Smart watches

What is a Good Watch to Wear While Surfing?

TicWatch

Episode 1595

Greg from San Clemente, CA

Greg runs the Team USA Surfing team. He wants to know if the Apple Watch is waterproof enough for surfers to use to keep up on scores and information. Leo says that while Apple says the watch is waterproof, he's not at all confident it can weather long term exposure to salt water. Casio's GShock is very durable. But the challenge is to get the data out to them from a distance. Cellular may be the best option, but WiFi is more reliable. That Chatroom says The Tic Watch from MobVoi. $159 list.

Can I pay for things with an Android Wear watch?

Android Wear watches

Episode 1556

Joe from Winslow, AZ

Joe wants to buy his girlfriend a smartwatch. He wants to know if Android Wear watches will use NFC so he can buy stuff through his watch without his phone. Leo says that the Apple Watch can do that. There are probably models of Android Wear that will do that as well. Leo says that if the watch supports Wi-Fi, and is connected through the internet, then Google Pay will work. If it's not, then no, it won't be able to do that.

Will an Android smartwatch get the EKG feature that Apple just introduced?

Apple Watch Series 4

Episode 1526

Tod from San Diego, CA

Bob wants to know how long will it be before Android adopts the EKG/ECG medical reading technology like on the Apple Watch Series 4. Rich says it's a great technology, but it's not available yet. The high heart rate and low heart rate notifications are available on Android watches, though. If he's willing to make a switch, it could be a life saver. When will it come to Android? Who knows. But probably not for another year.

What is Number Sharing on the Apple Watch?

Apple Watch ECG

Episode 1523

Rich from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Rich updated to a smartphone out of necessity. He's hearing about the Apple Watch Series 4 and its heart features, but it says he needs "number share" for it. What is that? Rich says that the Apple Watch Series 4 is not only a smart watch, but an FDA approved medical device. He can actually take an ECG with it. But he'd need the higher end LTE version for $500, and number sharing, means he'd have to pay $10 a month to share his phone number with his Apple Watch.

Should I buy an Apple Watch 3 and iPhone X?

Apple iPhone X

Episode 1456

Chris from Miami FL

Chris wants to get an Apple Watch Series 3 and the iPhone X. He's heard rumors, however, that Apple is slowing down production, and he's wondering if he should avoid those products. Leo says to consider the source. For instance, Ming-Chi Quo is primarily an analyst and his job is more to decide if it's worth buying Apple stock over buying the iPhone. So far, there's been no confirmation of sales having softened due to supply. If anything, it's been quite the opposite, especially with the Apple Watch. Analysts and rumor guys are wrong more often than they are right.