Last year the smartwatch concept started shifting higher gears and it seemed that this is next big wearable computing device! Few smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear, Sony smartwatch 2, Pebble smartwatch and many another made a loud noise by their presence. But, just at the beginning of 2014, the CES expo at Vegas witnessed a huge participation from large number of tech companies for this wearable computing device. Here is our pick for the Top 5 smartwatches at CES 2014.
The largest Kicstarter funded project was as such a big hit in 2013, and for 2014, Pebble came out with some huge surprises to its fans. With the launch of Pebble Steel, Pebble re-defined the smartwatch concept by splashing some style quotient in the smarter tech. The steel straps gives Pebble the much elegant, classy and the essential corporate rich feel that the smartwatch needed. Not only this, Pebble also declared its own dedicated app store and also its tie-up with famous entertainment TV channels. The icing-on-the-cake was when Pebble joined hands with Mercedes for some applications that would synchronize with the car functions. Get the complete Pebble Steel review here.
Thr Omate TrueSmart surfaced at the CES 2014 with some new feature. Apart from using the conventional Bluetooth technology to sync data with the smartphone, Omate made use of the built-in-SIM to connect with your smartphone. The Omate TrueSmart is just parallel to a smartphone and allows you to make/receive calls, send text messages, e-mail and even surf the internet on its LCD screen. The watch supports the Android 4.2.2 version for its functionality. Here is the complete Omate TrueSmart review.
Casio Sports Gear STB-1000
As the name shows, Casio with its Sports Gear STB-1000 has introduced a new way to track your fitness and daily activities for the day. However, the Casio Sports Gear for the moment pairs up only with iPhone and keeps a track of your fitness activities like distance you run, your heart rate, bicycle peddling and more. The smartwatch also displays basic notifications like a new message or a missed call. Moreover, the watch is fairly priced with a $100 tag and its durability is certainly unquestionable. Here is the Casio G Shock review.
Meta Watch seems to re-invent itself now and the company has now given just a tag of “Meta”. The major focus of the company is on the basic functions that the smartwatch does and still ferine its functionality. More it has also teamed with the design firm Frank Nuovo, who has an experience of designing the luxurious mobile phones for Vertu. Thus it seems that just like Pebble, the company has its attention on the “Meta” appearance. Moreover, with the smartwatch, you get the basic information like calls, message, weather and other similar notifications. Get our complete Meta Watch Strata and Meta Watch Frame review.
Magellon Echo is similar to the Casio Sports Gear and it basically tracks your fitness and daily activities. The Magellan Echo connects with some special apps like the MapMyRun and the Wahoo Fitness that can collect and track data about your workout. The watch comes with a CR2032 battery which ensures that Echo serves you for longer hours. Magellan is still working with its app developers to work on the display and button layout to give a truly customized experience.
As the world of smart devices is getting much attention today, Smart Watches have proved out to be the fuel to help it move faster. Various tech companies are making pertinent efforts so that their user’s kitty is full of surprises at a very competitive price. MetaWatch with another version of Strata strikes the Smart Watch market with a greater bang!!
MetaWatch Strata reviews
Similar to its earlier version of Frame, MetaWatch Strata come with a bit more loaded features at a better price offered!! The MetaWatch Strata comes with a 96×96 pixel resolution but surprisingly the display is very excellent in bright sunlight and dark (supported by backlight) and just a casual glance at the display will offer you all the details present on the screen easily. MetaWatch offers its own Software Development Kit (SDK) and is available with both iOS and Android as well. However the Frame is much known for its sleek and elegant design, Strata offers the much essential durability.
Looking further, the Metawatch Strata comes with an inbuilt 4.0 Bluetooth connectivity with your Smartphone providing a fluidic experienced to receive notification, text or call alerts. Moreover the watch offers a gentle vibrating buzz to help you know about any notifications. With all these features you may be taken aback by its superior battery life of 5-7 days, the most essential feature that users usually look for!!
Offering you with the required lifestyle MetaWatch Strata comes with 5 ATM rating which means that you can have this Smart Watch all the time stapled to your wrist for all your activities from morning to evening. It comes in four color variants too that matches your style. The charging comes with a clip connecting the charging points on the back of your watch with a micro USB port. MetaWatch has placed a very competitive price for its Strata version with just 179$.
If you truly feel that MetaWatch Strata has all that you need, just go for the buy without any second thought.
In essence, a Smart Watch is a device created to minify the dimensions of a SmartPhone or a Tablet while at the same time it can play a role in the relationship between these 2 devices serving as a bridge between a SmartPhone and a Tablet. In the future the goal is to find a SmartPhone that can stick to our arms very easily leaving no role for a Smart Watch or a SmartPhone and only a place a piece of technology that can make several things from answering phones and reading the clock to 4 Dimensional conversations with friends and family.
Android Smart Watch
Sony and Samsung are already in the battle for developing the top noch Smart Watches while other Tech Companies are still sitting in their pile of cash like Apple, Google or Microsoft. The smartwatches developed by this companies is far from being the best and they mainly work with other famous devices built by these companies. Samsung already released the Samsung Galaxy Gear, while Sony released Sony SmartWatch 1 and SmartWatch 2
Are Other Companies buying Smart Watches?
They are. But they are not big companies. Either they enjoy the Open-Source software offered by Google Android, or they develop their own OS. Pebble is the situation of an open-source company who decided to invest in this Technology with E-Paper Watches after getting a bumpt from the Kickstarter platform.
Are people buying Smart Watches?
Not yet. Everyone seems to be invariable to the new gadgets for the pulse and they feel more biased towards gadgets like the Google Glass. But is this due to the lack of interest or due to the lack of promotion of this type of devices? We believe it is the second option and Markets will immediately find the importance of Smart Watches integrated with other gadgets like Google Glass, SmartPhones and Tablets. Eventually this is not the right time to buy a SmartWatch as their technology and software is yet to be changed. Nonetheless it’s a good time for the big techs to invest in this little things!