Finally Apple announced the Apple Watch at its “Spring Forward” event on 9 March. Three variations of Apple Watch sell for very different prices but all essentially perform in the exact same way. The only difference is the design. The cheapest of the range, the Watch Sport is made from anodised aluminium and will cost between £299-339. The Watch is made from polished stainless steel and the display is protected by sapphire crystal, which is reflected in the price, ranging from £479-949 dependant on the wrist strap you choose.
Do you think that’s expensive for a smartwatch? you haven’t seen anything bro, the Watch Edition starts at £8,000. Why? It’s made from 18-carat gold. But not just any gold, Apple has created a new kind of gold that’s twice as hard as standard gold. Great hah? As well as three variations of the Apple Watch – Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition – they will also be available in large and small screen size options. They also have interchangeable straps in a range of styles and colours, totalling 38 different strap and case combinations.
Apple has released its WatchKit SDK for developers, so we’re expecting lots of apps to be available for the smartwatch when it launches on 24 April. Apple has already created the Health app which will tie in with the Apple Watch, as well as new Activity and Workout apps, Calendar, Maps, Passbook, Music, Apple TV and iTunes, Remote Camera, Stopwatch, Timer, Alarm, World Clock, Stocks, Weather, Photos, Siri and Settings.
As Apple’s biggest rival, Samsung has several offerings in the wearable market. The company first launched the Android-based Galaxy Gear smartwatch in 2013, but it was met by a less than positive reception, and has been deemed a flop. Samsung didn’t stop there, though. Alongside the Galaxy S5, Samsung launched three wrist-worn devices in February 2014 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and if that wasn’t enough for you, launched a fourth smartwatch at Google I/O in June called the Gear Live, which runs Android Wear.
Samsung has also launched the Gear S, which can function without the use of a smartphone thanks to a SIM-card slot. We’ll start with the Samsung Gear S (which stands for Solo). It has Bluetooth, wireless and 3G connectivity so it can work independently of a smartphone to allow you to make and receive phone calls, texts, emails and other notifications. That’s why it’s more expensive than Samsung’s other smartwatch offerings, starting at £329. It’s available in black or white and has a 2in curved screen that fits comfortably around the wrist.
Other features include a heart-rate scanner, an IP67 rating meaning it’s both dust and waterproof. The Samsung Gear S is unlikely to ever be a big hit, though. If you want to use it as a standalone device, you’ll first need a Samsung smartphone to activate it, then you’ll have to pay for a second tariff and have a second phone number dedicated to your smartwatch.
source : macworld
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