Strata Stealth runs long, not smoothly (hands-on)
Like many smartwatch products, the MetaWatch Strata Stealth promises to usher in a new era of hands-free convenience. Designed to link tightly to iPhones and Android smartphones, this $179 gadget runs tailor-made mini apps to keep you always in the loop. As with other devices in the nascent smart timepiece category, though, including the Pebble, and , the MetaWatch operates like a work in progress. While the MetaWatch could have a bright future, the device's current glitches and software bugs will make you wish you bought a more stable piece of hardware such as the .,
Despite its unpretentious all-black chassis and deliberate attempt not to attract attention, the MetaWatch Strata Stealth is hard to ignore. That's because the square-shaped Stealth looks anything but your average analog or even digital timepiece. Wrapped in a thick casing of polycarbonate, 0.63 inch to be exact, the watch is bulky. That's especially true compared with the svelteness of the Sony Smartwatch (0.3 inch thick) which is half the Stealth's thickness.
At a full 1.92 ounces, the MetaWatch Strata Stealth also weighs almost as much as two Sony Smartwatches (0.55 ounce). That said, I didn't find the Stealth's size or heft distracting or uncomfortable. One bonus to the Stealth's design is that it's water resistant to a pressure of 5 atmospheres, so showering and swimming with the device isn't problem, but scuba diving will be.
Why I ditched the Galaxy Gear for the Fitbit Force
My wrist has only so much room, and the Fitbit Force has won the shoving match against the mighty Galaxy Gear.
What's smart (and dumb) about the latest smartwatches
We look at the latest smartwatches and explain how they all could get better.
Michael Madsen is the gravely-voiced spokesman for this augmented reality toy.
Polar's new M430 running watch comes with a heart-rate monitor and pairs with an app for smart coaching.
The third generation of Garmin's Vívoactive moves to a circular design and has more robust smartwatch capabilities,...
The new slim "smart" activity tracker features GPS, a heart-rate monitor, color touch-screen and 15 built-in apps.
The company has joined forces with Disney for its new kids activity tracker.
The HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset works the same as models from Acer and others, but has more padding and a...
Ear fitness for runners.
The Mira Prism headset does hands-free augmented reality... but can it compete with what Apple can do?
Is the Montblanc Summit peak Android Wear?
The LG VR (name TBD) joins the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony PlayStation VR in the ranks of high-end consumer...
The augmented reality headset lets Star Wars fans fight Darth Vader in a lightsaber battle, play Holochess and...