Reviewers of the resource Mag For Women highlight five main advantages of a smartwatch based on a “wearable” version of the most popular mobile platform on our planet. This list includes only consumer, understandable to everyone, arguments. It does not contain complicated technical explanations that can add even greater ambiguity to an already vague question: why does a modern man again need a watch, without which he has just learned to do?
The smartwatch market is seeing an influx of new platforms. According to some reviewers, Android Wear watches are set to unleash a storm in this segment’s previously haven. Android watches are not just an illusion of a wrist computer, they are in full measure.
- The function of saving to “pocket”.
Perhaps the most interesting feature that gives Android Wear an edge over all other smartwatches. It will allow you to save and share content. You can view the saved content later. The watch will enable you to view short messages such as tweets, mail, new notifications, and Google Now notifications and share them.
- Voice search
Like smartphones, Android Wear watches will use the Knowledge Graph Voice search engine. You can search for locations, routes, shops and restaurants, weather, and traffic information. You can find information of any type. All you have to do is tap the “g” key or say “Ok Google” and the voice search system will be activated.
- The watch allows you to communicate.
Android Wear lets you communicate with anyone, but only … through Google services. Using the watch, you can send messages to your friends on Google+, send emails through Gmail, “chat” in Hangouts and even receive voice calls in this service. But this is only possible if the speakerphone does not seem out of place to you.
- Unrivaled “clouds”.
The cloud services available to Android smartwatches give them a clear edge over the competition. This is not surprising: Google is the clear leader in everything related to the Internet and digital “clouds”. It’s hard to find a company on the planet whose online services are as popular and widespread as the search giant’s solutions.
- Delicate alarm clock and the mind of things
The smartwatch will have a sleep sensor and will wake you up with vibration. They read the QR codes of the mail confirmations for the plane ticket. A smart gadget allows its user to create playlists. Songs can be played through the smartphone while it is charging. It is not necessary to disturb the telephone itself. The watch will act as a kind of control panel for the mobile “music center”.
But the most interesting is ahead. Over time, Android Wear may give “intelligence” to things that have never been seen before in computing devices: garage doors, smoke detectors, and thermostats. And they will become obedient to the voice of their master.
The new operating system for wearable devices hints that Google is seriously interested in this segment of electronics. This means that he is entering the time of his maturity. The interest of leading companies in a particular technology is the first sign that it will go mainstream.
Smartwatches are not a common accessory these days. They talk a lot about them. They are discussed in technology blogs, but … the matter does not go further than this. Doubts are also added by the fact that smartwatches do not go well with the wardrobe. They are quite massive, and not everyone will agree to carry a computer in their hand, even if it is small. If you miniaturize them, then the screen will become so small that the necessary information on it will not fit. The displays of gadgets in this category are already so small that the industry does not yet see the possibility of making them separate devices. They were and remained, first of all, an additional accessory to a smartphone.
Choosing a smartwatch: what to look for?
Since Apple announced the first smartwatch in 2014, the industry has taken the industry to a whole new level. Sometimes it seems that every gadget manufacturer these days considers it their duty to have a smartwatch in stock. It isn’t easy to choose something specific from a wide assortment. We have compiled a simple guide that will help you understand the characteristics and choose a good smartwatch.
Imagine that you have just bought a smartwatch and realized that the device you put on your wrist is unusable because your phone does not recognize it. Quite an unpleasant situation. This is why a compatibility check is essential when buying a smartwatch.
Most of the smartwatches on the market are made by smartphone companies. Their main goal is to drag you into the ecosystem of their mobile device. For example, Apple Watch will only pair with an iPhone. Thus, Apple “hints” that you will have to buy an iPhone first.
Samsung is more liberal on this issue: Apple’s main competitor allows the Galaxy Watch to connect to mobile devices other than their brand. Regardless, the watch has some features that can only be unlocked when paired with a Samsung smartphone.
The Garmin Vivomove HR smartwatch is compatible with five systems: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, and OS X.
However, you can buy watches from brands that do not make smartphones. These models offer all functions at once and support both iOS and Android.
The screen is the key element of a smartwatch. There are currently four display options on the market, each with its strengths and weaknesses.
You will have to choose between AMOLED, IPS, E-Ink, or a monochrome dot display, familiar to those who found electronic watches from the 80s and 90s. Those looking for a modern color display are limited to the first two options.
AMOLED displays give you the best viewing angle, high contrast, and deep blacks. IPS screens, in turn, have better color reproduction and a lower price.
If it doesn’t matter to you whether the display will transmit color, then another option is added – “electronic ink” E-Ink.
Xiaomi Amazfit Bip watch has a color-reproducible E-Ink display – both modern and secure.
However, the E-Ink display, which is commonly used in e-books, does not make the device cheaper, on the contrary. But it is the safest of all four options for the eyes, and it is most convenient to read messages and other small text on it. By the way, not so long ago, models with E-Ink color displays appeared on sale.
