Smartwatches – Overview and Comparisons

Moto 360 smartwatch

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With various models of the Apple Watch coming to stores in April, it is time to take a look at your various smartwatch options. The most important thing to remember is that the watches are accessories to your smartphone. The Apple Watch is for iPhone, while Android Wear is tailored for Android-based phones. The older (but still excellent) Pebble watches can be used with either. In addition, there are a few independent smartwatches, such as the Samsung Gear S that run their own operating system and can even connect independently to a mobile/cellular network. The following collection of links will help you explore the smartwatch market:

  • Pebble: Early smartwatch, works with iPhone and Android.
  • Android Wear: Made by Google, this operating system is used by various manufacturers. I personally own the Moto 360 and I am extremely happy with it.
  • Apple Watch: Apple offers several models of their watch, starting at $349.
  • Samsung Gear S: Can make phone calls without having your phone nearby. Uses the Tizen operating system.

The Apple Watch has not yet been released, so hands-on reviews are limited. Use the following articles to compare the smartwatch platforms and help you decide whether you want to spend hundreds of dollars on one of these devices:

 

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