Top 15 Noteworthy Smartwatches of 2013

W.K —  September 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

The advent of Smartwatch will radically revolutionize the way we behave and interact everyday. The new wearable gadget on our wrist would not just function as a timekeeper anymore, but also serves as an assistant to deliver tons of task.

By connecting to the Smartphone in most of the cases or otherwise, we can control the music, record video, read email, answer phone call, run numerous apps, capture biometric data and many more function on the fly. While your phone is completely out of reach, it simply killed the hurdle!

Top 15 Noteworthy Smartwatches of 2013

It has been years for small yet nimble startups dabbled with Smartwatch, testing the water. But now the giants, big tech-companies are not longer sitting quietly and have decided this is the right time to join the battleground. With the whole different level of resources, we of course expected to be impressed more.

The list of Smartwatch is getting longer in a very fast pace. If you have a Smartwatch in your shopping list, you might not know which suits you the best. For this, we sifted through maze and highlighted 15 noteworthy Smartwatches in the market now so that you would have all in one clear picture. List after the jump!

Pebble

Pebble Smartwatch

 

Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.

Price: $150 USD Features:

  • Downloadable watchface
  • IFTT compatible
  • Incoming Caller ID
  • Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
  • SMS on both Android and iPhones
  • iMessage (iOS only)
  • Calendar Alerts
  • Facebook Messages
  • Twitter
  • Weather Alerts
  • Silent vibrating alarm and timer
  • Load apps using Bluetooth
  • 144 x 168 pixel display black and white e-paper
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 (Low Energy)
  • 4 buttons
  • Vibrating motor
  • 3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection

Cookoo

Cookoo Smartwatch

Stay connected anytime, anywhere with the COOKOO watch—the wearable extension of your smartphone that helps manage your connected life.

Price: $129.99 USD Features:

  • Support iPhone 4s and above
  • Incoming calls
  • Missed calls
  • Facebook messages and posts
  • Twitter mention
  • Calendar reminders
  • Google Voice SMS
  • Email notification with true filtering
  • Your device is out of range
  • Low battery on iPhone or iPad
  • Alarm and Timer alerts
  • Vibrating motor

By a press of button, you can remotely…

  • One-button Facebook Check-in : Allows you to share where you are in the fastest way
  • Remote Photos/Videos taking : Perfect for taking group shots!
  • One-button Music Control : Press the COMMAND button to play or pause the music, or hold the button to skip to the next song
  • Tag location at any time : Tag your current location on the COOKOO App’s map—later you can add notes, pictures, and even share your map with others.
  • Find your phone : If you know your phone is around but you just can’t seem to find it, simply press a button to sound an alert and locate it. …and more as the CONNECTED APP develops!

Metawatch

Metawatch

MetaWatch is designed to make things simple, so it’s not a wearable computer or a wrist-top smartphone. And it doesn’t try to be. Instead, it’s an elegantly simple display that makes staying up-to-date convenient and unobtrusive. It’s there when you need it and it doesn’t bother you when you don’t.

Price: $229.00 USD Features:

  • Customize the screens on your MetaWatch the way you want, setting up different widgets where you find them most convenient.
  • Choice of four screens, each with space for four widgets. And you can also invert the screen color for visibility and style.
  • Range of widgets for you to explore and add to your MetaWatch, each providing simple glance and go functionality.
  • Check notifications with just a glance at your wrist.
  • Control music wireless, elegant and simple, letting you can control your music player without having to dig your phone out your pocket or bag.
  • Battery charging with a dedicated clip

I’m Watch

I'm Watch

i’m Watch is not only a marvel of technology, it is also a design miracle, meticulous down to the smallest details, to ensure that you dazzle in any situation. The curved touchscreen display – the world’s first – the latest generation materials, the perfect wearability, combined with its clean lines, enhance its class, making it become a must-have.

