Published on February 12, 2014
5 Smartwatches You Can Buy Right Now
What’s available now? Watches from big names and startups • Samsung Galaxy Gear • Pebble Smartwatch • Qualcomm Toq • Sony Smartwatch 2 • Omate TrueSmart
Samsung Galaxy Gear Galaxy Gear Basics • 1.9 megapixel camera • 720p video recording • 1.6-inch Super ALOMED display • 320 x 320 pixel resolution
Samsung Galaxy Gear Notable Features • Control music playback on phone • Make and receive calls • Built-in microphone and speakerphone • Text, email and other notifications • Find My Device feature for locating phone
Samsung Galaxy Gear Drawbacks • Only works with Samsung Galaxy devices • Can only shoot 10 seconds of video at a time • Battery only lasts a day or two
Pebble Smartwatch Pebble Smartwatch Basics • Supports iOS and Android phones • E-ink, 144 x 168 resolution display • Gorilla Glass
Pebble Smartwatch Notable Features • Integration with map apps • Water-resistant • Text, email and other notifications • Has its own app store • Battery lasts up to 1 week
Pebble Smartwatch Drawbacks • No touchscreen or color display • Can only have 8 apps at a time • No camera or video recording • No microphone or speaker
Qualcomm Toq Qualcomm Toq Basics • Works with Android 4.0.3 phones and later • 1.5-inch Mirasol color display • 288 x 192 resolution
Qualcomm Toq Notable Features • Control music on your phone • Comes with wireless ear buds • Wireless charging • Battery can last up to 1 week
Qualcomm Toq Drawbacks • No camera or video recording • Higher price than competition • Wristband has to be measured and cut by user
Omate TrueSmart 2.0 Omate TrueSmart Basics • Standalone device, no phone required • 1.54 inch IPS display • microSIM, Wi-Fi, GPS • 3G connection • Water-resistant • 5 megapixel camera, 720p video recording
Omate TrueSmart 2.0 Notable Features • Runs full Android 4.2.2 • Download full apps from Google Play • Calls, texts, web browsing • Microphone and speaker • 4GB or 8GB available storage
Omate TrueSmart 2.0 Drawbacks • Most apps are not designed for the small screen size • Position of the camera can make it difficult to use
Sony Smartwatch 2 Sony Smartwatch 2 Basics • Works with any phone or tablet running Android 4.0 or later • 1.6 inch, 220 x 176 resolution display • Dust and waterresistant
Sony Smartwatch 2 Notable Features • Notifications for calls, text, emails • Control music on your phone • Facebook, Gmail and Twitter apps available • Near Field Communication
Drawbacks • No camera or video recording • Needs Bluetooth headset to make or receive calls
How much do they cost? Price Specs • Galaxy Gear: $299 • Pebble Smartwatch: $150 to $250 • Qualcomm Toq: $350 • Omate TrueSmart: $250 to $300 • Sony Smartwatch 2: $199
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