Comparison Test: Smart Watches

Smart watches are hotter than ever and we decided to take a closer look at six different models of them to see which one is the best, but also answer the question of whether they are needed at all.

Six watches do you think that is a little more familiar. That’s what’s going to count up only with Android Wear. The number of clocks we can get here in Sweden that via any type of connection to the cell phone, called the smartwatch is precisely how large any time. Well thanks, we know it, but with our first major test of this type of gadgets we needed to limit us. To find a small selection of Android Wear-the crowd and having with both Apple’s as Pebbles of different variants were given. At the same time, it is not proper to ignore one of the earliest giants in the field, Samsung, and that one small joker in context got Garmin to join in and play. Common to all is that they want to be able to do a bit more than “just” give you notifications on your wrist so you don’t have to pick up the phone so often.

At present, there are many different variations on the wrist devices that do everything from just vibrate when something happens to that in text view what has happened. To start parting out, we set it a notch higher, in order to attempt to discover what you can have a smart watch for, and if it somehow is necessary at all.

Pebble Smartwatch

Perhaps the most unfortunate clock in the test then its sequel Pebble Time already made knak eli brought success on Kickstarter, and even started looking out for those who threw money at Pebble in that period. As of this writing, however, is not the buying on the normal route, so we stick to the predecessor. (Red’s Note: we’ve now got into Pebble Time, and a separate test will come later.)

Here it does not matter whether you choose the original model or metal Edition Pebble Steel. Both have exactly the same functionality, but the latter is made of metal and is available with either metal or leather strap.

As the smartwatch there are a few things that stick out of the Pebble and some that are a little crazy, even if not directly is Pebbles errors.First of all, it is here, along with the Garmin Fenix 3, the clock in the test that actually talking with both Iphone and Android (and Windows Phone somewhat unofficially). Secondly, and probably most important, is that Pebble unhesitatingly has the most robust link against both Iphone and Android. It is overall, as good as the Apple has against Apple Watch, but Pebble is just as good for Android (where even many of Android Wear devices have problems).Connection problems are so infrequent that we barely heard of them.

As the clock WINS Pebble enormously on the e-bläckskärmen is always turned on, and thus always shows the time for the wearer.The system of notifications is mainly about showing off new ones, and it’s really just call you somehow can act on. It’s a bit sad, but at least the articles feels simple.

We look at the apps they are to Pebble, where the step counter from the Jawbone and Misfit, and training linked to Endomondo and Runkeeper is what works best. We say the best, since the concept of apps on a Pebble is a very varied bag where really no developers who want a connection to the phone seems to have made an effort to encode just fine. Calculators and similar works as long as they are on the phone, but is instead the restriction in that you can’t control something with a touch screen, but only with buttons.
+ Battery life
-Not as feature rich

Garmin Fenix 3

It’s a smartwatch you’re after, it’s not Garmin you will go to the first, that’s just the way it is. Are you a fitness Geek that always want GPS watch with you, counting steps, upload workouts from your phone and similar and at the same time don’t feel bad to get notifications from the handset at the same time, this is the right stuff.

It should be said that this is a very … grown clock. It is with a hair’s breadth highest in test and requires their wrist to not look silly. In addition to size, Garmin has however succeeded in really well with the watch’s design compared to previous, and now you can actually wear it out on the town but to look as if you’re ready to throw yourself into a triathlon in an instant (especially with a metal or leather bracelets, then it will be really neat).

Together with Pebble, this is the only clock that talks to both Iphone and Android in the test. The Iphone works without any direct problems and for Android works. We say work, because all the notifications and other connections are working properly, but for each notice the clock will tell you if it appears that it also will tell you that the lost and found the link to your phone. Extremely disruptive. Notifications can either not to do anything with, in addition to clicking away, and occasionally there will be some bug in the font so that the article is unreadable. The connection to the handset also has weather reports, calendar and the possibility to control the music on your phone directly from the watch.

