It is the clear trend of the technology market. Smart watches are fashion, and since a few months ago we have seen how technology manufacturers have made several bets in the market. To those first rather more modest models have happened to them a much more careful with the aesthetic aspect smartwatches – we talked about this in the Engadget Awards – but that also make us glimpse the immediate future of these products.
On this occasion we have had that in our view are the best and most interesting smart today watches: the Smartwatch 3 Sony, Samsung Gear S, Pebble Steel, LG G Watch R and the Motorola Moto 360. What offer each one of them, and with what us down? Answering these questions at nonprofitdictionary is the aim of this comparison.
Android Wear as a reference
Although initially the first manufacturers began his career with own platforms, the emergence of Android Wear has been instrumental in the evolution of these smart watches. Most of the major manufacturers they have finished betting on Google’s platform, Although some try to keep alternative proposals.
It is the case of the Samsung Gear S, a product that stands out among other things by the use of Tizen like operating system and is one face of the catalogue of a Samsung which also features smart watches based on Android Wear. The other “rebel” of the group is the Pebble Steel, a clock whose creators actually truly clear segment and that is trying to maintain its own personality and its own platform.
The rest of the contenders leverages an Android Wear that We even noticed green in many sections but that certainly points ways. Notifications continue to be protagonists of the platform, but increasingly it shows how the customization options or that interaction by voice increases the performance of devices that are slowly gaining autonomy.
Of course, remains to be seen if these alternative platforms they will be able to travel long term. Tizen, Samsung bet, is only compatible with phones from the own Samsung, something that compromises their future, and that plays against her if as it seems you have to end up fighting both contrea Android Wear as with the future (this adaptation of iOS called Watch OS) platform of Apple in their Apple Watch.
The design has increasingly
We’ve been seeing how these watches with square screen that seemed to be the norm in the early days of this young market have left step to designs with that round screen that really gives added value to this paragraph of the style and fashion that has increasingly in this segment.
Most of these products continue to show a more sporting vocation, and for example that is the fundamental difference between the designs of the bike 360 and LG G Watch R. The latter has that finish something more casual and sporty, while the bike 360 seems a more serious and elegant watch. In both conventional belts can be used, something that contributes to its customization by users. In the case of the Samsung Gear S and Sony Smartwatch 3 is precisely the opposite, and we can only use proprietary straps of these manufacturers.
In this section are relevant also metallic finishes that several devices begin to contribute. Pebble Steel tried to win integers with the use of those materials, and although the platform is something behind Android Wear, remains a device particularly appreciated by the technology community: not in vain Pebble was disruptor to bring to light the advantages it could bring these products.
As future autonomous clock: more and less reliance on mobile
In that design also feature small details as the mechanism of recharge: many analyzed watches are equipped with “humps” that are connected to the clock and turn to a Micro USB port, While the Smartwatch 3 Sony has that connector directly on the back, something that makes much easier the loading process.
Sony model is also differential by your inclusion of GPS receiver, a particularly interesting feature to be able to not rely on a phone if we want to record our location at any time independently. This model is by that provision and other sections – as your design – a perfect partner in sports activities.
This autonomy which aims the Smartwatch 3 Sony goes even more on Samsung Gear S, the only clock that accurately ventured to integrate a SIM, What gives access to many independent functions which will be also unnecessary that let’s the smartphone constantly as a companion of Samsung smart clock.
These two last notes seem to show the way of the future: a somewhat “divorced” phone watch and having own autonomy. Mobile platforms seem to also confirm the feeling that will make that smart watches have increasingly felt more alone and that they Sin no excessive dependency as “second screen” mobile.
This year that has just begun promises many surprises in this market, and in fact we could see live some proposals like the ASUS Zenwatch. Waiting what do other manufacturers, and how no, the impact that have the long awaited Apple Watch, the current proposals show a promising future.
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