IFA 2015 in Berlin has brought us not one but three amazing smartwatches. Huawei finally let us get our hands on its super stylish smartwatch, Samsung officially unveiled the new series of Gear smartwatches, the Classic Samsung Gear S2 and the sporty Samsung Gear S2 and Motorola launched its new version of Moto 360, codenamed Moto 360 2 or Moto 360 2015.
Best Cards In Hand
Motorola’s new smartwatch comes in two sizes: a large one for guys, measuring 46mm and the smaller one, most likely for girls, with a 42mm case. The 46 mm version comes with a 400 mAh battery under the hood, and a 1.56-inch LCD display with 360 x 330 resolution.
On the other hand, the more compact 42 mm variant comes with a 1.37-inch LCD display, with a 360 x 325 resolution. The displays of both variants are protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel.
Surprisingly, despite the weird name choice, the Huawei Watch was designed “first and foremost as a watch”, opting for a round face, standard lugs, a 42mm diameter and a physical crown mounted in the traditional “2 o’clock” position. The use of scratch resistant, double layer sapphire crystal and 316L cold-forged stainless steel contribute to the smartwatch’s “premium” factor.
Samsung has equipped the latest generation of Samsung Gear smartwatches with is own Tizen OS rather than Android Wear and in order to navigate the menus there is a new feature never seen before on any smartwatches on the marker: A rotating bezel. Yes, it works, it is for real. On the right hand side, there are two physical buttons – the home and the back keys – that make it easier to deal with notifications.
The OS Choice
The biggest difference is obviously the OS. Motorola and Huawei both run Google’s Android Wear OS, which works extremely well with Google Now and has deep integration with Android phones and apps.
Samsung Gear S2, however, runs Samsung’s Tizen OS. You’ll still be able to get important notifications, such as phone calls, emails, text messages, and more but you won’t have access to Android apps.
Connectivity is important. All three devices can use WiFi when your smartphone is disconnected, but the Gear S2 takes it a step further as stated above. It can use 3G to stay connected all the time, and it can even do Samsung Pay with NFC. That’s a feature that Apple Watch users have been enjoying with Apple Pay.
From a smartphone compatibility point of view, both Moto 360 2 and Huawei Watch are compatible with all version of Android OS and more recently, thanks to Google, compatible with iPhones and Apple’s iOS too but, with the option to buy the watches in a 3G-enabled version, where you can put your own SIM card and use the watches independently from your phone, Samsung offers a completely free OS alternative. Their smartwatches are no longer smartphones bound.
The Specs War
|Moto 360 2 (2015)
|Samsung Gear S2
|Dimensions (mm)||11.3 mm thick, 42 mm diameter||11.4 mm thick, 42/46 mm diameter||11.4 mm thick, 42.3/49.8 mm diameter|
|Build materials||316L stainless steel, dual layer sapphire crystal||Stainless steel, Gorilla Glass 3||Aluminium|
|Straps||Metal, elastomer, leather||Metal, elastomer, leather||Metal, elastomer, leather|
|Operating system||Android Wear 5.1.1||Android Wear 5.1.1||Tizen OS with Rotating Bezel|
|OS Compatibility||Android 4.3+ / iOS 8.2+||Android 4.3+ / iOS 8.2+||Android 4.3+|
|Display type||1.4 in AMOLED||1.37 in Backlit LCD||1.2 in Super AMOLED|
|Display resolution||400 x 400 (286ppi)||360 x 330/325 (233/263ppi)||360 x 360 (302ppi)|
|Processor||1.2GHz Snapdragon 400||1.2GHz Snapdragon 400||Exynos 3250 / Snapdragon S4 Play (3G)|
|Battery capacity||300mAh||300mAh (42mm) / 400mAh (46mm)||250mAh / 300mAh (3G)|
|Connectivity||BT 4.1, Wi-Fi||BT 4.0, Wi-Fi||BT 4.1, Wi-Fi, NFC, 3G|
|Additional features||6-Axis motion sensor, HRM, barometer, vibration motor, haptic feedback||Wireless charging acc, ambient light, gyroscope, haptic feedback, HRM, dual digital microphone||Wireless charging, acc, gyro, haptic feedback, HRM, barometer,ambient light, GPS (3G only)|
|Price (base model)||£250-£550||£250-£350||£300-£450|
And The Winner Is…
With the help of Moto Maker, there are 360 possible style combinations you can create to match your style, for your Motorola 360 2. Samsung Gear S2 is available in three colours and the Huawei Watch comes with four colour options but endless faces to download, install and play with.
It is hard to make a choice based on features alone, as all devices are on very similar specs, therefore in this ever growing and constantly refining market, the best way to stand out from the competition is to play all cards on the fashion tech game. Fashion tech is growing fast and is winning big.
Based on that, the winner here is the Huawei watch, the full metallic, rose gold one in particular for its premium built quality and excellent aesthetic. Huawei watch is the Rolex of smartwatches in 2015!