Top 10+ Best Smartwatches 2014

Watches were invented as a small timepiece that is carried in pockets or worn on hands. As the technology developed, a simple automatic watch is turns to digital electronic watch. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970. Nowadays, all things are getting smart, then why not watches.

A watch inbuilt with microcomputer and features many applications which can be used in day-to-day activities, is called a smartwatch. Some smartwatches has the full mobile phone capability and features camera, touch screen, phone calls facilities and many other features. These are considered one of cool wearable gadgets which is booming the gadgets market. There are many advantages of having a smartwatch such as, you can easily perform many tasks without taking your phone out of your pocket. As the smartwatches became the trend, more and more people purchasing them but there are thousands of different smartwatches available in the market. Which one is the best for you? The answer is in the given list which will help you find out 10 best Smartwatches of 2014.

11. Samsung Galaxy Gear

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Samsung Galaxy Gear is a cool smartwatch developed by Samsung Electronics. It was first released on 25th September 2013 and now available in 2014 Tizen operating system. It supports all Samsung Galaxy Smartphones and tablets which run on Android version 4.3. It is running on single core 800 MHz ARM CPU, 512 MB RAM, storage capacity of 4 GB. It also has many features including Bluetooth, 1.9 MP camera with 720p video recording and 1.6 inch super AMOLED screen. Instead of receiving negative reviews from critics, the company sold over 1 million pieces all over the world.

10. Martian Notifier

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Martian Notifier is a Kickstarter funded startup. It offers voice control facility of your phone’s features. If you are searching for a phone alert on your wrist with affordable price then this one is best for you at $129. Another best feature of this smartwatch is that it supports both Android and iOS devices. It features 0.7 inch OLED display at the bottom of the watch and has 96 by 16 pixel resolution. But you have to keep it away from water because it is not water proof.

9. LG Lifeband Touch

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The LG Lifeband Touch is one of the best wearable gadgets from LG, released in the month of May 2014. It features a 128X32 pixel OLED display and a 3D accelerometer with motion and calories tracking metrics. This smartwatch supports both Android and iOS devices. LG claims that it will last about 5 days on a single charge. This $149 smartwatch has some very useful features such as music control and see who’s calling. It is also known as fitness band. Some people dislike it due to its bulky app and less additional apps to control it.

8. Sony Smartwatch 2

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Sony has launched Sony Smartwatch 2 with all necessary features that a user expects from a brand. It has 1.6 inch LCD touch screen and powered by a lithium polymer battery which lasts for four days of normal use. It has many features including phone call attending, navigate location, water resistant and NFC. This watch is only compatible with Android devices which has Android version 4.0 or higher and available in $150. It also integrates with Bluetooth version 3.0 which make sharing easy.

7. Samsung Gear Fit

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The Samsung Gear Fit is a fitness band launched in the month of April 2014. It features a 1.8 inch curved AMOLED screen and it is designed to monitor fitness activities. It is powered by a 210 mAh lithium ion battery and run on 180 MHz ARM Cortex CPU. This smartwatch can monitor heart rate, running distance, pedometer, cycling and sleep time. It has many smartwatch capabilities including the ability to get notifications of incoming calls and messages.

6. Samsung Galaxy Gear 2

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As I said, wearable gadgets are booming the technology market and Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is one of them leading gadgets. It has 1.63 inch super AMOLED with 4 GB internal storage and 2 MP HD camera which records 720p video at 30 fps. It is running on Tizen (Linux OS), 1.0 GHz dual core CPU with Bluetooth and infrared connectivity. It has all the features of a Smartphone and you can buy it in $500. It also has a heart rate monitor, and microphone and speaker for better communication.

5. Pebble Smartwatch

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According to many gadgets communities and organizations, Pebble is the best smartwatch of 2013. The Pebble was designed by Eric Migicovsky and this project was funded by Kickstarter. It has a 1.26 inch screen which displays messages and notifications from mobile, an accelerometer, light sensor and a vibrating motor. It has 128 KB RAM and 4 MB of storage. This watch can be connected with Android and iOS devices through Bluetooth. Their store has over 1000 apps and you can buy it in $150.

4. LG G Watch

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The LG G Watch is an Android based smartwatch, launched in the month of June 2014. It is released under the collaboration of LG and Google. It is only compatible with all Android Smartphones which has version 4.3 or higher. It has 1.2 GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB storage space. Its notification system is based on the Google Now technology through which it receives voice commands. At the time of launch, it was only available in the United States and Canada at $229.

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3. Pebble Steel

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Pebble Steel is a high end smartwatch with metal body and gorilla display. A growing app market of Pebble makes it more popular in the gadgets market. It can be controlled via both Android and iOS based Smartphones. It features 144 by 168 pixel LCD screen provide clear vision in daylight as well as at night. It gets positive reviews due to its simplicity that helps to manage the digital work of everyday life. It is waterproof and it can be submerged up to 165 feet and you can also swim with the watch.

2. Samsung Gear S

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Samsung Gear S is the upcoming smartwatch, launching worldwide in October. It has 2 inches super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and features water resistant, stylish user interface which allows notifications at ease. It is running on Tizen OS and 1.0 GHz dual core CPU with compass, heart rate and UV light sensor. It is powered by rechargeable lithium ion 300 mAh battery. It also has a smart communicator service that features 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and onscreen keyboard which supports 69 languages.

1. Moto 360

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Moto 360 is the latest smartwatch launched by the Motorola. They planned to launch it on 4th September 2014 but Bestbuy accidentally released its specification. Now they have removed all the pages about Moto 360.  According to Bestbuy, it features a 1.5 inch touch screen with Bluetooth 4.0 and Gorilla Glass 3 which connect with Android 4.3 or newer. It has an in-built microphone which enables it to use Google Now. It also features a heart rate monitor and pedometer. It will be available later in $250.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is an experienced science and technology journalist interested in machines, AI, and space exploration. He received degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out what his latest project is, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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