Smartwatch comparison, we list features of 9 different watches.

With recent buzz surrounding Smart watches, and given there are so many from which to choose, we set out to learn exactly what each is capable of doing along with their respective phone compatibilities and price.

The Smart Watch, we wondered if it will it become timeless or if it will it go the way of the calculator watch from years past? We compare, you decide.

So what’s the technology behind the Smart Watch?

In one word, Bluetooth; it’s the short range wireless technology that allows a smart watch and smart phone to be paired with one another. If you’re not familiar with the term “Bluetooth” think of it simply as a watered down version of your home Wi-Fi accept this short range Wi-Fi stays with you when you carry your smart phone around and wear a smart watch on your wrist.

Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble – Our #1 pick, its a straight forward approach to the Smart Watch.

          • Compatible with both Apple and Android devices
          • View notifications from email, SMS, Caller ID, calendar and your favorite apps on your wrist.
          • Download different watch faces and apps to suit your style and interests.
          • Control music playing on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more.
          • Rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge
          • Size (LWH): 2.8 inches, 3.8 inches, 2.6 inches

Sony –  SmartWatch2

          • The SmartWatch 2 is compatible with most of the SONY Xperia line.
          • The SmartWatch 2 works in conjunction with the Android based system
          • Its designed to be sunlight readable and boasts resistance to dust and water; just don’t go swimming while wearing SmartWatch2.
          • Sony claims the battery life, under normal usage, is around 3 or 4 days but it will take a quick recharge with the supplied usb charger.
          • Many different apps are available through the Google Play store.
          • While the SmartWatch2 supports most 24mm wrist straps its available with a standard flat black strap, metal strap or a leather strap with a selection of colors from which to choose.

Samsung –  Galaxy Gear

          • The Samsung Galaxy gear highlights it’s quick and easy notification system when paired with compatible Samsung phones.
          • If you’ve ever mis-placed your smart phone nearby, while wearing the Galaxy Gear smart watch you can easily send a locate my phone tone to help you quickly and your missing phone.
          • Samsung’s proprietary S voice your Galaxy Gear smart phone quickly becomes you personalized electronic gadget assistant by helping you place calls, write notes and emails etc.
          • Galaxy Gear has a fashionably sleek industrial look and is available in a selection of different colors.
          • 1.9mp camera, 720 video
          •  Bluetooth version 4.0
          • 1.6” screen with 320 X 320 resolution.

Nike – Sports Watch + GPS

          • Designed primarily for athletes, the Nike Sports watch with GPS highlights such things as tracking your walking or running speed, distance, heart race and calories etc. all via the TomTom supported GPS system.
          • The Nike Sports Watch boasts a host of other features related to running and you can even post your running record to your Facebook and Twitter.
          • You can view up to 50 of your last runs and even sync the data to your pc or apple device
          • From a fashion perspective and given its from Nike, its designed & built with the runner / sports enthusiast in mind.

Watch Phone

          • SIM Card: single card
          • Appearance: High quality plastic shell, with colorful ring.
          • Color: black, white, pink, 3 colors to choose
          • Dimensions: 48*48*17mm
          • Memory: TF/micro SD Card Supported (expandable to 8GB)
          • Video Player: support 3GP, MP4 and AVI format video play;
          • Audio Player: support MP3, WAV, AMR and MIDI format music play and WAV voice recording.
          • Touch Screen:256 color 1.3″ OLED display screen 128x 96 display
          • Camera: 1.3 MP support picture taking and video recording.
          • Bluetooth Function: support V2.0 Bluetooth
          • Battery: 500 mAh, 150-180 minutes calling time / 3 days standby time
          • Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
          • PDA: calendar, To Do List, Alarm Clock, E-book Reader,
          • Data transfer: USB, Bluetooth, GPRS
          • Multi language: English, Spanish, etc. 16.Digital Watch:5 analog clocks and digital clock standby display and 5 alarm clocks, calendar

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          • Support to all Bluetooth smart phones sync phone call dial, phone book, Dial android, iPhone etc.
          • Support SMS Android Version 2.3-4.0 smart phones.
          • CPU:MTK6250
          • CSR Bluetooth Version: V2.0
          • Hands free call time: Approximate 3 Hours, Earphones: Approximate 5Hours
            Standby: About 3Days
          • Bluetooth audio call distance within 3 meters
          • Anti-loss distance within 15 meters
          • Screen Size:1.54 Inch
          • Screen resolutions: 240*240 Pixel
          • Material: Metal steel & Silicone wrist band
          • Support two way calls: hands free or wired earphone
          • Battery: 3.7V 400MA
          • Resistant flat touch screen
          • Charge time : 2-4 hours
          • Multicolor optional: Black, White, Blue, Orange, Pink
          • Languages:English,Arabic,Indonesia,Persian,Thai,Turkish,French,German,Italian,Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Czech, Greek
          • 1.5 inch HD display,240X240 pixel
          • Flat panel design, support handwritten, touch screen.