Price: $299.00 USD Features:

  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • Running on a dedicated OS – Droid 2
  • Smart tethering – Support tethering connection to Smartphone and WiFi
  • Shake to reject call
  • Proximity alert – Alert you when you’re away from your connected Smartphone and when you return to it.
  • Native Apps support with i-market
  • Built-in Memory – Flash Drive: 4 GB
  • Audio playback – Supported formats: MP3
  • Support calls, email and SMS
  • 3.5 mm headphone, connection and power mini-jacks, microphone, built-in speaker

Sony SmartWatch

Sony Smartwatch first generation

With a Sony SmartWatch on your wrist, you miss nothing.

Price: $129.99 USD Features:

  • Multi-touch color OLED display
  • Support Android only
  • Download new SmartWatch compatible apps on Google Play and personalize your SmartWatch with the applications you want.
  • Reject and mute calls, predefined texts, take call and use headset
  • Read texts, email and calendar reminders on display
  • Social networking services: Facebook, Twitter
  • Music player control – track information on display

Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony Smartwatch  second generation

The world’s first Android-compatible SmartWatch with One-touch NFC

Price: Around $263.00 USD Features:

  • NFC support
  • Transflective LCD panel (Better visibility at outdoors)
  • Water-resistant
  • No mic or speaker on board
  • 1.6-inch LCD screen with 176 PPI
  • 4-day battery life with normal usage
  • + All the function as first generation

Hot

Hot Smartwatch

HOT Watch (acronym for “Hands on Talk”) is the most complete smart watch ever created. It is a bio-mechanical solution enabling private calls amplified by the palm of your hand.

Price: $169 – $249 USD Features:

  • Hot Gestures – Simply cup the palm of your hand to your ear to answer and make calls
  • Hot Shortcuts – For example: Swiping a “D” pulls up the dialing menu for viewing recent calls and seeing lists of contacts.
  • 8mm thickness
  • Messaging Features – Text, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, text reply
  • Multi City Time
  • Smart Phone Apps (weather, stocks, calendar, news, music control, phone finder)
  • SDK for custom apps
  • HOT Fall Detection – Built-in accelerometer and gyroscope would detect a fall of a person and can text an emergency number of your choice.
  • HOT Proximity Alerts – You’ll know when your phone is being stolen or you are leaving it behind.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Now, Your Ordinary Daily Tasks Become Extraordinary

Price: $299 USD Features:

  • Answer and make call from your wrist
  • S-Voice – Response to your voice to carry out task
  • Memographer – Quick snapshot through the Gear (1.9 Megapixel) or video recording up to 720p
  • Voice Memo – Record voice through the Gear
  • Find My Device
  • Auto Lock – Automatically lock your phone when the Gear goes beyond 1.5m
  • Safety assistance – In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously, and then user’s location information is transferred to the saved contacts with message
  • 1.63 inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
  • Pedometer
  • Media Controller
  • 2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker
  • Built-in accelerometer and gyroscope
  • 6 choices of color

Martianwatches

Martian Watches

The World’s First Voice Command Smart Watch

Price: $299USD Features:

  • Android and iOS support
  • Find Your Phone – Martian Watch can activate your phone audio to help you find it.
  • Talk and listen from your wrist
  • Trigger phone camera
  • Voice command and notification
  • Micro USB connection
  • Noise-Cancellation Microphone
  • 3-Axis Accelerometer
  • 96 x 16 pixel graphic OLED display
  • Adjustable speaker volume
  • Compatible with the WhatsApp Messenger and LINE apps

Motorola MotoActv

Motorola MotoActv Price: $249.99 USD (8GB) and $299 USD (16GB) Features:

  • Built-in GPS – For golfers, GPS gives you precise distances to front, back and cneter of the freen as well as hazards.
  • Built-in memory
  • MP3 player
  • Weather alert
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Accusense Technology – Track your pace, distance and calories burned for all activities.
  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • WiFi Auto Sync
  • Analyze This – Get the winning edge by analyzing your performance from every angle

Kreyos – METEOR

Kreyos Smartwatch

Introducing Meteor, two-way voice and gesture control communicator. Keep your phone in your pocket

Price: Pre-order $149 USD  ($169.95 USD after October 2013) Features:

