Since in 2012 began to speculate about an Apple “iWatch”, the competition has not stood still. Sony bet strong on the concept with the SmartWatch range and two years after Google launched Android Wear, Android version for smart watches that ended up definitely awaken the market.
Joining the best of last year with presented at MWC 2015, we still have the alternatives to the Apple Watch highlights:
Motorcycle 360: the pretty girl of Android Wear
The bike 360 was the first smartwatch that many caught our attention and it is no wonder that you Excel in sales during 2014. With a perfectly spherical body (not the screen, which has a black stripe on the bottom for various sensors as well) and a few very thin frames, after its introduction the smart watches market began to heat up.
It has a 1.56 inch LCD with resolution 320 x 290. Takes 4 GB internal, 512 of RAM and processor is a TI OMAP 3 which, with Android Wear – pays very well. The loose point is, 320 mAh battery. The finishes are of stainless steel is resistant to water (IP67), the Crystal is Gorilla Glass 3 and weighs 49 g. Only compatible with Android at the moment.
Samsung Gear S: without renewal in sight
Samsung Gear S was the last thing we hear from Samsung in the smartwatches market, will be waiting to see the response of the market to Apple Watch? Stands out by its huge 2-inch curved screen that adapts perfectly to the wrist. The resolution is not far behind: 360 x 480 pixels. The problem?, is only compatible with certain phones Galaxy.
In addition to its futuristic design, differs from the others by its 3 G connectivity and use the Tizen rather than Android Wear operating system. It has a 400 Snapdragon and 512 MB RAM. The strap is silicone and is water resistant. Their weak point is the autonomy: battery is only 300 mAh.
Pebble Time: the choice more geek
The Time Pebble will begin to be distributed in may after breaking records on Kickstarter. Strong: the important developer community. It is different from the original Pebble, color and it has a microphone (to answer messages from notifications or save voice notes). The name makes difference to the interface that sorts the elements in a navigable timeline with the keypad in clock.
The screen e-paper, in addition to being readable in full light of day, allows you to stretch the autonomy up to 7 days of use (10 days for the Stainless Steel model). It has 9.2 mm thick, and is water resistant. The Pebble Time brings a silicone strap and the Time of Steel a leather, but both are compatible with any strap 22 mm on the market. It is compatible with iOS and Android.
LG G Watch Urbane: that does not look like a smartwatch
LG G Urbane has a traditional watch design. circular, with finished in steel and leather strap. LG has worked to reduce the thickness and weight of the previous model, but without neglecting the battery which is 410 mAh.
Unlike the rest of the range and other smartwatches, has WiFi connectivity In addition to Bluetooth. Spherical screen is 1.3-inch panel P-OLED 320 x 320 pixels. The Urbane mounted a 400 to 1.2 GHz Snapdragon and it has 512 MB of RAM. It continues by the operating system Android Wear, which is not yet compatible with iPhone.
Huawei Watch: along the lines of Motorola
Huawei Watch is very similar to the bike 360: spherical design, big screen (1.4 inches) and all the meat on the spit in terms of class materials: stainless steel, glass zarifo, 400 x 400 AMOLED panel body pixels…
It fits a 400 Snapdragon, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. It will be available in three colors (silver, black and gold) and with metal straps and leather. Also works with Android Wear and Huawei indicate that they have focused on ecosystem health, not in vain the Watch has a heart rate sensor. We left a few first impressions in our coverage of MWC 2015.
And other outstanding names
The Asus Zenwatch is one of the most elegant options on the market, with curved body and leather strap; its square screen is 1.63 inches and 320 x 320 resolution and includes 3G connectivity. The SmartWatch 3 Sony instead has a boring design, but some interesting specifications: GPS, WiFi and NFC.
With the entrance of the Apple Watch onstage, up to luxury as TAG Heuer or Montblanc firms have been working on their own smart clock. The smartwatch is a luxury gadget and also a fashion accessory, see if not GUESS CONNECT.
After Apple Watch, we can expect renewal bike 360 or the ZenWatch, as well as a Microsoft smartwatch (that already has its own smart bracelet).
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