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Fitness trackers in the wild: Misfit vs Withings vs Fitbit vs Samsung vs Huawei
Fitness trackers in the wild: Misfit vs Withings vs Fitbit vs Samsung vs Huawei By Britta O'Boyle

Monitoring activity has become a massive trend. There are countless activity trackers available from standard rubber bands, to Swiss Made watches, all of which will tell you how many steps you've taken, how far you have travelled, and plenty more.But... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 225, its first optical heart rate watch: Is this the end of the chest strap?
Garmin Forerunner 225, its first optical heart rate watch: Is this the end of the chest strap? By Luke Edwards

Garmin has finally joined the competition in offering a sports GPS watch that tracks heart rate using optics built-into the watch rather than a connected chest strap. The Garmin Forerunner 225 will be the company's first optical HR watch.Pocket-lint previously... Read more

Misfit Flash review: Good for beginners
3.5 stars Misfit Flash review: Good for beginners By Britta O'Boyle

The Misfit Flash is an activity tracker and the follow-up to the Misfit Shine which launched back in 2013. The new model follows a similar design cue but swaps metal for plastic and slashes the price by half, making it the cheapest activity tracker out... Read more

Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution
Philips and Allianz are working on a smartphone-controlled backpain solution By Chris Hall

Philips are partnering with Allianz to bring a smartphone-controlled backpain solution, aiming to cross the divide between healthcare professional and patients.Announced on stage at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, Bernd Laudahn, managing... Read more

Acer's Liquid Leap range adds three new wearables, including a stress-sensing one
Acer's Liquid Leap range adds three new wearables, including a stress-sensing one By Elyse Betters

Acer is holding an event in New York, where it just unveiled three new wearables. Two of them are all about health and fitness, while the third one is a fashion-focused device, but they've each been unveiled as part of the Liquid Leap brand.The Taiwan-based... Read more

Microsoft Band update tracks your cycling using Strava and offers more Health options
Microsoft Band update tracks your cycling using Strava and offers more Health options By Luke Edwards

The Microsoft Band is packed with hardware potential and it looks like Microsoft wants to use that by keeping the software updated. It's announced an update that will make cycle tracking possible.The latest Microsoft Band update will allow wearers to... Read more

Microsoft Band review: Heaps of potential offset by design downfall
3.5 stars Microsoft Band review: Heaps of potential offset by design downfall By Rik Henderson

Like Apple, Microsoft arrived to the wearables party late – albeit in slightly different fashion. Instead of a smartwatch, the Windows maker has released the Microsoft Band, a fitness tracker with some smartwatch-like functions, but still a device... Read more

Jawbone partners with Amex for contactless payment Up4 and replaces Up24 with Up2 tracker
Jawbone partners with Amex for contactless payment Up4 and replaces Up24 with Up2 tracker By Rik Henderson

A lot is happening in the world of Jawbone, specifically with its fitness trackers. Although we will still have to wait until later this year for the sensor-laden Up3 to hit the UK (US shipping starts 20 April), there are also two new devices coming.Again,... Read more

Your wearable is already outdated: Sweat tracking changes everything
Your wearable is already outdated: Sweat tracking changes everything By Luke Edwards

Activity trackers, heart rate monitors, smartwatches – they're all obsolete already because they don't analyse sweat.Until now heart rate tracking has been a pretty accurate way of measuring your body's training effort. It let you work on certain goals... Read more

8 Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users
8 Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's first smartwatch is now available to pre-order. However, the Apple Watch sold out faster than you can say "early adopter" so even if you pre-order one now, it is unlikely to ship until May at the least.If you want to queue on launch day, 24 April,... Read more

Jawbone UP3 with HR release date announced, US gets first dibs
Jawbone UP3 with HR release date announced, US gets first dibs By Luke Edwards

Jawbone has been teasing its UP3 next generation activity tracker for sometime now. After delays in release its finally going to begin shipping.Jawbone has said shipping of the UP3 will begin from 20 April in the US and everyone who pre-ordered will finally... Read more

Polar V800 review: Tempting for triathletes
3.5 stars Polar V800 review: Tempting for triathletes By Luke Edwards

Polar has been scaling down the physical size and improving the look of its GPS fitness watches throughout the last few product cycles. The latest V800 has competitor Garmin clearly fixed in its sights, with running, cycling, and swimming activities paired... Read more

What is MotionX technology and why are Swiss smartwatches using it?
What is MotionX technology and why are Swiss smartwatches using it? By Elyse Betters