In modern smartwatches, three control options are used: touch, pushbutton, and a combination of a touchscreen display and buttons. The choice here is undeniable: the touchscreen wins inconvenience. However, if you live in a cold country like Russia, where you have to wear gloves most of the year, you should consider the option with buttons.
Selecting touch controls brings up a new dilemma over display size. It should be large enough to safely tap the screen to view notifications or perform other actions. The diagonal of the screen in popular smartwatches varies from 0.38 “to 2.2”, the average is considered comfortable – around 1.8 “, but everything here, of course, depends solely on the size of your fingers and dexterity.
Notifications and calls
This is one of the main reasons people buy smartwatches. The first advantage of the Apple Smart Watch was that you didn’t need to take out your phone every time a notification came with it – you just had to look at the watch.
Smart watches Xiaomi Amazfit Verge can display notifications from absolutely any applications that you choose on your smartphone
The most relevant models are those that display notifications from any application, not only from Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Look for a watch that will warn you about every message on your phone – so you can receive your notifications even from Vkontakte or Viber and you can use your smartphone less often.
Apple Watch Series 5 Cellular has a slot for Nano-SIM and a speakerphone for receiving incoming calls.
Some smartwatches allow not only to know about incoming calls but also to answer them. To do this, they must have a SIM slot. Such models can completely replace a smartphone. However, a watch with a SIM card always costs more than a similar model without cellular support. This option is especially common in children’s watches, for example, the Smart Baby Watch, but is also found in “adult” models, for example, in the fifth generation Apple Watch.
Built-in apps are the second reason people buy smartwatches. Imagine pulling out your phone and launching the app every time you want to check your heart rate monitor. Smartwatches (unlike many fitness bracelets ) allow you to do this on their screen.
Check what built-in apps your watch has and if you need them. If you are an athlete, physical activity monitoring programs will come in handy if you love music – a music player.
Huawei Watch GT is based on Google’s Wear OS: you can install third-party apps on it.
It is best to choose a watch that supports the installation of third-party programs. As a rule, these are models based on Wear OS – they have their applications specially adapted for smartwatches’ interface.
GPS and sports functions
Another useful smartwatch feature that you definitely shouldn’t give up is the heart rate sensor. If only because he will notice an unhealthy heart rhythm in time and will help to see a doctor in time.
If you regularly spend time in the gym, take an interest in the set of sensors and algorithms for measuring heart rate and pressure installed in the watch. It can be monitoring of calories, sleep, physical activity, heart rate, ECG. The built-in stopwatch and timer will also come in handy for fans of a healthy lifestyle.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active can measure everything – even blood pressure.
GPS is another must-have smartwatch feature that will come in handy for running enthusiasts. It allows you to track your location in real-time on a map and use navigation functions. This function is also essential if you choose a smartwatch for your child – with it, you can track the child’s movements on your smartphone.
Battery life is one of the most important criteria for choosing the right smartwatch. Smartwatches are still a reasonably new product on the market, and battery-saving technologies are not as fine-tuned for smartphones. Charging times are also critical: if your smartwatch charges slower than your phone, you will likely become frustrated quickly.
Try to find out how long a particular model can last without recharging. Manufacturers’ promises are often overstated, so it’s best to refer to device reviews or user reviews.
Battery life largely depends on which screen the watch is using. Models with economical E-Ink displays can last up to two weeks without recharging. Gadgets with bright AMOLED screens – about 5-7 days.
Samsung Galaxy Watch on Wireless Charger Duo
Like a smartphone, a smartwatch must be capable of fast charging to replenish its battery life in a short time.
It should be remembered that a watch is a status accessory for both men and women. So choosing very functional but bulky and shapeless accessories is not the best option.
An important point specifically for smartwatches in terms of design is the ability to replace straps. They can be plastic, silicone, fabric, or leather. The best thing to do is to have the strap on your watch detachable – by changing it, you can create a new accent in the device’s design if it is part of your style.
Finally, be aware of the additional “passive” features that can make the device more expensive and provide separate benefits. It is waterproof, shatterproof glass, and other protective features.
We will briefly summarize all the necessary aspects that you need to pay attention to buy a useful smartwatch:
- the device must be compatible with the operating system of your smartphone – preferably both Android and iOS;
- the touch screen is always better than push-button control, and its optimal diagonal is from 1.8 ”;
- good smartwatches display notifications from all applications installed on your phone;
- smartwatches based on Wear OS are more functional than all others, as they allow you to install third-party applications;
- the heart rate monitor and GPS functions of the watch are useful not only for athletes;
- the smartwatch should work without recharging for about 5-7 days;
- a useful accessory has detachable straps;
- the more the gadget is protected from external influences, the better – but also more expensive.