Top 3 Wearables to Research Before You Buy

The Android smartphone revolution opened up a whole new world of wearables that work in concert with Android phones. Smartwatches, are fully featured devices that can act as an extension of your phone. They also work as activity trackers, heart rate monitors, and time killers. But just as there are multiple variations on Android in the form of the phone, there are also multiple variations of wearables. Such a variety of options makes it difficult to find the right one for your needs, but the following three watches are more than worth your time to investigate.

Motorola 360

Motorola 360

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The Motorola 360 hit the scene in late 2014 and is widely regarded as the best wearable available. Its reasonably priced, feature-rich, easy to use, and infinitely customizable. Change the watch faces as you please, have it display only certain notifications, and use gestures to light up the screen when you wish. The capacitive touchscreen is highly responsive, and the watch buzzes when an alert comes through. Battery life is very respectable, lasting most of the day even under heavy use.

Perhaps the only real drawback to the 360 is its flat tire appearance: The watch has a small solid area at the bottom of its screen, making it look like a slightly flat tire. Its a minor issue, but it does cut off some of the watch face in the first and second generation of the wearable.

Pebble

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The Pebble watch was the first fully featured wearable to hit the market. The original watch uses an e-ink screen like the Amazon Kindle does, helping conserves battery life. However, the e-ink screen means that the device displays in grayscale. A color version is available, however,that has the same battery life as its e-ink counterpart.The screen is not touch-capacitive and requires pressing buttons on the side la mechanical watches. Its a bit more affordable than the Motorola 360, however, and the button-based navigation might not be a problem for some, because it eliminates unintended screen touches. A Pebble stays charged for about a week under average use. Check out Android Headlinesfor the latest and best information about the Pebble.

Samsung Gear

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The Samsung Gear competes with the Motorola 360 in terms of popularity and for good reason. Its feature-rich and attractive, and of the three, it looks the least like a wearable. In fact, it looks like a high-end wristwatch instead of a Bluetooth-enabled Android device. Perhaps the most innovative element of the Gear is its rotating bezel: Use the bezel to clear notifications or to switch to an app, function, or feature of the phone with ease no fumbling with buttons or a touchscreen.

Android wearables come in all shapes and sizes to meet the needs of users. Which one is best depends on what you desire in a smartwatch, but they can all free you up from constantly checking your phone for the latest notification.


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