Apple has revealed the price and release date of the highly-anticipated Apple Watch, with many excited for Apple's first step into the wearable technology market.
The Apple Watch is not, however, the first smartwatch on the market, with a number of devices having been released using Google's Android Wear wearable operating system. One of those devices is the Huawei Watch. But how do the Apple Watch and Huawei Watch stack up? With an equally uninventive name, is one device better than the other?
There's no denying that the Huawei Watch looks a lot more like a watch. It has a classic round design with smart options for bands. It is the real fashion choice, giving off a sense of class. Unfortunately the Huawei Watch, while offering a classy look, is a little bulky. This is of course in order to house all the components necessary in the device, but that does not detract from the fact that it would be nice if it were a little slimmer.
Apple went a different direction with the Apple Watch. The company did not attempt to make something that looked like a classic timepiece, but instead have tried to pave the way for the future of watches. The main body of the device is rectangular rather than circular, and Apple offers a plethora of bands to go along with the device. The fact that it doesn't look like a classic watch is likely to mean that it will not appeal to everyone. It's unmistakable and recognizable. Someone who looks at the Huawei Watch could definitely make the mistake that it is simply an analog watch.
Basically, the Huawei Watch looks more classic while the Apple Watch is more modern. Those wanting to be classy yet subtly should stick to a non-Apple offering; however those wanting to boast about their Apple branded wrists should surely go with the Apple Watch.
Under The Hood
Neither of the two watches just offers a pretty piece of jewelry. Apple, being the developer of both the hardware and software of the device, is known for being able to fuse the two together perfectly. That doesn't mean that the device will work perfectly always and forever, but it does give Apple an advantage over Huawei, which is using Google's Android Wear software.
The Apple Watch also includes a multitude of sensors, including an accelerometer, GPS, compass, heart rate monitor, and so on.
The Huawei Watch features a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor as well as 512MB of RAM along with 4GB of onboard storage. It also includes a heart rate monitor, barometer and a variety of other sensors.
As is always the case when comparing an Apple device and an Android device, it really comes down to the software. For those who own an iPhone, an Apple Watch probably makes a little more sense. The same goes for the Huawei Watch for Android owners. The design, however, could also heavily influence buying choice, especially considering the fact that Google is reportedly developing the software to enable Android Wear devices to work with an iPhone.
The Apple Watch will go on sale starting on April 24 with a price tag starting at $349. We do not yet know the release date or official price of the Huawei Watch. Some reports suggest that the Huawei Watch could cost as much as $1,000, which would make the Apple Watch the obvious choice.