Swiss watch makers are finally stepping into the 21st century by announcing smartwatches.Within the last few weeks, notable Swiss watch makers like Frederique Constant, Alpina, and Mondain have unveiled new timepieces. Although they're luxury watches... Read more

Fitbit Surge goes multi-sport with update for cycling tracking
Fitbit Surge goes multi-sport with update for cycling tracking By Luke Edwards

Fitbit has announced an update for its Surge activity tracker that will allow it to track cycling data, making it a multi-sport device.The Fitbit Surge already has a built-in heart rate monitor as well as GPS for true sports tracking. Now, by adding bike... Read more

Bulgari's new NFC-enabled watch is a luxury safe for your wrist, protects digital data
Bulgari's new NFC-enabled watch is a luxury safe for your wrist, protects digital data By Elyse Betters

Italian luxury brand Bulgari has unveiled a smartwatch at Baselworld, which has apparently become the new go-to place for companies, including Frederique Constant and Vector, to present their latest wearable gadgets.The new smartwatch, called the Diagono... Read more

Gucci and will.i.am unveil fashionable smartband, look out Apple Watch
Gucci and will.i.am unveil fashionable smartband, look out Apple Watch By Luke Edwards

Gucci and will.i.am have just announced a new fashion smartband that the two have created in collaboration.The device was announced as BaselWorld 2015 gets underway with luxury brands like Tag expected to unveil smartwatches.The Gucci smartband is a stand... Read more

Garmin Fenix 3: Adventure ready for any sport (hands-on)
Garmin Fenix 3: Adventure ready for any sport (hands-on) By Luke Edwards

Garmin has released the third generation of its adventure GPS watch, the Fenix 3.The Garmin Fenix 3 is all about adventurous, off-the-beaten-path sports. But unlike its predecessors this generation is built even better for the day-to-day runner, cyclist... Read more

Nymi Band and Halifax use your heart rate as the future of security
Nymi Band and Halifax use your heart rate as the future of security By Luke Edwards

Halifax has announced that it created a proof of concept with the Nymi Band that could reinvent how we look at security. Using the band, which measures you heart rate, simply being alive could be enough to be biometrically recognised for secure access... Read more

SmartLife clothing claims to make sure you never miss a beat
SmartLife clothing claims to make sure you never miss a beat By Britta O'Boyle

The Wearable Technology Show in London had some interesting devices on display including smartwatches with rotating displays, bone conducting headphones and sleeping masks that claim to cure jet lag, but wearable tech also means smart clothing. SmartLife... Read more

Say goodbye to jetlag with the NeuroOn sleeping companion
Say goodbye to jetlag with the NeuroOn sleeping companion By Britta O'Boyle

NeuroOn looks like a thicker version of your average sleeping mask on first glance, but beneath its surface lies a whole different world of sleep monitoring. If you thought waking up to a graph presenting your light and deep sleep was exciting, then prepare... Read more

Gym addict? The Atlas Wristband knows if you're bench pressing or bicep curling
Gym addict? The Atlas Wristband knows if you're bench pressing or bicep curling By Britta O'Boyle

The Atlas Wristband from Atlas Wearables is a fitness monitor that tracks movement in 3D and automatically matches it to the correct exercise from its database.It was one of the most impressive devices we came across at the Wearable Technology Show in... Read more

Want a more focused brain? Muse thinks it can help
Want a more focused brain? Muse thinks it can help By Britta O'Boyle

Muse is a brain signal measuring headband that aims to help improve your attention with focused attention training. The company describes it as the "mental equivalent of a treadmill" and the idea is that you essentially exercise your brain to become more... Read more

SunFriend wearable wants to help you enjoy the sun without burning
SunFriend wearable wants to help you enjoy the sun without burning By Britta O'Boyle

SunFriend takes a different approach to wearable tech by helping you get the most out of the sun rather than monitor your activity, sleep or deliver smartphone notifications. The SunFriend features a sensor inside a rubber mould that measures UVA and... Read more

Nike+ Running App now plays nice with sports watches including Garmin
Nike+ Running App now plays nice with sports watches including Garmin By Luke Edwards

Nike has announced that its Nike+ Running App will work with more devices to make tracking workouts, in one place, much easier.The Nike+ Running App will work with various brands of hardware including Garmin, TomTom, Wahoo Fitness and Netpulse.The idea... Read more

World’s first power meter for running is here to make you faster, meet Stryd
World’s first power meter for running is here to make you faster, meet Stryd By Luke Edwards

