Michael L Hicks
Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.
For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.
Bargain running watches The PACE 3 costs much less than the Forerunner 255, but both have very similar tech. Is Garmin's MIP running watch worth paying extra for?
Sunday Runday I've tested the Apple Watch Ultra 2 for the past few months, and it's changed what I want from smartwatches. Worse, it's made me a fan of the squircle.
Adapted audio If you want to connect your Bluetooth headphones to the PS5 without using the DualSense controller's 3.5mm port, you'll need a PS5 Bluetooth adapter.
Affordable health data Motorola's new budget tracker sounds very similar to its past watches, except with a band-sized display and a lower price. Will it be able to compete with Samsung or Xiaomi?
AMOLED upgrade Garmin running watches are among the best, but they're not cheap. The Forerunner 165 should offer upgrades over 55 and 255; the only question is how much it'll cost.
New tricks The big hook to the new Galaxy S24 series is Galaxy AI. We run through what it does, why Samsung will eventually make you pay for it, and whether or not you should be excited.
Time to get fit There are fitness bands — and then there are smartwatches. But some smartwatches can pull double duty in the fitness space, too. These are the best ones.
Budget wristwatch Following in the footsteps of the Apple Watch SE, Samsung will sell a Galaxy Watch FE, according to two leakers.
To the top Once again, I wore way too many smartwatches to help you figure out which watches will give you accurate results when it comes to your next trail hike or climb.
v62 update Meta wants to be the "Android of VR," and apparently that starts by offering a lot of Apple's software tricks in a much more affordable headset.
Q4 2024 earnings Meta is still losing billions every quarter on Reality Labs and AI investments, but its ad revenue was so absurdly high that it still made more money than ever.
No answers Most Fitbit Charge 5s now last less than a day per charge, if they turn on at all. And Google's response thus far has been to tell people to buy newer Fitbits instead.
Generative AI You may soon find the Bard AI available on your Android phone in place of Assistant; here's how it works and whether you'll pay for it.
Galaxy AI watch Aside from rumors about Samsung adding microLED to the Galaxy Watch 7, we mostly just have a wishlist of how we'd like Samsung to improve over the Galaxy Watch 6.
Test your Resilience Most modern smartwatches will tell you when you're stressed; the Oura Ring will determine how good you're body is at overcoming high-stress situations, both during the day and overnight.
Forthcoming Fit While you wait for the Galaxy Ring or Galaxy Watch 7, Samsung has another promising fitness tracker coming soon: the Galaxy Fit 3.
Fitbit fight! The Charge 6 costs half as much as the Sense 2 with most of the same tools — but each has its strengths and exclusives.
Getting the school year started can be a little intimidating, but the best tablets for students can help them get through successfully.
Unleash the Galaxy AI With the Galaxy S24 Ultra, you can have your phone interpret over a dozen languages for you, both during phone calls and within your messages. But you'll need to go into your settings first.
Sunday Runday We're fired up by the Galaxy Ring and curious about the Galaxy Fit 3 and Samsung Glasses. But it's the software behind them that shows the most promise.
Big Brother Would you want your watch to warn you if you're showing signs of depression? Google and Fitbit made plans to test for that, but it would need to collect a lot of data about you to do so.
Longevity Q&A The Quest 3 Touch controllers last longer than the Quest Pro's, but not as long as the Quest 2 controllers. Here's what you need to know.
I can hear you now The Quest 3's mic issues have frustrated fans of multiplayer games for months, but now Meta has taken significant steps to fix them for good.
The inevitable battle The iPhone 15 predictably wins for general performance and upgraded its main camera, while the Galaxy S24 has the superior display and puts a greater emphasis on AI and power.