With a recent flurry of notable activity, the wearable market looks to be in a state of flux.
Activity-tracking titan Fitbit purchased smartwatch maker Pebble on Wednesday, and all reports point to the end of the Kickstarter-birthed brand’s line.
Motorola publicly acknowledged its lack of interest in releasing another version of its Moto smartwatch anytime soon, with the company’s head of global product development admitting he doesn’t “see enough pull in the market.” LG and Huawei have confirmed they’re not re-entering the field in the foreseeable future, either.
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The Samsung Gear S3 is an excellent smartwatch just a few ticks short of perfection. With built-in LTE and GPS it’s more connected than rivals, but noticeably thicker as well.
The device gets off on the right foot by looking and feeling like a watch. Whatever you think of wearables, the more they look like the familiar and the less like technology, the better. Apple splits the difference with its Apple Watch Series 2; it has hints of classic watch design (see the digital crown) but also telegraphs “I’m wearing the future.”
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