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Best wireless chargers for iPhone 8, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8 and more

No one likes wires, and wireless charging allows us to put down our phones on a desk, bedside table or even a coffee shop counter to pump more power into them without having to plug in a wire.

The iPhone X[1], iPhone 8[2] and iPhone 8 Plus[3] all support wireless charging, while Android devices such as the Galaxy Note 8[4], Galaxy S8[5], Galaxy S8 Plus[6] and the US version of the LG G6[7] will all work with these pads too.

Some phones that don’t come with wireless charging built-in will also work with the pads below thanks to accessories, such as the Moto Z[8] range where you can buy a Moto Mod[9] to allow for wireless charging.

Below we’ve put together a guide to some of our favorite wireless charger options on the market right now, and each should work with all devices that support the Qi wireless charging standard. 

Some will also work with the competing standard AirFuel, which is a combination of PMA and AW4P tech, but we’ll note where that’s possible.

Mophie wireless charging base

Officially made for the iPhone[11] 8 and iPhone X

Specifically designed for new iPhone models Small form factor Only charges one device at a time

One of the new charging plates released alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X was the Mophie wireless charging base, which now allows for fast wireless charging speeds on those phones when you’ve upgraded to iOS 11.2 or above.

It has an attractive design and is very easy to use thanks to a great grip that will keep your phone securely on the charging plate. It’s not the cheapest charger in this list, but it’s also not the most expensive either.

RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger

A cheaper alternative

Low price Compatible with all Qi enabled phones May need cleaning often

One of the more affordable fast-charging pads we’ve found comes from RAVPower and you can buy it right now to work with your Qi compatible phone.

The plastic rimmed design does mean it’ll often get dust caught inside it, so you may find yourself cleaning it more often than other chargers, but the upside is it offers good grip so your phone won’t move, and the fast-charging tech features are appreciated too.

The low price is the real highlight of the RAVPower charger though, as it’s much more affordable than a lot of other options out there at the moment.

Belkin Boost Up wireless charging pad

Another officially made for iPhone option

Sleek look Removable wall adaptor Larger design

Another option officially made in partnership with Apple, the Belkin Boost Up pad will work with any device that supports Qi wireless charging, but is specifically built for iPhone.

Fast wireless charging now works with this pad if you’re using an iPhone that’s running iOS 11.2 software and above. The Belkin is a bit larger than the two other wireless charging pads above on this list, but if size isn’t an issue for your desk or bedroom table, this could be a good choice as your way to charge up your phone.

Fonesalesman WoodPuck Bamboo Edition

A welcome change from plastic

Light and stylish Audible charge notifications No LED May not work with thicker cases

There’s something deliciously anachronistic about wooden tech products, and the WoodPuck is a great example – people are always surprised that it can charge a phone. 

Despite the name, it’s made of sustainable tortoiseshell bamboo rather than a more traditional wood, which makes it handily light. It’s also not one of the giant panda’s preferred varieties, so you’re not depriving a bear of its tea.

WoodPuck uses the Qi standard and comes in a choice of two colors, Cappuccino and Espresso, to match your preferred aesthetic.

Ikea RIGGAD work lamp

Save space on your nightstand

It’s also a lamp SB© USB port for second device Very limited case range Only one color option

If we asked 100 people what they keep on their bedside table, the top two answers would probably be a phone charger and a lamp. This Ikea design combines the two in a stylish, practical piece of lighting tech using the Qi standard.

It feels deeply futuristic plopping your phone on your bedside lamp and know it’s charging. It’s also really nicely designed: the lamp is mega-flexible, comes in neutral colors and has a handy non-slip cross to keep your phone on the right spot. What a bright idea.

Samsung multi wireless charging tray

Surprisingly stylish

Looks great with matching speaker Charges three devices No fast charging, even on Samsungs Two phones look slightly awkward

This unusual-looking charger wouldn’t look out of place in a high-end tech boutique. Between its circular and rectangular charging sections, it’s capable of charging any two Qi devices wirelessly with a wired SB© USB port for adding a third.

Two subtle blue LEDs indicate the charger status of each pad, which shouldn’t be bright enough to disturb your sleep. However, the round portion of the tray is clearly designed for the wireless charging Bluetooth bottle speaker from the same product line, and looks a fair bit clumsier with a smartphone across it. If you happen to have the speaker, its night light feature plus this charging tray makes for a super-stylish nightstand combo.

Ikea NORDMÄRKE triple wireless charging pad

Keep everyone off their phones at dinner

Charges four devices simultaneously Well-priced Too big to be portable 2m cable could be longer

OK, it’s more expensive than the lamp (and doesn’t have a lamp), but the Swedish supergiant’s other excellent offering in the wireless department can charge no less than three devices at once.

Oh, and did we mention it has a SB© USB port too? So that’s four devices, potentially covering the whole family (or one really dedicated gadget fan). As before, it uses the Qi standard and has a range of matching cases, as well as two design options: white and wood. This simple, stylish design is pretty much exactly what we’d expect from an Ikea wireless charger, but without a hex key in sight.

Or you can wait for this…

Apple AirPower charging pad

Later in 2018, Apple is expected to release its own first-party charging pad that will be able to charge all its wirelessly charged products at the same time.

It means you’ll be able to charge your iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus alongside your Apple AirPods[16] and an Apple Watch 3[17]. If you own all of these, it should work simply and means you don’t have to pick and choose what you can place on the charger.

An exact release date for the AirPower charging pad is unclear, but Apple has said it will be released at some point this year so if you want to be able to pump up all your devices at the same time it may be worth waiting a while longer.

