Smartwatch Showdown: Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Sony SmartWatch 2 vs Qualcomm Toq

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?...
This is a discussion for a news article. To read the whole news, click here

38 Comments

1. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

if you have a galaxy smartphone, then you should definitively be getting the galaxy smart watch.

7. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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: Dec 14, 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: May 22, 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: Apr 16, 2011

What happen to the 6th gen. iPod Nano??? People were wearing the device like a watch

21. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Galaxy Gear FTW :)

27. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

One of the best smartphone with one of the worst product ever. NO

38. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

Dude had that pic first lol

2. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're quite the troll aren't you? Are you disappointed that the Galaxy Gear has more features than the SS2?

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Not copycat because it has worse design, worse battery life, no waterproof and useless camera

30. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 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: Oct 14, 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: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

@ JMartin22 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Galaxy Gear seems to offer more features overall, but the edge goes to the competitors in battery life.

4. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

lolz PA forget to include Qualcoom in Conclusion

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Qualcomm*

11. jaxson983

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 11, 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: Jun 10, 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.

17. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

looks like a toy

18. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 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...

22. google-apple

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Galaxy Gear... Not good at all...

23. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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. Androidauthority

36. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 2351; Member since: Apr 18, 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

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.