Partnering with Samsung, Nyko is making the first official Gear VR gamepad

While the latest Samsung Gear VR includes a Wii-like motion controller, some of the platform's games require a console-style gamepad. Today accessory maker Nyko announced a partnership with Samsung that's spawning the first official gamepad for the Gear VR... Continue Reading Partnering with Samsung, Nyko is making the first official Gear VR gamepad Category: VR Tags: Nyko Samsung Samsung Gear VR Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Gear VR owners can now beam what they’re seeing to a TV, courtesy of Chromecast

One of the many nice things about PC-based VR is the ability to display what the headset wearer is seeing on a monitor. It can take what would otherwise be a solo experience and add a social element: allowing your friends to cheer (or jeer) you on. Today display mirroring makes its way to mobile VR, courtesy of Chromecast support for the Samsung Gear VR... Continue Reading Gear VR owners can now beam what they're seeing to a TV, courtesy of Chromecast Category: VR Tags: [Read Entire Story]

2017 Smartwatch Comparison Guide

While smartwatch popularity may not be where the companies pushing it had hoped it would be at this point, smartwatch quality has steadily pressed forward in the last few years. Let's look at our six top picks, in the latest version of our Smartwatch Comparison Guide... Continue Reading 2017 Smartwatch Comparison Guide Category: Smartwatches Tags: Android Wear Apple Watch LG Watch Sport Product Comparison Samsung Gear S3 [Read Entire Story]

Gear VR with controller review: VR’s casual gaming wonder machine

Samsung and Oculus are back with another Gear VR – the third in 17 months (or fifth in two and a half years, if you count the two semi-consumer Innovator Edition models). While the headset itself is barely changed from the previous model, it adds a Bluetooth motion controller that appears to be a direct answer to Google's Daydream View. Read on, as New Atlas reviews the 2017 Gear VR with controller... Continue Reading Gear VR with controller review: VR’s casual gaming wonder machine Category: [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear VR (2017) vs. Sony PlayStation VR

If you want a virtual reality setup, but aren't willing to pay top dollar for a PC-based system, then you're left with either mobile or console-based VR. Let's compare the features and specs of two of the most popular options, the 2017 Samsung Gear VR and Sony PlayStation VR... Continue Reading Samsung Gear VR (2017) vs. Sony PlayStation VR Category: VR Tags: PlayStation VR Product Comparison Samsung Samsung Gear VR Sony [Read Entire Story]

Oculus Rift vs. Gear VR (2017)

While the new Gear VR that's launching next week isn't much changed from the 2016 model, there are a few differences – including a new controller. Let's see how the specs and features of the 2017 Gear VR compare to those of the Oculus Rift... Continue Reading Oculus Rift vs. Gear VR (2017) Category: VR Tags: Oculus Oculus Rift Product Comparison Samsung Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality VR [Read Entire Story]

Samsung Gear VR (2017) vs. Google Daydream View

Samsung has a new Gear VR with controller arriving alongside the Galaxy S8 later this month. While not much has changed besides the controller, let's look at the specs and features breakdown between the 2017 Gear VR and Google's Daydream View... Continue Reading Samsung Gear VR (2017) vs. Google Daydream View Category: VR Tags: Daydream View Product Comparison Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality VR Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

ZTE Quartz smartwatch merges cellular connectivity with sub-$200 pricing

If price is the only thing that's kept you from buying a smartwatch, Chinese smartphone-maker ZTE will soon have a new budget – and cellular-connected – option in the US, dubbed the Quartz... Continue Reading ZTE Quartz smartwatch merges cellular connectivity with sub-$200 pricing Category: Smartwatches Tags: Android Wear Wearable wearable computing ZTE Related Articles: The virtual reality revolution, [Read Entire Story]

Huawei Watch 2 vs. LG Watch Sport

With Google's rebooted Android Wear 2.0 recently launching, we've now seen a few significant Wear smartwatch launches, for the first time in over a year. Let's see how two of those watches, the Huawei Watch 2 and LG Watch Sport, compare... Continue Reading Huawei Watch 2 vs. LG Watch Sport Category: Smartwatches Tags: Android Wear Wearable Product Comparison Huawei LG Watch Sport LG Huawei Watch 2 [Read Entire Story]

LG Watch Style review: Compact and compromised

If you're looking for a smartwatch that isn't overly huge, Google and LG recently launched one that runs the new Android Wear 2.0 platform. Read on, as New Atlas reviews the LG Watch Style... Continue Reading LG Watch Style review: Compact and compromised Category: Smartwatches Tags: Wearable Android Wear Google LG Related Articles: Upcoming Android Wear update will turn the Huawei Watch into a [Read Entire Story]

LG Watch Sport review: The best standalone smartwatch

When Google announced Android Wear 2.0 last May, we knew standalone/cellular-connected watches were going to be a major focus. For the last couple weeks, we've been testing the first of the bunch: the 4G LTE-ready LG Watch Sport. Is this hulk of a smartwatch worth buying? Read on for New Atlas' review... Continue Reading LG Watch Sport review: The best standalone smartwatch Category: Smartwatches Tags: Wearable Android Wear LG Watch Sport [Read Entire Story]