That is everything but sports watch heart rate monitor built in (but you can of course plug in). Support for a variety of sports, including swimming and downhill skiing, are included from the start and through a sort of apps, you can extend the functionality if desired. Pedometer of the real exact type is also available, with a little reminder if you’re sitting still for long. It is precisely in the training context that Garmin is shining a little bit extra, but other smart watch functions feels sorry rather tacked on.
+ Training features
-Not especially good news items

Samsung Galaxy Gear S

It will look like a clean techpryl it is as good to go all in? It seems to have been Samsung’s philosophy for Gear s. Bell is generation three or four, depending on whether you want to count on Samsung’s Android Wear watch Gear Live or not, including Samsung’s smart watches and just as most of them are the company’s own Tizen running on the device. In addition to that it requires its own app store and a very different note in how apps work towards the Pebble and Android Wear which may be seen as the closest rival, means that even a show of Korean megalomania because only Samsung’s own phones (and not even all the ones) are compatible with the clock.

The screen is square, but it is simultaneously both curved and slightly huge making it unlike any other watch. There are also built-in SIM card slot, wifi, GPS, and so on. It could be that the watch could be used completely independent without a connected phone, in theory. In practice, it is a splendid display of not thinking it all the way in which certain things works great standalone in the clock, while others require phone without any reasonable reason for it. Skipping between bluetooth, wifi and cellular networks seems to cause as much headache for the watch as it does for us.

There are simply so many functions of the Gear’s, but at the same time, there are very few of them that feels thoroughly. We’ll see it merely as the smartwatch manages the connection (at phones that support) really well, but the handling of notifications ends unfortunately quite often in that less information than what competitors can handle appears, and that the watch instead referring us to the corresponding app on your phone. With a clearer focus and a little more development time had this been how cruelly any time.Now is the most scatterbrained.
+ Cool concept
-Is not well thought out

LG Watch Urbane

LG’s third try with Android Wear is also their first attempts to approach the more classical clock world. Round screen is the key word here, a screen on the other hand, is surrounded by a not-too-flattering lump metal both above and below the screen. It makes it feel a little clumsy and actually quite square. Common watch bands fit of course to it, should you get tired of the leather strap that comes with the. Style awareness also appears in the charging cradle with the rounded design and magnetic base to do if the watch to a kind of night watch.

It is needed, because the battery lasts about as long as many other watches. To download the above each night are no deformities directly. However, LG have praise (which is admittedly sad that it even need to be mentioned) to leave a simple Bell even when the screen is in sleep mode. You don’t have to fumble with any operating control to turn on the screen as though never works satisfactorily, but the watch is actually to use as a wristwatch.

Unlike the other Android Wear watch missing built-in GPS. However, there is an optical pulse (i.e. a lamp) on the back of the watch. Either use it in LG’s own app for it all, where it is fairly pointless, or, for example, Endomondo pick your pulse from there during a running session. As in the case of a lamp is quite sensitive to light and unlike other optical pulse meter, there is no extension to prevent stray light on the sensor, which also means that we can get a lot of fuzzy values that absolutely do not have to do with reality.

Where Sony’s Android Wear watch shines turns out LG have some problems, namely in the clutch. It is not at all unusual that both clock and telephone tell us about dropped connections, with nothing really has been done from the user’s page. Hopefully work LG on this issue and straighten it along the way.
+ Apps menu
-Battery life

Apple Watch

The elephant in the room before it had even been announced publicly is so clearly Apple Watch. Now (from July 17th) here and among the most expensive in the watches are tested, the test, but it also means that it is the best? We would rather say that it feels incredibly confused and past the to be an Apple product.

Do you like your Smart Watches square, it is difficult to dislike Apple Watch. Build quality is awesome, the size is tiny compared to the everything but the Pebble and the scroll wheel on the page (even if it is sick disturbing that it is not centered on the page) is at times brilliant. Battery life ends up in a kind of intermediate position. Approximately one day’s operation is hardly seen as approved, but at the same time it is something Apple Watch is hardly alone in this segment.

