This year CES was a huge year for smartwatches and wearables. There were tons of watches and fitness bands everywhere you looked and there was even a dedicated "Wrist Revolution" section which housed the likes of Neptune Pine, Sonostar, the Qualcomm Toq and MetaWatch. We definitely had a busy week scouring the floor for the latest and greatest devices, and also for stealing some hands-on time with a few devices we hadn't been able to play with before.
There were almost too many smartwatches to count this year but there were certainly a few that stood out as the best for us. So if you are curious as to just what smartwatches were the hit of the show for us, we'll give you a quick rundown of the best smartwatches from CES 2014.
Pebble wasn't actually at a booth during CES, but we did get a chance to meet up with them ahead of time to get some hands-on action with the upcoming Pebble Steel. The second generation Pebble doesn't change much at all on the inside, yet it steps up the fashion with new Black Matte and Brushed Stainless versions. Both with come with a matching metal band as well as a black leather strap and sport Gorilla Glass, an anti-fingerprint coating, a new charge status LED as well as a new charging connector.
The Pebble Steel is available now for pre-order for $249 and will begin shipping on January 28th.
The Kreyos Meteor had a successful run on Indiegogo, raising over $1.5 million. Now just weeks away from shipping, the Kreyos Meteor was shown off in full force at CES. The booth seemed to be packed constantly, everyone wanting to sneak a peak at the Meteor and all of the accessories. The Meteor is geared towards fitness with apps to analyze your golf swing and track your run, but it also can receive notifications from your phone and allows you to use gestures and voice control to get around. The cool think about the Kreyos Meteor is that the watch unit itself is removable from the band, allowing you to use other accessories like a belt clip or lanyard in its place.
If you're interested in picking one up for yourself, you can pre-order now for $169.
Everyone was clamoring to get their hands on the Neptune Pine smartwatch. While it's essentially a super small Android-powered phone on your wrist, the Pine looks to be an awesome offering thanks to the $800k of funding on Kickstarter. It has the same concept as that of the Omate TrueSmart, but we did find the Pine a bit more appealing.
The Neptune Pine will hold a SIM card, allow for voice calls, emails and SMS. It will also let you two-way video chat and take photos with either of the front or rear camera (it easily removes from the strap). It runs Android so there will be a whole slew of applications available to play around with. It's way more than just a notifier watch so if you really want to geek out, this may be the way to go.
You can pre-order a Neptine Pine now for a base prices of $335 with shipping starting in March.
Another Android-powered device, the Omate TrueSmart is already a hit despite not many people actually owning one. The TrueSmart holds a SIM card thus allowing for separate use from your phone. You can make calls, send emails & SMS, run apps and more. Getting to play around with one I have to say that I'm super excited to get my hands on one and check it out in-depth. I'm not totally sold on the phone-on-your-wrist concept yet, but I'm hopeful that the TrueSmart will change my mind.
This one too is available for pre-order now in various models, shipments starting over the next few months.
Archos will be dropping not just one, but three entries into the smartwatch game before the end of the summer. If only for throwing more than one into the mix right off the bat, they make our list of best smarwatches from CES. Archos plans to run out a sub $50 Pebble competitor with a B&W memory LCD screen, a capacitive touchscreen color model at around $100 and a top-tier, E-ink model with a curved screen for around $120 (which looks very similar to the Sonostar). All of the devices should be releasing right around the same time and will definitely give Archos a good smartwatch jump. We'll have to put them through the paces to see how they stand up overall, but if they work as we're told, Archos could be off to a great start.
Of course there were way more smartwatches as CES this year — these are just the ones that were the best for us. Then again, you can't actually own any of them yet (you can pre-order though). MetaWatch, Qualcomm, Sonostar, ConnecteDevices (Cogito & Cogito Pop) and others all showed off new (or somewhat new) devices as well, they just didn't top our list.