Wearables at the IT Show 2016

Asus ZenWatch 2 with metallic strap
Asus ZenWatch 2 with metallic strapPHOTOS: ASUS, GARMIN, JAWBONE, SAMSUNG, TOMTOM
Garmin Forerunner 235
Garmin Forerunner 235
Garmin VivofitHR
Garmin VivofitHR
JawboneUp3
JawboneUp3
SamsungGear S2 classic in 18K Rose Goldand Platinum
SamsungGear S2 classic in 18K Rose Goldand Platinum
TomTomSpark Cardio +Music
TomTomSpark Cardio +Music

Asus ZenWatch 2 with metallic strap
$299
Booth 8238

The affordable Asus ZenWatch 2 once came only with leather straps. Now, this Android Wear smartwatch is available with a stainless steel link bracelet for those who want a more elegant and professional look.

It is available in two sizes - 1.63-inch and 1.45-inch. You can always get a replacement strap as the ZenWatch 2 uses 22mm (for 1.63-inch model) or 18mm (for 1.45-inch model) straps that are readily available.


Garmin Forerunner 235
$469 (usual price $499)
Booth 6243

The Garmin Forerunner 235 is the navigation company's first try at using its own built-in heart rate monitor (HRM) in a GPS running watch. It used the Mio's HRM technology in earlier models.

The Forerunner 235 measures your heart rate continuously. It also doubles as a fitness tracker, monitoring your steps, calories burnt and sleep patterns. Its built-in accelerometer captures distance and pace data when you run indoors.


Garmin Vivosmart HR
$229
Booth 6243

As the HR in its name implies, the Garmin Vivosmart HR comes with a built-in heart rate monitor (HRM). This is the first Garmin fitness tracker series using a built-in HRM. Previously, Vivofit fitness tracker users needed to connect the device to a chest-strap HRM.

This enables all-day tracking of your heart rate, steps taken, floors climbed, calories burnt and sleep patterns. It also has an always-on display that shows you the time.


Jawbone Up3
$289 (usual price $309)
Booth 309

For those who dislike wearing a fitness tracker with a regular wristband, there is the Jawbone Up3. It looks like a beautiful accessory with its stylish anodised aluminium shell. Almost a sure way to garner some compliments.

It automatically tracks your daily physical activity and sleep as well. And, despite its good looks, it even has a hard-working heart rate monitor that tracks your heart rate all day. The Jawbone Up3 comes in many colours, including indigo and silver.


Samsung Gear S2 classic in 18K Rose Gold and Platinum
$698
Booth 8368

The smartwatch with an innovative rotatable bezel is now available in 18K rose gold and platinum.

But it is still the same Samsung Gear S2 with its 1.2-inch (360 x 360 pixels) circular touchscreen display. The rotatable bezel can be used to toggle notifications, settings and applications.

The 18K rose gold model comes with a ivory leather strap; the platinum, with a black leather strap.


TomTom Spark Cardio + Music
$349 (usual price $399)
Booth 305

If you love music while working out, you may want to try the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS .

This GPS running watch has a built-in heart-rate monitor and an integrated music player you can use to listen to music wirelessly via a paired Bluetooth headset. An internal storage of 3GB lets you store more than 500 songs.

The Spark doubles as a fitness tracker that automatically monitors your physical activity and sleep.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2016, with the headline 'WEARABLES'. Print Edition | Subscribe