Smartwatches are becoming more prevalent each day. OEMs like LG, Huawei, Samsung, and Apple, along with other lesser known OEMs are picking up on the market of Smartwatches, redefining the phrase “information at your fingertips.” Most of these smartwatches all pretty much look the same, all sporting a 1 to 2 inch screen, compatible with either your Apple device or Android device, acting as an intermediary between your Handheld device, and your notifications. The more popular line of smartwatches, as introduced by Samsung known as the “Gear line-up” is becoming more popular.
Late 2013 was the introduction of Smartwatches becoming more popular, and 2014 was the year that companies really took into account the importance of becoming a member of the Smartwatch market. We will be briefly covering the different types of smartwatches, as well as the specifics of the wearable, and what their capabilities are.
Before we explain anything about Apple’s line of upcoming Smartwatches, go watch Apple’s Keynote and presentation of this wearable here.
There are actually 3 different variations of the Apple watch, each with its own different color and design, although they look somewhat similar to each other in terms of design and functionality. Note that the Apple watch CAN be used as a standalone wearable, but for the most part, if you want to take advantage of the features that the watch provides (which is probably the only reason you would buy the device), you would be required to have an iPhone, or an external iDevice.
The first watch is called the “Apple Watch”, no surprise there, pretty self-explanatory and basic, made of Stainless Steel, so it should be pretty sturdy and durable when it comes to cosmetic damage. The second variation of the Apple watch is called the “Apple Watch Edition” which kind of sounds weird, considering the fact that the Apple watch is incorporated into the name “Apple Watch Edition”, which is basically an edition of itself, kind of inceptionistic there. This variation is made of 18-Carat Gold, so this should suit the High Rollers and cater to the fancy tastes of the richer market.
The final variation of the Apple watch is called the “Apple Watch Sport”, which sounds like something athletic people who want easy access to their notification would use quite handily. This version is made of Aluminum, not as tough as the Stainless steel one, but still very sturdy, (let’s just hope it doesn’t bend like the iPhone 6.)
Most of these wearables are made of highly durable material, consisting of either Aluminum or stainless steel, both materials that make the device seem higher end, and sport a more premium feel to the device, something that Apple is actually good at, although I can’t say the same for the internal specifications though, when you read the spec sheet of most apple devices, you might be revolted in the sight of such low end components for such a high priced device. The screen of these watches are made with pure Scratch resistant- Sapphire material, something we see the home button of the iPhone 5s, and 6 and 6 Plus include.
Connectivity between the Apple watch and the iPhone will be straight forward, using either built in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to receive system notifications from your phone, beamed to your watch.
LG G WATCH R
LG has redefined Android Smartwatches forever. Their most popular Smartwatch, dubbed the G Watch R, might possibly be the most physically attractive Wearable we’ve ever seen before. Running the official Android wear OS, this smartwatch doesn’t sport the usual Squared screen, instead making it Round, (hence the letter R in the G Watch). This smartwatch looks more like a luxury item than a smartwatch, sporting a 1.3 Inch screen. Device specifications will be listed below. Specs courtesy of GSMARENA.
- 1.3 Inch Full circle P-OLED Display
- (320×320) Resolution, 246 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), 33mm display diameter
- OS: Android Wear w/ Google Now integration
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226), quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage (3 GB user available)
- 410 Li-Ion Battery, 2 days of usage on a single charge
- Weight: 62g
- Genuine Leather Strap, changeable
- IP-67 Certified
- Stainless-Steel casing
- Heart-rate sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Barometer
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
All in all, the LG G watch R not only looks very high end and premium, but the internals of this amazing wearable looks to sport very high end specs for a device of this size. Disadvantages of this are that the Price is very high, at around $300 US.
Samsung is notorious for having hundreds of different variations of already existing smartphones. Apparently this is no joke when it comes to Smart watches as well. Samsung has their Gear 1, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Live, Gear S, and Gear Fit. With so many watches to choose from, no wonder some models are bound to do not so well in the sales department.
Let’s review the Gear S, since this particular model of the Gear lineup is probably the most interesting.
This device’s display is actually Curved in design. Sporting a 2 Inch, rectangular Super AMOLED Touchscreen display, with 300 PPI, this smartwatch looks to be one of the higher end models out there. Believe it or not, this watch actually has a Nano-SIM Card Slot, which is pretty insane considering it’s just a smartwatch. Of course, notification from device beaming is compatible with any Samsung device. Connections via Bluetooth, and lets you receive and make outgoing calls from the watch itself. Let’s briefly go over the specs of this bad boy. (Specs from GSMARENA)
- Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA(+)
- Weight: 67g
- Nano-Sim card Slot
- IP-67 Certified, dust proof, water proof up to 1 meter
- Display: 2 Inch Super AMOLED (360×480) with 300 Pixel density (Pixels Per Inch)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- OS: Samsung’s TIZEN based Wearable platform
- Dual-Core 1.0GHz Processor
- Memory: 4GB Internal Storage, no Micro SD card slot
- RAM: 512MB
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, heart rate, barometer, UV light
- Battery: 300mAh Li-Ion Battery
Now that we have a general understanding of such powerful devices that are so small they can be worn on our wrists, we should be expecting the market of Smartwatches to expand very quickly in the 2015 year. It’s only a matter of time. I hope you have a general understanding of the capabilities of Smartwatches, and what they can do. Thank you for reading, and have a great day.
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