There was a time when companies fought over what cell phone would end up in your pocket. Today, the fight is for who will have the watch on your wrist. Kickstarter Pebble has been in the spotlight for some time and now Samsung is responding with its Galaxy Gear. But which option is worthy of your hard earned money?
One of the first things you will notice is that both the Samsung and the Pebble will feel very different on your wrist. The Galaxy Gear looks like an upscale watch with a stainless steel face and a sapphire display. The Pebble in turn is very thin and light and doesn’t stand out as much as the Samsung does.
This brings up the display of the units. On the Galaxy Gear, you will notice there is a 1.63" touch screen that offers a 320 x 320 resolution. In turn, the Pebble has a LCD that uses e-ink with a high refresh rate.
As with any smart device, battery life is a concern that will come up. With both devices, you will need to ensure you have an outlet to plug them into when they are getting low. The drain will, of course, occur faster than a traditional watch, largely because of a constant need for Bluetooth access to properly operate both watches. On the Pebble, you have up to seven days between charges while the Samsung will need to be recharged every day or two, depending on the amount of use.
Of course, with the need for Bluetooth connections, you will also find you do need a phone to connect it to. The SamsungGalaxy Gear can only be used with Samsung phones that have Android 4.3. The Pebble offers support for these phones plus other Android devices as well as the Apple products available.
When looking at both watches, you will find they are generally similar in terms of features. This includes notifications being displayed on the watch, although the Samsung does offer voice commands and a camera that the Pebble does not allow for at this time. However, future firmware updates for both devices will expand on their core features and make both more effective than they are at this time.
As far the crown jewel of the devices, the Apps are very different for each. Right now, there are more than 2,200 Apps for the Pebble, compared to the 70 for the Galaxy Gear. The problem is that the screen on the Pebble doesn’t make them as appealing. This is a SDK screen that doesn’t meet the high quality display standards that the Samsung device offers. However, you do need to take into account that the Pebble costs $149.99
while the Samsung costs $329.99
, which can be a considerable difference, depending on your financial situation.
There are clearly benefits in select either of these devices. It will be important to weigh your options and decide on the device that will work best for you.