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Options to consider when buying a smartwatch


Smartwatches have become a necessary part of our everyday life. They are getting more and more critical to our connections between all aspects of our life, but more importantly, they are tracking and providing vital health information to individuals and first responders in emergency situations. In other words -- it's a computer on your wrist, and more! Therefore, before you buy a smartwatch, think about what you want it to do for you, and decide which one on the market will better meet your needs. Consider these questions when buying a smartwatch:



Do you want your smartwatch and cell phone to send/receive calls, texts, and emails?

  • If so.... you will want to purchase a smartwatch that is compatible with your cell phone.

  • Think about how you can use a smartwatch as a speakerphone to take a phone call.

  • If you want to control the music on your phone without having to touch it, the right smartwatch with Bluetooth headphone support would be perfect to help you enjoy music the way you like.




The Apple Watch is designed to work with an iPhone.

The Apple Watch works with an iPhone. While you can use the watch without an iPhone, it's not a great experience, and some features on the watch are limited in comparison to those on the phone. If you want to take advantage of the full capabilities of your smartwatch, then having an iPhone is necessary.


Just ownload the Watch app on your iPhone through iTunes or directly from the App Store. Create an iCloud account if you don't already have one, and set up Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac so that the watch works with your other Apple devices, as well as any other iCloud-enabled product.



Third-party fitness apps aren't always supported.

Third-party fitness apps aren't always supported. Some users have reported that their smartwatch doesn't support third-party fitness apps, or the app may only be available in some countries. In other cases, the app may not work with your smartwatch or phone model.



The watch may not be able to sync with everything on your phone.

When you buy a smartwatch, you should also be aware that some apps are not compatible with it. If you want to use your watch for listening to music or playing games, make sure that the app that has those features is installed on the watch. Also, some apps may need to be installed on both your phone and your smartwatch for them to work together properly.


If you have limited storage space on your smartwatch and are worried about running out of room, consider downloading only those applications that are necessary for daily use and deleting other apps from time to time as needed. You could also look into getting some dedicated storage space if it becomes an issue—this way, even if there isn't enough room on one device alone anymore (e.g., when using both an Android phone AND Apple watch), then maybe there will still be enough total space between them all together!


One last thing worth mentioning before moving on to section 4: Some newer models don't come equipped with headphone jacks anymore (instead relying solely upon Bluetooth connections). While this may mean fewer cables scattered around but does pose problems if/when any cords go bad; luckily most companies nowadays offer different kinds of adapters so don’t fret too much over this! Now let's move onto Section 3 where we'll talk about how best practices apply when shopping around online versus offline!



You may need a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to access all of its features.

You may need a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to access all of its features.

  • GPS. If you plan to use the watch for running or biking, it needs to be connected to your phone via GPS. This can be done over Wi-Fi, but if you have an iPhone, that’s going to cost you. Cellular is the only way Apple offers its GPS service on its devices. The cost can be between $10 - $15 per month, depending on data.

  • Siri voice commands require a cellular connection when using an iPhone; however, they can also be used with the Apple Watch Series 3 and newer, by connecting the watch through Bluetooth instead of tethering your smartphone's Wi-Fi signal (which causes some battery drain).

  • Apple Pay doesn't require an Internet connection unless you are maybe shopping online on a site that doesn't accept Apple Pay. Both parties have compatible hardware installed within their phones/computers/etc.


Battery life is generally good but depends on what you use the watch for and how often.


You can expect to get a day or two of use from a smartwatch, depending on how much you use it. If you’re using the watch for fitness tracking or to control your music, for example, that’s going to eat into your battery life. The same goes for notifications and other features that continually send information from your phone over Bluetooth.


To save battery life, turn off notifications any unnecessary apps on your phone to help keep rogue apps from draining power and the overall battery life.


If long-lasting battery life is your thing, you may want to consider investing in a smartwatch with built-in GPS functionality. This is great if you're using the watch while exercising outdoors to track distance travelled, etc. Otherwise, look into models with larger batteries that have been specifically designed with extended usage in mind!


