The RighT Time FoR A ShooTouT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - INDULGE -

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


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.


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!


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

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