The biggest tech gadgets of the year, whether you’re looking for that all important Christmas present or simply want to treat yourself, here are the very best smartwatches of 2016.
Samsung Gear 2
Not a lot of us have heard of Tizen, but Samsung Gear 2 comes with this OS, and it is powerful, though you might need time to get used to some features. The device is compatible with Android devices, and has a Super AMOLED display coupled with Wireless charging. There aren’t many apps for the device yet, but that can be worked around or maybe even waited out.
You can keep only 8 smartwatch apps of your Pebble Time watch, but store quite a few in a space called a locker. It’s perfect for geeks; scroll online through the pictures of themes it sports! The charger is pretty geeky as well. It’s perfect for arranging of your bedside table.
Plus, since one full charge can last over 7 days, there is zero hassle involved. The display is a 64-color e-paper contraption, something i had never heard of. But it is compatible with Android and iOS devices.
Quite a bargain too, I must say!
Moto 360 really is beautiful to admire. It comes with 1.37” and 1.56” displays, both LCD. You might need to keep a power bank handy or charge the device at work, but the trouble is really worth it given how rarely beauty and brawn combines in the world of gadgets.
Nixon’s Mission is a new entry to the market, and with a $400 price tag, you expect it to have quite a lot to offer. It is supposed to be a pretty rough and tough device, strong enough to brave a trekking expedition or surfing trips. The appeal is solely to that section of the market, in fact. It is not something you’d want to wear to an interview or a presentation.
There are more than 20 colors on strap along with 12 bezels and 3 body colors to choose from. The functionality seems to be pretty standard, though customised to include barometers and gyrometers and humidity measurement and weather stuff like that.
Sony Smartwatch 3
Sony always seems to get something or the other horribly wrong each time they come out with a device. With Smartwatch 3, Sony’s messed up where you charge your battery from. The watch has a decent build quality and design, though.
It is compatible only with Android, built specifically keeping Sony smartphones in mind. So if you have a smartphone from Sony, this could be a good deal for you.
Huawei Watch’s appeal lies in its price tag, which is a bit high, at around $999. The watch itself is pretty rudimentary, though it has some great stuff like wireless charging, an AMOLED screen and a pretty fashionable design.
In fact, the look is the reason I’d buy it, but when you pay a thousand dollars for something, you expect your device to do a lot more than just look nice in a party.
Apple Watch comes with watchOS 2, and is compatible only with iOS devices (obviously). You have plenty on band styles to sport. The display is a somewhat disappointing 1.53” OLED.
And don’t be deceived by the 8GB onboard storage stat; you can only use about 2GB for music, and a mere 70 for photos. The battery life makes you grumble as well.
Why would I buy it, then? Wireless charging, that’s why. Oh, and because it is Apple. I’ll bleat for you as soon as I get my sheep certificate.
LG Watch Urbane
LG Watch Urbane is a pretty standard smartwatch. The design is stocky too, almost a display on an insecure masculinity. However the one thing the device has that helped me loosen the purse strings is the value for money. The price tag is about $200, which is what you could pay for a pretty average Android smartphone.
With a 1.3” P-OLED display and 4GB on-board storage along with a Quad-core 1.2GHz processor, it’s really quite a deal.
Asus’s ZenWatch 2 has a Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor under a 1.63” AMOLED display, so you can be sure this is one smooth watch. The design is better than LG Watch URbane too. ZenWatch2 also makes a pretty pocket-friendly option for smartwatch fanatics.
Tag Heuer Connected
Now unfortunately, I don’t exactly qualify as a millionaire. But if i did, this would probably be the watch I’d buy. The watch is compatible with Android and iOS, and carries a smart dual-core 1.6GHz processor. The 1.5” LCD display is sufficiently detailed, so much that you would perhaps not realise it is a smartwatch unless you examined it closely. The $1500 price tag is the only deterrent in this deal.
This post has been contributed by Swati Sharma from Bloomtimes.com