Results: do you prefer a circular or square smartwatch?


Smartwatches have been selling for a while now and, as you have probably noticed, square-shaped ones seem to be a bit more widely-spread. Actually, back when they first came out, smartwatches were exclusively square-shaped — manufacturers still had a tough time with making a round display and designing a software that looks right on it and makes use of the circular shape. The very first round smartwatch was the Moto 360, released in 2014, and it still had a “flat tire” look, due to the bottom of the display being covered by a black band, which held the display drivers.

But technology has evolved and it's probably Samsung that is currently “leading the charge” with circular-shaped smartwatches — the Gear S2 and Gear S3 both have round designs, a cool rotating bezel that interacts with the software on board, and a user interface, which lends itself great to the round display.

So, apparently, it can be done, but some manufacturers still prefer to stick to the rectangular design. The Apple Watch comes to mind — 2 generations of the device kept the same look. There have been some faint rumors about an Apple Watch 3, which would, allegedly, be round-shaped, but we aren't holding our breath for that.

We thought we'd ask you, our readers, what shape you prefer for a smartwatch? The results are... quite overwhelming! Well, let's see if that rumored Apple Watch 3 is actually circular!

What shape do you prefer your smartwatch to be in?

Circular
74.12%
Rectangular
11.48%
I don't care, as long as design and software are on point
14.4%

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35 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I prefer the Gear S3, best smart watch out to me.

3. rdvn26

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

Are you Samsung fanboy?

5. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

ROFL Yes. Although his groupies are about to come in bunches defending him telling us he fairly sees it how it is. What's even funnier is this man used to be a hardcore Apple fanboy years ago, and would insult Android fanboys on this website. But since he has switched teams. He's a techieXP in disguise. Acts as if he's fair to all sides, but clearly has a strong bias. #FactsCometh

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

So what you're saying is that he has tried both sides extensively and has formed an opinion based on experience... and that makes him a fanboy?... Even I've had my differences with him but i can admit that at least he has used both ecosystems extensively enough to have a decently reliable opinion. Likely more than most of the trolls that live in this site.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Problem is this; he thinks, and his groupies like you think, that he's the ONLY person to have used both OS's extensively.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep FF, we've had our disagreements. Android is simply better to me, and I've used both systems for the longest, like you said. My opinion is based on using both, and it's now night and day with me. I prefer android. I still use iOS, but I don't see it being my daily driver anymore. It's just a good OS to me now. I don't care how it pisses off the trolls. What the hell are they gonna do, come to Vegas, and make me switch. That would be funny.

15. Furbal unregistered

Tablet = iOS, Phone = Android imo. Liking my 7+ but I sold my U11 and got a XZ premium, the XZ is freaking outstanding, minus some camera quirks. p10+ is sitting on the shelf, huawei needs to step up their game.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I agree, my tabs an iPad, my phone an S8 Plus.

35. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I agree, had my old iPad 4 over 5 years i think? it's reliable and iOS on tablet is much better, had more useful feature compared to iOS on iPhone. Now i upgrade to iPad Pro 10.5.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's certainly more credible than his stalkers here, some of whom have been caught red handed in lies and multiple accounts.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I prefer a smart watch to look like a regular watch, and be inconspicuous. There is one smart watch that went out of their way to make their watch look like a rounded edge square (Apple). But that is not the bad part. No, by far the worst part is Apple and a number of their zealots have the nerve, and the gall to talk about all the different styles. This is literally a prime example of that expression "putting lipstick on a pig". Think about it, everyone that owns one has the exact same square style. Sure there is different colors and materials, but isn't that the exact definition of putting lipstick on a pig. Apple and many others talk about Apples branding and styles. Well they failed with their Apple watch in my books.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You are obsessed with all things Apple, to the point where you are becoming worse than the Apple fans you claim to abhor. Why are you so envious of people that enjoy Apple products? You do know you're free to purchase them too, correct?

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly I struck a nerve with you apple-rulz. The truth really hurt you didn't it. Especially when you, and your friends and family. Well anyone who owns an Apple watch have the same square style. So change the color, a different material, basically lipstick on a pig, right apple-rulz. Don't take the truth so hard.

28. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Is it because you can't afford an Apple Watch? That's it, isn't it?

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your funny. No it definitely is not. I have multiple smart watches. What I really like is when I can use one smart watch on multiple platforms. Because I use multiple platforms. Apples watch only works with iPhones. Whereas Android Wear and Samsung's Tizen watches work on both platforms. Plus I look for more bang for my bucks. Apple's watch doesn't cut it for me. But my wife likes it.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Round and circular are shapes one might like or dislike; I would very much like to own a RM - which is square - but I would also wouldn't mind to have a Lange - which makes round watches. If someone was in need to see your hardcore hate for Apple, this useless poll - tech wise - was exactly what it took.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's an interesting argument. Claim he's a biased fan boy, then lay out reasons he isn't. Maybe his supposed bias is based on actual experience. Nah, that could only be true if he preferred Apple, right. Mxyflashmite used to think he was fair, until his preference swung away from Apple.

22. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Teddy, considering you've been caught lying, it's best you just log off and go take a nap.

29. AxelFoley unregistered

Just so we're clear about who has been caught lying, the comment below regarding the iPhone 8 is from you, right? Acknowledge. apple-rulz (Posts: 348; Member since: 27 Dec 2016) The fingerprint scanner will be imbedded under the screen, guaranteed.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, considering I haven't been "caught lying", since I haven't lied, no. Now please post the link so even more people will have the opportunity to understand your 2nd grade reading comprehension.

33. apple-rulz

Posts: 2115; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

That's right, what you said was "taken out of context". If you had any sense of decency teddy, you'd disown your son, and hopefully a family with decent morals would take him in. It's too late for you, but hopefully your son still has a chance to become an honorable man.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not at all. I'm a tech fan, the GS3 is just the best one I've used...including the 2 Apple Watches I had. Original, and Series 1. Apple Watches are far too limited in their functionality, and I won't buy another one, until it's 100% standalone. Queue the flock.

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I'm not a fanboy, I actually hate Samsung products, and I agree with him. You don't have to be a fanboy to state the obvious.

4. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

If it should replace the usual wrist watch of course you are right!!! But I'm not watch user, and for ppl like me, a beautiful slim wrist band is the choice. Pity it's not in the poll.

11. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

@phonearena: why you disable the comments section of you so called Android 8.0 Oreo review? Is it in relation with your stupid conclusion for so great battery performance of iOS? I've suggestion for you: remove the whole article. Anyway is useless and stupid. Cheers!

2. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Squircle Watch.

6. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

None of them ..

9. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

"Squade" if you're going to follow up at least include the typo.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1507; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I don't care, i had both. If the software / size / battery life is good, that is good enough for me.

12. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I liked extra flat watches like the real Cartiers. I never cared that much for the mechanism. From there I d say that the iwatch is flatter than its Android counterparts. I like it better for that reason and I see myself going iPhone as a result but then you have the Note 8 and Apple does not have anything close to it. As a matter of fact so far they have been one generation behind Samsung in screens and such. It is complicated.

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