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Samsung revealed the Gear S2 a couple days ago when they unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+. Details about the device is slim, but we have enough evidence to know how cool it is going to look. The fashion-centric smartwatch will aim directly towards the fashion and design oriented. The radical change for the Gear will set a bar for the upcoming wearable devices.

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What we know about the current Gear S

The Gear separates itself from the smartwatch crowd. Whereas most smartwatches are powered by Android Wear, Sammy is taking a page out of Apple’s playbook and separating themselves by creating their own software. It further pushes the bar as it comes with a curved 420 x 420 display, making it one of the most crisp display’s in the smartwatch market.

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What we know about the upcoming Gear S2

Codenamed Orbis, from the start we knew Samsung was working on a circular watch. The Gear S2 ditches the cured OLED display for a full circular display. This markets the device with the likes of the LG G Watch Urbane and Motorola Moto 360. Complete with a dark strap, simplistic watch face, and brushed metal bezel, it makes for a fresher watch design. Samsung is also designing the device with a full watch face instead of the flat tire design like the one found on the Moto 360. More details about the Gear S2 will be revealed on September 3rd at the IFA Show in Berlin.

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Apple has not yet given any details on the sales of the Apple Watch. So there is no telling how well the smartwatch is doing from Apple itself, so it’s time for us to do a little digging. It turns out  Slice Intelligence compiled some questionable figures from “e-receipt” data it took from a group of consumers who volunteer to share their purchasing information. Most of this data came from an iOS shopping app which has support for the Apple Watch.

According to Slice intelligence, the Apple Watch saw a dip in sales; an 85% drop to be exact. That may sound like a lot, but remember the data that Slice Intelligence uses isn’t totally reliable when it comes to figuring out how well the Apple Watch is doing. Remember, this app is only monitoring email boxes to acquire their data, and because not everyone that possesses this watch is using this app, take the data with a grain of salt.

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However, Slice intelligence could be on the money if you take the sales of the iPhone 6 into consideration. Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6S units over the opening weekend. That equates to 3.3 million iPhone’s per day. Four months later, Apple announced that it sold 74.5 million between October and December. That means Apple went from selling 3.3 million iPhones per day to a measly 828,000 phones per day. That is a 74% drop in just three months. Sure, you can say that the sales of the iPhone 6 tanked, but that is to be expected. Phone typically dip in sales from their initial high. So, even though the iPhone took a dive in sales, the device is still doing well.

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There is always going to be a dip in sales with any product. Whether it’s three months down the line like the iPhone, or a year down the line like the PS4 (Which has only been a slight dip), interest in devices are always going to drop regardless. For example, I’m sure we are going to forget all about the Dodge Charger Hellcat a couple years down the line when Chrysler comes out with a bigger more exciting version (Like a Trailhawk version of the Jeep Cherokee with a Hellcat engine).

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It’s about time luxury watch makers get into the connected smartwatch territory. This has been something quite anticipated for a while now. With the Apple Watch Edition coming out soon, the 24K gold version is expected to cost $10,000. You think someone is going to buy it? You’re damn right they are. That’s why Google, Intel, and Tag Heuer will be teaming up to make the greatest connected smartwatch.

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This shouldn’t be rocket science as to guess who will be responsible for what. Google will be responsible for the software, Intel will be responsible for the chipset, and Tag will be making sure the hardware is A1. This partnership was unveiled at Basel, Switzerland, you know, the country where they are excellent at making watches.

We haven’t seen exactly what the Tag Heuer smartwatch will be, but it is expected to claim awesomeness. There hasn’t been many smartwatches that look as premium as an actual luxury watch besides the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch, and the LG G Watch Urbane. The closest to luxury smartwatches that Android Wear has ever came to was either the Moto 360 or Watch Urbane.

If you thought Tag Heuer is trying to compete with Apple’s Watch, think again.

“The difference between the TAG Heuer watch and the Apple Watch is very important. That one is called Apple, and this one is called TAG Heuer.”

CEO Jean-Claude Biver

There’s no debating the quote. Silicon Valley has indeed finally met Switzerland.

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Well it isn’t a surprise to see Samsung as the leading smartwatch manufacturer now is it? According to Statista, Samsung is the number one leading smartwatch manufacturer.  Between October and December of 2014, the company sold 1.2 million smartwatches. That is almost double what Pebble sold that same period, which was 700,000 units sold. It’s odd to see Pebble in second place since it’s the company that brought back the smartwatch idea. Because Samsung makes so many different watches, it make sense to see the Korean Giant on top.

