Android Wear vs Apple Watch – Quick Look

by: Rob TriggsMarch 9, 2015
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Apple has just announced the final details of its first entry into the smartwatch market, so let’s take a look at how the Apple Watch stacks up against the best that Android Wear has to offer.

Both platforms work as a companion to their smartphone counterparts, with Apple Watch supporting iOS 8 smartphones and Android Wear covering Android 4.3 handsets and up.

Software

Starting with the software, both operating systems have been built around smartphone notifications and a selection of apps designed specifically for wearables. Android Wear arranges these into swappable cards while Apple’s OS arranges apps on a single home screen with full screen pop-up notification. However, rather than relying solely on touch to navigate your way around, Apple’s crown dial is also used to hop in and out of apps and alter some settings.

Apple made a big deal about personalization during the announcement, and both platforms offers up a wide selection of watch-faces to choose from. You can already find a huge range of watch faces made by third party developers for Android Wear.

Android Wear apps

Core functionality also shares a lot of similarities on both platforms. Notifications pinged from your mobile appear in real-time, allowing for quick responses to messages, emails, calls, etc. Both platforms support common applications such as calendars, navigation, music control, weather checking, upcoming flight information and voice commands.

Speaking of which, Google Now plays a big part in Android Wear, while Siri assumes the voice responsibilities for Apple Watch. Google Now works for search, accessing apps, settings alarms, etc, and Siri allows for much of the same functionality, and can also be activated by voice command.

Apple Watch

Apple Pay is one big feature currently unmatched by Android Wear devices, which will allow you to make small payments in some stores directly from your wrist. Although you have to hold the face of the watch against the contactless reader, which might involve some odd wrist twisting, depending on the reader.

Health and Fitness

The other half of the wearables battle is being fought for the health and fitness market, with both platforms again offering up a lot of similar functionality. Most Android Wear smarwatches come with a heartrate monitor and can link up with your smartphone to track location and distances through GPS and WiFi, and the Apple Watch is no different in this regard either. Both platforms sport similar app functionality too.

With Android Wear, there’s app support from Google Fit and a selection of third party apps that can all tap into the fitness hardware, most of which offer features like distance/step tracking and health monitoring. Apple’s Activity app can also keep track of your day to day activities, or lack of, in much the same way, while there’s a Workout app for those who want a more dedicated cardio workout.

Hardware

Apple has opted for two different sizes for its smartwatch, either 38mm or 42mm. Just like Android Wear, changeable watch straps are available to suit your preferred style, and Apple even has a selection of metals available to enclose the watch face, either stainless steel, aluminium, or 18k gold, if you so desire.

Of course, the wonderful thing about Android has always been its wider range of hardware. While Apple’s has a range of variations on the same design, Android Wear’s hardware has a selection of completely different looks available. The Moto 360 come with a choice of leather or metallic straps, while the G Watch R and Zenwatch offer a selection of leather options or Sony’s latest smartwatch can come encased in stainless steel.

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Although there are plenty of different designs to pick from with Android Wear, most of the latest generation smartwatches feature surprisingly similar specifications to each other. The table below gives an example of some of the best Android Wear products and how they compare with the key hardware features offered by Apple’s Watch.

 Asus ZenwatchLG G Watch RMoto 360Apple Watch
Display1.63" 320x320 AMOLED1.3" 320 x 320 P-OLED1.56" 320x290 LCD340 x 272 or 390 x 312
SoC1.2 GHz Snapdragon 4001.2 GHz Snapdragon 400TI OMAP 3Apple S1
RAM512 MB512 MB512 MBunknown
Storage4 GB4 GB4GBunknown
Battery360 mAh (2 days)410 mAh (2+ days)320 mAh (12 hours)unknown (18 hours)
Size51 x 39.9 x 7.9 ~ 9.4 mm46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm46mm diameter x 11.5mm42mm or 38mm (height)
Weight50g62g49gunknown
ResistanceIP55IP67IP67no
Extraspedometer, heart rate monitorpedometer, heart rate monitorpedometer, heart rate monitorpedometer, heart rate monitor, GPS
ChargingDockDockWirelessMagSafe Wireless
Price$199.99$299$250$349 or $399

The 38mm Apple Watch is the smallest of the watches on our list, while the 42mm wide version is much closer to what we have come to expect from rectangular Android Wear watches. Of course, circular designs, like the Moto 360 and G Watch R, are going to be a little wider, but fortunately don’t add much in terms of weight. However, the scanner on the bottom of the Apple Watch seems to make the smartwatch stick out of the wrist a bit further than most Android watches, although we don’t have the exact dimensions to verify its size.

