Samsung Galaxy Gear Versus Sony SmartWatch 2, Specs & Prices

Samsung Galaxy Gear Versus Sony SmartWatch 2

Samsung has recently launched a new smartphone watch. Earlier Sony Corporation had launched a Smart Watch. Sony’s new smartwatch, which is actually named the SmartWatch 2, has been a known quantity since its official announcement in June at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, and now the Samsung Galaxy Gear has been itemized by its creators in Berlin at IFA.

Sony Smartwatch specifications

1.6-inch, 220×176 display
Aluminum body
Micro USB charging
Compatible with most Android phones
NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 for connectivity
3 to 4 days battery under normal use
€199 ($262 U.S), Ships in late September
No camera, mic or speakers

Samsung Galaxy Gear specifications

1.63-inch, 320×320 display
Stainless steel body
Snap-on, proprietary USB 3.0 charger
800MHz Exynos single-core processor
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Compatible with new Galaxy devices, previous gen Galaxy support coming soon
Around 1 day of use
4GB of onboard storage
$299
Ships in September (October for U.S.)
1.9 megapixel camera, 720p video recording, speaker + 2 mics
Gyroscope and accelerometer for workout tracking

Price of Samsung Galaxy Gear

Price of Sony Smart Watch
The SmartWatch 2 isn’t cheap at €199; in fact, it’s the same price as the newly-reduced 8GB Nexus 4 model. Samsung’s is $299 and much more full-featured, with Samsung managing to pack a whole host of A/V equipment in its device. It also runs a number of Android apps out of the box, which have been redesigned specifically for the watch.

SmartWatch 2 does have NFC for easy pairing with Android devices that support it, as well as more battery life, a better, higher resolution screen, and water/environment resistance that should keep your device protected from general grit and submersion at 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. Sony’s also doing a big push for bringing third-party apps to the SmartWatch software platform, which could help narrow the gap there.

Overall though, as you can see from the list of specs above, there’s not really much of a competition between the two devices in terms of features; but Sony’s SmartWatch 2 has an edge in battery life owing to its much more narrow feature set, and it offers wider support for other Android devices out of the box.

These are two very different definitions of the term “smartwatch,” with the more ambitious vision coming from Samsung. Aside from the steep requirement of apparent (temporary?) platform lock-in, I’m definitely much more intrigued by the Gear,

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