Sep 15, 2020

The top 10 smartwatches on the market today

lifestyle
wearables
Harry Menear
6 min
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The world’s first “smart watch” was launched more than 20 years ago. The Seiko Ruputer hit the market in June of 1998 and, although it should definitely be recognised for its pioneering role in the history of wearable tech, it wasn’t a particularly impressive piece of hardware by today’s standards. Its two-inch screen allowed the wearer to play a few games, look at a rudimentary map of the world, make appointments and use a calculator, among a few other simple tasks.  

Smartwatch technology has come a long way since the turn of the century. By a lot of standards, smartwatches deliver on the promises that science fiction made us all through the latter half of the 20th century. Smartwatches can send and receive messages, make payments and even perform video calls. Anyone watch the Flintstones or the Jetsons?

The global smartwatch market is currently dominated by a few big players, who are able to deliver premium products with access to mature application ecosystems at relatively low prices. However, there are a few smaller firms breaking into the space as well. This week, Mobile World Magazine is rounding up our top 10 smartwatches on the market today. 

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