Since the last year or so we have seen a horde of smartwatches flooding the wearables market. While some of them are a pure pleasure to have on your wrist both stylistically and for all practical purposes others are just, well a waste of time. So here is our list of five of the best smartwatches that are both good to look at and fully serve the purpose of a smartwatch.
Pebble’s initial smartwatch is hands down the best smartwatch available. The watch is water resistant and has almost 6,000 apps with an ever increasing array of colorful designs and interfaces. Pebble provides you on the go notifications on your wrist such as SMS alerts, calls and emails plus it works with number of fitness apps such as runkeeper and jawabone up but does not have a heart rate monitor.
Pebble has 6,000 apps, 7 days of battery life and is compatible with iOS and Android
Pebble’s epaper display is easy to read in the sunlight. This gives you the most bang for your buck but in case you are looking for something formal go for the pebble steel. Pebble steel comes with both a metal and leather strap. Pebble steel’s dimensions are 46 x 35.5 x 5 mm and weighs 56 grams. Pebble claims that the battery time for its watch is 7 days. Pebble is compatible with both IOS and Android.
News is that Pebble’s new smartwatch Pebble Time is due out in May, 2015.
LG G Watch R
It comes with a round watch face and a chronograph around it which looks pretty slick. LG G Watch R has a 1.3-inch Full Circle P-OLED display, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. The watch has 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a heart rate monitor, gyroscope, and Bluetooth 4.0 and weighs 62 grams with the dimensions at 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm.
A power packed full feature smartwatch with 2 days of battery life
The stylish watch is powered by Android Wear. It stands out in terms of its pixel density (320 x 320, 348 PPI) when compared with competitors such as Moto X (320 x 290, 239 PPI). One of the best devices for the Google smartwatch platform, LG G Watch R is stylish, sits comfortably on your wrist and has great features which include notifications, day plan alerts, sending messages, playing music and gives you directions. It surly is a power packed device with 2 days of battery life. It is compatible with Android.
The Apple Watch is probably the most customizable smartwatch in the market. It is available in three editions, plenty of casing options and multiple bands in different colors. Overall, there are over 20 models and they are available in both 38mm and 42mm variants.
Features include NFC payments, sapphire crystal, ability to make or receive calls and an 18 hour battery life. As it always is with Apple, there is a premium price for the Apple Watch. The prices for the watches vary from $349 all the way up to $10,000 for the pure Gold edition.
Moto 360’s 320 x 290-pixel display is housed in a circular stainless steel display and beats all smartwatches when it comes to style simply because it does not look like a smartwatch. It runs on Google’s Android Wear operating system, the Moto 360 supports Google voice commands, shows Google Now alerts and provides notifications from your phone.
Beats all smartwatches when it comes to style
The 1.56 inch colored display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and the watch is water resistant. Moto 360 comes with a heart rate sensor and can is capable of wireless charging. Buyers can get it with leather or a stainless steel band. The battery life is 2 days.
Samsung Gear S
The Gear S comes with SIM support and is a standalone device when it comes to sending or receiving messages or making voice calls even when the user is not near his or her smartphone. It comes with a rectangular 2.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels.
A standalone device when it comes to sending, receiving messages or making voice calls
The smartwatch has a dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM. The Gear S has 4 GB of storage, 300 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and USB 2.0 and it runs Tizen OS. One of Samsung’s leading smartwatches the Gear S comes with a host of features such as accelerometer, gyro, compass, HR monitor, ambient light sensor, barometer, and UV sensor. The battery life is 2 days.
Some honorable mentions in the smartwatch category are:
- Asus Zen Watch
- Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit
- LG Watch Urbane (first smartwatch with full 4G LTE capaibilities)
- Sony Smartwatch 3
As with all our lists we would like to know what you have to say about smartwatches.