One of the most important metrics for a wearable is battery life. Typically, our testing of Android Wear devices results in a maximum battery life of around two days, with the exception of the Moto 360 which seems substantially worse. During Apple’s announcement, the device was stated to last 18 hours during “typical” usage, meaning that daily charging will be required and the watch may not last long at all under heavy usage.

The Apple Watch also supports wireless charging via a MagSafe induction connection. The Moto 360 uses Qi wireless charging, while most Android Wear products are charged through a physical connection to a docking station.

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On its début into the smartwatch market, Apple has also launched sport and collector’s edition variants. Neither of these two add anything in terms of internal hardware, but the sport version’s aluminium, rather than stainless steel, cover should reduce its weight somewhat. Prices for the Watch Edition range between $549 and $1049, depending on the strap and build materials. If you have money to burn, there’s also a 18-karat or rose gold option available starting from $10,000.

There you have it, a quick look at some of the hardware and software features available with Android Wear and Apple Watch. There are a lot of similarities between the two, which likes leaves aesthetic design and smartphone support as the major deciding factors between the two.

  • Tim Hoepfner

    Moto 360 gets much more than 12 hours – closer to 24 through normal use.

    • I dont know better

      same for me … I am perfectly happy with the 360 battery

      • MattEgansHairLine

        How’s that cpu that’s so old TI stopped supporting it two years ago.

        • T.J.

          Smooth.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Lets hope so, they are going to be using it again in the next one!

          • T.J.

            Doubtful.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            They are using the same parts again in this years LG, and it’s not like Lenovo are renowned for still using designs they bought from IBM 13 years ago… Oh sorry, they are, my bad.

            So they use way out of date hardware for a flagshit watch, and we all know the world class design department (at IBM 13 years ago anyway).

          • T.J.

            Do you even listen to what you’re saying? Go away troll.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Did I hit a nerve? Must have done.

            Maybe the Lenovo 360 2 will use a mechanical UI, that was definitely on the Lenovo first before the Apple Watch was released?

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, it’s really sad that you can’t generate 1000 BitCoins a day on that thing! Why, you probably can’t even use your watch for Folding or Mersenne Prime!

          Oh. Wait. It’s a watch isn’t it? Almost forgot.

      • Marty

        If it weren’t for that cutout at the bottom of the display on the 360, it would probably be my most desired AW watch. But I just cannot get past that damn cutout. But the battery life it had after the update was great. I don’t have the 360 anymore, though – returned it during the return period.

        • Colin Huemmer

          It really isn’t all that bothersome, it’s just the ambient light sensor, and it needs somewhere practocal to go – like the face of the watch

          • Marty

            Yeah, it bothered me. I tried really hard to get used to it and accept it and just couldn’t. It would be better if Motorola chopped off the top as well. At least it would be uniform.

          • Colin Huemmer

            Obviously, to each their own. There are times when it can be a little irking, like at a 30 or 31 minute mark. But, there is practicality to it.

          • Rickster

            the large bezels on the other round watches bother me more than the flat tire. Moto 360 is still the best looking watch for me

          • Spike

            It’s not the ambient light sensor. It might live there, but that little black chin is where the display drivers live and that’s how they got the bezel so thin.

  • dkbnyc

    Prices for the Watch Edition range between $549 and $1049, depending on the strap and build materials. If you have money to burn, there’s also a 18-karat or rose gold option available starting from $10,000.

