Apple Watch VS Asus ZenWatch 2

The Asus ZenWatch 2 has just been revealed and should hit the store somewhere in 2015. Yet, there are a lot of good smartwatch down there, so time for a comparison between the Asus ZenWatch 2 and the Apple Watch


ASUSTek Computer Inc unveiled its new ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartwatch at IFA 2015. It is a rectangular shaped Android Wear smartwatch. Because of the announcement of Android Wear for iOS, now, even iPhone users can consider to use this as a replacement for Apple Watch.

Design and dimensions

ZenWatch 2 has a rectangular shape and comes in two stainless-steel case sizes with Silver, Gunmetal, and Rose Gold color options. The dimensions of the larger ZenWatch 2 WI501Q are 49 x 41mm, with a 60g of weight. The smaller ZenWatch 2 WI502Q is 45 x 37mm with a weight of 50g.  Personalization options comes with 18 different strap materials and color options, there are more than 50 changeable watch faces and a FaceDesigner smartphone app to let the users to create their own watch faces with some customized styles and functionalities.

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Apple Watch also available in two case sizes: 38mm and 42mm. It is available in three versions: the stainless-steel Watch, the anodized aluminum Watch Sport and 18-karat gold Watch Edition.

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Display

The larger ZenWatch 2 WI501Q comes with a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with 320 x 320 pixels and 278ppi. The display of smaller 45mm ZenWatch 2 WI502Q is 1.45-inch AMOLED 280 x 280 pixels and 273ppi. The touch screen is covered with curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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The retina touchscreen display of the Apple Watch comes along with Force Touch and sapphire glass or Ion-X glass cover. However, it depends on the model. Comes in 38mm at 340×272 pixels; 42mm at 390×312 pixels.

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Chipset

The ZenWatch 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2 GHz supported by 512MB RAM. The Apple Watch has a Apple S1 Processor @ 520 Mhz and 512 MB RAM. Nothing much to say here. Both smartwatches run smoothly so the processor shouldn’t really be taken into consideration.

Navigation

The ZenWatch 2 comes with 2-finger touch and swiping gestures to navigate between screens. It has a metal crown to access apps and turn the screen on or off. The Apple Watch as  a capacitive touch, Force touch Digital crown. Both smartwatch have a right side button.

TechnoBuffalo release earlier this year a video of the Apple Watch UI.

And here a video of the Android Wear UI.

Storage

the Asus ZenWatch 2 sports 4GB while the Apple Watch has 8GB internal memory. To be honest, having a LG Urbane with 4GB, I don’t really see the importance of internal memory as all the apps are stored in my phone. At some point, when their respective app store will be full of smartwatch apps, it will then be an important perk, but by that time, you will most likely wear another smartwatch.

Features

The ZenWatch 2 has various features including A 6-Axis accelerometer and gyroscope with sensor-hub. Also it has built-in pedometer for step-counting, and activity tracking. Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi.

The Apple Watch has a Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, ambient light and gyroscope. Wi‑Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and GPS

Battery

The 49mm ZenWatch 2 has a 400mAh battery and the 45mm version has a 300mAh battery.  Battery lasts two days after a single charge and the magnetic charger delivers 35% faster charging.

The Apple Watch can provide 18 hours of usage with a single charge, which is similar to 90 notifications, 90 time checks, 45 minutes of app use with 30-minute workout session with Bluetooth music streaming. It requires 90 minutes to charge up to 80 percent. However, within 2.5 hours the battery will charge completely.

It seems that the ZenWatch 2 has a longer battery life than the Apple Watch, which can be a crucial element when buying a smartwatch.

Operating system

The ZenWatch 2 runs Android Wear, which is now compatible with iOS too, while the Apple Watch runs watch OS 1.0.1.

Hard to find a winner here, as at the end, there are no winner in this war 🙂 it really depends your preferences. iPhone users will tend to prefer Watch OS while Android fan will most likely stick to Android Wear.

Price and Release date

The ZenWatch 2 has been announced during the IFA last month and should be released in october  starting at 170$

The Apple Watch has been released in 10th April 2015 and its price starts from $460

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