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Amazfit GTS 2 Mini review: A budget fitness watch with a lot to offer

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini
By Huami
$ 99.99 purchasing options

Vibrant AMOLED display
Lightweight body
5ATM water resistance
Great battery life
Plenty of activity modes
Detailed sleep tracking
Period tracking
Accurate SpO2 readings


Copycat design
Inconsistent heart rate monitoring during workouts
GPS needs work
No third-party app support
No offline voice assistant like the GTS 2

Bottom Line

The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is a good starter fitness watch that could become even better with future software updates. If your budget is strict and cannot exceed $ 100, by all means, go for it.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite review: Basic, but all-around good

Mi Watch Lite
By Xiaomi
€50 purchasing options

Very affordable
Plenty of fitness data and sport profiles
Workout analysis from Firstbeat
9-day battery life
Good heart rate monitoring


Limited smartwatch features
Xiaomi Wear app needs a lot of work

Bottom Line

The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is a good fitness tracker, but a very basic smartwatch. If you’re after the Mi Band experience and would like the benefits of a larger display, Xiaomi’s latest budget smartwatch is a fine option. Just don’t expect much more than that.

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Fitbit Versa 3 review: A good watch with great value

Versa 3
By Fitbit
$ 229.99 purchasing options

Decent battery life
Pretty accurate health tracking
Built-in GPS
Google Assistant and Alexa support
Speaker with phone call support
Good price


Very small app library
Onboard music limited to two services
Capacitive button isn’t ideal
Proprietary charging cable

Bottom Line

The Fitbit Versa 3 is probably the best all-around smartwatch for Android users. iPhone users are probably still better off spending the extra money for an Apple Watch SE, but Android users aren’t going to find a competing product that offers everything the Versa 3 offers at this low of a price point.

That being said, the watch isn’t perfect. You’ll need to decide if its relatively few trade-offs are worth the money saved. Overall, though, the average person will likely get everything they need and want from this.

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The 10 Apple TV+ shows you should watch first

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Source: Apple

Apple TV+ shows started immediately with the streaming service’s launch in November 2019. Since then, we have seen a low but steady trickle of new series debut on the service, and now there’s enough content to really dive deep into its selections. But which series are the best Apple TV Plus shows? Good question, and one we aim to explore here. 

As you will see, the original Apple TV Plus series already has a variety of content; from children’s shows to more mature series just for their moms and dads.

Remember, if you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV box, you get one year of the service for free (read more about it here.) For everyone else, you can sign up now for Apple TV Plus for $ 4.99 a month, following a seven-day free trial, at the link below. 

Best Apple TV+ shows

1. For All Mankind

for all mankind

This is our favorite of the current crop of Apple TV Plus shows. It’s an alternate history tale, showing the Soviet Union winning the race to put a man on the moon in 1969. In response, the NASA of this timeline decides to keep going. Part of their plan is to recruit more women and minorities into the US space program much earlier than what happened in our reality. It’s a different look at how early space exploration could have happened.

2. Dickinson


Emily Dickinson is the real life US poet who inspired tons of other writers over the decades. This show examines a fictionalized version of Dickinson’s early life. The twist is that this incarnation of the poet, as played by Hailee Steinfeld, and her friends act and sound more like teenagers in modern times. It’s not exactly historically accurate, but it is entertaining.

3. Home Before Dark

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We have read stories about fictional young reporters in school. However, this show tells the story of a real-life young journalist, Hilde Lysiak. As played by Brooklynn Prince in this series, the 11-year old Lysiak publishes her own newspaper for her community. Things take a big turn for her as she starts investigating a murder that happened near her home.

4. Ghostwriter


This reboot of the classic children’s TV series focuses on four kids. They attempt to solve mysteries that are tied into well-known books like The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland. If you have kids and want to encourage them to read more, this series might be a good first step.

5. Defending Jacob

defending jacob

This Apple TV Plus show is based on the best selling novel of the same name by William Landay. Chris Evans takes off his Captain America uniform and shield as the star of this series. He plays an assistant DA in a Massachusetts town, who suddenly has to deal with the fact that his son Jacob is accused of murdering a fellow classmate in school. This is an old-fashioned murder mystery, but with some family drama as well.

