Tips to Buy Smartwatches

Oct 29, 2021,10:12 AM

I will discuss a few important stuff to make sure you compare before buying it:

1. OS and phone compatibility: Device compatibility is critical because most smartwatches are designed to be companions to your smartphone. For example, the top Fitbits, such as the Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Versa 2, integrate with a variety of Android and iPhone devices. However, Android phone owners benefit from one additional feature: rapid replies to incoming text messages and the ability to answer phone calls.

2. OLED vs. LCD Display: Most smartwatches have a vibrant LCD or AMOLED display, which is brighter and allows you to view photos, apps, and other material in deeper colour. The trade-off is a shorter battery life, however smartwatch manufacturers are working to improve the efficiency of their gadgets. Some will survive for days, if not weeks, but if you want the greatest battery life, go with a black-and-white display. To allow for thinner designs, more expensive smartwatches use crisp OLED displays instead of LCD displays. To make the first-generation Apple Watch as tiny as possible, Apple created its first OLED display.

3. Touchscreen vs. touchless: It would appear that choosing a touchscreen for your smartwatch is a no-brainer. However, selecting objects on a tiny touch panel can be challenging, and some of the gesture-based interfaces aren't intuitive. Wear OS does a good job of delivering card-based notifications that you can dismiss with a swipe, but getting to other apps and settings within apps requires a lot of swiping. With a flick of your wrist, you can switch between cards.

4. Design and personalization: The better smartwatches come with a variety of bands or the possibility to swap them out for a third-party option. This is crucial if you want to customise the appearance of your gadget. Before purchasing a smartwatch, most of them now provide a variety of personalization possibilities. For the Apple Watch and Fossil smartwatches, you may choose the band colour and material, as well as the face colour, finish, and size. Smartwatches with round faces are becoming more common, giving them a more conventional appearance. The newer ones are becoming increasingly leaner and smaller.

5. App selections: Nowadays some watch models now have hundreds or even thousands of apps.

6. Fitness features: Smartwatch producers are getting in on the action by adding activity-monitoring functions into their watches as fitness trackers continue to gain popularity. While some smartwatches rely on your smartphone to track your activity, the majority contain a built-in pedometer for step counting or tracking. Many offer female health features, such as the ability to log periods and record symptoms, as well as compare your cycle against health stats like sleep and activity. Also, many have heart rate monitor built-in (but not reliable enough) and have GPS, making them more appealing to folks who wish to go running or riding outside.

7. Battery life: Most smartwatches with colour screens last one to two days (and sometimes less than one day) between charges, so think about how often you're willing to keep plugging in your watch.

8. Other Features: Many smartwatches include NFC chips, allowing you to pay for items without having to use your phone. This leads us to the following section, which is about pricing. Most smartwatches will cost between $100 for older devices and $1,600 for the Tag Heuer Connected, with the exception of inexpensive gadgets from no-name companies. Most smartwatches cost between $200 and $500, depending on features and accessories. So choose wisely and carefully. Let me know if I missed anything!

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This message has been edited by Cpt Scarlet on 2021-10-29 10:20:44

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Appreciate the effort

 By: davecleghan : October 29th, 2021-10:22
I think a good smartwatch should have Good battery life, Internal storage of around 4GB, Wi-fi connectivity, Built-in speaker.
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This may be a useful overview, but a bit incomprehensible to a novice

 By: cazalea : November 1st, 2021-15:22
For example: “Wear OS does a good job of delivering card-based notifications that you can dismiss with a swipe, but getting to other apps and settings within apps requires a lot of swiping. With a flick of your wrist, you can switch between cards.” Is “we... 
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