Wrist Tech Face-Off
Probably one of the most chaotic days of the year is Black Friday, and my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone working retail that night. However, I won’t be explaining the ins and outs of this event; instead I’ll be comparing two tech wearable which seem to be all the rage since the Apple Watch raised the bar. In this tech face-off we have a battle between the more modern and sophisticated Samsung Gear S2, and the more Sci-Fi and futuristic Rufus Cuff. Although, my choice is towards the Rufus Cuff I’ll just go ahead and layout the details of each so that the readers themselves can see which suits them better. So, without further ado let the battle for the wrist begin!
Samsung Gear S2: Holiday Price $250/$300 Original Price $300/$350
We’ll begin with the Samsung Gear S2, right from the start you can tell that although it’s a modern piece of technology it is in fact going for a more classic look. With its round watch face the Gear S2 looks and feels like a traditional watch and features a 1.2 inch high-definition screen. Like previous smart watches, the Gear S2 touchscreen will allow users to access apps and other features with a simple touch. However, the Gear S2 goes one step further with its rotating bezel allowing for a quicker and more precise way of accessing applications; which means no more hassles for those thick fingered individuals.
Equipped with Tizen OS and optimized 1-GHz dual core processor the Gear S2 is made to perform tasks quickly and with the slightest of ease. The Gear S2 also has an integrated mic allowing you to access notifications, type out messages, and more with a simple command. That last feature sounds pretty cool to me as you’ll get a sense of being a CIA operative speaking into your watch. The Gear S2 also comes with NFC technology allowing you to pay for things by simply holding out your wrist.
The Gear S2 comes in three basic models; the Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic, and the Gear S2 3G the major difference being that the Classic model is slightly thicker to the S2 and comes with leather bands for the more traditional watch-like feel. However, Samsung has teamed up with Alessandro Mendini resulting in users being able to interchange the watch face and bands for a more personalized style. The Gear S2 3G is similar to the Gear S2, but has a larger 300 mAH battery as its cellular connectivity requires an e-Sim. Both the S2 and the S2 Classic can last 2-3 days on a single charge while the S2 3G can last up to 2 days.
Rufus Cuff: Holiday Price $249 Original Price-$399
Although the Samsung Gear S2 will have you feeling like a secret agent; the Rufus Cuff will have you feeling as if you’ve stepped into the future. Running on full Android OS the system will give you access to apps on a 400 x 240, 3.2 inch touchscreen. It might not have some fancy rotating bezel, but with a screen this big it won’t be needed. Some people might take a step back at first due to its size, but the Cuff’s asymmetrical design keeps its band small yet functional. The Cuff can be paired with both iPhone and Android smartphones alike, and isn’t being considered as a smart watch, but a Wrist Communicator.
Seriously, if this doesn’t give you a Star Trek kind of feel then how about the fact it comes equipped with dual microphones, and a front facing camera allowing for voice/video calls. With the Cuff you can also check emails, play games, watch movies, stream music, and more with any Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connected device. The Cuff also comes equipped with a fitness tracker and even an on-board GPS that’ll come in handy when you go running or simply need directions without having to dig in your pocket for your phone.
Similar to the Samsung Gear S2 the Cuff will be fully customizable by allowing users to interchange the bands as well as the on-screen style and they are available in Jet Black, Turbo Red, or White Out. The CEO of Rufus Labs, Gabe Grifoni, hopes that the Cuff will be an everything-else killer completely doing away with, “smartphones, wallets, watches, fitness trackers, everything.” The Cuff is said to last about a full day on a full battery charge and is available for $249 before December 1st and its original price at $399.
So my fellow readers the question is, do you want to be a secret agent or a time traveler? As I stated previously my vote goes for the Rufus Cuff; something about its design and video functions really appeal to me. However, I do understand the simplicity and convenient design/functions of the Gear S2. Either way it’s a big step in technology; I’m pretty sure that in a couple of years both of these items will be considered old school and maybe obsolete.
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