It made a good anniversary gift. It’s a watch. It tells the time. Daffy is on the watchface. It cost about $24. Is my Daffy Duck watch a competitor for my Apple Watch? Of course not. We’re talking Kia Rio vs. Bugatti Veyron differences here.
Apples To Oranges
Anyone with a lick of common sense knows not to compare a Kia to a Bugatti so when I came across a comparison of an $80 smartwatch to a $1,000 Apple Watch, I raised an eyebrow like Daffy Duck and snorted like Petunia Pig. Maren Estrada:
This $80 smartwatch beats Apple’s $1,000 watch in three important ways
Without reading all the details (I did anyway) I can figure out at least two of the three ways. First, price. Duh. Second, battery life. Watch does more than other so-called smartwatches by leaps and bounds, so shorter battery life. No brainer, right?
The Apple Watch Series 4 is fantastic, there’s no doubt about it. But it’s also very expensive, with prices starting at more than $300 and going up to $1,000 and beyond!
Translation: “That Bugatti Veyron is nice at $2-million or so, but that cute Kia will get you wherever you need to go for less than the price of a Veyron’s oil change (true fact).”
Alright, let’s stop the nonsense now. The headline is misleading since Apple Watch starts at $300, not $1,000 to infinity and beyond.
Even at $1,000, there are two important ways that the $80 Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami has the Apple Watch beat.
I thought there were three. The headline said three. Let’s count’em:
- It works with Android devices in addition to iPhones.
- Second, it supports sleep tracking.
- It lasts for up to a whopping 30 days per charge!
Yep. That’s three.
Except #2 doesn’t count because Watch also supports sleep tracking and does it multiple ways, so we’re back to two again. Oh, by the way; my Daffy Duck watch runs for a year on a single battery.
This Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami has all day heart rate and activity tracking built-in, plus Bluetooth and GPS, and it works with iPhone and Android. Plus, it’s on Amazon Prime and has more than 600 reviews which average four of five stars. What’s not to like?
Well, does it let me answer the phone? Nope. Make a call? Nope. Does it let me view text messages and respond? Nope. Email? Nope. Siri? Nope.
They’re not the same. Maybe that’s why the Amazfit Bip is only $80 and why the Bugatti Veyron is nearly $2-million more than a Kia Rio. They’re not the same.
Newsflash to the so-called boy geniuses at BGR. Apples are not oranges.