6. Mythic Quest

mythic quest

HBO’s Silicon Valley made a comedy out of the creation of tech startups. Mythic Quest does something similar. Instead of an internet app company, this show is about the workings of a video game developer. Specifically, it centers on the creator of an MMO game, and his team members that have to deal with his sometimes outrageous ideas and requests. Rob McElhinney, the co-creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, also co-created this show, and stars as its lead character Ian Grimm, who sometimes believes his job is to “create worlds”.

7. Little America

little america

This series isn’t as flashy or as high concept as most of the other Apple TV Plus shows on this list. However, it may be more human and heartwarming. It’s an anthology show, with each episode following an emigrant as he or she tries to make a life in America. Episodes have shown the life of a Nigerian boy who comes to Oklahoma and becomes a cowboy, along with a Chinese woman who ends up winning a cruise for her family. It shows the American experience through many different eyes.

8. See

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This sci-fi series takes place hundreds of years in the future, after an unnamed disaster strikes the Earth, and blinds all humans. The few survivors manage to stay alive, and one tribe of people, led by Aquaman’s Jason Momoa, weds an already pregnant woman. To their surprise, she has twins, both of which can see. This development gets the attention of a rival tribe, who wants the twins for their own purposes. This is a different sort of post-apocalyptic tale with heart and family.

9. Servant


M. Night Shyamalan is an executive producer of this thriller series, and also directed two of its episodes. The show itself fits with his dark storytelling themes. A young couple deal with the tragic death of their baby boy. However, the wife later starts to take care of a reborn doll that she thinks is really alive. The husband hires a nanny to help take care of their “child” but she seems to act like this thing is real as well. Get ready for some Shyamalan-style twists and turns in this series.

10. The Morning Show

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This show is by far the biggest high-concept series on Apple TV Plus. It also has the biggest stars, with Jennifer Aniston as a national morning news anchor who is shocked when her co-anchor, played by Steve Carell, is fired for alleged sexual misconduct. To make matters worse for Aniston’s character, she also has to deal with a rising young female reporter, played by Reese Witherspoon. The office and media politics can sometimes get a bit confusing and dull, but the performances by Aniston, Carell, Witherspoon and Billy Crudup as a news executive make this show very watchable. 

That’s our look at the best Apple TV Plus shows so far. We will update this list when more shows debut on the service. In the meantime which ones are your favorites?

Again, you can sign up for the service at the link below, which costs just $ 4.99 a month after a seven-day free trial.

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The Apple Watch Series 5 convinced me to try iOS, and I don’t regret it

Since its first iteration, the Apple Watch has been hailed as a best-in-class device. So much so, in fact, that many people cite the timepiece as reason enough to make the switch from Android to iPhone. That includes yours truly. Several factors recently convinced me to make a temporary switch to iOS, and the Apple Watch Series 5 was the clincher.

Coming from the Android ecosystem as an avid fitness tracker/smartwatch user, just how much better is the Apple Watch? Was it worth making the change?

Also read: An Android fanboy spends an enlightening week with an iPhone

Apple Watch Series 5 design and hardware

Apple Watch Series 5 Lying Down

The smartwatch is an example of a device category where design really does matter. It’s something you’ll be displaying on your wrist for all to see: a fashion accessory and a statement about who you are. This is something Apple clearly understands and has put a lot of thought into. Apple’s watch has a minimal and classy design.

Everyone knows what an Apple Watch looks like by now, and it has changed very little over the years. It’s a small, rounded square that sits on your wrist — and that’s really all there is to say about it. The only notable features are the digital crown (dial) on one side and a button sitting flush just below it. Together with the highly responsive touchscreen, these controls allow you to navigate through the UI. The digital crown is a particularly fine piece of engineering that has a surprisingly varied number of uses. It offers haptic feedback to mimic an analog control. Haptics, in general, are beyond excellent on the Apple Watch Series 5.

Apple Watch Series 5

To go with the sleek body, the watch has a vibrant screen that brims with color and wraps neatly around the edges thanks to the curved glass. It comes in two screen sizes: 40mm and 44mm. These offer 394 by 324 and 448 by 368 pixels, respectively. I actually went for the smaller model, as I wanted something that would feel light on my wrist. I often found that other smartwatches would dig into my hand during push-ups, or feel uncomfortable on a desk while typing. Fortunately, the 40mm Apple Watch is something I can easily wear all day. Moreover, the screen real estate is still more than ample for interacting with the watch.

