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1. Apple Watch 6
The newest Apple Watch adds extra sensors and new watch facesAppleIf you own an iPhone, the Apple Watch is the obvious choice for anaccompanying wearable. Since 2015 Apple has gradually improved these littlegadgets to be the sleek, reliable, intuitive and feature-packed wearables theyare today. Add in the host of casing and band options you’ve got, and theyreally stand out as the leaders in smartwatches.The Apple Watch 6 isn’t actually much of a jump forward from the Apple Watch5, but that’s not a huge problem. New this year is a blood oxygen monitor fortracking your health in even greater depth, and a brighter always-on display.There’s a small speed boost from 2019, and of course there are new watch facesto enjoy, as usually happens whenever Apple has a new smartwatch to show off.Equally important is the continuing evolution of watchOS. With watchOS 7,Apple has added more intelligent activity tracking, sleep monitoring, andinstant Siri translation features. If you want your smartwatch to be able todo something, then chances are the Apple Watch 6 is going to be able to do it.Pricing for the Apple Watch 6 starts at US$399.
3. Samsung Galaxy Watch3
The Galaxy Watch3 comes with new sensors for blood pressure and oxygenmonitoringSamsungWhile Samsung’s smartwatches are geared towards interacting with Samsungphones, you can use them with any Android phone or even iPhones to somedegree. Though native app support isn’t great, the Galaxy Watch series is apolished, speedy and premium option for strapping a miniature computer to yourwrist.The Galaxy Watch3 adds blood oxygen and blood pressure monitoring on top ofthe usual array of activity tracking features and sensors. The smartwatch cankeep tabs on your steps, your sleep, your location, your workouts and justabout everything else you’ll be during the day – it’ll even sync tracks acrossfrom Spotify so you can listen to your tunes without your phone (if you’re aPremium subscriber).With a large, crisp and clear display, and lag-free operation, the SamsungGalaxy Watch3 stakes a strong claim for being the best smartwatch that’s notmade by Apple. The raised, rotating bezel around the display is a particularhighlight – it makes navigating the watch’s interface much easier than it isif you’re jabbing at the screen with a finger.Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 starts at US$429.99.
4. Apple Watch SE
The SE is a more affordable Apple WatchAppleIf the Apple Watch 6 is a little too pricey for your budget, then the AppleWatch SE is a very appealing alternative. We’re assuming the SE stands forSpecial Edition, though Apple hasn’t specified, and it’s obviously designed tofill the sort of niche in Apple’s smartwatch line-up as the iPhone SE does inits range of smartphones.While the design is similar and the software is the same, there are a fewdifferences between the Apple Watch 6 and the Apple Watch SE, besides theprice. Advanced features such as the ECG analysis and the blood oxygenmonitoring are exclusive to the Apple Watch 6, and the pricier watch comeswith a few more options in terms of colors and bands. It also has slightlysuperior display tech, though most users are unlikely to notice the difference– unless you really want the always-on display, which the SE lacks.The Apple Watch 6 has a faster processor too, though again the differenceisn’t a huge one. The Apple Watch SE still brings with it almost all of thestandard health and fitness monitoring features you’re likely to want,including heart rate monitoring, GPS tracking, and sleep analysis, so it’s anexcellent buy for the price.Pricing for the Apple Watch SE starts at US$279.
6. Fitbit Versa 3
The Versa 3 offers the usual Fitbit polish and styleFitbitThe Fitbit Versa 3 was launched at the same time as the Fitbit Sense, andalthough it doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles as the moreexpensive smartwatch, it’s still got a lot going for it – all kinds ofactivity tracking, GPS, heart rate and oxygen saturation monitoring, sleeptracking, notifications from your smartphone, and more.As with every Fitbit smartwatch, the software on board the device and theaccompanying app on the phone is as good as the hardware. You’ll be able todig all the way into your stats, from sleep time to steps walked, and checkingup on your progress (and setting new goals) is straightforward. If you needmore, there’s the option of a Fitbit Premium subscription that deliverscustomized workouts straight to your phone.The Versa 3 is lightweight, stylish, and available in three different colorcombinations – and you can even access Google Assistant or Amazon Alexathrough it. The six-day battery life helps as well, making this a great allround choice if health and fitness features are the main reason that you’repicking up a smartwatch.Pricing for the Fitbit Versa 3 starts at US$229.95.
More Alexa, More Google Assistant
Tech companies are determined to own the smart home. Amazon upended everythingby integrating Alexa – the company’s personal digital assistant – in the Echosmart speaker, countering the reach Apple’s and Google’s virtual assistantsgained via smartphones.Smart speakers enjoyed a blowout holiday-season quarter as Amazon and Googleboth slashed prices to simply stuff their gadgets into as many homes aspossible. Apple finally released its HomePod early in 2018, but cost isrelegating Siri to a bit role in this market.Google and Amazon are now pushing to integrate their digital assistants intoas many devices as possible, including third-party products. Amazon has goneso far as releasing its microwave oven with integrated Alexa voice control.Expect 2019 to see Alexa and Google Assistant baked into an even wider rangeof home products, from TVs to appliances, as the battle for smart homedominance escalates.
Smartphones With an Array of Cameras
Smartphones have been blamed for all but killing off point-and-shoot cameras;consumers simply turn to their phones for casual photography because thecameras are pretty good and always on hand.But Apple started an arms war in 2017. Apple brought dual-camera systems intothe mainstream with the iPhone 7 Plus. It featured two primary cameras: onewide angle and one telephoto. That kicked off an arms race among smartphonemakers who realized many people would love to have their smartphone replace aDSLR, too, with multiple lenses allowing more professional-quality photos.Multiple cameras also make it easier for smartphone makers to offer enhancedphoto tricks such as “bokeh” and HDR.It’s about to get more extreme.In fall 2018, Samsung launched the Galaxy A9 with four cameras. China’s Huaweifollowed that up with the P20 Pro and its three rear cameras. Expect to seemore smartphones in 2019 with the back panels bristling with camera lenses.
Apple Watch Faces New Competition
Finally, a look at one of tech’s big success stories for 2018: the AppleWatch.Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch industry, helping to drive 67%year-over-year smartwatch sales growth in the third quarter of 2018. The AppleWatch Series 4 added new, advanced health capabilities, including the abilityfor users to take an electrocardiogram test.The Apple Watch has had little real competition outside of Fitbit (FIT). Butthat may change in 2019.The combination of smartwatch sales growth, Apple’s ability to charge $399 andup for an Apple Watch, a growing interest from the health-care and health-insurance industries in health-tracking wearables, and a long-awaited newsmartwatch chip from Qualcomm open the doors for competition in 2019.Look for smartwatches equipped with Google’s Wear OS and Qualcomm’s SnapdragonWear 3100 processor to mount a challenge to the Apple Watch in 2019. Withsmartwatches moving from a novelty for the tech-obsessed to mainstream deviceswith the potential to tap into the lucrative health market, the stakes aresimply too high now to let Apple build an insurmountable lead.
