Smartwatch battle: Apple Watch or Samsung Gear?

Smartwatch battle: Apple Watch or Samsung Gear?
The smartwatch niche is a relatively quiet one. There are no big battles, no products trying to cannibalize each other. There are the Apple Watch, Samsung's Gear S watches, and then there are the Android Wear models that just can't get much publicity. So yeah, it's pretty much an “Apple vs Samsung” field.

On the Apple side, we've got the square-shaped Watch, which looks the same no matter which generation you pick. Aside from different materials used for the different price tiers, the design of a first-gen Watch is the same as the one on a Series 3. And, of course, Apple's wearable only syncs to Apple's ecosystem — you can't use it lets you have an iPhone.

Samsung went the opposite way — circular watches, which get different looks with every new iteration. Sammy also won the battery life battle long ago — the Gear S3 Frontier was capable of enduring 3 days on a single charge, and so is the Gear Sport. To top it off, you can pair a Gear smartwatch to an iOS device, meaning that even if you are an avid iPhone user, you can choose to go for a circular smartwatch, instead of sticking to the Apple Watch.

All that said — which camp are you in?

Apple Watch or Samsung Gear?

Apple Watch
14.22%
Samsung Gear (I am on iPhone)
4.56%
Samsung Gear (I am on Android phone)
72.8%
I demand an Android Wear option in this poll!
8.42%

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27 Comments

1. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

We all know if apple had given the gear s3 frontier 100% support for apple devices .. it will steal some apple watch market share Gear s3 frontier is the most outstanding thing samsung ever made since the galaxy s4

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Rolex, period.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7443; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Rolex are a lot of money. More than these smart watches. Personally i prefer my Fossil Q Explorist. It's better looking than those 2 smart watches. Plus I can get almost 4 days from that Android Wear watch. Not to mention the great developer support. With none of the restrictions found on an Apple watch.

13. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

3. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

What ??? Was the galaxy S4 outstanding

4. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

you tripping... not even in my wildest nightmares I would buy a Samsung Smartwatch with zero support from developers instead of an Apple Watch

6. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

No other system is in reality more advanced than Wear OS. I am now comparing my two Wear OS watches with my friend's Apple Watch and there is so much more going on with Wear OS watches; always on display, keyboard, the possibility to see WhatsApp and Messenger attachments, big selection of fresh watchfaces from Google Play to download.

23. Deadeye37

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Don't forget being able to make your own watch faces...

7. libra89

Posts: 2296; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I voted for the Apple Watch. Battery life isn't great but at least it has an option for smaller wrists.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Like the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Consumers have spoken and clearly the Apple Watch is what the majority of smart watch buyers like. Consider how many Samsung phones the Gear S3 models are compatible with, then add in all the other android devices the Gear S3’s are compatible with, and STILL the Gear S3 line is nowhere near as ubiquitous as the Apple Watch. It’s painfully obvious that outside of a handful of rabid fans, the Gear S3 line simply isn’t compelling enough to the average Samsung or android phone user.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Nonsense. I have said that many times, sales have nothing to do with quality in this regard. McDonald's sell the most burgers, but they don't make the best burgers. People are just generally indifferent towards smartwatches and Apple is the only company with a brand image so strong as to convince people to buy something they don't need. As I already commented, feature by feature Wear OS is a much more complete smartwatch OS that Apple Watch OS.

16. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The success of the Apple Watch quite obviously bothers you, otherwise you wouldn’t be spending so much effort railing against it.

21. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Dude, my comment was shorter than yours and 100% true. Or I can easily challenge you to find and tell us a single feature that is available on the Apple Watch and not on Wear OS.

22. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I’m going to get an LTE version of a Wear OS watch and use Apple Music.

9. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

this poll doesn't make any sense if you are an iPhone user then you have only 1 option which is the Apple watch if you are on android you cant use the apple watch your only choices are Samsung gear and the dead android wear platform watches

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

And Fitbit smartwatches.

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Where's Fitbit and Wear OS options on the poll???

14. gamehead unregistered

I've only owned the apple watch but the samsung gear is more appealing

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’ve owned the gear s gear s2, gear fit 2, Apple Watch (series 1 2 and 3), and the Gear S3 Frontier and my current classic. The gear s3 is by far the best smart watch I’ve used. Having said that, it and the series 3 Apple Watch are also the most buggy, and overall problematic watches I’ve used. My Apple Watch series 3, and the 2 exchange units all had a wrist detection issue, that stopped auto heart rate monitoring, and stand reminders with wrist detection off, while giving me my notifications, calls and texts. With it on, I got auto heart rate monitoring and stand reminders and fitness goals badges, but no notifications, calls or texts. It also paused workouts for no reason, and got laggy at times. My gear s3 stops workouts for no reason, and gets laggy at times. Both get their respective rotating mechanisms slowdowns as well. With more tech, comes more issues. The gear s3, and series 3 Apple Watch are the two best watches for me...I always expect issues with my tech, and will continue to be brutally open and honest about those issues.

17. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

None of them...I don't need one more thing to charge every day. But, GEAR support Spotify offline...so I see one useful future there.

18. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

4 day life on the Gear S3

19. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not enough...my fitness band holds 20 days, my watch dont have battery...and for everything else I use a phone.

20. zennacko unregistered

I wish Apple would open the Apple Watch so it could be used even on android phones, that would benefit the user, and their pockets, as the Hermes editions can cost more than a flagship phone, and buyers wouldn't have to worry about the classic "what if I ditch the iPhone?" scenario for the years to come.

26. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I think Apple’s time is best spent making the watch work great with iOS. Wasting time making it work with Android would probably jeopardise how good a product it is due to taking focus off what they should be doing.

27. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's not a very good product at the first place. I was surprised to see that the Apple watch doesn't display WhatsApp and Messenger pic attachments like Wear OS does. It also doesn't come with a keyboard for answers and Siri is even dodgier than Google Assistant in understanding responses. Considering that notifications is the most important function of a smartwatch, Wear OS is miles ahead Apple's Watch OS. Pretty shocking actually how badly Apple Watch works considering that they had to make it work just in conjunction with iOS devices. On top of it, Wear OS watches are mostly elegantly round, have always in displays like proper watches and so on... And let's not forget the embarrassing first generation of Apple Watch with its massive lag and the first LTE edition with its dropping WiFi connection.

24. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I put my faith on Samsung gear. It is beautiful, more affordable, and compatible with both iOS & android.

25. Blitz

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 02, 2013

Good strategy by Phone Arena to divide Samsung votes. :)

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