There’s also a built-in speaker that allows you to hear notifications and feedback from Siri, listen to music, and take voice calls.

The Apple Watch has a sharp, vibrant screen that brims with color.

You can get the watch in aluminum, steel, or titanium, though most will likely choose the more affordable aluminum. Both options are plenty resilient, and you get water resistance up to 50 meters.

Apple Watch on Wrist

The Apple Watch Series 5 finally gets an always-on display, meaning you can show off your favorite watch face (and check it) without the awkward, exaggerated wrist gesture to wake the screen. The always-on display is a little dimmer when not active, but it still looks great. It uses some pretty clever technology to achieve the effect without draining the battery, too. This works by combining Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO) with Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) technology, which allows Apple to control the precise voltage supplied to each pixel. The combo enables a variable refresh rate that can go as low as 1Hz, drastically reducing the power consumed when the watch isn’t in use. Lift it up, and the regular AMOLED screen will kick in, slightly increasing the brightness.

The only downside of the design is that it has become ubiquitous. The Apple Watch is no longer unique or special, though that doesn’t detract from its quality.

Apple Watch Complications 2

In terms of sheer design, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is arguably the closest competition. It has the same minimal aesthetic, but in a round form factor. The size options are identical (40mm or 44mm), and Samsung offers similar material choices, too.

Read also: Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: solid smartwatch, inaccurate fitness watch

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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 competes with the Apple Watch in terms of design

The screen is likewise just as bright, and just as high-resolution. The big difference is that Samsung provides far more robust customization options.

This is one area where I really miss Android. While the watch faces on the Apple Watch are varied and attractive, you still can’t create or download custom ones. This limits the amount of self-expression possible.

Montblanc Summit 2

The Montblanc Summit 2 is a premium, luxury smartwatch.

Of course, if your main concern is fashion and style, there are plenty of beautiful smartwatches available from actual watch companies. These trounce the Apple Watch in terms of design, no problem, but they don’t tend to offer the same level of functionality. And no watch has quite gained the instant recognizability as the Apple Watch, for better or for worse. The Apple Watch is iconic.

Also read: The Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch is the best Wear OS watch you can buy

Apple Watch Series 5 specs

  Apple Watch Series 5
Material Aluminum, steel, or titanium
Size 40mm 44mm
Water resistance 50M
CPU Apple S5
Storage 32GB
Battery 18 Hours
Operating System WatchOS 6.1
Celluluar Yes (Optional)
Heart rate monitor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Ambient light Yes
Microphone Yes

Powering the Apple Watch Series 5 is the Apple S5 chip, which is extremely snappy and surprisingly capable. Devs have gotten 3D games running on this thing and they don’t look awful. The Watch has an impressive 32GB of on-board storage, all the usual sensors, built-in GPS (no phone necessary), and optional cellular data.

Apple Watch Series 5 Side Profile

In terms of hardware, the Apple Watch’s biggest limitation continues to be the infamous battery life. The Watch is supposed to last around 18 hours, though it will generally go a day and a half with normal use. You’re going to need to charge it every night, which means it can’t come with you on long hiking trips (you’ll only get 4 hours of GPS tracking) and it isn’t ideal for sleep tracking, either. This isn’t a huge problem for me, as I simply charge the device each morning while I make breakfast for my daughter. That said, it does take a while to charge at 1.5 hours and this means it often misses out on some activity tracking when I’m chasing my daughter around the house.

Apple Watch Series 5 Face

Smartwatch features

Neither the specs nor the design are what set the Apple Watch Series 5 apart. Like all of Apple’s best products, the magic of the Apple Watch lies in the perfect marriage of hardware and software.

Of course, the Apple Watch Series 5 handles all your smartwatch basics. It shows notifications, it sends messages, and it lets you pay for stuff with Apple Pay. It even shows the time!

Notifications on Apple Watch Series 5

But it’s the thoughtful software features, intuitive-yet-powerful user interface, and snappy responsiveness that make this such a fantastic product.

