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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.

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