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In the modern world, easy access to digital communications, planning, and notifications has never been more important. Although smart phones today come with all sorts of powerful capabilities that help you organize your world like never before, sometimes you need even more assistance. If you are walking in a busy street, out on the road, or on a run, it may not be practical for you to hold a device. If you are thinking about finding a way to do all of the things you need without the hassle of handling a device at all times, it may be time to consider the purchase of a smart watch.

A smart watch is a watch that connects to your devices and has the capability to handle your notifications, calendar events, message, and more. Managing all these things has never been easier, especially when you are on the go. The problem is, although there are many smart watches out there, they may not be manufactured well, or they may have limited options and abilities. If you are looking for a smart watch to work in the best way possible with your device, you may not be able to afford purchasing anything short of the very best. Here is a list of the top five smart watches available right now.

Pebble Steel

pebble steel

Pebble Steel is a stainless steel smart watch by Pebble, which means it’s also compatible with Pebble’s apps and Apple devices. The watch’s front is crafted of Corning Gorilla Glass, making it very difficult to scratch or break. Plus, it is really resistant. Although an advanced device, its tactile metal buttons will make you feel right at home. It’s also waterproof up to 160 feet of water. Now that’s impressive!

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Pebble

pebble smartwatch

The Pebble watch is a sleek watch with many uses. It can be used to view email notifications, caller ID, your calendar, and any of your favorite apps on your wrist. You can customize the watch by downloading different watch faces. One of the best things about this watch is its capability to control music playing on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, and many more music apps. If you prefer to only download apps to suit your style and interests, as well as have a watch that is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, then the Pebble watch is the watch for you.

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Sony Universal SmartWatch 2

Sony Universal SmartWatch 2

Sony’s Universal SmartWatch 2 is a smart watch made to enhance Android user experience, helping you live and communicate that much better. The Sony Universal SmartWatch 2 is made for Android, acting as a multi-functional watch that integrates an Android app interface and remote controls. It also can work as a stand-alone watch with normal functions such as watch face customization and alarms.

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Samsung Gear 2

Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch

Like the Pebble does with Apple and Android devices and Sony Universal SmartWatch2 does for Android devices, the Samsung Gear 2 works with Samsung devices. The Samsung Gear 2 offers Samsung users an even more advanced experience by offering a seamless way to communicate by connecting to their Samsung device. The watch allows users to make and receive calls, notifies users of updates from their phone, and even has a camera that shoots in 720p. This is one thing that the other smart watches cannot do…yet.

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Martian Passport SmartWatch

Martian Passport SmartWatch

The Martian Passport Smartwatch is deceivingly high-tech despite its old-school aesthetics. The user of the watch can use voice commands, set alarms, create calendar events, check weather, and search the web, with the benefit of doing so hands-free. The watch also allows users to view notifications such as SMS, calendar updates, email and social messages. The Martian Passport Smartwatch allows the user to make calls and send and receive hands-free voice-to-text messages.

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Conclusion

All of these smart watches are excellent to use and are of extremely high quality. All have the capability to connect with the devices you already own, including the ability to notify, send and receive messages, make calendar events, and more. The biggest difference between all of these watches is the devices that they have been designed to be connected to. Simply put, while Pebble watches have been designed to work with Apple and Android products, the Samsung Gear 2 watch was made for Samsung devices, and the Sony Universal Smartwatch 2 was made for Android. The Martian Passport Smartwatch is compatible with both iPhone 4s and Samsung S-Voice phones.

Because this compatibility issue exists, picking your favorite out of the five above is reliant on the device you currently own. However, if you are looking to buy two new devices at once, that is, a new phone and new smart watch, any decision is more about your specific preferences. Weigh and compare your options. No matter which smart watch you end up with, you can guarantee that you’ll possess a high quality item that will assist you in your busy daily life to a new fantastic level never experienced before, for a long period of time. Remember that smart watches, especially ones as good as these, are an investment, but are nevertheless an investment worth making.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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