WatchOS 6.1 really feels like a shrunken-down version of iOS. For example, you swipe down to see your notifications, and you can double-press the digital crown to call up Apple Pay. A swipe up from the bottom opens the settings menu, which includes some neat features such as the torch, and a “find my phone” function. Swipe left or right along the bottom to switch between watch faces, and raise the watch at any time to begin talking to Siri. A click of the digital crown will bring up the cluster of apps, while the button will show either a list of your currently open apps, or your favorites for easy access. Switching between open apps is almost as fast as it is on a full-sized mobile device.

Apple Watch Series 5 Moody Lighting

The Apple Watch comes with a lot of built-in apps and services. You can control media playback, communicate with other Watch owners with a walkie-talkie (great/terrible for couples), make calls, or get directions with haptic cues straight to your wrist. Talking from your wrist is not an exclusive Apple feature, but it’s only found in a handful of smartwatches, and it’s surprisingly useful. I used it a number of times in situations where my phone was inaccessible, or my hands were full. It’s perfect for making quick plans, or telling someone you’ll call them back.

Apple Watch App List

To me though, the real stand-out feature is the ability to control my iPhone’s camera. (The other big reason I switched to iOS was for the iPhone 11 Pro Max‘s camera.) For my fitness YouTube channel and Instagram account, I need to regularly record myself training and working out. In the past, this has been cumbersome and I can’t count how many times I achieved a personal best on one exercise or another only to find I was out of focus. The Apple Watch Series 5 sends a live feed from the camera right to my wrist, and I can even swap between lenses, or shift the focal point. It’s game-changing for me, and it never ceases to impress friends when we’re lining up for group photos (note that Wear OS devices can do this too).

Apple Watch Camera Training

Setting reminders is one of my favorite uses for the Apple Watch. Being able to speak to Siri as easily as raising my wrist is game-changing, and it’s much harder to miss notifications on iOS than it is on Android (this was something else that drove me away from Samsung in particular). In short, this takes a load off my mind and helps me be just a little less scatterbrained. It’s this kind of additional productivity that I was really hoping I’d be able to get from the Apple Watch.

Also read: The best Siri commands for productivity, information, laughter, and more

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Google Assistant on Wear OS is a better assistant. But Siri is more than capable of most tasks you might conceivably want from a watch (and it’s miles better than Bixby).

Setting reminders is one of my favorite uses for the Apple Watch.

App support

Just like the iPhone itself, the Apple Watch really comes alive when you start installing third-party apps (which can now be done directly from your wrist). Finding these apps can be hard work, seeing as there’s no dedicated Apple Watch store on iOS (something Google does better), and the one on the watch itself is fiddly to use with few features for easy discovery.

Once you do find them, though, the selection of Apple Watch apps is pretty amazing. A lot of the big brand apps have watchOS counterparts, which includes the likes of Headspace, Todoist, Spotify, MyFitnessPal, Audible, and more. The Todoist app lets me not only tick off my to-do items, but even add new ones by voice.

Apple Watch Audible

Complications, or watch-face widgets add greatly to this functionality. You can pick several widgets for each watch face, providing a quick shortcut to the apps of your choice. This lets you see useful information at all times, such as upcoming todos. Again, this really helped me stay on task throughout the day, as I was constantly reminded of what I needed to do next. Complications can be customized to a small degree, though it’s crazy to me that WatchOS has better widgets than iOS itself.

Smaller developers are knocking it out of the park here and have found plenty of ways to be useful on the Apple Watch. Nano, for example, is a surprisingly feature-rich Reddit app; a great distraction in a pinch. I also enjoy Peak for its brain-training games. To me, brain training and smartwatches are a natural pairing.

Also read: The best workout earbuds you can buyThe best smartwatches you can buy

Apple Watch App Store

The last smartwatch I wore frequently was the Garmin Vivoactive 3. That device had a lot of apps too, available through the Connect IQ store, but the selection paled in comparison to what Apple offers. Further, a lot of the Garmin apps either didn’t work or only supported newer Garmin models. You’ll get more apps with the Garmin Vivoactive 4 or Venu, but it still falls short compared to the Apple Watch.

Wear OS fairs better than Garmin in terms of app support, but again, the Apple Watch has it beat.

Also read: Garmin Vivoactive 4 review | Garmin Venu review

Fitness tracking

For many people, the Apple Watch has become their go-to fitness tracker and there is a lot to like here.

