Casio WSD-F20 Smart Outdoor Watch

wsd_f20_maki_orI figure that this announcement is a week late since it was made at CES, but what can I say, I wasn’t there. Still, Casio made a big unveiling of their WSD-F20, the follow-up to the WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch that came out in March of last year.

The WSD-F20 has a low-power GPS and color map functionality that can be used offline, and can be used as a standalone wrist device. It is made to support outdoor and water activities without a cellular service. This is possible with Mapbox, allowing maps to be downloaded in advance and then have the GPS data track the user’s location.

So it is good for outdoor activities like trekking, cycling, fishing, winter sports, and watersports. By the way, the WSD-F20 has a “Moment Setter” which can be set for conditions to automatically receive important alerts, such as the best fishing times, rest break intervals, and sunrise/sunset times. Also included are three different apps like ViewRanger GPS hiking app, MyRadar weather app, and the YAMAP GPS app for hiking.

Just to let you know, the Casio WSD-F20 watch is water resistant up to 40 meters. It also has some additional protection with button guards, protective bezel, side buttons and more.

I don’t have a price point for it, but it should be released on April 21st.

Nomad Leather Strap for the Apple Watch

nomad-modern-42mm-silverWell, we just had a chance to review the Nomad Leather Wallet for the iPhone, and I suppose that it is only justified that we review the Leather Strap for the Apple Watch. Yeah, because its Leather and made for Apple, right?

Okay, I don’t really think they are that much related. However, I haven’t had too much chance to review a lot of Apple Watch products, but it looks like Nomad has a way to make the Apple Watch a little more fine watch than it is technology. I mean, this is the strap that you wear when you are in your Sunday best.

You know how the Apple Watch comes in Black or Silver? Well, Nomad has created a strap with a silver buckle or a black buckle. By the way, there is a modern build with no stitches, and a traditional build with stitches.

Like the aforementioned Leather Wallet, it is made with Horween leather. They also have 316 stainless steel, and I am not sure what that is. Either way, they are really great craftsmanship.

Anyway, you can get this strap on the Nomad site for $59.95 for the modern build and $149.95 for the traditional build.

Helix Dock for the Apple Watch from Standzout

Helix-Main_790a0529-0347-4d2a-80bc-f8270afefeebIt has been a while since I reviewed a Standzout product, at least three years. As for an Apple Watch product, it has been about three days.

The Standzout Helix is one of the best ways to charge an Apple Watch. You just plug it into the wall, and lay it on top. It has a compact housing that stores up to two meters of the Apple Watch charging cable, which allows for reducing cable clutter.

It is quite a decent product, and will recommend it for your Apple Watch needs. I can be purchased on the Standzout site for a now reduced price of $19.99, and available in colors of white, clear, black, and glow-in-the-dark.

Nomad Stand for the Apple Watch

Nomad StandThis is one of those products from Nomad, a company that I will always recommend. Their products are usually chargers and batteries, but these practical products are well-made and stylish. In the case of the Stand for the Apple Watch, this is as “simple as possible”.

Go ahead and look at the design for the stand. It is just a cord with a strip, with the strip bent at a slight angle so the Apple Watch can rest very naturally while it charges. The stand is made of aircraft grade aluminum, which means that it is strong and has a rubber footing to keep that watch there.

If this is something that you want for an Apple Watch, then this means that you have an Apple Watch. I’m told that a lot of people have it, but I kinda don’t. Anyway, you can get it on the Nomad site for a low price of $29.99.

Fuz Designs Dock for the Apple Watch

Fuz DockThis would be the first time that I have reviewed an accessory for the Apple Watch, and I am certain that it won’t be the last time. This is from Fuz Designs, and I believe it is pronounced like “fuse” and not “fuzz”. There is supposed to some line thing above the letter “U”.

The Fuz Dock is a dock for the Apple Watch, and it is there not just for charging, but for looks as well. It seems to be made for minimalism, but what it does really maximizes the Apple Watch experience.

It also has other features such as a microsuction that holds the dock and the charging cable securely in place. By the way, it works really well with the EverDock, so you can dock your iPhone in the same place where you charge your Apple Watch.

If this is something you want, you can get the Fuz Dock for a low price of $29.99 on the Fuz Designs site here. While you are at it, you should check out the other products Fuz Designs has. Soon, they will make a Bluetooth lock that I can’t wait to review.

LG G4 gets a release date

LG G4It seems like I can’t stop reporting about the LG G4, the company’s flagship phone and follow-up to the popular LG G3. We have already reported on the company’s official debut on April 28th, which means we had an announcement of an announcement, or something.

Now I am getting some interesting news saying that the LG G4 release date is going to be on May 31st. The information comes from a Korean website, which means that the LG G4 might make its way around Korea before it comes to the states.

One thing to notice is that it will have a carbon-like front and a leather back. The Leather is something of a new touch, as this hasn’t been a part of the rumored specs. For example, it is rumored to have a 5.5 inch Quantum Display LCD display, possibly QHD resolution, not to mention a battery of 3,000 mAh and microSD slot. Then there is the 13 Megapixel Camera or 16 Megapixel camera, but we have heard that there will be a f/1.8 camera with an infrared color accuracy sensor.

There are a lot of colors available on the leather look. I suppose that we’ll have to wait until the end of the month to see what the LG G4 really has in store, but perhaps you might like that little preview.

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The Apple “Spring Forward” Event Finalizes Apple Watch Details

Apple WatchThe Apple Watch was announced back in September, as we have reported before. Since then, there still haven been some things not revealed about it, like the release date, the price, battery life, and other features. Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco at a “Spring Forward” to shed some light on the mystery.

