Compared to smartphones, smartwatches bring benefits that are more implicit. A smartwatch doesn’t guarantee that you will exercise more or that you can play with your phone less, so why should we buy a smartwatch? Because it can provide an option to make life better, and that option may be enough to change our lives.
Over the past year, the discussion of smartwatches has gradually changed from “should I buy one” to “which one should I buy”, still hesitating to try to buy a smartwatch? Here are 5 reasons why I think it’s a good idea to buy a smartwatch.

1, Not too dependent on your phone


Whether it’s Apple Watch, Android Wear or Pebble, they all offer better notification viewing capabilities. When you get a notification on your phone, you can check the notification on your smartwatch by lifting your wrist, and we can decide whether to stop the work at hand to open the smartphone to deal with the notification according to its importance and urgency.
This is the most important reason why I bought a smartwatch. With a smartwatch, I don’t need to go to my pocket again and again to pull out my phone and spend a lot of time checking and dealing with inconsequential notifications. I only need to pull out my phone to respond to really important messages when I get them.
Smartwatches like Apple Watch and Android Wear can also reply to messages like WeChat directly on the watch, but until Apple and Google figure out a better way to type, there’s not much use for these kinds of features.
In addition to viewing notifications, smartwatches like Apple Watch and Android Wear can also display useful information on the dial, such as weather, alarms, schedules and reminders.

2, Enhance movement


In addition to viewing notifications, another important function of smartwatches is to record sports data. Although many smartphones already have a sports recording function, sports data recording tends to be more accurate because smartwatches can be worn on the hands all the time.
In addition, many recently launched smartwatches have added heart rate sensors, and some smartwatches have also added GPS positioning functions, which are already comparable to many professional household appearances. smartwatches such as Apple Watch can remind users to stand up and move around after sitting continuously for too long.
At the same time, many smart watches can customize fitness plans based on the information provided by the user, and with the data collected by multiple sensors on the watch, smart watches can play a role in guiding sports and fitness.

3, Extend cell phone battery life


Smart watches can transfer many functions from cell phones to watches, such as watching the time, keeping track of steps and checking notifications, which can reduce the time we use smartphones and theoretically reduce the power consumption of smartphones. Of course, the cost is the need to charge the smartwatch frequently.
After using Apple Watch, it is obvious that the battery of iPhone is more “durable”, because it does not need to use iPhone as often as the original. The battery life of a smartwatch is still better than many smartphones that run out of power after less than a day of heavy use. Charging your smartwatch every night is a hassle, but the good thing is that this will prevent your smartwatch from running out of power before your work is done the next day.

4, smart watches can also be high value accessories


At the beginning, watches were designed to meet the function of watching the time, but as more and more devices around us can watch the time, the functional properties of watches are weakening and the decorative properties are getting stronger. Now, smartwatches are also developing in this direction.
With more and more smartwatches with round screens, smartwatches have become very close to traditional watches in appearance, and we can now buy round smartwatches such as Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and Pebble Time Round at relatively low prices. It may not be long before we can pick a smart watch like a traditional watch.

5, more useful than smart bracelet


In addition to smart watches, another popular class of wearable devices is smart bracelets. Compared with bracelets, the biggest advantage of smart watches is the much larger screen.
The larger screen allows the smartwatch to carry more functions, and notifications on smartbands often turn out to be just a little vibration on the wrist or scrolling from side to side on a small screen compared to the sophisticated notification viewing in smartwatches. When exercising, the larger screen of the smartwatch can also be more intuitive to view sports data.
Compared with smart bracelets, smart watches can bring users a more obvious experience improvement, not to wear it for a few weeks and then throw it in a drawer or hang on the second-hand trading forum.

Conclusion


A smartwatch should look great, help you easily check notifications, and record exercise data. A year ago, there were few smartwatches that could do all of these things at once, but fortunately, there are now many smartwatches that meet these requirements, and you don’t have to pay too much for one. If you haven’t tried a smartwatch yet, now might be the time to do so.

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