The Apple Watch Series 2 is still somewhat hard to find. Still, those who have been able to buy one are satisfied. Critics have also praised the Apple Watch Series 2. Wearable gave the Series 2 four stars.
“Is the Apple Watch Series 2 the perfect smartwatch? No. But it makes a more compelling argument than the original that you should own one. We’re not just talking about the addition of GPS and the waterproofing here either.”
The review adds that features such as notification support and communication without a phone are more refined. However, they note that battery life still remains an issue. Computerworld likes the new Apple Watch as well.
“There is a great deal to like about the new Apple Watch. You can use it more widely, it has become far more independently useful even without an iPhone, and the new fitness tracking, GPS and water resistance make it the world’s most advanced fitness tracker.”
The new Apple Watch has received great reviews, but is hard to find in stores. [Image by Daryl Deino]
The review adds that unlike other devices, the Apple Watch has a lot of apps, but lamented the lack of 4G LTE connectivity. Apple is rumored to include 4G LTE connectivity on its third Apple Watch.
Surprisingly, MacRumors reveals that Apple will sell fewer Watch models in 2016 than in 2015.
“According to Kuo [KGI Securities analyst] the new Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watch models suffer from a lack of ‘killer’ applications, inadequate battery life, a heavy reliance on the iPhone and a multi-touch UI that he does not feel will be the ideal solution for wearable devices.”
The article adds that as a result of these perceived shortcomings, Kuo has cut his estimates for 2016 Apple Watch shipments by 15 to 25 percent while projecting sales of 8.5 to 9 million units during the fiscal 2016 year. Some of the commenters after the article are suspicious of these predictions.
“Sup guys, I’m revising those numbers I pulled out of my a** to another set of numbers that I pulled out of my a** You can trust me, I’m a supply chain analyst,” Millah sarcastically says.
“Screw this guy — he’s a supply chain leak dude, he doesn’t know anything about AW sales,” claims Mdelvecchio.
Apple released the first Apple Watch in April of 2015. While the first Watch sold more than any other smartwatch on the market, the device didn’t break open the smartwatch market like Apple and others expected. Although the Apple Watch Series 2 has a lot of new features, Apple is in heavy competition with the Samsung Gear S3, which will have 4G LTE connectivity.
PC Magazine likes the Gear S3, but they think a lack of apps may be an issue.
“But how smart is a smartwatch without apps? Samsung’s Tizen OS may be easier to navigate than Google’s Android Wear, but when we reviewed the Gear S2, it didn’t have nearly as many apps. Samsung is working on that, and says to expect 10,000 apps and watch faces available at launch, including CNN, ESPN, iHeartRadio, USA Today, Uber, and Yelp.”
Unfortunately, Samsung is still embroiled in bad publicity over the Galaxy Note 7. Early units of the device have been replaced, but many in the media are claiming that some of the replacement devices are defective. Samsung denies there is a general problem. But in today’s world, the truth barely matters. Samsung’s PR problems may push buyers toward the Apple Watch Series 2 instead, even though there’s nothing defective about the Gear S3.
Which smartwatch would you rather have — the Apple Watch Series 2 or the Gear S3? Let us know in the comments section.
[Featured Image by Daryl Deino]