Low Battery? Rumored Apple Watch Duration Compared with Competitors

If you have been attentive to the latest news on Apple Watch battery, It is likely that you have taken a disappointment to you. Or can you not. Everything depends on how high your expectations were.

Apparently, Apple has chosen a screen with fluid movements and a power in its chip similar to which had the A5 processor installed in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S 4 years ago. To do so, would have had to make a technical compromise that would sacrifice power and screen by one lower battery life.

In particular, the figures that have been leaked and are of course not official are as follows:

Autonomy waiting Autonomy continuous standard use Autonomy continued intensive use Autonomy continuous sports use
7: 00 pm 3.5 hours 2.5 hours 4 hours

There are still a couple of months for rumored sale in March, so these figures could improve. Despite this, the CEO of Apple already made it clear that:

We believe that people will use so much that they end up charging it every day- Tim Cook.

If you take accounts with figures above, we can draw some conclusions about the hypothetical use of Apple Watch. Including:

  • A standard continuous use means use the Watch for an entire minute every five minutes to medium (19 between the 3.5 hours).
  • Similarly, a continuous intensive use means that we would be using it a seven and a half minute.

Well, I think that these figures put in context are most relevant. A smart watch is not going to be used as a traditional clock, but you won’t be watching your screen for a long time followed. For that we have an iPhone. The use we will make of the Apple Watch will be more pecking and hunting information at specific moments.

Competition with a similar autonomy

Talk about Apple Watch battery and its supposed duration would not be a full discussion if we looked not making competition. For this reason, we have relative to Apple Watch with the 6 best smartwatches of the moment.

All of them can be purchased on the market with the exception of the model of Alcatel, included as an interesting alternative for price. You will also find Pebble Steel in the comparison that although it has similar characteristics to the rest, for many is the smart watch par excellence. We should also take into account that most of them are not compatible with iOS, so if you have an iPhone your options are pretty reduced.

We’ve put the official lengths estimated by their manufacturers and the team at Engadget who has tried it in the following table:

Manufacturer and model Official minimum price Operating system Autonomy standard usage Capacity battery
Apple Watch $349 IOS version 19 hours (equivalent to just over 1 day, unofficial) Unknown
Sony Smartwatch 3 229 euros Android Wear Up to two days (official); 1 day or a day and a half (Engadget) 420 mAh
LG G Watch R 279 euros Android Wear Day and a half (Engadget) 410 mAh
Motorola Moto 360 249 EUR Android Wear 1 day (official); 1 day (Engadget) 320 mAh
Samsung Gear S $349 Tizen 1 day, day and a half (Engadget) 300 mAh
Alcatel OneTouch Watch $149 Own, unspecified Without giving details 210 mAh
Pebble Steel $229 Own Up to 7 days (official); 5 days (Engadget) 130 mAh

While there are several competitors of Apple Watch over the day’s battery, the reality is that we will have to charge them overnight. Otherwise, the next day we would have to charge it to mean tomorrow. Many of us we remove the clock every night to sleep, so it is not a gesture uncomfortable.

I think we can say that the perfect load to a smartwatch is that lasts a whole day. That last a day and a handful of hours does too if you’re going to have to drag the charger the next day. For this reason These seven contenders are in the same League, except the Pebble Steel which uses different technology.

Being honest, will anyone like having to carry another device every night. Except that that recharge and all resulting merits really it worthwhile. That is where comes into operation the game long-term Apple Watch.

Now we see perfectly normal recharge our iPhone every night. But at the beginning it was not so. During the first years of the “modern smartphone” opened by the iPhone, this transition was hard and resulted in rejection. With the passage of time, we just accepting to have a computer in our pocket in Exchange for one lesser autonomy. Will the same happen with Apple Watch and the smartwatches in general?

There will be who is prepared to accept that compromise between the battery and the provided value. Others will not want to it take or in joke. It is in the hand of Apple to do that that value is much higher than the rejection of the autonomy of the Watch.