References

  1. ^ iPhone X (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ iPhone 8 (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ iPhone 8 Plus (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Galaxy Note 8 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Galaxy S8 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Galaxy S8 Plus (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ LG G6 (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Moto Z (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ Moto Mod (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ how to wirelessly charge your iPhone 7 (www.techradar.com)
  11. ^ iPhone (www.techradar.com)
  12. ^ in the UK (www.ikea.com)
  13. ^ in the US (www.ikea.com)
  14. ^ in the UK (www.ikea.com)
  15. ^ in the US (www.ikea.com)
  16. ^ AirPods (www.techradar.com)
  17. ^ Apple Watch 3 (www.techradar.com)
  18. ^ Everything you need to know about Apple AirPower (www.techradar.com)

Pictek New Version Wireless Qi Charger Stand with 2 Coils,LED Indicator, 60° Ergonomic Design-Experience The Faster Wireless Charging Life

Safe and fast wireless charging Update Version Fast Wireless Charger is 1.5x faster than standard wireless charging stand. It supports soft LED lights indicating, over current/voltage, Short-circuit protection, temperature control and foreign body detection, never overcharges, energy saving and environmental protection. Wireless charging qi technology charging fever is normal. If charging suspension caused by various factors, this is a security function. Please feel free to use our products. Recommended indoor normal use at room temperature.

Super user experience design 1. Built-in 2 coils, which allows you to place your device in portrait/ landscape position. And your charger will no longer exist charging blind area, charging becomes more convenient. 2. 60° ergonomic design offers the best viewing angle, giving you a comfortable viewing. You can navigate videos, send messages or answer calls without interrupting while charging. (★Recommended not use while charging, for charging safely and faster full)

Two Fast Charge Models (Tips 1: Fast Charge Mode ONLY compatible devices of BELOW 6 models) Samsung Note 5: 2 Hours + 30minutesSamsung S8: 3 Hours + 10minutesSamsung S8+: 3 Hours + 40minutesSamsung S7: 2 Hours + 20minutesSamsung S7 Edge: 2 Hours + 55minutesSamsung S6 Edge+: 2 Hours + 35minutes(Tips 2: Regular speed-It will charge all the Qi-enabled devices at a regular speed(3-4 Hours)).(Tips 3:The iPhone Require a additional Qi wireless receiver【not included】)

18 Months WarrantyAll Pictek product have 18-month warranty and 45 days money back, 100% satisfaction and zero hassle returns guaranteed.

Package included1x QI wireless charger1x SB© USB Power Cable1x User Manual

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  • 【Intelligent LED Indicator & Superior Safty】Two soft LED lights indicate charging status (Blue for standby, green for charging), soft LED light protect your eyes. Featuring overcurrent/voltage, short-circuit protection and temperature control, never overcharges your battery or wastes energy. Security protection to ensure the safety of charging(It is normal that intelligent interrupt charging because of various factors). ★Recommended to charge after phone cooling.
  • 【Excellent Customer Experience】60 degree ergonomic designed bracket offers the best viewing angle of phone screen, giving you a comfortable viewing and use on desks or night stands. You can navigate videos, send messages or answer calls without interrupting while charging(No using when charging, for faster charging full). ★With silicone anti-slip rubber feet at the bottom to ensure charging stability and keep the phone safe and not dropping down.
  • 【Holder Stand & 2 Coils Design】Built-in 2 coils offer a wide charging area, which allows you to place your device in either portrait or landscape position. Much wider charging area, you can place your phone with a free position. No need for perfect alignment. 2 coils fast wireless charging, making your charger will no longer exist charging blind area, so that charging becomes more convenient.
  • 【1.5x Faster Wireless Charger】Up to 1.5x faster than standard wireless charging stand! Faster and more secure. Two models for wireless charging: (1)Fast Charge Model ONLY available for Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+/ S7/ S7 Edge/ S6 Edge Plus/ Note 5. (2)Standard Charge Model(Output 5W Max) for other standard QI enabled device like Samsung S6,S6 Edge. ★Note:The iPhone Require a additional Qi wireless receiver(★Not Included)
  • 【What You Will Get】The New Version Pictek Fast Wireless Charging Stand with 2 Coil. All Pictek Fast Wireless Charger have 18-month warranty and 45 days money back, 100% satisfaction and zero hassle returns guaranteed. ★Note: ★1) A Quick Charge adapter must be used for the power input. ★2) Stop any operation while charging. ★3)The iPhone Require a additional Qi wireless receiver(★not included).

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Best Fitbit 2018: which is right for you?

When you first think of buying a new fitness tracker, it’s likely Fitbit will be one of the first brands to jump into your mind. These are very popular gadgets, and that’s mostly down to a range that offer something for everyone. That’s from running experts and exercise enthusiasts to those who just want to track how far they walk each day.

Last year brought the introduction of both the Fitbit Alta HR[1] and Fitbit Ionic[2] smartwatch following on from the Fitbit Charge 2[3] and Fitbit Flex 2[4] that came out at the tail end of 2016.

Products such as the Fitbit Blaze[5] and Surge[6] sit at the top end of the Fitbit product range to keep those who are into their exercise happy, while there are also choices like the Zip[7], Charge[8] and Flex[9] for those who need something a little simpler.

There are also rumors of new Fitbit products coming on the horizon including the Fitbit Charge 3[15] and Blaze 2[16], plus it’s likely we’ll one day see both a Surge 2 and Ionic 2[17], but it’s unlikely we’ll see anything new from the company for at least a few more months.

Below you’ll find our full ranking of the best Fitbit activity trackers that you can buy right now.

1. Fitbit Charge 2

One of the best fitness trackers you can buy

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes, through phone | Battery life: 4 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Useful screen Comfortable strap Limited phone notifications No GPS

The best Fitbit is the Charge 2,[18] which has a much larger screen compared to the original Fitbit Charge and the Charge HR.  It’s one of the best fitness trackers you can use right now and comes with fitness features such as a heart rate tracker and guided breathing.

There’s also Multi-Sport tracking that allows you to keep a track of outdoor runs, walking, weight training and many more exercises.

It also connects with the GPS on your phone to keep track of your runs as well. You won’t be able to use this in a pool though, if you want to go swimming with your tracker we’d recommend looking at the Fitbit Flex 2 below.

Read the full Fitbit Charge 2 review[19]

2. Fitbit Blaze

A solid wearable, but it won’t set the world alight

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Stunning battery life Interesting fitness features Lack of notifications Strange design

The Fitbit Blaze[20] is the dark horse of the Fitbit family. This is one of the stranger devices on the roster as it was (sort of) meant to be the first smartwatch from Fitbit, but it’s not.