Negative, however, is the handling of applications and the interface in General. Even if it goes pretty fast getting used to feel that never quite makes sense to keep track of when it is intended that we should use the power key, scroll wheel to spin, the scroll wheel to click or double-click or when we simply must give us on Apple’s new Touchscreen control Force Touch. Whether the scroll wheel is used to scroll through lists, zoom, or simply is dead is also a source of confusion. Apps talk with corresponding app on your phone and hit often by connection problems and takes an unreasonable length of time to start. Although much lies with developers is that even poor consensus in what you can do with notifications. Not even Apple seems to know how they want to do, then that’s a very hopping between taking care of things on the phone or in the clock when we do all basic settings for it. Then add to your screen is off most of the time and not always wakes up when you need to check the time and annoyances are quite numerous.

With most of the navigation system in spinal cord and indulgence that apps start up slowly, works on the other hand, much of the operation and the Apple lattjo special features (like sending your heartbeat to the other Watch users) pretty good. But on the whole it feels sorry that if Apple has thrown the mantra we suspect is Samsung’s unofficial slogan: “was not going all the way”.
+ Construction quality
-Scatterbrained interface

Sony Smartwatch 3

Smartwatch 3 is more of a show of technological know-how than an attempt to make a classic watch, for better or worse. Actually I felt like its predecessor with the possibility to assemble there usual watchband more its than this (even if the metal Edition is darned good-looking). It is instead about the square screen, as on most of the clocks, and a bare rubber bracelets that make up the design.

This is not to say that we dislike the Smartwatch 3, quite the contrary. Although other watches, both to be released after and through software updates, has begun to catch up still fact that Smartwatch 3 contains a few special features not other Android Wear watches. Even if it only works with a few apps, see the GPS built in to allow you to embark on the run without phone engaged. Do you want to listen to music were early support for the use of the internal space to store such and then pair the watch with a bluetooth headset. After an update, there is also support for wifi in the clock, which may not be completely necessary but it eases in all cases on the requirement that the handset should be in the vicinity. The only feature missing is actually the optical pulse. The software itself is surprisingly exempt from Sony-specific gadgets, which feels great.

Three other features that make the Smartwatch 3 protruding from both Android Wear bells in the test and many others with the system is both the clutch and the battery life. While many other smart watches will suffice any day tends to rarely be a problem to listen out loud out 2-3 days out of Sony’s clock. Despite that, the screen is always switched on and shows the time, by means of a kind of hibernation where the watch shows the dial in grayscale and then must be instituted in order to begin to be used. When it comes to the connection can you tell all Android Wear watches are not created equal, then Sony’s clock is undoubtedly the affected absolutely least of coupling problem between phone and clock.
+ GPS
-No heart rate monitor

Health and fitness

All watches can, either natively or via apps, keep track of your steps (more or less makes sense) during the day. Many can also, provided you still have the battery enough for it, keep track of your sleep.

Beyond that it starts to get pretty sprawling as today. Apple and Samsung has a relatively comprehensive training part built, while Android Wear bells and Pebble relies almost entirely on what apps they can talk with on the phone. Sony WINS much to like Garmin and Samsung for a run without the phone is LG and Samsung are with. together with Apple right sensible to have to measure your heart rate during exercise (even if Garmin can do it with external chest strap too).

In terms of capabilities for training, however, it is walk victory for Garmin. The watch is made for triathletes and skogsmullar right from the start, and that’s where most of all features available. As previously mentioned, it is mostly a bonus that mobile connection is included in the package, for it is training Garmin do best.

Winner: Garmin Fenix

Notifications

To be the function that is mentioned first in all situations when there is talk about the benefits of a smartwatch is actually a little surprised at how ridiculously limited we are in this area. Garmin is arguably the most limited, then it does not really want to see all notifications coming in, chopping them a bit arbitrary and does not provide any greater opportunities to even act on calls. When it comes to present notifications, it is otherwise pretty evenly. Samsung would not always show everything on a phone, but otherwise it is all right to just view things. Pebble leaves quite a few opportunities to interact – you can answer or reject the call, but otherwise, it’s best to see a summary and click away.

Apple Watch and Android Wear bells is pretty smooth in both display and what is going to act, that is to say, sharply limited. Android Wear bells win, however, in a somewhat wider support for voice commands (although Siri to Apple Watch now started to understand Swedish commands) and greater possibilities for apps to interact with notifications, such as number check from Truecaller.

