These days, just about everyone has a smartphone. Relatedly, just about everyone is constantly pulling their phones out of their pockets, purses or holsters. Sure, it's inconvenient to keep stowing phones and pulling them out to check for new messages. And it's incredibly inconvenient to miss a call because you couldn't hear your phone in your pocket or at the bottom of your purse. But what if you could check your phone or get alerts for incoming calls and messages while your phone is still securely put away? Now you can, thanks to the wide variety of smartwatches.
Unlike the older watch phones that were initially available, smartwatches are designed to work with your phone, not replace it. A smartwatch connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to view alerts and updates right on your wrist. Some models even push the messages right to the watch face, allowing you to read some or all of an email or text without ever touching your phone.
They're ideal for discretely checking your messages, and you're guaranteed to never miss a call when the alerts are pushed right to your wrist. Some of the more stylish ones even look like standard analog or digital watches for an ultimate pairing of form and function. Before you choose the smartwatch that's best for you, here are a few things to consider.
Not all smartwatches work with all phone operating systems. Some are for Android only, while others support Android, iPhones and Windows phones. You should also check the smartwatch's charging method to make sure it works for you.
Not all smartwatches are designed with equal attention to aesthetics. Some look a little more techy, while others are designed with fashion in mind. If you're interested in reading partial text messages or emails on the watch itself, make sure the face or screen is big enough. And check the battery life because some last longer than others.
Functionality is perhaps where smartwatches vary the most. Some only alert you when your phone receives a message, email, phone call or alert. Others include social media notifications for sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Clock and calendar functions are present on most, but not all models. A few even have advanced voice control features. Others have specifically compatible apps for certain operating systems that you can download on your phone.
Ease of Use
Above all, the smartwatch you choose should be easy to use. Its design and functionality should be intuitive for you, or easy for you to learn by reading the included manual. After all, these devices are made to simplify your life – not make it more difficult.
If you consider all of the factors above, you will surely find a smartwatch that is a perfect fit for you. Then, you can stop missing important calls or messages while simultaneously checking your phone less frequently. To find out which features you need or don't need, read our article of the 10 best smartwatches.
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