    Sure, okay. I’ll have 5 of each please. Because it’s Apple and if Apple makes it, it’s worth it.

    • abqnm

      Actually, that’s not quite true. There are three model ranges: the Apple Watch Sport, which starts at $349; The Apple Watch, which ranges from $549-$1099; and the Apple Watch Edition, which ranges from $10,000-$17,000.

      Only the “Apple Watch Edition” is offered with either rose or yellow gold and sapphire crystal. The “Apple Watch” has a stainless case and sapphire cryatal. And the “Apple Watch Sport” has an aluminum case with a hardened glass crystal.

      Just for comparison sake, the cheapest version that comes with a metal band is the 38mm Apple Watch with the link band, and is $949. $50 more for the 42mm version, and another $100 on top of either of those if you want the black metal band version. So, a black metal band Apple Watch at 42mm costs $1099.

      It’s beyond ridiculous, considering they will be outdated within a year or two. At least with a traditional watch, you can make a big investment in a high quality watch and it will last most probably your entire lifetime, and maybe beyond.

      Sorry Apple, but the price of admission into your smart watch club is way too high. I think I’ll be looking at Huawei’s offering as soon as it is launched. It looks better, is made of the same 316L stainless as the $549+ “Apple Watch” and will likely be at least half that price, if not a third.

      Google needs to step up here and find a way to make Android Wear work with iOS. Do that, and the platform will be a win.

      • MattEgansHairLine

        Because asking roid users to buy what they bullshit about has proved impossible.

        Winning! 720,000 last twelve month. Losing! Selling over 900,000 in one day.

        I suggest you never invest your own money or try to bring anything to market, you really don’t know what people want.

  • Brandon Miller

    Uhm… Why does it say that the Moto 360 gets 12 hours? With Ambient on I get ~18-20 hours.

    • ben_rivero

      I agree, I always get 24hrs or more

    • Badelhas

      Do you mean that with ambient Mode you have the time showing during all day and it still manages to last until you go to bed? I am inclined to wait for the LG Urbane (I wear a suit at work) because I’ve read that the 360 dosent last a day if it’s always on and I can’t have a black screen watch…

  • Guest

    What is the point of having GPS on your watch when it is required that you tether it with a phone that already has GPS? Seems like a unnecessary drain on the battery. Unless I am missing something.

    • gilahacker

      In the case of the Sony smartwatch 3, you can leave the phone at home when you go out for a run. My Note 3 is rather bulky for the pockets on my running shorts and an armband is uncomfortable.

    • Blane Stroud

      Exercise tracking. Your watch can keep your fitness information locally until the next time you are near your phone. Cheaper devices, like fitness bands, just use an accelerometer and gyro combo mixed with average metrics and some math to estimate your distance and workout. More expensive devices opt to just stick a GPS in there for precision tracking.

  • Ismail Bahhane

    Hey Vegeta, what’s the price of this watch?
    It’s over 9000!

  • Screen junkies

    I hate to see how u pathetic imbeciles cannot afford a stupid watch that only if you have an iPhone. when u read this u shall rethink your life as u read this. get rich ya poor scrub

    • saf1927

      I’m definitely richer than you. I simply buy what’s worth it. A pathetic watch with a pathetic OS with clusterfucked UI is only something an idiot would buy.

      • Screen junkies

        ynoob

      • BZ

        you should prove how much richer than @screen_junkies:disqus you are though, you know make your point strong and show them isheeps that the android brand doesn’t just cater to the low end market like most OEMs do.

        • cava

          Do you even realize that Apple’s products are generally weaker in terms of hardware to versions of every other flagship OEM phone, watch, laptop, etc. The thing apple has going for it is simplicity and a more? unified os. people are sheepish and fickle..Apple succeeds based on its “shiny” product status….

          • MattEgansHairLine

            So all those Roider who switch to iPhone last quarter, what is their excuse, three months ago you said they were smart, now they are stupid?

            Apple spent $1.4bn marketing everything they sell, one roid OEM spent in the same period…$14.5bn

            Someone is falling for shiny, yes that’s right, YOU.

