The transposition of phones from being just ‘phones’ to ‘smart phones’ was certainly a welcomed technological change. Now, why would I say it ‘was’ welcomed? Isn’t technology on the brink of a new horizon today? And, as a matter of fact it keeps progressing every day. However, considering the current scenario of the Smartphone market, I might not be wrong in saying that it is certainly saturated. Rather the market needs to be revived.
Smartwatches have become the next talking point in technology and many big brands have ventured into this market. Gone are the days when watches were only meant to display time. Watches have gone ‘smart’ now and apart from their default function of ‘displaying time,’ the 21st century watches do a lot more. Let us take a look at the top 5 Smartwatches in India that one must certainly lookout.
1. Samsung Gear
This might not be a surprise at all as the South Korean giant has been unparalleled in the field of Smartphones, globally as well as in India. The Samsung Gear has an elegant design and runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). The voice command feature enables you to check your e-mail, shoot text messages, and even carry out searches. The Gear boasts of a 1.63 inch Super-Amoled touch screen with a 1.2 Ghz processor. The Samsung Gear can be used with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or above. Priced at Rs: 22,900, the Gear however can’t be used with an iPhone.
2. Casio G-Shock GB 6900AB-1
G-Shock is Casio’s one of the most successful and popular brands. The designers have played smart by incorporating low powered Bluetooth 4.0 technology in the device. The G-Shock GB reads text messages and can also answer calls. However, GB is explicitly for the iPhone devotees. Yes, the device only works for iPhones with iOS 5.1 and above. The G-Shock app is available for downloading in the iStore. The GB 6900AB-1 is priced at Rs: 9995.
3. Sony SmartWatch 2
Sony’s flagship wearable computing watch, the ‘SmartWatch’ has now got its upgrade, the ‘SmartWatch 2.’ Sony has worked on the design and also added the NFC feature in this upgraded version. Traditionally, Sony has been known for its eye-pleasing design elements and this is clearly reflected in the SmartWatch. Undoubtedly, the SmartWatch 2 has a stunning design. This device is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. SmartWatch 2 is water-proof and comes with a 1.6 inch LCD Display. Boasting a 200 Mhz processor it helps you to check your notification, receive calls, read text messages, and check your e-mails. Priced at Rs:14990, once fully charged the device runs for 3 days.
4. I’m Watch
Developed by the Italian company i’m S. p. A, the I’m Watch is compatible across 3 Platforms: Android, iOS, and Blackberry. The smartwatch runs on a customized OS version of Android named as I’m Droid 2. The 1.5 inch screen has a resolution of 240×240 pixels. The device also has a dedicated app market called as I’market that allows you to download apps. With I’m Watch one can check e-mails, Twitter & Facebook messages and notifications. However, the smartwatch is yet to incorporate the text-message reading feature. The gadget is priced at Rs: 13999.
5. Apple iWatch
The name ‘apple’ not being counted in the top 5 smart devices across various verticals would really be surprising. However, having said that, Apple being the no.5 in the list would be equally amusing to some, as well. The foremost reason for Apple being at no.5 is because Apple is yet to launch its flagship wearable computing watch. The device is speculated to be launched along with iPhone 6 in September. Rumors suggest that the iWatch will have a 2.5 inch display with a touch screen interface. It is also speculated that device will also boast of health and fitness sensors to integrate with the iOS Health app. The price of the device could be around 250$.