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IREALLY DON’T write much about smartwatches. I have yet to meet a smartwatch that rocks my world and has enough compelling reasons for me to give up my prime real estate (my wrist) to it. But recently, someone pinned me down to give him buying advice. To name one smartwatch that rose above the rest. These ones made it to that buy list.
How do the coolest smartwatches compare? We bring you the minute details
HITTING A SWEET SPOT
Without any true design changes and without adding any jawdropping new tech features – this is Apple hitting a sweet spot with its next-gen Apple Watch 2. It’s swim proof (yup, like retina display and many more such terms, this is self-coined Apple terminology), has a built-in GPS (thus for most activities you do not need your phone anymore), better battery life (critical as the first one seriously had ‘last a day’ issues), is much faster and has a special Nike version for runners. There is also a new ceramic version that is only for the very rich amongst us. The apps are amazing for this ecosystem, plus this is the only watch on which you can play Pokémon Go (if that’s the kind of thing that rings your bell). Almost all the Huawei went with an Apple-style naming ceremony for its smartwatch and just called it a Watch. By far the most good-looking smartwatch in the market, this takes things to the limit. With a form factor and materials that can take on any of the premium Swiss time pieces, a pin-sharp display, a built-in heart-rate monitor, great add-on features over and above Android Wear, plus a good battery life, Huawei made sure it was aiming for the top. There are six different models, configurations and colours to choose from. However, Huawei sabotaged its own watch by pricing it at around 22,999.
THE ONE THAT EXCELS
After getting the previous version Gear S wrong, Samsung makes amends with a watch that excels on all counts. The standout feature is how they’ve used their own home-grown Tizen OS to make this feel totally different. And it plays perfectly in its dual option Gear S2 (there’s a Sport and a Classic version). Both are fantastic to look at (Classic wins the design contest though), come with a rotating bezel that is unique and gives you excellent control, and are water and dust resistant. The Tizen OS adds far more functionality than what Android Wear has and both have a pretty good battery life too. The app store isn’t brimming over with options though, and the price of the Classic is way too high (again around 24,300)
Garmin has built Fenix 3, a fitness watch with incredible features. You can even add apps and take it for a swim. It has GPS, is waterproof, has a seven-day battery life and fitness and running functions that most smartwatches won’t have for the next five years. Once again the price is an issue (about
52,999) and the app add-on interface a little clunky, but this may be the best smartwatch that people don’t know exists.
However, will there be a breakthrough in smartwatch technology that makes us say “I want one now”? Well, the search is on and only ‘time’ will tell!
TAKE YOUR PICK
Fenix 3 (above, left) outruns all smartwatches while the Apple Watch 2 has built-in GPS
By far the bestlooking smartwatch in the market. The price is a pity