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How Good Is The Apple Watch *Actually*?

It's about TIME. The Apple Watch is finally ready for your wrist but, before you make a move, see how it compares with the best smartwatches in the biz.

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Per today's big announcement, you'll be able to get Apple's new fancy wristwear real soon. Preorder it on April 10 online (ships April 24) and you'll be one of the first sporting the high tech timepiece.

A lot of wearable tech feels big, clunky, and, tbh, super dorky. But the three devices going head-to-head below — the Apple Watch, Moto 360, and Pebble Time Steel — bring some much needed style to the smartwatch space.

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Apple Watch: iPhone only. It's compatible with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus running iOS 8.

Moto 360: Android phones running 4.3 or newer.

Pebble Time: Android (version 4.0 and newer) and iPhone (4S and newer, running iOS 8).

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Apple Watch: Apple Watch Sport at $349 for 38mm, $399 for 42mm. Apple Watch starts at $548 for 38mm and $599 for 42mm. Apple Watch Edition is available in select stores for $10,000.

Moto 360: $249 for the leather band, $300 for the metal band, and $330 for the slim metal band.

Pebble Time: $179 through Kickstarter (ends March 27), otherwise $199 for Pebble Time. $250 through the Kickstarter, otherwise $299 for Pebble Time Steel.

Apple Watch

An "all day" battery, which means 18 hours and charging at night.

Moto 360

Same as the Apple Watch, although some allege that the Moto 360 lasts more than a full day after October's software update.

Pebble Time

Up to 7 days!! What the what!

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Apple Watch

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– It includes a heart rate sensor, activity tracking features, a workout app, Apple Pay, a Passbook app, photos, and more. SPG (lets you unlock room with your watch), Uber, and Instagram are some of the third-party apps available. Apps are downloaded with the new Apple Watch app coming in iOS 8.2, available today.

– Siri turns your voice into text replies for email and text messages. Siri can also help you with a variety of apps, just say, "Hey Siri."

– There's also a special 3D animated emoji and "heartbeat pulse" messaging feature for communication between Apple Watches only.

Pebble Time

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– Get notifications from Gmail, Hangouts, texts, and more, and reply to messages with voice commands. For iPhone users, voice dictation will only work with Gmail (for now).

– The watch is compatible with apps already in the Pebble app store.

– Only a few (Strava, JawBone, PayPal, Yelp, and the other logos below) have promised color versions of their Pebble app.

Moto 360

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– Swipe up and down to see apps on the home screen.

– There are plenty of great Google features built in, like flight details from Gmail, but also a bunch of not-so-standard extra from the Android Wear app store.

– Send your grocery list to your watch using Evernote, reorder your go-to noodle dish from your favorite take-out place with Eat24, and display your boarding pass code right on your wrist with the FlyDelta app.

Note: All watches require a phone's data connection via Bluetooth to access most apps.

Apple Watch

Sweating, wearing in rain is fine, but remove before showering.

Moto 360

The watch has an IP67 rating, which means it's protected underwater up to 1 meter deep.

Pebble Time

Suitable for "swimming, showering, and surfing," according to Pebble, but won't stand up to deep-water activities.

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Apple Watch

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The watches come in two sizes: 38 and 42mm.

The Apple Watch has a scratch-resistant "sapphire crystal" display housed in a stainless steel case. You've also got the choice between a metal band and a leather-like band.

The Apple Watch Sport has an "ion-x glass" display housed in anodized aluminum that's more lightweight than the other models. It weighs 30% less than the others, plus comes with a soft silicone-like band.

The Apple Watch Edition also has the "sapphire crystal" display, but is framed by an 18 karat yellow or rose gold watch case.

Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel

Pebble Time Steel / Via kickstarter.com

There are two types. The Pebble Time includes a soft silicone band, and a Gorilla Glass 3 lens set in a polycarbonate case.

The more expensive Pebble Time Steel has a metal watch case and includes both a metal and leather band.

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