On 4th September 2014, less than a week ago, Motorola officially threw its hat into the wearable devices ring when it launched the Moto 360. It is playing catch up to Samsung which launched its first bit of hi-tech wristwear at about this time last year. This little black marvel called Gear was built to help you control your Samsung Galaxy smartphone without taking it out of your pocket. It was labelled chunky, unattractive and was accused of doing too little and dying too fast. Sales figures were forgettable. But it was a first step. Soon it would have a swankier little bro, the Gear 2. It proved that Samsung listens when critics and buyers lament as it addressed many of the Gear’s deficiencies. This was February this year when it was released; now there are six flavors of the Gear on store shelves, the latest of which doesn’t even need you to have a Galaxy smartphone to work.
Best smartwatch in the market
Back to the new Motorola smartwatch, one reviewer is calling it the best device of its kind that money can buy as at now. It looks prettier than most of its rivals and packs quite a number of useful functions, many of which you can tell the 360 to do without staining its face with your prints. Even if you’re not a Motorola fan, you can synch the 360 with just about any Android smartphone using the Android Wear app. Like its Motorola rival, Sony’s unimaginatively named Sony Smartwatch 2 can be paired with any Android 4.0 phone. Its latest iteration, the Smartwatch 3, doesn’t quite give you the swag a Moto 360 will, what with its cheap, plastic straps. But you’ll be happy you chose Sony over Motorola if you accidentally dive into a pool wearing your hi-tech watch. The Smartwatch 3 is resistant to water and dust.
Must be the Apple
If you’d love you a smartwatch but can’t live with anything that’s not Apple, you have only a day to wait to get your fix. Apple is launching its first ever wearable device alongside its latest flagship phone, the iPhone 6. As with everything else Apple, you’ll only be able to link eye to eye (iWatch to iPhone). But that limitation aside, there is a host of goodies tech soothsayers tell us the device will come with. It will have a sleek, curved screen resistant to scratches and be able to tell you your heart-rate and blood sugar levels. The next two days will reveal the full bag of tricks this baby comes with. Did I mention LG also have a smartwatch? They do and it’s no pushover, especially in the looks department. And a new version of the G Watch R is coming out in October, so keep an eye out for it.
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