Despite the design, the Fitbit Blaze is just a fitness tracker at heart. The design is a little quirky, but that may be something you want to go for in a fitness tracker that you want to use more as a watch.

The display also offers up notifications for your text messages, but not for any other apps you may want to see. 

The Blaze does offer up a variety of fitness features – such as SmartTrack, which will track your exercise even if you haven’t told the wearable what you’re going to be doing – allowing you to burn through those calories quickly and easily.

Read the full Fitbit Blaze review[21]

3. Fitbit Surge

Fitbit’s GPS-touting ‘superwatch’

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 3 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Built-in GPS Classic watch clasp Dated ’80s-like design Weaker battery life

The Surge is no longer the most expensive wearable in Fitbit’s stable thanks to the Ionic, that you’ll see further down this list. The Fitbit Surge[22] comes with GPS technology built-in, which means you can take it out without having to keep your phone in your pocket while you’re jogging.

It comes with a heart rate monitor and a classic watch-like design that some of the other Fitbit products don’t offer.

There’s a slightly weaker battery life on this Fitbit and the design isn’t to everyone’s taste, but if you like to run this is one of the best choices of Fitbit for you.

Be warned though, it may not be on sale for much longer. Fitbit has replaced the Surge on its official website with the Ionic, so it looks like the company has stopped selling it and you may now only be able to find it at third-party retailers, where stock will one day run out.

Read the full Fitbit Surge review[23]

4. Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit’s most stylish tracker, now with added HR readings

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Slim design Accurate heart rate readings Unresponsive screen Difficult to read in bright light

The Fitbit Alta HR takes the slim, stylish Fitbit Alta and jams a heart rate monitor into its slender frame, without bulking it up.

Where the original Alta feels a bit light on features, and puts form over function, the Alta HR is an admirable tracker which goes beyond basic step tracking, but still looks good.

It’s still not the most feature-packed – there’s no GPS for a start – but it strikes a good balance and is the sort of thing you’ll be happy to wear 24/7 (other than when swimming – this isn’t waterproof), which is handy, because it can also track your sleep, and the heart rate monitor helps there too.

With basic message / notification alerts pulled from your smartphone and an almost week long battery life too, it’s well worth considering if you don’t need the features – or don’t want the bulk – of something like the Fitbit Ionic.

Read the full Fitbit Alta HR review[24]

5. Fitbit Flex 2

The Flex 2 is a great budget fitness tracker

Size: Two sizes | Display: N/A | Weight: 19g | Waterproof: No | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Battery: 5 days | Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0

Fun software Comfortable and light Battery life not great Slow to charge

Do you want a fitness tracker that is easy to use and uncomplicated? The Fitbit Flex 2[25] may be the best device for you.

You’ll be able to use this while swimming as it’s waterproof and it’ll also keep an eye on how well your dips in the pool are going. On top of that it comes with all the other basic tracking features you’d expect plus a slim and light design too.

It’s a touch cheaper than the Fitbit Charge 2 as well, so it may be the perfect Fitbit tracker for you.

Read the full Fitbit Flex 2 review[26]

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6. Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit’s first smartwatch offers something a bit different

OS: Fitbit OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.47-inch, 1000 nits | Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz | Band sizes: Large | Onboard storage: 2.5GB | Battery duration: 2-3 days | Charging method: Proprietary charger | IP rating: 50M water resistant | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Bright display Variety of fitness options Slow interface Severe lack of apps

If you’re after a smartwatch from Fitbit, this is your only choice right now. The Fitbit Ionic[27] isn’t the fantastic smartwatch some hoped it would be but it succeeds if you’re looking for a fitness focused device that can tackle running, weight lifting, swimming and much, much more.

Dedicated workout programs and Fitbit Pay are among the other highlights of the Ionic, but it doesn’t perform as well as say the Apple Watch 3[28] or LG Watch Sport[29] if you’re looking for a full blown smartwatch experience. 

It’s not cheap either and the Fitbit Ionic is also low in our list of the best Fitbit products because it’s just very expensive for what it can offer you.

Read the full Fitbit Ionic review[30]

7. Fitbit Alta

The original Alta is limited in scope

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Striking design Week-long battery life Not waterproof Pretty limited offering overall

The Fitbit Alta[31] has a big focus on the design rather than its fitness features. The style is customizable with various straps so you can switch them out for whatever you feel like that day – you aren’t limited to just one choice as you are on some Fitbit devices.

In our review, we found it also had a week-long battery life, which is even more than the five days Fitbit claims for the Alta.

It’s not all great though as the Alta’s screen isn’t very sensitive and it’s not waterproof either. But if you’re looking for an all-round fitness tracker, the Alta may be a good option for you – though the Fitbit Alta HR is the superior option and should be your first choice.

Read the full Fitbit Alta review[32]

8. Fitbit Zip

Counting the steps to fitness

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Clever, accurate tracking Affordable Touchscreen doesn’t always work Limited features

If you want a cheap and cheerful tracker that will just monitor how far you walk each day, go for the Fitbit Zip[33]. It’s a clip you can put onto your clothing and from there you can just look at how far you’ve walked each day.

Essentially it’s a glorified pedometer and won’t be able to track your running anywhere near as accurately as you could on devices like the Surge or the Blaze.

But if you’re here just to keep a track on how far you’ve been walking, the Fitbit Zip isn’t a bad choice for you.

Read the full Fitbit Zip review[34]

9. Fitbit Charge HR

Great for motivation, even if it’s hardly the most scientific device

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Comfortable to wear Heart rate monitor Not particularly accurate More expensive

Between the Fitbit Charge and the Charge 2 sits the Fitbit Charge HR[35], which looks exactly like the original Fitbit Charge but adds a heart rate monitor into the mix.

Fitbit has discontinued the Charge HR, but other retailers still stock it – at least for now – and it makes it a slightly cheaper alternative to the Fitbit Charge 2.