  • iPhone, Android, Windows 8 supported
  • Waterproof yet consisting a built-in microphone and speaker
  • Built-in 6-axis accelerometer and gyrometer – Enable gesture control in 6-axis
  • Activity Tracker – Record steps, stairs, distance, calories, body critical data and etc
  • Answer and make voice calls
  • Send and receive text messages
  • Receive notifications in real-time
  • Sport Mode – Specifically tailored to specific activities
  • 1.26 Inch Memory LCD Screen 144 x 168 pixel
  • Lost Phone Alert
  • Vibrating motor
  • USB Interface for charging and OS update

Agent

Agent Smartwatch

The next generation smartwatch with brand-new technology. World-class developer tools, unparalleled battery life, Qi wireless charging.

Price: Estimated $299 USD Features:

  • iPhone, Android, Windows 8 supported
  • Wireless charging via Qi
  • Switchable watchface
  • 1.28″ Memory Display (128 x 128) with intelligent backlighting
  • Two integrated light sensors – Automatically adjust the brightness
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Vibrating motor
  • Fail-safe recovery mode with dual power-optimized processor
  • Advanced Power Management – 7 days of battery life with Bluetooth.  30 days of battery life in watchface-only mode

Vachen

Vachen Smartwatches

If it is just smart, not fashionable, leave it behind!

Price: Estimated from $200 USD to $300 USD Features:

  • Android and iOS supported
  • Design your own watchface
  • Downloadable 100+ watchface design
  • Action control for smart TV and smartphone
  • Loss prevention of smartphone
  • 3-Axis accelerometer with gesture detection
  • Vibrating motor
  • Call, SMS, E-Mail, SMS haptic notification
  • Battery charging with cradle

 Omate TrueSmart

Omate TrueSmart

More than a watch, more than just a Bluetooth accessory, Omate TrueSmart is a genuine standalone smartwatch that can also work independently from your smartphone.

Pricing: $199 USD (Standard Edition – 512MB/4GB), or $249 USD (Extreme Edition 1GB/8GB) Features:

  • IP67 Water-Resistant
  • MicroSIM card supported
  • Complete phone & 2G/3G data connectivity abilities
  • Full access to Google Play App Store
  • Sapphire Crystal Glass – The premium scratch-proof glass
  • Multi-touch capacitive touch screen
  • Memory: 512MB + 4GB + (expandable by microSD 8/16/32GB)
  • GPS
  • Built-in 5 Megapixels camera
  • Built-in Speaker and Microphone
  • Accelerometer, E-Compass, Gyroscope
  • 1.54’’ TFT by LG display (240 x 240)
  • Over-the-Air (OTA) system firmware update

Neptune Pine

Neptune Pine

Wristwatches freed people from their pocket watches. It’s happening again.

Price: $335 USD for 16GB, or $395 USD for 32GB Features:

  • A standalone Smartwatch with GSM and 3G capabilities
  • PulseCounter – Real time heart rate monitor
  • Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • QWERTY keyboard + Android voice control
  • 2.4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen 320×240 QVGA resolution
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera (720p)
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • LED flash (Front & Rear)
  • Media player – Up to 32GB storage capacity
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • Micro-Sim
  • 512 RAM and built-in memory
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Digital compass
  • Speaker Microphone
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Vibration alert

Reflection

It boils down to a question for a potential consumer: Is it the right time to get our hand wet? It seems the train has just got started and no doubt much more surprise, cooler features will come. However I still believe it couldn’t be more perfect timing to get our wrist a present because Smartwatch is the brand new, coolest, most awesome thingy on the street right now though (Besides Google Glass).

In retrospect, several decade of human history has proven one thing: The rare got the attention. And of course, the attention I meant was the good attention to make you look kind of cool. In addition to the enjoying of the convenience brought by the technology, the thrill of being unique at the cutting edge is unparalleled.

After all, when is your last time you rear your head for an iPhone? Okay, maybe the launching month of latest model. I mean it!

W.K

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Founder and Editor-in-chief of Tezeal | Wei Kai is a technology enthusiast and love to crank his mind for technology knowledge. Experimenting graphic design with Photoshop is one of his favorite thing to do during his spare time.