            Also if the tech in Apple products is so poor in comparison to roid (Moto 360 has CPU that hasn’t been supported for three years), why does Apple support iOS devices for four years of support but Scr-U-gle can only manage ‘upto 18 months’. Quoted from Googles Andi T&Cs.

    • Colin Huemmer

      Wait. Because we don’t like a product means we can’t afford it?

    • Mike Bastable

      can anyone translate this?

      • abqnm

        According to Google Translate:

        “I hate to see how u pathetic imbeciles cannot afford a stupid watch that only if you have an iPhone. when u read this u shall rethink your life as u read this. get rich ya poor scrub. also go get out of ur mamas basement”

        I guess it couldn’t detect what language was used.

        • Mike Bastable

          u r a Genius!

          • abqnm

            Geniuses only work at the Apple Store. Please do not insult me like that.

            The proper response is “I’m fucking awesome.”

          • Mike Bastable

            okay:
            YOU ARE fucking awesome…. (anything to please)

          • abqnm

            Thanks. Glad we cleared that up.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Says the guy who thought no one will buy an Apple when they sold 900,000 in one day.

            And that AndiWear would destroy Apple with sales of 720,000 in twelve months.

            You really know your stuff.

  • Jeff Penver

    I’m not sure about your battery life on the Moto360. For example, mine is on 32% charge now having worn it for 12 hours.

    • Screen junkies

      noob u poor scrub

    • MattEgansHairLine

      Burak posted above that his will last two days, if he turns it off while at home, Turn it off for 36 hours, the battery will last upto two days then

  • Burak

    My Moto 360 has 2 day battery life, if i switch of my moto 360 at home.

    • Screen junkies

      YA POOR NOOB SCRUB

    • MattEgansHairLine

      I applaude your honesty, the morRoids always saying the Moto 360 last two days, they forgot to mention it needs to be off for a two-thirds of the time.

  • MattEgansHairLine

    Estimates from financial analysts is around 60 million units in the first year, that 720,000 roid devices looks like chicken feed now.

    • Fithian

      Apple could stamp the Apple logo on a turd, and it’s cult followers would lap it up.

      • MattEgansHairLine

        As opposed to Google who do put a logo on shit and then people like you buy it?

        Two years = the life of a few cherry picked devices, the rest are dead to Google after that.

        • WuBoy

          That’s not really accurate at all. Most Google fans don’t go after just anything Google puts out. There is a two pronged loyalty in most cases 1) to Android and 2) to a particular OEM. Either way, I’d say Android loyalists put more effort into deciding what they want and like than Apple fans given that there are actually choices that can be made with Google products.

        • sithishs

          You know how many different phones/tablets/wearables Google makes? Exactly 0. If you’re going to talk shit, at least get your facts straight.

          • gtuansdiamm

            OBJECTION!!!
            google makes at least 1 wearable
            google glass is still a thing

          • MattEgansHairLine

            I never said they made it, I said they ‘put a logo on shit’.

            Well done, you’ve made a right cunt of yourself, again.

        • TDN

          Completely not true, Google supports the Nexus devices beyond two years, the Galaxy Nexus notwithstanding. The ones that drop support are the OEMs, because it is not profitable to support older devices.

          Seeing the iPhone 4S with iOS 8 on it, maybe Apple should start dropping support on older devices sooner than they do. Just sayin’

          • MattEgansHairLine

            I’ll correct you, Google try to update for 18 months, and don’t want to do any more.

            It has taken seven years to get close to 18 months, maybe by 2022 you will all get updates for 18 months, you can only hope.

            All taken from Googles T&Cs and Android Authority who have posted at least one article a day this last week about Google not supporting hardware and dropping customers.

            For every one phone you can actually prove has gotten more than the Stated 18 months, I can show you five who got no updates.

            All Blu customers for example, all Motorola customer before being gutted by Google and sold as a sticker to Lenovo.

    • abqnm

      We’ll see. There are no carrier subsidies with these, so it is quite possible that the Apple watches won’t sell nearly that many.

