Which wearable smartwatch should you buy?
Slowly but surely, Smartwatches are becoming the next must-have item for tech geeks the world over. But with their acceptance has come a glut of choices to the marketplace. Which is the right one for you? We’ve attempted to break down your buying options with some choices from Best Buy, where you’ll get 2.5 percent Cash Back on your online order.
The Pebble is compatible with iPhones beginning with the 4 and Android devices running OS 2.3 or later. It has a simpler e-ink display which makes it easier to read in all environments, even if it does make it a little less flashy. Users can customize their Pebble by downloading their own apps and and watch faces to the device. Pebble supports Bluetooth connectivity to pair with smartphones and it’s waterproof, so users don’t have to worry about removing it while in the shower or while they swim.
Sony’s own smartwatch is compatible with devices running Android operating systems 4.0 or later. It features Bluetooth 3.0 technology for pairing where it can access text messages, email, calendar, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and your call log. It also supports vibrating notification alerts for incoming calls, messages and Facebook updates. It features a more classic gadget display with its 1.6-inch transflective LCD touch-screen and offers up 4 days worth of battery power under normal use.
Currently only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Gear’s main selling point is its close ties to the only device with which it currently pairs. It receives all manner of notifications from the Note and if you require more information on a notification, picking up your Note will trigger the notification that’s displayed on your Gear to display automatically on the phone. Users can also make calls from the Gear and users can use the hands-free Samsung S Voice to control many of the functions on the Gear. The Gear can even help you find your Note by sending remote vibrations to the phone. It also has a built in pedometer to count your steps.
The Martian is a mix of old school analog and new school digital. The Martian Passport is compatible with iPhones beginning with the 4S, iPads second generation and better and the Samsung Galaxy S III and later. It features Bluetooth 4.0 tech for pairing and supports voice commands for making and answering calls, sending an receiving texts, checking weather and directions and more. It features an OLED display with 96 x 16 pixel resolution. The built-in Lithium-Polymer battery offers up to seven days of standby time. The included analog watch in the Martian offers up to two years of operation.
The MetaWatch FRAME is compatible with iPhones 4S and newer and select Android phones. It pairs with Bluetooth 4.0 tech and has a reflective mirror display with a 96 x 96 pixel display. While it’s not a touch screen, the MetaWatch features 6-button operation and features caller ID, SMS, email and calendar notifications. Users can also get widgets for weather, stock and calendar access.
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