All the rage in the era of connected objects a type of objects: watches connected. Far from the classic watch, which is only useful to give you the time, watches new generations are full of features. The race is launched, remains to be seen which will be the most comprehensive applications while keeping the appearance of a real watch.
That she is considered a futuristic accessory or gadget to fashion, the smartwatch is no exception to the criteria of judgment. In this new market, designers tend to go in all directions. Better to be attentive. Size and screen technology (e-ink, color, round or rectangular), compatibility with different brands, models of smartphones on the market and mobile OS, specifications are not lacking.
The connected watch market is still in its infancy, but it already has several references. Addition the tenors of the market, there is also a whole plethora of alternative connected watch. Indeed, after the first step by Sony with the SmartWatch, many brands do currently. These new devices offer the possibility of deport all or part of uses of a smartphone linked to his wrist avoiding the frenzied manipulation of this last all the time. Brands are running out models with closest uses of smartphones. Choose one then becomes a hassle.
Here is the comparison of the watches connected to help you make the right choice before your purchase!
TOP OF THE CONNECTED WATCH
Apple Watch: the price of the Apple
Who has never heard of the Apple Watch? Person, and there’s a reason: the smartwatch Apple may introduce a few flaws (one thinks of course at the price), it remains an innovative object that didn’t steal his place in the top of the most notable connected watch. The features offered are particularly interesting, but unsurprisingly, more we want to enjoy it, more will have to pay the price. These start at € 400, but may exceed the level of the € 1,000 depending on the model.
Huawei Watch: the design watch
Because a smartwatch remains first and foremost a watch, she is an object of mode. It is the bet that made Huawei with his Watch Huawei, a design object and with the best quality screen (in its resolution, its colors and its contrasts) that we’ve seen so far. She also stands out for the quality of his voice control. The price? €400. A women’s version of the watch will be available from March 2016.
Moto 360 2nd generation: a essential
After the success of his first bike 360, Motorola reiterates his experience in the connected watch with the bike 360 second generation. A smartwatch on-screen again crossed a thick black band (which may put off some), but remains very good and is part of the best watches connected of the moment.
At the level of prices, we’re in the low average of watches of this quality, since it is found € 300, € 50 or € 100 cheaper than competitors in the same generation. A sport version is available.
Motorcycle Sport 360: the reference for the running
Thanks to its GPS integrated and and its application motorcycle Body, this 360 sports bike is the best connected watch Android Wear for running. Its AnyLight LCD screen fits naturally into the brightness, which is very convenient during the races under the Sun. Price: € 299.99.
Samsung S2 Gear: Most innovative
Samsung is far from being its first test of smart watch. This experience is especially in the quality of its latest model, the S2 Gear. Excellent visibility despite a particularly small screen, battery life of two full days, and especially this wheel that greatly facilitates navigation between menus, are part of the main assets of this model. Price is € 350.
Pebble Time: A comprehensive and accessible watch
Pebble is too little known on the market of the connected watch. They offer us yet objects interesting, such as the Time and Time Steel. Placed under the sign of simplicity, Pebble Time focuses on most, namely activity tracking and display of notifications, which extended its battery more than three days. Another advantage: the price. The price is € 250, but it is not difficult to find from € 200 on some sites.
Sony SmartWatch 3: the best Android Wear
Available since may 2015, the Sony SmartWatch 3 remains an excellent choice. This Android Wear Watch has a built-in GPS, and can therefore be used without smartphone nearby. It is ideal for running, with the possibility to synchronize at wireless headphones through the last update of Android Wear. A steel edition adds elegant style. Price: €229.
ASUS ZenWatch 2: value for money
Available in size man or woman, the ZenWatch 2 from Asus is also available in several variations of bracelet. Leather, steel, or rubber, users are free to choose. A WiFi chip has been added from the first version, to exploit the new features in Android Wear. A fast-charging system to charge 50% of the battery in 30 minutes. The price is the main asset, since this watch is priced at € 179.99.
Vector Luna Watch: the better life
A single charge to use the Vector Watch for 30 days. This greater autonomy in fact an accessory of choice for travel or vacation. We find a system notification, and tracking of activity. The circles on the side of the dial to follow the progression of the day. Lack of aesthetics is the price to pay for this autonomy, with a little elegant screen with low consumption. Price: between € 393 to € 497 depending on the model.
Garmin Vívoactive HR: best for sport
The second generation of smartwatch Garmin embarked the same activity 24/7 tracking system as the previous model. The main novelty is called Elevate heart rate tracking technology. This system monitors heart rate permanently and precisely indicates the number of calories burned throughout the day and night. There is a built-in GPS, and different applications for cycling, swimming, walking, golf or even the ski race. Autonomy is 13 hours with GPS, 8 days without. Price: €269.99.
