Top 5 Smartwatches to Watch

From startups like Pebble to huge players like Samsung, more and more companies are stepping into the smartwatch arena. Even at this very early stage, there’s a lot of variety in terms of price, design and capabilities. Some smartwatches keep it simple by delivering notifications to your wrist, and some go a step further with the ability to make calls or run lightweight apps. Apple, Google and Microsoft are all believed to be crafting wrist-worn smartphone companions of their own, but there are plenty of options worth eyeing today.

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Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for Laptopmag.com since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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  1. Scott @SmartWatchHQ Says:

    I think we are going to see something simpler that the curved glass / slap bracelet style watch. Plastic Logic recently put out a pretty cool concept video with one of their flexible displays but I don’t know if this is the route they will go. It is going to be interesting to figure out how they deal with batter life issues.

  2. Scott @SmartWatchHQ Says:

    I don’t think batter life will be an issue…lol should be Battery Life

  3. Jamie Says:

    @scott

    The Sony smart watch already has a battery life of four days between charges – and anything from Samsung or Google will be at least as good – but probably better.

  4. Jb Says:

    I wish someone would come up with a decent smartwatch that actually is standalone. Why bother if you have to have your phone with you as well.

    I’d like to take it on a run so I don’t have to carry my cellphone and running watch with me for instance.

    Convergence not added gadgets.

  5. Drei Says:

    @JB just Google wrist cell phones or cell phone watches. These devices have been in out there for a while now. I also think the point of the Smart Watch is to compliment your smart phone not replace it.

  6. Ian Says:

    I think Pebble got it about right.
    Using a real USB connector is a dumb idea – you can get much better water-tightness with the magnetic contacts.
    Whatever you do with the display, you are going to have about an inch and half square of real-estate to use. Using a low-power, tack-sharp black and white display makes perfect sense. As does a display that you can read in direct sunlight.
    You aren’t going to get good battery life _and_ processing horsepower at the same time. So you can throw out stuff like voice recognition, motion graphics, etc… In descending order of importance, a smart watch should be: a decent watch, a good, readable remote display for a smart phone; able to run simple apps on it’s own.
    Pebble also makes very good use of inexpensive materials and manufacturing processes – it is light weight, durable and comfortable to wear.

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