As reported March 9 on CNNMoney.com, Apple chief Tim Cook and his team presented details and pricing for the Apple Watch on March 9 in a Cupertino press event. Customers can try out the Apple Watch, and place orders for it, beginning April 10. Apple has committed to deliver Apple Watches beginning April 24.
Samsung has had smart watches on the market since 2013; check the photos and captions in the slide show attached to this article for examples of the watches Samsung has offered in recent years. Here’s how the Samsung line of smart watches compare to the new Apple Watches.
The products in the Samsung watch line currently sell for about $199 or $299. There are also high-end models out there, such as the one-of-a-kind, diamond encrusted Galaxy Gear that Jennifer Hudson wore to last year’s People’s Choice awards, shown in the photo attached to this article. The least expensive Apple Watch will cost $349 and the top models will cost well over $10,000.
Apple Watch comes in two different heights: 38mm and 42mm. These are both significantly smaller than the Samsung watches, which range from 56mm to 59mm in height. The Samsung watches are big for anyone with a small wrist.
The Samsung watch screens each measure about 1.6 inches diagonally, very large for a watch. Galaxy Gear’s camera has 1.9 megapixels so it’s far smaller than most new smartphone cameras which are 8 to 18 megapixel models. Samsung’s Galaxy Fit is narrower (see slideshow photos). The Apple Watch face holds more app icons than the Samsung watches, even though the Apple Watch is considerably smaller,
Samsung Galaxy Gear has battery life estimated at 24 hours, while Apple estimates their watch’s battery will last up to 18 hours. The Galaxy Gear’s larger size allows room for a larger battery and thus offers longer life. With either watch you’ll need to plan to recharge daily; neither will be great choices for back country camping or any overnight activity away from electricity.
Samsung Galaxy Gear is compatible with Samsung phones beginning with Samsung Galaxy S3, now 2.5 years old, and also with the Samsung Galaxy Note tablet. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhones beginning with the 2.5 year old iPhone 5. Both watches connect via Bluetooth.
The Apple Watch comes in three models: basic, Sport, and Edition. The basic Apple Watch is stainless steel, available in black or steel color. The Apple Watch Sport has an aluminum case and comes in space gray or silver. The Apple Watch Edition comes in two 18 karat gold options: yellow gold or rose gold. There are different groups of bands for each model, with brightly colored plastic bands for the sport watch and leather bands for the Edition watch. Apple Watch in its least expensive form will cost $349. The Edition model will start at $10,000. More detail is available on Apple.com.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear originally came in six different colors; many more options are available now. Some of the Samsung watches can take any standard 22mm watchband. This Gizmag.com article does an excellent job making sense of comparing Samsung’s various smart watches. Apple will offer upscale materials including leather and metal bands, and watches made of gold, steel, or aluminum. Apple’s Sports model comes with brightly colored plastic bands in colors reminiscent of the colors of the iPhone 5c from 2014. Expect both Samsung and Apple to add and subtract colors and materials frequently, going forward.