How does Apple Watch stack up against the competition?
It looks like 2015 will be the year of the smartwatch. Despite slow consumer adoption, nearly all major tech players have released new smartwatches over the last three months.
|Screen Size||38mm or 42mm|
|Battery Life||18 hours of “normal use”|
|Price||$449 USD to $22,000 USD|
|Operating System||Android Wear|
|Battery Life||All Day of “mixed use”|
|Price||Starting at $279 USD|
Samsung Gear S
|Screen Size||50.8mm (2 inches)|
|Battery Life||About a day of average use|
|Price||Starting at $399.99 USD|
|Screen Size||32 mm (1.26 inches)|
Pebble “Timeline” OS
|Battery Life||Up to 7 days on one charge|
|Price||Starting at $199 USD|
All smartwatches rely on style – each one offers a different approach to making a smartwatch pleasing to wear.
To compete with Apple’s customizable watch design Motorola launched a customization option for its Moto 360 smartwatch.
Moto 360 has already been celebrated for its sleek traditional circular watch face, but now users can choose different colored watch cases, wristbands (leather and metal) and watch faces.
Pebble unveiled Pebble Time Steel – an upgraded version of the device aimed at those looking for a more polished finish. The Steel version has the same technical specs as the Pebble Time, but comes in silver, black and gold finishes and costs $100 more.
The Apple Watch has the most options for customization – with over 22 possible combinations – but each comes with a different price tag, from $449 to as much as $13,000 for the gold Edition model.
And the Samsung Gear S smartwatch is in a league of its own when it comes to connectivity: Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi. Pop in a SIM card and it works independently from a smartphone.
It has built in 3G technology, which means it doesn’t have to be wirelessly connected to a nearby smartphone to receive emails or notifications. The Samsung Gear S has a large two inch display and sporty design.