For Skeptics Out There: Finding Out if It's High Time to Get a Smartwatch
Some traditionalists in the tech community (ironic, huh?) are denying th'idea that smartwatches are the future. They are a mere fad that may account for tons of bucks spent on unsold catalog, according to these people. Smartwatches may have the ability to sync themselves with the Internet time, give notifications or track workout progress, but naysayers contest that these features aren't "smart" enough. One more thing, these people believe that smartwatches are sort of treading the wrong direction, since almost everyone veer towards bigger screens and all. They can only rest their case if these devices can use hologram technology as soon as possible.
Defenders of smartwatches, on the other hand, believe they're not going to be just a mania. While these wearables won't allow for hologram imaging, they contend that people should not overlook some other potentials these may have, especially now that these sought features are still in the development process. They say that dissing smartwatches is akin to making a case against wearables and overlooking the capacity of the people in the industry to engineer something that will fill some gaps in our lifestyles.
So, which side are you on? In our previous articles, we consistently recommend smartwatches to be part of your tech arsenal; heck, we even did a review. We guess you already realize what our stand is. But for the sake of those caught in the grey area or those tech people who have some reservations, we would like to offer some help on finding out if it's high time to wrap this wearable around your wrist.
If you're strictly emulating Don Draper or Barney Stinson when it comes to their style aptitude, chances are you will veer away from smartwatches. Admittedly, the current design of smartwatches is quite boxy, flat, and geeky. It's almost like you've taken a square out of a smartphone, framed it, and attached some wrist bands. They're not close to looking like a classic Rolex timepiece or whatnot.
We understand that watches are a fashion accessory with a sole utilitarian function, which is to tell time. However, you can still find smartwatches that don't look like anything that's obviously tech-inclined. Take Pebble, for instance. The brand offers a watch that has steel wrist bands. There's also Galaxy Gear from Samsung that looks good with a suit.
On Lifestyle and Device Compatibility
When it comes to lifestyle, the main concerns include battery life and the environment. Let's focus on the battery first. Some first-generation smartwatches still have some power glitches. If you're the type of user who easily feels anxious when his watch is taken off his wrist, you may veer away from this wearable. Poor battery life means taking off the watch every now and then for charging. We admit that traditional watches outperform smartwatches in this aspect, as they can run for an average of two to three years. But, if you want to be always notified about emails or social media updates or you are a fanatic when it comes to workout monitoring, we guess it will be fine for you to charge the device every three days.
You should also put heavy consideration on the smartphone you're using. Generally, smartwatches are an accompaniment device, meaning you should use them with a smartphone to maximize their use. One problem is the smartwatch that's compatible with any operating system is yet to be designed. You may dismiss the idea of wearing a smartwatch with device compatibility in case you're a BlackBerry or Microsoft phone user.
We are yet to find out if smartphones are going to be a mere fad or something that will act as a springboard for upcoming mobile devices. Smartwatches still have some lapses, but some of them remain forgivable. Once developers have ironed out these crinkles, we are certain that skeptics will be converted into users.