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The Original Apple Watch Definitely Wasn't Smart

It’s no secret that the original Apple watch was nothing like the connected touchscreen wonder the company revealed last September. In reality, it looked more like something Swatch’s designers sketched on a discarded napkin, and back in 1995 it was actually given away to encourage Mac users to upgrade their operating systems.


The First Watch With A Built-In Speedometer Is Absurdly Wonderful

As smartwatches gain more and more functionality, they’re also gaining popularity. So it’s more important than ever for makers of traditional mechanical watches to pack as many novel features into their creations as they can, like Breva, which has actually found a way to squeeze a pop-up speedometer into its new Génie 03. Say what?


This Cheap 3D-Printed Rolex Would Be Perfect For Spendthrift Giants

There’s no easier way to humblebrag about your success than by wearing a Rolex watch, and that’s probably why the brand is also synonymous with knock-offs and replicas. Why pay tens of thousands of dollars for the real thing when you can get a close facsimile for less than $100? And why even spend that much when you can just get a 3D printer to churn one out?


The Mio ALPHA 2 Heart Rate Watch Adds An Accelerometer And A Backlight

The original Mio ALPHA was the first fitness-tracking wearable to keep tabs on your heart rate using the same technology as the highly-accurate finger-worn pulse oximeters used at hospitals, instead of an awkward and uncomfortable chest strap. And now the company has finally revealed its successor, the Alpha 2, which improves on the original with better software, a built-in accelerometer for measuring pace, speed and distance, and most importantly a backlight.


Garmin's Fēnix 3 Multisport GPS Watch Keeps Its Active Side Secret

With the third version of its popular fēnix adventure watch, Garmin has embraced the notion that when someone is spending half a grand on a timepiece, they probably want to be able to wear it all the time. So the fēnix 3 manages to subdue the rugged styling of the previous two versions even further, leaving a fully-capable training watch that doesn’t necessarily look like one.


Garmin's Slim Vívoactive Bridges Smartwatches And Fitness Trackers

At one time, we all carried separate mobile phones and MP3 players because there just wasn’t a single device that did both well — and then the iPhone arrived. The same problem exists between fitness trackers and smartwatches. Neither does the other one’s job particularly well, but it doesn’t have to be that way. At least according to Garmin, who’s crammed both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker into its slim new vívoactive.


Withings Activité Pop Fitness Tracker: Looks Nice, Right Price

Withings has been making some of the best fitness trackers for a couple years now. So when we first saw the Withings Activité — a lovely analogue watch that was secretly an activity tracker — we were excited. That excitement waned, somewhat, when we found it it costs $US450. Oh but hello, here comes the new Activité Pop, which looks almost as good as the original, but costs one-third the price. Consider us interested.


Polar's A300 Is A Solid Fitness Tracker You Shouldn't Buy

Polar has come a long way since its first fitness tracker, the Polar Loop, launched in 2013. Just months ago the Finnish company released the Polar M400, a lovely and capable GPS running watch with 24/7 fitness tracking capabilities. It was sweet enough to earn a coveted spot on our Best Fitness Trackers list. Today, Polar is announcing the A300. It’s, basically, just the M400, but without the GPS and it’s $US40 cheaper. No sale.


Montblanc's New e-Strap Makes Luxury Watches (a Little) Smarter

Smartwatches may be increasingly popular, but they lack still lack the gravitas of high-end time pieces. Which is why Montblanc is trying to inject a little smart into its own luxury watches.


Rip Curl Surf Watch Review: The Most Advanced Waveproof Wearable Yet

It seems like there are GPS watches to track practically any sports activity, from running and hiking to cycling and swimming. So why have surfers been left out in the cold? Rip Curl aims to fix that with the first watch to track just how much gnar you’re shredding.


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