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Apple and Samsung Introduce New Watches: Which One For You?

September 14, 2014
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If you have been waiting for a smart watch.

Apple and Samsung are two giants in the digital world. They have come out with new watches. Maybe they will make a difference in your life.

The Apple Watch (on the right)will be for sale in early 2015. It has all kinds of apps. Most of them are about your health. For example, it can track your exercises, your daily movement and the amount of time you spend standing. It can also help you set fitness goals.

You change apps by turning a little knob on the side of the watch.

And, oh yes, the watch will fit your fashion tastes. The watch comes in small and large sizes. You can change the straps to fit your mood. You can switch to minute and second hands.

The Apple people say this only scratches the surface of what the watch can do. They did not spell out the other uses. You have to have an iPhone 5 or 6 to wirelessly connect with the watch.  It costs $349.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear S does not need a smart phone to connect to.

You can change the screen faces and you can change the straps. The screen measures two inches diagonally. It is big. It also has a tiny digital keyboard.

It also is mostly about health. It has  a heart rate monitor and a pedometer (to count your steps) and exercise trackers. It costs about $387.

Make up your mind. You probably do not know how you have been able to live so long without them.

Source: ABC News September 9, 2014

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