(COVINGTON, LA.)– There has been some buzz around St. Paul’s campus about the new Apple Watch that was supposed to be released tomorrow, April 24, but has been delayed until further notice. The upcoming release has caused caused a rivalry to heat up on campus between the Apple and Samsung watch options.
Ins and Outs of Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has three types of models: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition.
The first watch is the Sport which allows you to get sweat on the watch without it breaking. Additional features include a 38mm and 42mm Case, a 7000 Series Space Gray Aluminum casing, an Ion-X Glass, Retina Display, composite metal backing, a digital crown, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, speaker and microphone, Wi‑Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, up to 18 hours of battery life, and is water resistant according to Apple. It will start at $349.
The second watch is the Apple Watch which has a silver look, but will cost $100 more. The third is the Apple Watch Edition which can have 18-Karat Rose Gold built in, and its base model cost $200 more than the Sport.
This product has many features to it with a stylish look to the body, and many wrist clasp options which are interchangeable. Another feature is the watch has Bluetooth connectivity with the user’s phone: when the owner wants to take a picture, they can set the phone on a timer, look at the watch, and it will see what the phone sees.
This product has some downsides, though. The biggest one is that it will only hold 18 hours of battery life, which is not long if users want to use this product for anything else other than looking at the time. Another problem, minor as it is, is that the Apple Watch Edition can be configured to cost as much as $10,000.
What Does the Samsung Watch Offer?
The competitor is the Samsung watch, which has four models: Gear S, Gear Live, Gear 2, and Gear Fit.
The first, the Gear Live, includes features like a microphone, notification system, Google Voice, Google Now, and Google Maps & navigation. Priced at $199.
The second-tier watch is the Samsung Gear 2, featuring a 2.0 MP camera, Li-ion 300mAh battery which is 2-3 days on high usage, 1.0GHz, 4.0 Bluetooth, IR Remote Control, S Voice™, in addition to the Live’s features. Prices begin at $299.
The top-tier watch is the Samsung Gear S which features are 4 GB of storage, 2-4 days of battery life (depending how the user uses it), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, echo-cancellation , an accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, heart rate sensor, light sensor, and a UV sensor according to Samsung. The cost of this watch begins at $199, depending on data network, but requires a data contract.
The Gear Fit is a smaller, water-resistent sport-version of the Samsung watch that is contoured and offers interchangable bands. It does not offer as many features as the other watches, but begins at $149.
How Do Apple and Samsung compare?
Overall, the Samsung watches are far cheaper than the Apple Watch and offer longer battery life. However, the ratio of Apple to Samsung phones on campus is about 7:1, making the Apple version more feasible in terms of compatibility. Overall, these are both well-made product lines that consumers will flock to, and both represent the next step in the evolution of wearable technology.