Top 20 Smartwatches Challenging The Apple Watch

Posted: Apr 7 2015, 8:48am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 9 2015, 11:25pm CDT


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Top 20 Smartwatches Challenging the Apple Watch
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The launch of the Apple Watch is imminent. The smartwatch market is poised to change dramatically. Will the Apple Watch marginalize all smartwatches, once it launches? Below are 20 smartwatches that are trying to stop the Apple Watch.

Smartwatches are poised to become mainstream as the Apple Watch is about to be launched. The new technologies, features, and increasing utility of smartwatches would further propel the demand.

Apple’s much-awaited smartwatch is expected to redefine smartwatches, becoming the immediate market leader at launch. However, many manufacturers like Samsung and Pebble have already launched their own smartwatches. In fact, the smartwatch market is so promising that the Swiss luxury watch industry began offering “smart” versions of their timepieces.

Below is a list of the 20 smartwatches that are set to fight the Apple Watch. Leading the list is Pebble; the small company offers one of the most successfull smartwatches to date. Recently, the company launched a new model called the Pebble Time, which broke another Kickstarter record, with over $20 million in sales from 78,000 backers.

The important thing to keep in mind is that, while this is a huge success for Pebble, $20 million in Apple Watch sales at launch would be a disaster for Apple.

1. Pebble Time Steel
Pebble's next-generation smartwatch features a color ePaper display.

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An advanced version of its plastic strap version, the Pebble Time Steel comes with a 10-day battery life and has a new 64-color palette ePaper display. Unlike the previous Pebble watch, this one is not waterproof but features a built-in microphone, which enables voice replies as well as note-taking. This watch has convertible straps, i.e., you can change the metal straps with the leather ones that comes along with the product.

Company Site: Pebble

2. Moto 360
Your smartphone opens up with a tap on your Moto 360.

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The Moto 360 connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to easily manage all functions and apps. The poor battery life is a letdown, though. It also includes an app that lets users find their smartphones easily.

Company Site: Motorola

3. LG G Watch R
Stylish watch for fashion-conscious users

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With a 320 x 320 pixel resolution and a 1.3-inch screen, the LG G Watch R comes with an OLED panel. The heart rate sensor at the back of the watch works quite well. The waterproof feature allows you to wash hands without taking it off. However, the lack of speakers makes it unfit to make or receive calls. The battery life of the LG G Watch R is better than some of its rivals.

Company Site: LG

4. Samsung Gear 2 Neo
A modified version of the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch, but with killer apps

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Cheaper than its predecessor, the Samsung Gear 2 Neo does not have a camera. This smartwatch possesses some killer apps, including Fleksy keyboard app that allows users to type and send text messages from the smartwatch itself. The app also contains a unique error-correction feature that works quite well. The body of this smartwatch is made from strong plastic.

Company Site: Samsung

5. MyKronoz ZeWatch
This smartwatch shines with its minimal and stylish look.

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Tracking every movement, the MyKronoz ZeWatch sets regular goals and reminders for every activity you need to undertake. Its built-in speaker provides a good voice quality and its hands-free calling feature helps you to attend calls with ease.

Company Site: MyKronoz

6. Alcatel OneTouch Watch
This smartwatch is compatible with Android and iOS mobile devices.

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Take pictures from your Android or iOS device through this smartwatch. The Alcatel OneTouch smartwatch allows you to remotely control the shutter of your phone's camera. You can do that by tapping the wach or with one movement of your wrist. This is one of the few smartwatches compatible with both Android and iOS phones. But the lack of GPS is a drawback.

Company Site: Alcatel

7. Sony SmartWatch 3
This smartwatch has a GPS and a 1.6-inch transflective display.

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This smartwatch can be charged through a microUSB port, providing extra convenience to users. The Sony SmartWatch 3 provides you with useful information based on your search habits and the voice input feature works great. Furthermore, its transflective display technology, used in many outdoor GPS devices, enhances the readability of the display.

Company Site: SonyMobile

8. Asus ZenWatch
This smartwatch comes with Gorilla Glass 3 technology and a 320 x 320 display.

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The Asus ZenWatch comes with a tall body and a 22mm watchstrap. One notable feature of this smartwatch is its always on-screen option. The backlight is reduced to a black and white mode, thus, making the always switched-on backlight bearable.

Company Site: Asus

9. Helvetica No. 1 Horological Smartwatch
This is one of the first smartwatches from a Swiss luxury watch maker.

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The Helvetica No. 1 Horological smartwatch does not have a digital readout as a result of which it cannot display notifications. It links to your smartphone and tablet via an app and it also has a secondary dial for its tracking activities.

Company Site: Mondaine

10. Gucci Smartband
This fashionable smartband operates on a league of its own.

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The Gucci smartband can do everything that a smartphone does--receive and make calls, texts, emails, and even track your fitness. Much has not been revealed about this smartwatch. But one thing is certain: the target audience is definitely the elite users.

