2015 may still be young but it?s never too early to treat your wrist with the right techy accessory. These so-called smartwatch devices promise to deliver important information right at your fingertips without having to pull out a smartphone from your pocket. What sets them apart from fitness trackers is that they?re capable of supporting mobile apps and displaying notifications.
A huge chunk of smartwatches is powered by Google?s popular Android Wear OS while a significant few run its own proprietary platform. If you?re on a quest to find the right device to adorn your wrist with, we?ve done some legwork and compiled this short list of the best smartwatch models out there. Since the Apple Watch is yet to be released, it didn?t make the cut but you can learn more about Apple?s upcoming wearable here.
Sony SmartWatch 3
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It looks like Sony has learned a lot from their previous model and unveiled the later Smartwatch 3 powered by Android Wear despite having its own mobile OS. This wearable has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor partnered with 512MB RAM; that?s relatively powerful for such a small device. It?s biggest strength, however, has got to be it?s built-in GPS. So you don?t have to bring your handset along while you jog, although you?ll still need it to provide driving directions.
If you?re not feeling the SmartWatch 3?s rubber strap, you may go with the metal band (reminds us of the Pebble Steel) which Sony unveiled recently. It?s also nice to see a standard USB port but its battery not really better than other watch models with similar displays.
LG G Watch R
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This piece of wearable tech from LG probably sports the best screen out there. It?s an Android Wear model that features a P-OLED display (plastic OLED). This model has a round watchface, much like the Moto 360, but its plastic screen and stationary bezel gives it a little sporty (but still classic) appearance. You can charge it via a microUSB port and offers the usual features like displaying alerts, notification, send messages, play music, and monitoring your heart rate.
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The Moto 360 has an excellent build quality, elegant design, and a relatively affordable price. It?s clearly defined by its 1.65-inch circular display, stainless steel frame and premium Horween leather band. If you?re more inclined to wearing a metal band, Motorola also offers such an option for the Moto 360. Despite having a mediocre battery, this smartwatch still provides a great overall experience. Its Google Now integration is fluid and beams email alerts, SMS and every other smartphone notification seamlessly to your wrist.
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The Pebble Steel is arguably the best non-Android Wear smartwatch you can find. Sporting an all-metal construction and a display protected by Gorilla Glass, its high-end design is far more sophisticated than the original version. It?s available in matte black or brushed stainless steel variants but you may also opt for a classy leather band. Apart from the strap, the device still feature the same user-friendly interface and the battery-efficient, easy-to-read e-ink display.
Featured Image Credit: ?Android Wear