What We Want In Smartwatches
I have recently acquired the craze of researching smartwatches from various brands and doing SWOT analysis of buying from a particular brand. I had a look at the various options available in the market and finally zeroed in on three brands whose products looked the most appealing to me in terms of design, cost, software, ease of application development and integration with various mobile operating systems.
I will list the three brands that have caught my attention and give swift reasons for the choosing that particular brand in terms of the criteria that have been mentioned above.
Pebble Time Round
Pebble Time Round has the most beautiful design in terms of shape and UI. The round dial makes the smartwatch look like a traditional watch which impressed me the most. Also, Pebble Time Round has a thickness of 7.5 mm which is pretty good. It is available at roughly 16,294 INR which makes it pretty expensive (far more economical than an Apple Watch though). Pebble has a very user friendly SDK which is available on its website, along with an online cloud-based SDK which makes development of applications for Pebble easier. Pebble claims that Time Round is the world’s thinnest and lightest smartwatch. Time Round integrates with both Android as well as iOS devices.
Alcatel One Touch
Alcatel One Touch has a similar round dial, but is a bit thicker as compared to Pebble Time Round (10.5 mm). What makes this watch stand out of the crowd apart from its appealing UI is the USB charging cable that is in-built into the strap of the watch. You can purchase this watch at 9,776 INR which is pretty economical as compared to the high price of Pebble Time Round. Alcatel One Touch is compatible with both Android as well as iOS devices. I couldn’t find enough information on developing applications for this watch though. The competition between this brand and Pebble is tough, and with its prices, I believe that Alcatel will take the cake.
Sony SmartWatch 3
Sony SmartWatch 3 is different from the above two brands as it sports a rectangular dial. It is a matter of perception, but round watches look more natural to me. So, I did not like the design of this product much. The watch will set you back 19,990 INR which is really high. This watch weighs 45g and can only integrate with Android devices which is quite restricting. One feature that I liked, is the Google Search with the help of voice. Overall, the product is good but its platform restrictions as well as high prices might lead to its downfall.
Spending more than 9,000 INR on a smartwatch does not make much sense to me as one can get smartphones with powerful features in the same price range. I look forward to the time when smartwatches alone can handle all the functionality of a basic mobile set without the need to carry a mobile. Maybe that would be the day when I would be willing to shell out extra cash to purchase an expensive smartwatch.
The current development in the field of smartwatches is quite commendable and efforts by players such as Pebble and Alcatel really deserve appreciation. Smartwatches are the future and making them more natural, feature complete and thinner is a sure shot way to dominate the market.
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