Garmin recently rolled out updates to its low and mid-range line of fitness watches. One integrates life tracking while the other adds smartphone connectivity.
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Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as tablets, cutting edge smartphones, and portable gaming.
Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 200 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Nokia Lumia 830, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, BlackBerry Passport, Sony Xperia Z3, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and many more, along with tons of accessories and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of "palmsolo".
Activity trackers are useful when they provide date tracking with little to no effort on your part. Garmin succeeded in bringing a tracker with all the basics in a device that doesn't ever need to be charged up.
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I carried my iPad mini in the Case Logic QuickFlip case while commuting with the Griffith Park. Both are high quality products with cool design features.
Chest strap heart rate monitors are uncomfortable and tend to move around. The Mio Link is comfortable and effective.
Microsoft's new Surface Pen on the Surface Pro 3 offers enhanced OneNote functionality that is showing me how much better OneNote is for my note-taking needs.
Pebble and Jawbone have open platforms for development and today's announcements show they are both making efforts to compete in the wearable market.
Samsung's two newest Android tablets will be available this Friday with their largest highest resolution Super AMOLED displays in a slim form factor even thinner than their phones.
The Surface Pro 3 is now shipping and I recorded this show on my new home computer. A couple of mobile announcements took place last week in Seattle.
With the just announced Galaxy Tab S, Samsung now offers at least ten Android tablets. Which is right for you? Our buyer's guide can help.
Amazon continues to provide value to Prime subscribers and this time they are bringing ad-free music with access to over a million songs.
Microsoft revealed their new Surface computer, Google improved the functionality of Chromebooks, and Apple has some exciting things coming in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.
Consumers haven't yet decided that wearables are a necessity so companies are actively working to gain market share. Pebble launched as a Kickstarter project and is currently beating the major brands.
Microsoft announced their new Surface Pro 3 lineup yesterday and you can now pre-order one of the five available models. My Surface Pro is my primary computer, but it is now time to upgrade.
The smartwatch market is continuing to grow and with Google I/O next month Android Wear will likely be a force to reckon with. Samsung currently dominates the smartwatch market thanks to its marketing power.
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