Apple Watch vs Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R vs Samsung Gear S: specs comparison

Apple Watch vs Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R vs Samsung Gear S: specs comparison

Now that Apple officially has a smartwatch, it's time we put it against two of the most popular Android Wear smartwatches right now, as well as the Tizen-running Samsung Gear S in one of our specs comparisons. The Apple Watch definitely brought some interesting new hardware to the smartwatch space, namely the self-contained S1 SoC, the Haptic Feedback system, Force Touch screen technology, and an elaborate heart-rate sensor - not to mention the premium materials and components involved in its build. However, when it comes to smartwatches, things like personality and small nuggets of clever functionality matter more than raw specs. Then again, if the hardware isn't up to speed, your smartwatch won't be either! So have a glance at the comparison table and inform yourself what lies under the generous promises and lustrous looks of these fine wearables here.

Apple Watch (38mm / 42mm)Moto 360LG G Watch RSamsung Gear S
Dimensions (mm)38 x 33 x 10.5 / 42 x 36 x 10.546mm diameter by 11.5mm thickness46 x 53 x 9.7mm40 x 58 x 12.5mm
Dimensions (inches)1.5 x 1.3 x 0.41 / 1.65 x 1.42 x 0.41 1.81 by 0.451.81 x 2.08 x 0.381.57 x 2.28 x 0.49
Build materialsAluminum, Stainless Steel, 18k GoldStainless SteelMetal & PlasticMetal & Plastic
StrapsFluoroelastomer, Stainless Steel, Genuine LeatherStainless Steel, Genuine LeatherGenuine LeatherPlastic
Operating systemiOSAndroid WearAndroid WearTizen
Display type1.5 / 1.7in Plastic OLEDLCD IPSPlastic OLED2in Curved Super AMOLED
Display resolution340 x 272 (290ppi) / 340 x 293 (293ppi)320 x 290 (205ppi)320 x 320 (247ppi)360 x 480 (300ppi)
ProcessorS1 (Apple-designed, made by Samsung)TI OMAP 3Qualcomm Snapdragon 400Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM512MB (unofficial data)512MB512MB512MB
Storage space8GB4GB4GB4GB
Battery capacityn/a320mAh410mAh300mAh
ConnectivityWi-Fi, BT, NFCBT, GPSBTBT, 3G
Water resistance30 minutes, 3 feet30 minutes, 3 feet30 minutes, 3 feet30 minutes, 3 feet
Additional featuresForce Touch, Haptic Feedback, Make & Receive Calls, Digital Crownn/an/aCellular connectivity, Make & Receive Calls
Price (base model)$350 / $400$250$300$350

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40 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1560; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Im waiting for the Moto 360 v2 which will be smaller than the current model.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm simply waiting for a smart watch that offers functionality that isn't available on a smart phone. That and a 48+ hour battery life. Those are my expectations, I do like Motorola though, maybe they'll deliver with the 2015 model.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 6649; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Luis D. You might not know this but you can also use other straps for the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, and the same holds true for a number of Android Wear smart watches. In fact I paid $25 for the Pebble Steel band and it works great on the Moto 360. There are so many 3rd party watch bands. You can use regular watch bands from regular none smart watches as well. With the Apple Watch your only choice is to go to Apple, because they went with their proprietary bands. So users HAVE to go to Apple, its their only choice.

25. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Thanks for the insight. I know all that, but here we're only discussing what comes with the watch out of the box. Anyone's free to buy an aftermarket strap anyway :)

28. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What about comments number 2 and 10? I didn't see you replying to those.

42. shaolin95

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

Yeah but depending on the watch you can get any common strap like 22mm for the LG Watch R or be more limited in your choices.

41. atrumangelus

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

My Galaxy Gear lasts 4 days, with heavy use. They are already options that last 48+ hours.

9. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

apple watch capacity is 8 gb.

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

no its not d bag go drink you hipnotika and stop trying to act like a tech guy

31. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, it does have 8 GB.

12. Nathillien unregistered

There will be no Moto 2 - Apple watch will fail and all will abandon the market. Well until the battery life gets at least a week of heavy use with one charge.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

those specs are wrong you can change the straps on all of the above to what ever you want. and the apple watch does not make and receive calls like the gear s, the gear s has a sim card and number the apple watch just like all the android wear watch use bt to connect to the phone and make and receive calls.

38. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

and a higher resolution one. 205 ppi sounds quite low

2. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The apple watch is i only splash proof NOT water resistant at 3 feet for 30 mins. And the gear s has GPS and WIFI as well as bluetooth and 3g

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wow, the inaccuracies in the article are shameful.

17. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's an Apple product, of course there will be some kinda twisting of facts in their favor.

40. meme21

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

Per Apple's website "*Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant." Perhaps you should review the definition of the IPX7 rating.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 827; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

What about the Sony SmartWatch 3? C'mon.

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Didn't a previous article said that the Apple watch watch was only splash resistant? And not water resistant?

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Sony Watch 3?

8. Diego!

Posts: 850; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I love Gear S! You never did a review of it? Will you ever do it?

10. chnicolau

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Samsung gear S, have GPS, WIFI, Glonass and remote conection whit phone(3g). For running is not necesary lead cell phone.

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

If you only got the small prices for the apple watch, dont you then need to ditch the stainless steel and gold materials ???? Or are we going for the apple lover win win situation again ? :D And dont you "only" get plastic(Fluoroelastomer) straps with that entry level apple watch too????

13. adecvat

Posts: 593; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

340 x 272 (290ppi) and 320 x 290 (205ppi) WTF? Why 205 ppi?

18. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Maybe one screen is bigger than the other...

26. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Screen size and shape dude.

14. danceosmsiles

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

Money speaks ...apple sponsored article .....it will go everywhere ...Gear S is the most feature rich , LG and moto 360 and Sony with a great battery life the smartest and the coolest and nobody talks about battery ......becoz that will never be highlighted .... becoz apple dies thr ...Sorry honesty is the best policy follow that PA ..

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I find your comment funny that you think that Apple has any influence on what the media writes about, then I'm reminded that they blacklisted a European Magazine over a YouTube video. http://macdailynews.com/2014/09/30/apple-blacklists-europes-best-selling-computer-magazine-bild-over-bendgate-video/

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Is the apple watch gold plated or gold?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gear S, and Apple watch look so sweet.

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