There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a new smartwatch. Before you begin, make sure you’re actually looking at smartwatches, not fitness trackers.
Your top concern is probably matching your smartwatch with your smartphone. You don’t always have to, but it helps. For example, if you the latest Apple® iPhone®, you’ll be able to use all the features of an Apple Watch Series 3. If you own a Samsung phone, you might choose a Tizen-based watch like the Samsung Gear S3 or Sport, or a Wear OS by Google Smartwatch (formerly Android Wear).
After that, you balance your most important features—like advanced fitness tracking or a long battery life—with the look and feel. Is it easy to understand and use? Does it look nice on your wrist? Smartwatches have already come a long way from their bulky, blocky beginnings. But some pay more attention to appearances, while others focus on function.
Would you appreciate a work helper who goes everywhere you go? Most smartwatches offer a digital assistant app. If you use voice recognition, you can do hands-free searches and take notes. Plus, smartwatch notifications can link to your email, texting apps, calendar, and more.
Today, even the most basic smartwatches have heart rate sensors. But if you’re looking for advanced features, check for:
So, can a smartwatch replace your phone? Not without a bigger investment, and even then, not entirely. The top-of-the-line smartwatches include high-speed data, so you can make and receive calls, browse online, and much more.
Plus, depending on your brand or operating system, you can probably download hundreds if not thousands of third-party smartwatch apps. Unfortunately, smartwatches aren’t digital cameras. Not yet.
In the end, how your smartwatch looks might help you make your decision. Do you want an ultra-tech look … or one that looks like a traditional watch? You can change some watch faces with a tap or a swipe, choosing from dozens of colors and designs. Switch out your smartwatch band as well, because they offer traditional metal or leather bands, as well as the more casual silicone styles.
Here’s my feature list:
What does your list look like?
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