      Starting at $349 for the most basic version with just basic hardened glass on an aluminum case with a plastic band is going to put some people off. Though this is likely going to be the most popular (or disposable) version. And considering the cheapest version you can get with a metal band starts at $949, I think this may be a bit more of an uphill battle than analysts have predicted. Even the most basic version with sapphire crystal and a stainless steel case starts at $549.

      So, putting aside the “Apple Watch Edition” range that are strictly rose or yellow gold cases (ranging from $10k-$17k), the product price range is $349-$1099. That is a very large investment for a watch that isn’t even water resistant and will be obsolete within a few years.

      • Alex

        Just as a quick point the cheapest version you can get with a metal band does not start at $949. It starts at $649:

        http://store.apple.com/us/buy-watch/apple-watch?product=MJ322LL/A&step=detail

        • abqnm

          Ah, thanks. I guess it is metal, but more like chainmail. I don’t usually consider that a metal band in the traditional sense. The version with the metal link band starts at $949.

          • Alex

            Yup you’re right; just semantics. The link band is probably what most watch-wearers would want anyway.

          • Marty

            I was wrong. I had been saying it would take Apple releasing their watch for Android Wear to improve and be done right.

            Now I hope Google and the Android Wear OEMs won’t pay any attention to what Apple is releasing…lol.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            But they are, trying to find someone to make a $10k Andiwear, adding a mechanical UI. Even Apps to look like Apple Watch.

            They have even copied the feature you all took the piss out of, drawing glyphs, very popular among people who write Chinese, Arabic and Japanese.

            Just shows how little Google put into Andiwear, they just copied pebble, I guess Jony has a lot of flattery coming with the next version of Roidwear.

        • Marty

          $650 for a smartwatch…grotesque.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Is it as grotesque as an $89 device being sold for $1,500 + $1,500 for perscription lenses (by the time this is done, returns policy means your stuck with it)?

            Only for you to be banned from public places when using it and then it gets dropped and out EVERYTHINGED by of all people, Microsoft?

            All so Sergey could get hold of Barro’s girlfriend.

            How grotesque do you find that?

          • TDN

            However, Glass was never a consumer product, it was a tech demo at best and a proof of concept at worst, for enthusiasts only. This is a consumer product meant for normal people to purchase.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Which anyone could buy. It’s called a product failure that is now loathed.

            Well done Google, you hand a hand in creating a new word: Glasshole

      • MattEgansHairLine

        Is that you Steve Balmer? The last person who made a comment like that had to retire because he showed the world he was reading the wrong book and not just off the page.

      • MattEgansHairLine

        I’m sorry, did we see the same facts? Over 900,000 SOLD. Analysts claim 60m, history has shown that they have only over estimated apple once, otherwise seven years of falling well short.

        And that ‘just tuffend’ is gorilla glass.

        As we all know, iphone was the first and only mobile to use G-glass rather than plastic, all the roid OEMs copied, so Apple choose to drop the Gorilla Glass name so that Sammy couldn’t just say ‘me too’, as they and Google Have spent the last seven years doing.

        And this is how waterproof it is, I’d like to see the Roids that can keep up with an Apple Watch:
        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SjtTpRcDM3U&t=270
        Funny, can’t find a test where they use a Roider to this level?!?

        Is that you Steve Balmer? I remember when you said that iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad were each overpriced: “$600 for an unsubsidised phone, who’s gonna buy that?” – or ‘how to be forced into early retirement due to not knowing what you are talking about’, How could you be wrong so many times everytime?

        I don’t think you are the best judge of what people want, or people would have bought more than 720,000 AndiWear devices over last year.

        Apple Watch’s hardware designed for launch using in-house custom designs.

        Unlike Roids, which are a mix of upto six year old of-the-shelf parts that they are recycling for AndiWear2. Lenovo 360, CPU so old TI haven’t supported it for three years, All LG watches this year use last year components.

        I’d be more worried about Andiwears lifespan considering Googles “up to 18 months of software support”.

        Those $350 AndiWear devices are looking more of a scam than ever when you look at build, materials, tech (hardware/software/material technology.).

