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Review: Apple Watch Band with Protect Case(42MM), Bandmax Women/Men Black Gun Plated Strap

I have the Apple Watch Sports Edition, and it looks great already, but I was pretty excited about adding different bands to the device. The first that I got to try is this one, and all I can say is wow. It changes the watch completely, transforming it into something exceptionally smart looking.

When I popped open the package, I was taken aback by how well presented the entire package is. It comes in a luxurious looking box which is padded inside to keep the band protected. Included, you’ll receive the band, a new surround for your Apple Watch, and a cleaning cloth. Everything is wrapped up to prevent it from scratching.

Once I took the band out I found it very easy to fit, and best of all, the connectors are perfectly sized for the Apple Watch. My main concern was that with this not being made by Apple it would be a slightly wrong fit, but I was wrong with that assumption. Now, I have tiny little wrists so I needed to change the size. Surprisingly this is very easy. There are small buttons within the links, press your nail into the space just above each button and tug the lower link and it will pop out of place, then reconnect the rest of the band. It’s as simple as that, no tools required.

The band looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s smooth and well made and really adds to the overall look of the Apple Watch. I was concerned that the bottom connector for removing the watch band would be too long, but it fits nicely over the bottom of my wrist.

As mentioned above, you also get a metal casing for the surround of the watch. This is pretty handy if you want to either change the colour of your watch, or just add a little more protection.

Is the watch band worth the asking price? Well, compare it to what Apple are charging and yes it is. It is well made, a perfect fit, beautifully presented, and really transforms the Apple Watch into something a little smarter. I’d definitely recommend this product.

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Battle of the Smart Bands

This week I’ll be taking two Smart Bands out for a test drive in the hopes of finding out which one is better! The two bands that are battling it out are as follows, the Microsoft Band and the Sony Smartband Talk SWR30.

The Microsoft Band launched in the UK not so long ago and I’ve already really enjoyed using the device. I’ve been a user for about 4 weeks now and I’ve got to say I’m impressed by how accurate it seems to be with regards to its fitness tracking features.

The Sony Smartband Talk has a lot to live up to, but I like what I’ve seen from the Lifelog app. Combined with a nice looking e-ink display and talk functions for taking phone calls, I’m sure Sony is going to stand its ground in this weeks arena!

Stay tuned for my thoughts and feelings on both devices next Monday when I’ll have had a good length of time to really see what they are both capable of.

In the meantime feel free to check out my initial thoughts regarding the Microsoft Band in the video below.

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My Smartwatch Excitement

So wearable technology is finally beginning to take off. We all expected it to but we’ve been left with sub par devices up until now. There are a number of manufactures bringing wearable technology to the market, and for the first time these devices are beginning to look like something people will actually want to use and wear.

LG G Watch R

Now this is a smart device that looks like a watch! I never thought that would be too much to ask for but apparently strapping some weird futuristic device to our wrists was acceptable in major manufactures eyes. Well LG decided against this, bringing a watch to the market that follows Motorola’s circular design. The device runs on Android which gives the user a fantastic range of features in this nice looking device. The thing that stands out the most in my eyes is the circular dial around the outside of the display, which mirrors traditional watches and helps the G Watch R to avoid standing out like a sore thumb.

Stylish, powerful and functional, this is a wearable that’s on my radar.

Motorola 360

After Motorola showed off their wearable I was a little shocked. It looked fantastic and its stand out feature was that it was circular. For some reason the desire for a circular smartwatch had never entered my mind until then, but now I had seen the 360 I couldn’t imagine ever owning a boring square device. I think it’s safe to say that Motorola really stole the show after Google announced Android Wear. All eyes were on the 360 and for good reason.

It has just landed on shelves in the UK and is selling out quickly, with positive reviews coming. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and take it for a test drive and see what Android Wear is really like.

Pebble

Now here’s a smartwatch that hit the market a little while ago but it is only just arriving in the UK, signing an exclusive deal with O2, a major UK telecoms network, for some of its products. Until recently the Pebble hadn’t really caught my attention, but after more research I’ve found myself genuinely intrigued by their smartwatch range.

After using a smartwatch for almost a year I’ve found my biggest pet peeve is that the battery life of these devices is awful. The Pebbles bragging rights are that their smartwatches will last between 5-7 days on a single charge. That’s pretty impressive given that the competition can hardly last a day. Now granted the Pebble does a little less but it still offers the essentials and gives customers a good variety of styles to select from.

All in all this is definitely a product launch to keep an eye on.

So those are the three devices that I’m looking forward to having a good play with this year. Of course next year we have the Apple Watch hitting the shelves and no doubt that will help to really drive this market. Until then however, we have a great selection to play with.

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