Connected Watches Comparison

Round Or Square

Rectangular, round, square, curved… The shows connected adopts multiple formats and multiple screen sizes. Aesthetics is obviously essential for this constantly wrist-worn accessory. But she says nothing of the features built into the watch. If you want to accurately measure your athletic performance cycling or swimming and check your SMS on the same watch, the choice is limited: either you will focus on your needs, whether your look! Your decision will be guided by your smartphone, because whatever it is, it is not compatible with all watches.

Attention To The Compatibility

Their dominance allows Apple and Samsung to play on exclusivity. The Apple Watch is only compatible with the iPhone (from iPhone 5 and iOS 8.2); Samsung watches (Lite Gear 2, Gear S, etc.) with the Galaxy smartphones (S6, S5, etc.).

Other smartphone manufacturers like Asus, LG and Motorola, offer watches compatible with most newer Android LED watches (usually from Android 4.3).

As for the other connected watches, such as Pebble (Pebble Watch, Pebble Time), the MetaWatch Strata or Garmin VivoActive, they are generally compatible with the iPhone and Android smartphones. Few models compatible with Windows Phone.

Watch Os, Android Wear And Other

These compatibility problems come from the fact that there are watches for different operating systems, just like smartphones.

Specifically, the Apple Watch runs on WatchOS as general LED watch runs on Android OS. This interface does not will confuse the regulars of the mobile operating system iOS. It is also rather successful and fairly intuitive, as reveals our video of the Apple Watch .

For its part, Google has reproduced what made its success in smartphones. The giant declined Android in a version for connected watches (and other connected objects) called Android Wear.This time it is the Android users easily find their bearings.

Samsung stands apart with its OS called Tizen, it supports to reduce its vis-a-vis Google dependency. praiseworthy initiative, but the Korean seems to have trouble attracting other manufacturers in his rebellion.

Unfortunately, Microsoft is late, again. As he did in the world of smartphones and tablets, the Mountain View giant looks the other position. No shows connected to date (just a bracelet, the Microsoft Band, not marketed in France), no operating system dedicated … Windows Phone users will have to wait.

Especially they are not the priority of the manufacturers of other connected watches, those that work with proprietary systems (Pebble OS, for example). They usually develop an application to install on the smartphone to manage the watch settings. This application is usually available in the App Store and the Google Play Store, but rarely in the Windows Market.

Watch Notifications Or Smartphone Wrist

The Apple Watch and Android Wear watches are real small smartphones wrist. Of course, exceptions (1) they do not directly incorporate SIM card or GPS chip and therefore dependent on the smartphone (with which they are connected by Bluetooth) for many functions. But it is possible to install applications available in Apple and Google online stores. There are already over 4000 compatible in the Google Play Store! These watches incorporate mostly a microphone and a speaker, enabling to hold a conversation or to dictate verbal orders. Their backlit display shows messages, emails, photos, and other content. In short, these watches are “intelligent”.

Many models, however, simply vibrate or turn on a light when a text message or a Twitter notification arrives on the smartphone.

Variable Autonomy

These watches that merely notify alerts are generally not equipped screen. They are not very energy intensive and often are even powered by a battery, as a watch. They thus enjoy considerable autonomy. Conversely, the “smart” watches with color display must be recharged every day. Some manufacturers manage to play endurance sacrificing the brightness of the screen ( the watch Garmin VivoActive is not very readable outdoors, for example) or using electronic ink (technology used for the screen reading lights ).

A watch connected to sports?

Garmin VivoActive is one of the few models to integrate a GPS chip. This is a sports watch that allows ‘more’ to receive notifications from their smartphone.

Most connected watches can measure your daily physical activity. They include why many sensors including an accelerometer and often a heart rate monitor. The appreciation of distances, the number of steps daily and heart rate is also quite fair. But to keep your speed in running, cycling, nothing beats a GPS chip. But there are few connected watches which incorporate a. We must therefore rely on the smartphone, so take this cumbersome object at its meetings jogging.

Watches and bracelets connected: what difference?

A connected strap is primarily an activity sensor. It counts your daily steps, estimates the distance traveled and calories burned. It welcomes you when your daily goal is achieved and encourages you if it is not yet. Some “monitor” your sleep (sleep time, motion detection), others include a heart rate monitor to measure your heart rate. A watch connected, more expensive, is better defined as an extension of the smartphone. It alerts you when an appointment approach, you receive a message or a call. The border between the two devices is sometimes tenuous: highly developed bracelets display messages on her phone, and most watches also know not count…

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