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Our favourite smart watches

19 May 2016
Joseph

Seph

amaysim's tech geek

Whether you’ve already got a smartwatch, are considering your first piece of digital bling or just wondering why the hell you need one – we’re here to help.

There is a huge range of smartwatches available from Apple toSamsung, Sony, Tag Heuer and Pebble – the list goes on. But, which watch is the one for you? We’ve rounded up a few of the best models available to make choosing your new timepiece simple.

Apple Watch

It's set the quality standard, but is it the best?

If you’ve got an iPhone – the Apple watch is the one for you. It’s designed to work for iOS so it’ll work seamlessly with your existing software and apps. It’s got some great features like subtle vibrations when you get a call or notification, mobile payment capability with Apple Pay and over 10,000 watchOS apps. Plus, it’s built well, comes in two sizes, looks good, and is surprisingly comfortable to wear. Overall, the Apple Watch is a solid choice.

Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch

Tag Heuer Connected is the George Clooney of smartwatches, it is ridiculously good looking and expensive. However, with smartwatches it’s not just about looks, it’s what’s inside that counts.

It runs on Android Wear and has got some great features like a powerful Intel dual-core processor, unobtrusive notifications, and a day’s worth of battery life. But, in my opinion, in terms of tech for the price (no heart rate sensor or GPS), it’s a little lagging.

On the bright side, the Tag Heuer Connected is very comfortable to wear, it’s got a slick turning bezel and a face of scratch resistant crystal sapphire glass (fancy!). The hefty price tag is matched by its quite large size, the Tag Heuer watch is bulky. But, if you’re dropping that much cash on it – surely you want people to see it?

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2

I’m loving everything that Samsung is doing lately and their newest smartwatch; the Galaxy Gear S2 is no different.

The round face is super cool and allows for an innovative rotating bezel control. The bezel makes accessing your watch features a breeze and it helps keep the face of the watch clean of fingerprints. Trust me – with a screen this sharp and vibrant you'll want to keep it as clean as possible.

It’s got 4GB of memory, wireless charging, Tizen OS and up to 4 days of battery life. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have as many apps as some of its competitors but it’s the best all-rounder by far. It’s compatible with a range of Android devices. So, if you're a Samsung fan then the Gear S2 will suit you perfectly.

Pebble Time

The Pebble Time watch is well, to put it plainly – it’s got the Dad bod of smartwatches. It’s a little clunky and square but it’s got its own charms.

The Pebble Time is simple and functional and it comes with everything you need. It’s got a huge 7-day battery life, simple timeline feature, 30-meter water resistance and it works with both Android and iOS.

Basically, Pebble Time is an affordable and simple smartwatch that works really well. Plus, it reminds me of a retro my Casio watch – what’s not love?

Moto 360

Say hello to your new wrist candy, the Moto 360. This fine looking (time) piece was one of the first smartwatches to sport a round face and is still one of the best-looking smartwatches around. In fact, it’s a thing of beauty and it’s pretty functional too.

It runs on Android Wear and works with both Android and iOS. The Moto 360 has 4GB of storage, wireless charging and up to two days of battery life. And, it's customisable so you can change the band to suit your style #swag.

The cons? From what I’ve seen the display isn’t the best available and the black bottom spacing, housing the sensors, makes the round display look like a flat tyre which will bother some.

It’s still the perfect fusion between a good old-fashion looking watch and wearable tech.

Sony Smartwatch 3

Once you have the Sony Smartwatch 3, you'll struggle to leave home without it. Its best features would have to be the built-in GPS connectivity and wireless Bluetooth headphone pairing to listen to music (that you can upload to the watch), that means it makes it perfect for running as there is no need to take your smartphone with you!

It's also got built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 4GB of storage and a range of apps available from Android Wear section of the Google Play Store. It’s compatible with Android devices and iPhone devices running iOS 8 and above.

Which smartwatch are you most excited about? I’d love to hear about your favourite, leave a comment in the box below!

Stay awesome,
Seph – amaysim’s tech geek

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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