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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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NFC Ring Initial Impression

Well my NFC Ring has shown up and I’m rather excited. So far it’s pretty good fun to play with, I like the contrast between the bare NFC tag and then the black strip on the other side of the ring. It looks and feels great so no complaints here.

Practicality wise, its a breeze to set up. Tap it against an NFC enabled phone for the first time and it will prompt you to download the correct app for reading and writing your NFC Ring. For those who use Android, you can download an NFC Lock app, which will allow you to unlock your phone using your NFC Ring.

So far I’m using mine as an electronic business card. It’s something a little different and novel, and I’m pretty sure it will earn a few questions when people ask for my contact details.

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CES 2014

So CES is just around the corner and I must admit I’m intrigued to see what this years show has to offer.

I’m sure we will see a whole range of wearable tech being shown off with manufacturers battling to be the first to get this right. So far no one has really brought a product to market that has had a large market appeal so 2014 could prove to be exciting for wearables.

Tablets have my attention. I’m tired of the increasing specs and what I really want to see is something with a larger screen. Samsung are rumoured to be working on something around the 12 inch mark. With bezels getting smaller there’s so much more room to increase screen size. We’ve seen it happen with mobile phones so fingers crossed that will translate into the tablet market.