It’s raining wearable news today! Samsung has finally set a release date on the Gear S, the Moto 360 shows up in a new color and the Microsoft Band was released.
The wait is almost over, guys! Samsung has finally come out of its cave and given us the exact release details. Those who have been hoping to get a smart watch that works as a standalone phone replacement can sign up for the Samsung Galaxy Gear this Friday, November 7th.
This is the US release date. Availability in other markets will vary. Sadly, pricing is still not available, but that information will come soon. It will depend on the carrier, of course. By the way, All four major carriers will be offering it, as well as Best Buy.
Opinion: The Samsung Gear S is an interesting device, but it’s not what everyone needs. To learn more about it just head over to our Samsung Gear S hands-on article.
Those who want something a bit fancier than the classic-looking Moto 360 will be happy to see what Amazon accidentally leaked this morning. The retailer put up multiple pages with different Moto 360 designs and straps. Among them was a very interesting one, drenched in a champagne gold coloring we know many of you love.
There were version with small and wide straps, as well as dark metal, silver metal and brown leather. All have been taken down, but at least we know all of these versions are coming soon, and the golden iteration is a surprising addition to the collection.
Opinion: I am usually not a fan of golden devices, but I must accept the champagne Moto 360 does look a bit sexy. Not my style, but I can see it looing great on some of your wrists.
We have seen many leaks and rumors on Microsoft’s wearable. In a surprising turn of events, Microsoft has released the device with no warnings or announcements. As we expected, it’s a health-focused device with six sensors that will track your activity at all times.
The Microsoft Band can monitor your steps, heart rate and movement. To make things more interesting, it can even measure UV exposure, monitor your sleep and track your stress levels (galvanic skin response).
The Microsoft Band is available today from multiple retailers, including the Microsoft Store. It’s not cheap at $199.99, but it will be a helpful tool many of you will appreciate. Oh, and there’s and it works with both Android and iOS!
Opinion: While I am much more of a Google user, I must say Microsoft’s wearable is looking quite awesome. It’s multi-platform, which is always a plus. It also seems to offer the right balance between functionality and health features. By the way, that 2-day battery life is much better than most other smart watches.