General activity tracking on the Watch is denoted by three rings representing your calories burned, exercise, and time standing. The watch measures your heart rate roughly once every 10 minutes (though some apps will measure more frequently), and there’s an FDA-approved ECG that can alert you to potential heart conditions.

Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Apple Watch Series 5 Activity Tracking

One of the most vaunted features of the current line of Apple Watches is fall detection. If you should fall while wearing the watch and then fail to move, your watch can call for help. There have already been stories of Apple Watches saving lives.

You can monitor your heart rate and activity more thoroughly during workouts, but automatic-workout detection leaves a little to be desired; you’ll probably be better off starting activities manually. The GPS is precise, and the Apple Watch Series 5 has everything you need for a run built-in — meaning you can confidently leave your phone at home. While a wrist-worn heart rate monitor will never be as accurate as a chest-worn strap (especially during weight lifting), the Apple Watch Series 5 is still one of the better options and does pair with a strap if you prefer. With GPS on, you’ll only manage around 4-6 hours, so it’s cutting it fine for a marathon (but still not bad!). To eke out the most battery possible, you’ll want to turn off the display and other connectivity, though.

Also read: 15 best fitness apps for Android

Apple Watch Fitness Tracker

There are dozens of stories about the Apple Watch saving lives.

Unfortunately, the Apple Watch doesn’t track sleep out of the box, which is presumably due to battery limitations.

Third-party options fill the gap, however. I used one called Sleep++  for a bit. When I found that app wasn’t logging my nightly wake-ups properly though (of which there are many, thanks to my 15-month-old daughter), I swapped it for another called Autosleep. Autosleep is excellent, and in many ways rivals the detail generated by dedicated hardware, such as the Oura Ring 2. You get a huge amount of information, including a readiness score that is based on HRV (heart rate variability), and resting heart rate.

Oura Ring 2 Review

There’s nothing to stop you from using the Oura Ring 2 in conjunction with the Apple Watch. And support for Apple Health is available out of the box!

And that’s the story of fitness tracking on Apple Watch. What’s there is robust, but basic. It’s the huge variety of fitness apps that make the Apple Watch such a strong contender. Apps like Gymatic offer to count your reps at the gym, Endomondo is one of the best running apps, and there are tons of great guided yoga apps, HIIT sessions, and calisthenics routines.

Apple Watch Series 5 Heart Rate Monitor

I really enjoyed an app called Endel, which creates relaxing soundscapes based on the time of day and personal metrics. There is a level of creativity and polish here that I simply haven’t found on other devices. If you are interested in using biofeedback to improve your health and lifestyle, the Apple Watch Series 5 has you covered.

That said, the depth of information available from a Garmin fitness tracker still trumps the Apple Watch.

An Android user’s take on Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 From Side

So, how does the Apple Watch stack up compared to what’s available on Android?

The Apple Watch Series 5 base model cost $ 399 with an aluminum chassis. The stainless steel case starts at $ 699, while the titanium model costs a hefty $ 799. The cellular model starts at $ 499 in aluminum. That makes it significantly more expensive than most of the competition. In my opinion, though, it definitely justifies that price.

Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) The best smartwatch, period.
The Apple Watch Series 5 is the best smartwatch available, period. The ECG keeps track of your heart rate and warns you if it gets too high or low. The always-on screen means you’re always aware of the time. It even senses if you’ve fallen and don’t respond to the vibrations.

While it’s true that there are some solid smartwatches for the Android platform, and Wear OS certainly has a few things going for it, the Apple Watch is a step above. There’s a reason this device has garnered so much praise: it benefits from a beautiful design, an intelligent UI, and impressive app support. It’s not perfect (battery life and sleep tracking let it down), and it’s expensive, too. Whether it’s paying for groceries with my wrist or getting reminders that I can’t possibly miss, there are countless times throughout the day I was glad to have the Apple Watch.

Another great thing about the Apple Watch is that it’s getting better all the time. Unlike Wear OS, which rarely sees updates from Google, the Apple Watch gets new features regularly and benefits from superb ongoing support.

The Apple Watch Series 5 is the first smartwatch I’ve ever used that became an essential part of my workflow, and I’ve only scratched the surface of what it can do.

