Comparison: Cherry Watch vs Cherry Mobile G2
Cherry Mobile has officially announced its newest device and it’s a wearable dubbed as Cherry Watch. While this is not the first wearable from Cherry, it’s surprising that they have not given up on wearables. From 2014, we had the Cherry Mobile G2 but it didn’t get the spotlight it wanted. With the Cherry Watch, how is it any different?
|Cherry Watch||Cherry Mobile G2|
|1.54-inch IPS LCD (240 x 240 pixels), 220ppi||1.44-inch TFT LCD,|
|64MB internal storage||4GB internal storage|
|Expandable via microSD, up to 32GB||-|
|VGA camera||VGA Camera|
|Micro-USB port||Micro-USB port|
|300mAh battery||500mAh battery|
Display and Design
Without any question, Cherry Watch is heavily inspired by the Apple Watch — from design to name. This is a factor for those looking forward to having a good-looking smartwatch on their wrist. Coming from the Cherry Mobile G2, which is a generic silicon smartwatch, the metal body of the Watch is a step forward. Although, Cherry has not specified if the new Watch still has an IP54 rating from the G2 for dust and water resistance.
The display got an upgrade to an IPS LCD from a TFT LCD and a resolution bump from 128 x 128 pixels to a crispier 240 x 240 pixels in a 1.54-inch panel at 220ppi.
Software and Features
Software-wise, the Watch probably still uses a proprietary software like the G2 but we’re expecting a more user-friendly UI. We’re still miles away from having a local Android Wear smartwatch but for less than two thousand bucks, we’re not expecting. We’re yet to try out the Watch but we had a review of the G2 when it was released in the last quarter of 2014.
If we are to base on the G2, the Watch could still be a companion watch for your smartphone. Although, the Watch can be a phone itself with its own micro-SIM slot and 2G radio. Imagine texting on a 1.54-inch display, or placing a call on your wrist. Both have a pedometer to track your steps, like most expensive smartwatches.
Camera and Multimedia
While it’s cool to use your wrist to take photos, the VGA shooter on-board the Watch, which is the same as the G2, is not the best around. The Watch is rewarded with an FM radio over the G2, so aside from playing audio files, you can also listen to your favorite stations. The 4GB of internal storage of the G2 is now down to 64MB but there’s a microSD card slot for expansion.
With the redesigned body comes a smaller battery. The Watch has a 300mAh battery which is a significant downgrade from the 500mAh of the G2. It’s quite concerning since the Watch is going to power more pixels. With our review of the G2, it lasted for a few days before it needs recharging. we can expect les with the Cherry Watch.
When it was released, the Cherry Mobile G2 has a price tag of Php1,899. On the other hand, Cherry Watch is a hundred peso more expensive at Php1,999. The additional cost should be justified by the more premium build and better display. But in 2016, we’re already seeing much cheaper handsets with better specs, but not at this size.
We hoping to get our hands on with the Cherry Watch. When we do, we’ll definitely take it for a spin to know more what it can do.