Do you have a cartoon character? My husband thinks I’m somewhat akin to Warner Brother’s Daffy Duck because I tend to speak my mind faster than people can hear and digest my words. He gave me a Daffy Duck watch.
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 Apple Watch Series 4 with built-in electrocargiogram capability, I raised an eyebrow like Daffy Duck and snorted like Petunia Pig. Maren Estrada is doing it again. He did it once with an $80 smartwatch that beat Apple’s $1,000 Watch in three ways and Maren Estrada is doing it again:
This $80 smartwatch is better than an Apple Watch Series 4 in four important ways
He found another way.
Without reading all the details I can figure out at least two of the four 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.
Both of Estrada’s headlines are misleading since Apple Watch starts at just over $200, not $1,000 to infinity and beyond.
There’s plenty to like about the Bip, but it has four main advantages compared to the market-leading Apple Watch. First, it works with Android phones in addition to iPhones. Second, it has all-day heart rate tracking and sleep tracking, which the Apple Watch completely lacks. Third, it costs a small fraction of what you’d pay for an Apple Watch. And finally, it lasts for up to 30 days on a single charge!
Did I mention that 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. Yet, it’s no longer on Amazon Prime so there’s a shipping charge added to the $80-ish price tag.
Well, does the Amazfit Bip let me answer the phone? Nope. Make a call? Nope. Does it let me view text messages and respond? Nope. Email? Nope. Siri? Nope. Apps? Not really.
The Amazfit Bip and Apple Watch are not in the same category and do not deserve a comparison. Maybe that’s why the Amazfit Bip is only $80 and why the Bugatti Veyron is nearly $2-million more than a Kia Rio. None of those products are the same. It think it exists just to get a comparison to Watch.
Newsflash to the so-called boy geniuses at BGR. Apples are not oranges, but because BGR gets a cut of the Amazfit Bip’s sales, you can see why it gets compared to Apple Watch.