Which Smart Watch Matches You?
The term “wearable technology” has quickly become the new buzz worthy term in our culture. By far the most popular type of wearable tech are smart watches. As the name implies these are wrist worn gadgets that not only tell time but connect wirelessly to your phone to display information at a glance. In what is now a crowded field of contenders, two particular watches have come to represent the best the tech has to offer: the Moto 360 from Motorola and the Apple Watch. Which one is right for you? Read on and find out!
The elephant in the tech showroom is Apple. Known for their elegant design and simple user-focused features they were a natural fit for this segment of the market. The Apple Watch works exclusively with the iPhone (sorry Android users) and can display most alerts that come across your phone by displaying the information of the rectangular screen – even when the phone isn’t nearby. You can answer a call – thanks to the Dick Tracy-like built-in speakerphone, respond to text messages with your voice, keep tabs on your heart rate, steps and activity throughout the day and even buy something on Amazon, all without taking your phone from your pocket. Pretty snazzy but all this comes at a price: it only works on iPhone.
Android users have a bevy of options when it comes to watches. Google (the makers of the Android operating system) released what they dubbed Android Wear. With this software any manufacturer can produce a watch and bring it to market. This has proven to be an advance and a hindrance. The jewel in the Android Wear crown belongs to tech leader Motorola and their flagship watch, the Moto 360. As the name implies the device is round – lending it a much more watch-like appearance. This alone is enough to sway some buyers. Others are attracted by the tight integration with Google; anything that you have granted the search giant access to can be served up as an alert or screen on the Moto 360. Stocks, weather, text, email – the list goes on. The killer feature for the Moto 360 (and Android Wear in general) is the ability for the watch to work on ANY phone – even the iPhone. Granted, when using the Moto 360 on an iOS device, the feature set is limited, but the amount of information still shared with the watch is impressive by any measure.
Both watches offer apps that are native to the device as well as those which require a phone application in order to function. Both can tell you what’s happening at a glance. Both can track your steps, health and activity level. And with the release of the new (2015 version) of the Moto 360 (price starting around $350) and size options (42mm and 46mm) are now in step. The most important question to ask yourself when considering one of these gadgets is: what phone will I have in two years? If you have an iPhone now and are sure to get another, perhaps the Apple Watch will suit your needs. However if you think you might switch between Android and iOS, the Moto 360 may be just what you never knew you needed.
What do you think? Do you have a wearable you just can’t live without? Is there a different watch you think should be considered? Let us know in the discussion area below!
Written by: Bob Skrezyna for the 50 Plus Report