not taken off (and left off forever) immediately after my review. In this watch, Samsung's delivered something special.

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TRIWA x Humanium Metal Hu39 watch Review

TRIWA x Humanium Metal Hu39 watch Review

The Hu39 is a watch made by TRIWA with the melted metals of illegal firearms: Humanium Metal. It's a rare opportunity to behold a piece of hardware in which the materials are more meaningful in their delivery than the product which they create. Here the medium is the message, and the message is that firearms are more valuable (and far less dangerous) to humanity melted-down than they are active. Plus the watch looks real nice, too.

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TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

We may still argue about the usefulness of smartwatches, but few would disagree that a wearable with a flat battery is no use at all. The TicWatch Pro running Wear OS by Google wants to make sure that's not an accusation you can level at it, using a clever twin screen system of stacked panels, one for full functionality, the other for power efficiency. At $249.99 it's fairly affordable, too, but has TicWatch made a smartwatch that's twice as usable or just doubly frustrating?

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Samsung Gear Sport Review

Samsung Gear Sport Review

The smartwatch never had it easy. On the one hand, offer too small a list of skills and people question your value; on the other, do too much and the resulting complexity can overwhelm the wrist. Perhaps the Samsung Gear Sport, therefore, signposts the route through that tricky balance: by focusing resolutely on healthy living, can it also bypass those lingering questions of "why shouldn't I just use my phone?"

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Michael Kors Access Grayson review: Android Wear puts on a pretty face

Michael Kors Access Grayson review: Android Wear puts on a pretty face

I have to be honest: the value of a smartwatch is something that’s always been lost on me. Though novel and even somewhat exciting at first, each and every smartwatch I’ve tried has eventually just found its way to a drawer, destined to be forgotten. Despite the fact that the smartwatch industry seems to be a bit shaky, Michael Kors is back on the scene with its new “Access” line of Android wearables. Perhaps trying a luxury smartwatch can get me to change my mind about smartwatches in general?

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LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LED lights ride the front zipper cover and the rear rump area of the LUMO Herne Hill Harrington jacket. This is the latest in an expanding line of designs from LUMO, a company that makes all manner of activities safer for pedestrians in darkness. This jacket is made for biking - and for that it's certainly made fit. Up front is a line of white LED lights and along around back is a line of red LEDs, the lot of which blink in a variety of patterns when the wearer presses a button hidden within.

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Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

The Michael Kors Access line features to main smartwatch products: Dylan and Bradshaw. Both are available in more than one color and with a variety of straps. The Dylan is the lesser of the two, coming in two "silocone" iterations, one black (the one we have here), and one closer to a true rose gold. The Bradshaw comes in Gold, Rose Gold, and Sable - all of which are "tones" of stainless steel, not actual gold. Michael Kors brand suggests that these watches are what the user should consider "the chicest way to do tech."

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Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

In this review, Signia offered me the Pure primax (Receiver in Canal or RIC) and a custom Insio primax “near” invisible-in-canal (IIC) version (more on this later). I’ve worn both extensively over the past months – long enough to be able to share and recommend the right version for you.

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Plantronics Voyager 5200 Review – A headset for the unpredictable

Plantronics Voyager 5200 Review – A headset for the unpredictable

The Bluetooth headset might not be the first accessory you think of when considering the "extreme" lifestyle, but Plantronics believes you're missing out. Its new Voyager 5200 picks up where the Voyager Legend left off, boosting microphone performance for tough and changeable conditions, and improving ergonomics for all-day use.

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Joule Wearable Caffeine Patches Review : Better Than Coffee

Joule Wearable Caffeine Patches Review : Better Than Coffee

Over the past several weeks I've been testing out Joule, a system of wearable caffeine patches that administer the drug gradually rather than all at once. With coffee or soda I'd have been getting high and getting low within an hour. The sugar crash happens, I'm back below where I was when I started. What the folks making Joule have suggested is a fix. Not just a short burst of energy, but a lengthened distribution of caffeine through my skin.

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