Pebble Steel Review


Pebble Steel
Pebble Steel

Well I decided two months ago to buy a Pebble Steel and have been using it daily ever since. I really like this watch since it can work with both iOS and Android phones that use Bluetooth 4.0 and LE. Plus the hardware for this watch is very nice and you can use two different custom bands either a leather one or a steel link one ( does not allow normal watch bands as it uses a custom link.) This watch especially when you use the leather band is pretty lightweight and non obtrusive.

This watch uses a app on both iOS and Android to pair it with your phone and manage your watch apps and faces as well as various other settings.  You can keep up to 8 watch faces and or apps on your watch at a time. You can still use more apps and watch faces but you would have to rotate the others into the locker. For notifications on iOS it sends every kind over that you have enabled on your phone for notifications but on Android you can configure your notifications more.  The great thing with this watch is you know when you get a notification it has a very strong vibration motor that buzzes every time your phone gets a notification that you want to be notified with. Plus you can accept or decline calls with your watch and control your music or media playback that is happening on your phone with your watch.

Battery life on this watch lasts between 5 to 7 days depending on your watch face and how many notifications you receive on a daily.

Overall I would recommend this watch especially if you are looking for a cross platform smartwatch.

by The Verge

Pebble Steel Review

HTC M8 Review


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So about two weeks ago I dropped my Nexus 5 on the cement pavement and broke the screen. But it was still usable so I decided that it was time for a new phone and I chose to try out the HTC M8. So far I have to say overall it is a great upgrade.

 

Display

The display is a 5 inch 1080p LCD display with great viewing angles and very good colour accuracy as well as just being a great display to look at or watch things on for long periods of time. The display is also able to withstand being out in the rain with no problem working at all.

 

Camera

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The camera is really great if you want to share pictures online or view them on screen but not the best for printing pictures or viewing on large computer or TV screens. The camera is still the same 4MB Ultra pixel as before with some new tricks and faster auto focusing the big new feature is that the camera allows you to focus on the foreground or background. Also the gallery app has and camera app have been reworked to be faster and easier to use. The camera also allows you to go into full manual mode and change settings like iso, exposure, white balance, and such.

 

Software

HTC Sense 6 is a very fine software overlay on Android Kitkat 4.4.2. Sense has been toned down and Blink feed is actually usable and can even be turned off. Alot of HTC apps have also been broken out and put in the Play store to be updated more frequently and allow the Play Edition HTC M8 to use them. Also keeping with the last HTC One there is still a very usable IR remote.

 

Performance

Overall not much to say here except that I have had no problems with using the phone browsing heavily online and streaming Netflix or YouTube or the like.

 

Battery life

Overall very impressed here I get on average 12 to 15 hours on this phone with very heavy use of listening to audio very heavy social media and browsing and lightweight gaming. By the end of the night it is in power saving mode which does turn off some things like auto sync and if you want to get even more use but very basic use you can turn on the extreme power savings which only lets you use the phone and messaging apps and a few more basic apps like calculator.

HTC M8 Review

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Great Article from GigaOm


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Great Article from GigaOm

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Fitbit First Impression


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Fitbit Android App

So after a few days of having the Fitbit I have to say I really like it. It works great and you forget that it is on your wrist until it vibrates to tell you something.

The setup is so simple and easy all you need to do is download the app and launch it and it will find your Fitbit just make sure you have a lest three dots of charge and then you walk threw the goals of steps, weight loss, and such.

The software is great and cross platform works on both Android and iOS and their is even third party apps for Windows Phone 8. But if you want to use it with your phone you need to have Bluetooth 4 low energy so that the Fitbit can sync to it. Also their is a USB dongle for your computer if you want to go that root instead of the phone and their are apps for your computer. The software gives you so much good information like your step  count (default of 10 000) and your calories intake and outtake and your wait goals and sleep.

You do have to manually enter in the food you eat and the water you drink as well as tell it when you are going to sleep. The food database is from the US which is okay but you will be missing Canadian only things like (President Choice stuff).

Their is even a social thing to it that has leaderboards and such so if you have friends or family you can compete against one another which is great.

Fitbit First Impression