LG Watch Urbane: the style at low prices
With his round face gold or silver, the Urbane Watch from LG resembles a traditional watch. Its physical buttons are practical and make a very elegant object. The price of €349 is a little high, but less than a real watch.
MyKronoz ZeWatch: The cheapest
Who said he must pour €400 for a smartwatch? Not MyKronoz in any case, that offers the cheapest copy of the market: the ZeWatch for some €69. Of course, at this price, don’t expect a jewel of technology. The screen is monochrome, no touch and the design does not necessarily please everyone. However, ZeWatch getting into the main features desired in a smart watch: display and notification of calls and SMS, opportunity to take his calls directly on the device, control of the music or the phone anti-lost function. Prices start at € 69.
CONNECTED WATCHES BUYING GUIDE
What a show connected?
You have probably heard of the Apple Watch, the smartwatch Apple . If this is not the case, this is how we could describe the smartwatch phenomenon: you take a watch, analog or digital, and the pair in your smartphone. Thus, you need to take a look at your wrist to discover a intermediate and discrete interface between you and your phone. No need to leave your your handheld device to find out if someone has called you or if you have received an email.
If the watch connected Apple participated greatly in the democratization of the product, Apple Watch is far from being the only one of its kind on the market. The system makes Android Wear now is standard, adopted by many manufacturers (like Samsung or Sony). The market is gradually reaching a certain maturity. Therefore, the products are diversifying. We can list four kinds of Smart Watch:
> Those whose primary use is to serve as watch , who merely to issue a few notifications by side.
> Watches smart , that allow you to interact with your phone and check your messages directly.
> Watches autonomous , on which more will be said in details later, designed to dispense with smartphone and use real miniature computers.
= Watches for sport , with often a specialty on a particular sport: shows special surfing, golf, swimming…
With such a range, it becomes difficult to choose the product that suits you best. It is for this reason that we have gathered most of smartwatch available and coming in the comparative table. At a glance, so you can compare the connected watch of your choice according to the criteria that you are priority: brand, the elements that the watch will notify and how it will do, other features, details on the screen and the display of the time, the need for a phone, connection and compatibility settings, the battery the charging method, resistance to water as well as the price. In addition, this buying guide offers more review details some selection criteria, which should help you to choose the system that meets your needs more efficiently.
How to choose his smartwatch?
That’s it? You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and offer you your first smartwatch? Congratulations! But wait a little before throwing your sights on the first watch that will make you eye. Before making your choice, there are a few details that need to review. If you invest in a watch and that it is not compatible with your smartphone or it does not offer the features you want, everyone will lose.
Objectively, there is not a better than another smartwatch . Each has a different vision of the product and is intended for a particular audience. What makes a smart watch more interesting than another, what are the criteria that matter to you personally. For this issue we have listed nine: notifications, the ancillary features, compatibility, connectivity, display, design, autonomy, resistance to water and price. For each of these criteria, you will find an explanatory text as well as a unique to this category average value (in terms of autonomy, of compatibility or functionality, for example). This will make it easier, and objectively, the strengths and weaknesses of a smartwatch compared to its competitors. Hoping that this guide will help you find the one that suits you.
Shows connected: notifications, main feature
What these watches are connected, it’s because they can receive notifications normally reserved for phones : sms, email, calls… This is the function first of each smartwatch, one that adds most value compared with conventional models: verification of its notifications without having to leave his phone from his pocket. The transmission of data is in real-time via Bluetooth connectionprovided that the watch remains in direct proximity of the phone.
In practice, all smart watches do not offer the same content in terms of notifications. Some report the arrival of a message by a light or a movement of Slingbacks, inviting you to check your phone to view. Others are much more complete you warning by vibration or a warning sound the arrival of a text that you can read directly on screen . Others, finally, allow you to get rid of a notification by shaking the wrist, so as to remain inconspicuous in a meeting or at the cinema.
In addition, there is a large amount of MRV components : alarms, reminders, calendar, emails, sms, social networks, calls (received or missed), weather, battery… If the majority of the smartwatch provide basic notifications (that is, emails, sms and calls), all for lack of such versatility. For more specific needs, it is important to check that the watch of your choice manages the notifications that you are interested in.
Shows connected: other features
Once it reaches a certain level of technology, we can afford to give our smartwatch of more accessories, features intended to make it more versatile but they don’t have that reports with a few shows . These features are pretty much as varied as those of connected bracelets are, but again, he must choose the product that fits your needs.