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Fitbit took third place in the Smartwatch industry, selling 600,000 units. Next up is Sony, which surprisingly sold 550,000 units during the same period. Lenovo and LG took fifth and sixth respectively. Garmin surprisingly came in 7th place with 400,000 units sold; 20,000 units shy of LG’s units sold. Withings, Polar, and Asus gets eighth, ninth, and tenth respectively selling around 150,000 units each.

Samsung uses two different platforms instead of one just like the other smartwatches. While most smartwatches on the list uses Android Wear, Samsung uses either Android Wear or a form of Tizen; Samsung’s own platform. Tizen allows Samsung to be able to take over the smartwatch and pushes the boundaries that Google currently has placed on Android Wear. While Android Wear is fairly good, it is severely limited and incapable of showing certain messages, forcing users to open up an App in their phone while the Samsung Gear S is able to show full messages on the watch alone. The Samsung Gear S is also the only smartwatch capable of being used without a device attached to it, allowing the user to use the device as a phone itself. While we patiently wait for the Apple Watch to release on April 24th, there could be changes made to the smartwatch line up.

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There’s no doubt that the Apple Watch is going to sale like hotcakes. Even Analyst is predicting huge sales for the smartwatch.

“Apple will quickly become the world’s number one smartwatch vendor with 55% global market share this year.”

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Strategy Analytics predicts that Apple will ship 15 million Apple Watches globally this year. Last month, reports claimed that the Cupertino company was building roughly 6 million units; it seems like that number has more than doubled. Along with other platforms, this Apple Watch should take off with ease. With the Apple Watch, Analyst predicts that the company will take over the smartwatch market instantaneously. The fact that the Apple Watch is attractive, (just not as attractive as some other watches out there) it will make it appealing to a large customer base. Even the name has significance. I can’t count the amount of times my Moto 360 was mistaken for an Apple Watch.

Apple has a loyal fan base and robust App ecosystem. This is just what Apple needs to make a successful smartwatch launch. However, even with these predictions, usability, price, battery life, and functionality will be the ultimate decipher. The Apple Watch will also have multiple versions, which should make it stand out from the rest of the smartwatches. While most smartwatches come in 2 or 3 variants, the Apple Watch will come in 7 different variants.

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The next tier of LG smartwatches will be very different. Their next smartwatches will be LTE connected. Just like the Samsung Gear S, it will not be coming included with Android Wear. The LG G Watch Urbane may not come with LTE but the Urbane LTE definitely will. While the original Urbane comes with the design, the LTE version will be bulkier, but still retain a sexy design. It will expand its capabilities with 4G VoLTE calls and will introduce LG’s proprietary wearable platform. While we have no clue what it will be called, we can definitely speculate the great use of the WebOS platform on the phone. There’s no reason why the company is ditching Android Wear in favor of their own OS, but my guess is that they are aiming heavily at the Samsung Gear S.

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The LG G Watch will continue to be a smartwatch powerhouse. It will retain the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor. However, the battery will be even bigger at 700 mAh. LG also increased the amount of RAM to 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM, meaning this little thing is packing some pretty serious specs for just a smartwatch. The LG G Watch Urbane LTE will be unveiled at this year’s MWC along side of other smartwatches.

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Good things don’t come cheap, especially when you add gold. The highly anticipated Apple Watch may start at $349, but when you add gold, expect the price to nearly triple. Rumors reveal that the Watch will not come cheap if you are looking for exquisite material. The 42 mm Gold Edition Apple Watch will cost approximately $900 for just the gold.

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According to sources, the Apple Watch will include  1.02oz (29.16gr) of 18-karat gold. At the current rate gold is going for (Which is obviously nowhere but up), the gold Apple Watch will come with over $850 worth of gold alone. This is based on the wall of the watch case which has a thickness of 1.15mm. That’s not the only thing that will be plastered in gold, the additional parts of the watch, such as the crown, the number markers, and dials will also be smothered in gold.

29.16 Grams of Gold isn’t cheap. Because the base version of the Apple Watch will be no different in terms of functionality, the Gold Watch Edition will be nothing short of a fashion statement. I can only imagine the price breaching $1000 once profit is factored in the price tag. Once the device goes on sale, it will give people yet another reason to spend more on a smartwatch.

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It seems like Samsung won’t be supplying Apple with any watch displays. LG looks to be scraping up those contracts. LG will reportedly be supplying Apple with plastic OLED displays for their upcoming Apple Watch (I always want to say iWatch for some reason). According to JP Morgan, LG is expected to significantly surge in 2015 and 2016 thanks to contracts for the Cupertino company.