        The LG Urbane is seriously cheap looking, wonky uneven stitching on the strap that is discribed to have the feel of a bag handle! A worn mold used for the casing that would look more at home in a Kinder Egg.

        I bought shares in AAPL when I saw the first real review of the Apple Watch, you are welcome to hedge against Apple, but I have a feeling that like other Roiders, you won’t out your money where your mouth is.

  • Marty

    I watched the Apple keynote and damn! $500 for an average Apple Watch. And $10,000+ for the gold one.

    • MasterMuffin

      The sales margin on that gold one doe

      • BZ

        it’s all about the margin,

    • abqnm

      If you want the one with a sapphire crystal instead of just the hardened glass, yeah it starts at $549. And the cheapest version with a metal band comes in at a whopping $949. Add an extra hundred if you want that in black. And another $50 if you want the 42mm version instead of the smaller 38mm version. (These are case height, because Apple can’t possibly bother to stick to the industry standard of how watch sizes are quoted–the case width.)

      Every bit of this launch is overpriced garbage. Not even one of them is water resistant. They are all “splash resistant” for rain and hand washing, but none of them can be submerged at all, even for a moment. The official rating is IPX7, which indicates it is dust resistant, but not a single bit water resistant.

      Sorry, but anyone who buys one of these is a complete moron. $549 starting price for the only version that would be worth it (sapphire crystal and stainless case) is just assinine for something that will be outdated in maybe 12 months. .

      That’s the problem with smart watches. Traditional watches don’t have a technological end of life, so spending lots of money on one is an investment that will last many, many years. Spending lots of money on a smart watch (that doesn’t even look that good, in Apple’s case) and has a guaranteed end of life of only a few years (at most), is just a waste of money.

      • Marty

        A grand just to have one with a metal band? Wow…I guess I wasn’t paying attention when that was mentioned.

        Yeah, I pretty much agree with all you said. The funny part is, Apple will probably sell out of them like hotcakes.

        • abqnm

          Yeah $949-1099 for the versions with a metal band. For something that might last (or still be relevant) for only a couple years at most. Usually if you are spending $1000+ on a watch, it will last the lifetime of the owner. It’s ridiculous at this point to spend that much money on what is essentially a disposable product that isn’t even water resistant!

          I’m sure the cheap ones will be the most popular, even though they don’t have the sapphire crystal nor a metal band option. At $349-399, the most basic “Apple Watch Sport” models with the “sport” band will certainly sell, and that makes me sad. Spending $400 on a smart watch that will be obsolete before a $20 Timex is pretty bad, especially considering even the Timex can be submerged. And they both have hardened glass crystals, which means the Apple Watch Sport will be just as scratched up as the Timex in no time.

          This will be the true test of the idiocy of Apple fanatics. We will now be able to tell, based solely on looking at the wearer’s wrist, how completely gullible they are.

          Aluminum case = just your typical Apple buyer that can’t afford anything better because it isn’t subsidized, but still has to own every Apple product ever.
          Stainless case = someone who drank the Kool-Aid and masturbates to pictures of the Apple logo.
          Gold case = fucking moron with too much disposable income who desires more than anything to have a sexual relationship with the late Steve Jobs.

          • Marty

            I never thought of it before but you might be onto something with the watch versions. It will be interesting to read reports of social ills relating to wearing an Apple Watch.

          • abqnm

            It will be interesting. And after the first person gets assaulted while wearing an Apple Watch, Apple fans will be pushing for it to be considered a hate crime.

      • MattEgansHairLine

        You have so much taste you bought a knock off.

        Really, the writer got pretty much everything wrong about the Apple Watch and it turns out to be more robust and have a better battery than any wearable on the market.

        Better luck next time

  • MasterMuffin

    Apple’s tactic is genius. Make a somewhat passable device, put similar price tag to their other products and watch the money pour as people have to buy it thanks to Google not adding official iOS support to AW or some (many) will think it’s good because the price is high and it’s Apple. I expected way more from Apple, that thing’s an abomination.

