From the inception of the Apple smartwatch in 2014, there has been a steady and consistent rise in the brands and models of smartwatches in the marketplace. Every tech company has started producing its smartwatch variant.
It’s very important to get one, especially an outdoor smartwatch, for different reasons- asides telling the time, it also helps to track fitness levels and get notifications without having to rush to your phone all the time. Unfortunately, lots of people aren’t taking advantage of this massive innovation.
However, you are among the few fortunate and lucky ones that have decided to take the bold step. But since there are so many brands and models around, it can be difficult to choose the right product that suits your taste and desires.
Not to worry! Here are a few things to consider when buying your next smartwatch.
Let’s delve in.
Things to consider when buying your next smartswatch
1. Phone compatibility
This should be the FIRST feature to look out for when buying a smartwatch. Imagine buying something your phone can’t recognize. You won’t get value for your money. Before you make plans to buy a smartwatch, you have to test whether it’s compatible with your Android or IOS device.
Understand that each tech company tries to draw customers into their ecosystem.
For instance, Apple smartwatches are only compatible with iPhones. Samsung smartwatches claim to be more flexible, but in reality, they work fully when paired with a Samsung phone. Google, on the other hand, doesn’t produce smartwatches but creates the software other smartwatch manufacturing companies use (Wear OS)
2. Type of interface
Your choice of smartwatch depends on how comfortable you want it to be. So, what kind of interface do you prefer- a touch screen interface, button interface, or a combination of both?
Almost everyone will go for a touch screen interface because that’s where the beauty and sleekness of the wristwatch lies. But if you’re not sure, you can test both touch screen and touch screen-and-button smartwatches to see which you’d like.
Lots of people buy smartwatches to reduce social media and smartphone addiction. Whenever you’re busy with something, your smartwatch alerts you on a call, social media update, or reminder.
This was how the first Apple smartwatch sold massively. It allowed users to receive information without reaching out for their phones.
Some smartwatches will notify you when there is a social media update, or incoming call or text, but won’t notify you when there is a WhatsApp message, and vice versa. Ensure you get a smartwatch that can notify you properly.
4. Smartwatch Display
The screen is another important factor you need to consider. Each screen type has its pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses.
You have to choose between an LCD and AMOLED display screen.
The AMOLED display screen offers a better and more advanced viewing angle and excellent screen color visibility. However, it’s not as bright as LCD and consumes more power. In summary, AMOLED has what LCD lacks, and LCD has what AMOLED lacks.
So, make your choice!