If taking your iPhone out of your pocket is just too much work, buckle on the new Apple Watch. More than a shrunken computer on your wrist, this new gadget combines everything from communication tools to health trackers, and everything in between. It comes in two sizes and three models — original, with a custom stainless steel alloy case; Sport, with an anodized aluminum alloy case; and Edition, with an 18K gold case — and boasts a totally novel new interface based around a Digital Crown. Powered by a custom S1 processor, it also features a flexible Retina display that's laminated to a single crystal of sapphire and senses not just touch, but pressure. It's also got wireless charging, a built-in heart rate monitor, a Taptic engine to provide subtle force feedback, and Siri integration. In addition to the different models, there will be tons of different bands available, all of which are easy to swap in and out — meaning you can customize it to fit any occasion. And if what we've seen so far is any indication, that's a really good thing, because you're not going to want to take it off. Your iPhone just got a new best friend.
Created to celebrate the company's 130th anniversary, the Victorinox Swiss Army Inox Watch is as rugged as it is stylish. Nearly indestructible — by watch standards, anyway — it can take a fall from 30 feet, be run over by a 64-ton tank, be submerged to a depth of over 600 feet, and even take a two-hour trip through a washing machine. As for looks, it features a simple steel case with a black dial, red second hand, and date window between 4 and 5, an analog quartz movement, a low battery indicator, and a rubber strap that goes perfectly with its rough and tumble personality.
They already make GPS watches, so it was only a matter of time until Garmin threw their hat in the smart wearables ring. The Garmin Vivosmart is their first attempt, and it gets a lot right. Available in two sizes and five different colorways, this sleek band tracks steps, distance, calories, and sleep patterns, while also keeping the time, reminding you to get up and move after extended periods of inactivity, and letting you receive notifications from your phone, which you can swipe through via the monochrome OLED touchscreen. And thanks to a water-resistance rating of 5 ATM, you can wear it all day — rain, shine, or even pool — without worry.
While Apple's wearable still sits squarely in the rumor-mill department, their rival in Seoul has released yet another smart watch: the Samsung Gear S Watch. The first of its kind to feature an onboard 3G modem — albeit a slightly slower one than you'd expect in a fully-fledged phone — this watch can connect to the web, make calls, and receive messages even when it's outside of Bluetooth range. It's also packed with all the sensors you'd expect from a wearable (various motion sensors, GPS, a heartbeat sensor, and more) while sporting a keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a curved AMOLED display. Your move Cupertino.