Tag - Watch
Do please let me say this before anything else: I could not design or build a smartwatch, I simply could not. Therefore, I have limitless admiration for anyone, for any company, that does this -- or I did, before this week. After one week with a Ulefone GW01 Smart Watch Pedometer Remote Camera Bluetooth Information Pushing Smartwatch, I'm afraid I found some limits to my admiration -- possibly starting with the length of its name.
When you bought your Apple Watch, did you have a hard time picking which color you wanted to sport on your arm? We thought our choice was fairly obvious, but sometimes we still wistfully wonder what could have been if we'd picked space gray, gold, or even simple silver. Now, thanks to Griffin, you can change up your style for far less than the cost of a new Apple Watch with their Ultra Thin Case.
We're a year into the life of the Apple Watch, and still it's rare to find a case or a stand that includes a charging cable. You almost always have to use the one Apple provided, and thread it through some plastic or metal. It's still the case most of the time, and it is the case with Twelve South's TimePorter Travel Stand and Case for Apple Watch.
Apple did a clever thing with how it designed the way that straps or bands connect to the Apple Watch and it did a really smart thing by putting magnets in its Milanese Loop but other companies haven't been so helpful. We're seeing a lot of third-party bands that look nice, are bargain prices, but which need tools, eyesight, a protective cloth – and instructions. You'd think you would get instructions with the band, but no. Here's what to do if you've got a non-Apple metal mesh style band and not a clue what to do.
Previously, on Living With ... back when the Apple Watch was in that limbo stage between being a rumor and being announced, we didn't think about the bands one might have for it any more than anyone else did. Then, during that launch when we pretended to concentrate on technical specifications and were secretly just waiting for the price, we only gave watch straps the briefest of attention. We were not going to buy a Nomad Strap for Apple Watch, we just weren't.
Being able to instantly know how much data you have left is great, especially for those of us who come within mere megabytes of running out our data plans. That's why we're such big fans of DataMan Next, an Apple Watch compatible app that adds both a Glance and a complication to your watch that tells you how much data you have left.
So you splurged on your Apple Watch, and after living with it for a while, you're getting tired of the stock faces. One of the biggest draws of the Apple Watch is the fact that you can change the faces up at will, but maybe there's nothing that is doing it for you. If this is the case, we suggest you check out Facer, an app that is designed to give your Watch face a fresh look.
Maybe you're not a runner, which is understandable, given weather and other considerations. Maybe you don't want to pay for an expensive gym membership, or don't have the room for storing weights and equipment at home. Maybe you just haven't found something that works for you, yet. If any of these are the kind of problems you face, we think that you should take a look at Pocket Yoga.
Netflix doesn't hang about with updates to its iOS software, but it also doesn't add a great deal: the new Netflix 7.2.5 app for iPhone and iPad is a bug-fix release. We were hoping it would improve how the service looks on iPad Pro, and we were half-expecting it to support iOS 9's picture-in-picture feature, but neither has happened. Nonetheless, it's a good app with access to a ridiculously great number of films and TV shows to watch.
Swatch is releasing an analog watch in the United States, Brazil, and Switzerland that will perform mobile payments, following a launch in China. After making a deal with Visa, the Swatch Bellamy will be less of a smartwatch and more a designer timepiece with NFC built into it, allowing it to perform payments with NFC-equipped mobile terminals, but without requiring the device to be connected to a smartphone.