Smartwatches have been here for a while now, and 2017 saw some more interesting advancements in the smart watch business. Features like LTE compatibility, GPS, etc were pretty awesome. The right smartwatch should fill in the gaps left by your smartphone, and provide you with renewed access for things like nonchalantly glancing at notifications in meetings, accessing travel details on the go or recording a voice memo. But which is the ideal smartwatch? Is it the latest Apple Watch Series 3 or the LG Watch Sports? Let’s put both of these against each other in our battle of the smart watches.
Both iOS and Android have a gigantic store for apps. For the Apple Watch, you need to download the app on your iPhone and they include services for travel, messaging, and notes or voice recording. It’s important to note, however, that Google Apps won’t sync with the Apple Watch. Google discontinued its Apple Watch apps earlier this year.
Whereas, the LG Watch Sport, like all Android Wear smartwatches, has access to the Google Play Store. That means you cam download watch specific apps directly to the watch. iPhone users won’t have the same flexibility, as the watch doesn’t have access to Apple’s App Store. Even with all these app options on the LG Watch, this is a small selection compared to the Apple Watch’s 20,000 apps.
Battery Life :
Well, at this stage, there haven’t been any smart watch with impressive battery life. Most of them have a sub 1.5 day battery life which, I personally think, isn’t something really good for a smart watch. These devices have fitness trackers like heart rate sensors and they even detect sleep and you probably want your smart watch to be in your wrist rather than on the charging pad.
Apple says that its Series 3 should have up to 18 hours of battery life, but connection to the cellular network reduces this time substantially, with some reviewers saying they struggled to get through the entire day on a single charge while connected to cellular. According to our sister site, Tom’s Guide, being connected to a cell network reduced battery life from 18 hours to eight hours with mixed usage.
Likewise, the LG Watch Sport features an always-on face, which can drain the battery. Like the Series 3, the LG Watch drained considerably when reviewers used extra features, like GPS. Despite its more powerful, 430-mAh battery (the 3 Series sports a 279-mAh battery), the LG Watch Sport’s battery may struggle to get you through the day if you’re heavily using GPS or cellular features.
Size and Durability :
The Apple Watch Series 3 has a scratch-resistant face and is waterproof up to 50 meters. This makes it ideal for withstanding daily wear and tear, as well as swims or other water activities. The actual weight and size varies by model. Most watches weigh around 30-50 grams and are less than a half-inch thick.
The LG Watch Sport is incredibly bulky compared to the Apple Watch. It weighs more than 85 grams and sports a thickness of 0.6 inches. It’s also waterproof up to 1.5 meters for about 30 minutes. While this may increase durability, it makes for a big watch that may feel clunky on someone with smaller wrists.
These watches also vary in price. The Apple Series 3, loaded with cellular capabilities, costs $499 on Amazon and an additional $10 on your data plan. Apple offers the Series 3 without a cellular option for $403 on Amazon. While this option requires you to have your phone with you to receive texts, calls and messages on the watch, it is still a great option at a lower price.
The LG Watch Sport costs $254 through Amazon, and it varies in price if you decide to purchase it through your cellphone carrier. Regardless of where you purchase it, it’s still less expensive than the Series 3 with cellular. While this makes it a cheaper option for a watch with cellular, its bulk and limitations on apps may strongly influence your buying decision.
Our Verdict :
Both of these smartwatches have their own set of pros and cons but the Apple Watch’s lighter frame and wider app selection outweigh its higher price. It also depends upon which phone you are using. While the LG Watch Sport does support the iPhone, you will not be able to use it to its fullest. The LG Watch Sports is not bad either, as we haven’t seen a smartwatch revolution yet.
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