GAME CHANGERS COMING SOON
SAMSUNG GALAXY GEAR S
Price: R6 599. Availability: This month
Where there’s a new electronic trend on the horizon, the powerhouse South Korean company is at the forefront. Samsung’s Gear S is a smartwatch you can use to make phone calls or surf the web without first having to pair the watch with a smartphone. In this regard, it stands alone.
With its integrated cellular connectivity, the Gear S is a much more independent smartwatch compared with what’s currently on the market. Not having that clingy co-dependency with your smartphone is a great feature.
The 3G-enabled Gear S also features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED screen, with a 360x480 resolution and runs on a 1GHz dual core processor with the Tizen OS, so it has the clarity and power you’ll need to handle all your tasks simultaneously.
The higher price compared to other options is an obvious concern, but the Gear S is arguably the most feature-heavy smartwatch on the way.
APPLE WATCH Price: Local pricing TBA (estimated at R4 000). Availability: Early next year
While Apple is typically at the front of the queue with regards to delivering the latest tech, the US company is a late addition to the smartwatch market, but as everyone knows, they’re never a competitor you count out.
Unlike other previously released smartwatches, the Apple Watch (not the iWatch, as it was rumoured it would be called) has a specialised dial on the side featuring touch-capabilities.
Called the Digital Crown, the dial contains sensors that turn movement into data, so will be the main input method for the Apple Watch rather than the touchscreen display.
Another unique feature is Digital Touch, which will let users communicate with someone just by tapping. You can draw on the Apple Watch, change colours or send your heartbeat.
The Apple Watch will need to operate in conjunction with other iOS devices, so this is something to be considered when looking at this option.