SMART AND AFFORDABLE
Looking for a smartwatch that won’t burn a hole in your pocket? Aiman Maulana has some suggestions
1. Huawei Talkband B2
Probably the most unique smartwatch on this list, the Huawei Talkband B2 doesn’t look like a regular watch but it has all the necessary functions of a smartwatch.
It has a 0.73-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, activity tracking via its 6-axis sensor and can act as a remote camera trigger for your smartphone when connected via Bluetooth.
What makes it even more interesting is that it doubles as a Bluetooth handsfree kit.
The device can be easily detached from its wristband to reveal an ear piece. With up to five days of battery life and a water/dust-resistant body, it’s a very handy device not just for your personal/professional life, but also for your exercise routine.
The Huawei Talkband B2, priced at RM558, is compatible for both Android and iOS devices.
2. Asus Zenwatch 2
The Asus Zenwatch 2 comes in two sizes, for men and women.
The men’s model utilises a 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen display while the women’s model utilises a smaller 1.49-inch version.
Both are IP67-certified water resistant.
It also has a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can use it to call your friends if it’s already connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
As the Zenwatch 2 is powered by Android Wear, you can install various apps to increase its functionality, as well as download extra customisation options.
It will appeal more to the casual consumer rather than fitness enthusiasts and is expected to last around two days per charge. The leather strap version is RM658 while the steel band edition is RM849. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
3. Samsung Gear Fit 2
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 is a Bluetooth smartwatch that caters more to fitness enthusiasts.
It utilises a 1.5-inch Super AMOLED screen to display time and fitness statistics.
It has a smart activity tracker that can detect whether you’re cycling or simply using a rowing machine in the gym. When paired with the S Health app, it pits you against other fitness enthusiasts to see who takes the most steps.
A full charge of battery can last three to four days of regular use. It also displays your exercise statistics as well as how much calories you have burnt.The Samsung Gear Fit 2, priced at RM699, is only compatible with Android devices.
4. Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50
The Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50 is the priciest smartwatch on this list.
It utilises a 1.6-inch transflective display and, like the Zenwatch 2, is powered by Android Wear.
It has WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity for easy pairing with smartphones, and is IP68-certified water resistant too.
A cool feature is that you can easily change its look by popping out the core and inserting it into a different strap to suit different activities.
The device can last up to two days per full battery charge. The Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50, priced at RM899, is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
5. Pebble Time
This is my personal favourite. The Pebble Time Bluetooth smartwatch is the successor to the original Pebble smartwatch which made waves around the world when its creators first funded it on Kickstarter.
Unlike its predecessor, the Pebble Time utilises an always-on 1.25-inch ePaper coloured display.
This is also the first time that Pebble has included a built-in microphone.
It’s powered by Pebble OS, which means you have access to Pebble-specific apps and customisation options by Pebble’s developers as well as the Pebble community.
It may not be a fancy smartwatch but the Pebble Time truly stands out in battery life, lasting between five and seven days of regular use.
The Pebble Time smartwatch, priced at RM899, is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. A price drop is expected to happen as a new generation of Pebble smartwatches will be hitting stores by year end.