After the computers and smartphones, the next battle in the world of technology is going to be for the wrists of the users. Don’t get us wrong, we simply meant that manufacturers are trying to come up with smartwatches which can be worn by the user on his/her wrists. The simple problem is that the companies are yet to figure out the perfect use case of a smartwatch, though that hasn’t stopped them to start manufacturing it.Right from young companies to established players, everybody is investing in this new domain and have showcased their products symbolising their idea of an ideal smartwatch. But which ones are worth your attention and which ones are passable? Don’t worry, we bring to you best smartwatches that should be worth looking towards in this year.
Pebble can be regarded as the initiator of smartwatch era. The company is one of the most successful crowd funding projects in the KickStarter website and has shipped millions of smartwatches. While the original Pebble might not have appealed to masses as it had geeky design, the second version of the watch is intended to change that thinking. The Pebble Steel looks a fine piece of craft along with offering all kind of smart functionalities ranging from reading notifications to opening apps. The fact that the company has started its app store is also a great thing going for it.
Samsung Gear 2
Samsung’s first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear wasn’t exactly a success, but that hasn’t stopped the Korean brand to unveil its successor at MWC. This time the company has chosen to power the watch with its own OS – Tizen, instead of Android. This would help in improving its battery and at the same time allow Samsung to differentiate with other smartwatches.
Google know that Android’s biggest drawback to be used in the smartwatches would be its battery consumption and memory optimization methods, so instead of rectifying the platform, it has recently started a new initiative for wearables dubbed as Android Wear. While its SDK is yet to be released to interested developers, company is giving developer preview for free which indicates the capabilities of this platform.
Since the platform is under development, the products powered by the same also will be showcased later. However, Motorola has teased its first smartwatch to run Android Wear and the best part is that instead of oddly-looking rectangular dials, the watch will feature a circular face. It’s expected to arrive in the summer of this year.
LG Lifeband Touch
While it’s not exactly a smartwatch, since its capabilities are more related to one’s health and fitness. However unlike other fitness bands, the Lifeband Touch gets a display and thus can also showcase some smartwatch-like functionalities. The gadget is in the shape of band and can be worn easily. It can track one’s calories, steps taken, exercise completed and even monitor heart rate (with the help of separate heart-rate monitoring earphones). In terms of connecting with smartphones, it can connect with both Android and iPhones, which is a big plus.
Well, we must apologise to you as we simple lied to you. Instead of the five best smartwatches claimed in the title, we have only listed four smartwatches. But that’s done purposely, rumours certainly suggest us that an Apple iWatch is under development. This means that Apple iWatch will definitely be better in terms of design along with offering foolproof smart features, since Apple never does anything halfway. So even if the iWatch is yet to be seen, we’re betting that it will prove to be a strong contender in the smartwatch space.