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Apple announced its wearable, the Apple Watch, back in September. The release date hasn’t yet been verified, but the company states ‘early 2015’ as the launch window. Meanwhile, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has been showcasing some examples of what the Apple Watch is going to be competing with – here are eight of the latest to compare.
1. Garmin Epix
If you assumed Garmin just made GPS and Sat-Nav units, then you’re excused – but here they are delving into the wearable space, too. The Epix has a 1.4 inch color touchscreen to allow you to glimpse at maps both online and off. It will monitor running, swimming and bike rides; displaying data about calories burned and distance traveled.
2. Garmin Fēnix 3
Billed as a next-gen multi-sport GPS watch. It’s available in multiple colors, all of which are variations of grey and silver. It’s water-rated for 100 meters, and has three modes. GPS mode will give you just over 3 hours battery life, UltraTrac mode will give you 50 hours and standard watch mode will provide 6 weeks’ battery life.
3. Alcatel OneTouch Watch
One thing that has been putting people off wearables so far is the price. Alcatel is looking to make a functional smart watch for the ‘affordable’ end of the market. It links with both iOS and Android via a free downloadable app. It has sensors for tracking fitness data, and will interface with other apps, which have not yet been specified.
4. First Alert Onelink Watch
Does all of the regular health and fitness tracking as well as sleep quality that a lot of these upcoming wearables are boasting. However, with a single tap, its wearer is able to broadcast their location with specified contacts, either for social reasons or in case of an emergency.
5. Magellan Echo Fit Smart Sports Watch
Tracks fitness data, allows you to control music playback, and interfaces with a whole host of existing iOS apps. Its screen is designed to be read easily in bright sunlight.
6. Lenovo VIBE Band VB10
With an e-ink display, cross platform compatibility and a low price point ($89), the VIBE Band could be extremely popular, especially when it boasts a battery life of up to 7 days.
7. Withings Activité Pop
At first, or even a second glance, the Activité Pop doesn’t look like a smartwatch. It goes for a simple design, and a simple function. One hand tracks the time, while the other tracks daily fitness goals, giving you a visual representation of how much more jogging you need to do at a glance.
8. Misfit Swarovski Shine
It’s made to be attractive as a piece of jewellery. It’s not a watch per-se, but it is a health-tracking wearable that fits around your wrist. It counts steps, calories burned, sleep quality and more. It boasts a staggering 6 months battery life.