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7 Smartwatch Models to Try Before Apple's iWatch Arrives

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There are plenty of smartwatches on the market from Sony and smaller manufacturers, and you can get most of them right now.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung (OTCMKTS:SSNLF), and other big names are reportedly working on their versions of smartwatches, fueling the hype around this type of device. But there are plenty of smartwatches already on the market, and there are some that are coming soon. Here's a round-up of the models that you can order online, or fund on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.


The GEAK Watch



The GEAK Watch from the Beijing-based smartphone maker runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with a custom-made interface and boasts a 1.55" touch display (240x240) and solid specs.

Pros: Runs Android, big color screen, 12-day battery life (standby).
Cons: You can get a fully-featured smartphone for the same price.
Price: $326


Pebble



Pebble, the e-ink screen smartwatch that emerged from a Kickstarter campaign, is readily available from a Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) store near you, and there are 85,000 "Pebblers" around already.

Pros: Wide availability, 7-day battery life.
Cons: Grayscale display, requires custom-made apps.
Price: $150


Sony SmartWatch



With its waterproof design, NFC support, and many other improvements, the next generation of Sony's (NYSE:SNE) smartwatch -- due out in September -- might well become a better "second screen" to your Android (NASDAQ:GOOG) smartphone than the previous model, which one reviewer called "maybe the worst thing Sony has ever made."

Pros: Big screen, NFC support, waterproof, and dust-proof.
Cons: Only works with Android devices, requires custom apps.
Price: $150 (preliminary)


MetaWatch Strata / Frame


How about MetaWatch, with its e-ink screen in two different designs? It's fully compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and you can get one for a reasonable price, too.

Pros: Low price, rugged design, five-day to seven-day battery life.
Cons: Grayscale display, requires custom apps.
Price: $129 ($199 for Frame model)


Kreyos Meteor



The Kreyos Meteor smartwatch is set to arrive in November, and it will feature gesture and voice control.

Pros: Voice and gesture control, waterproof design.
Cons: Grayscale display, requires custom apps.
Price: $169 ($119 for early adopters)


AGENT SmartWatch



The AGENT SmartWatch campaign was a huge success on Kickstarter and now backers are waiting for December, when the first portion of smartwatches is scheduled to be shipped.

Pros: Wireless charging, special display (its creators claim it's better than e-ink), small and neat design.
Cons: Grayscale display, arrives in December, requires custom apps.
Price: $299 (estimated; $199 for early backers)


Emopulse Smile SmartWatch



The curved display that Emopulse Smile SmartWatch features is probably the most futuristic-looking one out there, and the creators say they have prototypes already, though they definitely lack backers, with just $44,590 gathered out of $300,000 goal and only one days left in its Indiegogo campaign.

Pros: Impressive design and technical specs (128-256GB storage, USB 3.0, NFC, Thunderbolt, 4G).
Cons: Might not make it to the market.
Price: $480 (128 GB) to $550 (256 GB); both prices are preliminary.

(See also: If Apple iWatch Sounds Like a Gold Mine, Think Again.)
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