Don’t miss out on the next big thing in tech! A Smartwatch is the stylish trendsetting accessory of the future you need to be wearing on your wrist. It’s easy to see why smartwatches are being so heavily marketed; essentially, they can be an extension of your phone. Think about keeping track of how many calories you’ve burned, taking pictures and getting Facebook notifications from your wrist. Tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft are working on a smartwatch of their own. On the market, these watches are getting smarter, faster and better than previous models. It’s definitely possible that sometime in the future, wearing a smartwatch will be as important as carrying a phone.
So let’s take a look at what to buy. We’ve rounded up the top five coolest and most talked about smartwatches we like !
Samsung Galaxy Gear:
If you’re looking for a smartwatch that can do pretty much anything and still look great, check out the Galaxy Gear by Samsung. The device is designed to work with the Galaxy Note III and boasts a 1.6 inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.9 megapixel camera and 4GB of storage for your apps and photos. Not only can you make and answer calls from your wrist, you can also receive messages and other important notifications. The watch also includes a pedometer, weather updates, and a media controller and even has an auto-lock feature which locks your phone when you’re a certain distance away from it and unlocks it when you’re close by. Packed full of useful apps and topped off with a sleek and comfortable design, the Galaxy Gear is definitely a strong contender in the smartwatch market.
Where to buy? At any Fortress store in Hong Kong for HKD$2498.
Pebble was one of the first to make an impact in the smartwatch market and has since kept up its reputation as a top smartwatch to consider. One of the best things about this watch is that it lets you customize the watch face to match your mood, personality or outfit. You can connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth and receive vibrating notifications for text messages, Facebook messages, emails and pretty much anything else. As well as sporting an e-paper display (meaning you will still be able to read your watch in bright sunlight) the Pebble smartwatch comes with a very powerful battery that can last you a week on just one charge. The device is available in five different colours and works with both Android and iOS.
The Pebble smartwatch costs USD$150 not including shipping. Visit the official website here to order one for yourself.
Sony Smartwatch 2:
If you’re an android user, you’ll want to check this one out. This smart watch is designed to be an extension of your android device, relaying you email and message notifications as well as helping you take pictures with your phone remotely, controlling the volume of your music and of course, telling you the time. The NFC-enabled device is splashproof and dustproof so it’ll survive a day at the beach but probably not a dip in the pool. There are also a selection of wrist straps for the Sony Smartwatch 2 so you can customize it to suit your style.
The Sony Smartwatch 2 is one of the more affordable smartwatches on the market costing HKD$1500 and can be bought online from Expansys here.
Though this watch may look like your regular analogue watch, don’t be deceived! The Cookoo smartwatch packs a bunch of great features to compliment your phone whilst at the same time remains stylish and discreet. The Bluetooth enabled device pairs with your phone and sends you notifications of text messages and emails, it nudges you when you move too far away from your phone and even lets you check in on Facebook. Calendar reminders, alarm clocks and a waterproof design are just some of the useful features you can expect to find on this clever little accessory.
The Cookoo watch is priced at USD$129 and can be bought from the official online store here.
With a Metawatch you can do it all from your wrist and you can do it in style. The smartwatch brings to the table a beautiful polished design packed with apps and features to work in sync with your phone. The Metawatch FRAME has a dual-mode Bluetooth setting meaning it’ll let you check your agenda for the day as well as weather, stocks, messages and more on two phones instead of just one. The watch is constantly being updated with more apps, functions and features so it’s set to improve over time.
The Metawatch FRAME costs USD$229 and you can order one online from Metawatch’s official store here.