Company Site: Gucci

11. Kairos Smartwatch
This smartwatch has a transparent OLED display.

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Kairos offers the first real hybrid smartwatch. Kairos watches are based on a mechanical watch with a transparent digital overlay display, making it the most promising technical solution for the Swiss luxury watch industry. The company just recently signed a contract with Swiss Watch label Guess. Apart from having the usual smartwatch features, the Kairos smartwatch also supports Facebook and WhatsApp. The smartwatch supports also fitness, sleep, and activity tracking.

Company Site: Kairos

12. Martian Notifier
The Martian Notifier is designed for notifications.

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The Martin Notifier claims to offer a 5-day battery life. And, you can choose which app notification you want to appear on your screen. You can also snooze the notification you wish to read later and even locate your phone easily, in case you are away. This smartwatch is equipped with different vibration alert patterns, which helps you in setting a different notification for every single app.

Company Site: MartianWatches

13. Cookoo Smartwatch
This smartwatch gets its power from ordinary cell batteries.

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The Cookoo smartwatch works on both Android and iOS platforms. This watch has an analog look, and there is no need to charge the battery, as it can be replaced, similar to normal clocks. The Cookoo smartwatch comes with a selfie camera trigger, which helps you capture better selfies.

Company Site: Cookoo

14. LG Watch Urbane LTE
This smartwatch has its own operating system.

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The LG Watch Urbane LTE handles phone calls as well as messaging, without using your smartphone. It also operates through its very own operating system, known as the “LG Wearable Platform Operating System.” This watch is capable of running on 4G technology and can send your location to your selected contacts in case of an emergency.

Company Site: LG Electronics

15. Guess Connect
High luxury quotient with its good looks

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Powered by Martian's watch technology, the Guess Connect works both on Android and iOS operating smartphones. Instead of using the whole watch panel as its display, the Guess Connect uses a thin strip at the bottom of the watch to display notifications. It looks like an analog watch from a distance.

Company Site: GuessWatches

16. Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap
Clubs traditional luxury to a mechanical look.

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This luxury smartwatch features a mechanical look and an estrap; the panel is thus available on your strap. Equipped with an OLED touchscreen display, the Urban Speed e-Strap comes with a 128 x 36 pixel resolution. But if you want to don a geeky look, then you should opt for other smartwatches as the Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap is a luxury watch.

Company Site: Montblanc

17. Fitbit Surge
This smartwatch is a modified version of the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Charge SR.

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If you aren't too much into the style factor, then the Fitbit Surge can fit into your needs. Apart from being a proper health tracker, this smartwatch has a large LCD display, instead of the single line OLED. You do not have to switch buttons when you wish to use another function such as managing your heart rate, your active minutes, and your miles; it is all done at once.

Company Site: Fitbit

18.Breitling B55
Swiss smartwatch is said to be overloaded with features.

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This smartwach enables adjustment of its features through your smartphone and this two way connection system makes using this device easy. With features including "Mission Elapsed Time", the countdown- countup system, the "Mission Elapsed Time" feature; this watch has been targeted especially for the pilots.

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19.Tag Heuer Smartwatch
The Swiss luxury watch maker partnered with Intel and Google for this watch.

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Tag Heuer has tied up with Intel and Google to create a high-end smartwatch. The CPU is expected to be a low-powered one from Intel. Google is entrusted with the responsibility for the software. The Swiss watch maker’s name on the watch makes it a highly desirable accessory.

Company Site: TagHeuer

20. Garmin Vivoactive
The Garmin Vivoactive is said to be a smartwatch clubbed into a fitness tracker

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With apps for golfing, cycling, and swimming, the Garmin Vivoactive is a smartwatch that is suitable for athletes. When paired with your smartphone, the watch's high-resolution touchscreen provides timely notifications. However, the brightness level is said to be an issue, especially in a dull environment.

Company Site: Garmin

Please email us, if we missed a smartwatch that is a worthy Apple Watch contender. We will gladly add it to our list of Apple Watch alternatives.

About the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch introduces a new design and iOS-based user interface created specifically for a smaller device. The Apple Watch features the Digital Crown, a new way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly, without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button and a quick way to access Siri. The Retina display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to access controls within Apple Watch apps.

The Apple Watch introduces the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enable an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can both hear and feel. Apple custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) to miniaturize an entire computer architecture onto a single chip. Apple Watch also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone. Besides the smart watch features the Apple Watch keeps time to within 50 milliseconds of UTC, the universal time standard when synching regularly with the iPhone.

The Apple Watch starts at $349 for the small case (38mm) Sport Edition. The Apple Watch Pre-order starts on April 10 in 9 countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US) and the Apple Watch ships on April 24.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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