So, you have decided to buy a new smartwatch? That’s great! Well, don’t be in a hurry, even if you have selected a model to buy as there are plentiful factors you should consider when it comes to buying. For instance, is the chosen smartwatch compatible with your smartphone? If you’re going to buy one which is not compatible with your phone, you won’t be able to enjoy state-of-the-art and groundbreaking features that actually make a smartwatch awesome.
The selected smartwatch should have the capability to boost your style and fit for all of your needs, obviously. Another thing to remember is that most of the smartwatches resemble smartphones. Therefore, there are a plethora of elements/factors you should take a look at when buying a smartwatch online. Some of them are as follow:
Compatibility and OS
As mentioned above, most of the smartwatches are designed to perform as a perfect companion of your smartphone – therefore, compatibility makes sense a lot. The Samsung Gear S3, for example, works with numerous Android smartphones as well as iPhones. The Fitbit Versa, on the other hand, also works perfectly with many handsets having Android OS.
When it comes to OS, watches from Huawei, LG, and others run on Google’s Wear OS that works with Android OS (4.3 or higher). Quite a few Wear OS watches do work with iPhones as well, but numerous features aren’t accessible or in use when connecting with devices.
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Unsurprisingly, Apple Watches are compatible with iPhones only. That obviously means, Apple Watches are designed exclusively for iPhone users. Other users, however, can also use but won’t be able to connect it with their Android devices. To cut it short, you should buy any smartwatch until unless you know very well that it’s capable of working with your smartphone.
Some smartwatches are sporting an AMOLED display, whereas others are available with colorful LCD screens. Either companies will use another technology in terms of displays or not, we will see in upcoming smartwatches 2020. An AMOLED and LCD panels aren’t that bad as one can view different photos and contents in punchy and vivid enough colors.
The colorful display uses more power, so some watches turn their displays off while not in use. As compared to OLEDs, LCD screens are slightly thicker, and that’s the reason Apple decided to go with an OLED display for its Apple watches. Samsung, however, also has an OLED display smartwatch (released back in 2013).
Personalization and Design
The most appealing smartwatch enables users to choose a strap he/she likes the most. Isn’t it important? Of course, yes, especially if you are looking for a watch to personalize it according to your taste. Samsung and other giants offer smartwatches with many customization options before buying, such as one can choose a material, band color, and face color.
Let’s not forget that a comfort zone counts a lot. You should get your hands on such a watch that doesn’t need a lot of force to close or open the watch. Thankfully, the latest and coolest smartwatches are equipped with standard buckles. Besides, smartwatches are housing now round faces more and more day by day, making them look timepieces of old.
They are also getting smaller and slimmer.
Alerts and Notifications
Almost nowadays’ smartwatches let users know about emails, incoming calls, text messages, and much more with a quick buzz on their wrists. It doesn’t only enable you to perform an action with immediate effects but also lets you check whether or not to react. With the help of smartwatches’ alerts and notifications, you can stay updated about social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
Make sure you get such a watch that helps you check all of your missed and most recent notifications when they come. Putting an example here, Apple’s smartwatch enables users to swipe down the screen from the top (like a smartphone) to see the latest notifications, whereas Wear OS users can swipe up from the bottom to see the alerts or notifications.
As we have already mentioned above, many watches enable users to customize them before and after buying. The Samsung Gear S3 is an example that uses the “Gear Manager” application on a smartphone – enables you to decide which notification you want on your wrist.
You can change the alert or notifications setting in Apple Watch, too, with the help of the Apple Watch App. You can have an option either to receive all of your alerts on your Apple Watch or your iPhone.
Last but absolutely not the least; battery life is another one of the most important factors one should consider before getting their hands on one. Normally, smartwatches las for half a day, whereas some can last up to 100 days with a single charge, mind-boggling? Well, juice for many numbers of days depends on the supported features and how often you use. Taking a look at the battery’s rating is a bold move if you need a watch to take you throughout the day with ease even before going to bed.