Wearables – Summer reflection on 2018 #Toronto #Montreal #Calgary #Ottawa #Canada



Summer’s right here, so let’s replicate again on the wearables that 2018 has introduced us up to now.

As it is World Cup time, let’s ‘ick-off and coin yet one more cliched soccer analogy:

It’s a sport of two halves

Let’s analyze the considerably predictable first half of the yr within the wearable area this week earlier than trying ahead to, on this pundits view, a extra unpredictable second half subsequent week.

The first half – precisely as anticipated

While the tempo of change within the wearable area, partly as a consequence of economics, is way slower than that of smartphones, with step adjustments happening a lot much less regularly, the primary half of the yr elicited few, if any surprises.

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer began 2018 by launching the Connected Modular 41mm, a smaller and upgraded variant of its Connected Modular 45mm smartwatch. If you are after a real luxurious branded smartwatch accessible in a variety of types and supplies, then look no additional. Of course, there is not any getting round that being a ‘Tag’ ends in worth factors that align with the remainder of their vary of timepieces.

The Connected Modular vary is exclusive on this class that it makes use of an Intel Atom processor versus a Qualcomm SoC. While the Intel Atom processor is off-the-shelf, with Intel withdrawing from the wearable area, it is solely attainable Tag Heuer will undertake Qualcomm processors subsequent time round.

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41 assortment

Our Take

  • Swiss watch bearing the Swiss Made label
  • Increased reminiscence to 1GB & Storage to 8GB
  • AMOLED display high quality, dpi & brightness (max 350 nits) improved from Connected 45 variant
  • Wear OS has by no means seemed higher
  • Be ready to pay ‘Tag’ pricing
  • No HRM, unlikely for use for sports activities however all day coronary heart charge has worth nontheless.
  • 1 day max battery life


Early in 2018 Garmin launched the Forerunner 645 Music, a GPS operating watch with built-in music playback and assist for Garmin Pay, Garmin’s contactless fee system.

Five months later, it rolled out the identical capabilities to its Vivoactive and Fenix vary introducing the Vivoactive Three and Fenix 5 Plus sequence.

In addition to music and contactless funds, the Fenix 5 Plus sequence launched mapping throughout the entire vary – it was beforehand solely accessible on the Fenix 5X. While this time round, distinctive to the Fenix 5X Plus is the introduction of wrist-based Pulse Ox.

Garmin continued to roll-out music storage & playback and Garmin Pay to its vary of wearables

The Fenix 5 Plus sequence additionally launched assist for Galileo, the worldwide navigation satellite tv for pc system (GNSS) that’s being created by the European Union, for improved accuracy in additional adversarial circumstances. Unexpectedly Garmin has began to allow Galileo assist on another units in its vary by means of firmware updates, notably the Forerunner 935 and Fenix 5 (in beta on the time of writing) sequence.

Our Take

  • With their well being and health focus you wont be left wanting for insights
  • Utilizing 12 Firstbeat health and well being options
  • Sunlight-legible, transflective memory-in-pixel show sips battery however cannot be in comparison with AMOLED display high quality
  • GPS and music playback take their toll on battery life.
  • Can be built-in with a plethora of different Garmin units from Cycling computer systems, bow sights, Satellite communicators, maritime sonar, boat autopilots and biking equipment.
  • Spotify nowhere to be seen – but
  • Limited assist by banks for Garmin Pay
  • Extensible by way of apps, watch faces, knowledge fields and widgets however smaller developer group than Apple or Google.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

The Fitness band class, for a lot of, is all of the wearable they may ever want or their entry level as they higher perceive what they need from their wearable units. Xiaomi has demonstrated once more how robust this class stays by transport 1 million of its inexpensive Mi Band 3’s in simply 17 days since its launch on May 31 this yr.

It helps that at present’s health bands do greater than merely counting steps. Wrist-based HRM’s have gotten the norm now on this class, as is mirroring your smartphone’s notifications. With the Mi Band Three even supporting NFC for contactless funds.

Xiaomi’s Mi Band Three verifying {that a} robust market nonetheless exists for these health bands

Our Take

  • Can’t be choosy at this worth level
  • 20 day battery life
  • Waterproof to 5ATM
  • Integrates with Google Fit
  • Can’t evaluate to the likes of Fitbit to knowledge evaluation


In 2018 Fitbit bookended the wearables class. Firstly with the introduction of the Fitbit Versa, its second smartwatch following the retro trying oft criticised Fitbit Ionic. Followed by the Fitbit Ace, a wearable-focused on our youngsters’s well-being.

