Apple Watch - the worthy rivals and the viable alternatives

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch at its keynote on September 9, the company's foray into smartwatches, and is poised to enter a market which is currently being dominated by some its archenemies - Samsung, LG, and others - with their Android Wear smartwatches. The latter was announced several months ago, and alongside it, the metal-clad Motorola Moto 360 got announced - a device, which held the attention of many with its compelling and intriguing industrial design, which set it apart from the crop of smartwatches that were currently on the shelves back then.

Several months later, the first Android Wear devices came to life (the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live), and since then, we've been treated to a whole slew of such Android Wear gadgets. But Google's platform is not the single one that powers a compelling wearables these days - a lot of manufacturers have resorted to their in-house firmware solutions in order to make their smartwatches tick and click. As most of the large players on the market have released at least one wrist-worn contender, the Apple Watch will surely face some touch competition. Let's delve in a bit and check out some of its more recent rivals.

Then again, it's worth mentioning that the Apple Watch and its Android Wear counterparts are closely tied to their respective ecosystems - if you are fan of Cupertino's products, then you'd probably go for the Apple Watch. On the other hand, if you put your trust in Google's ecosystem, then you'd probably want to invest in an Android Wear gadget. Provided that you are eyeing the smartwatches ilk with pleasure, that is.

That being said, let's check out some rivals of the Apple Watch.

Pebble Time Steel

The new Pebble Time got unveiled as a Kickstarter project recently, throwing a gauntlet to the Apple Watch itself. With its all-metal body, up ot 7 days of battery life, and its new Timeline interface that "that highlights what's important in your day" and allows you to easily switch between your "past", "present", and "future". Interestingly enough, for the brief time it has been on Kickstarter, the watch has reaped great success and broke a few records.

The watch comes with a color e-ink display, which is certainly responsible for the commendable battery life. You also have a microphone on board that will allow you to respond to incoming notifications. Just like the very first Pebble, the new Time works along with both iOS and Android.

LG Watch Urbane 

The LG Watch Urbane is the company's latest smartwatch and it's undoubtedly one of the better-looking ones we've laid our eyes upon. Donning a classic watch design, you'd have a hard time distinguishing it from a regular watch. It's powered by WebOS, the platform that LG bought from HP in early 2013. 

The LG Watch Urbane is an LTE-capable wearable that packs a 700mAh juicer inside. It also boasts health-centric sensors aplenty, as well IP67 waterproofing to shield it from potentially-damaging liquids. It ticks and clicks thanks to a Snapdragon 400 SoC; we also have 1GB of RAM inside the watch, which is a monstrous amount as per the current smartwatch standards.

Huawei Watch

Despite being a bit thick, the Huawei Watch is another viable Android Wear alternative to the Apple Watch. It's made of stainless steel and despite being a bit on the thick side, it's definitely a looker. The front of the watch packs an AMOLED display with a resolution of 400 by 400 pixels, while a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset tick-tocks inside, complemented by 512MB of RAM. 

A surplus of sensors inside the watch further enrich its functionality portfolio - we have a heart rate monitor, a six-axis motion sensor, a barometer, as well as other sensors that count the burnt calories, heart rate, step count, distance traveled, etc. We don't know the exact pricing for this Android Wear champ, though rumors put its price somewhere in the vicinity of $1,000.

Sony Smartwatch 3

Sony also upped its smartwatch game by releasing a metal version of its Smartwatch 3, which puts it in the league of the more compelling and well-designed wearables available right now. Its hardware insides are the same as the ones of the regular, plastic Smartwatch 3, but after all, the looks are a bit more important when it comes to wearables, aren't they?

This means that you have a quad-core chipset, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of native storage inside, as well as an 1.6-inch LCD display at the front, boasting a resolution of 320x320 pixels. Powering the whole shebang is a 420mAh battery. 

Motorola Moto 360

Here it is, one of the first smartwatches that grasped the public's attention with its compelling and captivating design ever since its existence got revealed several months ago. The Motorola-made wearable was showcased alongside Google's Android Wear, but it was not the first Android Wear gizmo to land on the shelves (the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live stole that crown).