If you’re looking to do more rigorous exercise go for one of the devices above such as the Surge, Ionic or the Blaze. But the Charge HR is still a good choice if you’re looking for the odd update on how far you’ve walked – but we’d recommend you spend a bit more on the Charge 2 if you can.

Read the full Fitbit Charge HR review[36]

References

  1. ^ Fitbit Alta HR (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Fitbit Ionic (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Fitbit Charge 2 (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Fitbit Flex 2 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Fitbit Blaze (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Surge (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ Zip (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Charge (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ Flex (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ best fitness trackers in 2018 (www.techradar.com)
  11. ^ best cheap fitness trackers (www.techradar.com)
  12. ^ best Android Wear smartwatches (www.techradar.com)
  13. ^ best Fitbit bands (www.techradar.com)
  14. ^ fitness tracker tips and tricks guide (www.techradar.com)
  15. ^ Fitbit Charge 3 (www.techradar.com)
  16. ^ Blaze 2 (www.techradar.com)
  17. ^ Ionic 2 (www.techradar.com)
  18. ^ Charge 2, (www.techradar.com)
  19. ^ Fitbit Charge 2 review (www.techradar.com)
  20. ^ Fitbit Blaze (www.techradar.com)
  21. ^ Fitbit Blaze review (www.techradar.com)
  22. ^ Fitbit Surge (www.techradar.com)
  23. ^ Fitbit Surge review (www.techradar.com)
  24. ^ Fitbit Alta HR review (www.techradar.com)
  25. ^ Fitbit Flex 2 (www.techradar.com)
  26. ^ Fitbit Flex 2 review (www.techradar.com)
  27. ^ Fitbit Ionic (www.techradar.com)
  28. ^ Apple Watch 3 (www.techradar.com)
  29. ^ LG Watch Sport (www.techradar.com)
  30. ^ Fitbit Ionic review (www.techradar.com)
  31. ^ Fitbit Alta (www.techradar.com)
  32. ^ Fitbit Alta review (www.techradar.com)
  33. ^ Fitbit Zip (www.techradar.com)
  34. ^ Fitbit Zip review (www.techradar.com)
  35. ^ Fitbit Charge HR (www.techradar.com)
  36. ^ Fitbit Charge HR review (www.techradar.com)
  37. ^ Check out our list of Fitbit tips and tricks (www.techradar.com)
  38. ^ best Fitbit bands (www.techradar.com)

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Not on my watch: How to fix the most annoying Apple Watch problems

It may be one of the most accessible smartwatches on the market, but the Apple Watch doesn’t always work as it should. We’ve been lurking on forums, digging through comments, and gathering opinions on a host of issues, glitches, and everyday annoyances. These are some of the most common Apple Watch problems.

If you’ve been suffering, don’t let that Apple Watch wind you up — we’ve got workarounds and possible fixes for you to try. And once you’ve dealt with those, take a gander at our roundup of Apple Watch tips and tricks.

Issue: Apple Watch won’t connect to LTE

If there’s one issue that the LTE variant of the Apple Watch is known for it’s problems connecting to cellular. Apple publicly acknowledged this issue and said that it would push a fix in an update back in September 2017.

Apple did officially address the issue in the WatchOS 4.0.1 update, explaining that it had to do with the Apple Watch having problems with the hand-off between Wi-Fi and cellular. The update prevented the Apple Watch from joining unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks. It was also reported to fix the LTE connectivity issues for some people, although for others the issue did not go away even after the update.

Solution:

  • Update your Apple Watch software.

    Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to General > Software Update.

Other potential solutions:

  • You can try to set up your cellular plan again. Open the Apple Watch app and go to the My Watch tab, then tap the i next to Carrier and then Remove. You can then add your cellular plan afresh by tapping on Add a New Plan, reactivate, and then reboot the Apple Watch.
  • Some folks have reported that the issue was with AT&T.

    People reported that their LTE data functioned normally once AT&T reinitialized their call service. They accomplished this through several phone calls to AT&T, going in person to AT&T, or a combination of both.

  • If none of these solutions work, contact Apple.

Problem: No iPhone connection error

After turning the Apple Watch back on, or sometimes after using Airplane mode, the Apple Watch may give you a No iPhone error. If this happens to you the best way to deal with it is to let your Apple Watch and iPhone find each other again.

Potential solutions:

  • Start by making sure that Airplane mode is turned off on both your Watch and iPhone, and that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on.
  • To restart your Apple Watch, hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider. Slide the Power Off slider to the right and when the Apple Watch is off, turn it back on by pressing and holding the side button until you see the Apple logo.
  • To restart the iPhone X, press and hold the side button and either volume button until the Slide to power off slider appears. To restart the iPhone 8 or earlier, hold down the sleep/wake button until the Slide to power off slider appears.

    The sleep/wake button is located on the right side or the top if you have an iPhone 5s or earlier.

  • Use Control Center on your Apple Watch to check your connection.
  • If all else fails, you can always try to unpair your devices and pair them again.

Problem: Digital crown not working

Sometimes, Apple Watch users report that the digital crown on the Apple Watch is unresponsive. There are a few things you can try to alleviate this problem. Possible solutions:

  • Try to follow Apple’s official guide on how to unpair your Apple Watch and then how to set up your Apple Watch.

    If you’re experiencing a software glitch, this can certainly help.

  • If you’re having an issue where the crown feels stuck or can’t move smoothly, then it is possible that you need to clean the Watch. Follow Apple’s instructions on how to clean your Apple Watch.
  • If none of these solutions work, contact Apple.

Glitch: Bluetooth won’t connect or frequently disconnects

There are a couple of different possible glitches at play here. Some people find that their Apple Watch will disconnect from their iPhone, even when they’re in close proximity. Others are having Bluetooth problems when they’re trying to use headphones for a run or a workout.

There are a few different things you can try to get Bluetooth working again. Workarounds:

  • Proximity matters for Bluetooth, and different devices have different ranges. Some people report better performance after switching the device they were using to the same side of their body as the Apple Watch.

    You could also try switching your Apple Watch to the other wrist. Such a small change in distance shouldn’t really make a difference, but it’s worth a try.

