1. Cogito Classic
Rather than going all out smartwatch, the Cogito Classic keeps the typical wrist watch look, complete with familiar clock face, but brings thing up to date with a couple of nifty connected features. Once linked, via Bluetooth, to your smartphone, the display will light up if you get missed calls, texts or an alert on Facebook. It'll also keep you updated with your next calendar appointment and how much juice is left in your phone, so you don't accidentally run out half way through the day.
£129.99 | Cogito
2. LG G Watch R
LG's second Android Wear toting smartwatch in a matter of months takes a cue from the Moto 360 and comes packing a circular face. Unlike the 360 though, the G Watch R has a 320x320 display that's a full circle, no black bar at the bottom here. It's also the first smartwatch that has the most in common with a regular wrist watch, even though it's still quite bulky. The internals are the same as the first G Watch, with a Snapdragon 400 processor, 4GB storage and 512MB RAM, while you should get a full day of use before having to reach for the charger.
£225 | LG
3. Sony SmartWatch 3
The third iteration of Sony’s Smartwatch is the first to ditch the proprietary software and run with Android Wear, making it much more likely to attract a larger audience. The display is 1.6-inches, it is IP68 rated for water resistance, there’s 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage and it’ll connect to your device through Bluetooth LE and NFC. GPS is also a bonus, in fact it's the first Android Wear watch that's capable of tracking your run without a phone connection.
4. Apple Watch
Yes, it's finally here (well, almost anyway as it's set to see a release in early 2015) and no, it's not called the iWatch, it's the Apple Watch. But what has Apple added to revolutionise the smartwatch? Well, let's take a look. First off is the Digital Crown - a twisty button on the side that acts as the main mode of navigation. There's heaps of customisation options too, with three models in two sizes and a load of straps to give you that personal watch feeling. The Apple Watch will run apps, show notifications, track your fitness levels and it'll charge wirelessly with a MacBook style Magsafe charger. Protecting that Retina display is sapphire glass, so scratches should be few and far between.
5. Cogito Pop
Similar to the Cogito Classic, which also sits on this list, the Pop is a slightly toned down version of the watch/smartwatch hybrid. It ditches the display, instead specific icons will light up when you get a notification and it has a less sleek, more playful build. Unlike many other wearable devices though, the Pop doesn't require charging, as it runs on a user replaceable battery that'll last a few months. It's waterpoof too, so will happily join you in the shower.
£79 | Cogito
6. Asus ZenWatch
Entering the wearable market for the first time, Asus has just announced the ZenWatch, an Android Wear toting smartwatch that features a sleek design, premium build and a couple of nifty software additions. There’s a 2.5-inch display, with a load of customised watchfaces and a leather strap, plus the usual assortment of fitness features. A handy Remote Camera App is also included.
£199 | Asus
7. Samsung Gear S
Samsung has officially gone smartwatch crazy in 2014, releasing countless wearable items running all manner of operating systems. Unlike the Gear Live, which runs Android Wear, the Gear S is back to Tizen - though it does have a few tricks up its sleeve. The key feature is the sim card slot, which lets you use the watch even without a phone connected. Samsung has also taken inspiration from the Gear Fit, bringing that curved display to the Gear S. Here it’s a 2-inch screen, with a 360x480 res that curves round your wrist.
Price: £329 | Samsung
8. Moto 360
Easily the best looking smartwatch we've seen so far, Motorola has finally introduced a circular face boasting clever time-piece that features completely custom-made parts. Running Android Wear, the version of the popular OS that has been designed for wearables, it looks like it will take many aspects of Google Now and put them on your wrist. Little is known about the specs as of yet, but hopefully we'll learn more soon.
9. LG G Watch
LG has already partnered numerous times with Google on high-profile products such as the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4, so it's no surprise the South Korean company has been quick to jump on the Android Wear band-wagon with the G Watch. As with the Moto 360, little is known about the in-depth specs yet, but it is likely to make great use of Google's Now service.
10. Samsung Gear 2
It’s not unfair to say that Samsung failed with the first Galaxy Gear smartwatch. But, the South Korean Giant has not been deterred, coming back again with an updated model. There’s quite a few changes too, notably the dropping of the Galaxy moniker and the replacement of Android with Tizen. Weight and thickness have both been slashed, there’s now a 1GHz dual-core processor for power and the camera has been shifted to the front. New apps include BMW, CNN, Garmin, Line and Path, plus there’s an on-board heart rate monitor and a music player. Obviously you can still get glancable notification and the like and it’ll work with a load of Samsung phones.
11. Samsung Gear 2 Neo
Almost identical to the Samsung Gear 2, the Neo ditches the camera and some of the weight to make a more entry level model. It’ll run the Tizen OS, not Android and comes pre-loaded with apps from BWM, CNN, Line and Garmin. Specs wise there’s a 1GHz dual-core processor and a heart rate monitor.
