Google’s Wear OS platform hasn’t produced or been involved in anything particularly exciting in a number of years. Part of that is Google’s fault, some of the blame lies with watchmakers, and the rest is probably attributed to Qualcomm. As Google has continued to try and figure out what a good watch OS might be, the companies making the watches that run that OS haven’t done much to keep us interested, thanks in part to Qualcomm’s outdated wearable chipsets that only recently received an upgrade. With the launch of the Montblanc Summit 2, the watch we’re about to review here, all of those issues get addressed. Do they get addressed in a way that will make Wear OS a proper smartwatch platform that we can all get excited about? In some ways, yes. In other ways, well, there are still issues here. Let’s talk about it! This is our Montblanc Summit 2 review. What is the Montblanc Summit 2? The latest Summit device from Montblanc is a $995 Wear … [Read more...] about Montblanc Summit 2 Review: First 3100 Watch Change Anything?
The Misfit Vapor 2, a smartwatch you could buy for a brief moment yesterday, even though it had not yet been announced, has now been announced. Since this has popped up a couple of times already with plenty of details, I’ll try to make this one quick. The Misfit Vapor 2 is the follow-up to the somewhat-disappointing Misfit Vapor. It comes in two sizes: 41mm and 46mm. Both sizes carry the same price of $249.99 to start, but go up to $269.99 if you upgrade the band. They feature 1.2″ (41mm) and 1.4″ (46mm) displays, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, 300 and 330mah batteries, heartrate sensors, standalone GPS, NFC, and 30M water resistance. It also runs on the Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform, which we assumed it would. That’s worth pointing out, because it’s the 2.5 year old chipset from Qualcomm, which was replaced in September by the Wear 3100. I’m actually not sure why we’re still releasing watches running 2100, but this watch did stop off at the FCC … [Read more...] about Misfit Vapor 2 is Now Official in Two Sizes, $250 Price, and Snapdragon Wear 2100
The Misfit Vapor 2 has arrived, although possibly unintentionally early. Thanks to a retailer posting with numerous details and pictures, we’ve now found multiple listings for the watch, an FCC listing, and see a couple of color variants. This looks like a nice upgrade, assuming we’ve got an announcement on the way. The new Misfit Vapor 2 will sport a 46mm case with 20mm watch bands, heartrate monitor, integrated GPS, 5ATM water resistance, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, NFC, and a 1.39″ display with resolution of 454×454. Some models are listed with a 390×390 display resolution, so there is a chance that a second, smaller model will be available too. From listings, it looks like there will be black, rose gold, and silver case options, as well as a variety of bands. Some of the model numbers you’ll find include MIS7100, MIS7101, MIS7104, MIS7200, MIS7201, MIS7202, and MIS7203. This watch is certainly an upgrade over the original Misfit Vapor, which took far … [Read more...] about Misfit Vapor 2 Shows Up at Retailer With Solid Upgrades
A couple of weeks ago, when the Huawei Watch GT first leaked, I pointed out that a similar watch had arrived at the FCC that wasn’t running Wear OS. My gut told me that it was the same watch and that Huawei’s next wearable would skip Android in favor of something custom. Today, Huawei announced the Watch GT and sure enough, it’s not a Wear OS watch. Why should you care about it then? Ummm, I’m not sure you should, unless you want a fitness-focused wearable that fits nicely into the Huawei ecosystem and has really long battery life. But if you want a smartwatch that works well within Android and Google’s watch platform, this isn’t it. I hate to say this, but I have to assume it’ll suffer from the lack of app availability, just like Samsung’s watches do. Then again, maybe you don’t want all that Wear OS app integration and would rather have a sport watch that does the basic smart stuff well as it tries to compete with Garmin’s … [Read more...] about Huawei’s New Watch GT Doesn’t Run Wear OS, But Wants to Do Fitness
The Apple iPhone XS Max, see our full review, and XS are excellent phones with prices over $1,000. They are also glass sandwiches so they can also break when dropped. Thankfully, Speck provides some attractive and affordable options for the XS Max and XS/X phones. Speck sent along a few of its Presidio line-up to test out, including the Grip, Stay Clear, V-Grip, and Pro. I had an iPhone XS Max for the larger cases, but had to use my iPhone X to test the smaller cases. The iPhone XS and X cases are the same. The Presidio Pro is available for $39.95 inGraphite Eclipse Blue/Carbon Black, Dusty Green/Brunswick Black, Aquifier Blue/Stormy Grey, Filigree Grey/Slate Grey, Meadow Pink/Vintage Purple, and Heartrate Red/Vermillion Red. The Presidio Pro is a solid color case with a complete soft touch outer texture that actually has anti-microbial treatment on it to inhibit the growth of bacteria. The Presidio Pro may be your best option if you use your iPhone in the bathroom or are concerned … [Read more...] about Speck Presidio case roundup for Apple iPhone XS Max/XS/X: Two-layer drop protection in compelling styles