Martian – Martian Passport, The World’s First Voice Command Smartwatch

From the company that invented the world’s first voice command watch comes the Martian Passport. With impressive executive styling, the Martian Passport speaks for itself with a polished rectangular case that tops a Bluetooth smart watch styled for individuals who want a stately analog timepiece. Priced at $299, the Martian Passport acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, allowing users to see incoming calls and messages, make and receive calls through the watch’s discreet speaker and microphone, and do anything a smartphone can execute with a voice command. Martian Passport is a game-changing hand-free solution for smartphone users.

          • The perfect partner for your smartphone, Martian enables seamless hands-free voice-to-text and text-to-voice messaging on iPhone 4S and above and Samsung S-Voice phones.
          • Be notified with caller ID, text messages, email, social media, calendar events and reminders with a colored light, vibration and scrolling display screen.
          • Leave your phone in your pocket, purse or backpack and access your phone’s voice commands from your wrist. Get weather, a sports score, map directions, etc. – or create a reminder or appointment. Unlike Bluetooth headsets, Martian is stylish, comfortable and easy to wear all day.
          • There are times when it’s just not easy to reach your phone – for example: working out, carrying groceries, even snow skiing. Now you can have that conversation simply by pressing a button and using your watch as a speaker phone.

Sourcingbay – for iPhone & Android

          • Built-in smart Bluetooth after connecting your mobile phone can make calls directly you’re your watch.
          • Sync SMS: (suitable for Android system mobile phones) after install the APK in your mobile phone, it will remind you when a new SMS coming and you can read it directly on watch.
          • Sync phonebook of your mobile phone directly to call any person in phonebook from our watch.
          • Sync incoming ring our watch will show you the calling ID and remind you by ringing or shaking, can answer it directly by our watch instead of your mobile phone, keep no losing any calls.
          • Loss Avoidance: Watch will auto alarm you when your mobile phone loses connection over 10 meters.
          • An Original Equipment Manufactured by China

E4Worlds – Smartwatch for iPhone or Android

This is a watch with mp3, mp4, e-book, camera and Bluetooth Functions, and also a mobile phone. With fashionable design, this watch phone is convenient to take and support wireless stereo headphone for hands-free answering. Like the stylish and affordable wrist watch cell phones, good choice for you!

          • iPhone or Android Compatible
          • 1 SIM card slot and works with GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
          • 1.8 inch Resistive touch screen Watch mobile phone
          • Touch input for convenient operation
          • Bluetooth Function for hand-free access calling and music/video enjoyment (Bluetooth Earphone Not Included)
          • Pin-hole camera hides in watch, takes 640 x 480 pixel pictures
          • Supports TF card to expand storage up to 8 GB(Micro SD/T-Flash card Not included)
          • Utility multi-media functions: FM radio + Camera/ Camcorder + Music/ Video Player + Image Viewer + E-book reader + Game
          • Handy Tools: Calendar + Alarm + Calculator + Flashlight + Tasks
          • Rubber band, Comfortable to wear
          • Screen: 1.8 inch HD TFT LCD Touch Screen
          • FM Radio
          • Camera: YES, 1.3M pixel digital camera
          • Supports MP3/MP4 player and E-book
          • Supports video/sound recorder
          • Supports Bluetooth
          • Supports GPRS internet access
          • Support multiple languages: English, Spanish, etc. Color: Black Silver Dimensions: 23.5 x 5.5 x 1.5cm (included watchband) Battery: 3.7v 600mAh Li-ion Battery Weight: 160g
          • Package Contents: Cellphone wrist watch with stylus Wired earphone Rechargeable li-ion batteries x 1 USB Watch Charging/Data Transfer Cable User Manual – English

Apple – iWatch

While only rumored, word is Apple has filed for patent protection of a watch having a flexible or curved glass face.  Although the details are scarce, some bits of information have apparently slipped out suggesting the iWatch design has several built in biometric sensors because of its significant emphasis as an iPhone compatible (obviously) sports and fitness watch.  Release time, mid 2014.

Are there any risks of wearing a Smart Watch?

While we don’t have scientific data to back-up our assertion, our own tests have shown that close contact to the skin, for extended periods of time from a cell phone, caused what seems to be permanent localized hair loss on the limb at the direct point of contact. We aren’t certain the exactly cause from the technology standpoint (gsm vs. other wireless signal) but we’re curious if smart watches will produce a similar effect.

If the smart watch isn’t just another fad we see it becoming integrated with building and home security automation functions as well as integration with our automobiles.