    “both platforms offers” offer
    “Apple’s OS arranges apps on a single home screen with full screen pop-up notification” notifications :)

    • Colin Huemmer

      Not to mention mt moto360 has a Windows 8 skin with working hotkeys for my phone… it literally had nothing going for it.

    • BZ

      I wasn’t expecting anything more, the only good thing about this is the fact that you have a smaller screen that’s more accessible with pretty much the same feats your phone already does. From a business perspective it’s genius they don’t have to compete in hardware, most of their buyers aren’t tech fans so why cater to them. As a person that owns APPL i agree with what they’ve done because I think it’ll make me money. I don’t care about the rest lol.

    • Mike Bastable

      agree…A.Wear NOT supporting iOS is a mistake.

    • abqnm

      Yeah I don’t think “similar price” is anywhere in the game plan.

      The aluminum “Apple Watch Sport” version with just a hardened glass screen starts at $349 for the 38mm (height–stupid Apple, watch makers have always quoted the width) and $399 for the 42mm version.

      Then if you want the actual “Apple Watch,” which has a stainless case and sapphire crystal, it starts at $549 for the 38mm and $599 for the 42mm with the “sport band.” And it gets much more expensive if you want a better band. For example, the watch including the metal link band is either $949 or $999, and if you want that band in black, it’s another $100.

      Then, as mentioned above, there is the “Apple Watch Edition” which comes in either yellow or rose gold, and starts at $10,000 for the rose gold 38mm version with the “sport band” and goes all the way up to $17,000.

      So, yeah, the pricing is nowhere near anything else in the market, or their phones even. $349-$17,000 is a pretty big price range.

      • MattEgansHairLine

        Roider really don’t check what they say is true, LG urbane has a price of…
        …$349.00

        Of the shelf parts from last years model, yes

        Same glass as the apple sport, yes.

        Terrible build quality, yes.

        Looks cheap, yes.

        Design like it came from a cracker, yes.

        Is Google despartly try to find some idiot to build an AndiWear that is between $10,000 to $17,000, YES!

  • erikbcox

    So you’re comparing Android wear to a bunch of unknown specs. How is this helpful?

  • Brendan Kish

    I don’t know how AA, a team with so much time spent with the moto 360 still said the battery life was 12 hours with everyday use? Maybe this was the case before the update but definitely not now. I get on average 2 days of use while getting all notifications and weather information being pushed to it every hour. If you set the brightness level to always be on level 1, which is bright enough to view in direct sunlight, then no person should have trouble reaching two days of use.

  • T.J.

    That’s not a typo about the water resistance? It really isn’t water resistant at all?

    • B4kken

      I missed that! pretty stupid if that is the case.

    • abqnm

      Their site says it is rated IPX7, which indicates no water resistance but it does indicate dust resistance. They also say that it is “water resistant” if you get it wet in the rain or while washing your hands, but it is not safe to submerge it at all.

    • MattEgansHairLine

      Looks like it is very waterproof…

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zW5CxZioIkk

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SjtTpRcDM3U&t=270

      Why they didn’t harp on about this I don’t know, when you get the edition, let me know if it stood up to the same test.

  • Android guys relax and put on the PEAR watchface. :D http://wearfaces.com/pear-watchface-uhrart/

    • :-) or this alternative where you can actually tap the circles to start apps:
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dyna.logix.bookmarkbubbles

      http://youtu.be/Daa2hsanBhY?t=3m33s

    • Mike Bastable

      why? aWear is good enough

      • MattEgansHairLine

        obviously not!

        • Mike Bastable

          better than the fug ugly widget thing that was posted.

          • Moment Cramps

            The existence of these AW apps is a testament of what Android Wear is capable of. No Apple Watch owner will be able pick an Android Wear lookalike.

          • Mike Bastable

            begs the question, why would an apple watch buyer even want to? he will probably be too busy downloading apps…

          • ben_rivero

            too busy Paying for Apps!!!!

