Why I Bit Into The Apple Watch; Should You Invest In Apple’s Wearable Tech?

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It seems the fate of the Apple Watch is still up in the air, with a few months into its release. I remember the hype and anticipation building towards the launch of Apple’s “ground-breaking” device almost a year ago, and I even seriously considered getting my hands on one before the release date.

I’m thankful I waited. Not because the Apple Watch is a letdown, but because it’s better to wait for everything consumer tech nowadays. Motorola’s entry into wearable tech was my thermometer on the competition, and for a while the Moto 360 did wow with all its neat features. But everything’s clearer in hindsight, and I’m glad I waited this long to decide.

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So there’s this scuffle whether the Apple Watch has the legs to go the distance, with a considerably low sales performance upon release (according to analysts). Apple has a history of faulty launches, but that didn’t stop its solid market base from hopping into the bandwagon just the same.

The first iPod released for a steep $399, which was too expensive for me at the time, considering there are plenty of alternatives in mp3 players. Also, the iPod is paired exclusively with Mac, which severely cuts down possibilities. Now I consider the iPod a solid device with dependable features. It’s not the best feature-rich product on the market, but it’ll do, and it’s more than enough for the Apple crowd.

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For a first-generation release, the Apple Watch is feature-packed, elegant, and compact. It has good fitness software, and pairs well with the iPhone in sending and receiving calls. One of my pet peeves with Androids and iOS devices is the battery life, though. I know all that hardware demanded battery juice, but the manufacturers should’ve come up with a more efficient battery to cover for new tech by now. The Apple Watch battery barely lasts the day with heavy use.

The Apple Watch received one firmware update since its April release, improving performance and reliability. It irks me to know the device comes in mid-range to high-end variations, though. Three different models, two size options, and six different finishes offer hefty variety, considering the range of interchangeable bands. Price points ranging from the considerably measly ($349) to the outright decadent ($17,000) should also ruffle the feathers of those who want to flaunt the Apple Watch as a status symbol.

I can’t help but consider the device as a wearable iPod Nano, but packed with neat new features. Fitbit works great for my daily walks, also for basic notifications. It’s hardly a standalone device, though, with many features dependent on an iPhone pairing.

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Using the Apple Watch, I can say it’s not an essential device, at least not at the moment. I’m aware of the potential of wearable tech, but the Apple Watch is still a glorified smartphone accessory, one you can do without. It works best as a mobile assistant, designed to wean away users dependent on their iPhones, but when push comes to shove I’ll reach out for my iPhone just the same.

Note that these shortcomings may be overturned when the device receives a massive update in a few months, including a new version of the OS, new watch faces, features and apps. I’ll take a pot-shot at many third-party apps currently compatible with the Apple Watch, which frustrates use instead of improves it.

If you’re still on the fence whether you’ll buy in on wait it out, stay tuned to the PricePanda website for Apple Watch price while you’re undecided. Personally, I recommend you wait it out several more months, when Apple introduces its next wave of updates for its wearable tech.


Apple iPhone 5S vs the Samsung Galaxy S5: A Closer Look

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Several great smartphones are already dominating the market. There are really a lot of choices that would fit your budget and needs. However, with the great selection, finding the perfect one can be a real challenge.

Two of the most popular brands/models in the mobile market nowadays are the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy. Let us check out and compare the Apple iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

There are so many definitions when it comes to a great Smartphone. These two are just some of the best examples. One features a smaller screen (compared to today’s latest standards), premium-built, and a hardware and software that offer superb user experience. The other one is much bigger, features a spacious screen with a plastic finish and eye-catching aesthetics.

In the end, it would all go down to a phone that works better for you. So what will it be, the Apple iPhone 5S or the Samsung Galaxy S5?

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You can immediately see the difference between the Apple 5 16GB and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The later is longer by 15%, 24% wider, and 7% thicker than the iPhone 5S. The Apple iPhone 5S offers easy grip on the hand, while the S5 requires you to stretch a little bit to get a good grip on the body.

Apple has since been known as a design-driven company. This is what the iPhone 5S is all about. Appearance-wise, it looks almost identical with its predecessor, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S, however, offers a phone that feels premium and high-end compared to the GS5. The plastic look that the Samsung Galaxy S5 makes it looks like the part — plastic. A less preferred model when you consider aesthetic as a major factor in choosing your mobile device.

