Technology and fashion are coming together to bring us ‘wearable technology.’ A new advance in technology that everybody should keep their eye on. Whether it is for personal or business use, wearable technology is already evolving at such a fast rate, if you don’t hop on board now, you’ll be left behind…
A huge category in wearable technology is smartwatches. There is a wide variety of smartwatches out there already, it can be overwhelming. It is possible to sift through all the options, and find the right fit for you.
We have compiled three smartwatch reviews other than the Apple Watch for you below.. Read on, join the bandwagon, and find the perfect smartwatch for you, or your friend.
Pebble Time – A simple smartwatch you’ll love to wear
Wearables.com reviewed the smartwatch, Pebble Time, and believes it is the leader in the smartwatch market.
Well, after a week spent reviewing the device, I’ll say that the Pebble Time still leads in the smartwatch market. The design is a huge improvement from the original Pebble and now makes wearing a Pebble on your wrist look stylish.
Though the watch doesn’t have the best screen or any time of cutting edge technology, but it’s still a damn good watch. And it’s just that — a watch. It tells the time all of the time.
It may seem like a silly thing to say, but it’s a huge advantage to be able to look at your smartwatch in any situation and easily determine what time it is.
Not to be forgotten, the Pebble Time now makes receiving notifications fun thanks to the new color animations and the color e-paper display. And, last but not least, the Timeline is a neat new feature with the potential to grow into something more robust.
Overall, the design, the up-to-7 days of battery life, and the user experience make the Pebble Time a watch that I not only love, but brag about to my family and friends. I gave it an average score of 4.2 of 5 — here’s why.
- Battery Life is great (at least 3 to 4 days)
- Very lightweight and comfortable to wear
- Fun user interface with cute animations
- Developers are constantly making this watch better
- The screen can seem very dim at times
- The bezel becomes scratched easily
- The gap under the glass creates weird shadows on the screen
- Limited compatibility with iPhone
*Pebble Time: A Simple Smartwatch You’ll Love to Wear appeared first on wearables.com
Considering the results of a study conducted earlier this year which found “many U.K. consumers would be unwilling to wear any [wearable] products currently on the market” due to their ‘ugly’ design, it’s no surprise that more and more tech titans are finally beginning to focus on the overall aesthetic of their wearable devices.
Increasing the adoption of wearable technology by way of fashionable design is the basis for Sony’s Wena Wrist Smartwatch, an acronym which stands for “Wear Electronics Naturally.”
Wena is the latest product to come out of Sony’s crowdfunding and e-commerce platform First Flight, a venture that finances experimental projects spearheaded by the company’s employees.
The watch is set for release only in Japan and only for iOS, although developers will first have to raise enough funds to bankroll the project within 60 days. In this case, that’s just a cool ¥10 million (~$83,000).
Wena’s watch face is that of a traditional timepiece, with three separate hands and dials for hours, minutes, and seconds. Just as a classic analog watch can never truly look outdated, the Wena is designed to remain current thanks to its tech-heavy wrist strap; upgrade the strap, and the entire device will follow suit.
So what are the hardware specs hidden in said strap? An NFC wallet, an activity tracker, and smartphone notifications via LED lights and strap vibration.
Details are scarce, but we do know that users will have the ability to take phone calls, check emails, and play games — but at the expense of the device’s week-length battery life (per usual).
If Wena is a success in Japan, it could come to the United States, marking another smartwatch hit for Sony alongside the Sony Smartwatch 3.
We’ll have to see how the first wave of consumers takes to the watch, if the project is funded.
*Sony’s Crowdfunded Wena Smartwatch Could Be a Hit – If It Ever Gets Here appeared first on wearables.com
The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the gold Apple Watch of Androids
The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the most luxurious Android smartwatch we’ve seen to date.
Boasting an alligator leather strap, 23-karat gold plating, and a “deployment clasp,” each watch is “individually numbered and presented in a piano gloss lacquered case with a signed certificate of authenticity.”
Interestingly enough, though, these are the only differences between the Urbane Luxe and its predecessor, the Urbane. The body shape, style, and specs remain completely unchanged.
Just as the Watch Urbane is LG’s answer to the Apple Watch, the Watch Urbane Luxe is the Gold Apple Watch equivalent. Because for those who can afford it, why not splurge for luxury, I guess? As LG VP Chris Yie says, “Wearable devices shouldn’t be thought of as an extension of one’s smartphone, but as an extension of oneself.”
The result of a collaboration between LG and Reeds Jewelers, the Urbane Luxe is set to be featured at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this week. But don’t get too excited just yet. Only 500 limited edition watches will be manufactured, available for pre-order now and set to ship at the end of October.
This seems about right, considering only about 500 people will find the $1,200 price tag affordable.
*LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the Gold Apple Watch of Androids appeared first on wearables.com
Wrap Up on the Smartwatches
When picking out the perfect smartwatch, think of what you want it to do -track your fitness, heart rate, send you email reminders or calendar updates? Whatever it is, we can promise you it is out there. It’s important to note, this doesn’t have to be an expensive purchase either. There are so many options out there, don’t settle for anything, but exactly what you want.
What do you think? Do you think these smartwatches compare to Apple’s Watch?
We’d love to hear your thoughts.