TOP SMARTWATCHES OF 2015
Top smartwatches of 2015 are some of the wearable computers we think that would dominate the industry next year. Smartwatches have come of age with custom made mobile operating system and mobile apps. Some smartwatches models, also called watch phones, feature full mobile phone capability, and can make or answer phone calls. Others are ‘sport watch’ with features such as activity tracker. Designed to be worn on the wrist with usually a touchscreen display, its main benefit is the ability to constantly keep one updated with smartphone activities.
1) Pebble Steel
Pebble Steel is still a strong contented in our top smartwatches of 2015 pending the advent of the Apple watch. As part of the wearable pioneers Pebble works with iPhones and Android phones. The screen is visible in broad daylight. The waterproofing is confidence as it is swim and shower friendly. It has a built in pedometer, so for fitness lovers this is an additional bonus. Upto 8 apps can be installed in it. Battery is also nice as it needs charging only twice a week and its on sale for £179 online. All such features have made this product everyone’s favorite and so its still one of our favorite top smartwatches of 2015.
2) LG G Watch R
For people wanting a trendy attractive watch piece, this may be your first choice. With its round design, angular metal frame and selection of gorgeous watch faces, the LG G Watch R is the most attractive Android Wear Smartwatch around. This product’s pricing is varied depending on your region. The battery life of this gadget is reasonably standard but can be made better for heavy users. The watch’s design is sleek, so if you are looking for ‘Back to the Future’ type of smartwatch this may not be for you. If you want a decent smartwatch with an attractive look then you can fetch this one. During the just concluded International CES 2015, LG impressed us tremendously with quality of their displayed smartwatches. The LG G Watch R is a top smartwatches of 2015, selling on amazon from £179.
Sony’s efforts to give the market a decent smartwatch has failed in the past. But the company has never stopped trying. The Sony Smartwatch 3 is however different because it was designed with flaws from previous watches in mind. The waterproofing feature has also been improved to a large extent. The straps are now interchangeable. Another important development is that it runs on Android Wear. Android Wear is the software developed by Google that provides a unified platform for companies like Sony, Samsung, LG and Motorola to load on to their products and allow developers to create apps that can run equally well across all devices. Sony has made a great effort with this wearable device and truly deserves a place in our top smartwatches of 2015.
Samsung has produced a wearable phone in with its new Samsung Gear S. It has a big, bright curved display and catches everyone’s attention. The battery life is also decent. The best thing about this Gear is that you do not need a phone nearby to access 3G network. This gear supports 3G connectivity. Its appearance is a bit large but this does not become an inconvenience. It is a complete on-wrist phone. This gear too requires a few developments. It does not pair with the latest Samsung phones and its standalone features do not work with all apps and notifications. The Gear S app library is still weak as compared with Android Wear. It may fail some people’s expectations but is still a gadget worth trying. We had a preview during CES 2015 and can’t wait for full review but its already in our top smartwatches of 2015.
Moto 360 is a classic timeless smartwatch designed with quality craftsmanship. It is powered by Android wear so you are rest assured of timely update at a glance. Its round design and premium materials look sharp. It is very comfortable to wear because of its sleek leather band and its light weight. The inductive charging cradle makes it convertible into a bedside clock as well. Its battery life is not that impressive. Its Android wear software is also lacking in many aspects but with the new updates like Moto Body activity tracking just got better. The weird black bar at the bottom also seems like an inconvenience. With a few improvements, Moto 360 is definitely one of the top smartwatches of 2015.
Martian Watches, a California-based developer
of fashionable smartwatches, recently unveiled new designs which includes the Martian Commander, Aviator, Electra and Monarch. These smartwatches are stylist wearables with smart functionality like dual mode functionality, that includes voice command via Classic Bluetooth. Martian Watches are water resistant and compatible with both iOS and Android operating systems. The notification alert can be customized with over 1000 apps and programs available. Its available in stainless steel and rugged resin and designed for active individual. This means you can talk, listen and watch from your wrist. Martian’s has team up with watch designer Guess to release some fashionable smartwatches.