Winner: Sony Smartwatch 3 & LG Watch Urbane

Apps

This app then, does it matter? Given that actually all watches in the context other than Samsung’s run on the slogan that the majority of “apps” most are empty shells that streams information from moderappen on the phone feels in part like a lame concept.

Garmin’s apps is very much about training and in many cases is either dependent on data from the phone or simply a remix of the data clock have already showcase. Samsung running on apps in their watch, but would often rely on the phone while the selection is pretty mediocre compared to Apple and Google. Apple has a huge developer support for their watch, which gives them an advantage.While many of the apps works pretty well, and all of them take far too long to start to feel really good. Android Wear loses a lot not to have some kind of app drawer basically (LG’s Watch has a built in though, and it can be solved via third parties), but it suffers perhaps most of it’s pretty difficult to know which apps have the clock support or not. Some are available in a special unit in appaffären, but far from all. For Pebbles part is the app store, logical, approach limited (only eight categories) but makes sense, but at the same time feel many apps that rickety home builds while development focus clearly lies with Apple and Google. Actually, there is no clear winner here, but then the apps can be integrated more into the system of Android Wear win by a hair’s breadth and then lit LG’s clock most clearly because you aren’t fooling around with voice commands to find the apps.

Winner: LG Watch Urbane

Interface & Usage

Should we list all of the features is the Garmin winner again, for the amount of exercise and outdoor functions which is completely crazy.We count them away in that it already is a category of ports the Garmin watch somewhere in the Middle when both the interface and features. Android Wear position themselves both last and up high because very adequately with all the features of a clock should be operated with voice commands is probably the dumbest thing anyone could think of. It is possible to resolve which user, but LG has fixed a app list right from the start, which makes sense. Takes a robustness of connection points even though Sony will win in this category.

When it comes to Apple, we have already talked a lot about the inconsistency in the interface, which you can keep track of but which hardly gives it a number one.

Actually, it’s pretty even race between the seemingly simplest clock, Pebble, and the seemingly most advanced sci-fi creation Gear s. both are very easy to learn, even though it obviously takes longer with all the functions of the Gear S. Meanwhile, Gear’s hearty negative points then it just works with single Samsung phones (Apple is almost as bad but their clock works at least to all Iphone Apple still wants to confess). In terms of how much the watch is actually capable of without the lack of touch screen feels real or that the four buttons feels illogical we have a fondness for the Pebbles interface because it leaves very little room or even an opportunity for frustration.

Winner: Pebble

Materials and build quality

Although it is not one of the clocks that make a fool of himself directly succeed Pebble with the feat that fall both clear last and at the top. Plastic model is simply a lot of plastic, while the metal release with steel bracelet has unbeatable quality feel.

Otherwise, it is a lot of taste. Have you decided that you want an Android Wear watch you have, without doubt, the most choices, which the two bells with the system that we have with this show. For Android Wear it becomes much a battle between the round or square screen, while the issue is less noticeable if even occurring to other systems.

On the whole, the level is very high and it shows that electronics manufacturers that suddenly reinvented to clock makers fairly quickly learned why the watch survived as accessory for so long. At the same time, we should say that it is already on the cheap model that Apple Watch has a fair amount of design love. Especially considering the material feeling combined with the fact that it is one of the smallest bells in the test.

 

Winner: Pebble Smartwatch

We should be honest with that this is a segment that still has very many childhood diseases and that still waits for her real Killer App, so to speak. Therefore, it is very much of tastes and preferences for smart watches, but also that you yourself are thinking out what it is you want them to.

At present, we would say that smart watches main raison d ‘ être is to provide you with notifications from the phone so you know when it needs to be picked up or not. Any other functions fall under personal preferences. As one of the two bells with support for both Iphone and Android (and unofficially support Windows Phone also) and an enormously robust connection to any phone in combination with a ridiculously easy operation and a battery life that beats most WINS Pebble with a hair’s breadth in terms of it being a notismaskin you want to have on your arm.

 

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