Pebble announced its high end variant of the Pebble Time with elegant looks to compete with the Apple Watch. Smartstrap technology encourages hardware partners to innovate too.
The Mobile Gadgeteer
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 a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on 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 over 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 1520, 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".
Huawei continues to reveal high end designs; its newest Android Wear smartwatch looks to compete with the elegant look and feel of the Moto 360.
HTC announced it is taking its design skills to the virtual world with the HTC Vive. In partnership with Valve, HTC will be launching a VR headset advertised as the most immersive ever.
HTC continues to expand beyond smartphones. Matthew spent a bit of time handling the new HTC Grip fitness band and likes what he see so far.
HTC's new Grip fitness band looks similar to the Nike+ Fuelband with integrated GPS. It will launch in the US for those who want more than a pedometer on their wrist.
Lollipop arrived on a couple existing devices, Matthew bought a Nokia Lumia 830, and both he and Kevin are looking forward to Mobile World Congress news.
Pebble continues to improve the functionality of its smartwatch lineup and go toe-to-toe with Android Wear devices. Android smartphone Pebblers should update today.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an expensive mobile computer that many use away from the desk. Urban Armor Gear has an attractive rugged case that offers good drop protection.
Fitbit's two high end devices are now available and both come with heart rate monitoring and basic notification support. Matthew spent a couple weeks with each and prefers one over the other.
WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase hands-on: High quality functional design for the business traveler
WaterField Designs continues to offer well-designed bags for the professional. The soft Bolt Briefcase looks great at meetings, conferences, and in the airport.
The Pebble smartwatch may be the most successful smartwatch to date, but competition is heating up in 2015 with the upcoming release of the Apple Watch and more Android Wear offerings.
The new Google Nexus 9 is made by HTC and the two official accessories have some cool HTC design elements, but at a rather high price.
Matthew is excited for his Seahawks today, but was up early to talk about Samsung, the iPhone, Windows 10, and the functional Outlook app on other platforms.
Microsoft markets the power of Office in your hands with the Surface Pro 3, but with SoftMaker Office HD for Android you can get desktop-level functionality on your Android tablet too.
Matthew loves using his Xperia Z3 smartphone and took the companion tablet for a spin the last few weeks. High end Sony design elements are present, but it will cost you.
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