Smartwatch Watch: Which Smartwatch is Right for You?
If you’re a watch lover or maybe an Apple lover then I’m sure you have been keeping up with the latest news about the new Apple Watch! Coming out this week, April 24th to be exact, pricing starts at $349 but can get up to $17,000 for some of the special “Apple Watch Edition” versions. If you have been keeping up with the latest “smartwatch” tech news then you are probably aware that the Apple Watch is a bit of a late comer compared to the Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear S. If you are interested in keeping time with the latest trends of wrist technology the hardest choice may not be whether to buy one of these products but which of them to choose from.
Unfortunately, depending on your phone, choosing one of these watches may have been chosen for you already as the Samsung Gear S and the Moto 360 only work with android software and the Apple watch will only work with iOS. However, depending on certain features of the watches, it may convince you to switch mobile phones, especially if the smartwatch will replace your daily interface with your phone. Check out these three smartwatch brands and which of their features makes them unique to the competition.
Samsung’s second attempt at a smartwatch and they have made some great improvements. Not only is the design sleek and sexy but it offers a keyboard watch which allows you to message back without using voice control, a feature found solely on the Samsung Gear S. This smartwatch also has a unique ability which allows you to make/receive messages and calls when you are away from your phone. If you are one of those people who is always leaving their phone at home/work, having the Samsung Gear S on your wrist may be an essential accessory.
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I am a personal fan of this device. When paired with my Moto X second-gen smartphone the two act in sync to give me a superb mobile device experience. The design is unique in itself by being the most aesthetically pleasing smartwatch out there. The Moto 360 has the only design that features a circular watch face giving a fresh and classy look to the mundane square smartwatch faces. As always, motorola allows a unique customization where you can build your own watch on the Motorola website, marketing itself as the most customizable of all the other models. What I also love about this smartwatch is the Android Wear technology, which gives you notifications based on what you are doing and where you are to keep you on schedule throughout the day. Have a flight to catch? Android Wear tracks the flight status and informs you of delays or cancellations. This unique tracking ability on the Moto 360 emphasizes this smartwatch more like a hardworking personal assistant instead of a new interface to combine with your phone.
Side note: The Moto 360 also comes with a docking station as a charger, positioning the watch like an alarm clock for your bedside table.
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Since Apple hasn’t released the watch yet I can only tell you what I know about it to help with your selection process. The Apple Watch, while in my opinion, not as aesthetically pleasing as the Moto 360, has amazing features that reminds users why they chose Apple in the first place. It has new playful and inclusive interactions like digital touch allowing you to send drawings and your own heartbeat to other apple watch users (very adorable). Although the real unique feature is the Digital Crown (it’s a complete game changer if you ask me). As a genius reinterpretation of an actual watch’s control center, the digital crown is deceptively simple, seeming to act only as a scrolling feature. However the scrolling feature on its own allows the watch face to expand its spatial abilities where its competitors are restricted to just the watch face. The digital crown is also utilized in customization, a feature Apple has been lacking in for some time (see the Android commercials “Be together not the same” as evidence). The crown changes the watch face and color, adds weather and calendar boxes much like Android’s widgets, as well as minutes/second ticks, making each apple watch unique to the user.
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Which Smartwatch do you think looks the best? Share your opinion with us in the comments below!