Functions for athletes
You practice sport on a regular basis? If your smart watch can be used as a sports coach, it would be a shame to miss. By chance, the physical activity tracker is one of these Accessories features more often found on these connected watches. Some even claim that connected sports bracelets are disappearing in favor of the smartwatch.
If most of the watches are sometimes split an accessory fitness monitor, it’s good to know that several brands of smartwatches are entirely devoted to sport , and little care to deliver notifications. If such is the use you plan to make, probably it would be better that you were headed toward this kind of product. Often more affordable, more resistant and more accurate, these sports watches will be faithful companions during your jogging sessions, swimming, bike… Some models are even specialized in specific practices , such as golf or surfing, and offer functionality adapted to this activity.
Camera photo & camera
The photo/camera device is another of these features by some watch models. It is a criterion which may interest you if you want to be more responsive to take a photo in the heat of the action, but however image quality offered by the cameras of the smartwatch is now quite poor. In this area, the phone still higher.
Making and answering calls
Much more interesting is the possibility of directly answering his calls, or even to pass . That’s what offer Neptune Pine and Omate, for example, thanks to a microphone and a speaker integrated which allow the watch to replace entirely the phone.
As you can see, the possibilities offered by the smartwatch technology are enormous and destined to grow with time. We are far from having done the trick, because we could have added the function to find your phone, to control your music, a TV or a Blu – Ray player, Facebook or Foursquare, the gyroscope, the heart rate monitor, the voice command location, GPS… In short, don’t hesitate to take a look at the features offered by the watch of your choice. You might be surprised.
Choose his Smart Watch according to specifications
The 3 types of connected watch
Three philosophies co-exist today, according to the use you want to do with his smart watch, you can choose among these three categories.
Watches that complement the smartphone: these devices communicate calls but may not have intended to allow the user to respond directly. However, there are some models, like the Apple Watch or the Samsung Gear 2, which are equipped with a microphone and a speaker to respond to a call in now the watch to the ear. The smartphone must nevertheless be in direct proximity because it remains the main device connected to the network of the operator.
Watches autonomous: these are equipped watches a SIM card and a connectivity 3 G or 4 G. Several signs produce, LG with its Urbane LTE Watch G, or Samsung with its Samsung Gear S or the Omate TrueSmart. In reality, these are miniature smartphones.
Traditional analog watches: at the other end, we find watches to the more classic look, analog, but shipping an activity in the manner of bracelets connected sensor. Therefore, it is necessary to link with its smartphone, since they are the only ones able to display the collected data.
Choose your Smart Watch according to its compatibility
Given that the majority of smartwatches are designed to work hand in hand with your smartphone , it is essential to ensure that your both devices are compatible one with the other. It’s advice that may seem obvious, but which is no less vital in this market still changing and victim of a war of brands.
The Samsung Gear 2 Please? Hope you have a Samsung Galaxy, otherwise you won’t be able to make it work. Lean for the Apple Watch? Stop now if you are not equipped with an iPhone 5 or later model. You have to admit, it would be a shame to invest in a smart watch for not being able to make it work…
Compatibility of the connected watch bones
Most of the connected watch are able to bind both to iOS and Android . In some cases, you will sometimes encounter a watch who declare themselves compatible with Windows Phone or Blackberry, but it is important to remain vigilant. The reason: several models of smartwatch declare compatible with an operating system as soon as their watch is able to pair with a corresponding smartphone, yet this is not everything. In fact, all of the features, such as the notification of messages or the use of some applications, is sometimes reserved for the major bones that are Android and iOS, or even to some brands of phone. If you want to avoid this kind of disappointment, it is important to check that the watch of your dreams is actually usable by your phone.
Choose his smart watch based on price
You can’t choose his smart watch based on its budget. Like any product available in several varieties, its price can vary, from from a few dozen to several thousand euros EUR. It is clear that the quality and the various features are for a few things. For example, the MyKronoz ZeBracelet can be found at 50 euros, but must pay up to € 18,000 for a gold Apple Watch Edition.
The price of a smartwatch depends on many factors , beginning by its design . The Pebble Steel, for example, does not screen color but a stylish all-metal, which justifies its €229. Built-in features also come into account in the invoice. A Pearl of technology capable of the most modern prowess will cost you necessarily more expensive than a watch that just to notify you when you have received a message.
, Do not forget that the most expensive smart watch is not necessarily the most interesting , and that this is especially to ferret out the model that meets your expectations. The best smartwatch is one that meets your needs and pleases you.
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