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How Galaxy Gear stacks up to other smartwatches

Story highlights

  • Samsung's new Galaxy Gear joins an increasingly crowded smartwatch market
  • Here's how the Gear stacks up against the Pebble watch and other rivals
  • Smartwatches are also rumored to be coming from Apple, Google and Microsoft

It's tricky business comparing the handful of smartwatches that been publicly unveiled so far -- an early wave in the growing flood of wearable tech products.

The market is still defining what qualifies as a smartwatch, and the features available so far vary broadly from device to device.

Samsung made the biggest splash so far Wednesday when it rolled out its Galaxy Gear, a souped-up watch with a simple camera, some decent storage space, voice controls and a single-core processor.

But it lacks integration with Facebook and Twitter -- basic functions already adopted by some of its simpler competitors.

And, if truth be told, some of the stars are still waiting in the wings. Apple, Google and Microsoft -- arguably the heftiest triumvirate in the tech world -- are all expected to hit the market soon with their own smartwatches.

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For now, here's a comparison of the leading connected wrist adornments for sale to tech fashionistas and early adopters. Expect this list to grow quickly as the weeks go on.

    Samsung Galaxy Gear

    Display: 1.63 inches

    Price: $299

    Battery life: About one day

    Compatibility: New Samsung Galaxy devices, eventually older ones

    Connection: Bluetooth 4.0 LE

    Camera: 1.9 megapixel camera, 720p video recording

    Other: 4GB storage, 800 MHz single-core processor, gyroscope and accelerometer

    Availability: Late September worldwide, early October in U.S. and Japan


    Display: 1.26 inches

    Price: $150

    Battery life: 7+ days (additional 10-15% on phone battery)

    Compatibility: iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 or any iPod Touch with iOS 5 or iOS 6. Android devices

    Connection: Bluetooth 2.0, 4.0

    Camera: No

    Other: Accelerometer, magnetometer, water-resistant

    Availability: For sale now

    Motorola MotoActv

    Display: 1.6 inches

    Price: $149 for 8GB version

    Battery life: 20 hours active indoors, 9 outside

    Compatibility: Android phones

    Connection: Bluetooth 1.5 or higher

    Camera: No

    Other: Optimized for exercise, it has GPS tracking, Google Maps integration, is water resistant

    Availability: For sale now

    Sony SmartWatch 2

    Display: 1.6 inches

    Price: $262

    Battery life: 3-4 days

    Compatibility: Most Android phones

    Connection: NFC and Bluetooth 3.0

    Camera: No

    Other: Display that's readable in sunlight, hundreds of apps available

    Availability: Available "soon"

    Qualcomm Toq

    Display: 1.55 inches

    Price: Around $300

    Battery life: TBA

    Compatibility: Android phones

    Connection: Bluetooth

    Camera: No

    Other: Mirasol display, similar to e-ink

    Availability: In limited numbers in mid-October