Poll results: whoa, lots of Gear enthusiasts!

Poll results: whoa, lots of Gear enthusiasts!
With the smartwatch niche being pretty much a battlefield of Apple Watch vs Samsung Gear, we thought a proper discussion about which one is preferred is warranted. And iPhone users do get the choice of using the Gear S thanks to the app being available in the App Store, so it's not like it's a direct Android vs iOS war.

One is a square watch that can only last you a day and doesn't have features like automatic workout detection or sleep tracking. The other is circular, has the automatic activity detection, and a three-day battery life to boot, but doesn't have that sweet Taptic Engine, nor OS integration that allows it to be a remote viewfinder for the native Camera app.

Both have their ups and downs, sure. Probably the biggest thing about the Gear S is that you can actually pick between different models with different looks, whereas the Apple Watch has looked the same for 4 editions now.

All that said, the poll results follow. While the Samsung Gear got a resounding win from the Android squad, it's also worth noting that almost 5% of voters were iPhone users that also prefer to go the Gear S way. Samsung obviously has something going for its Tizen-powered wearable!

Apple Watch or Samsung Gear?

Apple Watch
Samsung Gear (I am on iPhone)
Samsung Gear (I am on Android phone)
I demand an Android Wear option in this poll!



1. surethom

Posts: 1722; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Samsung Gear just lacks apps, hence Wear OS, but no proper health & sleep app on Wear OS.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4270; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

People don't use apps on smartwatches. Apps are becoming less and less relevant in this space

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said, and the few I would use, are in the galaxy app store. My primary use for my classic is the fitness app, and its built in. Most techies aren't also fitness nuts, but I am. Health is wealth.

2. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Finally the truth has been spoken. Thanks for not manipulating the result as it has to be that way. Not only in this web forum, but the rest of the world also agree that Samsung's Smartwatch Gear is the only true smartwatch that actually serves purpose, not gimmicky like some cheap unreliable Chinese clone smartwatch. In Android ecosystem, it's Samsung or nothing.

6. MobileNico

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Luckily that's not really true, or many who can't stand Samsung's software would've switched to iPhone by now. I'm just here hoping Google actually makes their own watch eventually.

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Kinda makes ya wonder why the Gear S3 doesn’t sell as well as the Apple Watch. Yes I know “amount sold doesn’t matter!” when it comes to Samsung but still it’s worth asking the question.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'd like to see a poll on how many people actually kept their watch and/or returned it - what did they have and/or did they switch to something else.

14. Feanor

Posts: 1390; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I answered the question at the previous article, but still you didn't register it... Talking about being in denial here....

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The Gear S3 is the best smart watch ever, that is why it doesn’t sell well, because the general public is too stupid to realize how great the Gear S3. There, are you happy now?

15. Azonx8472

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

I work at a big electronic store in the US, the Apple watch has about a 40% return rate. At least with my store.

18. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I am an Apple watch user who would not mind a Gear S3, if it came in a more reasonable size: Apple gives you two usable and well sized choices, but Samsung gives you an amazingly powerful watch with a brilliant interface and fantastic screen...and it is way too big for many guys, to say nothing of women.

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Samsung Gear > Apple watch

4. handsomparis

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

I mean they both good watches I have both and the Apple Watch can actually last 2 days but what I love about them both is that while I’m using them I save a lot of battery on my Samsung and iPhone device cause I’m not using them as much as I would without the watches

8. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

It’s amazing how skewed this is vs the rest of the world. It just shows how heavily biased the readership on this site is.

10. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

actually no, IMO. The number of geeks is smaller than those which are buying watch for fashion, self confident boost, because friends have it and so on. Here are coming people with curiosity in tech therefore differs real world with PA poll.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I've owned both and the death knell for the Apple Watch is that it silences notifications on the iPhone. If the vibrate function were stronger or the Watch ringer was louder, it wouldn't be such a deal-breaker. Apple really has to stop treating its customers as children and let us decide what works best for us. It's been 10 years, we know how to use the f*****g phone already.

12. kotan24

Posts: 313; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

which watch sells the most?

16. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

what has to do selling with usability among users of a tech site/blog? I dont care how much Samsung or Apple is selling. I care what is on my wrist, what makes my daily life better.. Are you buying a watch because sells better!? You don't care if suits your needs?

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


13. miketer

Posts: 531; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Of all the polls until now, I believe this time, the poll options covered all masses

19. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Love the round look, the rotating bezel UI, making calls on it while driving, and 4 day battery. I don't care for Tizen, but since apps don't really belong on a watch it hasn't mattered, and there's nothing really wrong with it other than a lack of devs. On the up side I made my own watch face which is quite easy.

21. Xavier1415

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Cause it's the best watch duh!

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