Meet Smartwatches redefining wearables for today’s connected consumers
The release of upgraded Smartwatches have left lovers of wearable devices with so many options to choose from when it comes to including a new device to their store of wearable.
Wearable technology have now become an essential accessory for today’s connected consumers. Each wearable comes with its unique design and features that makes it difficult to easily make a choice. Now, this is where personal preference comes in as what may be soothing and pleasing to one buyer might turn out to be a no-no for another buyer.
Quite a number of branded Smartwatches have found their way into the wearable device market so far. Top brands ranging from Samsung to LG to Sony to Pebble to Motorola, and lots more still clocking their way into the expanding market.
But we will take a look at just five of the trending and uniquely-designed ones that were released as at the last quarter of last year till date:
Samsung Gear S2 Classic with edge rotating bezel
The Gear S2 Classic from Samsung Electronics which was released into the tech market late last year, precisely October, was claimed by its maker to be compatible with most Android devices with a touchscreen technology and wireless charging feature.
Designed with curves and a rotating bezel, Samsung said its Gear S2 Classic allows users to effortlessly navigate through notifications, apps and widgets quickly without covering the display.
Key specifications of the Gear S2 Classic:
-Internal Memory: 4GB / Random Access Memory (RAM): 512MB
-Display Resolution: 360 x 360 pixel resolution with 302ppi (pixel per inch)
-Display Size: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
-OS (Operating System): Tizen
-Weight: 0.09 1b
-Battery: 250mAh Li-ion
-IP68 Water and Dust Resistance Technology
Asus ZenWatch 2 with changeable straps
Unveiled last year October by Taiwanese company, Asus, ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes and designed with colorful straps which according to the company, can be changed.
The Smartwatch also comes with a “Face Designer” which the company says can be used to create personalized watch faces with style and functionality.
Key specifications of Asus ZenWatch 2:
-Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz
-Operating System (OS): Android Wear
-Memory: 512 MB Random Access Memory (RAM)
-Storage: 4GB eMMC Flash
-Display: 1.63-inch AMOLED Touch Display with 320 x 320 pixel resolution and 278ppi (pixel per inch)
-Sensor: 6-Axis (A+G) with sensor hub
-Audio: Buit-in-microphone and Built-in-speaker
-Dimensions: 49.6 x 40.7 x 9.4-10.9mm
-IP67 Water Resistance Technology
Apple Watch with force touch and taptic engine technology
Apple announced its first wearable device- Apple Watch in September 2014 but it was finally released into the global Smartwatch market in April, 2015.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]The Apple Watch Smartwatch also comes with Force touch technology which differentiates a soft touch and a hard press on the device and also, taptic engine which is a vibration mechanism.[/quote]Apple has been able to hold its place in the world of wearable devices since its first entry with its Apple Watch, despite the large number of Smartwatches that have made their way into the market since then.
Apple Watch comes in four variants and all the four variants namely Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Hermès, and Apple Watch Edition and all the four variants come in two sizes of 38mm and 42mm.
The Apple Watch Smartwatch also comes with Force touch technology which differentiates a soft touch and a hard press on the device and also, taptic engine which is a vibration mechanism. It also comes with a fitness app to help keep its users engaged in fitness activities.
Key specification of Apple Watch:
-Display: 42mm (1.7-inch) and 390x312pixel resolution with pixel density of 293ppi (pixel per inch) and the smaller version of 38mm (1.5-inch) comes with 340×272 pixel resolution with 290ppi.
-Built-in apps: Apple comes with a fitness app alongside other apps such as map, messaging, etc.
-Size; 38mm and 42mm
-Operating System (OS): Watch OS and iOS 8.2 for iPhone
-Processor: Apple’s S1 Processor chip
-Mobile Payment System: Apple Pay and NFC
– Connectivity: Broadcomm BCM334 chip
-Memory: 8GB internal memory, 512MB RAM (Random Access Memory)
Moto 360 2 (Second Gen) Smartwatch with heart rate sensors
One year after the release of Moto 360 Smartwatch in September 2014, Motorola released the second gen of Moto 360 Smartwatch known as Moto 360 2 with heart rate sensors that helps to monitor the heart in September, 2015 .
The Smartwatch comes in two sizes of 42mm and 46mm
Key specifications of Moto 360 2
-Display: Backlight LCD, Gorilla Glass 3.42mm display size with 360 x 325 pixel resolution with 263ppi
-Operating System (OS): Android 4.3 or later and iPhone 5 onwards with iOS 8.2 or later
-Battery: 42mm Smartwatch comes with 300mAh battery while the 46mm Smartwatch comes with 400mAh battery
-Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026), Adreno 305, 450MHz GPU
-Memory: 4GB internal storage and 512MB RAM
-Charging technology: Wireless charging with included dock
-Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
-Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine
-Heart rate Sensors: Optical heart rate monitor (PPG)
-Resistance technology: IP67 dust and water resistant- not waterproof4
-Microphone: Dual digital mics