Smartwatch Showdown: Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Sony SmartWatch 2 vs Qualcomm Toq
0. phoneArena 04 Sep 2013, 21:25 posted on
Today saw three new entrants into the smartwatch space in what will likely come to be known as the beginning of the smartwatch boom. As we expected, when we wrote about these devices (at least the ones we knew about), this round of smartwatches still falls within the "first-gen" era, which brings interesting potential, but major drawbacks for early adopters. Essentially, the choice between the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony SmartWatch 2, and Qualcomm Toq comes down to one thing: do you want features or do you want battery life?...
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1. 1113douglas (Posts: 193; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)
if you have a galaxy smartphone, then you should definitively be getting the galaxy smart watch.
7. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Or just don't get it, use your phone, and save yourself $300 and keep the ability to not look like a dork.
8. Commentator (Posts: 3570; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I think he means "if you had to choose one of them" then you should definitively be getting the Galaxy Smart Watch.
15. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
And I was saying that there is always the option of not getting one at all. I wouldn't get any of these in their current forms. But the Galaxy Gear is least likely for me, it is too ugly looking and only goes a day on a charge. A watch is meant to be a fashion piece in todays world, and it should be able to go for a long time without needing a charge. I think the Sony and Qualcomm ones are the best out of these 3. Their display technology allows them to go a majority of the week without charging.
To be fair, I've always been partial to the Pebble. But I dont think it offers any of the fitness tracker style benefits, which I think should be a must in a smartwatch.
16. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)
25 hours battery life vs 96 hours battery life
and for a wearable gear, design is most important .
so i bet u know the answer.
20. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
What happen to the 6th gen. iPod Nano???
People were wearing the device like a watch
27. SonyPS4 (Posts: 335; Member since: 21 May 2013)
One of the best smartphone with one of the worst product ever. NO
2. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
Sony Smartwatch 2 the best...the original is still the king...
copycat galaxy gear makes me vomit.
Samsuck time for you to create something new from your lab..not fromn sony's lab, nokia, apple. quallcomms lab...
5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10309; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You're quite the troll aren't you? Are you disappointed that the Galaxy Gear has more features than the SS2?
12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Copycat Galaxy Gear? Samsung didn't copy anything from any company, Samsung is just joining the smartwatch family.
So you're saying that other company is allowed to make a smartwatch and Samsung is not allowed to? That's like saying Hershey is allowed to make chocolate and Cadbury is not allowed to.
28. SonyPS4 (Posts: 335; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Not copycat because it has worse design, worse battery life, no waterproof and useless camera
30. JMartin22 (Posts: 1793; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
1) Opinion, 2) whatever - more features will drain the battery; that's just Moore's Law, 3) at least it has a camera; 4) what do you even need waterproofing for really? Those extremely rare occasions when you drop your watch in the toilet or a swimming pool?
34. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
haha you really dont know what moores law is, do you =P.
and my hand and wrists get wet every time it rains.
Thats probably why nobody wears ipod nano on their wrists, cous they break when any kind of moisture is present.
35. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
What a ridiculous statement.. if ANY electronic item needs waterproofing, it's a watch.
Or maybe you never go outside, wash your hands or take a shower...
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10309; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Galaxy Gear seems to offer more features overall, but the edge goes to the competitors in battery life.
4. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
lolz PA forget to include Qualcoom in Conclusion
11. jaxson983 (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
if you want a smart watch get a Suunto. all of these other things are just for people too lazy to pull their phone out of their pocket.
13. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
The winner hasn't been revealed yet. I'm not talking about Apple or Google, but the one who can pull the resources together after the technology makes this viable. So far only 1 has more than a days worth of battery life, until that improves, smart watches will remain niche products.
18. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Or just spend $10 on a used Timex that works for 6 months, take $250 to buy a Nexus 4 and spend the rest on dinner and a movie.
19. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1890; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
its only the beginning of the smartwatch era, these so called smartwatch will improve in the future ..these are just first of its kind...
23. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Sony Smartwatch is the best all-around choice. It can be used with any Android device, has a pretty robust ecosystem, and will last a few days on a charge.
36. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I have to agree with you on this.
I like the idea of the Samsung, but I can't see wearing that thing.. that side profile is hideous! Bummer.
The Sony on the other hand looks like a watch which is a requirement for me. It does lack the features of the Samsung however.
Oh well.. I'm not in any hurry to jump into the watch game, especially at this price point. I think I'll wait and see what the next generation is.
If I'm dropping $300-$400 on an electronic watch, it better dazzle me.
24. kindlefireowner (Posts: 497; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Seems like it was just yesterday when Casio released a $300 camera watch. It was a waste of money then, just like these watches are a waste of money now.
25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3690; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I don't want smartwatch. I don't want to wear 2 watches at the same time in one hand or both hands, atleast not smartwatch. If somebody gives me free then I'll take.
26. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2138; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
The only way, i would be interested in a "smartwatch" , was if it had 3.5" OLED curved screen,. That fitted good around my rist, amd did more than, just tell.me i have a notification,time,ect....patent idea haha
29. hellionz (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)
How about the Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 yet to be released on Kickstarter?
31. JMartin22 (Posts: 1793; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Aside from monitoring heart rate. I don't really see why anyone would need any of these wearable devices in their current form. The technology that comprise these things need to make a quantum leap.
33. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So enough material now for "100 engineers" to start copying and then improving..
37. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Ok Apple.. here's your blue print.. now you know what to do!