There was much time devoted to the many features of the Apple Watch. Tim stated that developers have been working on thousands of applications since the company released tools last November. Apple Watch users will need iOS 8.2 in order to get the Apple Watch to work. In fact, iOS 8.2 adds the Apple Watch to your iPhone so it can pair with the Apple Watch. Fortunately, it is available now.

Another big question of the Apple Watch is how long the battery life will be. Tim Cook wanted to let Apple users know that it will be good for 18 hours. By the way, it will have a charger cradle that will charge it magnetically as it clicks into place on the back of the watch.

Then there is one feature that Tim Cook has wanted since he was five years old: it can take phone calls. I don’t remember whether or not Tim announced that at the original Apple Watch unveiling.

The 38 mm model of the Apple Watch will be $349, and then there will be another 42 mm version (an Apple Watch Plus?) for about $399. There will be mid-level models for about $549 to $1,099. There will also be a luxury 18 karat gold edition for $10,000. The Apple Watch can be pre-ordered on April 10th, and it will be available worldwide at Apple Stores on April 24th.

What Apple announced today

iPhone 6We all knew that Apple was going to announce something big today on September 9th, and we thought it was going to be the new iPhone and the iWatch. So what did they announce? It started off with Apple saying they had lots of products (plural) to report, and while they had a new smartphone and smartwatch, it was not quite what expected.

Apple began with the new version of the iPhone, which is actually two versions with the iPhone 6 (4.7 inch display) and the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inch display). These are pretty thin at 6.9mm for the 6, and 7.1 mm for the Plus. There are curves around the side, which is an entirely new design. Each have a new generation A8 chip, a next generation Retina display.

Besides the difference in size, the iPhone 6 Plus has a landscape mode. If you double-touch the Touch ID, stuff moves to the lower half of the screen. To tap it again will move things to a full-screen mode.

As for the battery life, it is 14 hours of 3G talk time for the iPhone 6, and 24 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus. As for the standby, it has 10 days for the 6 and 16 days for the Plus. The video time for the 6 is 11 hours, and 14 hours for the Plus. There is some kind of new sensor, which can estimate distance and has a barometer too. Both of these two phones will have WiFi calling, and there is a New improved FaceTime HD that Apple states: “your kids are going to do that”.

So what about the camera? There is an 8 Megapixel iSight camera, with Panorama with 43 MP. The video has 1080p at 30 fps or 60 fps, up to 120fps on the 5S, which makes them both capable of super slo-mo.

As for the price, the iPhone 6 is on $199 or $399 for the largest model. It starts with 16GB and goes to 64GB, all the way up to 128GB. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, it starts at $299. It will ship on September 19th.

After unveiling the new version of the iPhone, the gears shifted to a new software, an Apple payment system known as Apple Pay. Apparently, you use it by holding the user’s thumb on the TouchID button, and it is on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As the presentation says, “Cashier doesn’t see your card number” and “Apple doesn’t know how much you paid for it”. This could easily change the way iPhone users pay, and I’m certain that this will change the way smartphone users will pay.

Then the gears shifted again with a “One more thing”. Apple knew people would be looking forward to it, and it had some huge buildup. This is the Apple Watch, and you will note that the “i” is missing. The Apple Watch is stainless steel with a sapphire screen with a dial on the side known as the Digital Crown, and it got thunderous applause with standing ovation.

Apple says this is “the most personal device we’ve ever created”. It has an incredible new operating system/interface. It can sense what you’re doing on the wrist, and it has a gyroscope and accelerometer. It has six different straps and can make those straps interchangeable. Then there is the feature like Glances, to swipe up from the bottom to see meetings, weather, stocks, or music. It is a comprehensive health and fitness device.

Okay, I’m not going to say more about Apple’s new smartwatch, because I will talk about it more on Smartwatch Reviews. I can’t honestly analyze Apple’s this move without using the word “takeover”. Not only do they have a smartphone which could easily become number one, but their Apple Pay can change how smartphones could pay. I’m probably going to write about that later.

The Apple Watch is easily a huge play on the company to reign the smartwatch industry. Just like they created the ultimate smartphone and tablet.

Oh Apple, what will you do next?

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Alpha

04_SM-G850F_011_whiteThe Galaxy S series might have some…friendly rivalry, as Samsung has revealed its newest smartphone, the Alpha. I will say that I like the new aesthetic with the metal frame as well as a soft back cover.

The metallic construction is the biggest new feature. Another possibly new feature is an octa-core which is a quad 1.8GHz and quad 1.3GHz or quad-core 2.5GHz processor.

The screen is a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE Support, along with Android 4.4.4 KitKat (the latest version of Android) right out of the box. The camera is 2.1 MP on the front, and 12 MP on the back. Just to let you know, there is no memory card slot, so make good use of the internal 32GB memory.

My Sources do not have a price on this, but it will be out in September in several colors including black, white, gold, silver, and blue.

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Check out Smartwatch Reviews

Smartwatch ReviewsAs much as I would like to say that I am proud of this site, it is not mine. This would be the first time that I have reported on any site. This is not counting my countless “Source” that I generally put at the end of every post.

So why am I starting to report on another site? Simple. I write for Smartwatch Reviews. I wrote for other sites in the past that I have listed here, such as Coolest Gadgets and some that aren’t even online anymore. This one is exclusively about smartwatches, something that I have written about before.

Considering that I have flipped in my reviews of smartwatches, I am pleased to devote a blog to them. I once thought they were unnecessary, but after reviewing the Galaxy Gear, I can see a definite use for them. It is definitely a growing market, and I will be exploring as I write on it. Be sure to subscribe to its RSS, just like you have mine.