Wearable tech is a growing and increasingly diverse market; they all track distance and calories, and most tell time. They all have their pitfalls — battery life, compatibility, reliability, size, price — but what determines the best device is your individual needs. Do you need to streamline your workflow or measure how streamlined your backstroke is? Do you need a sleek timepiece or do you dig the outright nerdy look? Weigh your responses and use our guide of the best options.
Wearable Replacement? There are apps for that
The ostensible benefit of smart watches and health trackers, as far as health goes, is that they allow you to monitor your calories, heart rate, and step count with previously unmatched accuracy. Truth is, a number of upcoming smartphones paired with worthy fitness tracking apps make fitness-tracking wearables redundant.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: The Samsung Gear VR, a portable city grill by Kenyon, ROAM Ropes, Meta M1 smartwatch collection, and off-roading robot named Ollie and the Contact Center app.
You don’t need us to tell you that smartphones are becoming exceedingly central to our lives; just look at the massive market for phone accessories. Whether you’re a fitness buff, a photographer or an avid traveler, there’s tons of gear for your phone that matches your lifestyle. We’ve picked our favorites for both the Android and iOS ecosystems.
Today in Gear: Adobe’s substitute for pen & paper, specialized running shoes, Samsung’s newest tablet, a new 4K TV competitor, a rose gold pilot’s watch and more.
Today in Gear: Seiko’s murdered-out collab with White Mountaineering, a new cooler for the worksite, Samsung’s quest for home appliance domination, Logitech’s ultra affordable computer speakers, potato vodka from the rockies and a wallet dipped in indigo.
Today in Gear: Patriotic kicks, Grado headphones, smart bulbs and more.
Today in Gear: Apple’s new OS, HP’s Android-powered laptop, the hand truck your back’s always wanted, a more active version of the Galaxy S5, your guide to freediving and a thermometer your iPhone will love.
Today in gear we examine Samsung’s Level Over headphones, a personal Vitamix, a Uniqlo blazer for spring, Logitech’s ultimate iPhone case and a reversible belt worth packing.
Today in gear we examine a wooden suit for the PS4, the perfect stout glass, Omega’s latest astronaut watch, the global launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Bellroy’s new slim wallet and a Hoover vacuum that ditches the cord for good.
Today in Gear we take a look at Nike’s fanatical socks, the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera, miner lighting & a book with all the answers to the question “what if?”
Today in gear we examine Woodford Reserve for the Kentucky Derby, scarily realistic paper guns, the Chromebook 2, March Madness swagger and more.
Today in Gear, we find optimized beer glasses, workingman’s whiskey, long johns, high-tech goggles and much more.
Today in gear we find a new Samsung flagship phone, explorer grants, mowers and much more.
Today in Gear, we find a new Volvo concept, a pricey TV, Stumptown varietals and much more.
Talk about shopping in advance
Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that — please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.
TapIt Cap Craft brews are important. They’re good to drink, they’re good to make, they’re good to know about. Thing is, they’re also good to savor. Until the TapIt came along, growlers of beer would go flat before a measured drinker could work his way through the whole thing. TapIt is a screw-top tap made…
Reflecting on the best
When in 2004 Epson released the R-D1, the world’s first mirrorless digital camera, photographers weren’t sure what to make of it. Ten years later every major camera company has thrown their proverbial hat into the mirrorless ring. In fact, with digital sensors equal to those found in DSLRs, interchangeable pro-quality lenses, and magnesium-alloy construction, mirrorless cameras are quickly becoming the choice of many professionals looking to downsize their gear. It’s safe to say 2014 will be the year of the mirrorless camera, and we’ve rounded up our favorites to help you prepare.
Coming soon to a galaxy near you
Pebble, Toq, Smartwatch 2,
Cupertino Wristbeauty — how did the explosion of the “smart watch” segment catch us so by surprise? While we were busy reeling, the Samsung Galaxy Gear ($299) for Galaxy Note 3 (and soon, the Galaxy S4 and SIII) has been declared potentially the best option yet. What exactly does that mean? We break it down.
