The watch was made obsolete by the cell phone, the cell phone was made obsolete by the smartphone, and now the smartphone is doing the watch a solid by making it relevant again. Everyone’s all a-buzz over the smartwatch: the newest toy every tech-lover must have.
-The Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch dropped in Sept. 2013, officially winning the smartwatch race. The watch is compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy smartphones, has a 1.63 inch screen, places and answers calls, and comes with Siri’s little sister, the S Voice personal assistant. That’s not even the cool part; the watch has a 1.9 Megapixel camera. That’s right, a camera on your wrist. Can you say “Inspector Gadget”?
-Sony is ahead of the game with Smartwatch and Smartwatch 2 SW2 on its resume. The original watch provides all the basics: calendar, texts, emails, social media updates, apps and music. The best feature listed? “Watch”, a literal digital or analog watch interface. Is anybody else having a Spy Kids 2 flashback? “My watch doesn’t tell time!” Not that I’ve seen that movie. 8 times.
The SW2 is upgraded with sunlight readability, water resistance, and one-touch pairing. Both watches are compatible only with Android, though, and that is disappointing to us iPhone folks.
-Pebble Smartwatch cleans up in the popularity category. The device is compatible with both Android and Apple iPhone, weighs just 1.34oz, and lasts 5-7 days per battery charge (Wow!). Buyers can now purchase a steel wristband version (Pebble Steel) and the E-Paper watch face, which is conveniently readable in direct sunlight.
-The Martian is the first voice command smartwatch and is elegant enough for James Bond to wear. This watch is seriously dashing. The device provides hands-free texting, can trigger your phone’s camera remotely, and has a noise-cancelling microphone. Luxury!
-The i’m Smartwatch syncs with Android and iPhone but is a little trickier to set up. Its design is chunky but lightweight and the screen is 1.54 inches long. All apps must be downloaded onto the device from the i’m watch website through the “i’m Cloud” portal, which is a little out of the way, don’t you think?
Smartwatch technology is nowhere near finished, but with each update the watches get better and more awesome. We’ll probably see some pretty righteous new smartwatch technology in 2014. Fingers crossed for an Apple product!