We've used Fitbit’s Versa for some time, but the company's since gone and released a stripped-back version of the smartwatch/fitness tracker -- that's the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition to you. The new wearable loses a fair few functions but that means that the price is right. On paper, at least. The RRP for the Versa Lite Edition is lower than the Versa's RRP -- not that it matters all that much.
When it comes to smartwatches, you have a few choices. You can get something that only works with iPhones, you can choose from a range of Wear OS-powered devices from the big names in Android, or you can go the fitness-focused route by choosing a Garmin, TomTom, Suunto or Fitbit and surviving with a slim selection of apps. Samsung’s Gear S3 offers another option: a customisable and flexible OS tha...[Read More]
The quirky and colourful MoveTime Family MT30 3G wearables have finally landed in South Africa, meaning that parents in SA can now keep track of their children’s whereabouts using some wristwear. Global mobile and tablet brand TCL, designed the MT30 smartwatch specifically for children, incorporating a smaller wristband and providing access to a limited number of apps and functionality. The main i...[Read More]
There are times when you really want to rub it in someone’s face that you’re able to wear the price of a luxury German car or a double-storey beach house on your wrist. If that’s you, but you can’t bear to miss any Facebook notifications, then the TAG Heuer Connected Full Diamond might be what you’re after. The very expensive timepiece debuted at the Salon Internation...[Read More]
How smart do you like your fitness trackers? If the answer is ‘not very’ then Fitbit has had you covered for a while with its merry band of clever, if not particularly connected, trackers. But now it’s gone the other way and made a proper frontman in the form of its first smartwatch, the Ionic. It’s a bold if somewhat belated move – rivals like the Apple Watch Series 3 and the forthcoming Samsung ...[Read More]
We get wrist-on with the Skagen Connected, a “hybrid smartwatch” from the Danish horologists that offers simple fitness tracking and notifications in an elegant timepiece. Review unit supplied by Watch Republic. Shot using Fujifilm X-T2 and XT20 cameras c/o Fujifilm South Africa.
Smartwatches have been ‘the Apple Watch show’ for too long, but things are finally about to get interesting – enter player Fitbit. We’ve long known that the king of fitness trackers is stepping up a weight class to take on the Apple Watch. And now it’s here in the form of the Ionic, a smartwatch with built-in GPS, waterproofing and a heart-rate monitor. The good news is that the Ionic is a lot mor...[Read More]
The Apple Watch has had a pretty easy time of it in smartwatch town. But galloping over from a nearby town called Fitbit is a smart gunslinger who reckons this town is big enough for the both of them. Fitbit has confirmed that it is definitely building the logical evolutionary step from fitness trackers like the Blaze. To be fair, we had our suspicions when it bought Pebble and Vector last year. B...[Read More]
Sure, you can spend $10,000 on a top-end Apple Watch if you want, but to the casual observer it’ll still look like every other Apple Watch out there. If you want exclusivity and smartwatch functionality there are options from the likes of Tag Heuer, Michael Kors and Mont Blanc… and now from Louis Vuitton. But it’s the LV-branded options that might prove most appealing to image-co...[Read More]