For those who always like to have the “in” thing, then getting your hands on a smartwatch is what you’ll want to do. The addition of a smartwach will come in handy during times when you can’t use your smartphone (i.e. working out, in a meeting, etc.) since it syncs to your phone and can access most of its apps without the need to haul it out every time you get a message, text, etc. While some think a smartwatch just adds clutter to your already technology-driven life, others find them useful. But for those who wouldn’t mind picking up one, here’s a list of some of the best smartwatches out there.
Stay connected anytime, anywhere with the COOKOO watch that’s a wearable extension of your smartphone and will alert you of any new messages in real time so you don’t have to be glued to your smartphone all the time. It features a beautifully designed face that’s has easy-to-read icons that display all the info that comes in through your smartphone. Its app keeps you in control of all the alerts and notifications you’ll receive to the watch and you can customize it all based on your lifestyle. Prices start at $129 and go up to $249 for limited edition watches.
12. i’m Watch
Leave your smartphone in your pocket or purse and let the i’m Watch handle all your communication needs. Since it communicates with your smartphone, all the messages you receive will show up on its clear and bright display. Made in Italy, the i’m Watch boasts innovative technology and unmistakable style. Its online store has it for $299.
11. G-Shock GB-6900
The smartphone-ready G-Shock GB-6900 smartwatch is embedded with Bluetooth LE (aka Low Energy which is standard in Bluetooth 4.0), easily synchronizing the time with the phone, as well as shows incoming calls, messages and emails on its small display. It also has the good looks the good looks of G-Shock watches.
10. MetaWatch STRATA
The MetaWatch STRATA connects to your Android or iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0 and will alert you of a new text message or email, the weather forecast, and can even let you know if you forget your phone as you walk out the door via its a proximity sensor. But it also has a water resistant body and rugged build so you can take it anywhere with like when you’re working out or hiking. Get it for $179.
9. GEAK Smartwatch
The GEAK smartwatch features a 802.11b/g/n WiFi module that allows it to run on Android 4.1 system so it can download apps directly to the watch and get OTA updates. Users can also create wireless ad hoc network so that they can instant message with other users who are near them, with the watch allowing voice-to-text input. It’s priced at $330 and can be pre-orded in China.
8. Pebble Smartwatch
The successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble Smartwatch has landed them in Best Buy, with the e-ink watches that connects with your smartphone and provides a variety of updates without having to look at your handset going for $149.99. The smart watch displays the caller ID, email, calendar alerts, Facebook messages, Twitter updates, and weather alerts, as well as a way to control your music, track your workouts and more.
7. HOT (Hands On Talk) Watch
Why haul your phone out when you can get updates from the HOT Watch that links your smartphone via Bluetooth for all your updates, but the cool thing about it is that you can still talk on it like a regular phone by cupping your hand over your ear. The watch uses that as an amplifier, so you can keep your side of the conversation private.
6. Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch
Take a swim in the pool or the ocean with the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch that’s water-resistant and can work independently from and with all smartphones. This means that you don’t need to have your smartphone around to get all the features of this smartwatch. It allows you to access calls, text messaging, social media messaging, sports apps, tracking, SOS device, GPS navigation, and so much more.
5. Hoop Tracker
This smartwatch is for all the ballers out there (or wannabes) since it will track your improvements from different locations on the court while playing. It also comes with a few built-in apps and games that can also help improve your game. It will go on sale next year for $199.
4. Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch a wrist-worn touch-screen timepiece that pairs to your phone, so you don’t have to always be fetching your phone. It does everything your phone does and is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It features a touch interface that is sleekly responsive, and the 1.63-inch, 320×320-pixel super AMOLED screen.
The Androidly is supposed to be the world’s smallest fully featured android device that features a customized Android experience that creates a beautiful and functional user experience on the smaller watch screen. allows you to make and receive phone calls from your wrist, snap photos with an always on camera and navigate without touching your phone.
2. Sony SmartWatch 2
Sporting a lot of the features of the first Sony SmartWatch, this version adds NFC for one-touch pairing to an Android-based smartphone, as well as a higher-resoultion display that provides better visibility in sunlight and a better interface, as well as better battery life. There’s also more pre-installed apps that provide a more intuitive experience.
1. Kreyos Meteor Smartwatch
The Kreyos Meteor Smartwatch uses your voice and gestures to control the various functions you love most on your smartphone. The waterproof smartwatch also uses a motion control built into the operating system that uses a 3-axis gyroscope that you control using your hand. It can connect on-the-go with your iPhone, Android or Windows 8 phone via Bluetooth for instant synchronization with voice, email and text functions.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.