SmartWatches have been around for a few years now (Moto, Pebble, LG, Samsung, Asus, Apple to name a few) and it’s getting more popular as we speak. It seems everyone who is a multitasker when it comes to the internet wants to accessorize with a smartwatch. I know, I’m one of them. So, when it comes to a smartwatch, what kind is good for you?
Now, if you have an iPhone the obvious choice would be an Apple Watch for all your smartwatch needs. Yes, it is a category on its own (as well as the high price tag) but it’s compatible with Apple products and even has its own set of neat apps for things like texting, emailing, notifications, health and fitness, sports, stocks, weather, social media etc. You can customize the look with different faces and also get different bands and straps from Apple or third party sellers on amazon. I personally don’t have experience with the Apple Watch itself but my husband does and he loves it for what he needs it to do. He has the basic sport one, the less expensive one. This one is only water resistant so don’t go swimming with it.
Iwent the cheaper (within the budget) but nonetheless just as good road with the ASus Zenwatch 2 instead of an Apple Watch. Yes, this is an Android Wear SmartWatch and it would honestly have more options if I had a matching Andriod phone but I am stuck in a relationship with my iPhone, I love it and it’s all I’ve loved in terms of smartphones over the past few years. Good news, unlike the Apple Watch which is only compatible with Apple products, the Zenwatch 2 is also compatible with my iPhone through the Android Wear app. Also, it’s water proof. I can drop it in the toilet and it would survive!
I really like my watch. It does what I need it to do. It tells me the time and date, fitness steps, reminders and it works well with most of my Google services like GMail (which I can briefly reply to emails directly from my watch). I can control my iphones music and whatever comes up in the notification feed on my phone, comes up on my watch. If I’m away from my phone at least I can see if an important email or text or whatever came in without running to another room for my phone every time.
I’ve been using it pretty much on a constant basis since I got it and I have to say other than not being able to use the actual watch to take calls and answer texts (text notifications pop up and you can answer calls on the watch but still need your phone handy to either pick up and talk or hit speaker unless you have a headset. I also hope they update it so it has standalone apps whether your android or iPhone.
So far I think both Apple Watch and Android Wear each have their pros and cons like everything else, the choice is down to the user and what they need.
Do you have a smartwatch?