As the Apple Watch
goes up for online pre-orders (and in-store showings) around the world, perhaps you're wondering if any of the existing smartwatches are worth a look? We've been following this space closely for the last couple of years, and think these five are your best of the pre-Apple Watch smartwatches.
Google is rolling out a massive update to its line of Android Wear
smartwatches that adds quite a few features ranging from improvements to emojis to the ability for apps to integrate the platform's "always on" feature.
It looks like Pebble wasn't the only company to come up with a past/future based smartwatch UI. San Francisco-based startup Olio has its own take on a time-based wearable, with its sharp-looking new Olio Model One.
The Vector smartwatch
is available in both square and round-faced models, and makes use of a memory LCD display alongside a low-powered OS to provide a (claimed) 30-day battery life. The product's creators were keen to emphasize the simplicity of the device, but how does it measure up in the flesh? Read on as Gizmag goes hands on with the brand new wearable.
When Pebble announced its Kickstarter record-shattering Pebble Time smartwatch
(and its Steel counterpart
), one part of the announcement that was easy to miss was its smartstraps. The modular component of Pebble Time lets hardware developers create their own add-ons for the watch, to make it as smart as you want it to be. Today Pebble is doubling down on the initiative, pledging US$1 million to fund smartstrap development.
Vector has announced a new smartwatch range at Baselworld, offering a 30 day battery life and running on a proprietary operating system. The new watch, which is available in two different form factors with various finishes, links with iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Tag Heuer has announced a partnership with Intel and Google to produce an Android Wear
-based smartwatch. Past the chip manufacturer and software platform, nothing is currently known about the device, though the Swiss company did state that it will hold onto established Tag Heuer aesthetics.
Is the mobile phone threatening to kill off the wristwatch? Not if Swiss watchmaker Breitling has anything to say about it. With an apparent motto of "if you can't be 'em, then make 'em work for you," the Breitling B55 Connected combines smartwatch technology with haute horlogerie in a partnership where the phone serves the watch instead of the other way round.
Since mid-2013, Motorola has let you customize your own smartphone, with Moto Maker
and the Moto X
. Starting today that extends to smartwatches, with the made-to-order Moto 360
While the new MacBook
may have been the freshest news out of Apple's "Spring Forward" event today, the main focus was, as expected, on the Apple Watch. The company broke down more details on pricing and release.