I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people saying smartwatches are a waste of money. Unfortunately, those who say this simply don’t understand just what a smartwatch is capable of doing.
There are two types of people who will be reading this post. Those who think they are a waste of money and those who want to know more about the advantages and disadvantages of smartwatches before making up their mind about buying one.
So go ahead and check out our guide below. I am pretty sure you will have a solid understanding of whether a smartwatch is right for your lifestyle by the end of the article.
So, what can a smartwatch do over say a smartphone that makes it a worthwhile investment? Let’s take a look at some of the key smartwatch uses that might persuade you to take the jump.
1. They don’t just tell the time
Many people prefer wearing a watch. The purpose is either functional (simply telling the time) or it’s because it’s fashionable. A good watch looks great on someone’s wrist.
But watches are becoming less and less popular due to the advent of the smartphone. Who needs to buy a watch when their phone tells the time, has a calendar, and has an alarm? It’s a valid point and one that explains decreasing watch sales in the last few years.
But, smart watches buck this trend as they offer something a little different. They offer all these basic watch features but they also do things that smartphones cannot. We’ll explain exactly what these things are over the course of this article.
2. A travel buddy right on your wrist
The Apple watch, for example, is able to deliver different vibrations to your wrist to tell you if you should turn right or left when following directions. Instead of constantly looking at a smartphone, for example, you are able to follow an invisible guide that informs you where to go. Look up and take in the scenery instead of staring at a map.
3. Finding a phone, key or device is even easier
As you well know, losing a phone or keys is an extremely frustrating experience. It always seems to happen before some important occasion that we just can’t be late for!
Thankfully a smartwatch can render this inconvenience a thing of the past.
Most of them have a “Find Phone” feature. You can connect your phone or any device with it and you will be able to ring it through your watch whenever you wish.
Lost your phone? Just press a few buttons on your watch to locate it in seconds.
4. They work as a good fitness tracker
Many smartwatches have fitness tracking as a core feature. It will help you keep up with your fitness goals. So if you are ever thinking of taking a fitness tracker or a pedometer, you can replace it with a good smart watch.
What exactly can a smart watch do? It can count steps, distance, calories, heart rate, pulse rate, sleep and some even go beyond this to calculate other important metrics you might need. We recently reviewed the LQM EX1 Fitness Tracker and I am sure a good smartwatch can offer you the same.
Garmin watches are especially good fitness based devices but most offer fitness tracking features these days as the technology is much cheaper to manufacture than it once was.
There are even models now that are completely waterproof and perfect for swimmers. Check out our guide to the ultimate waterproof smartwatches.
5. Reply to messages & receive calls instantly
If you have a smart watch on your wrist, you no longer need to bring your phone out of your pocket. You can receive calls or reply to messages on the go. This is especially useful if you are exercising or in a scenario where carrying a phone is just too awkward.
Some watches also have voice support. Like something out of Star Trek, you can talk to your wrist and communicate with someone thousands of miles away!
Just remember that all this is done on a much smaller scale than a smartphone so interface wise it can get a bit fiddly. A smartwatch will never replace a phone for these tasks (not in the near future anyway) but it’s certainly very capable when used for small amounts of time when carrying a phone is just plain awkward.