The Apple Watch Series 3 Is Here

Wow, it seems like only yesterday we were here discussing the new features and updates in the Gen 2 Apple Watch, also known as the Apple Watch Series 2. And wouldn’t you know it, not long before that the reveal of the very first smartwatch from the tech giant. Guess what? Here we are again, and this time it’s to reveal some of the new updated features in the latest iteration, the Apple Watch Series 3. As you might expect, however, not much has changed in terms of design and style. The Apple Watch Series 3 still looks like a, well, an Apple Watch. In fact, you could sit the three models side-by-side and you’d never be able to tell the difference. The visual changes are subtle, if at all present. But that’s never been Apple’s shtick. They deliver a product, and year after year they continue to perfect it even more. The same can be said of the Apple Watch, and the latest release is no exception to that rule. Apple Watch Series 3: What’s New? The most notable feature is, of course, the standalone call support. Part of this is due to features added in the latest software update WatchOS 4. It allows you to make untethered calls via the smartwatch, any time. The Bluetooth and wireless streaming support has also been updated, which means you can listen via Apple AirPods with the music pinged directly from the watch. Before it was actually streaming from an iPhone, and able to be controlled remotely from the Apple Watch. That is no longer the case, and music streaming is...

2017: The Best Smartwatches for Women

This list has been updated for the 2017 shopping season, complete with new smartwatches for women. Don’t take this as an insult, because I don’t intend it to be. Most smartwatches available today just weren’t designed to accommodate unisex sizes, nor are they appealing to women or those with feminine tastes. Just take a look at some of the watches on store shelves and you’ll see how bulky, and unattractive they can be. Our own Lawrence Bradford discussed the struggles she had while trying to find a smartwatch. Frankly, a woman’s wrist is often smaller and her tastes are much different than that of a man’s; certainly one so invested in the tech market. The good news is that issue is starting to dissipate, slowly but surely. No one has come up with a viable design for women just yet, but manufacturers have been much better at creating unisex style devices. The Best Smartwatches for Women: Updated for 2017 There are some unisex watches that are acceptable. The Moto 360, for example, while still relatively bulky looks sleek and stylish. The real allure is that you can choose from a dozen wrist straps to match your tastes. If you don’t see something you like on the Motorola website, there’s no need to fret. It uses a standard size band measurement so you can swap the stock band out for almost any strap of your choosing. This is great not just in terms of style, but also when it comes to comfort. You may not like the band that comes with the watch, but you can easily install one that feels...

The Best GPS Trackers and Senior Wearables: Updated for 2017

This list has been updated for 2017 Shopping Season, complete with new senior wearables and GPS location trackers.   Why are They Necessary? Many seniors prefer to be independent, living in a home or apartment they’ve known for years. The problem with this is if anything were to happen nobody would know, or it would take a while before someone found out. Trackers allow family, friends, or caretakers to monitor seniors remotely. The same devices exist for children, and even pets. Senior wearables often have an emergency or SOS feature that will call for help at the touch of a button. When you’re living on your own, without anyone nearby, a device like this could save your life. Like smartwatches, many of the devices offer extra functionality, like the ability to call or message friends and family.   Thanks to the popularity of smartwatches and similar devices, many forms of tech are being slimmed down into wearable form. Gadgets like smartwatches, HD action cameras, lifeloggers, augmented reality glasses and more. It’s no surprise that medical alert devices are compacted and upgraded with better features. The Best Senior Wearables and GPS Trackers     Tempo by CarePredict The CarePredict is essentially a wrist-worn sensor – like the emergency buttons – except it can do a whole lot more than alert the appropriate parties. Like any watch or smartwatch, you can change out the band to give it a different appearance or style. The internal sensor tracks a variety of data because it can detect motion. It will be able to tell when the wearer is running, sitting, standing, walking and...

