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HolidayBuyer's Guide
Wearable Tech

Apple Watch Series 2 vs. Samsung Gear S3 vs. Fitbit vs. Android Wear vs. Garmin vs. Pebble

Here's how the new Apple Watch compares to other smartwatches and smart fitness trackers on the market.

Apple introduced the second-generation Apple Watch, known as the Series 2, alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this week. The new model keeps the same design as the original, but adds GPS, a brighter display and is now swim-proof.

All of these features make the new Apple Watch an appealing buy, but there may be other watches out there that better fit your need. Smartwatches and trackers from Samsung, Fitbit, Garmin, Pebble and a variety of Android Wear partners offer many of the same features as the Apple Watch, and in some cases even more.

Here's how the new Apple Watch compares to the competition,

Apple Watch Series 2 vs. the competition

Apple Watch Series 2 Samsung Gear S3 Fitbit Blaze Polar M600 Garmin Vivoactive HR Pebble Time 2
Price 38mm starts at $370, £370, AU$529; 42mm starts at $400, £399, AU$579 N/A $200, £160, AU$330 330, £300 (converts to around AU$435) $250, £210, AU$400 $200 (coverts to about £135 or AU$275)
Release September 2016 Q4 2016 February 2016 September 2016 February 2016 November 2016
Operating system WatchOS 3 Tizen Fitbit Android Wear Garmin Pebble OS
Display 38mm 1.3-inch OLED; 42mm 1.5-inch OLED 1.3-inch Super AMOLED 1.6-inch LCD 1.3-inch TFT 1.3-inch Chroma display TBD; Color e-paper
Resolution 38mm: 340x272 pixels; 42mm: 390x312 pixels 360x360 pixels 240x180 pixels 240x240 pixels 205x148 pixels 228x200 pixels
Protection Ion-X glass; Sapphire crystal on Steel and Ceramic models Gorilla Glass SR+ Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 3 Scatch-resistant Curved Gorilla Glass 3
Always-on No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Interchangeable bands Yes; Proprietary Yes; Standard 22mm straps Yes Yes; Proprietary No Yes; Standard 22mm straps
Waterproof 5ATM IP68 water resistance; no swimming No IPx8; suitable for swimming up to 10 meters (32 feet) 5ATM 3ATM
Battery life Up to 18 hours Up to 4 days Up to 5 days Up to 2 days Up to 8 days Up to 10 days
Battery life with GPS Up to 5 hours TBD N/A Up to 8 hours Up to 13 hours N/A
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heart-rate sensor Yes; Every 10 minutes; continuous in workout mode Yes; Every 10 minutes; continuous in workout mode Yes; Continuous Yes Yes; Continuous Yes
GPS Yes Yes No; Must use smartphone Yes Yes No
GLONASS No TBD No Yes Yes No
Altimeter No Yes Yes No; GPS-based Yes TBD
Compass No Yes No No Yes TBD
LTE No Yes; select models No No No No
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NFC Yes (only for Apple Pay) Yes No No No No
Wi-Fi Yes Yes No Yes No No
Steps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Floors Climbed No Yes Yes No Yes TBD
Calories Burned Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sleep Through third-party apps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Running Yes Yes Yes (no GPS) Yes Yes Yes (no GPS)
Biking Yes Yes Yes (no GPS) Yes Yes Yes (no GPS)
Swimming Yes No No Yes Yes Yes (no GPS)
Android No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iOS Yes Coming later Yes Yes; no third-party app support Yes Yes
Windows Phone No No Yes No No No
Third-party apps Yes Yes No Yes Yes; limited selection Yes
Watch faces Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music storage Yes; 2GB (about 500 songs) Yes; 4GB (about 1,000 songs) No Yes; 4GB (about 1,000 songs) No No
Speaker Yes Yes No No No No
Microphone Yes Yes No Yes No Yes