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.

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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 2Samsung Gear S3Fitbit BlazePolar M600Garmin Vivoactive HRPebble Time 2
Price 38mm starts at $370, £370, AU$529; 42mm starts at $400, £399, AU$579N/A$200, £160, AU$330330, £300 (converts to around AU$435)$250, £210, AU$400$200 (coverts to about £135 or AU$275)
Release September 2016Q4 2016February 2016September 2016February 2016November 2016
Operating system WatchOS 3TizenFitbitAndroid WearGarminPebble OS
Display 38mm 1.3-inch OLED; 42mm 1.5-inch OLED1.3-inch Super AMOLED1.6-inch LCD1.3-inch TFT1.3-inch Chroma display TBD; Color e-paper
Resolution 38mm: 340x272 pixels; 42mm: 390x312 pixels360x360 pixels240x180 pixels240x240 pixels205x148 pixels228x200 pixels
Protection Ion-X glass; Sapphire crystal on Steel and Ceramic modelsGorilla Glass SR+Gorilla Glass 3Gorilla Glass 3Scatch-resistantCurved Gorilla Glass 3
Always-on NoYesNoYesYesYes
Interchangeable bands Yes; ProprietaryYes; Standard 22mm strapsYesYes; ProprietaryNoYes; Standard 22mm straps
Waterproof 5ATMIP68 water resistance; no swimmingNoIPx8; suitable for swimming up to 10 meters (32 feet)5ATM3ATM
Battery life Up to 18 hoursUp to 4 daysUp to 5 daysUp to 2 daysUp to 8 daysUp to 10 days
Battery life with GPS Up to 5 hoursTBDN/AUp to 8 hoursUp to 13 hoursN/A
Accelerometer YesYesYesYesYesYes
Heart-rate sensor Yes; Every 10 minutes; continuous in workout modeYes; Every 10 minutes; continuous in workout modeYes; ContinuousYesYes; ContinuousYes
GPS YesYesNo; Must use smartphoneYesYesNo
Altimeter NoYesYesNo; GPS-basedYesTBD
Compass NoYesNoNoYesTBD
LTE NoYes; select modelsNoNoNoNo
Bluetooth YesYesYesYesYesYes
NFC Yes (only for Apple Pay)YesNoNoNoNo
Wi-Fi YesYesNoYesNoNo
Steps YesYesYesYesYesYes
Distance YesYesYesYesYesYes
Floors Climbed NoYesYesNoYesTBD
Calories Burned YesYesYesYesYesYes
Sleep Through third-party appsYesYesYesYesYes
Running YesYesYes (no GPS)YesYesYes (no GPS)
Biking YesYesYes (no GPS)YesYesYes (no GPS)
Swimming YesNoNoYesYesYes (no GPS)
Android NoYesYesYesYesYes
iOS YesComing laterYesYes; no third-party app supportYesYes
Windows Phone NoNoYesNoNoNo
Third-party apps YesYesNoYesYes; limited selectionYes
Watch faces YesYesYesYesYesYes
Notifications YesYesYesYesYesYes
Music storage Yes; 2GB (about 500 songs)Yes; 4GB (about 1,000 songs)NoYes; 4GB (about 1,000 songs)NoNo
Speaker YesYesNoNoNoNo
Microphone YesYesNoYesNoYes