  • If the issue is with Bluetooth headphones and music streaming, then sync your playlist onto your Apple Watch and turn the Bluetooth on your iPhone off. This should allow your music to play seamlessly without annoying disconnections, and you can still sync data from a run or workout at the end of the session.

Potential fixes:

  • If the issue is with your iPhone, then try turning Airplane mode on your iPhone on and off again.

    Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Bluetooth and toggle it off, then wait a few seconds and toggle it back on again.

  • Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the slider appears, then drag Power Off to the right. To turn it back on, hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears.
  • If the iPhone is giving you problems, try un-pairing. Open the Apple watch app on your iPhone.

    Tap on Apple Watch > Unpair Apple Watch > Unpair. It might take a while. Once it’s done, set the connection up afresh.

  • Your final resort is to erase all content and settings on your Apple Watch.

    Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Once it’s done, you’ll have to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone and other devices again.

Annoyance: Poor battery life

Battery life is definitely one of the main weaknesses of the Apple Watch, but it should generally still get you through the day before needing a refuel. If you find that your Apple Watch battery is draining suspiciously fast, then you may have a problem.

Workarounds:

  • You can choose to put your Apple Watch in Power Reserve mode, so it only shows the time. Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the sliders appear, then drag Power Reserve to the right.
  • Open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go into Notifications and turn off anything that you don’t need.
  • Go to Settings > Brightness & Text Size on your Apple watch and reduce the brightness.
  • On your Apple Watch go into Settings > General > Wake Screen and toggle off Wake Screen on Wrist Raise. You can also do this in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone via General > Wake Screen.
  • Buy an Apple Watch strap with a battery in it.
  • Turn off the heart rate sensor by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tapping Workout, and then toggling Power Saving Mode on.

Possible solutions:

  • Try updating your watch to the latest version of WatchOS.

    Apple Watch owners reported good battery life with WatchOS version 4. The latest version is WatchOS 4.2.2.

  • If you’ve signed up for the WatchOS beta, that could also be the culprit. Some have said a simple re-pairing has fixed this issue.
  • Simply turning it off and on again.

    Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the slider appears, then drag Power Off to the right. To turn it back on, hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears.

  • Maybe an app is causing problems. Try uninstalling everything you don’t need.

    Tap and hold on the Apple Watch screen until your app icons begin shaking, then pick the app you want to get rid of and tap Delete App. Don’t worry, it won’t uninstall the app on your iPhone. You can also get rid of apps on your Apple Watch by opening up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap on any app you don’t want and toggle Show App on Apple Watch to off.

  • The last thing to try is to erase all content and settings on your Apple Watch.

    Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Once it’s done, you’ll have to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone and other devices again.

Problem: Apple Watch won’t charge

If you find that your Apple Watch won’t charge up, then you’re not alone. Remember that it can take a few seconds for the charging icon to pop up when the Apple Watch is completely drained.

Here’s what you should check before you start to panic: Potential solutions:

  • If it’s brand new, then make sure that you don’t have any plastic still attached to the Apple Watch or the charger.
  • Use the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable and the SB© USB Power Adapter that came with your Apple Watch. If you were using those when the problems began, consider using a different charging cable, stand, or dock.
  • Check that both surfaces are clean and remove any case or anything else you might have on your Apple Watch.
  • Try plugging the cable into your laptop, computer, or another power adapter in a different socket.
  • Hold down the side button on the Apple Watch and swipe Power Off to the right.

    Hold down the side button again to turn it back on.

  • Once again, hold down the side button on the Apple Watch and swipe Power Off to the right. This time, hold down the side button and the Digital Crown together for at least ten seconds until you see the Apple logo.
  • The last thing to try is to open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • If none of this works, then it’s time to contact Apple.

Glitch: Apps crashing or freezing

There have been a few reports of Apple Watch apps crashing and freezing up, especially the Nike app. If you find that your Apple Watch crashes frequently or locks up and won’t respond at all, there are some things you can try.

Potential solutions:

  • The first thing you should try is checking to make sure the problem app(s) are up to date. If they aren’t, update them and try the apps again.
  • If you’re able to, then hold down the side button on the Apple Watch and swipe Power Off to the right. Hold down the side button again to turn it back on.

    This might only be a temporary fix.

  • If your Apple Watch is locked up and unresponsive, try holding down the side button and the Digital Crown together for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
  • Open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, go to My Watch > General > Software Update, and make sure it’s up to date. You should be on WatchOS 3.2.2.
  • Try removing and re-installing the app(s) having and causing issues. Open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap on the problematic app and toggle Show App on Apple Watch to off.
  • Sometimes a factory reset will get rid of glitches like this.

    Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to try it, but you will have to set your Apple Watch up again.

Problem: Apple Watch isn’t tracking activity

Some users on Apple’s forums have stated that their Apple Watch has failed to properly track their exercises, routes, or heart rate. Fortunately, there are a few things you can check to try to fix this. Potential solutions:

  • On your iPhone (that’s paired to the watch), launch the Watch app, and then go to My Watch (tab) > General > Wrist Detection.

    Turn this on if it isn’t already. Additionally, make sure Bluetooth is turned enabled on your iPhone at Settings > Bluetooth.

  • Make sure your Apple Watch isn’t too loose on your wrist. Adjusting the band may help the watch better track your activity.
  • Keep your personal information, such as your height and weight, updated as the Apple Watch uses this info to determine things like how many calories you burn.

    Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch > Health > Edit.

  • When it comes to tracking your routes, try opening the Workout app and changing the settings from Quick Start Walk to Outdoor Walk. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and have Apple Watch Faces set to While Using, then scroll down to System Services and enable all settings related to location and distance tracking.
  • Your watch may need re-calibrating. Start this process by opening the Watch app on your iPhone.

    Tap My Watch > Privacy > Motion & Fitness > Reset Calibration Data. Then follow Apple’s calibration instructions.

Issue: Apple Watch won’t turn on

There have been multiple threads on the Apple forums containing reports of Apple Watch devices not turning on, not booting past the Apple logo, and the screen not responding when touched. Potential solutions:

  • If you’ve enabled Power Reserve, the watch won’t respond to wrist movement or tapping.

    Try pressing the side buttons to see if the watch will turn on.

  • It may sound silly, but try charging your Apple Watch. The battery may have simply run out.
  • Press and hold the Digital Crown and side button for at least 10 seconds to trigger a forced restart. You’ll know you did it right if you the Apple logo appears.
  • If the watch comes on after the restart, but never fully starts, or if you’re met with a red exclamation mark, reach out to Apple Support, as you may have run into a hardware issue that can’t be fixed on your end.

Annoyance: Notifications don’t appear on Apple Watch

You’re used to seeing and checking notifications on your iPhone, and they’ll continue to appear there when your iPhone is unlocked, but when it’s locked or asleep you should get those notifications on your Apple Watch.

If you’re wondering why you aren’t getting notifications on your Apple Watch, it’s probably because your Apple Watch is locked, Do Not Disturb is enabled, or you turned off Wrist Detection. Solutions:

  • If you set a passcode for the Apple Watch (this is done on your iPhone), it’ll lock automatically when you’re not wearing it, when it loses contact with your skin, or while it’s charging. Consider removing the passcode, or tightening the watch band.

    If you forgot your passcode, you’ll need to erase the Apple Watch. To do so, launch the Watch app, tap My Watch > General > Reset > Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings, and tap to confirm. If you don’t have your iPhone paired with your Apple Watch, follow the steps on this page to erase everything on the watch.

  • If Do Not Disturb is the culprit, there will be a moon symbol on the watch face.

    Turn this on/off by swiping up on the watch face, swiping to the Settings glance, and tapping the crescent moon icon.

  • If you believe Wrist Detection is no longer enabled, open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch > General > Wrist Detection.

Problem: Apple Watch won’t update

Some users have been unable to update their Apple Watches to the latest version of WatchOS. This has become such a common problem than Apple has published official steps outlining what you should do. Official solutions:

  • Restart — not force restart — the Apple Watch and the iPhone paired to it.

    Try updating the Apple Watch again.

  • If the install won’t download or start, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, and go to General > Usage > Software Update. Then, delete the update file and try to download and install the update again.

Annoyance: Lines on display

A few Apple Watch owners took to MacRumors to share their stories and pictures revealing the vertical lines plaguing their watch displays. The lines are very faint and difficult to see, though, they have affected both the Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Nike+. Official solution:

  • Reach out to Apple and get a replacement Apple Watch, or have the screen on your watch replaced.

    According to other users in the aforementioned thread, the lines on the display are often the result of a laminating issue.

Problem: Apple Watch goes into Airplane Mode on its own

A rather odd issue has been discussed on the iMore forums about how the Apple Watch will suddenly switch into Airplane Mode without any input from the user. Others have said their watch will occasionally activate other features as well, such as Night Mode. Potential solutions:

  • A future WatchOS update may deal with this problem.
  • Un-pair your Apple Watch, restart it, and re-pair it with your iPhone.

    Then, continue using it to see if it triggers Airplane Mode, or any other feature, again.

  • Factory reset your Apple Watch by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and going to My Watch > General > Reset > Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.

Issue: Screen pops off

A number of people on these MacRumors threads have had the displays on their Apple Watches come off. Their watch will continue to work just fine, but, understandably, no one wants to walk around with the display on their watch hanging off. Official solution:

  • Reach out to Apple Support and see about a replacement watch or repair.

    According to some, prior to the display coming off, the battery on their Apple Watch became hotter than usual, which may have caused some internal damage. Others have also noticed a bulging battery, which can result in the display being pushed out.

Workarounds:

  • You could try pushing the display back into place, but if the cause is related to the battery, we recommend talking to Apple before things get worse and while you’re still under warranty.

Update: We added LTE connectivity issues, the “No iPhone connection” error, and a problem with the digital crown.

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The best Bluetooth headsets 2018

No matter what you’re trying to do, no matter what your job requires of you, there will be a Bluetooth headset that will cater to your needs and make speaking on the phone comfortable and convenient, and we’ve put together this list of the best Bluetooth headsets money can buy.

The best Bluetooth headsets may make phone calls easier and less of a hassle, but finding a great headset can in itself become a bit of a pain. The market is absolutely saturated with imitations and knockoffs, and even if some devices may appear similar, their features and functionality can vary wildly. 

But don’t worry, we’ve gathered together the very best Bluetooth headsets currently available, and we’ve used our price comparison tool to help you find the very best deals as well.

1. Jabra Motion

Classic design

Weight: 1.75kg | Battery life: 7 hours | Wireless range: 100m | NFC: Yes | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0

Nice design Good battery life Expensive Not the best sound quality

The Jabra Motion has phenomenal call quality, which is definitely the most important thing that a Bluetooth headset can be good at. The sound quality isn’t perfect but with motion and environment-sensitive noise-cancelling it performs well even in loud environments. It’s also easy to sync, set up and use. It also has a battery that will last you 7 hours of continuous calls, so even during a busy day of work, it won’t let you down. The Jabra Motion might come with a pretty high asking price, but it’s a small price to pay for all of these great features. Just make sure to try it on before you buy, as despite being adjustable for size and wearable on either ear it won’t be a perfect fit for everyone. 

2. Plantronics Voyager 5200

Great for work and play

Weight: 2kg | Battery life: 7 hours | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.1

Sweatproof Caller ID Pricey

The Plantronics Voyager 5200 is one of the very best Bluetooth headsets around, from a brand name that is well respected when it comes to headsets. It’s designed with comfort in mind, so you can wear it for extended periods without it bothering you and it sits securely in place too, so it won’t fall off. It’s also completely hands free, as caller ID will announce the name of whoever is calling you and you can simply say “answer” to take the call. Its noise-cancelling is effective even in busy environments and multiple microphones ensure strong voice quality, for a great all-round Bluetooth headset. Its also coated in sweat proof material which gives it a robustness that other Bluetooth headsets lack.

3. Plantronics Voyager Edge

Compact and discrete

Weight: 9.07g | Battery life: 6 hours | Wireless range: 10m | NFC: Yes | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0

Very light Voice commands Not the best battery life Short distance

Plantronics simply makes phenomenal Bluetooth headsets, which is why it should come as no surprise that this isn’t the first Plantronics headset to make it on the list of the best Bluetooth headsets, and it certainly won’t be the last. The Plantronics Voyager Edge is built to be compact and discreet, but there is a huge amount of tech built into this tiny package, including three microphones and a boom arm for stellar voice quality. Like the Voyager Legend the Edge also supports voice commands (with multiple language support) and it’s smart enough to know when you’re wearing it, so if you put it on when you get a call it will automatically come through on it. NFC makes for quick and simple pairing and it does a great job of cancelling out background noise. Its small size does mean its battery life isn’t exactly on the same level as some competitors, but at six hours of talk time it’s still very passable. 

4. Jabra Stealth

Small and stylish

Weight: 7.9g | Battery life: 6 hours | Wireless range: 10m | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4

Comfortable Nice design Volume control is fiddly

The Jabra Stealth is one of the nicest designed Bluetooth headsets in our roundup, and not only does it look good, it also feels comfortable to wear. It’s not quite as small and unnoticeable as its name suggests, but with such a nice design, you won’t really mind that much. Perhaps most importantly, sound quality on this headset is excellent, and it does a good job of limiting background noise picked up by its mic as well. This is definitely a Bluetooth headset worth investing in if you rely on voice-free calls. 

5. Sennheiser Presence UC

Multi-connectivity headset

Weight: 13g | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 25m | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0

Can connect to phone and laptop at same time for easy switching Good range Not the most comfortable to wear

The Sennheiser Presence UC is a brilliant Bluetooth headset if you work in a fast-paced environment where you need to multitask, as it has a multi-connectivity feature that connects to both your phone and computer, so you can quickly switch between the two. It has very good sound and recording quality, and talk time is also very impressive. It’s not the most comfortable headset, however, so if you need something that you’re going to wear all day, then something like the Jabra Motion will be better suited to your needs. 

6. Jabra Steel

A robust headset for outdoor use

Weight: 10g | Battery life: 6 hours | Wireless range: 30m | NFC: Yes | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.1

Rugged design Good noise cancellation Sound quality not the best No physical volume control buttons

If you work outside in noisy environments, and need a robust Bluetooth headset that can eliminate background sounds, then the Jabra Steel is the best Bluetooth headset for you. Resistant to dust, dirt and water, it can also survive high drops, making it an excellent headset for outdoor use – and it comes with a 5 year warranty as well. It also features aggressive noise cancellation which will make your voice calls nice and clear, even if you work somewhere where there is a lot of background noise. Sadly, though, there’s no physical volume control buttons on the actual headset, which makes it a bit annoying if you need to adjust loudness.

7. Plantronics M55

Small price, big features

Weight: 8g | Battery life: 11 hours | Wireless range: 10m | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 3.0

Low price Long battery life Not the most stylish design Some social media features only work in the US

The Plantronics M55[1] is a truly budget headset, but you get a lot for your money. While it doesn’t have a premium build it’s perfectly comfortable to wear, it supports voice commands for truly hands-free use and the sound quality is good, especially when aided by the built in noise-cancelling tech. The M55 also has a DeepSleep mode which activates when it’s separated from a paired smartphone for 90 minutes and leaves it with up to five months of battery life, but simply bring your phone within range and it will quickly wake up again.

8. Jabra Wave

A great Bluetooth headset for chatterboxes

Weight: 13.3g | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 10m | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 3.0

Good battery life Comfortable Large Showing its age

With a talk time of over eight hours the Jabra Wave is a Bluetooth headset which just keeps going and going, making it a great choice if you’re going to be away from a charger for an extended period. Its fairly large size means it’s not the most discreet of headsets, but it’s a worthwhile trade-off for all that battery life. It also features strong audio quality and is good at suppressing noise, especially wind. Add to that easy pairing and the ability to connect it to two devices at once and the Jabra Wave is a good option.

References

  1. ^ Plantronics M55 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ We’ve got you covered there too. (www.techradar.com)

Brand: WiFun Model: K5 Color: White

Features: 1.Binaural headphone, can be used in dual and single. 2. Play music with definition sound. 3. Support one match two, connect two devices. 4. Displays headset power status for IOS. 5. Portable use with storage box built-in lithium. 6. HD microphone make call clearly and loudly. 7. True wireless without a line.

Specification: • Version:BT4.1+EDR • Support:HSP/HFP/A2DP/AVRCP • Standby Time: about 40 hours • Call Time: about 2 hours • Play Time: about 2 hours • Charge Time: about 2 hours • Charging Case: 450mAh • Charging Case Weight: 45g • Wireless Earbuds Size:28*28*20mm

How to pair WiFun K5 earbuds? 1, Long press left and right mini earbuds together until two indicators light flash alternately with red and blue light. 2, Open the bluetooth of your music devices, to search “TWS-K5” and pair it. 3, When the automatic prompt voice in mini earbuds says “Second device connected”, it means earbuds connects with bluetooth devices successfully.

What’s in the Box: • 2X Wireless Earbuds • 1X Charging Dock • 1X Micro SB© USB Charging Cable • 3X Sets of Ear Tips – Small, Medium, Large • 2X Ear-hook • 1X English Usual Manual

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  • 【 Bluetooth 4.1 Technology, Superb Sound Quality 】Advanced Bluetooth 4.1 technology, with 33 feet (10m) Bluetooth connection distance & built-in CVC 6.0 noise cancelling microphone, let you enjoy 360°High-Fidelity music any time.
  • 【 True Wireless Earbuds 】 Ultra light & small design. Wireless Earbuds with Mic makes it easy for you answer any calls; Perfect for Sports, Running, Jogging, Watching TV, Listening music or Sleeping. Wear-ergonomic design with soft silicone earmuffs, No matter how long you wear, Make your phone call and music time more comfortable.
  • 【 Long Running Time 】40mAh high performance rechargeable battery support 3-hour playing time to enjoy your favorite music(full charge around 1 hour); Built-in 450mAh battery box,it can charge your wireless earphone 3-4 times without cable.
  • 【 Wide Compatibility 】 Work with most smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth devices, for example, iPhone/ iPad/ Samsung/Bluetooth speaker/computer and more.
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Huawei Watch 3: what we want to see

Huawei is one of the biggest names in Android Wear, thanks to its impressive Huawei Watch[1] and feature-packed but flawed Huawei Watch 2[2].

