Menu
Trending: Holiday Gifts | CES 2015 | Super Bowl 2015 Ads More Topics: Apple | Cars | TV Shows | Politics
Star Wars Christmas Lights Video Goes Viral

Star Wars Christmas Lights Video Goes Viral

CES 2015: LG will unveil its New 4K Ultra HD TV with Quantum Dot Technology

CES 2015: LG will unveil its New 4K Ultra HD TV with Quantum Dot Technology

Budweiser Super Bowl 2015 Ad leaks

Budweiser Super Bowl 2015 Ad leaks

The Best 2014 Super Bowl Ads

The Best 2014 Super Bowl Ads

Tesla Roadster Makes Comeback

Tesla Roadster Makes Comeback

Smartwatch Shoppers Guide for Android and iOS Users

Dec 18 2013, 1:05pm CST | by , in News | Shopping Tips

Smartwatch Shoppers Guide for Android and iOS Users
/* Story Top Left 2010 300x250, created 7/15/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8340327155";
 
 

If you are looking for a smartwatch, this shoppers guide lists some of the most popular smartwatches on the market and goes over major features and smartphone compatibility for each.

One of the gadgets that is growing quickly in popularity this year is the smartwatch. There are a number of smartwatches on the market, or about to be on the market, that will work with most of the smartphones out there. If you or someone you know is in the market for a smartwatch, but you aren’t sure what’s out there this is the shopping guide for you.

I am going to run down several of the most popular smartwatches. If you want to know what watch will work with what smartphone, this is the place for you. Read on for details on smartwatches and what features they offer.

Pebble Smartwatch

The Pebble smartwatch is one of the devices that helped kick off the smartwatch craze. This device originally turned up on Kickstarter seeking the funding it needed to come to market. The watch hit its funding goal and then went on to be a successful product that you can buy online and in some retail stores today.

One of the distinctions of the Pebble smartwatch is that it is one of the only devices on the market that will work with the popular Apple iPhone. Most of the smartwatches that are out there now will only work with Android devices. The Pebble will work with iOS and Android smartphone.

The Pebble will put all sorts of notifications and apps at your fingertips. Notifications include things like email and text alerts. You can read the full message of texts from your wrist with no need to pull your phone out. The Pebble also lets you control music, choose your watch face, and get details from some fitness apps. The watch also has alarms and can run for 5-7 days per charge. The screen is a 1.26-inch 144 x 168 e-paper unit. While it's not color, it does help the watch achieve its impressive run time. The watch connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The Pebble is available now at a normal price of $150, but can be found for less than that online often.

Kreyos Smartwatch

The next smartwatch isn't quite as svelte as the Pebble, but it has some nice functions that the Pebble lacks. The watch is called the Kreyos and it will work with Android, iOS, and Windows 8 smartphones via Bluetooth. One of the key features that this watch has that isn’t included on some of the others on the market is the ability to answer and make voice calls from the watch. The watch does have to be paired to your smartphone for that feature to work.

The watch can also send and receive text messages and has its own activity tracker. The Kreyos also supports real-time notifications. The watch is also waterproof so you can shower with it on without worrying you will kill the watch. You can also use gestures and voice commands for controlling music and other smartphone functions.

The watch hardware itself is a small rectangular unit that slips into a special band. The band is available in multiple colors including black, white, pink, blue, and green. You can swap the bands without special tools whenever you want. One of the only downsides to this watch at the time of writing is that it is up for pre-order only. The watch can be pre-ordered for $169.95 with shipments expected to happen by March.

MetaWatch

Another of the smartwatches that will work for both Android and iOS users is the MetaWatch. The watch is waterproof to 3ATM so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet each time you wash your hands. Connectivity between the watch and your smartphone is via Bluetooth.

Once connected the watch will show you text messages, called ID info, weather reports, and lets you control music. The watch face can be customized to show different information. The screen of the watch is a 96 x 96 pixel sunlight readable unit. The watch promises to last 5-7 days per charge. This wathc is a bit bulkier looking than some of the others on the list and is available now for $229.99.

Martian Passport Watch

Martian makes several smartwatch models that only very in how they look. The main feature of these watches is that the watch has a traditional face with an analog watch and a small ticker underneath for phone messages and notifications. The Martian line will work with iOS and Android devices. The company makes three models including the Passport, Victory, and G2G watch. The one pictured here is the Passport.

The Martian watches have a built in microphone allowing you to answer calls from your wrist. The watches also support hands free text messaging as well. The mic also allows you to use voice commands and makes it easy to find your smartphone if the device is lost. The watches also have a camera mode to let you trigger the smartphone shutter from a distance.