The Polar M400 is a GPS watch that combines activity tracking. It supports wireless heart-rate monitor and also has an automatic sleep tracking. So, when you think that you are not sleeping well then just give a glance to your smartwatch. This device has a good battery life and the best thing is it will sync with your phone. Charging it is also not a big deal. It uses a normal Micro-USB for charging. It includes GPS and activity tracking. It has a permanently on display with a backlight, inactivity alerts and is waterproof. The Polar M400 was recently updated to support the Footpod and smartphones notifications. It does not support Android at the moment but will later in 2015. The GPS signal was fluctuating and is not strong enough but the new update fixes most of these issues. It is well waterproofed at 30 meter and delivers a decent 8 hours on GPS mode.
8) Basis Peak
The Basis Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker. It passively measures heart rate and steps with little intervention from the user. It has an excellent battery life that enables the user to use the gadget for days after a single charge. Its swipe based interface is almost too smart for its own good. The upgrade was unveiled during CES 2015 from the solid design update and fantastically responsive display to the hardware responsible for data collection. The design comes with five sensors with a touch screen display. Basis Peak is available on iOS and Android platform available in matte black, or brushed metal and white at $199. It is best for its fitness focused features but comes with a contextual software that actually knows when you are busy or still.
The Garmin Vivoactive is a smartwatch designed for athletes, a multifunctional sports tracker with GPS. Its not as rugged as some other Garmin watches but very user friendly with a colour LCD and upto 50m water resistance, the Viviactive is a serious contender. It supports for heart-rate straps, GPS tracking, log running, cycling, swimming and golf, as well as everyday activity tracking. It also connects via Bluetooth to receive notifications from your smartphone and has a three weeks battery life on activity mode compare to 10 hours on GPS mode according to Garmin. You can download third party apps and get more fro Garmin’s new IQ connect app.
The Withings Activite is arguably the most fashion forward smartwatch in the market. It is an analogue looking watch but a fitness wearable that you will actually want to wear. This Swiss-Made watch was designed to encourage healthy lifestyle while looking stylish and classic. Designed with stainless steel and sapphire glass, it has a great battery life. Withings Activite has a fantastic fitness app and honestly beautiful. Although it works with only iPhones at the moment through Bluetooth connectivity. It has no Android support yet, the Health Mate app can only handle one Withings activity tracker and sleep tracking temperamental.
The Samsung Gear Live is one of the first android wear smartwatches. It has a clean metal body which gives it a very sleek and stylish edge. The gear live has an attractive design, comfortable to wear with exchangeable straps. It can work with many Android phones (4.3 or later) and has an impressive Google Voice Recognition. Some disadvantages are its terrible battery life and its bad display quality in daylight. A strange card based notification system does not always pop up with the info you want. The Snap-On charger is also very annoying. With slight modifications this device may top the market.
12) Apple Watch
Apple Watch is first and foremost an incredibly accurate timepiece.You won’t just send and receive messages, calls and mail more easily and efficiently. You’ll express yourself in new, fun and more personal ways.Apple Watch is designed to keep you more efficient, organised and productive, it’s also made to keep you moving. Because being active is vital to living a healthy life.Everyone’s style is different, as is everyone’s wrist. So Apple Watch comes in two case sizes: 38mm and 42mm. Both of which can be set up to work on either your left or your right wrist.Every new product we’ve introduced has been defined by a unique input device. With Apple Watch, it’s the Digital Crown. One of the best features on Apple Watch is the new Apple Pay System. The launch will be a turning point for Apple as well. For now we just have to wait and see!
All these smartwatches are brilliant in some ways and lacking in a few. After CES 2015 we are convinced that wearable tech is here to occupy and smartwatches are leading the way.
TOP SMARTWATCHES OF 2015