The smartwatch market is still in its infancy, and as tech companies and traditional watchmakes alike scramble to capture the interest of would-be buyers, consumers have almost too many options.
Do you opt for the high-priced wrist candy advertised by Apple as the Tiffany of wearable tech, or do you wade into the world of a hundred notifications and apps that typify Android-powered devices? The choices can be daunting, especially if you’re rushing to get a holiday gift for the techie in your life.
But fear not: The following is all you need to know about buying a smartwatch in late 2015.
Good: Pebble Time Round
Why we like it: Pebble’s smartwatches are those rare devices that appeal to both techies and mainstream users alike. The Pebble Time Round shows the company can still impress even with the Apple Watch and Android Wear taking up space on the same store shelves. With fun interface animations, a price lower than most smartwatches and a watch face that will blend in with most analog watches, the Pebble Time Round has a lot going for it over alternatives. Simplicity, long battery life and a break from the dominant mobile platforms — what more could you ask for?
Who it’s for: The Pebble Time Round is admittedly an outlier in the smartwatch market, but an incredibly flexible one. Whether you’re on Apple or Android, the Pebble will sing your song. It’s perhaps not as cheap as it should be, but it’s still more affordable than most of its competition.
Goes great with: Literally anything from the normcore fashionista’s temple: the Gap, Uniqlo, Urban Outfitters, etc. If you like your tech subtle and nearly invisible, Pebble Time Round will be your jam.