Smartwatch - how to choose the right one?


Smartwatches and bracelets are still quite a new category in consumer electronics.

 Not everyone is convinced that the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear really helps in everyday life.

Very soon everyone will have not only phone in their pocket, but also a smartwatch on their wrist, and information about health indicators will not only help to maintain the shape but also help doctors.

Main features of smartwatches

Operating system and ability to install applications

In many ways, the choice of smartwatches depends on which smartphone is in your pocket. If it's an iPhone, then there's not much choice – you just need to decide what size your Apple Watch will be. If this is an Android device, then the choice becomes much wider.

Most of the modern smartwatches that can be found in stores work with an Android Wear operating system. This is a relatively young Google operating system. Like Android, it is open and provides the user with many options to customize their performance and the appearance of the interface and dial.

The Apple Watch naturally works with its own watchOS system. They are not officially compatible with Android devices. There are no specific benefits of watchOS over other systems yet – but iPhone owners simply have almost no choice, resulting in the Apple Watch being almost the only option for them.

In addition, the market has devices with its own OS such as Tizen (for Samsung gadgets) or Pebble OS (for Pebble watches). In most cases, they can work with both iOS and Android, but functionality is often much more limited.

Hull shape

Different models from different manufacturers can have either a round or square shape, or a more extravagant shape of the housing. Here you will have to choose based only on aesthetic preferences, which you can satisfy in.

Body and strap material

Most smartwatches have removable straps (that is, you can buy both plastic and metal, rubber, leather, or silicone straps for them), and their casings are most often made of plastic. However, some models can boast a metal housing. This also applies only to your aesthetic preferences.

Moisture protection

Again, almost all modern smartwatches are protected from moisture – so as not to be spoiled by its owner's sweat or water. But the degree of this protection can be different – it is best to learn about it from the characteristics that the manufacturer gives.

Housing thickness

This parameter affects only the usability of the smartwatch. It should be noted that almost all modern smartwatches are still quite large. However, we have no doubt that in a few years smartwatches will become much thinner and at the same time stronger.

Ability to make phone calls

Some newer watch models allow voice calls (in this case, a smartphone is usually used to transfer data). It is not entirely clear why this is necessary if there is always a phone in your pocket, and if it is diluted, then the watch will not be able to ring.

Pulse meter

Most smartwatches are equipped with it. Allows you to read the heart rate data. In general, if you are worried about your heart and general condition of the body, as well as to exercise in the gym or on the street, this is a quite useful thing.

Glass material

Smartwatch glass, like smartphones, is often protected by special extra layers, but its base can be different. Plastic glass is difficult to break but easy to scratch. A more expensive option is the sapphire crystal. It's hard to scratch it, but it's easier to just break it. The basic advice is simple – try not to expose your smartwatch to unnecessary mechanical load.

GPS, NFC, and other wireless technologies

Bluetooth for communication with other mobile and not quite devices are supported by most smartwatches. But GPS navigation and NFC for payments are not yet found in all – you should not pay attention to their presence, because, again, these features will be taken over by the smartphone.


The main drawback of smartwatches compared to traditional mechanical clocks is the time to work. The Apple Watch has to be charged every night – the manufacturer just doesn't expect it to last longer. However, some models such as the Motorola Moto X can last two days. For now, however, don't expect miracles from smartwatches – if you buy one, be ready for constant recharging. In general, the smartwatch is a mini version of a smartphone. Such a clock shows the time, messages, play music, measure the pulse.

Photos by Daniel Haaf and Lloyd Dirks on Unsplash

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