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5 Apple Watch Alternatives.

Looking for a smart watch but just can’t seem to bring yourself over to the Apple camp; because you don’t want to be part of that crowd; because you don’t want to conform; because, well, just because there are alternatives and why not explore them, right?

Luckily there are still plenty of choices, but lets take a look at the baseline first. The Apple Watch Sport.

Apple Watch Sport

Apple Watch Sport

Model: Apple Watch: Sport
Maker: Apple
Price: $349
OS: Watch OS
Battery: 18 hrs
Apps: Yes – Via Apple App Store
GPS: No
Camera: No

LG G Watch R

G Watch R

Model: G Watch R
Maker: LG
Price: $349
OS: Android
Battery: 24 hrs
Apps: Yes – Via Google Play Store
GPS: No
Camera: No

LG G Watch

G Watch

Model: G Watch
Maker: LG
Price: $249
OS: Android
Battery: 18 hrs
Apps: Yes – Via Google Play Store
GPS: No
Camera: No

Samsung Gear Live

Gear Live

Model: Gear Live
Maker: Samsung
Price: $250
OS: Android
Battery: 18 hrs
Apps: Yes – Via Apple App Store
GPS: No
Camera: No

Pebble Time

Pebble Time

Model: Pebble Time
Maker: Pebble
Price: $199
OS: TBA
Battery: 7 days
Apps: Yes – Via Pebble App Store App
GPS: No
Camera: No

Garmin vivoactive

vívoactive

Model: vívoactive
Maker: Garmin
Price: $249
OS: Connect IQ
Battery: 10hrs/3weeks
Apps: Yes – Via Connect IQ Store
GPS: Yes
Camera: No

Conclusion? If you don’t need a smart watch right now – and lets face it, no one does – then wait for the second generation models to roll around next year. Apple have once again managed to be the leader in a market they have yet to officially enter. But in a few short weeks when the Apple Watch starts flying off the shelves, the other players will need to up their game. At the moment a few of them not only have the jump on Apple in terms of release date, but also in battery capacity and standby time, but will they be able to translate that into success? The numbers to date would suggest that they will quickly succeed any sales advantage to Cupertino on opening day.

But thats not to suggest you don’t have a choice. And the list above shows that there are other contenders in the current market, and expect that to expand in the coming months.

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