Nevertheless, the Moto 360 was often lauded for its looks and is already available on the market. This compelling metal-made device is water-resistant, has a display with a resolution of 320 x 290 pixels (which results in a dark strip at the bottom of the display), and some 4GB of on-board storage. The smartwatch comes with various straps, most notably leather and metal ones. Surely, it will most probably be lauded as one of the main rivals of the Apple Watch.

LG G Watch R

The LG G Watch R is lauded as being the first smartwatch from a major manufacturer to sport a completely round display, which might be a direct jab at the Moto 360's dark strip of unused screen estate at the bottom of the latter's display. The winner in the "Design" department comes down to personal preferences, however, the G Watch R is also a beauty both on the inside and on the outside.  

It's a water-proof gadget and is made of stainless steel and has a single-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon SoC inside, half a gigabyte of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage space, whereas a 410mAh battery keeps the circular G Watch R ticking and kicking. It also comes with an interchangeable strap (the default being a genuine calf leather one) and LG revealed that it will be releasing new ones in the upcoming months. Is it a worthy rival to the Apple Watch? Undoubtedly.


Samsung Gear S

Samsung's most recent Tizen smartwatch, the Gear S, is the manufacturer's most advanced gizmo of this kind at the moment. It somewhat mimics the distinct design of Sammy's smartphone lineup, as it comes with a small hardware button at its bottom, which is used for interface interaction. Similar to its Android Wear rivals, the Gear S is water-resistant and made of metal, but its arguably most distinct feature is the curved 2" display and the dual-core 1GHz processor inside of it, which makes it one of the more powerful wearables on the market at the moment.

What's more, it's one of the few that have a SIM slot aboard. However, its default strap is a plastic one, which somewhat disrupts the overall feel. While it's not as compelling as some of the Android Wear troopers, the Samsung Gear S is more than worthy of mentioning.

Asus ZenWatch

After a lot of teasers, Asus unveiled its first Android Wear smartwatch, the Asus ZenWatch, at IFA 2014. Its design is nothing short of head-turning, as its stainless steel body is just slightly curved. The 2.5D display is also slightly arched and a leather strap completes the picture. As a whole, Asus has succeeded in making a pretty good-looking device, which comes with "iconic Italian design" (as per Asus itself). The specs sheet of the device is more than adequate, too. A Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage aboard the Asus ZenWatch make it a notable representative of the current Android Wear market. Like most of its counterparts, it's water-resistant as well (although coming with a slightly lower, IP55 certification on board).

Done yet? Feel free to check out some of our additional articles regarding Apple's first wearable device by following the links right below.



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

iWatch is a fail. Looks like a first generation Samsung Gear! lol


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

no it doesn' may want to revisit the samsung product lol...also the materials and components used in both are also very different

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yeah it doesn't, the first gen gear looks better than the iwatch. The iwatch looks like a walmart watch while the gear looks like a skater watch or something you would find at Oakley or fossil or something.

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Are you high!? Lol the Gear is the ugliest most hideous watch of all.

13. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Seriously, the first Gear was the ugliest watch I've ever seen. Remember that ridiculous camera bump on the strap you couldn't even swap?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Anything apple they will hate on, why even bother? I'll be getting an Apple watch to compliment my 6 plus, just as soon as it launches. I'm hoping in time for Valentines day, that way I won't have to buy it ;)

19. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Nice nice haha. I'll be paying only $120 for the 128 gig 6 Plus. Can't wait!!!! Now for the Nexus 6 and Apple Watch :D

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn lol, lucky you. I'll be using At&t next, I don't wanna plunk down the entire cost upfront. I sat sun mon tue off, work wed thur, then we're headed to At&t at 8pm thur night. Friday is iTime lol.

21. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

That reminds me, don't you love the people who say the iPhone is 1000 dollars lmao? IFFFFF you buy it up front, its 650. Most people buy on contract for $200, or $100 in some cases. #fanboysatlarge

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes I do, the ones that complain, can't afford one.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? So if a person says something bad about a product true or not, its because they can't afford it? Just wow! If that is your only and best argument than you really are stupid. Quick while you are behind, because you're never going to get ahead.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes most people do buy the iPhone on contract, because like any other phone its makes it easier to get it. The iPhone starts at $650 and ends at over $1000. The Galaxy S for example also starts at $650. Hwoever, every Galaxy S has offered more than any model oof iPhoen released the same year. In fact, the iPhone 6, can't even beat the S5 and the S5 is a year old device. The S5 is 1080p while the iPhone 6 is 750p. The S5 has 2.0/16MP cameras both capable of 1080p recording, while the from camera on the iPhone 6 is 1.2MP which was standard back in 2004 and 8MP on the back and it sucks compared o the S5. The S5 is IP67 certified against dust and water, while if you get the Phone wet it will ad likely be permanently damaged. I could go one, but even Sony as expensive as they are, shows more class vs Apple and I don't even like Sony.

38. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Yeah part of it is true that any apple hater will hate what ever apple comes up with. Subjectively speaking apple watch is like an ipod nano with strap. I'm sure you do know what I mean. Funny thing about Apple article wrote by PA is that they have the assumption that apple is the king of innovation.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U have to connect with a adapter on the Iwatch everything else uses wireless charging. Yet people still cheer for this over price ijunk

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's no such thing as an iWatch. It's Apple Watch.

39. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Because there's already a company whose name is iwatch long before apple.

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

no 1st gen sony and pebble, the asus zen watch will be the fashion womans watch for gear live works great for me and perfect size.

42. gadget_lover

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 30, 2009

Not even.... Samsung Gear (first generation) had a cam for pics and video , an ir blaster and even more battery life. lol


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

the moto 360 still looks the best for round watch and the iwatch appears to look the best in it's squareish appeal... somehow or one way or another when you see the iwatch it's going to appear appealing when it's on a larger population of wrist & ads

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I think LG G watch is better alrounder then Moto 360 because of its huge battery (almost twice then Moto 360) and a completely round display. Also, I somehow think that because of those huge bezels it will be better in dealing with shocks when it falls down. However, for bigger hands I'd chose the Gear S for its super high-spec and and awesome curved display.

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

its a fatter expensive asus zen watch.

4. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Gear S all the way. But Samsung must make ladies version too. Apple Watch is joke. Besides WHY Apple announce it, when it will come(if) in 6 months??? May be ONLY to support the APPL stock now???

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The Moto 360, with its exquisite finish, the LG R, with its fine design, and the ZenWatch, with its beautiful case, put the iWatch to shame, whose boring design only a zealous iFan would like.

7. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

The moto 360 is fine design, I do not like the LG G Watch R it looks too childish, the Zenwatch is nice but don't like leather bands, the biggest advantage on the Apple Watch, because it is not iWatch is the customization available, different watch materials and different material bands, plus 2 different sizes. I still prefer the moto 360 on looks over the apple watch, but give credit to apple for giving more options and better build quality, sapphire glass is a most since the only thing stronger than sapphire is diamond, so it won't get scratched.

12. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

The only TRANSPARENT thing harder than diamond is sapphire :) ;P Second would be my rod after looking at the Moto 360.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

dude you just said your rod is transparent lol so many joke going around my head i feel like a kid again.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The iwatch looks like the smart watch 3 but with metal instead of plastic. I think the G watch looks the best because it looks the closest to a normal fossil watch. But if the moto 360 was as thin as the zen watch, then that would be the ideal look. The iwatch and 360 look way too fat and plump. The G watch is thick too but they smartly hide it with lines breaking up how thick it is. The gear s just looks too alien and unlike a watch.

17. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

moto 360 is the best looking. 1. moto 2. lg 3. apple 4. asus 5. samsung based on aesthetics alone. anything else is fanboyism

25. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

That's just your taste, I think the moto360 is ugly in person, looks noting like the promo 3D renders.

24. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

BEST LOOKING SMARTWATCH (RANK): 1. Moto 2. Asus 3. Apple (Sport) 4. LG 5. Samsung

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