Apple Watch vs. Samsung Gear 2

The Apple Watch has been out for a few months now, and people have mixed opinions about it.  Let’s compare it to the Samsung Gear 2 that came out last year.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch by raneko, on Flickr
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Released in April 2015, The Apple Watch, similar to other Apple products has people going gaga.  Apple never lets its fans down, always delivering sleek and solid products for a powerful price.  The pricing depending on if you want the 18k gold model or not, start at $349 to $15,000 (the one in the picture is $999).  Keep in mind that the following features work only if you are connected to an iPhone via Bluetooth.

Features include:

  • 18 hour battery life
  • Water resistant
  • Power reserve mode when you’re running low on power
  • Magsafe magnet inductive charger
  • Answer or make a call
  • Built in Music player 2GB with a some modifications
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pedometer
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Exchange your heartbeat with others
  • And of course Siri voice controls.


Samsung Gear 2

Samsung Gear 2 by pestoverde, on Flickr
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Samsung Gear 2, not the Gear 2 Neo goes for $299 or less.  It’s release date was April 2014.  Running Samsung’s Tizen operating system, their open-source OS that is on a Linux kernel. Keep in mind that in order for you to take advantage of all the features listed below, you need to have a Samsung phone connected via Bluetooth.
One of the features Samsung didn’t include in this Gear 2 is NFC.  NFC allows you to use Google Wallet to pay for items in store using Near Field Communication.  Samsung has had this feature since the Samsung Galaxy S2 (We are at Galaxy S6 now), but the iPhone recently began including it in their phones iPhone 6, and it has gained popularity.  The Gear 2 has:
  • 48 hour battery life
  • IR blaster to control your TV
  • Answer or make a call
  • Built in Music player with a 4GB storage
  • Water resistant
  • 2MP Camera to take pictures/video at 1:1, 4:3, or 16:9
  • Pedometer
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Voice controls.
I’ve never been big into wearing a watch, but why not if it’s functional and makes me more efficient. I’m going to put my bias views aside and look at features that really matter.  My reasons for needing a smart watch is:
  • Ability to quickly tell the time/date
  • Not having to take my phone out of my pocket to view notifications.
  • Able to answer and talk on the watch without using my hands.
  • Quick responses back to texts like: Be there soon, sorry in a meeting, lol, or k
  • Check the weather
  • Monitor my sleep

All the other features that come with these smart watches, isn’t really that important, but are nice to have (for bragging rights).  NFC, GPS, Camera/Video, Remote Control, Watching movies, and barometer.  As far as functionality, battery life, and pricing my vote is with the Samsung Gear 2, if you have a Samsung phone.  If you have an iPhone, looking for the cool factor, and $600 to spare, my vote is with the Apple Watch.

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