Smartwatches have slowly but surely made their place in the tech market over the years. It has not been an easy task for them to make the gadget list of the general public. But, slowly they have found a place in the list even if it’s at the bottom. For a hi-tech device, given their sales, I guess smartwatches are not at the top of the wish list of most people. Long overshadowed by smartphones and even regular watches, the smartwatches have been able to grow a market of their own. Smartwatch sales are set to lead the global wearable market in the coming years. Smartwatches have become very useful gadgets in their own right with the many functionalities they now offer. Many manufacturers have added features to smartwatches to make them more autonomous. Like in the smartphones market, Apple and Samsung are among the strongest players.
A few years back when they first appeared, many expected smartwatches to have the same effect in the markets as smartphones. Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Huawei and many other tech companies are present in the smartwatch market. According to Statista, global smartphone sales are expected at 75 million units in 2017 with 12.9 in the US. By 2018, smartwatch sale is forecast to hit 141 million units. These figures are light years away from the smartphones sales within the same period. If we are to believe Statista, the smartwatch market has been growing steadily since 2014.
Back then smartwatch sales amounted to just about 6 million units. Like in the smartphone industry where Android dominates the smartphone OS market, a majority of smartwatches run on Google’s Android Wear. The smartwatch market is well fragmented with many manufacturers.
Let’s look at some of the best smartwatches you will find at the market place.
Samsung’s latest smartwatch is another sensor loaded smartwatch. The watch is compatible with Android, iOS and runs on Tizen OS. It has a 1.3″ 360 x 360 Super AMOLED display, a Dual-Core 1.0GHz processor. The Samsung Gear S3 has an internal storage of 4GB, a 3 days battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G connectivity. It is set to boost Samsung’s smartwatch sales and compete with the Apple Watch 2. The Gear 3 comes in two versions, the Gear 3 Classic, and the Gear 3 Frontier. As its name implies, the classic is designed for day-to-day use and to fit with office and work outfits. The Frontier, on the other hand, is more feature packed for those who care.
The Apple watch 2 is one of the best smartwatches around and has a significant improvement from the original Apple watch. It comes with an inbuild GPS, a heart rate sensor and water resistant up to 50m. While the price may not be cheap, the watch provides some nice functionalities to make it desirable. The watch is compatible with IOS and has a 2 time brighter 1.53″ OLED display, a dual core processor and more. You get notifications directly on the Apple Watch 2, thus do not miss on anything. However, the price could affect Apple’s smartwatch sales.
The Huawei Watch 2 features a beautiful design and can accommodate either a SIM or eSIM card. It features a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with 390 x 390 resolution. Added to that, it comes with a 1.1 GHz CPU, Android Wear 2.0 OS, 4 GB Flash, 768 MB RAM. It also offers a 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, connection, and a good number of sensors and up to 2 days battery life. The Huawei Watch 2 comes in both sports and classic styles. With its Watch 2, Huawei hopes to increase its smartwatch sales and gain market share.
A beautifully designed device in collaboration with Google. It is one of the best Android Wear smartwatches in the market. The smartwatch is compatible with Android 4.3, iOS8.2 and above features a 1.2″ 360 x 360 POLED display. It has an internal storage of 4GB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and more. One more cool feature of the LG Watch Style is the voice-activated Google Assistant. The LG Watch Style while not being feature packed is well worth its price. There is the Watch Sports version that has more fitness features for those who need them.
Microsoft Band 2 is another smartwatch with a beautiful design and is fitness oriented. It is compatible with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. The Band 2 is the second of Microsoft’s smartwatches. The watch features a GPS, accelerometer, multiple sensors, gyrometer and more.Microsoft has not been at the top of smartwatch sales but its Band 2 is a beautiful piece of technology and should boost Microsoft’s smartwatch sales.