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Nothing is wrong with having plastic parts. It just brings down the premium feel of the phone which happens to be in the premium category in the market. The iPhone looks like it was carefully and intricately crafted from a piece of aluminium. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also looks like that, from afar, but as you go closer, the plastic material becomes very evident.

Screen and display wise, the Galaxy S5’s display is big and beyond beautiful. Diagonally, it measures 5.1 inches with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPhone 5S on the other hand has a 4-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The iPhone gives you 62% as much screen as compared to the S5. If maximum screen and maximum crispness is your mission, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a clear choice.

Camera-wise, both phones feature great cameras. The S5 takes pictures in a higher resolution with its 16MP camera compared to the iPhone 5S’s 8MP. However, there is a slight pause when you open the S5’s camera from the lock screen. With the iPhone 5S, it will only take 2.5 seconds to access the camera application from the lock screen.

Camera, specs, design — these are just a few of the basic things we consider in picking a mobile device to satisfy our needs. Again, one size does not fit all. You may love the G5’s camera but hate its plastic finish. The iPhone 5S’s sleek look may give you a less impressive selfie. In the end, people have different taste, which makes choosing so exciting.

If you want to check out Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5, see up-to-date market prices via PricePanda.

You can read these for more info:

iPhone 5S Review: Faster, Improved Camera and a Clever Fingerprint Reader. But is it enough of an Upgrade? (techradar.com)

Apple iPhone 5S Review: Same Look, Small Screen, Big Potential (cnet.com)

4 Things the Galaxy Note 4 Can Do that the iPhone 6 Can’t

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Two of the hottest phones available in the mobile market today are the Apple iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4. Both have their individual strengths and weaknesses, but in my own humble opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 outperforms the iPhone 6 in so many ways.

The Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are both high-end and cutting edge devices packed with remarkable internals and features. Neither of the 2 is perfect and complete in their own unique ways but I see the Note 4 having the edge over the iPhone 6.

The following is a list of the five things the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 does that the iPhone 6 can’t do, or at least doesn’t meet my expectations.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and its S Pen

The Apple iPhone 6 didn’t manage to introduce something as great at the Samsung S Pen. When the Samsung Galaxy Note phone series was announced back in 2011, its most defining feature was its size. The line was one of the earliest versions of the phablet that became available for those who enjoy having big screens for their mobile devices. Although Apple managed to produce a mobile device with the same size (iPhone 6 Plus), it did not come with the easy-to-use S pen.

Multitasking Prowess

What’s great about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is its multitasking feature. You can view and access several applications at the same time. The Pop Up View Shortcut lets you shrink several compatible Samsung applications into smaller windows and drag them around the screen where you want them displayed. You can continue working with the other applications on the screen. Simply tap the circle log to collapse and reopen applications.

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A removable and replaceable battery pack

With a simple snap off the back of the Galaxy Note 4 back cover, you could simply remove its battery pack and place a new one. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a large battery with 3,220 mAh that offers an impressive 37 hours of standby time and 11 hours when continuously used together with the internet. Even with the promising battery hours the phone offers, having an extra battery pack seems necessary for someone who enjoys travelling like I do. This is something that the Apple iPhone 6 lacks.

Ultra power-saving mode

What comes with the removable battery pack is a battery that can be charged fast and a device that has capabilities to maximize its battery life even if your phone is almost dead. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with the Adaptive Fast Charging feature that allows you to charge your device in just 30 minutes. That is the time you spend inside the bathroom every morning or maybe time you spend in the shower and eating breakfast. The only catch is you have to use a compatible micro USB port for charging to power it and sync it up. The device ships with the Adaptive Fast Charging charger so you have nothing to worry about.

As for the price, the Samsung Note price in Singapore is way more affordable than the iPhone 6. There is about a $200 difference between the two gadgets. You can compare latest market prices via PricePanda.

I do love my iPhone 6, its high-end camera and the features that comes with it. I just so happen to love my Note 4 more.

Don’t take my word for it, check out these articles:

Samsung’s Next Big Galaxy Phone is Coming on August 13 (finance.yahoo.com)

Samsung Seeks Slice of Apple’s Pie with Early Smartphone Launch (wsj.com)