This time of year, we start anticipating the new arrivals of the latest and greatest in wearable technology. The new, highly anticipated Fitbit Ionic is now available, as is the new Apple watch. The tech industry is speculating about a new Apple watch. And, not to be left out, Samsung announced a new addition to its line of smartwatches.
Even with the constant updates and anticipation of new products, there are still plenty of excellent smartwatches available now, and many of the upcoming releases are available for preorder.
This guide will take a look at the hottest and smartest in smartwatches.
What is a Smart Watch?
A smart watch is wearable technology that connects to your smartphone. It usually has a touchscreen, has different apps that it supports, and tracks your steps and sometimes your heart rate.
How to Shop for a Smart Watch
There are several different key features that you can look for in order to find the smart watch that will best suit your needs.
- Fitness tracking: If activity or fitness tracking is important to you, you might consider an activity tracker, or a smart watch that places a high value on fitness (such as Fitbit). Otherwise, check out what the watch tracks and how accurate it is before you buy.
- Compatibility: Make sure the watch you’re interested in works with your smartphone. For example, Apple watches only work with iPhones.
- Apps:Check out the available apps for the watch and also do some investigating about the customer ratings. A lot of the appeal of a smart watch comes down to what apps it can support and what it can do with them, so make sure the one you get matches your expectations.
- Notifications and communications: All smart watches will notify you, but some will let you respond to texts or answer calls. There are plenty of options when it comes to capabilities, so determine what’s important to you to help you narrow the selection.
- Battery life: The battery life of a smartwatch can be anywhere from a few days to several months. A lot of it depends on the features – GPS and heart rate monitoring will use up the battery faster. Do some checking into both the advertised battery life and what real customers are saying about how long it lasts.
- Design: For many consumers, the design and style of the smartwatch is the key factor in their selection. There’s no shortage of options, either. Many smartwatches look just like a regular watch. Some are sporty; some are sleek. Take into account the design and interface of the display when you decide – not just the overall look of it. Good looks won’t make up for a wonky interface or buttons you can’t push very well.