This year, we believe regular LED TVs are poised to catch up to OLED TVsthanks to new micro-LED technology. However, this new Sony OLED TV hasdefinitely earned our Best of CES 2021 award. Along with LG, Sony has beenmaking some of the best OLED TVs for a long time now, and with the Bravia XRA90J, Sony is addressing one of the biggest shortcomings of its OLED TVs: peakbrightness. A brighter display means that the new Bravia model can deliver astunning picture in a variety of environments. While Sony hasn’t released allthe details on the A90J yet, this could be a big step forward for OLEDtechnology. And given the company’s track record as of late, they’ve more thanearned the benefit of the doubt here.Courtesy of SonyLearn More About the New Sony Bravia OLED TV
BEST SMART SECURITY PRODUCT
Even the best home security products available today rely on a multitude ofdifferent hubs, cameras and sensors to detect when there’s suspicious activityin the home. But what if you only needed a few pieces of equipment to secureyour entire home? This is what the Origin Hex is promising, and the technologypromises to change the way we approach home security going forward. With theHex system, you can say goodbye to expensive cloud video systems andcomplicated installation.Instead of using video, motion sensors and door sensors, the Hex securitysystem from Origin Wireless emits a layer of waves throughout your home. Whensomeone moves through those waves, they “bend” around the person, which isthen interpreted as activity. Depending on your settings, it can then alertyou to unwanted entry or behavior while you’re away. According to Origin, onlytwo devices are needed — a main hub and a satellite sensor — to providecoverage for a 1,500 square foot space. Customers can use the included app toadjust detection modes and sensitivity levels as needed. Even better, thedevices also come equipped with sirens and nightlights, adding an extra layerof functionality in the mix.Courtesy of Origin WirelessLearn More About Origin Hex
BEST SEX TOY
The Satisfyer Love Triangle is not your average sex toy. While it might looklike other clitoral suction sex toys, this device has been given the abilityto hit pleasure zones with little pulses of air. But going one step further,the accompanying Satisfyer Connect app lets you customize how the vibrationand air pulse patterns work. You can even sync it to your favorite songs onSpotify or let a long-distance partner control it remotely. And thanks to IPX7waterproofing, you can use this tiny device anywhere you please. We’ve seenBluetooth sex toys before, the unique air pulse feature and connectivity makesthis the perfect toy for the social distancing era.Courtesy of Satisfyer
The best smartwatches can technically replace 90% of your phone’sfunctionality. Call us old-fashioned, but we actually prefer smartwatches thatcan’t do everything under the sun. Just because a device can do somethingdoesn’t necessarily mean it should. And this is why we appreciate Fossil’sHybrid Watch platform, which takes the general stylings and approach of atraditional timepiece and adds a few subtle smartwatch features to enhance itin just the right ways. These hybrid watches aren’t super new as a generalproduct, but for CES 2021, Fossil teamed up with one of our favoritewatchmakers, Skagen, to launch a new model that looks as sharp as anythingSkagen has ever put out, and as smart as any of Fossil’s other watches.In addition to Skagen’s typical minimalist Scandinavian approach to design,this watch employs an e-ink display that can transform on the fly to delivernotifications, media playback controls and info on your activity and heartrate. And because it’s not trying to do everything, it has a battery thatlasts for 6 months between charges.Courtesy of Fossil
1. A New Smartwatch
If your dad wears a regular watch, now is the time to update his look. Theproblem with most smartwatches is that they need to be constantly paired witha mobile device over Bluetooth. The Gear S is unique because of its largerform factor, as well as its ability work without a smartphone nearby. The GearS has a huge screen, which is great for people with poor eyesight. Thissmartwatch has 4GB of storage, so there’s plenty of room for crucial apps.This smartwatch also acts as an activity tracker, which is ideal for dads whoare trying to cut a little weight.Is your dad more of an Apple guy? The Apple Watch may be the ideal choice forhim, but there are a few caveats. The Apple Watch has been in extremelylimited supply, so it may not be possible to get one shipped in time forFather’s Day. You can purchase the Apple Watch from other retailers, such asAmazon. Note that these watches are being sold by third-party retailers viaAmazon, so they can be significantly more expensive than what you’d pay atApple. However, these retailers may be able to justify a higher price tagbecause new Apple Watch orders made from Apple’s website will take weeks toship. In contrast, the third-party resellers can often ship a new Apple Watchout in a matter of days. If your dad loves Apple gear, this is probably abetter choice for him than a watch that pairs with Android devices. However,Android fans will appreciate the Gear S for its robust features and appealingform factor.Price: $149.99 for the Gear S on-contract, $299.99 with no annual contract* * *