Wear OS, originally known as Android Wear, may be winning the battle of the smartwatch over Apple. Here are some differences between the two that can help you decide on which smartwatch to purchase:
- Compatibility – With the Apple Watch, only iPhone users are able to sport this smartwatch. Comparing it to a Wear OS watch, such as a Fossil Q smartwatch, both Android and iPhone users are able to connect their phones. This means no having to switch to an iPhone if you love your Android and want a smartwatch!
- Design – The Apple Watch’s design is consistent through each of their models, with a choice of a 38 mm or 42 mm case and different interchangeable straps. The main criticism of the Apple Watch’s design is that it is square, although some people don’t mind it. As far as a Wear OS watch, you’ll have the option to choose if you prefer either a circular or square case, although a majority of them now are circular. For band options, Apple Watch straps are sometimes more difficult to find than Wear OS bands; many watches will fit with any band of a certain width.
- Screen and battery life – Because designers have learned not everyone has the same size wrist, there are more screen size options when it comes to the Wear OS smartwatches, even from the same watch company. The Apple Watch, however, as mentioned above, is only available in a 38 mm and a 42 mm case, which still may be too big or too small for some wrist sizes. As far as battery life, both will have an expected one or two days, depending on usage.
- Tracking – With features such as Medical ID and ResearchKit, GPS and waterproofing, the Apple Watch is heavily pitched as a fitness device. Aside from Apple’s own tracking apps, users have the option download third-party running apps, such as Strava and Runkeeper. As far as Wear OS devices, users are able to track their fitness and sleep, however, heart rate monitoring is still in the works for many companies who carry Wear OS watches.
These are just some of the comparisons for the Apple Watch and Wear OS devices, but always do your own research before jumping into buying your new smartwatch so you get the watch that suits you best!
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