ASUS ZenWatch Review: The First Smartwatch I'd Wear As a Watch

For years, I've wanted a smartwatch: a device that would blend style with digital convenience. Unfortunately, the first crop of smartwatches have predominantly been bulky pieces of plastic and glass for which adjectives like "elegant" seem disingenuous. But the Asus ZenWatch is evidence that things are getting better. » 12/03/14 10:45am 12/03/14 10:45am

Microsoft Band Review: Tracks Your Every Move, Then Breaks Your Heart

When I first strapped on the Microsoft Band a week ago, I felt like I'd been given new power over myself. The company's first wrist-borne activity tracker packs 10 sensors into a discreet package, and to my hopeful eyes the wristable's powerful specs added up to potential. I thought, this gadget might really get to… » 11/07/14 3:08pm 11/07/14 3:08pm

Data for Your Watch Could Cost As Much As Data for Your Tablet

The Galaxy Gear S, another Samsung wearable among many, will be available in the U.S. on Nov. 7 and unlike its other Gear siblings, the S can have its own data connection. Unfortunately, it looks like carriers will make you pay for this thing (and potentially any other data-enabled smartwatch) as if it were a… » 10/30/14 1:17pm 10/30/14 1:17pm

Apple Really, Really Wants The Apple Watch To Be Fashionable

Apple's already been clear that it wants its upcoming timepiece to be something that you're not ashamed to wear. But in case displaying it at the Paris Fashion Week wasn't clear enough, Apple's PR people have gone ahead and put the Apple Watch front and center — quite literally — on the November issue of Vogue China. » 10/09/14 9:37pm 10/09/14 9:37pm

Basis Peak: A Powerful Fitness Tracker With Smartwatch Envy

From the very beginning, the Basis Band wanted to do more than the Fitbit and Nike competition. With high-tech sensors designed to monitor your heart rate and sweat levels — not just your flailing arms — it was one of the first, best activity trackers on the market. It was also an ugly little cretin, but the… » 9/30/14 7:00am 9/30/14 7:00am

Can Apple's Watch Overcome the History of Broken Smartwatch Promises?

Yesterday, Apple announced that it will release its own smartwatch in "early 2015." But the smartwatch has a trail of broken promises in its wake. Around this time last year Samsung announced that they were going to bring us the sci-fi future we had always dreamt about. Can Apple finally make our smartwatch dreams a… » 9/10/14 12:36pm 9/10/14 12:36pm

Apple Watch Hands On: So Much Potential in Such a Shiny Package

When I say I had an Apple Watch hands on, I mean literally that and not much more; it went on my wrist, and cycled through some display modes. But after wearing it, and seeing a trained-up Apple professional put it through some delicate paces, it's clear that the Apple Watch could live up to its promises. » 9/09/14 3:58pm 9/09/14 3:58pm