          • MattEgansHairLine

            No wonder developer only bring apps to roid after being on IOS for at least six months. i guess some people feel they should get paid for their work

          • Do you honestly think that any Apple watch owner would want to pay money for an android copycat?

          • Asif Hasan

            Fanboy detected. Initiate quarantine.

          • Good luck quarantining Apple customers. I’m not sure how China’s communists will feel about you putting China’s richer half under quarantine

          • Seriously dude, provide evidence that any Apple watch intender would consider parting with money for an android wear design

          • MattEgansHairLine

            MorRoid and SEF (Search Engine Fanboi) alert.

            Must defend copying Apple, pretend AndiWear didn’t only happen because of the rumour of an Apple Watch.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            Are you reffering to the badly copied app so you roiders can pretend to have an Apple Watch?

            Thought you were.

            Do you remember the days when Sergey Brin and Larry Page used to pretend that they set up Google just like Apple (and their personal heroes; Woz & Jobs) in their family garage?

            Do you remember when they didn’t pay Robin Li for stealing his algorthym?

            Maybe you remember Chris DeSalvo and Andy Rubins words when they saw the iphone?

            You are school on a Sunday: NO CLASS.

          • Mike Bastable

            Sunday school?
            And your reply made no sense…..

          • MattEgansHairLine

            There is no God, and religion is fake, only a moron would go to school on a Sunday to study a work of fiction.

            You still have no class

          • Mike Bastable

            XX

    • If people like Apple design so much, they should buy Apple products, instead of supporting blatant copyright infringement.

      “I don’t see it as flattery. I see it as theft,” Ive said. “I have to be honest. The last think I think is ‘Oh, that is flattering…all those weekends I could’ve been home with my family…I think it’s theft and it’s lazy. I don’t think it’s OK at all.”

  • iamtravis182

    Part of me was hoping that Apple would unveil some crazy awesome feature that would really push the demand for wearables. The other part of me was hoping that Apples watch would be deemed a pariah.

    After today, I can only hope for the latter.

    • John

      I’m thoroughly unimpressed. apple seems to just copy the competition, practically a year later. nothing interesting to see here.

      But they will sell, because people like the buy the little apple symbols, they don’t care what they are stamped on.

  • TwoBit Gary

    I stopped wearing watches many years ago when I could just pull my dumb phone out of my pocket. Now that I have a smart phone, which does so much more I can’t see myself buying a smart watch, no matter who makes it. There is just no compelling reason to do so.

  • theemptyhead

    For this price range it can be a fail like their iphone 5c.

    • Mike Bastable

      The 5C did NOT fail, it sold loads of handsets and did what Apple wanted it to do. What it did not do was meet the demands of tech blogs etc by being a cheap iPhone (thus they claim it failed). It was designed to be an entry level Apple phone at Apple prices, sell a reasonable amount of units and encourage users to later upgrade to a premium iPhone, something that the sales of the new handsets suggests was successful indeed.

    • John

      The fail with millions upon millions of sales?

  • Runner

    Apple watch does NOT have gps. It uses the iphones gps!
    Witch you have to bring along …
    “Wi‑Fi and GPS. Apple Watch uses the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone to help measure the distance you travel during the day or during workouts that can’t be measured in steps, such as cycling.”

  • Kereke12

    I’ll buy a watch if they can make the battery life last up to 5 days or more.

    • Mista_Mr

      Pebble watches last 5 or more days.

      • netsurfer912

        7 days with the time. 11 with the time steel. there’s just no competition here.

    • John

      Pebble watches are great! They are the original smartwatch, and they get awesome battery life.

  • Awayze

    These watches are metal so for exercise surely they’ll get sweaty. I want one with a circular face but the prices are too high for a fashion statement.

  • john schmit

    I have no issue getting 1 to 1.5+ days with my moto 360.

  • aseuss

    The Apple Watch does not have built-in GPS–you have to pair it with your iPhone. That means you can’t go running, hiking, etc. without carrying your phone if you want GPS.

  • MattEgansHairLine

    Just read your article properly for the first time:

    Did you get anything right about the Apple Watch?

    I think you managed to get everything wrong.