All three models of the Martian smartwatch sell for the same $299 price. The watch display for notifications is 96 x 16 and messages scroll by. The device promises around two hours of talk time per charge and seven hours of standby time.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is probably the best known of the smartwatches on the market right now. The watch will only work with certain Android smartphones. You'll need to be sure your Android device is compatible before buying. The Galaxy Gear provides quick glance notifications, S Voice assistant communication, and hands free calling capability. The Gear can also help you find your lost smartphone.

The display measures 1.63-inches and the watch has 4GB of integrated storage. The watch also has 512MB of RAM. The biggest downside that many users have complained of is short battery life. The watch does have a 1.9MP camera integrated and the 1.63-inch screen has a resolution of 320 x 320. The watch is available for $299.

Sony SmartWatch 2

One of the better looking smartwatches, and one of the only ones with a color screen comes from Sony. The watch is called the SmartWatch 2 and is available for $199.99. One of the downsides is that the watch is available for Android users only. If you use an iPhone, you are out of luck.

The SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch trasnflective LCD screen with a resolution of 220 x 176. The screen is color and supports 262k colors. The watch is water and dust resistant with an IP57 rating. The smartwatch connects to the Android device via Bluetooth 3.0 and has NFC tech. The battery inside the watch is good for 3-4 days of use per charge and up to 7 days of standby.

Qualcomm Toq

The last of the major smart watches that is available now is the Qualcomm Toq. This is another smartwatch that is good for Android only. It uses a slick Qualcomm Mirasol color touchscreen. The screen is 1.55-inches and has a pixel density of 222 ppi. Connectivity with the smartphone is via Bluetooth 3.0.

The watch has some other cool accessories too including wireless charger and wireless headsets. Like most other smartwatches, the Toq is designed to show you notifications from your smartphone and has customizable watch faces and more. The Toq works in conjunction with an app that runs on your smartphone that is on Google Play at no cost. The black Toq is shipping now for $349.99.

You Might Also Like

Read the Latest

Volvo Revealing Bicyclist Identification System at CES 2015

Volvo Revealing Bicyclist Identification System at CES 2015 Volvo declares to showcase an outstanding technology for ensuring the safety of the cyclists

11 hours ago, 10:31am CST

Volvo and POC to unveil cyclist proximity tech at CES

Volvo and POC to unveil cyclist proximity tech at CES The Volvo and POC system consists of a connected car and helmet prototype

1 day ago, 12:13pm CST

CES 2015 News
Xiaomi Mi5 smartphone might be unveiled at the CES 2015

Xiaomi Mi5 smartphone might be unveiled at the CES 2015 The much-rumored Xiaomi Mi5 smartphone could boast a high-end sapphire display when it launches next year

1 day ago, 11:57am CST

PlayStation, Xbox networks recovering after outages on Christmas Day

PlayStation, Xbox networks recovering after outages on Christmas Day The online networks for Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox video game consoles are showing signs of...

1 day ago, 11:40am CST

Tesla Roadster 3.0 Revealed

Tesla Roadster 3.0 Revealed Elon Musk and Tesla Motors have revealed the details about the new Tesla Roadster 3.0.

1 day ago, 10:57am CST

Xiaomi Reportedly Revealing the New Mi5 Smartphone with Sapphire Display at CES

Xiaomi Reportedly Revealing the New Mi5 Smartphone with Sapphire Display at CES 2015 The new flagship smartphone of the Chinese electronics giant will contain the sapphire screen

1 day ago, 9:57am CST

Intelligraphics, Inc. to show Chiltepin in Vegas

Intelligraphics, Inc. to show Chiltepin in Vegas New driver graphics core to be at CES 2015

1 day ago, 6:41am CST

New 3-D mapping tech to be featured at CES 2015

New 3-D mapping tech to be featured at CES 2015 TRX Systems will show NEON FeatureSLAM

1 day ago, 6:36am CST

Caseco bringing smart hats to CES 2015

Caseco bringing smart hats to CES 2015 Blu-Toque winter hats have built in BluTooth tech

1 day ago, 6:32am CST

MacKeeper coming to CES 2015

MacKeeper coming to CES 2015 New MacKeeper 3.x to be main attraction

1 day ago, 6:23am CST

The Interview goes Viral Worlwide via Torrent Downloads

The Interview goes Viral Worlwide via Torrent Downloads Sony Pictures were looking hard for a way to distribute the movie when BitTorrent offered to put the movie in Torrent...

2 days ago, 8:10am CST

BMW will unveil 6 Series and M6 Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible Models at the NAIAS 2015 in Detroit

BMW will unveil 6 Series and M6 Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible Models at the NAIAS 2015 in Detroit At the Detroit Auto Show 2015, BMW will present the new models including BMW 6 Series Convertible, BMW 6 Series Coupe,...

