Apple has officially unveiled its Apple Watch. You can read emails, summon Siri, receive calls and track fitness goals on your watch. Facebook alerts, WeChat messages and Twitter trends can also be beamed your wrist without pulling out your smartphone.
Apple Watch launches on Friday, April 24 but there are dozens of choices are available. A third are made by startups like Pebble, a third from rebounding firms like Motorola, and a third are from Samsung alone.
1. Sony Smartwatch 3
The Sony Smartwatch 3 can track activity without a phone and can recognize voice commands, offers notifications, and Google Now cards when synced with a phone.
2. Fitbit Surge
The Surge tracks all-day activity and sleep quality. It has wrist-based heart-rate monitoring. Built-in GPS tracks your route during runs and hikes without a phone nearby. The wearable wirelessly syncs data to phones or laptops, and its battery lasts up to seven days.
3. Alcatel OneTouch
The Alcatel OneTouch works with Android phones. And its powered by Android Wear. It can track activity without a phone and can recognize voice commands, offers notifications, and Google Now cards when synced with a phone.
4. Moto 360
With Android Wear on board, excellent notifications and a growing range of quality apps, it comes highly recommended and, thanks to the new Moto Maker platform, customising the Moto 360 is easier than ever.
5. LG G Watch R
Round face, metal build, leather strap. It’s not the first circular smartwatch, it was beaten to that crown by the Moto 360, but the G Watch R certainly does the best job of any wearable. Notifications from your smartphone pop up with small vibrations, Google Now prompts appear with helpful location or calendar information.
6. Asus ZenWatch
All Android Wear’s features are available – from apps to notifications – in a retro looking, gold device which rounds the edges for a less aggressive design. The Asus ZenWatch screen lacks the punch of some of its rivals, but when it comes to looks, it will take some beating.
7. Pebble Steel
The Pebble Steel is thicker than its plastic brethren, making it feel much more regular watch than geek accessory. Time Steel has a colour e-paper display – unlike past Pebbles, which only sported basic e-ink screens. The new display supports 64 different colours and 30 frames per second and features Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
8. Samsung Gear S
The Gear S actually has a 3G modem inside it, along with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS radios. It’s basically a watch that’s also a phone. You can even respond to emails using a tiny onscreen keyboard.