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The Samsung Gear 2 is undoubtedly an impressive display of wrist tech, but it's not an essential companion. And that's where these new Gears, despite all of their hardware finesse, still feel kind of pointless. While they're definitely an improvement over the ill-fated first-generation Galaxy Gear, they don't deliver any real benefit you can't already get on your phone.
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The actual Pebble Steel smartwatch pairs using iOS as well as Operating system devices as well as bring in rave evaluations to its model as well as features. This is lacking in the actual touch screen, mike as well as speaker of which a few of the challengers include, yet functions properly as a notification product.
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Apple Watch is unlike any device we’ve ever made. But we wanted interacting with it to be just as easy and intuitive as using your iPhone or working on a Mac. So we invented all-new ways to select, navigate, and input that are ideally suited to a smaller device worn on the wrist.
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Smartwatch Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know
The battle for your wrist is on, but what should you buy? Or should you wait?
From big names like Samsung and LG to upstarts like Pebble and Martian, more than a dozen companies are creating smartwatches to serve as your smartphone companion. While features and designs vary, the main appeal of a smartwatch is to deliver notifications to your wrist (including calls, texts, email and social updates), so you can decide whether it's worth whipping out your phone to respond. In other words, smartwatches can save you time — but there's a lot more to this emerging category.
A number of smartwatches offer a growing library of apps, and some come with built-in fitness features to help you become more active and keep track of your progress. A couple of the devices go above and beyond, with built-in voice functionality or even a camera. Then there's Apple, whose rumored and fitness-focused iWatch is expected to debut by the end of the year. How do you decide which smartwatch is right for your needs and budget? Here's a quick guide.
Because most smartwatches are designed to serve as companions to your smartphone, device compatibility is very important. For instance, the Pebble and Pebble Steel both work with Android and iOS devices, as does the Martian Notifier.
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However, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo support only Samsung Galaxy smartphones (about 17 devices in all). Other smartwatches work with multiple Android phones but not the iPhone. The Sony SmartWatch 2, for example, works with any smartphone (or tablet) running Android 4.0 or later.
The new Android Wear watches, available from Samsung, LG and others, work with Android 4.3 and higher smartphones. Google makes it easy to check whether your smartphone is compatible by going to g.co/WearCheck from your smartphone browser.
Bottom line: Don't buy a smartwatch unless you know that it will work with your smartphone. There are some high-tech timepieces that double as phones, but those are less common.
There's something that feels anachronistic (pardon the pun) about a monochrome E Ink or e-paper display on a smartwatch. But such displays provide a couple of very important benefits. First, they make it possible to read the screen outdoors without worrying about glare. Second, an E Ink screen helps save serious battery life. We're talking about the difference between one and 2 days for color and 5 days or more for e-paper.
On the other hand, smartwatches like the Samsung Gear Live and Gear 2 let you view photos, apps and other content in full color. And while E Ink watches have a built-in backlight, color displays tend to be brighter. The trade-off is shorter battery life, though smartwatch makers are improving efficiency.
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Color displays use so much power that many watches turn off their screens while asleep, so you can't even see the time without waking the devices.
Such devices may include features such as a camera, accelerometer, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, chronograph, calculator, cell phone, touch screen, GPS navigation, Map display, graphical display, speaker, scheduler, watch, SDcards that are recognized as a mass storage device by a computer, and rechargeable battery. It may communicate with a wireless headset, heads-up display, insulin pump, microphone, modem, or other devices.
Some also have "sport watch" functionality with activity tracker features (also known as "fitness tracker") as seen in GPS watches made for Training, Diving, and Outdoor sports. Functions may include training programs (such as intervals), Lap times, speed display, GPS tracking unit, Route tracking, dive computer, heart rate monitor compatibility, Cadence sensor compatibility, and compatibility with sport transitions (as in triathlons).
Like other computers, a smartwatch may collect information from internal or external sensors. It may control, or retrieve data from, other instruments or computers. It may support wireless technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS. However, it is possible a "wristwatch computer" may just serve as a front end for a remote system, as in the case of watches utilizing cellular technology or Wi-Fi.
The first digital watch, which debuted in 1972, was the Pulsar manufactured by Hamilton Watch Company. "Pulsar" became a brand name which would later be acquired by Seiko in 1978. In 1982, a Pulsar watch (NL C01) was released which could store 24 digits, making it most likely the first watch with user-programmable memory, or "memorybank" watch. With the introduction of personal computers in the 1980s, Seiko began to develop watches with computing ability. The Data 2000 watch (1983) came with an external keyboard for data-entry. Data was synced from the keyboard to the watch via electro-magnetic coupling (wireless docking). The name stems from its ability to store 2000 characters. The D409 was the first Seiko model with on-board data entry (via a miniature keyboard) and featured a dot matrix display. Its memory was tiny, at only 112 digits. It was released in 1984 in gold, silver and black. These models were followed by many others by Seiko during the 1980s, most notably the "RC Series":
During the 1980s, Casio began to market a successful line of "computer watches", in addition to its calculator watches. Most notable was the Casio data bank series. Novelty "game watches", such as the Nelsonic game watches, were also produced by Casio and other companies.
Seiko RC series
The RC-1000 Wrist Terminal was the first Seiko model to interface with a computer, and was released in 1984.It was compatible with most of the popular PCs of that time, including Apple II,II+ and IIe, the Commodore 64, IBM PC, NEC 8201, Tandy Color Computer, Model 1000, 1200, 2000 and TRS-80 Model I, III, 4 and 4p.
The RC-20 Wrist Computer was released in 1985 under the joint brand name "Seiko Epson". It had a SMC84C00 8-bit Z-80 microprocessor; 8 KB of ROM and 2 KB of RAM. It had applications for scheduling, memos, and world time and a four-function calculator app. The dot-matrix LCD displayed 42×32 pixels, and more importantly, was touch-sensitive. Like the RC-1000, it could be connected to a personal computer, in this case through a proprietary cable. It was also notable in that it could be programmed, although its small display and limited storage severely limited application development.
The RC-4000 PC Data graph also released in 1985, was dubbed the "world's smallest computer terminal". It had 2 KB of storage. The RC-4500 (1985), also known as the Wrist Mac, had the same features as the RC-4000, but came in a variety of bright, flashy colors.