Industry analysts are excited about smart watches this year, predicting a 500% sales growth. The International Data Corporation says this category will be dominated by the usual suspects in mobile products: Apple, Google, Samsung, and Sony. Whether consumers wants to buy the product depends on how these companies can come up with versions other than offering the standard features: calls and text messages, fitness tools, and, of course, time display.
Last year, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear didn’t cut it that much of the anticipation rests on Apple, the company with a strong innovative culture that made utilitarian mobile phones into smart phones . It’s easy to see an Apple watch integrated with the iPhone and iPad, Motorola’s Moto 360 and LG G watch creating buzz these days.
MOTO 360 :
With its stylish good looks, comfortable feel and overall premium build, the Moto 360 is the Android Wear watch to beat. When it comes to design, at least, it outclasses everything else on the MARKET. Aside from aesthetics, the 360 offers many of the same features as its rivals, including a heart rate sensor and a pedometer, plus some other goodies like wireless charging and an ambient light sensor.
The Moto 360 has all the specs we’ve come to expect on a smartwatch. It features a 1.56-inch LCD screen made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that has a resolution os 320 x 290 pixels. The smartwatch is powered by a TI OMAP 3 processor and 512MB of RAM. Motorola packed 4GB of storage into the timepiece, which pairs with your Android smartphone (Android 4.3 or higher) via Bluetooth 4.0.
LG G WATCH
LG is doubling up on Android Wear smartwatch devices in 2014, with a circular smartwatch destined for release later this year, by the end of the fourth quarter. The LG G Watch R (presumably the R is for round) will get a proper introduction at IFA 2014 this year, and will feature the world’s first Plastic OLED display, with a circular face that uses 100 percent of its screen, unlike the Moto 360, which has a chunk at the bottom cut out of its screen for a brightness sensor.
LG’s new smartwatch looks remarkably similar to a traditional analogue watch, with a bezel surrounding the face, and LG is claiming easy readability even in sunlight thanks to the P-OLED display. It’ll pack a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor from Qualcomm, 4GB of local storage, 512MB of RAM and a battery rated at 410mAh, which is roughly on par with the 400mAH power source in the current, rectangular G Watch launched at Google I/O this year.
After nearly two years of rumors, the Apple Watch has finally been unveiled. (Not iWatch.) Designed to work in tandem with an iPhone, the Apple Watch is packed with sensors that can be used to help monitor your activity. Of course, as with other smartwatches, it’ll also run apps and help you keep tab on your incoming notifications.
It’s a smartwatch designed to let you know when a text arrives, monitor your activity and even make and receive phone calls. It tells the time, too. Like most smart watches, this is a companion device and needs a phone to do more than just tell the time. You may not be surprised to learn that it works with iPhones only, from iPhone 5 onwards.