Smartwatch Under Radar: Are Wearable Gadgets In Vogue and also Functional?

Nowadays, you can effortlessly track your fitness level with a smartwatch. Whether you take it for walking, biking, swimming or running, there is no escaping when it comes to your daily steps and even your calorie intake.

With the much-anticipated launch of Apple’s smartwatch this April, perhaps Android fans are also anticipating on what’s next? Well, in case you didn’t know yet, TAG Heuer announced very recently that it would build an Android powered watch. It’s good news to all of you out there as the Swiss watchmaker teams up with Intel and Google.

But while you wait for it, let’s see what other brands have in stored for the vast Android users and if these are truly indeed useful and wearable enough in the name of style.


Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Galaxy Gear looks very stylish and comes with 800 MHz Exynos system-on-chip. It’s also a power-packed wearable device with 320 pixel-wide square-shaped Super AMOLED touchscreen display.  Galaxy Gear’s pixel density is made up of 277 PPI. Not only that, the smartwatch is equipped with 1.9-megapixel camera. If ever Samsung Pay goes live, this gadget is set to work with the system to make shopping easier.

  • 4 GB internal memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope

Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50

Sony’s Android-powered wearables are stylish by all means. The stainless steel SWR50 is yet something you can wear not just in the gym.

  • 6” 32- x32- TFT display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage
  • Quad Core Processor

Garmin Vivoactive

This smartwatch comes with pre-installed sports apps and has a GPS built in already. It can run 3rd party apps and show notification from your Android and even iOS device. The design is more minimalistic for those who want to keep things at low profile.

  • Square-shape
  • Silicon Strap
  • Optional heart rate monitor for additional cost

Pebble Smartwatch

Do you want to know what Pebble is good for? First, it does not drain so much of its battery because it doesn’t look like a mini smartphone on your wrist. That means it can last up to seven days without charging. It’s a very lightweight device that can read message and skip music tracks as it works in conjunction with your Android or iOS phone.

Although it doesn’t look sophisticated enough, at least it performs its function as an extension of your device. Besides, what we really need for smartwatches is to help us stay on the loop— And this is what Pebble offers. Perhaps that’s enough to be grateful for.

Amanda Sanders

Amanda is a Sydney-based blogger. She is passionate about innovation, great Android design, technology and new gadgets. Her favorite quote is “No matter what. I wouldn't let anyone change me. I wouldn't let them strip away whatever tiny parts of me were human. Assuming I had any humanity to lose.”

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