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By Romdani. Published on Oct 26, 2014. 2
The debate over the Apple Watch vs Sony SmartWatch 3 is heating up so we weighed in with an in-depth look at the challengers.
The Apple Watch has three collections with two different sizes (38 mm and 42 mm) and a total of 34 individual models. The three collections are the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition. With colorful sport bands, leather buckles, stainless steel bracelets right through to an 18-karat yellow or rose gold model there’s something for everyone.
The cases are equally varied with anodized aluminium in silver or gray, stainless steel in highly polished steel or space black and the hardened 18-karat gold in yellow gold or rose gold. With customizable faces in the millions the design can be customized to your tastes.
The Sony Smart Watch 3 is a waterproof smart watch which is incredibly thin at just 1.4 x 0.39 x 2 inches and weighing less than 1.34oz (38g). The silicone rubber band houses the watch which has a back panel made of stainless steel. The bands are available in Classic (Black) and Sport (Lime).
The design allows the main watch unit to be removed from the band, though early prototype testers found the main unit fell out on occasions, though this may have since been ironed out.
With a built-in-heart sensor to iMessage, Calendar, Weather, photos, films, calls, music, Apple Pay, Maps and much more it does everything you could want. The “taptic” feedback feature allows you to get someone’s attention without calling or messaging them, by tapping the screen they get a subtle vibration (e.g. it’s quiet enough that others won’t notice).
With activity tracking syncing with apps like Fitbit and Nike+ FuelBand it makes data entry a thing of the past too as it does it for you. The side button acts as the home button, but can also be used to pinch to zoom and to move through options.
Sony SmartWatch 3
This watch has a TFT LCD “transflective” display so direct sunlight is no problem, nor is data storage thanks to 4GB of built in memory. The 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with 512MB RAM makes it fast and the 420 mAh battery gives 3-4 days life.
With integration with the Lifelog app, it helps you input fitness data without having to do so manually. Designed alongside Google, it works with your Android device using Bluetooth seamlessly.
- S1 processor
- Compatible with the iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, i6 and 6 Plus (running iOS 8)
- Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4 Connection
- Flexible Retina Display,
- 38 mm (1.5 in) or 42 mm (1.7 in) sizes
- Strengthened Ion-X glass Sapphire crystal screen
- Inductive charging (similar to MagSafe cables)
- Built in microphone
- Customizable screen design
- Full integration with most apps/Apple tools
Sony SmartWatch 3
- 1.6-inch (320×320) size
- 1.34oz (38g) weight
- TFT LCD “transflective” display
- 8mm thickness
- 10m Bluetooth range
- 3-4 days typical battery life
- Compatible with Sony products
Difficult to guess ahead of a 2015 launch but it’s expected to clock in around $350.
Sony SmartWatch 3
The Sony Smart Watch 3 is expected to cost $230 when released.
There’s no contest in the Apple Watch vs Sony SmartWatch 3 debate, for an extra $120 the Apple Watch provides a lot more value and looks a lot better.
Once the Apple Watch is released the Sony Watch will just make you look like someone who wanted the Apple Watch but couldn’t afford one so it’s best avoided completely.
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