How To Pick The Right Smartwatch That Meets Your Needs

Picking Right Smartwatch
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The first-ever digital watch was Pulsar, manufactured by Hamilton Watch Company in 1972. But when Apple announced the first-ever smartwatch in 2014, the watch industry moved to a whole new level.

Now, the watch market is flooded with smartwatches offering features from step tracking and GPS to sleep tracking, and even ECG. With so many smartwatches in a variety of colors and designs, how do you know which one is right for you? This is our guide to help you choose the right smartwatch for your needs.

There are a couple of things that you might want to consider when buying a smartwatch. For instance, an ideal smartwatch should meet all your needs and also perfectly fit into your lifestyle.

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Compatibility

When buying a smartwatch, the first thing that you should consider is whether it will work with your smartphone. Connections are generally made via Bluetooth, but compatibility varies between operating systems. Apple watches, for example, can only pair with Apple phones (iPhones). Samsung smartwatches are a bit more flexible and can be paired with devices other than Samsung products.

Health Monitoring

If you’re a fitness buff you may want your smartwatch to double as a fitness tracker. Some watches have inbuilt GPS and a heart-rate monitor. Garmin’s Instinct is a rugged outdoors watch that’s meant for the athletes. The watch offers step tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and calorie tracking features.

A smartwatch and a mobile phone
The Apple Watch Series 4 Comes with ECG app. (Image: Apple)

Notifications

Notifications is another useful feature that you should consider when buying your smartwatch. These notifications are alerts for email, calendar appointments, Facebook and Twitter, etc. When your smartwatch shows you notifications, you don’t need to get your phone out of your pocket.

Display

The display screen of your smartwatch is also very important. You will have to choose between an AMOLED display or an LCD screen.  AMOLED displays offer a better viewing angle and excellent color visibility. But AMOLED displays aren’t as bright as LCD screens and AMOLED displays drain your battery.

Battery Life

Choose a watch that works for a long hour with a single charge because you don’t want your smartwatch to go dead while you’re hiking or bicycling. Also, try to pick the smartwatch that has a fast-charging feature. This way you won’t have to wait a long time to get your watch charged.

Design and Personalization

Pick the watch that is well-designed and has a choice of straps. This allows you to change the straps during different occasions.

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Takeaway

Besides the above-mentioned tips, you may want to consider other features offered in smartwatches. These are water resistance, remote functionality, call answering, Yoga, Fall detection etc. Above all, choose the smartwatch that gives you bigger deals for a smaller price.

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Cathy Russey () is Online Editor at WT | Wearable Technologies and specialized in writing about the latest medical wearables and enabling technologies on the market. Cathy can be contacted at info(at)wearable-technologies.com.