Everyone is either talking about it or already owns a Smartwatch. So what is so great about a Smartwatch? Well, for starters it does more than just tell the time in style.
A Smartwatch functions exactly like a Smartphone but it sits on your wrist. Both gadgets are seamlessly connected via Bluetooth, keeps you constantly connected but hands free! The Smartwatch prompts you of notifications in real-time with a small vibration and responds to voice commands. In general, it allows you to be connected to social media, view and reply snippets of messages, make and answer calls directly on top of just telling time.
Not every Smartwatch is compatible with every Smartphone; yes they are selfish. Android Smartphone companies like Samsung, ASUS and LG produce Smartwatches that are only Android compatible. Similarly, the soon-to-be launched Apple Watch is only compatible to iOS. However, not all Smartwatches are as petty, certain brands like Pebble are compatible with both Android and iOS.
Display and Battery Life
Most Smartwatches come with vivid full colour display, however this also means that its battery life is rather short. Most Smartwatches have an average battery life of 9 hours, dependent on usage and model. However, Pebble has found a way to tackle this with the use of e-ink technology. This technology allows the screen to remain always on without draining battery, allowing Pebble’s Smartwatch to last up to seven days with a full charge. Always a tough fight between form versus function!
Smartwatch Mobile Applications
Every Smartwatch comes with their own App store. Smartwatches whether Android specific or Pebble each have over a thousand apps that are now available for download. These Apps include heart rate monitors, locations sharing and games.
Most Smartwatches have also packaged themselves as a gadget perfect for the fitness fanatics. Smartwatches like Samsung’s Gear 2, Motorola’s Moto 360 and the Apple Watch are just some that have an in-built pedometer or heart rate monitor. The Apple Watch pushes this further by having a great feature that motivates the wearer to hit a certain fitness target they have previously set. Most are water-resistant and come with replaceable silicon straps to facilitate an active lifestyle.
Smartwatches from Samsung or Arrow now have an inbuilt camera. Allowing you to take pictures on the go without having to physically whisk out your Smartphone.
Sadly, they do not come cheap with prices starting from $199 for the original Pebble, while the most expensive Smartwatch to date from Apple will cost you a ridiculous US$10,000 (a Rolex is actually cheaper).
By Geralyne Kaye / November 24, 2015 5:12PM GMT+8
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