If you haven’t jumped on the smartwatch bandwagon yet, now’s the time to do so! Smartwatches first caught everyone’s interests last year and now it seems they’re everywhere this year. With more and more companies dropping their own smartwatches, it can be a bit overwhelming choosing which one is right for you. But like always, we’re here to help make the decision a bit easier. We’ve rounded up some of the smartest smartwatches available so now all you have to do is go out and buy one!
16. Kreyos Meteor Smartwatch
Your voice (and gestures) allows you to control the Kreyos Meteor Smartwatch that uses a motion control built into the operating system that uses a 3-axis gyroscope that you control using your hand. It’s waterproof and connects to your phone via Bluetooth for instant synchronization with voice, email and text functions.
15. Sony Smartwatch 2
Sony knew their first smartwatch could be improved and released their second edition that now adds NFC for one-touch pairing to an Android-based smartphone. It also sports a higher resolution display that can be seen better in sunlight and a longer battery life. It also comes with more pre-installed apps the the first model.
14. Androidly Smartwatch
The Androidly Smartwatch provides users with a customized Android experience that allows you to make and receive calls from your wrist and allows you to do a whole lot more like snap pics with its camera (that’s always on) and navigate around your city – all without the need to use your phone.
13. Pebble Smartwatch
The Pebble Smartwatch started out as a Kickstarter campaign and has been successful ever since it was funded and can now be found in local Best Buy stores for $149.99. The watch provides you updates without having to look on your phone and display a variety of useful functions like caller ID, emails, social media alerts and more.
12. MetaWatch STRATA Smartwatch
Get alerts whenever you receive a new text message or email with the MetaWatch STRATA Smartwatch ($179) that works with either an Android or iPhone. Another neat features is that it’ll even alert you if you forget your phone when you leave via its proximity sensor. With its water-resistant body, you can take it anywhere.
11. G-Shock GB-6900 Smartwatch
The G-Shock GB-6900 features Bluetooth LE and will easily synch with your smartphone so that it can receive any calls, messages, emails and more. But what’ best of all is that it’s styled with G-Shock’s impeccable good looks we’ve come to love.
10. I’m Watch Smartwatch
The I’m Watch will handle all your communication needs, so you can leave your smartphone behind. It’s made in Italy and has a unique style and innovate technology. The online store has it for $299.
9. Cookoo Smartwatch
Forget your smartphone at home? No problem as long as you have the COOKOO smartwatch around! It will alert you of any new messages and features a pretty cool design that’s easy to read. Prices start at $129 and go up to $249 for limited edition watches.
8. Iris Smartwatch
The Iris Smartwatch uses e-paper as a flexible display and a pretty decent battery that can have the Iris working for weeks on end without the need to be plugged into the wall. It’s packed with all the usual health sensors and can track heart rate, blood oxygen level and more. All black, it looks pretty cool and will most likely come out this year.
7. ConnecteDevice Cogito Classic Smartwatch
For those who like the technology that comes with a smartwatch, but not the looks comes ConnecteDevice’s new Cogito Classic Smartwatch that’s based on their original Cogito. The Classic features goo looks and is designed by Xavier Houy, who has dressed it in a high-end finish with precision Japanese quartz movement. It’s water-resistant and features digital display that’s embedded in the watch, which only lights up when a notification is received. It’s Android and iOS compatible. The Classic starts at $179.95.
6. Rock Smartwatch
The Rock Smartwatch is made for people who are anything but gentle. Made to be durable, the Rock has a stainless steel face and is made with tough plastic so you can use it when you’re out and about without worrying if you’re destroying it. It’s designed to run any app on your phone from the convenience of your wrist. It can handle up to nine apps at once and has options to incorporate Qi wireless charging technology, while an Android on-board and a dual-core processor is at its core.
5. BLOCKS Smartwatch
Build your own smartwatch with the BLOCKS Smartwatch that allows you to customize it with the technology that you really need. The individual blocks for the watch can do a lot of things like tell the time, receive call, give directions, a camera, gesture control, temperature, track your heart rate and so much more. There’s literally a block for everything. Also, you won’t have to upgrade the smartwatch ever since all you have to do is replace the blocks when new ones are upgraded.
4. Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch
If you’re like a fish in water, then you’re going to need the Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch that is water-resistant and can work independently from and with all smartphones. The device allows you to access calls, text messaging, social media messaging, sports apps, tracking, SOS device, GPS navigation, gesture control, voice control, voice-to-text, weather, music player, world clock functions, calendar alarms, voice notes and so much more after you pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0.
3. Neptune Pine Smartwatch
You won’t need a smartphone with the Neptune Pine Smartwatch on your wrist! Branded as “the most connected independent smart watch,” it runs on Android Jelly Bean and features a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4″ capacitive touch display, built-in GPS with accelerometer, gyroscope, pedometer and digital compass, and it’s 3G and WiFi compatible. It comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, starting at $229.
2. A.I. Smartwatch
The A.I. Smartwatch wasn’t so be your tour guide, personal trainer, social guide…basically your everything! The smartwatch runs on Android 4.0.4 OS and is powered by a dual-core 1.2G processor with the ability to support 3G. It has your basic smartwach functions like being a phone companion, but it’s also completely independent to any device also a fully-equipped smart phone and it can use an ordinary Micro SIM card, with built-in GPS, WiFi, Camera, and other hardware configuration. Get yours for $179.
1. Samsung Galaxy Gear
Meant to be a companion to your smartphone (really the Galaxy Note 3), the Samsung Galaxy Gear pairs to your phone via Bluetooth and provides brief notifications on its face like email, calls, text messages and more. A fairly good-looking smartwatch, the Gear is powered by Android Jelly Bean 4.3 packed with a charging cradle and AC wall charger that ends in a micro USB tip. It features a 1.9mp camera, which can also capture a few seconds of HD 720p video. You can choose from a variety of wristband colors, including Black, Lime Green, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, Orange and Mocha Gray and goes for $299.
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.