Smartwatches are just beginning to receive mainstream attention. The emerging wearable computing market, in the form of smartwatches and smart glasses, has proven to developers and manufacturers that consumers are seeking to make data creation and consumption even more convenient than it already is. Technophiles no longer want to be tethered to smartphones or tablets for simple computing applications, but prefer enhanced intelligent accessories that they would carry anyway. We want cutting edge tech, but we don’t want to be encumbered by it. Therefore, smartwatches are becoming popular devices for providing hands-free control and access to data. Tech industry visionaries such as Apple, Google, and Samsung are currently developing smartwatches that are expected to be released by the end of the year. Accordingly, expect the smartwatch landscape to evolve swiftly in the very near future.
This page is intended to provide a comprehensive list to help you compare smartwatches that are currently in development, that are currently available, and that have entered End of Life (EOL). Links to articles and reviews are also provided for your convenience. If you are aware of any smartwatches that are not currently on this list, please contact us and we will be sure include them for comparison.
What is a smartwatch?
A smartwatch or smart watch is a wearable computing device in the form of a computerized wristwatch. Early smartwatches had limited functionality and were able to perform elementary calculations and basic data storage and retrieval. Modern devices typically possess enhanced data processing functionality similar to a smartphone or tablet and are able to run mobile apps. Modern smartwatches also include speciality features such as biometric monitoring, GPS and mapping capability, and can even function independently as a smartphone. As components continue to shrink, the potential for what can be squeezed into these wrist-borne wearable computing devices is limitless.
Smartwatches Currently Shipping
Cellular - GPS and Altimeter - Water Resistant
Activity Tracker - Heart Rate - Siri
MSRP: $249 - $1,399 [Amazon]
Smartwatches In Development
|Martian mVoice G2 Smartwatch
OLED - Water Resistant - Alexa, Cortana, Siri
Status: Kickstarter (Projected Release May 2018)
Smartwatches No Longer Shipping
Top 5 Smartwatches of 2017
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Jon is the Editor-In-Chief at Wear Guide and writes about wearable technology On Your Arm. Jon has a M.S. in Computer Science, won several intercollegiate events as a member of the UCLA Cycling Team, and is currently active on the USA Triathlon circuit which provides him the opportunity to field-test wearables under grueling conditions. Jon also writes for our sister publication Electric.guide.
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