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We asked, you told us: You are willing to pay up for a ‘perfect’ Wear OS watch

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It seems like companies are launching high-end Wear OS smartwatches left and right. At the beginning of the year, Suunto launched the $ 500 Suunto 7, its first real smartwatch and one of the best Wear OS watches you can buy right now.

Now, Montblanc and Tag Heuer are launching new, super expensive Wear OS smartwatches. The Montblanc Summit 2 Plus costs $ 1,170, while the new Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch goes for a whopping $ 1,800.

That got us thinking. If a company made a Wear OS smartwatch that was perfect for you, how much would you pay for it? I’m talking no compromises and every single feature you want on a smartwatch, but it’s running Wear OS. We asked you last week how much you’d be willing to pay, and the results are pretty interesting.

How much would you pay for an ‘Ultra’ Wear OS watch?


Out of almost 2,000 total votes, 64% of Android Authority readers said they’d still only pay the “average” amount of money for a perfect Wear OS smartwatch: between $ 100 and $ 300.

29.5% of voters said they’d pay much more for a perfect Wear OS watch. 27.2% would pay somewhere between $ 300 and $ 1,000, while 2.3% of voters said they’d pay over $ 1,000.

Finally, 6.5% of voters wouldn’t pay any amount of money for a perfect Wear OS device.

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Here’s what you had to say

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • Monk: I’d go for up to 500… Good battery, rugged. Not a name brand per say but not some knock off startup company. It’s gotta work with any Android phone. I have a phone, so I don’t need 3g 4g or 5g… Maybe enough data to do texts for when I’m away from my phone but I don’t need to watch videos or anything. I’d want heart rate and 02 sensor. Sleep tracking that works well. Some other medical miracle that hasn’t been done yet. Easy to use reminders (guess a top of the line assistant that doesn’t need data to do most tasks)In terms of design thin enough to not feel bulky. Round face without a flat tire. A dual screen for low power consumption. A new design where the buttons aren’t huge, so you could wear it comfortably on either wrist without pushing them by mistake. Comfortable band that you don’t have to buy an aftermarket one and hope for the best. Then instead of over designing a new pixel with maybe some people like the soli stuff but instead throw that R/D into wear OS and make it
  • DBS: WearOS is a sh*tshow. Unpolished, unfinished, unsupported. Even Google seems to have forgotten it. So I wouldn’t buy anything over 100€ running it. Only if the watch was under 100€ would I consider it. Since there’s no option for that…Option 1 it is.
  • jdrch: I wouldn’t buy it, not because “I hate Wear OS” (LMAO wat) but because I’m not about to buy yet another device that needs to be charged. I already rock a Bluetooth headset, phone, and backup power bank everywhere. Don’t need a 4th.
  • Lee: I’ve removed Google pay from my watch due to constant inconsistency of it being fussy about where exactly on the terminal it makes connection, or it deciding to quit or freeze right at the point of payment. A smart ring works flawlessly without any of this & requires no charging. Unless you have a watch with that charges itself it’s just not worth it, you can still have Google assistant through earphones.
  • mejustsayin: I have the gear s2 classic. it is almost the ideal watch. the perfect smartwatch for me is small, takes phone notifications, able to make payments (prefer samsung pay) and don’t have all the health tracking features. It will be a while before I will be in the market for a new watch. I just cannot see getting a new watch every few years at the current prices. when I am in the market, wear os will be considered and I will pay to get what I want and need – within reason.
  • none: If it has a square screen, and it isn’t made by Samsung, I’ll buy it…
  • Chris Jewell: I bought the Montblanc Summit 2 a year ago for about $ 950. The point about paying the extra dollars is that you get a quality timepiece as far as hardware and aesthetics. For example it is virtually scratch proof and the leather strap still looks good. It’s a beautiful watch and I’ve had a lot of compliments. I know that WearOS has a bad reputation but on my watch it’s super fast and responsive. The battery lasts about 16 hrs with regular usage which isn’t stellar but I’m OK with that. I know that in 5 years or so the software will likely be obsolete and the battery will have deteriorated but I’m kind of hoping that those things can be repaired. If not, I’m still happy with my purchase.
  • Harry Knuckles: My fitbit versa 2 is awesome and only cost $ 180. Buying “Luxury” technology is just like waving a flag saying I’m foolish.
  • funkpod: I put down the $ 300 to $ 1000 option, only because I could see spending$ 350 or even$ 400. If it is like the Apple Watch quality, then yeah, I’d pay that much. But not $ 1k.

