Samsung Gear S vs. Moto 360: What’s the Best Smartwatch?

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Samsung’s new Gear S has a lot of features that other smartwatches just can’t compete with. But does the Moto 360’s attractive design make it a serious contender? Here’s how these two watches compare against each other.


1. Samsung Gear S vs. Moto 360: Form Factor


Samsung Gear S hands-onWe take a look at the Samsung Gear S, the sixth smartwatch from the South Korean manufacturer. This one's running Tizen and not Android Wear, and it's standout features include a large, 2-inch Super AMOLED display, and built-in cellular capability. For more on the Samsung Gear S, check out phon.es/gears And also swing by: Samsung…2014-09-03T13:31:03Z

Android Central’s video above gives you a great sense of the size of the Gear S.

Is the Gear S too big? That depends on how you want to use your smartwatch, as well as the size of your wrist and arms in general. The Gear S has a huge screen, which is great for people who want to have a larger area for notifications, news, and information. That being said, the large screen may be uncomfortable and overwhelming on the wrist of a small-boned person.

The Moto 360, as the name implies, has a circular design. The Gear S, in contrast, has a tall and rectangular shape. Which shape is more pleasing to you will depend on your own personal style, as well as which shape contours best to your arm.


2. Samsung Gear S vs. Moto 360: Function & Features


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Watch the video above to learn more about the Moto 360.

The Moto 360 will cost $250, plus a little extra later in the year if you decide you want to swap out the strap. The Gear S pricing is still a bit up in the air, but it has been estimated to cost around $380, plus a lot more if you want one of those swanky Swarovski crystal bands. That’s a big price difference, but it makes sense that the “solo” nature of the Gear S would command a premium price.


5. Samsung Gear S vs. Moto 360: Conclusion & Final Thoughts

Both of these smartwatches have their charms. If you want a smartwatch that can “go solo,” then the Gear S will be better for you than the Moto 360. That being said, if you want a form factor that’s more like a “regular” watch, the smaller design of the Moto 360 is nice. You’ll also want to weigh the pros and cons of the operating system. Tizen is a nice OS that is beloved by its user base, but it does seem like Google is making steps to improve Android Wear. And with so many new Android Wear watches hitting the marketplace this year, it seems like developers will have good reason to create apps with Wear functionality.


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