Apple launched its coveted smartwatch on Monday to join the fast-growing wearable market and it has several striking specs. But the industry is booming with several entries from various tech companies. Besides Apple's latest smartwatch, Huawei Watch and Pebble Time have got a great reception from the audience. If you are confused between these smartwatches, here's a direct comparison of specs, design and prices to help you make your decision.
Apple Watch: The Apple Watch has a square design with sleek lines and features a functional crown on its right side. It is more in line with the modern smartwatch offering, rather than a classic watch look. The smartwatch uses fine materials like sapphire crystal and 18-karat gold finishing on two of its high-end range, while the entry-level watch is positioned at price-conscious buyers.
Huawei Watch: Much like the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch also has three variants but none of them has a square or rectangular dial. The smartwatch follows the classic timepiece design, making it hard for prospective buyers to differentiate it from traditional watches. Such a design concept is well-received in the wearable space and the black, stainless steel and gold variants just add to the variety of options for shoppers. The circular display is interrupted by a tiny round button to carry out navigations.
Pebble Time: The Pebble Time is an entirely different offering compared to the Apple Watch and the Huawei Watch. It features a flat aesthetic design, but does not offer a premium feel like its expensive rivals. This is justified by Pebble's affordable price tag, making it more of an appeal to those who cannot dent their pockets for an additional tech gadget. It's still one of the finest looking smartwatches in the market.
Apple Watch: Apple has an upper hand over its rivals as it builds and powers its own devices. The Apple Watch uses its own custom-made S1 SiP (System in Package) and features Taptic Engine technology. It has a built-in speaker and uses a Retina display to sense various types of touch and press. The smartwatch integrates Siri and sensors such as barometer, heart rate monitor, accelerometer as well as Apple Pay. The smartwatch reportedly lasts 18 hours with mixed usage, which is not quite satisfactory. Also, it can only be paired with iOS devices.
Huawei Watch: Huawei's smartwatch sports a 1.4-inch AMOLED touch screen and it's also the first Android Wear smartwatch to feature sapphire crystal display. The wearable is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM and has 4GB onboard storage. It matches the Apple Watch with similar sensors, such as heart rate monitor, barometer, and more. Huawei will support only Android smartphones. The Huawei Watch carries a small 300mAh battery and can last less than a day.
Pebble Time: Pebble has a greater advantage in the specs department and it is a winner in terms of battery. The maker of the smartwatch is sticking with e-paper display, making Pebble Time run for 7-10 days on a single charge. It has its own OS and runs on Cortex M4. There's no exclusivity to a particular platform as Pebble Time can be paired with both Apple iOS and Android smartphones.
Apple Watch: Apple Watch is priced at an incredibly high range, with base model starting at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport. And if you wish to get high-end variants, the Apple Watch with sapphire crystal display costs between $549 and $599 based on the straps. The most expensive Apple Watch will costs as high as $17,000 based on your demands.
Huawei Watch: There's no information on Huawei's smartwatch price but one of the models is expected to cost about $1,000. However, Huawei has confirmed that it won't be charging such a high price for a base model, suggesting it would be ranging somewhere around Apple Watch's base price.
Pebble Time: Pebble offers the most affordable range of smartwatches. The Pebble Time is currently available on Kickstarter and customers can get it for as low as $250 before it hits the market with a probable retail price of $299.