Fitbit Ace

Here’s some sobering information. In October final yr, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed a report pertaining to the world’s inhabitants in relation to weight problems and weight, which it summarized as follows:

  • Worldwide weight problems has almost tripled since 1975
  • In 2016, greater than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, had been chubby. Of these over 650 million had been overweight
  • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over had been chubby in 2016, and 13% had been overweight
  • Most of the world’s inhabitants stay in international locations the place chubby and weight problems kills extra folks than underweight
  • 41 million kids underneath the age of 5 had been chubby or overweight in 2016
  • Over 340 million kids and adolescents aged 5-19 had been chubby or overweight in 2016
  • Obesity is preventable.

Fitbit joins the ranks of Garmin with their Vivofit jr 2 and others by rebadging the Fitbit Alta at a cheaper price level and thus providing a health tracker particularly for youngsters, addressing the issue of kids’s inactive existence. Therefore the strategy is to concentrate on exercise and train versus weight.

Fitbit have lowered the minimal age that you may have a Fitbit account to eight years outdated and now dad and mom can set step and exercise objectives whereas inviting their kids to challenges.

Fitbit’s Ace – additional increasing choices to encourage children in direction of a well being life-style

Our Take

  • A rebadged Fitbit Alta at a cheaper price level
  • Anything to assist our youngsters is nice – proper!
  • 5 day battery life
  • Showerproof
  • Fitbit App is among the greatest
  • Tracks Steps, Distance and Active Time, plus fundamental Sleep
  • No HRM

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Ionic’s design was derisive, and whereas it’d look proper at residence on Matt Damon’s wrist in The Martian, it lacked on a regular basis enchantment for a lot of, particularly the feminine non-astronaut viewers.

The Versa brings the identical health and smartwatch tech from the Ionic, besides GPS disappointingly, packaged in a vastly improved design with extra colour and materials choices.

Fitbit’s Versa smartwatch has a much less polarizing look than its Ionic vary

Our Take

  • Design that mimics the Apple Watch
  • Good vary of sport actions
  • Bright and vibrant show
  • 3-Four day battery life
  • Fitbit Pay contactless fee
  • Priced proper
  • Lacks GPS
  • While light-weight – design slightly plasticky for some


We had been shocked when Huawei introduced the Watch 2 2018. The title says all of it. Remarkably equivalent to 2017’s Watch 2 the one new components it brings to the celebration is eSim assist enabling the sharing of the identical cellphone quantity between your watch and smartphone. Additionally, Huawei packed in a few further sensors, a capacitance sensor for measuring humidity and sweat together with a geomagnetic sensor to enhance outside monitoring – and that is it.

Huawei Watch 2 2018 strikingly much like its earlier Huawei Watch 2

Our Take

  • Includes GPS and NFC
  • 4G mannequin
  • Not the improve we anticipated
  • Looks not for everybody
  • Expectations are excessive for the Watch 3


Part of Huami, two of AMAZFIT’s wearables turned globally accessible this yr – notably overlaying off completely different segments with a concentrate on providing as a lot bang in your buck as attainable.

The AMAZFIT Bip is a effectively featured Apple Watch lookalike whereas the AMAZFIT Stratos is meant to compete with sports activities watches akin to these supplied by Garmin with out the premium price ticket.

Xiaomi’s Huami AMAZFIT Bip & Stratos

AMAZFIT Bip Our Take

  • 45 day battery life!
  • Includes HRM and GPS
  • Dissapointingly GPS solely used to enhance distance measurements
  • Incredibly vibrant developer group to increase performance

AMAZFIT Stratos Our Take

  • Garmin performance at lower than half the worth
  • Utilizing 8 Firstbeat health and well being options
  • Better than anticipated construct high quality
  • Bluetooth Music playback
  • Max 7 day battery life, GPS and music playback tremendously scale back this
  • UI wants some work
  • Display not upto Garmin requirements


Google’s Wear OS controls lots of the smartwatches within the market with the consequence that the market has develop into awash with watches packing an analogous set of options. With manufacturers differentiating themselves by means of both design, worth or each.

It’s becoming that we finish with the Ticwatch S and E, as these are the polar opposites of how we began off with the Tag Heuer Connected 41mm. Unashamedly specializing in delivering nearly all of options at cost-effective pricing, Mobvoi are carving out a distinct segment all of their very own.

Mobvoi’s Ticwatch S and Ticwatch E. Fully featured Wear OS smartwatches at an important worth level

Our Take

  • Plastic design invokes a Swatch Vibe
  • Low worth
  • Day and a half battery life
  • No Android Pay
  • Good Smartphone App
  • No Android Pay

Half-time – No let’s have a look ahead to what we’ll be strapping to our wrists later this yr.

We’d like your ideas on what options and capabilities are essential to you by choosing your prime three from the checklist beneath:

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