Smartwatches to look out for in the near future
All the previous watches can be purchased right now, and are the one’s we’d recommend checking out first. However, there are a few that have been launched very recently, plus others that are coming soon, that you should also know about. Here are a few that may rate highly in the future.
Casio is one of the latest traditional timepiece makers to get involved with Google and produce an Android Wear smartwatch. It’s called the WSD-F10, and it’s a rugged outdoors watch that’s specifically designed for hikers, cyclists, fishing fans, and anyone who loves really tough watches. It’s a giant, and comes in some striking colors. Plus, it features a handy mode that turns off the smart features and extends the battery life to a month. It’s not cheap given the $500 price tag, but we were impressed when we tried it out earlier this year. Read our hands-on impressions here.
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Rugged Android Wear watches are all the rage at the moment, and like Casio’s WSD-F10, the Nixon Mission is happy to take some punishment. It’s actually even tougher than the aforementioned Casio model given its steel-and-plastic build, and it’s waterproof to depths of 100 meters. This makes it the best choice for surfers, swimmers, snowboarders, and mountaineers. It also features a wealth of fitness tracking capabilities, and real-time data to help you better plan your sporting activities. We’re still waiting for price and availability on the Nixon Mission, however. Read more here.
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The Blocks watch won’t be out until mid-2016, but from what we’ve seen so far, it’s going to be very exciting. It’s a modular watch, meaning the strap links all perform different functions and can be swapped around to suit the wearers needs. Want more standby time? Add some battery links. Going for a hike? Add a GPS link. The Blocks smartwatch completed its successful Kickstarter campaign at the end of November, raising more than $1.6 million, and is on track for a May 2016 launch. Read our hands-on impressions here.
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