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Wrist wars: the best smartwatches available

If this year’s IFA is a good barometer of fashion, trends and tastes, the smartwatch is going to be the must-have gadget of 2014. Here are six of the best.


Neptune Pine
Neptune Pine
Unlike the others, this really is a smartphone replacement. What’s more it’s also a high-def point-of-view video camera (it can be worn on a head or helmet mount), has a raft of biometric and motion sensors and responds to gestures, touches and voice commands. But most impressively, all of that functionality has been squeezed into something small enough to strap to a wrist



Casio G-Shock GB-6900AA Bluetooth Watch
Sony Smartwatch 2
While others are just arriving at the party, Sony is already on its second wrist-worn computer iteration. The Smartwatch 2 is powered by Android, connects to most phones in the operating system’s ecosystem, is water-resistant and is designed to mirror information from a phone or phablet. As well as Bluetooth, it is also NFC-compatible for pairing with a host of devices such as TVs and speaker boxes



Sony Smartwatch 2
Pebble smartwatch
The device that grabbed everyone’s attention and got them thinking that a smartwatch is a really good idea. The Pebble was launched and funded via Kickstarter and offers a limited number of features, but each one of said features – alerts and notifications, special apps and a number of fitness and motion tracking options – are executed extremely well. And it looks great.


Qualcomm Toq
Casio G-Shock GB-6900AA Bluetooth Watch
Only mildly intelligent compared to the smartness offered by some of its competitors, but nevertheless the Casio is really on to something. First of all, it looks like a normal watch, because it is a normal watch, albeit one that can connect to a phone via Bluetooth. Once the connection is made it can provide the wearer with alerts regarding calls, text messages, email and the like and because functionality is so pared back, battery life can be measured in years, rather than days. And it's shock-proof and pretty much water proof – unless you’re a free diver that is.



Pebble smartwatch
Qualcomm Toq
This came right out of the blue; the company that makes processors for essentially all flagship Android smartphones revealed its first smartwatch in New York while most of the world’s tech journalists were focused on Berlin. Clever display technology means that the Toq can run for five days between charges and thanks to induction technology, when the battery’s flat, it can charge wirelessly. Designed to act as a second screen to a smartphone, it will also ship with a separate ear piece for hands-free and wrist-free use.


Samsung Galaxy Gear
Samsung Galaxy Gear
Launched with fanfare, hyperbole and superlatives, the Galaxy Gear comes with a choice of six different straps and is designed to complement a smartphone or phablet rather than replace it. Nevertheless it is still capable of making and receiving phone calls and has a lot of nifty fitness and health tracking sensors to boot.



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