That’s it for this week. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below!

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ZTE’s high-end AXON mini, AXON MAX, and AXON Watch.


Earlier this year when the mysterious Axon Phone was announced, it sparked a sensation-of-sorts as interested consumers tried to deduce how such an impressive “newcomer” could appear. As time passed, it became clear that ZTE was behind the device. Earlier today, the Chinese OEM held a media event to offer some insight into the new brand strategy it has in store: the Axon line is truly committed to producing premium devices aimed at the consummate connoisseur.

Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices, explained that “devices in our ZTE AXON product lines are designed entirely with consumers in mind and to be the nerve center of everything they do…Our high-end flagship strategy is now in full swing and we believe we have all of the ingredients to become a leading consumer electronics brand globally.”

The Axon Mini

While the tech-world is actively discussing the merits or lack-thereof for Apple’s 3D Touch, the AXON mini, first unveiled in July 2015, was actually the first smartphone announced to offer such technology, beating even Huawei’s Mate S. The device features a FHD 5.2-inch AMOLED 2.5D curved-edge screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 Octa-Core SoC with Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2800mAh battery. MicroSD support up to 128GB cards is included. Three color options will be available: Ion Gold, Chromium Silver and Rose Gold.

Perhaps even more impressive are the extended spec-related details, as they truly provide some unprecedented premium performance on such a small-sized product: The device will be just 3.5mm thin and 70mm wide, with bezels of 0.85mm. The rear camera has phase-detection auto focus (PDAF) which will allow users to focus on their subject in just 0.1 seconds. The front camera has a 5P aspherical lens. The device supports dual microphones with an AKM4961 Hi-Fi audio chipset that provides 32-bit Hi-Fi audio and superior sound recording. The body is constructed from Boeing 787 aircraft-grade aluminum-titanium alloy.


The Axon (left) and Axon Mini (right).

Also highlighted is the device’s voice search functionality that “can be activated within 1.2 seconds…[and] comes with voice translation support for English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, offering real-time voice translation.” The Mini supports fingerprint authentication as well as eye-scanning and voice-recognition for use with biometric security verification.

For those interested in basketball, there will be an NBA variant that features alternative design options and includes NBA-related images and services.

In China, the phone will be available from ZTE’s online store, from JD.com, and at major retailers. In the next few months, the device will also be released in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain and Italy. Curiously no mention is given of the United States or Canada, perhaps suggesting that ZTE will announce the product at a separate event.

The Ion Gold and Chromium Silver models will retail for $ 379, however the Rose Gold variant will cost $ 399. Also mentioned, though no details were specified, is a “Mini Premium” which will land at $ 439. Given that the source specifically refers to the Mini NBA as such, it is unclear what this apparent third option will entail exactly.

Axon Watch


Also unveiled in July 2015 was the AXON Watch which will go on sale in China starting October 27th from ZTE’s online store, MyZTE. The wearable features a 1.4-inch Gorilla Glass screen with sapphire coating. It features 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage, a 300mAh battery, and Bluetooth 4.1. As the product was developed in conjunction with Tencent, and thus supports Tencent OS rather than Android Wear. As such, both QQ and WeChat are integrated with the device.

Axon Max

Axon Max Yesky

While the BusinessWire source report currently lacks details about the Axon Max, alternative sources have specified that it will contain a 6-inch QHD display, the Snapdragon 810 SoC, and feature 4GB of RAM. Based on the specs for both the standard Axon Phone and the Axon Mini, it can be assumed the Max will also include Hi-Fi audio along with the other bells and whistles.


With the pending release of the Axon Mini, ZTE stands at an almost unchallenged position for petite, rivaled to an extent only by Sony’s Xperia Z5 Compact. The phone has a solid price tag, some truly jaw-dropping specs, and retains the signature look of the Axon line. ZTE appears to be quite serious in its efforts to not only reshape the way in which the world-at-large perceives it, but to go toe-to-toe with even the top-tier titans of the mobile industry.

