Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Top 5 Smart Watches 2013

Tuesday, 10 September 2013
A smartwatch or smart watch, alternatively known as a watch phone, is a computerized wristwatch with functionality enhanced beyond timekeeping, often with features comparable to a PDA. While early models were capable of performing basic tasks like calculations, translations, or playing games, modern smartwatches are effectively wearable computers.

The emerging wearable computing market, in the form of smartwatches and smart glasses, has proven to developers and manufacturers that consumers are seeking to make data creation and consumption even more convenient than it already is.

As Apple, Microsoft, Google and Samsung are battling it out, the interest in the future of the wrist – from Tim Cook and his fiercest rivals' companies – is genuine, as are the questions around the category's future.

Will these devices be more wrist-worn controllers for smartphones (and other devices) than running their own apps? Will they kill off the fitness-tracking bands, or provide the companies making those like Jawbone, Fitbit and Nike with a new product category to move into? Those questions won't be answered until 2014 at the earliest, whenever the Galaxy Gear goes on sale.

Smart watches have been around for a while. The smartphones and tablets from the leading Tech Firms have shadowed the Smart watches. Before we get a clear picture of what the Apple, Google and Samsung Smart watches are all about, I have been asked to review the existing Smartwatches. My research on user opinioins and reviews have helped me shortlist the best Smart watches of 2013.

1. Pebble Smartwatch *Best Smartwatch of 2013*

The Pebble Smartwatch is unanimously the crowd favorite. The Pebble E-Paper Watch began as a great idea with insufficient funding, as all great startups do. The Pebble smartwatch is not intended to be a replacement for your iPhone or Android equipped cell, but rather an extension of your phone’s display that allows for some remedial user input. The Pebble E-Paper Watch is compatible with iPhone 3GS and up and with Android devices running OS 2.3 and up. On the iPhone, the Pebble is mostly controlled and configured from within iOS. For familiarity and ease of use, this is a good idea. However, presently there is only limited support for Pebble functionality in iOS. 

2. Martian Smartwatch

Since Martian announced that its popular Martian Watch was compatible with the WhatsApp Messenger and LINE apps on Android smartphones with firmware update v1.43 it gained popularity  very quickly. On smartphones using Android Jellybean 4.1 or higher, WhatsApp allows notifications to appear on the Martian Watch OLED display with the date of notification, the sender’s name and corresponding message. In addition, if you turn on “text-to-speech” in the Martian Watch Alerts App, incoming messages will be read to you automatically … a very nice touch when your hands are otherwise occupied.

3. i’m Watch Smartwatch

The im Watch smartwatch is based on an unimpressive 400 MHz single-core CPU, has a paltry 128MB of RAM, and an overabundant 4GB of internal storage. From the moment you first engage the watch, it becomes painfully obvious that the CPU and minimal RAM are insufficient to meet the needs of the GUI and included applications.

Another unfortunate element of the im Smartwatch is that it requires an iPhone or Android device with Bluetooth tethering enabled. Absent such capability, the smartwatch cannot install apps or receive firmware and software updates. Therefore, if tethering is not offered as a standard feature by your cellular service provider, you need to subscribe to a tethering plan which generally costs $15 – $30 per month. This is a significant deal breaker for me that simply is an unnecessary design flaw.

4. ConnecteDevice Cookoo Smartwatch

#4 Best Smartwatch - ConnecteDevice Cookoo

5. Metawatch

#5 Best Smartwatch - Metawatch
Rounding up our favorite smatwatches list is the illusive MetaWatch. Although the MetaWatch is the least visually pleasing on our list of favorites, its firmware and software are by far the most polished and least buggy.
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