If you’ve been following the wearable technology trends for the past couple of years, then you are no stranger to Apple Watch’s long list of smart watch competitors. After Apple’s unveiling of the Apple Watch during this week’s Live Keynote, many Apple fans were left wondering if the Apple Watch will measure up to expectations, or turn out to be a flop. With gimmicky features such as the 3D emoticon, and sending your heartbeat, the Apple Watch sounds a bit toy-ish.
However, let’s not forget that the wearable technology industry has been booming over the past year. We’ve seen numerous smartwatches hit the market, and many early-adopters buying them at record numbers. Take a look at some of Apple’s top competitors in the smartwatch market, and let us know in the comments which smartwatch you think will come out on top.
Remember, Apple has yet to release the specifications of the Apple Watch, so as of yet it is difficult to compare the Apple Watch to other smartwatch models.
Samsung Gear S
The Samsung Gear S smartwatch has a 2 inch display with 300 pixels per inch resolution. It weighs 2.36 ounces, and has a battery capacity of 300 mAH.
Motorola Moto 360
The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch has a 1.56 inch display with 205 pixels per inch resolution. It weighs 1.72 ounces, and has a battery capacity of 320 mAH. It has a modern round face, which contrasts to many other square-faced smartwatch options.
Sony Smartwatch 3
The Sony Smartwatch 3 has a 1.6 inch display with 283 pixels per inch resolution. It weighs 1.58 ounces, and has a battery capacity of 420 mAH. The Sony Smartwatch 3 definitely has one of the best battery lives of any other smartwatch on the market. The only question is, how will the Apple Watch compare?
LG G Watch R
The LG G Watch R has a 1.3 inch display with 246 pixels per inch resolution. Its weight is to be announced, and it will have a battery capacity of 410 mAH.
Apple Watch Pros and Cons
Sure, the Apple Watch will be hugely customizable, and many users see this as a positive thing. However, with three different models, each in different colors, as well as six different band options, which also come in various colors. Pair these options with the custom watch face options, and things start to get confusing. Everyone knows that Apple understands great design, but Apple has also always prided itself on simplicity. With all the new options for the Apple Watch, it seems that Apple may have lost sight of their simplistic, and modern approach.
The next potential glitch is that many apps may require pairing with the iPhone to work. Let’s all hope that these apps don’t turn out to be exercise-related, as the whole idea of the Apple Watch Sport would be to go jogging without one’s iPhone.
And, that brings us to apps. It will be interesting to see how various third party apps display on Apple Watch’s “glimpses”. However, this may also be Apple Watch’s triumph. There are so many talented Apple Developers out there, that we can expect dedicated Apple Watch apps soon after the release in 2015. We’ve already witnessed how many top-notch apps release first, and sometimes always, solely on the Apple App Store. Thus, Apple could easily dominate the market in terms of smartwatch-related apps, as well.
The Verdict: Will the Apple Watch Be A Flop?
The jury is still out until Apple releases all the specs, and until the Apple Watch officially hits the market. Stay tuned for more details, and let us know in the comments whether or not you think the Apple Watch will be the next big thing.