Comparing Smart Watches: Apple Watch vs. Other Top Brands

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This guest post was contributed by Romeo Demes.

There has been a shift in the technological world towards more accessible and more intimate gadgets, and the result of this change in attitude is what we know as the smart watch. As we herald a new chapter in personal communication, we need to take a look at the watches that offer a world of limitless innovation and expression on a daily basis.

The Apple Watch in particular has generated a lot of buzz, after being unveiled by Tim Cook not too long ago. This watch which promises quick daily interactions is set to hit the stores early 2015, and is packed with features such as calendars, maps, music, apple TV and iTunes, remote camera, timer, alarm, photos, stopwatches, stock quotes, weather updates and Siri.

Image source: Apple.com

Image source: Apple.com

Once you get past the various stylistic preferences on offer- including 3 distinct variants (Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition), you will encounter the functions of this smart watch that have made it highly anticipated. This durable watch boasts of an intuitive home screen, which allows you to connect with your most loved apps. We also have an outstandingly precise watch, which automatically adjusts to any time zone you may be in.

And lest we forget, the communication opportunities via the Apple Watch are spectacular. You can easily access your friends and family via messages, calls and customizable conversations, using preset options and dictation. Transferring calls to your iPhone or your car’s speaker is also exceptionally easy using Bluetooth, and once you receive a notification or message/call alert, a discreet and distinct tap on your wrist will grab your attention.

However, the Apple Watch is perhaps most pronounced in the area of physical activity, using a combination of an accelerometer, custom sensor and GPS tracking to calculate your quality and quantity of movement. And the Workout app and Activity app are just two of the exercise apps dedicated to monitoring your progress and advising you on your workout regimen.

For the savvy business man and woman, Apple Pay and Passbook will help you securely and conveniently manage your payments, loyalty cards, tickets, boarding passes, debit cards and credit cards.

However, there are several other watches dominating the market which may take exception to the attention the Apple Watch is receiving. The dual core 24Kupi Pro Watch is such an example, making use of an Android system, wireless connection, and Bluetooth to control secondary devices and navigate your watch.

Image source: 24kupi.com

Image source: 24kupi.com

While you can access the internet and receive message notifications from any social network site you may be on, the communication options are far less than those on the Apple Watch. There is also a GPS system built into the 24Kupi, allowing you to track your exercise movements on a daily basis.

Owners of the watch also have access to a 3MP camera, apps, different document formats, and an Emergency button. This minimalist interface is in direct contrast to the feature rich Apple Watch, but is in similar context with the Pebble Steel. The elegant Pebble Steel manages to improve on the app access found in its popular predecessor; however there is an 8 app limitation at any one time. But navigating this compact and waterproof smart watch is extremely easy, using scrolling and selecting navigational buttons.

Image source: GetPebble.com

Image source: GetPebble.com

Similar to the Apple Watch, the iOS and Android enabled Pebble Steel offers music, email, text and social notifications, alarms, and a variety of watch faces. However, this watch excels in the area of battery life, as its 130mAH battery can hold charge for up to 7 days after a 2 hour charge. This is fantastic when compared to the 1 day battery life believed to be found in the Apple Watch.

And we cannot end this discussion without mentioning the Motorola Moto 360 smart watch, which utilizes an Android Wear platform to deliver on distinct features such as weather, travel time, voice dictation and upcoming events. This sturdy watch offers a comfortable and simple option to the Apple Watch talked about above.

Image source: Motorola.com

Image source: Motorola.com

As you can determine, there are ample reasons why you should be excited about the Apple Watch. This smart watch is an innovation which should be taken advantage of by those who can afford to do so, and marks a step towards the regular use of smart watches by the population.