5 Smartwatches You Can Buy Now
Wearables are one of the latest tech trends, and there certainly are a lot of smartwatches on the horizon. The Moto 360 and LG G Watch are stated to be released this winter, and it’s difficult to go a week without hearing another Apple smartwatch rumour. But there's no time like the present, and there are already a plethora of miniature computers available for you to wear on your wrist.
By Alex Choros
Wearables are one of the latest tech trends, and there certainly are a lot of smartwatches on the horizon. The Moto 360 and LG G Watch are stated to be released this winter, and it is difficult to go a week without hearing another Apple smartwatch rumour. But there's no time like the present, and there are already a plethora of miniature computers available for you to wear on your wrist.
All of the smartwatches covered in this piece share the same basic features; they all pair with your smartphone, receive notifications from a variety of apps and can be used to accept and decline calls. As such, we'll be looking at what makes each of these devices unique, and why they just might deserve a spot on your wrist. So without further ado, here are five of the best smartwatches that you can buy now.
|Samsung Gear 2 Neo||From $249||Samsung phones and tablets only||The Gear 2 Neo is the most balanced of Samsung’s smartwatch offerings. It’s cheaper than the Gear 2, but has most of the same features. Notable is the 4 gigabytes of inbuilt storage, giving users the ability to listen music even when they don’t have their phone. The Gear 2 Neo is dust and water resistant, and has a built in pedometer and heart-rate sensor. And if you’re rather bring your own wristband, the Gear 2 Neo works with any 22mm strap.|
|Samsung Gear 2||From $369||Samsung phones and tablets only||The Gear 2 is the Gear 2 Neo’s fancier, fuller featured brother. With a built in 720p camera and voice recorder, the Gear 2 is guaranteed to make you feel like a secret agent. The Gear 2 shares the same fitness feature set as the Gear 2 Neo, and is also dust and water resistant|
|Pebble Steel||From $250||IOS and Android||The first Pebble smartwatch made headlines for receiving over $10 million in backing through a Kickstarter campaign. Just over a year after the first model’s release, its classier successor was announced – the Pebble Steel. The Pebble Steel is one of the only smartwatches available with a leather strap by default, and makes one of the best attempts at bridging the gap between full featured, full sized smartwatch and the aesthetics of a “real” watch.|
|Sony Smartwatch 2 SW2||From $354||Android only||The creatively named Sony Smartwatch 2 SW2 is the first Android compatible smartwatch that supports pairing over NFC. Just tap the two devices together and you’ll be connected instantly. The Smartwatch 2 SW2 can also be used as a standalone device, in case you’ve ever wanted a watch that doubles as a compass, timer and calculator. In addition to being water resistant, the device also has a scratch-resistant screen.|
|Martian Notifier||From $129||iOS and Android||TWant a smartwatch that doesn’t look like a smartwatch? Then then the Martian Notifier might just be the one for you. The Notifier hides away a small OLED in the bottom third of the watch face, providing subtle notifications from anything range from Twitter to Skype to Snapchat to Starbucks. Tapping the glass provides an easy, intuitive way to dismiss a notification.|