Sony Video Unlimited 4K Download Service If you’ve already got Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Media Player it’s time to start downloading some big guns. The new service went live over the weekend and allows users to download 4K television shows and movies. There are currently 70 films available for rent or purchase, with many more…
Hot For Teacher...'s Assistant
So you’ve decided four years of college just wasn’t enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You’ve trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you’ve been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You’re getting smarter — so should your gear.
You've got the beast, now protect it
There’s no denying the Samsung Galaxy S4’s universal mass appeal. Dynamic functionality combined with surreal processing power make it by far the most dominant smartphone ever built. But truth be told, all that badass technology isn’t enough to masquerade the handset’s cheap and conservative design. Think we’re being too harsh? Google the top GS4 reviews and you’ll see nearly every major mobile critic shares the same sentiments.
Sammy’s decision to don the next-gen Galaxy with a plastic rear cover left a bad impression on consumers from the git-go. And with recent damage tests and teardown reports suggesting the GS4 is more fragile than the iPhone 5, it’s only wise to invest in an insurance policy after spending serious coin on such a device.You’re only spoiled for choice. We narrow down the field to 30 or so.
There was a time when shopping for a cell phone was ridiculously simple. You’d waltz into the nearest Radio Shack, browse through a handful of demo devices anchored onto the wall, and spend a good four to five Benjamins on a BlackBerry 8700 or RAZR V3 (or the Nokia with the changeable covers, which was awesome). What hasn’t changed: we’re enslaved to our mobile devices. What has: the field of competitors.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen new entries from every major smartphone manufacturer spread across all four mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and believe it or not, BlackBerry. The result for you: choosing the right smartphone can be an overwhelming decision at the moment. Well, we took the liberty of breaking down the top handsets on the market to help simplify the process. Here are the 10 smartphones worthy of your upgrade.
Saker S-1 Personal Jet It’s a pain to always have to fly on a commercial airliner — the things are so damn slow, and you have to put your toiletries in plastic baggies. Ugh. If you’ve got a two-seater military-style jet, however, you can lunch in New York and take an afternoon meeting in LA,…
FNO Integrated Sleeping Bag A self-inflatable sleeping pad is a far cry from the “soft” brush you usually pile beneath your tent to simulate a mattress, and it sells in tandem with the sleeping bag, which is good for 30 degree temps and snoozers over six feet. Included, too: a pack that fits both items…
Sam Adams Brewlywed Ale Best Men in need of a delicious loosening up before their speeches (or grooms with feet that need beer blankets) best act quickly. Sam Adams’ Brewlywed Ale, a Belgian-style pale golden ale, will be available for just one day. Line up at their Boston factory on June 26th for your shot…
Lighten the load
When it comes to choosing the right laptop, everyone seeks three necessities: a sleek profile, high performance, and most importantly, portability. A weighty — or worse, bulky — portable computer can take a heavy toll on the body and make daily commuting a pain in the ass; yet everyone from business buffs to college grads wants a machine powerful enough to meet computing needs. We’re fortunate to bask in a beautiful balance of both virtues thanks to the latest leaps in laptop engineering. From convertibles to high-end subnotebooks, we sifted through the market to find the best laptops weighing in at under four pounds. Just remember, they’ll probably make you look fat in comparison.
Samsung Galaxy S4 with Stock Android Hardware fans prepared to be disappointed by the developer focus of Google’s 2013 I/O powwow received a welcomed surprise Wednesday. The search giant will be selling an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android for $649. They’re not officially calling it a “Nexus” yet, but it’s…
Victorinox Bike Tool It’s taken this long? Bikers are the perfect recipients of a Swiss Army tool. An L-wrench with 8 bits and a set of tire levers in one small form is perfectly in line with the biker mantra, “big bulges in our shorts, little bulges in our saddlebags”. $48 (★) Ballast Time Instruments…
Bursting Your Bubble
SodaStream teams up with the Korean electronics giant to integrate their automatic sparkling water dispenser inside the Samsung RF31FMESBSR 36-inch Four-Door Refrigerator.