Some watches must be charged every day.

Some watches can last up to a week without needing to be charged, while others need daily charging. Some of the more advanced and expensive models might even need weekly recharging capability.


When shopping for a smartwatch, consider what features are most important to you and whether or not they require regular charging.





A higher-end watch might have longer battery life.


The more features a smartwatch has, the more battery it will use. If you're looking for a good balance between price and battery life, consider your needs carefully. Do you plan on using GPS or Bluetooth? If so, these features eat into your battery life as well.


Take note of other features that could affect how long your watch lasts: if you leave notifications enabled or set alarms, that will also drain power—as will having music streaming locally to the device rather than through another audio device like headphones or speakers.



Storage space is limited but enough for a few apps and songs.

The storage space is limited but enough for a few apps and songs. You can add a microSD card to expand the memory up to 2TB, which is more than you’ll ever need. If you prefer not to use an SD card, then you can sync your music on the watch via Bluetooth or connect it to your computer through Wi-Fi.



Not all smartwatches are waterproof.

Not all smartwatches are waterproof. You should always check the manufacturer's website to see if your watch is waterproof, and how deep it can go (usually it's around 50 meters or 165 feet). If you want to swim with your smartwatch on, or if you exercise in the rain and sweat a lot, then make sure that it's waterproof.



Watch faces will have similar features no matter which device you choose.

Watch faces are the main interface for your smartwatch. They display information such as time, date, and other notifications from your apps. You can customize them with different colours and designs to make them more personal to you. Some watch faces have more features than others, while some are more customizable than others.





Water resistance can be important if you're exercising in the rain or swimming. Section: Materials affect cost, weight and durability.

Water resistance is an important factor to consider if you plan on exercising in the rain or swimming. Some watches are water-resistant up to 50 meters, which means they can withstand everyday activities like washing your hands or running through a sprinkler. If you're looking for a watch that will allow you to swim with it, then it's best to choose one with a higher level of water resistance—most importantly 100 meters, but some go up to 200 meters.


Materials also affect cost and weight (the more material used in construction the heavier it is), but materials also affect durability; lighter watches tend not be as durable as heavier ones. Most smartwatches have glass faces (as opposed to plastic) because they make them look more stylish while offering better screen visibility outdoors in sunlight



Watch bands should feel comfortable when you're resting and moving around.

When you're resting, the watch band should be comfortable and not make your wrist feel tight or itchy. When you're moving around, this shouldn't be an issue either; if you were to wear one while running or doing other active activities, it should still feel good on your wrist without making your forearm sore. You also want to ensure that the material of the watch band won't get in the way of any potential physical activity – some materials are more flexible than others, so look for one that is made out of rubber or silicone (or both).


It's important to consider the type of processor a smartwatch has when shopping around because it can affect performance, battery life and speed when running apps or tracking activity. Some watches have a slower processor but have low-power modes that allow for longer use between charges—others have faster chips but drain their batteries more quickly due to increased demands placed on them by software features like heart rate monitors and GPS trackers.






Smartwatches offer many features but make sure to choose one that fits your lifestyle best

When choosing a smartwatch, it's important to consider which features are most important to you. Do you want a watch that will help you stay connected with friends and family? Do you just need a way to keep track of your fitness? Or do you want something more in-depth, like being able to make payments using your device? The perfect watch for one person might not be the best choice for another person.

In addition to weighing the different features of different watches, it's also important for users to consider how their smartwatch will fit into their lifestyle. Will it be easy enough for them to use on the go? Do they have difficulty seeing small text or icons on certain displays? And finally: what are some other types of smartwatches that are available out there right now (and could potentially work better than what they currently have)?



All smartwatches are designed to work in tandem with your phone, but it's important to consider how much you want to use your watch as a standalone device. If you're looking for something that can take over from your phone in certain situations, choose one that has its own cellular connection or Wi-Fi connectivity. This way, even if you're away from home or out on the trail without service coverage, you'll still be able to receive calls texts, and emails