Ireckon – what do you reckon?

One month on from the launch of Ireckon’s first question we’d like to share some of the results that we’ve had so far. Although we’re always hoping that more people will find the app and join the fun. Let’s find out what we all reckon about things!

If you’ve not seen the app before then take a look at Ireckon at the Google Play store.

Most desirable smart watch?

  1. LG G Watch – 65.3%
  2. Samsung Gear Live – 30.6%
  3. Sony Smart Watch 2 – 2.8%
  4. Pebble – 1.4%

A surprisingly strong turn out for the LG G Watch. When we played with both watches, everyone here preferred the Samsung over the LG.

Who is your favourite Harry?

  1. Potter – 61.9%
  2. Houdini – 25.4%
  3. Prince – 7.9%
  4. Styles – 4.8%

Potter rules the world it appears, but fantastic to see Houdini in second place. Although if Harry Styles wants to replicate Houdini’s suspended strait jacket escape then I’ll happily change my vote.

Who made the best Bond?

  1. Sean Connery – 36.6%
  2. Daniel Craig – 26.8%
  3. Pierce Brosnan – 19.5%
  4. Roger Moore – 17.1%

The original and the best, Mr. Connery showing the later Bonds how it’s done. But it was a difficult question to answer as they all make great James Bonds.

Which is the best phone?

  1. HTC One (M8) – 46.7%
  2. Galaxy S5 – 33.3%
  3. iPhone 5S – 13.3%
  4. Lumia 930 – 6.7%

Ahhh, the HTC One (M8), the best phone you never bought. You have to feel sorry for HTC when Samsung achieves massive sales figures while the world at large prefers the One.

Which is your favourite Disney princess?

  1. Belle – 38.1%
  2. Cinderella – 33.3%
  3. Snow White – 19.0%
  4. Sleeping Beauty – 9.5%

Belle is indeed a charmer, but never forget that Snow White has seven little live-in helpers to do all the housework.

If you’d like to check the latest scores head over to Ireckon at Fife-V

Are there any questions that you’d like to ask? Get in touch at ireckon@fife-v.com

Samsung Gear Live review

Smart watches have already come a long way and now a new OS, Android Wear, has arrived on the scene to shake things up. At the moment you’ve got a limited choice with only the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch currently on sale.

Samsung's Gear Live smart watch

Samsung’s Gear Live smart watch

I’ve had the pleasure of being able to give the Samsung Gear Live a test and as a first generation device it’s actually pretty impressive.

Let’s kick off with the nitty gritty, it has a 1.63″ Super AMOLED screen with vibrant colours and a high pixel density (320 x 320). The processor is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, like the LG G Watch. It has 512MB of RAM with 4GB of internal memory. It’s pretty much a smartphone on your wrist.

From a pragmatic point of view its IP67 rated, giving you high levels of dust and water resistance (no one wants a watch that you have to protect in the rain). The big addition of the Gear Live over the competition is the inclusion of a heart rate monitor. I tried it out and whilst I didn’t have a way of testing its absolute accuracy it certainly seemed to give approximately accurate numbers and it climbed to a realistic after exercise. The watch does warn that it’s not to be relied upon for medical purposes.

But what is it actually like to live with? Pairing with your phone is simple. Download the Android Wear app for your mobile, switch on Bluetooth, and the pairing process happens automatically (no need to type in codes, just check the codes match and click ‘ok’).

From that moment on your watch is now the convenient way to know what’s happening on your phone. Any notification that pops up on your phone – whether it be a new email, text message, or Google now card – will appear on your watch, accompanied with a gentle vibrate. These notifications can be scrolled through and dismissing on the watch, thereby dismissing them on your phone too.

The display itself can be put into a mode where it switches off until you bring it up to your face to look at it (via gyroscopic means rather than a proximity sensor) or left on all the time which I think makes it much more desirable and useful as a watch. And, unlike a traditional watch, you can download new watch faces from the Google Play store.

Samsung's Gear Live - with integrated heart rate monitor

Samsung’s Gear Live – with integrated heart rate monitor

This is the big difference between an Android phone and the Gear Live, there isn’t a home screen as such. You can install apps but you have to navigate through a couple of menus to get at them. The primary interface is Google’s voice input, which by and large ok.

For example, you can say “OK Google” into your watch and then something like “send Jon a text”, followed by whatever you’d like to send in the text. It certainly works up to a point but since the message automatically sends after you finish speaking you’d better hope it didn’t get any of the words wrong. I wouldn’t text my boss using it, that’s for sure.

Overall I’ve enjoyed the watch. It’s not crazily expensive for a luxury watch. The notifications are something that you start to get used to and you miss them when they are gone, consigning you to checking your phone every time it vibrates in your pocket.

The only thing that would stop me from rushing out and buying one is the battery life. In all my testing I never managed to get more than a day and a half out of it. That’s not really enough for a watch. Samsung’s Tizen-based watches (the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo) promise a significantly higher battery life, still not stunning by any means but enough to make them more practical devices. However, if Santa Claus happened to drop a second generation version of this down my chimney for Christmas then I’d welcome it with open arms.