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LG isn’t looking for any small numbers either. The company expects to ship out about 29 million watches by the end of 2015. The company also expects to deliver P-OLED for each unit and priced at $45 apiece. By 2016, the Apple Watch units could reach a staggering 61 million units shipped.

Even though Sammy isn’t providing Apple with any display technology, the company isn’t left out of the food chain. Rumor has it that the Korean Giant will be supplying Apple with 32-bit processors.

Wearable’s aren’t seen as a huge cash generator, so the Apple Watch will be able to shine in the smartwatch territory. This may be why the Apple Watch will start off at a hefty $349. However, due to the smartwatch being a niche product, Apple will be able to aim it at a high valued market; keeping its resale value for a long period of time.

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LG is definitely giving Motorola a run for their money. In just two weeks, Mobile World Congress will surprise us full of great gadgets. LG will be surprising us with the Watch Urbane. The LG Watch Urbane is the G Watch R with a sexy looking metal band instead of the G Shock inspired plastic chassis.

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Even though the specs of the LG Watch Urbane aren’t any different from the G Watch R, it is still no less than stellar. It still features the same circular 1.3″ 320 x 320 display. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor overlocked to 1.2 GHz with 512 MB of RAM a juicy 410 mAh lithium ion battery for a watch. The Urbane Watch has a stainless steel body and a 22 mm removable leather watch band. Similar to the Moto 360 it runs off of Android Wear and is also IP67 certified for those that wants to run it through water and dust. LG claims that it’s thinner than the 9.7 mm G Watch R with a smaller bezel.

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The pricing of the watch isn’t yet released. We usually get edgy when it comes to metal smartwatches. The G Watch R is already a $299 device. It’s actually $29 cheaper than the Motorola Moto 360. There’s a strong possibility that it could reach anywhere between $299 and $349. Whatever LG does, they don’t want to reach the insane price of the Samsung Gear S, which surpasses $399.

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There are many smartwatches to go for these days. However, if you are looking for the sexiest smartwatch to buy these days, look no further than the Motorola Moto 360. If you are looking to buy one, you may want to know how to set up and use the device. Here is how you use the Moto 360.

The Moto 360 will have to charge before you can use it, so place it on a charge for about 40 minutes to an hour. Even though the device powers up at about 30-50%, the update cannot be complete until it is at 100%. While the device is updating, you can download Android Wear and Motorola Connect on you Android device so the Watch and the phone can communicate.

Make sure your Moto 360 Fit!!!

The Motorola Moto 360 may fit very tight. You want to make sure the device fits right. If it is too loose, the heart rate sensor will not work properly. Thankfully, the device comes with extra link. Make sure you do not try and take the links out yourself. Premium watches usually have arrows that indicate where the links should pop out. Because there is no indication where the link should pop out, you may risk damaging the device; especially since the links are tighter than a normal watch. Please see a jewelry store to have them extract the links properly. The only takes a few minutes and it should cost anywhere between $10 and $20 USD.

The watch needs to be configured to your liking. If you like the watch face that already comes with it, great. If you want to download different watch faces, you can head on over to the Android Wear App Store. There are plenty of free choices, but most of the good watch faces will cost you.

To change configure your health, you want to go to the Motorola Connect App. From there, tap the watch and go to your wellness profile to adjust your body type. I suggest you use this app since they didn’t put a heart rate sensor in it for no reason.

Navigating through the watch is simple. Swipe up to reveal Google Cards. While on the cards, swipe right to reveal more information about the card, or swipe left to dismiss the card. Double tapping the screen and swiping down will get you to the settings quickly. To get to apps, you can double tap and swipe down to start. From there you can get to games as well.

Overall perspective of the device

The Motorola Moto 360 is a phenomenal device. It may not do as much as the Samsung Gear S, but it does most of it. Through our few weeks of having the device, the battery last about a day. Not a day in a half….about a day, so make sure this puppy is charged every night. Standby time is outstanding, but if you don’t charge it on a daily basis, it will be standing useless. The heart rate monitor is pretty good. We compared it to using a stethoscope and while it wasn’t as accurate as the trusty method, it was pretty darn close. There isn’t any speakers on it like the Gear S, but I don’t think anyone would care to have it. The vibrator is pretty strong (Don’t think too hard about that one). The power button has a good tactile feel as well. As far as the round display goes, it’s decent. I love the bright screen, but hate that it is pixilated when viewing it close. The circular screen cuts off a few words, so I noticed I had to do a lot more scrolling than I did on the Gear S. In all, the Moto 360 is a device that doesn’t do too much, but doesn’t do too little at all. The device is just right.

Weight: 10

Design: 10

Display: 7

Usability: 8

Battery: 6

Score: 8.2

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