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December 8, 2014

Top 5 smartwatches for Christmas, including Microsoft, LG and Motorola.

It's Christmas time...for wearable technology.

By Ben Sullivan

Moto 360

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With this Android Wear smartwatch, Motorola bucked the trend of square faces and fitted this watch with a classic, circular watch face that looks subtle yet stylish.

The Moto 360 boasts a 320 x 290 pixel display, and supports all the functionalities of Android Wear including voice commands, Google Now alerts and showing the wearer notifications from a connected Android smartphone. The built-in heartrate sensor is also a must-have, especially with the rise of fitness apps and software with Google.

Samsung Gear 2

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The Samsung Gear 2, which runs on Samsung’s own Tizen OS, is a sleek-looking smartwatch that even features a camera.

It features a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320-pixel Super AMOLED display, but is only compatible with Samsung devices Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher, such as the Galaxy S5.

LG G Watch

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The LG G Watch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and sports an ‘Always-On’ 1.65-inch IPS display, which consumes less power.

Paired with smartphone via Bluetooth, the watch can display messages, show who’s calling, control music playback and do other tasks without requiring users to fish out the smartphone every time.

The LG G Watch will come with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, inbuilt sensors and will be compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 operating system and above.

Martian Notifier

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Following in the footsteps of the Moto 360, the Martian Notifier opts for a classic design with a 1.7-inch circular face. Unfortunately, it’s quite thick at 12.7mm.

The Notifier is a ‘basic’ smartwatch that works great for smartphone alerts but doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles like its more premium competitors. It supports both iOS and Android devices at a budget.

Microsoft Band

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Just released, Microsoft’s smartband is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Phones, and helps tracks your heart rate, with GPS for help with running routines.

It’s got loads of features such as email previews, calendar alerts, and sleep tracking.

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