Apple Watch vs. Android Wear – Which one is better?
Apple revealed its much-hyped smartwatch along with iPhone 6 launch few days ago. The first disappointment for Apple fans was that the smartwatch was not called iWatch. Apple Watch is the first big product line Apple has introduced since 2010 when it launched iPad.
Just like all the comparisons between Apple and Google products, let’s find out how Apple Watch fares against Android Wear — Google’s version of smartwatches.
Need For Smartphone?
Apple Watch requires Apple’s smartphone to work. So you will need an iPhone to utilize the functionality provided by Watch. Although it was launched along with iPhone 6, it can work perfectly with iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c as well.
Same is the case with Android Wear. You need an Android smartphone to make your Android Wear work.
This is because smartwatches act as secondary display for your smartphones. For example, you can see the notifications on your smartwatch that are routed by your smartphone. You can also provide commands such as “set alarm” to your smartwatch and it will send the command to your smartphone that will receive it and act on it.
Is Smartwatch smart enough to tell the time?
The most basic feature of a smartwatch is its ability to tell the time. People won’t be wearing a device on their wrist if it performs all the fancy actions and is not able to tell the time.
Apple Watch turns its display off when you are not looking at it. When you move your wrist to look at it, it shows only the necessary information like time and notifications.
Android is known for the customizability options it offers and it has maintained its reputation in Android Wear as well. By default, they show time all the time but they can be configured to act like Apple Watch — turning on only when needed.
It would be nice to have an option to set which information should be displayed along with the current time. We are unsure if this feature is supported by both Apple and Google smartwatches or not.
Games and other apps?
What makes smartwatches “smart” are the apps that they would offer.
Third-party developers will be able to create applications for Apple Watch but no information is yet released about what they will be like. Whatever the case, we will surely be able to tweet or post Facebook status using our smartwatches in coming months.
Android Wear already provides a platform for third-party developers to build apps for smartwatches. Android Wear apps began to emerge a month ago. They included a flappy-bird-like game Flopsy Bird, Binary Watch Face app, and a custom ROM for Android Wear.
Smartwatches offer a new home for gaming industry and we might be seeing people playing games on their smartwatches soon.
Unlike smartphones, smartwatches’ appearance should be the top priority if the manufacturer wants people to wear it.
Apple Watch is a square-shaped stylish watch that looks great. Unlike Android Wear watches, it is made of premium material like aluminum and gold. It comes in two different sizes and will be available in different colors.
Manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, LG and Motorola have developed Android Wear smartwatches in different shapes. LG G Watch R is the first round-shaped smartwatch that runs Android, but the most stylish out of all Android Wear smartwatches is believed to be Moto 360 so far.
Which one to buy?
It depends on your requirements and what you currently own. If you own an iPhone you wouldn’t need to spend extra cash for Android phone and you should certainly give Apple Watch a try.
However, Android Wear offers almost all the features that Apple Watch offers and hence it can be bought if you belong to Android ecosystem.
As for price, Apple products are as usual pricier than Android. Apple Watch will cost you at least $349 and will be available early next year. However, Samsung Galaxy Gear retailed for $299 last fall.
If you want to buy a platform-independent smartwatch (one that can operate irrespective of your smartphone’s OS), you can go for Pebble that costs around $150.