Apple has set the smartwatch business segment on fire when it announced the arrival of the Apple Watch. Since then, the internet is rife with speculations and anticipations as to how the Apple Watch will fare against its competitors which include some of the heavyweights in the industry. To put things into perspective, this flagship release of Apple will be put up against high end models like the
- Samsung Gear S
- Moto 360
- Pebble Steel Time
- Sony SmartWatch 3
- LG Watch Urbane LTE
Ofcourse, there are many other models out there that will give the Apple Watch a tough competition, but a brick by brick comparison between these models will give a clear picture.
Apple devices have always been notorious for their high prices and the Apple Watch is no exception in this regard. With the base model pegged at $349, Apple Watch is considerably on the costlier side than its competitors which are priced in the range $200-$300. The $349 model is a base version and an upgraded stainless steel version for everyday use is for $549. If you are quite intent on making a fashion statement, there is a luxury edition that is priced at $10000-$17000.
Apple Watch doesn’t have the capability to make or receive calls on its own. For this, it needs your iPhone somewhere near. This applies for its other competitors as well except Samsung’s Gear S and the LG Watch Urbane LTE. Apple Watch requires iOS 8 or higher and iPhone 5 or higher, while Samsung Gear S requires Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 or its higher versions. The others are compatible with Android 4.3.
Apple Watch will be made available in various sizes, colours and materials, but they all will come with a rectangular face. Many of its competitors offer rounds faces because they can enhance graphical content like pictures and maps, but they are not so good when it comes to text content. A lot of space is wasted in all corners, thereby making the watch size bigger. Apple Watch has found a solution to this problem by deciding to go with a rectangular face, thus keeping the size small which can be an attractive feature for women too.
Apple Watch’s promise of 18 hours of battery life pales in comparison to Sony SmartWatch 3 that promises a whopping 48 hours. However, compared to other competitors whose battery life is less than 24 hours, Apple Watch is strategically placed in this department too.
Apple Pay is integrated into Apple Watch making it possible for realizing payments just with the tap of your wrist where Apple Pay is accepted. Its competitors still has to grapple with NFC based payment options, while most others don’t have this option. This is clearly one area where Apple Watch scores better than its competitors.
Apple Watch is definitely a feature-rich smart watch that offers a lot. But it all comes down to how much you want to pay for these features and then make an informed decision.