Five years ago, it was rare to see someone wear a smartwatch, despite all the hype. In 2019, it’s rare to see someone who doesn’t own a smartwatch, whether it be an Apple Watch, a Fitbit, or even a Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Apple and Samsung are at the top of the Apple Watch heap, and both manufacturers are releasing new smartwatches this fall. Let’s take a look at them.
Apple Watch 5
The Apple Watch 5 is going to be announced next week. There hasn’t been that much excitement, especially since rumors have the new Watch being only a minor upgrade. Last year’s Apple Watch 4 brought us a larger screen, a larger screen resolution, and increased health tracking.
According to CNET, the Series 5 could bring us titanium and ceramic editions, which were present before the Series 4. Of course, those will cost over $1000. The basic version of the new Watch, without LTE, will still likely be priced in the $400 range. The LTE version will cost in the $430-$500 range. Will it be worth the cost?
The Series 5 could add a sleep-tracking feature, which some will find useful. It could even offer glucose and blood pressure monitoring — something not everybody will want or need. We could also get a round version of Apple’s wrist device. However, it’s likely that a wrist cam, a feature many want, won’t make it on the watch until 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
This blog positively reviewed the Galaxy Watch Active recently, and it looks like the Galaxy Watch 2, released in a couple of weeks, will be even better. However, the price tag will also increase by as much as $100, depending on the size. However, the extra pain in the wallet may be worth the price.
One thing this blog complained about on the original Active was that the 40mm watch face is too small. The Active 2 will fix that by offering both 42mm and 44mm versions. Samsung’s new watch will also have an on-screen rotating bezel (unlike the physical rotating bezel on the regular Galaxy Watch) and it is said to work really well.
Unlike the first Galaxy Watch Active, which was seen as a cheaper (but good) alternative to Samsung’s flagship watch), the Active 2 is seen as a competitor to the regular Galaxy Watch. There is said to be a version coming with 4G LTE capabilities, but it’s not known whether it will launch with the regular versions.
Which Watch Should You Buy?
If you are stuck on the Apple ecosystem, it’s almost a no-brainer to get the Apple Watch. While it’s true that Samsung’s new watch will be iOS compatible, not all features will be enabled. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch isn’t (yet) compatible with Samsung phones, so Samsung owners are forced to chose the Galaxy Watch Active 2. However, judging from early reviews, that’s definitely not a bad thing.