Here is a comparison of two of the most important wearables to hit the market in the last few weeks and months with the ZenWatch from ASUS and Samsung’s Gear Live – both of which are running the very latest wearables platform from Google; Android Wear. Nicole Scott got her hands on both of these iconic smart watches to give us a proper head to head comparison:
Samsung Gear Live
The Samsung Gear Live follows in the footsteps of previous smartwatch designs including the Galaxy Gear and Gear 2. It uses a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 and runs Android Wear on a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, flanked by 512MB of RAM and and 4GB of internal storage.
The watch is reasonably light at 59 grams and has a thickness 8.9mm. Sensors include a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, while the Gear Live is also dust and water proof with IP67 certification. The battery is a 300mAh, which Samsung reckons will get you through a full day. The straps are interchangeable while the device itself o=is available in Black and Red.
The ZenWatch from ASUS was one of the highlights of IFA 2014, mainly because the Taiwanese have managed to produce one of the most attractive smartwatch design that we have seen. The ZenWatch is pretty slim with the edges of only 7.9mm thick, and its also pretty light at only 50 grams for the watch itself.
There are plenty of similarities between the ZenWatch and the Gear Live however as the ASUS device also runs on the Snapdragon 400 with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The display is also an identical 1.63 inches with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The battery on the ZenWatch is a slightly larger 365mAh, but water and dust resistance is slightly less stringent with IP55 certification.
Watch Nicole give us a clearer look at the two Android Wear devices from the Uplinq 2014: