Apple Watch struggles to meet battery life targets, but should match Android Wear

Apple Watch reveal 41
There’s are a reason Apple didn’t mention battery life once when it showed off the Apple Watch this past fall. Chances are, it was because the number was embarrassingly low and the company hoped to improve the figure significantly by launch. Now, sources tell 9to5Mac that the Apple Watch will offer very limited battery life, just like every other smartwatch.

The source revealed a few key targets Apple has been aiming to hit with the Watch, and hinted that it’s just now reaching those goals. Apparently, the Apple Watch can make it through 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use or 19 hours of combined active and passive use, 3 days of standby time, or 4 days in sleeping mode. When used in low power mode, the Watch may last as long as 2-3 days, so long as you don’t play Dots on it. The end result is a smartwatch that will last most users a day, and those who conserve energy a little longer.

If you leave the time on display on the Apple Watch, it should last you about three hours before conking out. During exercise tracking, it may only last 4 hours, the source said, although it’s unclear whether that figure is accurate for when it’s step counting in the background or just when it’s screen is on and you’re glued to your metrics, which no one would do anyway.

Even though the numbers sound scary, real life use of the Apple Watch will be more mixed, so the battery should last you through the day. Unless you use the Watch like a phone or check the time compulsively, you should get a good amount of use out of the Apple Watch — just like you would any Android Wear watch. Of course, comparable battery life isn’t ideal, and Apple is undoubtedly aiming for more.

In addition to the bad battery life news, the report hinted that the Apple Watch Edition may come with the MagSafe charger incorporated into a nice watch box. Other editions won’t get that, though.

Product Review

Mediocre battery and a big notch slight Google's otherwise perfect Pixel phone

Google’s Pixel 3 XL has two big flaws: The gigantic notch on the front, and mediocre battery life. That being said, this is the best Android experience you can find in a smartphone today.
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for November 2018

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Product Review

This is the best budget laptop you can buy

One of our favorite laptops, the Asus Zenbook UX330UA, has been updated to feature the 8th-gen Intel Core CPU. It's still the best budget laptop on the market, offering great battery life and zippy performance at a discounted price.
Android Army

Android battery life too short? Try using dark mode, Google says

Google confirmed at the 2018 Android Dev Summit that using dark mode will help extend an Android smartphone's battery life. Google also admitted its mistake of pushing for the usage of white in previous Material Design initiatives.
Wearables

Hublot’s newest luxury watch costs $25,000, and you can only pay in Bitcoin

The Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 P2P is the latest luxury timepiece from the watch brand, and is a special limited edition made to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin. Eager buyers must use the cryptocurrency to buy one.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 1-handed drone control, a pot that stirs itself

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Deals

The best Apple Watch deals for November 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Mobile

The world’s first smartglasses showrooms open in Brooklyn and Toronto

Canadian startup North is hoping smartglasses will be the next big wearable. After announcing its new Focals smartglasses in October, the company opened product showrooms in Brooklyn and Toronto.
Deals

Here are the best Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa deals for Black Friday

Apple products are the most sought-after products for Black Friday, the leaked preview ads show what discounts retailers will have for the Apple Watch Series 3 and other smartwatches, such as the Fitbit Versa, this holiday season.
Music

Music to our ears: Spotify at long last arrives on the Apple Watch

Spotify subscribers are now able to jam out to their favorite tunes on their favorite workout accessory, as the Swedish streaming service has finally released its official Apple Watch app.
Wearables

Check out 25 of the best Wear OS apps for your smartwatch

Looking for some ways to spruce up that new Android smartwatch of yours? Here are the best Wear OS apps to download and use with any Android smartwatch, including a few specially enhanced for Wear OS 2.0.
Health & Fitness

Withings new Pulse HR is a customizable, connected fitness tracker

Inspired by Withings first ever fitness tracker the Pulse, the new Pulse HR is updated with the latest in fitness tracker technology including smart notifications, 24/7 heart rate tracking, and more.
Emerging Tech

Believe it or not, this fire-proof exoskeleton isn’t designed for space marines

A company called Levitate Technologies has developed a fire-resistant upper body exoskeleton that’s capable of lowering exertion levels by up to 80 percent when you carry out manual work.