Apple Watch Vs Android Wear - Tech Spartan

Apple Watch Vs Android Wear

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With a fast expanding market of smart watches the choice can sometimes be very difficult. In this feature I’m going to talk about the Apple Watch and Android Wear side by side to determine which one’s the better candidate.

  • Pros and Cons of both Apple and Android
  • Tips on getting the right device for you
  • Exploring watch faces, battery life, design, apps and wellbeing


What brand do you already use?

The first thing I ask anyone considering Apple or Android is what kind of devices do they currently own?

If your home is mostly made up of apple products then without being presented with any of the facts you will most definitely need an apple watch. Equally the same goes for Android Wear.

This is due to the fact that your Watch will only work with a phone on the same operating system. However if you’re considering switching phone contract then you still have your options open.

Watch faces: Lets tell the time

Upon launch Apple are released a range of customisable faces for users to suit their personal needs. In spite of this they will be somewhat limited in “different” types of designs as they are only designed by Apple.

Image credit: Shinya Suzuki

Image credit: Shinya Suzuki

Android wear tells a slightly different story: Since its release, developers have flocked to design a huge range of different clock faces. This offers users a wide amount of customisation available on the Google Play Store.

(However it doesn’t go to say that there are quite a few terrible designs out there)

Apple Watch: Android Wear
Pro: High quality designs and optimised faces Pro: Vast amount of customisation on the Google Play Store
Con: Limited to only Apple’s designs therefore limiting customisation Con: Too many options with some low quality designs.

What’s the battery life like?

Unfortunately the answer is not as clear cut as it could be for Android Wear. There is a multitude of models available from different manufacturers so here’s a quick overview of the market leaders:

  • Moto360 – 320 mAh
  • LG G Watch – 400 mAh
  • ASUS ZenWatch – 370 mAh


Image credit: Joe Wilcox

Image credit: Joe Wilcox

In comparison the Apple Watch has a massive 1900 mAH capacity which towers over the competition that fails to match even half of this.

Apple Watch: Android Wear
Pro: Up to 18 hours of battery life (1900mAH) Pro: Battery usage in a day is lower than the Apple Watch
Con: Still requires overnight charging Con: Battery life has been a constant criticism

Watch style and design

Apple Watches instantly screams “high quality design”. The style and overall work put into them feels matched in a robust and compact piece. In spite of this it does mean it comes with a hefty price tag, such as this 18 Carat Gold Smart Watch.

Image credit: Joe Wilcox

Image credit: Joe Wilcox

There has been a mix of designs for Android Wear.  Pieces like the Moto 360 (pictured above) or LG G Watch R both look exceptionally nice, unique and are relatively cheaper than the competition.

Unfortunately some of the other manufacturers (cough*, Samsung) let the side down by using cheap looking materials or bloated UI. Due to the lenient design rules from Google designs can differ wildly from model to model, with some very good looking watches and some downright terrible ones.

Apple Watch: Android Wear
Pro: Premium design and quality materials used Pro: Affordable designs and relatively nice looking models being released
Con: Much more expensive just for the design ver features Con: Materials are not up to the standard of Apple

App availability

In a disappointing start to the Android wear market Google’s Play Store features less than 100 apps. Meanwhile straight from launch the Apple Watch has over 3000 initial apps.

Image credit: Shinya Suzuki

Image credit: Shinya Suzuki

You don’t need to be any kind of expert to know that you’ll find much more choice on the Apple watch. Although this may seem great on paper many of these apps have been restricted in creativity and design through Apple’s guidelines.

In a brief sent round to designers Apple have stated that no app should take up more than 30 seconds of the user’s time and interaction should be interconnected from phone and watch.

Its very much a different story from Android wear, with designers being given complete freedom on how their apps are designed.

Apple Watch: Android Wear
Pro: A vast amount of apps available on the app store Pro: More freedom in terms of apps that could be released and what they offer
Con: Restrictive in terms of what the apps can and are allowed to do Con: A much smaller amount of available apps compared with the Apple Watch

Health and wellbeing apps

One key selling points for smart watches is their innate ability to track your heart rate, calories, temperature and possibly even emotions.


Apple have their “Apple Health” which manages all health related activities. From watch to phone all your data will be synced and kept up to date in one place.

The same goes for Android Wear. Google has “Google Fit” which also works with Android wear and the bonus of other pre existing apps which have luckily found their way to the watches itself.

Apple Watch: Android Wear
Pro: Simple and easy to use health features Pro: Offers the same as Apple fit and gives bonus inter-app connectivity
Con: Privacy hand off on daily data routines between user and Apple Con: Privacy concerns and a some incompatible android devices

So, which one’s the better choice?

The final decision all boils down to personal taste and devices already within your household. If you’re in need of something on a budget but still want the luxury of a smart watch then Android may be the better option for you.

Perhaps you already own an iPhone and don’t want the complication of a new handset. Then of course an Apple watch will be for you.

At the end of the day with whatever option you side with it’ll be a pretty good choice. Each individual device has their pros and cons but all consist of the same functions and build.

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