Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The New Fashionable Watch

A watch is a timepiece, typically worn either around the wrist or attached on a chain and carried in a pocket (pocket watch). Wristwatches are the most common type of watch used today. Watches evolved in the 17th century from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 15th century. The first watches were strictly mechanical. As technology progressed, the mechanisms used to measure time have, in some cases, been replaced by use of a Quartz Vibrator or electronic pulses. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970.

Recently the Sony Company launched their newest watch type called Sony’s Smart Watch 2: This watch is in direct completion with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, both known as Smart Watches. The Smart Watch 2 was officially announced in June at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, and now the’’ Samsung Galaxy Gear’’ has been detailed by its creators in Berlin at the IFA. Meaning it’s time for the two to square off in the Smart Watch arena pitting their spec’s and features in this showdown.



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


  • 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
  • Normal use
  • 4GB of on-board storage $299
  • Deliveries start in September (October for U.S.)
  • 1.9 megapixel camera, 720p video recording, speaker + 2 microphones
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer for workout tracking

SmartWatch 2 - isn't cheap. It also runs a number of Android apps out of the box, which have been redesigned specifically for the watch.

SmartWatch 2 -This does have NFC for easy pairing with Android devices that support it, as well as a much longer battery life, bigger, higher resolution screen and water resistance (to the elements at least, I wouldn't go diving with it just yet).

These are the two very different definitions of the term ’’Smart Watch’’ with the more ambitious vision coming from Samsung. Will these devices find complete or limited acceptance from their desired audience, only time and you can tell?