It seems like only yesterday that the Samsung Gear was a shiny new experiment and the Apple Watch was a rumor whispered amongst Starbucks patrons. Suddenly, we find ourselves with more smartwatches than wrist space!
First on our list is the infamous Apple Watch, the cause of much hype and hysteria for Apple fans. We’ve been waiting and wondering and digging through rumors for a while now to find even the smallest of specifics, and we finally have them.The Apple Watch will be released for purchase on April 24th, 2015, less than a month away. There are three overall styles of the watch to choose from: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition. At the core, the difference between these three is that Apple Watch is made with stainless steel, Apple Watch Sport with aluminum, and Apple Watch Edition with 18-karat gold or rose gold. All of these watches are compatible with iOS, are water resistant and have an estimated 18 hour battery life.
Depending on your choice of size, band, and other features, the Apple Watch Sport will run from $349-$399, the Apple Watch from $549-$1099, and the Apple Watch Edition from $10,000-$17,000. Check out the Apple Watch Gallery to explore the designs and color options for each watch.
Unlike Apple, Samsung has been producing smartwatches for years in their Gear line. The latest version is the Gear S, a snappy watch with a curved screen! The Gear S also features network connectivity, meaning you can still get notifications on the watch even when you’re away from your phone. In fact, Samsung advertising this as a watch that can replace your phone entirely. The Gear S is water resistant and compatible with android.
The Samsung Gear S costs ~$350, depending on your provider and contract choices. It is available in white or black.
Cute and inexpensive, the Pebble smartwatch is steadily growing in popularity. With up to 7 days of battery life, thousands of apps, compatibility with both iOS and Android, waterproof up to 50 meters, and an e-paper screen that makes it easy to read in daylight (similar to a Kindle or other e-reader), this watch is just plain functional.
The standard Pebble is $99, and currently is available for purchase in three colors with six optional alternative bands for an additional $15. The dressed-up Pebble Steel is $199, and comes in two colors with a leather band, with an optional metal band purchasable for $20.
LG G Watch
LG also has two versions of their smartwatch out currently, the G Watch and the G Watch R, both of which are compatible with Android. Both feature batteries that will last a full day on a single charge, are dust and water resistant, and feature always-on displays. The G Watch is similar in design to other smartwatches, but the G Watch R has a beautiful classic circular watch design with customizable home screen. There are tons of apps available for these watches, but one of the great built-in abilities it possesses is voice-recognition, allowing you to dictate notes or web searches.
The G Watch comes in both black and white and retails for $229.99. The G Watch R appears to currently only be available in black, and is sold for $299.99. Both watches are compatible with alternate bands in a variety of colors, sold separately.
Motorola’s circular smartwatch is appropriately named Moto 360. Moto 360 supports Android, has a full-day battery capacity with wireless charging, water resistance, and a durable screen. Like the G Watch, Moto 360 also features voice-recognition.
The Moto 360 costs $249.99 and has several customization options, but the best way to experience this is to design your own with Motorola’s Moto Maker which is a fun application that lets you switch out bands, faces, and cases and see which combination you like best.
Sony has opted to keep it simple and name their smartwatch, SmartWatch. SmartWatch is compatible with any Android device, but of course is optimized to work best with Sony’s own line of smartphones. The latest version of SmartWatch is SmartWatch 3 SWR50. The watch is estimated to have a battery life of around two days with normal use, and seems to have all the standard social media and organization features as well as a variety of apps available through Google Play. SmartWatch also features voice and gesture commands in addition to touch, and is marketed as being functional enough to substitute for your phone during short activities such as going for a run.
SmartWatch 3 costs $249.99 and currently is available in the Sony store in black and lime.
There are still more great watches out there that didn’t make it on the list. If you have a favorite you think we should add, let us know in the comments.