2 days ago, 7:32am CST

After Christmas Sales 2014 have some Really Cool Stuff for Everyone

After Christmas Sales 2014 have some Really Cool Stuff for Everyone The after Christmas sales 2014 have some really funky and cool stuff for nearly everyone. There are gadgets and...

2 days ago, 7:03am CST

Jennifer Lawrence Kids Hospital Christmas Visit Photos go Viral

Jennifer Lawrence Kids Hospital Christmas Visit Photos go Viral The Hunger Games star visited the kids hospital in her hometown Louisville, Kentucky on Christmas Eve. She also visited...

2 days ago, 6:13am CST

Sony Xperia Z4 to Launch at CES 2015

Sony Xperia Z4 to Launch at CES 2015 Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra may see the light soon at the CES 2015 after the new leaked information.

2 days ago, 5:24am CST

Nadine Leopold Instagram Hottest Pictures

Nadine Leopold Instagram Hottest Pics Victoria’s Secret supermodel, Nadine Leopold and Harry Styles may be much more than just good friends. She may be his...

2 days ago, 5:21am CST

Kodak debuts its First Range of Android-powered Mobile Devices at CES 2015

Kodak debuts its First Range of Android-powered Mobile Devices at CES 2015 Kodak partners with Bullitt Group to launch a new range of Android powered mobile devices at CES 2015.

2 days ago, 4:36am CST

Mozilla and KDDI debut Fx0, First Firefox OS Smartphone with 4G LTE and NFC

Mozilla and KDDI debut Fx0, First Firefox OS Smartphone with 4G LTE and NFC The services, Mozilla and KDDI, have introduced first Firefox OS smartphone 'Fx0', based on Web technology...

2 days ago, 4:21am CST

Marshawn Lynch Touchdown Fine is $11,050

Marshawn Lynch Touchdown Fine is $11,050 Marshawn Lynch was awarded an $11,050 touchdown fine for bad behavior (one of the most ridiculous 79-yard runs) on the...

2 days ago, 3:41am CST

Elon Musk says new Tesla Roadster has almost 400 mile Range

Elon Musk says new Tesla Roadster has almost 400 mile Range Elon Musk tweeted that the new Tesla Roadster has almost a 400 mile range. More details of the new Tesla Roadster are...

2 days ago, 3:32am CST

CES 2015 gets Highest Honors for Creative Campaigns

CES 2015 gets Highest Honors for Creative Campaigns Tradeshow, MarCom and Visual Arts Professionals have recognized CES’s superb advertising and marketing campaigns. The...

2 days ago, 3:29am CST

Xbox and PlayStation Networks hacked by Lizard Squad on Christmas

Xbox and PlayStation Networks hacked by Lizard Squad on Christmas The Xbox and Playstation online services have unfortunately been hacked and disabled by a group of no-gooders known as...

2 days ago, 2:19am CST

Facebook launches FaceTube to compete YouTube

Facebook launches FaceTube to compete YouTube It has established that all businesses on Facebook will be offered a featured video strip with the latest videos...

3 days ago, 12:28pm CST

LG makes 4 additions to wireless speakers range for CES

LG makes 4 additions to wireless speakers range for CES The new additions include a battery-powered portable wireless speaker, two sound bars and a streaming 3D Blu-ray Player

3 days ago, 12:26pm CST

First Shelby GT 350 Mustang to be Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale

First Shelby GT 350 Mustang to be Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale The proceeds of the sale are going to be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

3 days ago, 11:54am CST

LG Exec Could Be Banned From CES For Sabotaging a Washing Machine

LG Exec Could Be Banned From CES For Sabotaging a Washing Machine Samsung filed a lawsuit for property damage and defamation against five LG execs back in September

3 days ago, 9:57am CST

Madonna Tracks Leak Online Again from Rebel Heart

14 More Madonna Tracks Leak Madonna’s new album Rebel Hearts has already been hacked once before. Five of the tracks were officially released on...

3 days ago, 8:38am CST

MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop to be displayed at the NAIAS Detroit 2015

MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop to be displayed at the NAIAS Detroit 2015 BMW’s famous mini cooper’s new design will be displayed at the NAIAS 2015 in Detroit.

3 days ago, 8:18am CST

Sarah Palin Channel Wardrobe Controversy Video was a Publicity Stunt?

Sarah Palin Channel Wardrobe Controversy Video was a Publicity Stunt? Most people are talking about the one term governor’s show of skin on live channel. Sarah Palin ran for the Vice...

3 days ago, 7:54am CST

Patchworks to represent North and South America at CES 2015

Patchworks to represent North and South America at CES 2015 Patchworks Global Inc. make flawlessly engineered products for iPhone Screen Protection that it will display at the CES...

3 days ago, 7:47am CST

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus