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Top 5 Smartwatches in 2015 - Everyone's wearing it!

Updated on June 2, 2015
Apple Watch for you?
Apple Watch for you? | Source

Which One Suits me Best?

In this era where the ecosystem of technology strives, we see many editions of smartwatches catered for different types of users. Looking for elegance? Looking for functionality? A quick search on Google search engine, you can discover an extensive amount of choices of smartwatches you can get with $50. In this hub, I am taking the aesthetics, price and the functionality of the smartwatches into consideration and rank them accordingly. Hope that through this hub, you will be able to find the right smartwatch for you as you weigh the pros and cons of each watch.

5. Alcatel OneTouch Watch

Presenting to you, Alcatel OneTouch Watch.
Presenting to you, Alcatel OneTouch Watch. | Source

5. Alcatel OneTouch Watch

I like this one for its economical price, and it is a simple watch for a simple person like me. Alcatel OneTouch Watch is one unique smartwatch that runs on its own OS. It has a round face, making it look sleek and classy. It has all the basic smartwatch features: text notification, music control, camera shutter control, heart rate monitor and steps counter. This smartwatch has a built-in USB charger which makes charging much more convenient and it has a battery life of up to 7 days which is quite commendable. Some say it is a downgraded version of Moto 360 but I beg to differ. It has buggy-feeling connectivity due to a slow OS and user interface feels hard to operate. There is no speaker or microphone on the watch hence there is no voice-to-text feature for you to reply messages using this watch. In a nutshell, this smartwatch is still worth a shot for it is good enough for its price of $150. If you're looking for a cheap smartwatch that can make your life easier, this is the one to go.

4. MyKronoz ZeClock

Presenting to you, MyKronoz ZeClock.
Presenting to you, MyKronoz ZeClock. | Source

4. MyKronoz ZeClock

This Swiss made smartwatch stands out among all the smartwatches I have seen on the market, mainly because it is one of the few which integrate an analog clock into a smartwatch. It has a premium feel with the classic watch design. This smartwatch is able to receive notifications and alert the user by vibration and sound. ZeClock supports Siri and Google Now to let you easily interact with your phone using voice commands. Hence it allows you to answer, end or reject calls. Battery life is decent, able to last for an average of 2-3 days. No smartwatch is perfect and one of its downsides is that the incoming notification only let you view the icons only. Given its small OLED screen, there is limited options for app developers to flourish their creativity. Since it is priced at $123, you are already looking a pretty good deal here.

3. Moto 360

Presenting to you, Moto 360.
Presenting to you, Moto 360. | Source

3. Moto 360

One of the best smartwatches hands down. The watch has a round face that doesn't look boring and an elegant and classy finish to its design. It is powered by android wear, the support for its apps is fantastic and you don't have to worry about a laggy user interface. You can use it for navigation while driving as you don't need to pull out your phone from the pocket. The smartwatch is able to show directions and guide you along accordingly. Also, you can reply messages while driving with its voice to text function. A good hands free gesture. Sad thing about Moto 360 is its battery life which typically lasts for around 11 to 12 hours with a full charge. For those who want to track their sleeping pattern after a full day of usage, Moto 360 is unlikely to sustain throughout the night. Other than that, this smartwatch is a good catch.

2. Apple Watch

Presenting to you, Apple Watch.
Presenting to you, Apple Watch. | Source

2. Apple Watch

Apple Watch- One of the most anticipated smartwatches in 2015. Apple has always been leading the the 'gadgets race' as seen from its enormous sales volume. This watch fused style and functionality into a single device. In terms of the features offered by the watch, there are loads of it, ranging from calling/call receiving, music control, fitness tracking and app notifications. You name it, Apple Watch has it. Siri may be a less popular feature on iPhone itself but on the Apple Watch, its potential as a virtual assistant increases much more. Simply speak 'Hey, Siri' to your watch and Siri will be here to fulfill your demands. Based on users' reviews, voice recognition is excellent, surprisingly fast and more useful than you would expect. Just like many other smartwatches, the battery life is average, lasting for barely a day and charging time is long. Charging this device might be a hassle for those busy individuals. Nonetheless, expect nothing less from Apple as it still delivers quality in its product.

1. Pebble Time

Presenting to you, Pebble Time.
Presenting to you, Pebble Time. | Source

Short Overview & Features

Battery Life
Display
Features
Compatible Mobile Platform
Around 7 Days
E-paper
App/Text Notification
Android 4.0+ or newer
 
LED Backlit
Fitness Tracking
iOS 6+ or newer
 
 
Voice Control
 
 
 
Music Control
 

1. Pebble Time

Pebble Time brings out the best out of smartwatches. As the pioneer in this industry, the founders understand what the people want to see in a smartwatch. Most people find it absurd to spend so much on a smartwatch, after all a phone can already do what a smartwatch does. Hence, Pebble tries to keep the price low but at the same time offer the same deal as what other companies' products have. At a initial RSP of $199, there are tons of features to be found on Pebble Time- app notification, music control, fitness tracking, games(what?!), alarm and many more. Best part about Pebble Time is that it has a colour e-paper screen and it will still be easily visible outdoors and because power consumption is minimised compared to the OLED and LCDs used by Android Wear smartwatches, that's how Time is able to prolong its battery life. With a full charge, the watch is able to last for a whooping 7 days on average, much longer than other smartwatches on the market. For me, its simplicity attracts me the most. Being a pragmatic person, there's nothing more important than how the smartwatch is able to benefit me while I am working or studying.

What Are You Looking For?

Aforementioned are my top 5 choices I recommend for the masses if you are keen on getting a smartwatch. So which one suits you best? I am in no better position than yourself to determine that, since you know what you want best. Out of the 5 smartwatches, there is Apple Watch, aims to bring out the classy side of you- you can opt for the Apple Watch Edition which features a 18-Carat Gold case. Good for all you rich people. If you are just an average person like me, I would recommend Pebble Time, a small and dynamic gadget that helps to make your life easier with the app notification feature. In a nutshell, know what you want to get from wearing a smartwatch before spending money on any of the devices.

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