Apple Watch

How can I make the heart rate monitor in the Apple Watch more accurate?

Apple Watch

Episode 1188

Greg from Santa Monica, CA

Greg trains athletes and he's not a fan of the heart rate monitor of the Apple Watch. Leo says that nothing is going to beat a breast strap that monitors heart rate. But in time, maybe. The Watch is close accuracy wise, but it's not going to replace a Garmin for more serious, higher performance activity. His best bet is patience at this point. It's early days still. Give it time and it'll not only be more accurate, but it will have more features. Polar straps are supported by the Apple watch via Health Kit, however.

How can I use a smartwatch as a remote for my camera?

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Episode 1188

John from Pasadena, CA

John has a Panasonic Lumix camera that he uses for his photography hobby. He's been shooting since the 70s. But he wants to know how he can link it to his smartwatch and use it as a trigger remote. Leo says that both the Apple Watch and Android Smartwatches can do that with the phone camera. He can even see what the phone sees from the watch. This allows him to remote trigger and even do a self timer option.

The Problem with Smartwatches

Apple Watch

Episode 1184

Leo has worn just about every smart watch there is, dating all the way back to the first Pebble watch and he's finally figured out what's wrong with them -- they're too small! A watch is great for telling time, but there's just not enough screen real estate to be able to do anything useful, especially when exercising. Sure, it can be used to answer calls, but you look like an idiot talking into your watch.

Is the 320x320 display on Android smartwatches enough?

Episode 1181

Seth from Irvine, CA

Seth is looking at Android smartwatches, and is debating between the Sony Smartwatch 3 or the Asus Zen Watch. But he is wondering if the 320x320 display is going to be adequate. Leo says the watch face is small, so that resolution is pretty standard. The functionality is going to be the same as well. The only difference comes with features like a heart rate sensor.

Android Wear devices are all pretty alike. Android Wear is about 80% of the function compared to an Apple Watch, and Leo likes Android Wear a lot.

First Impressions with Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Episode 1181

Leo got his Apple Watch yesterday, and he says it's pretty. Still too early to tell about the battery life though, but the wireless battery charging feature is pretty cool. It takes about an hour, and the magnetic charger looks like a stethescope. He says it can charge other watches as well. Leo says it can get you through the day, even though it may not seem like it when you first get it because you'll be playing with it much more. But after a few weeks, you'll see that it will only take about 5% battery life per hour with regular use. The watch will work with iPhone 5 or higher.

When will the Apple Watch come to Spain?

Apple Watch

Episode 1179

Chavy from Barcelona, Spain

Chavy wants to know when the Apple Watch will come to Spain. Leo says there could be logistical reasons for it not coming to Spain yet. He could go across the border into France and buy it. Chavy's worried about updates, though. Leo says that would have to do with carriers of his phone, not the watch itself. Warranty may be an issue, perhaps. But Leo doesn't think so.