Checking the time was never this geeky, as smartwatches showed huge improvements in the performance deparment
Wearables are still fairly new globally, with the market being at a nascent stage. Smartwatches, though, have a definite appeal for a lot of people. They’ve been promoted through history, in sci-fi movies, cartoons, comics and so on. Which is perhaps why the current generation smartwatches have left many a tad disappointed.
In the two or so years that this market has been growing, there have been some pretty innovative devices for us to look at, many of which entered the fray just this year.
Zero1 Winner: Apple Watch
Apple may have taken its time to bring it to India, and the Apple Watch may not be the most economical gadget to buy today, but it’s hard to deny the user experience that you get from it – nothing but the best. Considering the smartwatches that you can find in the market today, Apple’s vertical ecosystem seems to have once again allowed the technology giant to come up with a product that is superior to its competitors, even if by a little bit.
If you own an iPhone and are sitting on a pile of cash, this would be the only smartwatch that you should buy. Of course, we recognise that being compatible with iOS devices alone isn’t exactly a good thing, but we also can’t overlook the fact that the Apple Watch is simply great when it comes to performance and design. It is easily the most premium of all the smartwatches that you can buy in India right now and Apple’s innovation with the digital crown has set it apart from its peers.
Be it the Siri integration, or talking directly through the Apple Watch, in the current market, this is a job well done. The Apple Watch doesn’t stutter or get stuck at tasks like many Android Wear powered smartwatches do. A worthy winner!
Price: Rs. 34,900
Second: LG Watch Urbane
The LG Watch Urbane has its strong suit in how it looks on your wrist. With the right strap, the Urbane is the closest a smartwatch has come to looking like a real watch, which is something many critics have found lacking from these watches. In addition, LG has been doing well to support the Watch Urbane and the fact that it can work with an iPhone, albeit with limited functionality, is an added plus for it.
Like many other smartwatches though, the Watch Urbane also costs a pretty penny, but it is a good buy for enthusiasts who have the cash to spend.
Price: Rs. 29,900
Best Buy: Moto 360 (1st Gen)
It’s a pity that the newest variant of the Moto 360 smartwatch hasn’t been brought to India yet, but as far as this year’s awards are concerned, that just makes it better for the original Moto 360. Having dropped its pricing to Rs. 13,999, this is easily the best buy amongst smartwatches in India right now. It runs well and can bring you an accurate depiction of Android Wear, without breaking the bank.
When Motorola originally announced it in India, we were quite disappointed with the pricing, but with its price dropped now, this smartwatch, though older generation, is anything but obsolete. It works with most Android phones out there, and with Android Wear on iOS, it can go with an iPhone too. It delivers almost every feature that Android Wear boasts and does so with respectable fluidity and smoothness.
Considering the fact that most buyers today want to just try a smartwatch to get a feel of these devices, the Moto 360 is the ideal pick. You won’t have to spend a whole lot of money, but get to enjoy the full power of Android Wear and smartwatches.
Price: Rs. 13,999