IFA 2015: The five best smartwatches

The IFA is alive and kicking. From smartphones, smart TVs, innovated tablets to smartwatches, we are getting to see a whole new range of products that are punching their way to the Internet of Things world, bringing in new features that were unheard of until recently.

We bring you a list of the top five gleaming smartwatches that made their first appearance at the IFA in the last two days. It's going to be a visual treat, we promise.

Moto 360 2nd Gen

Available in 46mm and 42mm cases with 22mm and 20mm bands respectively for men and 42mm cases with thinner 16mm bands for women, the new Moto 360 smartwatch is an enhanced second generation timepiece with advanced functionalities, style and battery power.

Powered by the latest Android Wear, the new Moto 360 can be synced with both Android phones and iPhones, making it available for purchase by millions of iPhone users across the globe. If you are one, gone are the days when you were restricted to the Apple Watch alone as the optimal smartwatch.

With an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, the smartwatch features a 512MB RAM and contains 4GB worth internal storage to store your music. The watch also features a Snapdragon™ 400 chip with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, among the most powerful ones in the smartwatch world. Featuring wireless charging functionality, the 46m Moto 360 contains a 400mAh battery while the 42mm case holds a 300mAh battery which can last 1.5 days of regular usage.

The Moto 360 Sport variant contains a built-in GPS that can track your speed, distance, and pace. This feature means you won't have to carry your phone while going out on daily runs.

Samsung Gear S2

The Gear S2, to be available starting October comes in two flavours: classic, for those who dont want to be seen with a silicone strap watch at meetings and the sporty version for the health nut or those who should be health nuts.

Extremely light-weight and featuring a nano-coated stainless steel back to prevent water damage, the watch also features a rotating bezel which is not just super intuitive but also something the body is bound to remember as a function.

The Gear S2 can be used to summon Uber taxis, check out Yelp reviews as well as read the news on the CNN app. The watch also has Nike+ connectivity so you can join your pals on Nike's social platform.

The watch is Bluetooth and wifi enabled and will also house a built-in 3G SIM card. Principal features include a 512MB RAM, 4GB worth internal storage, a 302 ppi resolution, IP68 Dust and Water Resistance rating, a 300 mAh Li-ion battery, NFC Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light and Barometer.


Huawei Watch

Huawei has taken great pains to make its first smartwatch look and feel no different from your lovable traditional watch, with a round face and crown located at the two o’clock position. The face is 42mm in diameter which is also no different from your analogue watch.

The Watch contains a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and a display made of scratch-proof sapphire crystal and which is guarded by a steel frame which gives it a sleek look.

The watch features a range of sensors which include a heart rate monitor which offers better skin contact and greater accuracy, a 6-Axis motion sensor with a gyroscope and accelerometer which can monitor your activities like walking, running and climbing.

Notifications like instant alerts for calls, texts, instant messages and emails will also let you stay connected at all times.

You can choose your favourite watch from among a range of rose gold, stainless steel and black frames. Huawei will also offer several watch face designs across lifestyle aesthetics.


LG Watch Urbane Luxe

Luxury smartwatches come with their own charm, and LG's new Watch Urbane Luxe is no different. A 23-karat Gold watch face and an alligator leather strap would most likely be what you desired, if you can spend £1000 for it.

A deployment clasp included to add to its elegance, the Watch Urbane Luxe features a 23-karat gold in its face that is stronger than 24-karat and heavier than 18-karat gold in other luxury watches.

While the leather strap looks thick enough to support the watch, the gold face seems to be slightly thicker than it should have been. The thick watch face and its wide design may feel a bit heavy on your wrist after prolonged use.

Given that the watch is a limited timepiece, LG will make just five hundred of them available for purchase.

U.S. retail jewellery company REEDS Jewellers has partnered LG to design the Watch Urbane Luxe, and you will be able to pre-order the watch in its website. However, we aren't sure yet if the watch will be available in UK retail stores in the near future, but will let you know for sure once we do.


TomTom Spark

TomTom's new smartwatch, which is a result of a large scale revamping of the company's watch-making abilities, comes in with a range of new features like Bluetooth music playback and in-built GPS.

Available as one of four variants, the premium TomTom Spark features a 3GB storage, an optical heart rate monitor  and an activity tracking model. Two other variants also come with Bluetooth headphones.

The watch's activity tracking features include measuring your steps, your heart rate and your sleep. While the watch can last two weeks on a single charge, it comes down to half a day if GPS is turned on, and a few hours if music is being played as well.

Even though the Spark is still more of a fitness tracking smartband than a smartwatch, the company says features like caller ID and message ID will enter the watch by the turn of the year.  



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