Back in September, two brand-new flagship smartwatches were unveiled within a few days. Well, the talk is about the Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung Gear S3.
Samsung isn't new to the smartwatch arena has it has made many attempts to get things right in this segment of the market. However, as the name implies, this is just the second attempt made by Apple. Despite this difference, both the flagship smartwatches are worthy offerings that feature an array of sensors and sporty feature.
While the rival companies have come up with their own smartwatches more or less at the same time, the question that might run in the minds of many is how these two smartwatches are different. You can get the answer to this question by checking the comparison below. Take a look!
Design and Looks
The Gear S3 comes with a circular design similar to the Gear S2, but it comes in two versions - Frontier and Classic that are similar in terms of looks. The Frontier has a rugged strap while the Classic variant has a minimalist one. Both the Gear S3 models have a 1.3-inch display with 360x360 pixel resolution.
On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 2 comes with similar looks as the original one, but features new case materials. It is claimed that this watch is around four times harder than steel. This one comes in two variants - one with 38mm carrying a resolution of 272x340 and the other than 42mm and 312x390 pixel resolution.
While the Gear S3 resembles the traditional watches, it's quite bulkier and larger than the Apple Watch Series 2 variants.
The way you interact with both these smartwatches is quite similar. The Apple Watch features a physical crown on one side that can be rotated to select the apps. In comparison, there is a rotary bezel that lets interacting with the watch without touching the 1.3-inch display. This feature is a good alternative to the swipes that you need to make to control the device as this will obstruct the display.
Always On screen on Gear S3
Moreover, the screen on the Gear S3 is an Always On display that lets users check the time and notifications without unlocking the device. Also, the screen is damage resistant with an additional Asahi Dragontrail Glass and Gorilla Glass SR+ that make it thin, lightweight, and resistant to high levels of force.
Apple Watch 2 runs on WatchOS 3 that includes performance upgrades. There are fitness apps too enabling real-time heart rate access. Also, both the devices come with SOS feature built-in for the emergency situations. On the flip side, the Samsung smartwatch runs the Tizen OS, which is claimed to have 10,000 apps, but the support can't compete with WatchOS right now.
Talking about a smartwatch, its compatibility with the other devices is a key element that you need to find out before considering to buy the device. Notably, the Gear S3 will work well with the updated Android devices and also iPhones in the near future. However, the Apple Watch Series 2 doesn't connect to Android phones and works only with iPhones. Also, we can't expect Apple to change its compatibility expansion in the near future.
As both the wearables are yet to be available and we haven't had our hands-on on these smartwatches, we can't give you a great conclusion to this shootout. But, to come up with a grounded decision, we need feel that the Gear S3 is better with a good design, expected compatibility extension to iPhones and cellular connectivity support. On the other hand, the Apple Watch 2 supports playing Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game, but its not a game-changing feature for the device.