Cheap Smartwatches for Geeks on a Budget: Updated for 2017

This list has been updated for the 2017 shopping season, complete with more cheap smartwatches.   It’s tough to find good-quality, cheap smartwatches. After the launch of the Apple Watch, the smartwatch market changed a bit. Now, here we are, years later, with a new Apple Watch (Series 2) and several new smartwatch brands. It’s not any better off — or worse — just different. That’s because there’s more competition in the space even among the list of cheap smartwatches. The Apple Watch is great and resonates well with fans. Many have been waiting patiently for a decent smartwatch that’s compatible with iOS. But, there’s no denying the price is a little steep. The cheapest model — the Apple Watch Sport — costs $349. That’s a lot of money for a device you don’t need. Why would we say that? Well, because you don’t need a smartwatch to get by. You can make the argument you don’t need a smartphone either. But you can use a smartphone without anything else. Most smartwatches need a connected phone or they lose functionality. The good news is, if you don’t care about bleeding edge products you can get a smartwatch for cheap. Motorola, LG, Samsung and even Pebble Huawei, have delivered some competitive prices in recent years. If you’re wondering what some of those cheap smartwatches are, you’ve come to the right place! That’s what we’re going to take a look at. Cheap Smartwatches Under $200 We’ll do our best to provide several different cheap smartwatches – cheaper than the Apple Watch anyway. That way everyone should be able to find something. Sony...

The Best GPS Tracking Watches for Kids: Updated for 2017 Shopping Season

This list has been updated for 2017, complete with new GPS tracking watches for kids. Latest Update: Updated for 2017 Shopping Season One of our most successful articles here at Smartwatches is our list of the best smartwatches for children. In that list is a wide variety of devices from entertainment wearables, to full-on GPS tracking watches for kids. Strapping a wearable with tracking support to your child’s wrist makes a lot of sense, especially when it allows you to monitor their current location and habits in real-time. In the past, it was perfectly acceptable to allow your children free roam of the neighborhood without supervision. Parents would usually set a dinner curfew and children were expected to return at the appropriate time. The world isn’t so forgiving anymore, at least it sure doesn’t seem to be. Every day we hear stories about children being abducted, going missing or being involved in some kind of accident. As a parent, you can never be too safe with your child. That’s why we’re going to take a look at some of the best GPS tracking watches for kids. Some things to note first: There are no truly “tamper-proof” models it seems. Most include a silicone band that can be easily removed. Some of the devices do have tamper alerts to let you know if the child – or someone else – tries to remove it, but there’s nothing stopping them from doing so. Pay attention to the GPS limitations. If the device is SIM-enabled and has an active subscription it can usually be tracked anywhere, even internationally. If the device does not connect to mobile networks,...

8 Of The Best Smartwatches for Kids: Updated for 2017 Shopping Season

This list has been updated for 2017, complete with new smartwatches for kids. Latest Update: Updated for 2017 Shopping Season Smartwatches aren’t just for adults. Children can get in on the fun too. Of course, you wouldn’t want to hand your child a $200+ smartwatch in the hopes that they would take excellent care of it. Luckily, there are watches specifically designed with kids in mind. They feature games and fun activities, colorful designs, and durable materials. If you’re looking for a smartwatch for your child, then this is a great place to start. Below are eight smartwatches made especially for kids. 8 of the Best Smartwatches for Kids Please keep in mind, this list will remain exclusive to smartwatches for kids. If you’re looking for a GPS tracker head on over to: The Best GPS Tracking Watches for Kids. We also have another post that discusses the best toys for kids: The Best Toys and Wearable Tech for Kids. Click to Tweet: “Here are 8 of the best smartwatches for children”   1. The VTech Kidizoom DX – One of the Best Smartwatches for Kids Ages: 4 to 9 UPDATE: See our 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide where the Kidizoom made our top pick for the best smartwatch for kids! The VTech Kidizoom was one of the best smartwatches for kids ages 6-12. The Kidizoom DX has been updated to include a variety of new features, like more memory and fun activities. The Kidizoom does not act as a location tracking device. Rather, it is a full featured smartwatch. The VTech Kidizoom features a 1.4-inch color touchscreen display, with up to twenty...