We don’t yet know when or even if a Huawei Watch 3 will arrive, but there’s a chance it’s coming soon, and we have a wish list for what we want from it.

Before that though here’s everything we’ve heard or suspect about when the Huawei Watch 3 might launch and what it might feature.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next smartwatch from Huawei
  • When is it out? Possibly early-mid 2018
  • What will it cost? Likely upwards of £329 ($ 299, AU$ 450)

Huawei Watch 3 release date and price

The Huawei Watch 2 was announced at MWC 2017 and went on sale in April 2017, so there’s a chance we’ll see the Huawei Watch 3 at MWC 2018[3], which starts on February 26. But if we do it may not launch for another month or two after that given the gap between the Watch 2’s announcement and launch.

And we may well not see it at MWC 2018 at all, given that very little has been heard about it, and that there was well over a year between the Huawei Watch and Huawei Watch 2.

Plus, not much has changed in terms of Android Wear hardware and software since the launch of the Huawei Watch 2. We’re still on Android Wear 2[4], which the Watch 2 was one of the first to use, and the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset is still the chip of choice for wearables, so Huawei might wait until the next big change in the space to launch a new wearable.

Whenever the Huawei Watch 3 does launch it will probably be a high-end, expensive device. There aren’t any price rumors yet, but the Huawei Watch 2 started at £329 ($ 299, AU$ 450) when it first arrived, so the Watch 3 might have a similar price tag.

Huawei Watch 3 news and rumors

There’s very little in the way of Huawei Watch 3 news and rumors so far. In fact, all we’ve really come across is a patent[5], which describes a smartwatch with touch-sensitive bezels.

The patent shows a bezel divided into eight sections, each of which could be tapped to do something on the watch.

But you could also touch multiple sections at the same time to perform an even wider variety of actions, and these actions could go beyond just launching apps, allowing you to also zoom in or out and scroll through menus for example.

Could this be the headline feature of the Huawei Watch 3? Credit: WIPO

It’s a potentially more useful – if also more complicated – alternative to the rotating bezel the likes of the Samsung Gear S3[6] has.

It would be a handy addition, given that the Huawei Watch 2 is notably light on control methods, but this being a patent there’s no guarantee anything will ever happen with it, let alone that it will be used for the Huawei Watch 3 specifically.

What we want to see

Huawei has been quiet about the Watch 3 so far, but we’re not going to be quiet about what we want from it. The following seven things could make it a big improvement from the Huawei Watch 2.

1. A stylish design

The Huawei Watch looks far more stylish than the Huawei Watch 2

The original Huawei Watch had an attractive design, the Huawei Watch 2… not so much. It traded a smart metal finish for a sportier, chunkier one, with big bezels and a plastic build.

It’s not actively ugly, and the sporty design suits its sportier innards, plus there’s also a Huawei Watch 2 Classic[7] with a look that is more stylish, but that comes with a higher price tag and isn’t available with LTE.

For the Huawei Watch 3 we want the standard version of the watch to have a slim, stylish look, without sacrificing features in the process. We wouldn’t complain if a plastic version is offered too at a lower price, but it should have the same specs.

2. Powerful performance

Despite being a top-end watch when it launched and still being up there with the more powerful smartwatches on paper, the Huawei Watch 2 proved a little sluggish in practice, which is not what we want when we’re dropping hundreds on a wearable.

So for the Huawei Watch 3 we want a performance boost, whether through more RAM, a faster chipset or just software optimizations. Apps should open instantly and interacting with the watch should be smooth.

3. A rotating crown

The Huawei Watch 2 has two buttons as well as a touchscreen, but it doesn’t have a rotating bezel or crown. This isn’t overly surprising, as few Android Wear devices do, but these are handy ways to add an additional input method to the watch without really taking up any more space.

They let you scroll through menus without obscuring the tiny screen, which is a nice feature to have, and one that some major rivals – such as the Apple Watch 3[8] – sport.

4. A larger screen

The Huawei Watch 2’s screen feels slightly more cramped than we’d like

Despite having a chunkier build than the original Huawei Watch, the Huawei Watch 2 actually has a smaller screen of just 1.2 inches.

It’s fairly sharp and bright but it feels cramped, especially when trying to use an on-screen keyboard, so we’d like to see a larger screen of around 1.4 inches on the Huawei Watch 3.

5. A slicker charger

The Huawei Watch 2 employs a fiddly, inelegant charging solution, requiring you to line up a cradle with pogo pins on the back of the watch.

It’s not a huge issue but it could be so much simpler, and we want it to be for the Huawei Watch 3. A simple wireless charger that you plop the watch straight onto would do just fine.

6. Support for standard straps

More strap choice would definitely be a good thing

While the Huawei Watch 2 uses the standard 20mm strap size, its design means you can still only attach straps designed specifically for it.

This seems like a real missed opportunity to give buyers a near endless selection of strap options, so for the Huawei Watch 3 we want a design that allows for any and all standard straps (in whatever size Huawei chooses) to be used with it.

7. Longer life

The Huawei Watch 2 actually lasts a reasonably long time by smartwatch standards, with up to around two days of life if you’re not using a SIM card, but that plummets to only just over a day if you do use a SIM and even at two days you’ll be charging it at least a few times a week.

Space for a larger battery is understandably limited, but if Huawei can do anything to stretch the Watch 3’s life further we’d appreciate it.

References

  1. ^ Huawei Watch (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Huawei Watch 2 (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ MWC 2018 (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Android Wear 2 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ a patent (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Samsung Gear S3 (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ Huawei Watch 2 Classic (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Apple Watch 3 (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ These are the best available (www.techradar.com)

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