2015 can be concluded as the year of the smartwatch. I’ve myself seen so many people finally buy a smartwatch for themselves, and so many who love them.
Smartwatches this year were more of a cult of similar objects morphed into various forms to perform various functions. The best and the worst smartwatch this year had similar features - they were made for your wrist, they had colour screens, they featured a mechanism to navigate through the watch’s interface and had very similar specifications. So what made smartwatches distinguishable this year? There are three parameters:
1. Apple Watch
In my survey, this watch had absolutely no competition. I expected that, really, because it is the most popular smartwatch ever. People identify when you say “Apple Watch”, which is unlike any other watch. Undoubtedly, Apple’s legacy, paired with a good product, allowed this watch to be a super hit.
The Apple Watch isn’t the perfect smartwatch by any means: the OS isn’t all that user friendly, the smartwatch isn’t very powerful and native apps for the watch are yet to completely hit the store. The Watch succeeds in delivering a seamless experience with the iPhone which is one of the main reasons of its success. Moreover, the Watch is extremely sturdy, durable and shows the potential to be the next big thing for Apple. I’ve written about the Watch before, so you can go back and read it.
2. Moto 360 (Gen. 2)
There is a lot to like about the Moto 360 - the (almost) circular display, the thin bezel, the good quality build and its similarity to modern watch designs. The new 360 seems to correct what went wrong with the original model while still keeping similar aesthetics and features. The 360 is a powerful smartwatch with one big down-side: the OS. Although Android Wear is the most widespread smartwatch OS today, it lacks the stability, quality, integration and features of other major smartwatch OSs. But that gives us hope - perhaps with every software update, the watch gets better, smarter and more usable. I love the feel of the Moto 360, and if Android Wear soon improves, there will be no match for this watch - at least for now.
3. The Samsung Gear S2
To be honest, the Gear S2 is the best overall smartwatch out there according to me. The S2 is strikingly good looking and feels like a desirable product. It also has a wide variety of internals choices, and you can choose the one that’ll support a SIM card. The Gear S2 essentially tries to mimic the function of the Apple Watch - with its scroll bezel and operating system - while retaining the simplistic yet classic styling of the Moto 360. And when Samsung prints its name onto the watch, it becomes a reliable product.
I might be wrong, but this watch definitely deserved more votes.
Here is the survey chart:
Quiet astonishing, right? It was a serious win for the Apple Watch, and the Samsung Gear S2 just barely made it. Moto 360 got a healthy share.
That is it! I wanted to keep it short - because next year we are going to see the second generation of the major smartwatches. For once, we will see smartwatches really add value to our lives, and not just act as accessories that notify you to use your phone.
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