Stop the clocks: comparing the best smartwatches on the market
30 May 2014|
Watches have really come a long way since the humble instrument was invented as a way of measuring time back in the 15th century. Training aids, smartphone support, email connectivity - there really is no limit to what they can do. Here we take a look at two of the best smart watches available at the moment, all of which you'll find in the Curry's Smart Tech range.
Sony SmartWatch 2
For the last thirty years Sony has been synonymous with intelligent design and the Sony SmartWatch 2 is no exception. Connecting this wristwatch up to your smartphone is a real doddle; it's both Bluetooth and NFC compatible, so it's easy to sync - all you need is a smartphone running Android 4.0 or above.
The market for SmartWatch apps has increased dramatically over the last few years and now you can find a whole host of apps on Google Play, such as fitness step/calorie counters and music players, which help you to make the best use of your time on the move.
In terms of the look of the watch, it has a sleek, minimalist design. You can choose between several watch faces, while any 20mm strap will fit, so it's also customisable to your personal preference. The screen features water and glare resistance too, so it's certainly a robust little thing that packs in a hell of a lot of functionality. The battery life clocks in at around a week for low usage, but if you're going to be making good use of its features then 3 to 4 days is more realistic.
Finally, it comes with a one year guarantee, but with typical Sony design build and quality you can be sure that it'll last much longer than this!
Samsung R3500 Gear Fit SmartWatch
Are you a fitness fanatic? If so, this could be just the SmartWatch for you. The Samsung R3500 Gear Fit SmartWatch really is one of the best sports watches for men or women.
The single most defining feature of this watch is how it looks. At 1.84" you simply won't be able to miss the amazingly smooth and simple curved Super AMOLED screen. With a resolution of 432x128 pixels, utilising your smartphone's apps and controlling basic functionality such as making and taking calls and quickly replying to text messages is even easier thanks to the high quality screen wrapped around your wrist!
This watch is designed for fitness and comes equipped with a
Personalised Fitness Motivator that helps you keep track of every
aspect of your performance to help you reach your fitness goals.
Just some of the real-time coaching facilities include an Exercise
Monitor, Pedometer, Sleep Tracker, Stopwatch and Timer.
In terms of its durability, the watch is IP67-certified for dust and water resistance so that you can wear it literally wherever, whenever to train in any type of weather conditions. The standard strap colour is black, but it is also available in other colours such as the vibrant orange.
The display even rotates to accommodate your view, so you're able to look at it horizontally or vertically, making things a whole lot easier if you're in the middle of a workout or busy on the go. Once hooked up to your smartphone you can receive connected notifications in an instant as the smartwatch immediately alerts you to emails, text messages, incoming calls and third party apps. This really is one seriously smart piece of kit and a great training aid.
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