Smart watches

Is there a GPS watch that can be locked onto the wrist?

Episode 1368

Tom from Colorado Springs, CO

Tom is looking for a GPS watch that has cellular service, which can be worn by a sleep walking child. They need to have a lockable wrist band so he can't take it off. Leo suggests several GPS watches out there, but none with a lockable watch band. Leo recently got the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. It has all the features Tom is looking for, as well as a 22mm removable band that can be replaced. You can also make calls to and from it. The battery life is on long side for a smart watch.. MSRP for $350. It is compatible with Android or iOS.

Should I buy a smart watch?

Samsung Gear S2

Episode 1339

Perry from Long Beach, CA

Perry wants a new smart watch. Leo says it really comes down to what he's interested in. Does he want notifications or general fitness? Leo says that the Apple watch is not a good choice for Android users. Android Wear is a better option. With the Fitbit, he can get five days from it before he'd have to recharge. It also has a good heart rate monitor. It needs to use his phone's GPS.

iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 Announced

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Episode 1321

Apple announced the iPhone 7 this week, taking the "courageous" step of removing the headphone jack in favor of lightning connected ones. They also announced AirPods, which are wireless Bluetooth 4 headphones with microphones in each ear. They cost $159. The iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one 28mm wide angle and one 57mm telephoto. The Apple Watch Series 2 was also announced and it dropped the price of the Series 1 by $100, making it almost in the same price range as the Fitbit.

Where can I buy a charger for my fitness watch?

New Balance NX950 GPS Runner

Episode 1300

Gary from Laughlin, NV

Gary picked up a second hand New Balance runner's watch and he needs to get a USB charger for it. Leo says that NBMonitors.com is where he can go if it uses a proprietary connector. It uses a Pogo pin plug, though, and that means he can't just pick up a third party charger.

If Gary can find out what model number it is, he may be able to go to eBay and pick one up. He should definitely get it from New Balance, though.

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.