Sunday, 27 October 2013

Personal review of Sony Smartwatch 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Gear

Reporting from nikakihijau

Hi friends. Just with you some information since I am comparing these 2 smart gadgets that currently "hot" on the market although I received bad reputation with regards to Samsung Galaxy Gear watch.

Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Sony Smartwatch 2
SIZE


Samsung Galaxy Gear
Sony Smartwatch 2
Length
37mm
42mm
Width
11.1mm
9mm
Heigth
57mm
41mm

technically, Samsung's width is 23% wider than Sony and it's height is 39% taller than Sony. However, Sony is 13.5% longer than Samsung.

WEIGHT



Samsung Galaxy Gear
Sony Smartwatch 2

74 gram

With Silicon strap
48 gram
With Metal strap
123 gram

Sony gives us the choice either to use leather or metal strap. To me comfortable does play a major role here. With Sony, I can have a choice according to my level of comfort and style of the day!

BUILD QUALITY

Plastic is not available in both products. Samsung opt for stainless steel and Sony opts for Aluminium. Sounds great.

DISPLAY


Samsung Galaxy Gear
Sony Smartwatch 2
Size
1.63”
1.6”
Aspect ratio
1:1
5:4
Pixels/inch
278
176

The Galaxy Gear scores well here knowing the fact that the Gear comes with Super AMOLED Display vs TFT Screen by Sony. Both claims that it looks good in the sun. I prefer the Super AMOLED Display as the pixel quality is sharp.

COMPATIBLE PHONES


Samsung Galaxy Gear
Sony Smartwatch 2
Device
Galaxy Note 3
Any Android running 4.0 above

In this category, owning a Sony Smartwatch does gives an advantage to all Android users as the watch is compatible with all Android phones running Android 4.0 above as opposed to the Gear which is only compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 3. 

However, in few months time, expect Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 to be compatible as software updates will enable these gadgets to sync well with the Gear.

BLUETOOTH & NFC COMPATIBILITY


Samsung Galaxy Gear
Sony Smartwatch 2
Bluetooth
4.0, LE
3.0
NFC
No
Yes

For Bluetooth features, both are compatible, except Galaxy Gear uses a new technology known as the Battery conserving Bluetooth LE (Low Energy).
NFC only qualifies for SmartWatch as opposed to the Gear. Nothing to be fancied for this feature.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Sony SmartWatch 2 in action!


OTHER NOVELTY FEATURES


Samsung Galaxy Gear
Sony Smartwatch 2
Battery Life
25+ hours
3 -4 days
Voice Control
Yes
No
Camera
1.9 MP
No
Phone calls
Yes
No
Processor
800MHz single core
200 MHz single core
Water Resistance
IP 55
IP 57


  1. Battery Life: Sony performs better is this field as it lacks many features compared to Galaxy Gear. The more intelligent you gadgets are, the more energy is needed to perform the task!
  2. The Galaxy Gear has voice control feature as opposed to Sony. It is now a new technology as you can have those in any Android phones.
  3. I like the camera feature as I can capture anything without with silent! Please don't abuse this feature okay! Credit to Samsung for enabling this features in the Galaxy Gear.
  4. Only Galaxy Gear enables you to call people as opposed to Sony.
  5. Galaxy gear by far the fastest in the processor field as compared to Sony with a speed of 800MHz vs 200MHz.
  6. In terms of water resistance, IP 57 is tougher compared to IP 55 as IP 57 is good for 30 minutes under 1 metre of the wet stuff and should survive rain showers and splashes.
In a Nutshell:

The Galaxy Gear and Sony SmartWatch 2 has its own features embedded into it. It boils down to you to make the final choice because at the end of the day, no matter what the review tells you, it is you who use and judge it.

My 2 cents.

HAPPY READING!
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