My Smartwatch Excitement

So wearable technology is finally beginning┬áto take off. We all expected it to but we’ve been left with sub par devices up until now. There are a number of manufactures bringing wearable technology to the market, and for the first time these devices are beginning to look like something people will actually want to use and wear.

LG G Watch R

Now this is a smart device that looks like a watch! I never thought that would be too much to ask for but apparently strapping some weird futuristic device to our wrists was acceptable in major manufactures eyes. Well LG decided against this, bringing a watch to the market that follows Motorola’s circular design. The device runs on Android which gives the user a fantastic range of features in this nice looking device. The thing that stands out the most in my eyes is the circular dial around the outside of the display, which mirrors traditional watches and helps the G Watch R to avoid standing out like a sore thumb.

Stylish, powerful and functional, this is a wearable that’s on my radar.

Motorola 360

After Motorola showed off their wearable I was a little shocked. It looked fantastic and its stand out feature was that it was circular. For some reason the desire for a circular smartwatch had never entered my mind until then, but now I had seen the 360 I couldn’t imagine ever owning a boring square device. I think it’s safe to say that Motorola really stole the show after Google announced Android Wear. All eyes were on the 360 and for good reason.

It has just landed on shelves in the UK and is selling out quickly, with positive reviews coming. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and take it for a test drive and see what Android Wear is really like.

Pebble

Now here’s a smartwatch that hit the market a little while ago but it is only just arriving in the UK, signing an exclusive deal with O2, a major UK telecoms network, for some of its products. Until recently the Pebble hadn’t really caught my attention, but after more research I’ve found myself genuinely intrigued by their smartwatch range.

After using a smartwatch for almost a year I’ve found my biggest pet peeve is that the battery life of these devices is awful. The Pebbles bragging rights are that their smartwatches will last between 5-7 days on a single charge. That’s pretty impressive given that the competition can hardly last a day. Now granted the Pebble does a little less but it still offers the essentials and gives customers a good variety of styles to select from.

All in all this is definitely a product launch to keep an eye on.

So those are the three devices that I’m looking forward to having a good play with this year. Of course next year we have the Apple Watch hitting the shelves and no doubt that will help to really drive this market. Until then however, we have a great selection to play with.

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Neptune Pine

So a little while ago, back in December last year, I decided to back my first Kickstarter campaign. A new upstart company with an idea for a smartwatch that does it all. The device was a beast, more like something the Predator would wear rather than a normal person, but I loved the idea of it.

The device was due to ship in January this year, optimistic in most peoples eyes, but nonetheless the backers were excited. So what do I think about my new gadget? Well, it’s still not here, and the company behind the Pine are jumping from one story to the next.

There have been all sorts of reasons for delays, but the worst part about the Neptune Pine, is the inconsistent updates coming from the company, and thats when they even bother to update backers. Most people understand that backing something on Kickstarter is different to just buying a product, but when the company you are backing outright lies or withholds information, the backers start to get a little annoyed.

At this point I find myself skeptical about whether or not the Pine will ever actually ship. The updates that have come from Neptune haven’t been positive, with models getting cancelled, straps that don’t work, and features that can’t be included yet for one reason or another.

So what’s the point in this post? Nothing really, I just fancied a bit of a rant. Something so interesting and exciting, ruined by a lack of clear and open communication. If Neptune had have just been open throughout this process then the backers would be in a much happier, patient, state of mind.

Looks like I will just have to wait for a new piece of wearable tech to come along and take my fancy!