LG Watch Style early impressions: The sleeker, subtler Android Wear 2.0 watch

Android Wear 2.0 is a big improvement over the earlier, more simplistic versions of Google's smartwatch software. Today we got our hands on the smaller of the two flagship watches to launch alongside Wear 2, the LG Watch Style... Continue Reading LG Watch Style early impressions: The sleeker, subtler Android Wear 2.0 watch Category: Smartwatches Tags: LG Android Wear Wearable Related Articles: Omate is back with [Read Entire Story]

LG Watch Sport vs. Huawei Watch

Google is rebooting Android Wear, and has some new flagship hardware to herald the new beginning for its smartwatch software. Let's see how the new LG Watch Sport compares to the aging Huawei Watch... Continue Reading LG Watch Sport vs. Huawei Watch Category: Smartwatches Tags: Android Wear Huawei Product Comparison LG Watch Sport Huawei Watch LG Related Articles: Samsung Gear [Read Entire Story]

LG Watch Sport vs. Samsung Gear S3

LG has two new smartwatches that mark the arrival of the long-delayed Android Wear 2.0. Let's see how the more powerful of the two, the LG Watch Sport, stacks up next to its most obvious rival, the Samsung Gear S3... Continue Reading LG Watch Sport vs. Samsung Gear S3 Category: Smartwatches Tags: Related Articles: LG Watch Sport and Style showcase Android Wear 2.0 LG Watch Style vs. LG Watch Sport [Read Entire Story]

HTC U Ultra vs. Moto Z

It may not end up being a world-beating release, but HTC's U Ultra is the only significant high-end flagship smartphone to (so far) have been revealed in 2017. Let's see how it shapes up next to Lenovo's modular Moto Z... Continue Reading HTC U Ultra vs. Moto Z Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Phone Comparisons HTC U Ultra Lenovo Moto Z Motorola Product Comparison HTC Smartphones [Read Entire Story]

HTC U Ultra vs. LG V20

We're used to seeing smartphone-makers copying the iPhone, but what isn't as common is seeing a new phone that's almost a direct copy of a slower-selling second-tier flagship. That may be the case with the HTC U Ultra and its apparent muse, the LG V20. Let's compare their features and specs... Continue Reading HTC U Ultra vs. LG V20 Category: Mobile Technology Tags: HTC LG V20 Product Comparison LG HTC U Ultra [Read Entire Story]

Meditation, massage and motion sickness: Testing five wellness wearables

Wearables don't always come in the forms of smartwatches and fitness trackers. One subgenre is wellness wearables, which promise to do things like manipulate your mood, relax your body or teach you to meditate. How do you separate life-enhancing tech from placebo effect? We took a handful for a test-drive... Continue Reading Meditation, massage and motion sickness: Testing five wellness wearables Category: Wearables Tags: Wearable EEG Thync [Read Entire Story]

Review: Waist-watching with the Samsung-funded smart belt

When you think of fitness trackers, you probably picture a wrist-worn device from a company like Fitbit. But Welt, a product incubated in Samsung's Creative Lab (C-Lab), moves the tracker to the waist. Read on for New Atlas' Welt smart belt review... Continue Reading Review: Waist-watching with the Samsung-funded smart belt Category: Wearables Tags: Samsung Wearable Belt Related Articles: Nothing dumb about it: [Read Entire Story]

HTC U Ultra vs. iPhone 7 Plus

Being offered online only (and incompatible with Verizon's or Sprint's networks) HTC's new U Ultra isn't likely to see even a small fraction of Apple's iPhone sales numbers. But is the Ultra worth considering, despite its expected niche status? Let's see how it stacks up next to Apple's 7 Plus... Continue Reading HTC U Ultra vs. iPhone 7 Plus Category: Mobile Technology Tags: HTC Product Comparison iPhone 7 Plus HTC U Ultra [Read Entire Story]

HTC U Ultra vs. Google Pixel XL

While Google took all the credit, the company's Pixel and Pixel XL were manufactured by HTC. How does HTC's silent-partner gig stack up next to the company's upcoming 2017 flagship, the U Ultra?.. Continue Reading HTC U Ultra vs. Google Pixel XL Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Product Comparison Google Pixel HTC Google Phone Comparisons HTC U Ultra Related Articles: Google [Read Entire Story]

HTC U Ultra vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Through the last few years, HTC has gradually faded from the mainstream smartphone spotlight: to the point where its 2017 flagship was introduced via remote live stream and will be sold online-only (quite a departure from the lavish launch events we typically see in the world of mobile). Let's see how that phone, the HTC U Ultra, sizes up next to the nearly-year-old Samsung Galaxy S7 edge... Continue Reading HTC U Ultra vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Category: Mobile Technology Tags: [Read Entire Story]

Hands-on: Can a heartbeat-simulating wearable tweak your mood?

Wearable tech is often associated with smartwatches and fitness trackers, but we've also seen a niche group of consumer products aimed at regulating emotions. While it's an area ripe for a placebo effect, we found Doppel, a heartbeat-simulating wrist wearable, to be curious enough to demo at CES 2017... Continue Reading Hands-on: Can a heartbeat-simulating wearable tweak your mood? Category: Wearables Tags: CES 2017 Wearable Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]