Google Play is nowadays showcasing Android powered smartwatches – LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Unlike smartwatches previously released with different tweaked Android versions, these two are powered by the same platform – Android Wear – which Google unveiled at its I/O Conference, held in last month.
Do you want to buy one? But which one of them is worth buying? Let us dig it.
You must be aware of following things before buying a Google’s Android Wear powered smartwatch:
It’s a watch to be smart only through Android smartphones.
If these watches are attracting you and have made your mind up to buy one, you must have an Android smartphone (running with Android 4.3 or higher) to experience their smartness. Sorry for the users of iPhone, Windows, and others.
It’s nearly the same Android watches are running in.
The Android Wear platform has solved the problem of an Android app developer. Unlike previous Android powered smart watches running on device-manufacturer specific Android versions, the new Android powered watches will run on the same platform. Before Android Wear, device makers were customizing Android in their own way, making it difficult for Android developers to build an app that could unanimously support all Android powered smartwatches. Now the new Android Wear is capable of deliver same experience to both Android developers and users.
Regardless of different makers, all smartphones, for now, have same hardware.
Because smartwatches are still on their early phase, device makers are keeping the hardware same. The first Android Wear powered watches, — LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live – have same type of processors, same capacity of storage and same RAM. Screen resolution is little bit different but overall, both have the same features and functions. What differ them are their prices.
Things happen in these smartwatches through speaking
Message and notification arrive automatically but to do other things, you either need to speak or browse menus. The Google Voice has quite evolved now but it may behave idiotically when there is noise.
Style cards pop up, but it gets confusing, and can feel random.
Android Wear platform pushes a variety of cards and bits of information. But sometimes, it feels it’s happening randomly.
No speaker to hear. Only a microphone is there to answer to call via dictation.
In case a call comes in, there is no speaker in these watches. Instead, you can send a canned first response and after this, continue the communication by texting. It’s really annoying. Keeping the watch on ear and using it like phone will also be annoying. No solution for now!
Square watches and then rounds ones.
First watches are square ones but Moto 360 will come soon and it’s the round one. The round ones are less boring but will they really have anything better apart from being round?
Only a bit of Android apps is downloaded onto the watches.
Apps for watches are not standalone apps. They are in fact a bit of regular Android apps which a user downloads on its smartphone via Google Play.
Apart from your phone, are you ready to charge you smartwatches daily?
Charging phone daily annoys users, and if they buy these watches, they will have to charge them daily. The battery life isn’t good. Single charge should keep watches running at least for a week. Maybe, they will use better battery in future.
Which one is better?
As I mentioned earlier, there is no big difference between hardware of these two smart watches, and thus you can go with your choice.