The Apple Watch Series 2 is here, and it looks a very similar to the original Apple Watch. It's still a square device that can tell time, display notifications, and track fitness stats. But there are some huge additions, including built-in GPS for more precise distance and pace measuring, a waterproof shell so you can swim with it, a brighter display, and a faster processor thanks to the new Apple S2 chip.
The Samsung Gear S3, one the best smartwatches we saw at IFA, is the closest competitor for Apple Watch Series 2. So, let's compare the two wearables.
Design and Display
With Apple Watch Series 2, the changes are focused on the interior. It looks more or less the same as the original, though Apple has added a ceramic case option in addition to aluminum and stainless steel. Apple stated that the ceramic case is four times tougher than stainless steel. The Samsung Gear S3, by comparison, is bigger than both. At 1.8 by 1.8 by 0.5 inches (HWD), it's bulkier and, with a round shape, looks more like a conventional timepiece than the Apple Watch Series 2.
The Apple Watch Series 2 launches with watchOS 3, which comes with several upgrades like more watch faces, the capacity to handwrite on the screen to send messages, and SOS functionality to alert emergency contacts to your area or dial 911. The Samsung Gear S3 can do all of this. What it can't do is run Pokemon GO, which will be available on Apple Watch before the end of the year.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Frontier editions will come in LTE or Wi-Fi-enabled versions at an undetermined date at an unknown price. But if Samsung follows the Gear S2's concept, the Gear S3 will cost about $299. The Apple Watch Series 2 comes in 38mm or 42mm sizes, much the same as the first Apple Watch. Along with a special Nike+ version, they will start at $369.