Smartwatches which you need to consider apart from Apple watch
Smartwatches are one of the most in-things in technology these days. An innovation in wearable technology, a smartwatch is just like a normal wrist watch, but is provided with enhanced functionality and can act as a wearable smartphone. Smartwatch offers mobile phone capabilities such as making and answering calls, getting e-mail notifications, sending and receiving SMS, and apps for navigation, health and welfare. However, smartwatches need to get connected with smartphones to get information. Smartwatches are now equipped with advanced and powerful processors and multiple features such as GPS, heart rate monitor, accelerometers, altimeter, thermometer, compass, and chronograph to name a few. Smartwatches are being favored by users over regular timekeepers as they provide enhanced functionalities.
Apple has created a lot of hype around the launch of Apple Watch this year. Android manufacturers have been releasing Google Android Wear-based smartwatches for quite some years. Here we compared some of the best options in the smartwatch market today.
1 LG Watch Urbane
LG has released Urbane as its flagship offering in the smartwatch industry. Featuring a round dial with interchangeable straps, this watch sports a killer design. The watch is adorned with a 1.3” high resolution OLED screen to provide a crisp display. Powered by Android Wear, this metallic device gives the feeling of a premium wrist watch. Urbane has a 4 GB internal storage, a 1 GB RAM, and a powerful Snapdragon 400 chip set with 1 GHz processor. Urbane is fully dust- and waterproof making it a handy companion for joggers and health enthusiasts alike. Urbane can hook up to any Android smartphone running Android 4.3 or later. The neatest trick with Urbane is its ability to hook up with an Android smartphone over different Wi-Fi networks. The watch and the phone need not to share the same Wi-Fi network to function. This feature adds to the appeal of the watch as you can easily carry it and keep your smartphone connected to the home network. Priced at $349, this watch is a little steeply priced.
2 Samsung Gear S
Samsung Gear is the Korean company’s latest wearable device featuring the Tizen operating system. Samsung has launched a series of Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches. Samsung Gear has 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has a SIM slot and can run on 3G network. Samsung Gear has AMOLED-based screen with 300ppi resolution. Samsung Gear works exclusively with Samsung smartphones which is expected, as it runs a proprietary operating system. Tizen app store has a number of applications available for the Gear. Samsung’s watch, with its large screen on wrist, looks a bit odd though. But Samsung has always been known as a big screen company with its Galaxy Note being one of the largest smartphones.
3 Sony SmartWatch 3
Japanese tech giant Sony also has released Android Wear-based smartwatch in the niche market. Sony’s Smart Watch is one of the sleekest wears with its all stainless steel body. There is also an available plastic version but it looks all pale in comparison to the stainless steel design. Sony watch sports a 1.6” LCD screen which is a little backdated as other device manufacturers are offering Full HD screens. The watch is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core ARM processor. The biggest selling point of the Sony Watch is its GPS connectivity. Smart Watch 3 uses Android Wear’s latest software upgrade for GPS technology. It supports Google’s MyTrack app to provide GPS-based navigation for trekkers and joggers. Smart Watch 3 also boasts of a 420mAH battery which can provide 2 days of life. This is the biggest available battery capacity on a smartwatch as of now. Sony has also been given an IP68 rating in terms of waterproofing, meaning that the watch can be carried while swimming. We doubt though, if anyone would like to try and swim wearing a $249 watch.
4 Asus ZenWatch 2
ZenWatch 2 is the latest offering from the stable Taiwanese manufacturer Asus. ZenWatch 2 is a quick update of the first ZenWatch released by Asus about 9 months ago. Highly decorated with bezels on its screen, it also runs the latest Android Wear version and offers a 2.5” AMOLED screen which is protected by Gorilla Glass. ZenWatch 2 is also IP67 certified making it dust- and waterproof. Though it can be used in the shower, it is not recommended for swimming. ZenWatch 2 will be available for sale this summer of 2015.
5 Blocks Modular Smartwatch
Blocks Modular Smartwatch is a new concept of smartwatch which is modular in form and can change as per user’s preference. Blocks Modular Smartwatch is a crowd funded initiative. The Smartwatch will have a core module which will have the processor, RAM, motion sensor, Bluetooth, etc. The users will have a choice to add other blocks such as heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC, extra battery, and so on. Blocks will have a customized OS which will support both iOS and Android. Blocks is an open system initiative and developers can build apps and other blocks on top of the core module. Blocks will offer flexibility in terms of adding and customizing the module as per owner’s need and requirement. This will keep the cost of the Smartwatch flexible depending on the user’s budget and preference. Blocks is expected to be released in the summer of 2015.
6 Apple Watch
No discussion about smartwatches can be complete without talking about the Apple Watch. At $399, Apple Watch is one of the priciest offerings in the smartwatch segment. Apple always has the habit of creating and defining a segment. Once again, they have gone overboard in designing the Apple Watch. With its rounded edge sleek design and silicone strap, Apple Watch feels just right on the wrist. Apple Watch does not have a GPS but it can receive the GPS data from the connected iPhone. It has the best ecosystem with iPhone and the best app store with a large number of apps available. Siri, Apple’s digital assistant is also available on Apple Watch.