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5 reasons to buy a smartwatch

These days, computers are becoming small and wearable. Smartwatch, the pinnacle of wearable devices, is slowly gaining its foothold in the mainstream fashion.

Although smartwatches have dedicated fans, many people still look at them with scepticism. Even tech-savvy people who own the latest and the best smartphones often say that they would prefer to stick to a regular wristwatch. For those who are sceptical or indecisive about the technology, below are 5 reasons to buy a smartwatch.


1: You will never miss notification again

The primary function of a smartwatch (apart from showing time) is to synchronise with your smartphone and show any incoming notifications on your wrist. This is very useful functionality. Ever missed an important call because you were in a middle of a busy shopping mall and couldn't hear it? Well, if your watch vibrates and lights up when you receive a call, there is no possibility of missing it in any environment.

Notifications are present on pretty much any model of a smartwatch, although exact types of notifications vary. Some have social network updates while others don't. Some will show incoming SMS text, while others won't. Some even allow you to directly answer your calls from your wrist and talk directly into your watch! Therefore it is up to you to decide whether a particular model matches your exact requirements.


2: You'll have better selfies

Many smartwatch models include the ability to trigger camera shutter on a device that the watch is synchronised with. This allows you to place your phone or tablet in any position you want and take a photo or video of yourself that would look as if it has been taken by somebody else. So you will get a selfie that doesn't look like selfie.

Another potential use of this functionality is to film something remotely by having no physical or visual contact with what you are filming. This will be possible as long as the paired device stays within the operational range from your smartwatch.


3: It's not much more expensive than a regular mid-range wristwatch

On average, a smartwatch would cost you under 100 GBP (160 USD). This is not very different from what a regular mid-range wristwatch would cost you (except, for some elite models, of course). So why not splash out for something with a lot of extra features?

Often, smartwatches are just as robust as regular wristwatches and many are water- and shock-resistant. The only aspect where wristwatch would win is battery life, although some smartwatches, such as Cookoo, have battery life that is comparable to "dumb" watches.


4: Easy to track you health

This feature is not universal on all of the models, but is becoming more popular. Many smartwatches come with added hardware components such as pedometer and heart-rate monitor, so your health can be monitored and your fitness goals can be tracked. This is a lot better that using a phone with these features: the device stays with you no matter what clothes you are wearing.


5: You'll create demand for more innovation

This is perhaps the most important point to buy a smartwatch. Although many people would say that modern-day smartwatches are not a big deal, this will change profoundly if more people would start to buy them. Most of the people take it for granted that today's smartphones have as much processing power, RAM and storage as desktop PC's 10 years ago. Just imagine how powerful smartwatches would become 10 years from now!

Even though the wearable devices are small and have their limits due to their screen size, there is a possibility that this will not remain a large constraint. Perhaps, smartphone of the future will have an ability to launch a non-transparent hologram 10 inches in diagonal which can be interacted with like a modern tablet can be. Inconceivable? Yes, but a smartphone with almost no hardware buttons that can be interacted with by touch was also inconceivable 10 years ago. So this little smartwatch might just replace your entire tech arsenal one day!

If the trend will continue and the smartwatches will become as powerful as modern day desktop PC's, then tomorrow supercomputer will be the size of modern desktop PC. By being an early adopter of wearable tech, you would be helping to make it happen. Early adopters play key role in tech innovation and the rate of progress that we see today would not be possible without them.



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Posted on 26 Aug 2015



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