Wearables

This includes fitness bands, smartwatches, and other devices that are worn.

Why does my Apple Watch ring when my husband gets a phone call?

Apple Watch Sport

Episode 1236

Sheila from North Carolina

Sheila and her husband share an Apple ID and now that they have Apple Watches, every time his phone rings, it rings on her watch. Leo says that Apple associates the watch to an account and Apple uses the Apple ID to ring the watch. So Sheila's easy fix is to use her own separate ID for hers. The reason to share the IDs isn't really that important anymore since there is a Family Share option for music and videos. Reminders can be shared to other Apple IDs, so they'd still be able to have a shared list.

Does the Apple Watch have good accessibility features?

Apple Watch

Episode 1196

Julian from Los Angeles, CA

Julian is looking at the Apple Watch but heard that Leo thinks it's "dopey." Leo says that it is, but that's true with all smart watches right now. If Julian has a purpose for it, then it can be useful. But it's really more of a status symbol, even if it does have some interesting features.

Julian is blind, and he likes the accessibility features of interacting with his phone because the watch can talk as well. He likes that it can interface with Siri and Voiceover helps to read the time. It's an ideal solution for accessiblity and limited mobility.

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.

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.