Evolution, something scientists are still amazed about, but technology is one of the other things that has evolved drastically. Technology, isn’t it amazing how from a room filled with wires just for a computer have been modified to one tiny object – a smartwatch. In ancient times, people travelled miles to deliver the smallest news but now every bit of information is available on our palms and wrists.
To keep the attention of our younger generation, geeks in our industry are coming up with the smart inventions everyday. The development of computers to laptops, laptops to smartphones, and now from smartphones to smartwatches have been astonishing. Let’s look into the smartwatches available today with cutting edge technology on smartphones as well as on other computing devices.
The primary smartwatches available today are – Apple Watch, Pebble Time, and Samsung Gear S2. With these little smart devices needing your smartphone’s help to exceed their potential and due to some pairing compatibility issues, including other features such as battery life and specs, your decision also needs to be made carefully based on the smartphone you are using.
Apple Watch is available in two sizes – 42mm and 38mm. With 42mm housing a 1.5-inch display, while 38mm coming with 1.32-inch display. Apple Watch 38mm model comes with 272x340 display at 326PPI, while 42mm model having 312x390 resolution at 326PPI as well, giving you much sharper display compared to Samsung Gear S2.
Powered by 520MHz S1 processor with 512GB RAM along with 8GB internal storage and 250mAh battery, giving you all day battery life.
Apple Watch is available in different casing options such as aluminum, stainless steel, and 18-karat gold – making the smartwatch a luxury timepiece. The prices vary based on the watch body type. Similar to body types, you get to choose different straps available in rubber, stainless steel, as well as leather.
In addition to that, Apple Watch is an IPX7 water-resistant smartwatch. One of the major advantages on Apple Watch is the large number of apps available on the App Store, giving you a richer Apple Watch experience.
You get different price ranges since Apple Watch is available in different models, with basic model – Apple Watch Sport 38mm priced at ₹30,900 and 42mm at ₹34,900. The standard model – 38mm Apple Watch starts from ₹48,900, and the 42mm model is at ₹52,900.
While the high model Apple Watch Edition 38mm priced at ₹8.2 lakh and 42mm at ₹9.9 lakh. Apple Watch is also customizable with regard to straps which cost ₹3,900 each.
Since Apple Watch runs with WatchOS, it is difficult to pair the watch with an Android device, limiting the watch to only pair with iOS devices. Though, one of the strengths of the Apple Watch is the large number of apps available for the smartwatch.
Samsung Gear S2
Both of Samsung Gear S2 models has a round 1.2-inch display with 360x360 resolution at 302PPI, giving you more number pixels compared to Apple Watch. Along with stainless steel casing as well as plastic strap if you choose standard model – available in silver or dark gray, and leather strap for the classic model – available in black only.
Samsung Gear S2 has a powerful 1.0GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. It has a 250mAh battery for standard and classic model while the 3G model having 300mAh battery. Which can last up to two days and comes with a wireless charging technology.
Featuring several sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, ambient light, as well as barometer sensor. Similar to Apple Watch, it is also a water-resistant smartwatch.
Since Samsung Gear S2 runs Tizen operating system, it is difficult to pair it with an iOS device, similar to Apple Watch limiting its compatibility with an iOS devices. But can easily be paired with Android devices.
Samsung Gear S2 is priced at $299 (approximately ₹19,500), while the classic model priced at $349 – which is approximately ₹23,000.
Pebble Time has a 1.25-inch colour e-paper display with 144x168 resolution and has a pixel density of 182PPI giving the watch a week long battery life as power consumption is minimized with day light.
Pebble Time runs Pebble OS, and powered by a 100MHz, Cortex-M4 processor housing sensors such as 6 axis accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass, gyro meter, magnetometer, pedometer, as well as a microphone.
Pebble Time comes in two variants – Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Starting from approximately ₹16,000 for Pebble Time, while Pebble Time Steel from ₹21,000.
One of the major advantages of Pebble Time over other two smartwatches is its a waterproof smartwatch as well as its ability to pair with both Android and iOS devices. So if in case you are planning to buy the Pebble Time, you need not to worry about smartphone compatibility issues with major platforms. But the number of apps available for Pebble OS is still small compared to Apple Watch apps.
So if you are planning you buy a smartwatch, you really need to keep in mind your smartphone’s operating system except if you want to buy a Pebble smartwatch. Since Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S2 are much fancier smartwatches, Pebble has its own advantages such as waterproof technology as well as much longer battery life. Let us know what you think about these smartwatches in comments below.