While the term smartwatch may have, 20 years ago, brought to mind an image of a calculator wristwatch, it now means a lot more than just being able to add or subtract just as you would check the time. The smartwatch isn’t a new idea – in fact, the more modern version has been something tech giants have been grappling with for almost 2 decades. Back then it was an idea that would have sounded rather futuristic, but today we see people sporting Android and Apple smartwatches everywhere we go.
Today we look at two of the most popular – the Samsung smartwatch and the Apple smartwatch. Both have hit it big time in the tech world, and loyal converts to this wrist revolution will often tell you they won’t leave home without these wearables.
The Samsung Smartwatch
One of the most popular, and our favourite, Android smartwatch is the Samsung smartwatch, better known as the Samsung Gear and all of its iterations. The Samsung Gear S features a 2-inch curved display that sits comfortably on your wrist. It is actually a standalone smartwatch, meaning you don’t need a smartphone for connectivity since the Gear S packs its own SIM card slot for 3G capabilities. The Super AMOLED display boasts a 480 x 360 resolution and it packs in GPS connectivity for accurate run tracking.
The Gear S2 features an intuitive interface that makes it easy to see notifications and apps, connecting to your phone to give you updates on all the latest. There are two versions, the S2 and the S2 Classic, both of which have a 1.2 inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution.
The Apple Smartwatch
The Apple Watch tends to stand a bit apart form the crowd, really checking all the boxes when it comes to delivering your wants. The vibrant 340 x 272 pixels, 290 ppi screen isn’t too big or too small – it fits your wrist just right. It features an optical heart rate sensor for your health and fitness needs, and the whole thing is IPX7 rated, meaning water resistant – a major bonus. With a few different versions and looks to choose from, as well as a wide array of strap variations, the Apple Watch is easy to work into your wardrobe.
Like most of the Samsung Gear smartwatches, the Apple Smartwatch syncs with your iOS smartphone and gives you a whole host of options conveniently located on your wrist. Once connected, it will display any notification from your phone, from texts to WhatsApp messages, tweets, Instagram likes, Gmail alerts and calendar reminders. Sure, it won’t fix the plumbing, but who knows what those tech geniuses have up their sleeves?
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