Wearable gadgets seem to gain more and more interest from customers, even if we still didn’t get to a point where the majority of people own one. This year a number of new smart watches were released, including the Apple Watch and Samsung’s second generation Gear wearable.
Apple Watch– The Apple Watch is one of the most popular wearable gadgets out there. With the update of its software, the Watch OS 2, it got even more popular, making it really hard to beat. The rectangular watch might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we have to admit that besides the great watch faces it has to offer, there are almost endless possibilities to personalize this watch due to the materials it is made of and the great variety of straps users can opt for.
Major highlight are Apple’s smartwatch comes in two sizes: a 38mm version and a 42mm version are available for purchase. The watch’s casings come in three versions: an aluminum one, stainless steel, and 18 karat gold casings are also available. The digital crown feature of the Watch allows users to scroll through menus and settings easily. Speaking of menus and settings, the Apple Watch doesn’t only allow users to remotely control the smartphones they pair the wearable to, it also has a number of fitness features that are meant to take care of your health. These features include a heart- rate monitor, a pedometer, and a sedentary reminder, all of which work perfectly.
The price of the Apple Watch starts from $349, but it can get a lot higher, depending on the casing and strap of your choosing.
- DISPLAY: 1.32-inch or 1.5- inch rectangular AMOLED, 272×340 or 312 x 390 with 326 ppi density.
- CPU: Apple S1 with 512 MB memory.
- STORAGE: 8GB
- BATTERY: 205 Mah battery
- CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz (system use only), Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE)
- OS: WatchOS2
- SENSORS: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light
Samsung Gear S2- The Gear S2 is the second generation smartwatch released by Samsung, and it had a great success when it first appeared, even if it’s running on Tizen. The Gear S2 is available in three versions, the simple one, a 3G one, and the Classic version. All of them come with a round casing, made of stainless steel, a plastic band for the regular version and a leather band on the Classic version.
While Apple’s smartwatch is very much integrated into Apple’s own ecosystem, Samsung’s Gear S2 uses the Tizen Operating system. As a result, unlike other Android Wear watches, it doesn’t exactly seamlessly connect to an Android smartphone. This is particularly noticeable with Google Now Cards: instead of displaying the information from the cards, which is doable on Android wearables, the Gear S2 only notifies you of the amount of cards you have to view.
Still, when it comes to notifications, both smartwatches are similarly proficient. The Gear S2 has a slight edge with emails, as users are able to reply with an onscreen keyboard, while the Apple Watch is limited to voice dictation (also available on the Gear S2) and preset replies.
The price of the Samsung Gear S2 starts from $299, making it more affordable than the Apple Watch. Due to the fact that there aren’t as many combinations of straps and other features, the Gear S2’s price will definitely not go as high es the Apple Watch’s which can get up to $17.000 for some combinations of features.
- DISPLAY: 1.2-inch circular AMOLED, 360×360 with 302 ppi density.
- CPU: Dual-core 1GHz Pega-W ( for the 3G version: Dual-core 1GHz MSM8226) with 512 MB memory.
- STORAGE: 4GB
- BATTERY: 250 mAh battery ( for the 3G version: 300 mAh)
- CONNECTIVITY: 802.11n Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
- OS: Tizen
- SENSORS: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, Barometer ( the 3G version features GPS)
- FEATURES: Contacts, notifications, messages, email, S Voice, S Health, Nike+ Running, music player, gallery, maps & navigation, weather
Samsung Gear S2 power– Stay in the loop and keep fit with Gear S2, and when it’s time for a recharge, simply place it on the wireless charging dock.
The Watch OS 2, the great variety of watch faces, casings, and straps, in other words, the fact that it is highly customizable, makes the Apple Watch the preferred smartwatch by many of the customers. However, the Gear S2 is a lot more affordable and has a better battery life, making it more reliable. It is a tough choice to make, between the two. If the price isn’t an issue, the Apple watch seems to be the one that has more to offer, both in design and quality. On the other hand, if you can’t afford to invest a lot of money in a smartwatch and the basic version is not the one for you, the Gear S2 might be the right choice for you. If you don’t want to buy a smartwatch right away and you are more interested in the Apple Watch, you could wait a couple of months longer, until the second generation smartwatch will be launched.
via – cnet.com and other websites…!!!