12. Pebble Steel
If there was one criticism of the original Pebble Watch it was the plastic construction, which took away from that premium watch feel we all crave. Well, say goodbye to that - Pebble is back in stainless steel, and will come with more apps and functionality than ever before. The RAM is doubled, there's a new Gorilla Glass coating on the display and a new charger as well, but this update is all about design. Our favourite smartwatch has just been made ever better.
13. Samsung Galaxy Gear
Announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin, the Galaxy Gear is Samsung's attempt to enter the smartwatch market fast, and hopefully get a leg up against the products we're likely to see from Apple and Google. Coming in a variety of colours, the Gear packs a 1.6-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.9 megapixel camera and a custom 800 Mhz processor. There's also 4GB of on-board storage for your snaps and around 70 apps to download at launch. Sadly, it looks like it's only compatible with certain Samsung Galaxy phones, which it connects to via Bluetooth.
14. Qualcomm Toq
Qualcomm's attempt to enter the world of wearable tech is much more comparable to the Pebble, than say the Samsung Galaxy Gear. A unique screen works in bright sunlight, while also draining much less power than an LCD or AMOLED display. There's wireless charging, developers can create their own apps and it's easy to control thanks to the touch screen. The companion app for Android also makes it easy to change the clock face and alter settings.
Price and release date: TBA | Qualcomm
Pebble was a great success when it hit Kickstarter last year, pairing an e-paper display – similar to a Kindle, with nifty apps and a design you wouldn’t be embarrassed with wearing on your wrist. Notifications play a large part of any smart watch, and the Pebble alerts you to everything from Twitter updates to incoming calls, along with calendar and weather alerts. Glancing down at your wrist to stay updated with everything going on your phone is certainly one of the most exciting features in the slew of smart watches. Apps are also a big part of Pebble, with dedicated ones for cycling, running, music control and even golf, making this a pretty all-round device.
This is from "101 gadgets you can't live without" in issue 220 of T3 Magazine. To see the full list get a digital or print copy here.
16. Sony Smartwatch 2
After the, fair to say, failure of the original Smartwatch, Sony are back and hoping to make a better impression this time around. First impressions are positive, its looks sleek, with a black front and chrome bezels. While it’s designed to work in tandem with your Android smartphone, this watch isn’t actually running a version of Google’s OS, rather a new one designed by Sony. Features wise there’s a 1.6 inch, 220 x 176 display – which should play nice in direct sunlight, around 200 apps, NFC and the battery should last 3-4 days. Plus of course, it tells the time. Due for release in September, only time will tell if this is more of success than its predecessor.
17. Secret Labs - Agent Smartwatch
Another Kickstarter success, the Agent Smartwatch takes things one-step further, pairing with an actual watch design studio, House of Horology. As you’d expect from this combo, the design is a little more crafted than others, with an almost hexagonal shape. The included Qi charging capability also means no need to plug-in to charge, just lay it on the pad and it juices itself up. There’s apps aplenty, with dedicated ones for running, music control and notifications, though a particularly useful one alerts you when you’ve left your phone somewhere.
Price: TBA | Secret Labs
Using a revolutionary e-ink display, Central Standard Timing has managed to create an impressive looking product, melding beautiful design with acute slimness. Labelled as the ‘thinnest watch in the world’ the CST-01 lasts a month on a single charge, then only taking 10 minutes to get fully juiced again. The battery itself is paper-thin and the MEC tech inside makes sure it’ll last for 15 years. While it may lack typical smartwatch features, it definitely wins out in the design stakes.
Price: $109 | Central Standard Timing
Ah, a smartwatch with a typical familiar, round clock face. The Cookoo ditches the square screen seen on so many similar products, instead aiming to be a regular shaped watch, with connected features. Calendar alerts, Facebook Check-ins, reminders and missed calls all show up, while the clock hands are also always visible. It looks a little chunky, though not much more than a normal, slightly larger watch and it’s handily shock and water-resistant.
The Kreyos, currently making waves on crowd-sourcing site Indie gogo, sets itself apart the competition by integrating a microphone and speaker, so you can control your phone through voice-commands. Gestures are present too; just shake your wrist to change the currently playing song. Other typical smart watch features like activity monitors, weather alerts and email notification are all included, but it’s the voice aspect that intrigues most about Kreyos.
Price: TBA | Kreyos (Indie gogo)
21. Metawatch Frame
A quick glance at the Metawatch’s 96x96 pixel, reflective mirror display shows that while it may not be the sharpest, it is packed with useful information. Today’s agenda, weather, stocks and, naturally, the time all take centre stage. A useful dual-mode Bluetooth setting allows two phones to be connected at once, say a Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5, and the watch will then alert you about texts, missed calls and the like. A variety of widgets are also being made available, so the feature set will only improve over time.
22. Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity
Citizen are looking to take their regular Eco-Drive watch, add in some connected features and marry tech will a classic watch style. This is for people are like to have glancable information, but also don’t want to obviously be wielding a smart watch. Using Bluetooth 4.0 low energy, the Proximity can sync the date and time, alert to missed-calls and emails, along with calendar events. It’s not as feature-packed as others in this list, yet its buckled, leather strap and stainless steel rim make it seem familiar.
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