It will be very interesting to spend some hands-on time with with Axon Mini and see if it can live up to the impressive spec sheet ZTE has put forth. What about you? Interested? Leave us your thoughts below!

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Motorola Connect app updated with improved UI, 2015 Moto 360 support and additional watch faces


Those who use Motorola accessories or smart devices definitely need some help keeping all their gadgets in check. This is why the Motorola Connect app exists; to help users manage their multiple Motorola articles. If you are one of the many who take advantage of this software tool, you may notice there is a new update awaiting in the Google Play Store. You should go get it soon, as it brings forth some meaningful improvements.

The main enhancement is likely the addition of the Moto 360 (2015) to the list of supported devices. The new Android Wear watch joins a list of plenty other supported devices, including the older Moto 360, the Moto Pulse, Moto Surround, Motorola Power Pack Micro, Motorola Keylink and the Motorola Connect PC Extension.

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Supporting the new Moto 360 will only benefit a few of you, though. What most users will actually notice is the improved UI, which makes the experience “more intuitive and easier to navigate”. It looks very similar to the new Moto app, which we saw on the newest Moto G and Moto X smartphones.


The new design is sleek and clean. There is a floating action button that allows users to add their devices, and you can simply navigate through your current Moto products and access their settings. By the way, this apps also makes it possible to change the Moto 360 watch faces, and if you jump into the wearable’s options you may find that Motorola also added the new ones from the 2015 Moto 360.

Of course, there’s also the usual batch of bug fixes, but we have no idea what those are all about. Go get your update from the Google Play Store and join the conversation in the comments below. Are you liking the new UI?

Download Motorola Connect from the Google Play Store

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Get the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 + Watch bundle for only $299.99

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Those looking to get an affordable handset should really pay attention to today’s deal, as it may also get you a smartwatch for a very low added price. Alcatel is offering its back-to-school bundle for only $ 299.99, which includes both the OneTouch Idol 3 and the OneTouch Watch.

This proves to be a great deal when you consider these products’ original pricing. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 costs $ 279.99 (currently marked down to $ 249.99) and the OneTouch Watch is usually $ 149.99. This means the back-to-school bundle would save you about $ 100-$ 130. Not a bad deal, right?


By the way, you wouldn’t be stuck with a bad smartphone at all. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 happens to be one of the best budget phones of the year. We had a great time reviewing it, and it managed to walk away with an 8.8/10 score.

This handset can perform relatively well. That Snapdragon 615 processor and 2 GB of RAM make it run fast enough to keep the casual users content. It also has a large 5.5-inch display that looks great, and its dual front-facing speakers can beat even some of the high-end devices in the market.


As for the Alcatel OneTouch Watch – just keep in mind this is not an Android Wear product, so you won’t have access to all those apps Google’s wearable platform touts. Now, this doesn’t take much away from its value. I tested it at CES 2015 and can tell you it has enough features to keep many of us happy.

Want in on this deal? All you have to do is go get the bundle either from Amazon or Alcatel’s official page. The offer ends on August 9th, so you will want to sign up before then. By the way, the offer does include Amazon Prime shipping, so you can have this bundle in your hands very, very soon!

Are any of you guys signing up for this one?

Buy the Alcatel OneTouch idol 3 + Watch bundle from Amazon
Buy the Alcatel OneTouch idol 3 + Watch bundle from Alcatel

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Friday Debate: Apple Watch, Galaxy S6, and One M9

The Friday Debate

This week, the team gets together to talk about upcoming devices – in particular, the new phones from Samsung and HTC. Our main question centered on which phone our hosts would buy with their hard-earned money. But before that talk, they speak about the Apple Watch and what it might mean for the future of smartwatches. They soon realize that the Apple Watch isn’t even out yet, even after talking about it at length in different perspectives. Oops.

We’re also making changes to the podcast very soon – nothing too big, but it will involve all of you listeners and fans! As some of you may have noticed, there was no Friday Debate written post this week, as we will somewhat be merging the two efforts in the weeks to come, while introducing a few other exciting changes. Stay tuned for all of that and be sure to keep an eye out on our social channels were will be giving you some more podcast change-related details later this week.

As always, keep it tuned to Android Authority and visit the FDP page on AndroidAuthority.com for all of the links to relevant stories and social media!

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