This year was not like any other as all the manufactures including LG, Motorola, Samsung and Apple unveiled their version of smart watches and though in terms of specs and features they are almost the same, the only different that one can find between them is the design of the smart watch. Today we will discuss the main differences between Apple Watch compared to other smart watches like Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live and the old favorite Pebble Steel.

New Apple Watch is pictured during an Apple event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino


In terms of design there can be a couple of differences mainly depending on the size of the smart watch but Apple covers that as they are launching two different Apple Watch models depending on the size of the screen where one measures at 1.49 inches while the other at 1.69 inches, other smart watches does not offer the same thing as they come in only one size. Samsung Gear Live is the biggest of them all while the Moto 360 and Pebble Steel fits in the middle. Apple Watch has a rounded square design, while Samsung Gear Live and Pebble Steel has a square design leaving Moto 360 the only smart watch with a round design.



Compatibility can be an issue with the Apple Watch only as it runs on iOS and will only support an iOS device like an iPhone. Apple Watch will support the recently launched iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and last year’s models as well including iPhone 5S, 5C and iPhone 5 will also be supported. That is not the case with other smart watches mentioned above as they all run on Android Wear and will support any Android smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher though when it comes to Pebble Steel, the smart watch runs companies own custom OS and will work with both Android and iOS.



Almost all the smart watches except Pebble Steel are designed keeping one thing in mind to tell user time, notifications and keep a track of their fitness. Apple Watch and smart watches running Android Wear comes with fitness tracking tools and includes accelerometers, and heart rate monitors though Samsung Gear Live also comes with a barometer. No matter what smart watch you go for whether its Apple Watch or any other smart watch running Android Wear, if your aim is to track your fitness then either one of them will provide you with that.



It’s still too early for people to adopt to smart watches as it does everything a user’s smartphone already has and that is not something to waste $200 or more on such a technology, though people are interested into wearables but they are not a lot in number. Smart watches still has a long way to go and has to improve on a lot of stuff mainly on the battery side as all these smart watches except Pebble Steel will provide you with one days of charge which is not a lot and the battery also depends on the amount of time you spend on your smart watch.