wearable reviews

Fossil Hybrid HR review: Not quite the next Pebble, but a good start (Updated)

Fossil Hybrid HR review: Not quite the next Pebble, but a good start (Updated)

Update 1: 2020/01/04 9:26am PST 2 months later Fossil announced its new line of hybrid smartwatches earlier this month, after weeks of rumors. While the company has made hybrid wearables before,
Fossil's fifth-gen smartwatches showcase Wear OS at its best (Update: four months later)

Fossil's fifth-gen smartwatches showcase Wear OS at its best (Update: four months later)

Update 1: 2019/12/16 9:18am PST I've continued to use the Fossil Gen 5 almost daily since I reviewed it a few months ago. In that time, my opinion about it hasn't changed much — it's Google's Wear
Puma Smartwatch review: Last year's rebranded Fossil Sport will have you running for a different watch

Puma Smartwatch review: Last year's rebranded Fossil Sport will have you running for a different watch

When you hear the word ”smartwatch,” the last name that probably comes to mind is PUMA. Despite all other major athletic brands having thrown their weight behind wearable tech — like the Under Armour
Fossil Hybrid HR review: This hybrid smartwatch is off to a rough start

Fossil Hybrid HR review: This hybrid smartwatch is off to a rough start

Fossil announced its new line of hybrid smartwatches earlier this month, after weeks of rumors. While the company has made hybrid wearables before, the e-paper screen makes this iteration much closer
I'm an Android user who tried the Apple Watch for a month — it's now the only smartwatch I'll recommend

I'm an Android user who tried the Apple Watch for a month — it's now the only smartwatch I'll recommend

Smartwatches as a concept are not something I've ever really been able to get into. It turns out that's mostly because they're all pretty terrible — once you've tried an Apple Watch. Two years ago, I
Huawei Watch GT 2 Review: Similar experience, bigger battery

Huawei Watch GT 2 Review: Similar experience, bigger battery

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is a smartwatch that runs the company’s own mobile operating system Lite OS. It does not run Google’s Wear OS, and it’s not exactly like what Samsung has with their smartwatches
Huawei Watch GT 2 Review: Similar experience, bigger battery

Huawei Watch GT 2 Review: Similar experience, bigger battery

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is a smartwatch that runs the company’s own mobile operating system Lite OS. It does not run Google’s Wear OS, and it’s not exactly like what Samsung has with their smartwatches
Galaxy Watch Active2 review: Dancing on the grave of Wear OS

Galaxy Watch Active2 review: Dancing on the grave of Wear OS

There's no denying that Apple makes the best all-around smartwatches, especially if you care about fitness, so Android-compatible watches continue to battle for second place. The most recent entry
Misfit Vapor X review: Great looking smartwatch ruined by older hardware

Misfit Vapor X review: Great looking smartwatch ruined by older hardware

After debuting and focusing on activity trackers, Misfit was bought by Fossil and started expanding its portfolio a few years ago to include smartwatches. Its efforts have been mitigated though, and
Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

When it comes to smartwatches, there’s the Apple Watch and then there’s everything else. Five generations of wearable have seen Cupertino’s timepiece lose most of its rough edges; now, the Apple Watch
Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

When it comes to smartwatches, there’s the Apple Watch and then there’s everything else. Five generations of wearable have seen Cupertino’s timepiece lose most of its rough edges; now, the Apple Watch
Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker

Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker

As a swimmer and a techie, every time a new activity tracker is announced, my first reaction is to skim its official page trying to find if it supports my favorite sport. What follows is an extensive
Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker I have ever tried

Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker I have ever tried

As a swimmer and a techie, every time a new activity tracker is announced, my first reaction is to skim its official page trying to find if it supports my favorite sport. What follows is an extensive
Fossil's fifth-gen smartwatches showcase Wear OS at its best

Fossil's fifth-gen smartwatches showcase Wear OS at its best

Google's Wear OS platform is in a bit of a weird place. The operating system itself is still being periodically updated with new features and improvements, like the Tiles function that was released in
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 review: Cheap and decent activity tracking, but not for swimmers

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 review: Cheap and decent activity tracking, but not for swimmers

In the world of activity trackers, nothing comes close to the Mi Band's value. Cheaper than any Garmin or Fitbit tracker, even the most basic vivofit4 and Inspire, but still packing enough
Aipower Wearbuds review: Halfway to a good product

Aipower Wearbuds review: Halfway to a good product

True wireless Bluetooth earbuds were introduced in 2014 by the likes of the Bragi Dash and later popularized by the Apple Airpods. Since then, we've seen incremental developments like fitness tracking
Embr Wave Review: Personal temperature adjustment potential

Embr Wave Review: Personal temperature adjustment potential

Embr Wave looks like a watch, or an activity monitor – but it’s not. It does not have step tracking, and it won’t give you notifications from your phone. It can connect to an app on your phone, but
Embr Wave Review: Personal temperature adjustment potential

Embr Wave Review: Personal temperature adjustment potential

Embr Wave looks like a watch, or an activity monitor – but it’s not. It does not have step tracking, and it won’t give you notifications from your phone. It can connect to an app on your phone, but
Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active is a great smartwatch, especially for $200

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active is a great smartwatch, especially for $200

Samsung unveiled its latest mainstream smartwatch, the simply-named Galaxy Watch, late last year. It was a decent wearable, but fairly pricey at the time ($300), and it lacked MST support in Samsung
Huawei Watch GT Review: Life After Android

Huawei Watch GT Review: Life After Android

In our Huawei Watch GT Review, we explore the pros and cons of buying a wearable device in a post-WearOS market. It’s time to move beyond the basics in the smartwatch world – or at least that’s what