Like the idea of a smartwatch, but don’t like the idea of daily or weekly recharging? Here are 5 alternatives

Like the idea of a smartwatch, but don’t like the idea of daily or weekly recharging? Here are 5 alternatives
The Pebble smartwatch, Android Wear, Samsung’s various Gear devices, and soon, Apple Watch, are the hot items in wearables right now.

There have been other notable attempts, like Qualcomm’s Tok, but all have something in common, these connected watches need to be recharged frequently.

The wide variety of Android Wear watches have varying degrees of battery performance, but for all practical uses, all of them need to be recharged daily. There are no official specifications on the Apple Watch yet, but the word around the campfire, along with Tim Cook’s own projections, indicates Cupertino’s own wrist bandit will need to be juiced up every night as well.

The Pebble is battery champion out of the high-profile batch of wearables, it will generally run five to seven days before it needs to be plugged in. With its low starting price tag of $99, it is a great value too, arguably making it the best bang-for-the-buck right now.

For those that have been wearing watches for a while, before they connected with all that newfangled connectedness of Android or iOS or Tizen, those folks are more accustomed to wearing something that often stays on the wrist for years before changing out a battery. That is something that simply is not possible with the current crop of smartwatches.

There are a number of smart devices out there which eliminate the concern of daily recharging, fit the model of a more traditional looking watch, and still offer a good amount of connected functionality. Granted, they do not have the depth of features that one would find in an Android Wear device, or Apple Watch, but these gadgets might make up for that in other ways. Below, we found five devices which can suit a variety of budgets, and keep you connected without the need to plug in every day.


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8 Comments

1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

interesting

3. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hell yea!!!! these need to be marketed more!!! or Sammy, apple, n moto need to REALIZE we dont need another Whole computer on our wrist. the batery life on these is outstanding!!! with just the shortcomings of not being able to make calls for you or awnsering txts, there is nothing else really to be desired from a smart watch. MABEY a map function, with a screen that ONLY comes on when needed behind the low power one, but thats really it. ima look into these n get one probably

2. fwbroke

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Timex Datalink FTW

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So casio timewatch days? I just dont get why we cant use the perpetual charging from movement in smart watches to extend battery life like they do in other watches.

7. caustictoast

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

The short answer: size, cost, and how much power you can get from swinging your arms.

5. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Has anybody tried the Moto 360 ... Its the easy to charge it only takes 30 minutes to get full again being that by the end of day you haven't used all the battery .... And looks cool charging it on the dock ... Really its not an inconvenience doing so every night or in the morning while getting ready for work .

6. tricky

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

The Otium Ballon is a soon to come out smartwatch that supposedly has 4 month battery life, but has one caveat. It doesn't have a rechargeable battery, instead it is user replaceable.

8. TU_Buckeye29

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

The lesser-priced/reasonably priced watches mentioned here have awfully poor user reviews, IMO. It has to be charged weekly, but I feel the Martian Notifier watch deserves mention. It has an actual analog timepiece that relies on a standard battery; and an OLED bar for notifications which uses a 2nd, chargeable battery. For me I only have to charge the battery every 7-10 days. Runs about $99 nowadays; might be worth a look for some folks.

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