|Apple's new smart watch -- Apple Watch|
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Since I haven't actually touched and played with the device, my comments below will base purely on the videos I have watched on the internet. For a change, I will start with the watches. So far, Samsung has flooded the market, like they always do, with their Gear, Gear 2, Gear Fit, Gear Live and the latest Gear S. All these experiences of making smart watches have not been wasted, as their smart watches do get better and better with time. In Gen 4, the Gear S is already a device with standalone 3G capability and a much anticipated curved screen. Still, we can't compare without getting to know them, so here are some videos of the better ones from Samsung, and Apple's.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit is not really a complete smart watch, rather it is a smart band, but I think it has the best look. Coming in second, the Gear Live is the best-looking smart watch with the perfect size, while Gear S is a bit too large as a watch despite having a cool curved screen. As for the Apple Watch, since it is still in Gen 1 of Apple, it definitely looks better than Samsung's Gen 1 Galaxy Gear, but definitely needs a few more generations before it can be considered "handsome", right now it just looks too kiddy, especially at US$349.
(Here's an Apple Watch parody, just for the fun of it.)
The software department is Apple's strength area and I expect it to outperform Samsung by a fair margin, turns out, the Apple Watch looks pleasant and smooth on demo mode, but lack of surprise that can differentiate itself from existing smart watches in the market. The presence of a map is a nice touch, though you probably need a bigger screen for this functionality, maybe this point helps to justify the size of the Galaxy Gear S, but I think the Gear S does not have map capabilities.
|Samsung Galaxy Gear Live, released on June 25, 2014, excluding Hong Kong|
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One thing Apple did do well in making this watch is the sapphire display, others should seriously consider following, though I was expecting to see sapphire on its iPhone 6 instead because then it will truly be first.
|Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire|
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For those of you who are interested in videos regarding the latest Samsung products, you can head to my other post titled, Technology: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR & S!!! Here I will just save the space for comparative opinions of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the Note 4.
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|iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and HTC M8|
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Other than a better camera, a bigger screen, faster CPU and a design which completely looks like a replica of the HTC M8, I do not see how attractive the iPhone 6 will be to the non-Apple fans without the killer sapphire display. Sure enough, you have the iOS 8, but older iPhones will get that too, making an upgrade even less reasonable.
Thus my verdict is, if your old iPhone battery is functioning alright and you are not in desperate need for a bigger screen, then you do not need to rush for an upgrade, otherwise, upgrade before your battery crosses the two-year-old line. It does not matter how much you trust Apple, the battery manufacturers in China is another story.
|My cousin's iPhone 4|
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