Professional athletes improve performance by measuring their efforts, analysing data and targeting how to train. Thanks to wearables we can start to do this but not as effectively as possible, until now. Stryd is a new wearable that offers runners the... Read more

Polar adds MyFitnessPal integration to iOS Flow app, Android incoming
Polar adds MyFitnessPal integration to iOS Flow app, Android incoming By Luke Edwards

Polar has announced that its users will now be able to integrate their activity tracking directly with the MyFitnessPal app.MyFitnessPal is useful for tracking daily diet, including calorie intake thanks to its huge food database that works via a scan... Read more

HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union
HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union By Chris Hall

Under Armour and HTC announced a partnership in January promising new hardware. The HTC Grip is the first device to appear from that paring.It sees HTC able to apply its industrial design expertise to Under Armour's sporting prowess, resulting in a sports... Read more

Huawei TalkBand N1 hands-on: This wireless headset tracks activity, plays music and accepts calls
Huawei TalkBand N1 hands-on: This wireless headset tracks activity, plays music and accepts calls By Britta O'Boyle

Huawei has turned its focus away from smartphones and towards the wearable sector for this year's MWC. Three devices have been announced, including an Android Wear smartwatch, a successor to the activity tracker and Bluetooth headset TalkBand B1 and... Read more

Huawei focuses on wearables with launch of TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1
Huawei focuses on wearables with launch of TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 By Britta O'Boyle

Chinese company Huawei has focussed on the wearable sector at Mobile World Congress this year, hoping to become a "leader in the wearable space". Three wearable devices have been announced including a new Android Wear smartwatch, the TalkBand B2 and the... Read more

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone By Chris Hall

Acer today announced a new version of its fitness band, the Liquid Leap+.The Leap+ is based around a touchscreen core sitting in a rubber strap. It can be popped in and out, meaning you can switch straps to get a different colour. The Leap+ itself features... Read more

Microsoft Band's first major update brings predictive keyboard, web dashboard, and more
Microsoft Band's first major update brings predictive keyboard, web dashboard, and more By Elyse Betters

Microsoft just made Microsoft Band more useful.Microsoft Band is a fitness band. Microsoft released it in the US last October for $199, but only now has it delivered the first major software update alongside a developer preview SDK that will allow app... Read more

Fitbit Charge HR review: Great for gym goers
4.5 stars Fitbit Charge HR review: Great for gym goers By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has an entire family of activity trackers, from the simple Fitbit Zip which counts steps, distance and calories burned, to the Fitbit Flex which adds active minutes and sleep monitoring.The Fitbit Charge HR is the next step up in the range, expanding... Read more

Wear a Nike FuelBand? Nike says take it off
Wear a Nike FuelBand? Nike says take it off By Stuart Miles

Nike has released an update to its Nike FuelBand app for the iPhone that means you can ditch your Nike FuelBand altogether.The latest update to the iPhone version of the FuelBand app shifts away from needing the band to collect data to using the iPhone's... Read more

Wearable waste: Study shows smartphones work as accurately
Wearable waste: Study shows smartphones work as accurately By Luke Edwards

If you've ever wondered just how accurate wearables are, especially when compared to smartphones, your answer has arrived. A recent study has found wearables to be similar to the tracking of the smartphone you probably already own.Before we delve into... Read more

Garmin ForeRunner 920XT review: At the forefront
4.5 stars Garmin ForeRunner 920XT review: At the forefront By Luke Edwards

Garmin has been in the GPS watch game as long as it has existed, and was creating GPS systems long before that. But with many smartwatches and activity trackers flooding the market of late, it's had to modernise to offer more.The Garmin ForeRunner 920XT... Read more

Under Armour buys Endomondo and MyFitnessPal for $560M, following HTC partnership
Under Armour buys Endomondo and MyFitnessPal for $560M, following HTC partnership By Elyse Betters

Under Armour has announced it bought Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. These acquisitions are occuring just one month after Under Armour partnered with HTC to develop products that integrate directly with its UA Record platform.Endomondo is a 8-year-old social... Read more

Epson Runsense SF-810 review: Serious features, shabby software
3.0 stars Epson Runsense SF-810 review: Serious features, shabby software By Luke Edwards

Epson, most famous for its printers, is making the move into sports wearables with its Runsense range of GPS-enabled watches. No ink carts or A4 paper to be seen anywhere.Running watches aren't a new concept, of course, with big names like Garmin and... Read more

Withings Pulse Ox review: Cute and clever
4.0 stars Withings Pulse Ox review: Cute and clever By Britta O'Boyle

Withings introduced the Pulse activity tracker back in 2013, delivering a small device with the ability to track steps, count calories, measure elevation, monitor your heart rate and track your sleep quality.The company decided that wasn't enough and... Read more

Withings Activité Pop review: Forget Swiss Made, this budget option is brilliant
4.0 stars Withings Activité Pop review: Forget Swiss Made, this budget option is brilliant By Stuart Miles

First came the Swiss Made Activité smartwatch from Withings with its shiny metal exterior, curved circular glass, leather straps, and hefty £320 price tag.For those struggling to justify such expense for what is effectively a very nice watch meets fitness... Read more

Fitbit Flex review: Smart but not sexy
4.0 stars Fitbit Flex review: Smart but not sexy By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is no stranger to the activity tracking world with several options under its belt, claiming to have one to suit everyone. The Fitbit Flex is described by the company as "the stylish wristband that fits your lifestyle" and it will do all sorts... Read more

Withings Activité review: The wearable you'll actually want to wear
4.0 stars Withings Activité review: The wearable you'll actually want to wear By Britta O'Boyle

The Withings Activité was announced in September 2014, pitched as the wearable that you'll actually want to wear. It resembles a standard analogue watch, but there is a lot more on offer than just the ability to tell the time.The Swiss Made Activité... Read more

Virgin Active tech-gyms opening soon, members to get smartbands to track their workouts
Virgin Active tech-gyms opening soon, members to get smartbands to track their workouts By Rik Henderson

Virgin Active will very soon open the doors of two new gyms in London, in Paddington and Cannon Street, which will be crammed with technological innovations, including contactless smart wristbands for members that will replace the need for membership... Read more

Garmin Fenix 3, Epix, and Vivofit 2: Three different sportswatches, three totally different looks (hands-on)
Garmin Fenix 3, Epix, and Vivofit 2: Three different sportswatches, three totally different looks (hands-on) By Elyse Betters

Garmin has unveiled a bunch of new sportswatches at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. We got some hands-on time with the Fenix 3, Epix, and Vivofit 2, all of which look drastically different and suit different needs, but they're still ushering Garmin into the athletic... Read more

HTC and Under Armour partner on integrated sports devices
HTC and Under Armour partner on integrated sports devices By Chris Hall

Under Armour today announced a new fitness app, UA Record, and HTC has announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Under Armour to develop products that integrate directly with the sports platform.It's been a busy day at CES 2015, with Under... Read more

Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 announced with E Ink display
Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 announced with E Ink display By Luke Edwards

Lenovo has announced a new fitness band it's calling the Vibe Band VB10. The Vibe Band is a Bluetooth 4.0 LE connected wrist wearable that features a low power E Ink display that affords it up to a seven-day battery life despite being an always-on device,... Read more

Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator
Fenix 3 adds colour to your training, Garmin Epix is a wrist navigator By Chris Hall

Garmin has made a range of updates to its wearables at CES 2015. There's an update to the Fenix training watch, now in its third generation, as well as a new product, the Epix. The Fenix 3 is designed to appeal to the adventurer within you, with a design... Read more

Swarovski teams up with Misfit for Swarovski Shine wearable (hands-on)
Swarovski teams up with Misfit for Swarovski Shine wearable (hands-on) By Britta O'Boyle

Swarovski isn't a new name in the tech world, with both LG and Samsung dabbling with crystallised products in the past, but the company has taken things one step further at CES 2015, partnering with Misfit to make wearables sexy.  The Swarovski Shine... Read more

Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans
Garmin Vivoactive is a proper smartwatch for fitness fans By Chris Hall

Garmin had devices adorning the wrists of athletes long before anyone had conceived the term "wearables". One of the big names in sport watches, Garmin has announced three additions to its range at CES 2015.Most interesting is the Vivoactive which sees... Read more

Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality
Polar A300 blends fitness band appeal with sports watch functionality By Chris Hall

Polar has announced the A300, which it describes as a fitness and activity monitor, sitting between the Polar Loop and its more advanced sports watches.So on one hand the A300 will track your steps and alert you if you've been inactive for too long like... Read more

Sony SmartBand Talk review: Jack of all trades, master of none
3.5 stars Sony SmartBand Talk review: Jack of all trades, master of none By Britta O'Boyle

Sony isn't a new player in the world of wearables, it was one of the first companies to kick a ball in the field of smartwatches with its aptly named but ultimately underwhelming SmartWatch back in 2012.The Sony SmartBand Talk, codename SWR30, is a pared-down... Read more