The smartwatch has been around for some time but the technology of the devices brought to market so far haven’t been the Secret Service/James Bond style that everyone pictures when they say the word “smartwatch”. Now though, Sony and Samsung seem to have stepped up their game and are going head to head in a considerably more exciting battle of the smartwatches than we’ve seen to date.
Sony Smartwatch 2 Spec Overview
- 1.6 inch display 220 x 176 pixels
- Aluminum body with interchangeable straps
- Micro USB Charging with 3- 4 day battery life (average use)
- NFC and Bluetooth connectivity
- $262 out late September 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear Spec Overview
- 1.63 inch display 320 x 320 pixels
- Stainless steel body
- Snap-on USB 3,0 charging with 24+ hours heavy use
- Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity
- $299 out October
Battling It Out
So what does it all mean? Well for a start, the Samsung Galaxy Gear seems to have a sharper display. In fact Samsung are proud to say that the display is bright enough not to be affected by sunlight. No cupping your hand over the smartwatch’s face to tell the time.
Both the Samsung and the Sony are nicely designed although the Sony Smartwatch 2 offers a little more flexibility for its users with interchangeable straps.
Both watches are extremely app friendly (of course), but Samsung have an advantage with this as they’ve secured partnerships with some of the more popular app developers. Also, when it comes to running apps, the Samsung model might be slightly better as the CPU is faster than its competitors.
Bond, James Bond
For anyone who wants to pretend they’re a spy, the Samsung features some brilliant tools. There’s a 1.9 megapixel camera contained in the strap of the camera for the photo opportunity that needs instant capture without fiddling around for a camera or smartphone. Users can also make calls directly from the watch which has a built in microphone and speaker, as well as the Samsung ‘S Voice’ voice recognition tool.
The second version of the Sony Smartwatch doesn’t feature these benefits although users can use the watch to call friends and family but only with a Bluetooth headset as there isn’t a mic or speakers. But what kind of spy could do without a waterproof watch? Sony’s watch allows its user to swim whereas the Samsung will only protect them from a shower.
Which is Best?
The one thing that will undoubtedly let the Samsung watch down is the fact that it is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. A short way down the road there will be updates to make it compatible with the S3, S4 and Note 2. In comparison, the Sony watch is compatible with any android phone that operates Android 4.0. the options are almost endless.
Now though, other companies are hot on the heels of Sony and Samsung trying to push the limits of the smartwatch all the time.
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