Smart watches are the new extension to your mobile phone. Wearable and futuristic tech that tells you the time. But is that all they do? Its easy to blur the lines between the recent craze of fitness trackers and smart watches, but there are a range of differences. Smart watches for one are more expensive. They run an important operating system like apple’s watch OS, or what is the most popular OS at the moment Android Wear.
They have a range of apps designed to do everything that a fitness tracker can do and more. They integrate with your phone, and can notify you of calls, or text messages, even updates from your social media stream. So why do we really need one of these if you already have a mobile phone? Well for one thing its cool, but also they are handy to have if you like to tuck your mobile phone out of reach in your pocket or your handbag.
Here are some of the best smart watches available on the market today.
The LG Watch Urbane is one of the most sophisticated looking smart watches on the market. Its crafted in stainless steel, with a gold or a silver finish to it. You can switch the 22mm straps to match your mood, or your fashion. It runs android wear and allows you to change watch faces by just swiping your finger across the screen. It is water and dust resistant upto 1 meter, and runs a 1.3″ P-OLED screen that is bright during the dark, but also easily viewable in bright daylight. It comes with its own charging cradle, and has a built in heart rate monitor.
Huawei Watch is another android wear watch and is built with a stainless steel casing, and sapphire crystal display. It has a built in heart rate monitor, and can count the amount of calories you burn during your exercise, along with how many steps you take during your walking. Its intuitive to use and you can slide to the right of the watch screen to access your contacts list for quick dialing or social media contacting. You swipe the the left if you want to access the range of apps that are on the watch. You can pick a fine grain leather strap or stainless steel one. There are a huge range of watch faces that you can choose, up to 40 different designs. It also features Google Now technology, giving you access to your own personal voice activated assistant.
The Motorola Moto 360 is a smart watch that features stainless steel case that comes with either a gold or silver band. There is a huge amount of protection on offer for your screen with the included Gorilla Glass. This is a reinforced glass that protects against scratches. With the Android wear operating system, you can receive weather, flight alerts, and traffic reports straight to the watch. The Moto 360 responds to voice commands and works with Google Now technology. You can ask for directions to where you want to go, and the smartwatch will display it. There is an inbuilt goal tracker to help with your fitness and monitor your calorie count, your step count, and your heart rate.
The Samsung Gear S has a more rectangular face than circular like the previous mentioned models. This does give it some unique features though. It has a multi language on screen keyboard, that supports upto 69 languages. It has an elegant and curved Super AMOLED display, which give it a really nice fit to your wrist. It features 3G, WiFi, and bluetooth connectivity. There is an advanced contacts management list, as well as news reports and integration with your phones diary capability. There is built in fitness monitor, which supports your efforts to staying fit. There is a calorie counter, and step tracker built in as well as heart rate monitor. The Samsung Gear S delivers everything to your wrist that you can expect from your smartphone.
The future of wearable technology is here, and the smartwatch is the first evolution of it. As the power of computing gets more and more powerful, these smart watches are going to become more capable of functions that you still need your smart phone for at the moment.