Smartphones, tablets, notebooks… they’ve all been on the list of “must-have” devices for some time. Now we can add one more to the list, Smartwatches.
It really hasn’t been all that long since Pebble became the most successful Kickstarter campaign, launching its innovative, wearable technology. The days of Pebble as the lone Smartwatch supplier, however, are long gone, and tech companies are releasing watch after watch. As we mentioned a few blogs back, it’s high time Apple stepped into the arena before its too late, as competition is heating up quickly! Let’s take a look at just a few of the watches that have recently hit the market, and that are shaping up to be Apple’s biggest competition in the upcoming years.
Motorola looks to have really outdone themselves with the upcoming Moto 360. One advantage it has over other Smartwatches… it doesn’t look like one. This
Smartwatch, expected to be officially unveiled in early September, features a round-face design, much sleeker and sophisticated than most on the market. Here are a few of the specs you can expect with this one:
- Water resistant up to 3 feet
- 1.5″ Color, LED display/ Touchscreen
- Right or left hand friendly
- Voice Activation
- Compatible exclusively with Android devices
Anticipated Price Tag: $250
The LG G is a fairly simple design, much like that of the original Pebble Watch. It has all the basic functions you’d want from a smartwatch and is compatible with Android. Not to be outdone by Motorola, however, LG has hinted at the release of a round-face watch that will better compete with the Moto 360. For now though, lets take a closer look at the current LG watch:
- 1.6″ IPS display w/ thin black bezel
- Removable, rubber strap
- Compatible with Android 4.3 or higher
- Square watch face
Price Tag: $229
Intended by Samsung as both Galaxy compatible and a stand-alone device, the Galaxy Gear packs some pretty good specs. The advantage Samsung has over Apple
thus far is that it’s already had several generations of smartwatches, helping to tweak the device and work through any bugs that come with first-gen. technology. They also have several other options including the Gear Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live. The disadvantage of the Samsung watches is that they’re only compatible with Samsung devices, isolating a great deal of its target audience. Let’s take a closer look at this wearable device:
- 1.63-inch Super AMOLED® display
- Stand-alone music player
- Square watch face
- 2 mega-pixel camera
- Heart Monitor and pedometer
Price Tag: $299
The Pebble was one of the very first Smartwatches to gain popularity. Receiving funding through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, they may not be a huge company, but they do have the upper hand with a loyal following. While the original featured a fairly cheap looking exterior, the company has given the watch a bit of a sophistication upgrade with the Pebble Steel. Here’s a bit of what you can expect from the device:
- 1.26″ e-paper display
- 5-7 day battery life
- Downloadable watch faces
- iOS and Android compatibility
- Water resistant
Price Tag: $150 / $230
Those mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg in this new device market, with dozens of others already available. Now the key is turning towards producing a watch that is both worth the consumers while, while also looking sophisticated and sleek. It will be exciting to see what some of the tech giants will come up with next!
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