Inthe stride of the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 , Apple has just unveiled its latest wearable, the Apple Watch Series 7 . For many, this begs the question: which smartwatch is the best?
We won't have a definitive answer until we get our hands on Series 7, which is slated for release this fall. But in the meantime, we can compare the current apple and samsung smartwatch ranges based on specifications and features.
Models and similarities
Let's start with your options. Apple and Samsung both have solid models to suit different budgets. On the Samsung side, you have the Galaxy Watch4 at $ 349.99 Classic and the Galaxy Watch4 at $ 249.99>. On the Apple side, there is the $ 399 Series 7 and $ 279 Look at SE . Apple hasn't announced a new lower-cost model this year, but the SE remains in its lineup as a more wallet-friendly alternative than the 7-Series. For a detailed lineup comparison current Apple smartwatch, head here .
Apple Watch Series 7
Apart from the squares and circles debates, all of the aforementioned Apple and Samsung watches are well-designed, with robust fitness tracking features, call and text capabilities, paymentsmobiles, music and smart home commands and a wide selection of third-party applications. They all feature colorful touch screens, fast processors that allow smooth scrolling and are fairly balanced when it comes to battery life.
In our testing, the Watch4 lasted almost 24 hours with the always-on display enabled. The Apple Watch Series 6 simil arly lasted about 25.5 hours of testing with always-on display enabled; We expect similar results from the Series 7 as Apple claims its latest portable device offers the same battery life as its predecessor.
Now let's see how the latest Apple and Samsung smartwatches differ to help you decide which one is right for you.
Think about your phone
The biggest factor to consider when choosing between the Series 6 and the Galaxy Watch4 is your phone .
Samsung Galaxy Watch4
Apple watches are only compatible with iOS , the operating system for connected watches from Apple. And while older Galaxy Watch models, such as the Watch3 , supported iOS, latest only work with Android .
In other words, if you have an iPhone, you cannot use the Galaxy Watch4. And if you have an Android smartphone, you can't use the Series 7. Since both watches are specific to Android or iOS phones, the choice is feasy to do.
flagship or budget?
Now that you've decided if you need an Apple Watch or a Galaxy Watch, we'll help you decide which model to choose.
From left right: Galaxy Watch4, Watch4 Classic
One of the things we love about Samsung's current line of smartwatches is that the more affordable Watch4 sports a different design, but all the same internal features than the more expensive Classic model.
The Standard Watch4 has an aluminum case and a simpler, more streamlined look than the Watch4 Classic, which features a brighter and more durable stainless steel case and a rotating bezel physical to navigate more easily in the interface. Aside from these design differences, the Watch4 and Watch4 Classic have the same battery, connectivity, internal memory, operating system, processor, sensors, and user interface. Of the two, the Watch4 ultimately won our Editors 'Choice award.
Apple Watch Series 7
With the range Apple, you make design concessions and forgo some important features if youWe opt for the more affordable Watch SE. On the design side, the Series 7 offers 20% more screen area and a much thinner bezel than the SE. It's also more durable, charges faster, and has an always-on display option. In terms of health monitoring, it offers sensors for blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, two other features that are not available on the SE.
When it comes to health tracking, Samsung's latest smartwatches have a slight advantage over those of Apple. . Specifically, the Watch4 has body composition and snore tracking features that are not available in the 7 Series.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 range
When wearing the Watch4 in bed and place your smartphone on your bedside table, the watch will notify your phone when you are sleeping, then your phone will use its microphone to listen to your snoring and record it forevidence. In the morning, you can visit your watch 's sleep tile or the Samsung Health app to view your data.
And thanks to its new BioActive sensor, the Watch4 can assess your body composition on the spot. using a process called bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). You place your middle and ring fingers on the Home and Back buttons, then after a 15 second swipe, the watch displays your skeletal muscle mass, body fat, body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI, a measurement body size based on your weight and height), body water mass and basal bolic rate (BMR, or the minimum necessary energy required in an inactive state). A graph below each metric shows whether your results are in the low, normal, or high range.
That said, the Series 7 and Watch SE have many useful features focused on lHealth including fall detection, low heart rate notifications, irregular heartbeat alerts, emergency SOS, international emergency calls and noise monitoring. They also offer handwashing reminders and an automatic 20-second countdown when you scrub, two features that are especially useful in light of COVID-19. You can download similar handwashing apps to the Watch4, but they are not preinstalled on the device.
Selection third-party apps
When it comes to third-party app support, Apple is ahead of Samsung (and all other smartwatch manufacturers).
Apple Watch Series 7
Running the new unified Wear OS platform, the Watch4 offers more apps than its Tizen-based predecessors, but the selection still lags behind what you can get on the A Watch. In the Google Play store on Watch4, you can find reputable apps comme AccuWeather, IFTTT, iHeartRadio, Lifesum, Nike Run Club, Kamoot, Pandora, Shazam and Telegram. Samsung and Google are also promising new and improved versions of Spotify, Calm, Strava, adidas Running, Swim.com and Flo Period Tracker in the near future. They say YouTube Music and Bitmoji will also be coming to the platform.
However, some popular apps available on the Apple Watch are missing from Wear OS, including Audible, CNN, Facebook Messenger, ESPN, Runkeeper, Starbucks, The Weather Channel, and Uber. At this point, Apple's watchOS has the widest selection of third-party apps.
Ultimately, the choice between the Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch will likely depend on the phone you have. But if you're up for a change of team, stay tuned for a full review of the Apple Watch Series 7 when it releases this fall. Apple Brief Weekly for the latest news, reviews, tips and moreagain directly to your inbox. ", " created_at ": null, " updated_at ": null}) " x-show = "showEmailSignUp () " class = "rounded bg-gray- lightest text- md: px-32 md: py-8 p-4 font-brand mt-8 container-xs ">
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