It’s been a strange year for wearables. Smartwatches are in rough shape and yet the category of wearables, which we’ve deemed to be any sort of technology you can strap to your body, was invigorated thanks to the dawn of virtual reality.
For now, there’s still life left in the gadgets we strap to our wrists, or place on our heads, and 2017 delivered a lot of interesting ones. Lets find the 8 best smartwatches and wearables in India of 2017,
1. Fitbit Charge 2
If you’re wearing a Fitbit right now there’s a good chance it’s a Fitbit Charge or a Fitbit Charge HR on your wrist – but there’s now a new Fitbit in town. The Fitbit Charge 2 is the first upgrade to the popular Charge range since the Charge HR, which appeared early in 2015.
The Fitbit Charge 2 brings with it a couple of new features, and along with features we’ve seen before on the Charge HR, the Fitbit Alta and the Fitbit Blaze , it adds up to an impressive-looking package.
Fitbit specializes in accessible and easy to use fitness trackers, rather than more complicated running and fitness technology. With exercise, sleep, heart rate tracking and much more, the Charge 2 looks like a well-specced wearable that won’t break the bank.
2. Apple Watch Series 2
You want to know two things about the Apple Watch 2 (or Apple Watch Series 2 if we’re being picky): is it a big enough upgrade to beat the first Watch, and has Apple done enough to make a smartwatch a necessity, rather than just a novel luxury?
Well, Apple’s brought a lot of the tech upgrades we wanted: with the Watch 2 you’re getting a new water-resistant design, a GPS chip on board for tracking your runs, a swim tracker and a much faster processor.
There’s a new white ceramic finish too – which takes the place of the extortionately expensive gold Apple Watch Edition – to add an element of ‘luxury’ to proceedings, with the Hermes band making an appearance again to keep the top cost of the Watch 2 higher.
3. Garmin Vivomove
Garmin makes great GPS goodies – its running watches, sat navs and bike computers are hard to beat. However, the Vivomove is something quite different from a company that’s usually obsessed with pinpointing your location.
It’s an analogue smartwatch, with no GPS. The Garmin Vivomove looks far more like a normal watch than the Apple Watch or the Android Wear crowd, and the battery life is far more watch-like too.
4. Garmin Forerunner 235
Coming less than a year after the Forerunner 225, it may seem like a simple incremental update. But under-the-hood, Garmin has made big changes, cutting out Mio’s tried and tested heart rate sensor in favour of its own tech.
It’s a big step and risky one. And if you’ve read our Garmin Vivosmart HR review you’ll know that we found substantial issues with its optical technology. Garmin says the Forerunner 235 will last 11 hours on a charge in Training Mode (using GPS and the heart-rate monitor) and up to nine days when it’s being used as a watch with activity tracking, notifications and the heart rate monitor.
5. Huawei Watch
Huawei has gained some much-needed recognition in India after the successful launch of the Google Nexus 6P (Review), and now the company has finally announced its first smartwatch in the country, simply called the Huawei Watch. Based on Android Wear, the Huawei Watch was first announced at last year’s MWC so it’s not exactly brand new. Priced at Rs. 22,999, it competes directly with the Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen) and the Samsung Gear S2.
Huawei Watch’s USP is its design, which is more in line with a traditional watch. The smartwatch comes with circular watch face like Moto 360 and LG’s Watch Urbane.
6. Samsung Gear S3
Samsung took a big step forward in the smartwatch market last year. The company’s Gear S2 and its rotating bezel was a big step forward for how a smart device on your wrist should be interacted with. However, the Gear S2, for all its goodness was still a little rough around the edges. In its second iteration, though, Samsung has made it better.
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is as good as smartwatches can get right now. It is fast, has a top-class display and impressive battery life. … If being the best smartwatch on the market matters, then Samsung’s Gear S3 Frontier is definitely the one right now.
7. PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR (PS VR) is Sony’s attempt at taking on the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with its own headset. Unlike the competition, which works on PCs, the PS VR requires a gaming console.
Much like most of Sony’s PlayStation hardware, the PS VR is extremely well-built. The PlayStation VR is different. Not only is the headset itself much cheaper than its competitors, but it also only requires a PS4 console to run.
8. Snapchat Spectacles
One of the biggest surprises of the year was the revelation that Snapchat, now Snap Inc., was getting into hardware. The company’s first endeavor are the Spectacles, which are essentially sunglasses with an embedded camera. They allow users to easily capture moments in their lives and then wirelessly save them to the app’s Memories feature.
Like the social media platform they come from, the appeal of Spectacles is somewhat of a mystery but there is an undeniable charm they exude. From their design, to the cute robots you buy them from, to the limited availability, Spectacles are an intriguing device and a lot of fun.