How to choose a smart watch: features, tips, nuances
As if by magic wand, smart watch integrated into the daily life of the fantastic books and films about James bond. By the way, the smart watch is the achievement not of the last few years, as we can be. The first such devices appeared in 1982 and was developed by company Seiko.
We present this “miracle of technology” is not new. But in 35 years in technical terms, humanity has made not just a step, but rather a record jump. Modern wearable electronics has with their modest dimensions of such opportunities, which until relatively recently could only dream of.
Most of the smart watches work in tandem with smartphones (although there are more and more independent models) and the last can “with eyes closed” to delegate such watches robust design of its power: displays incoming calls, messages, mail and notifications from apps, music control, location, and route display, multimedia support and etc.
Modern smart watches are concerned not only about the fact that you are always aware of events, but having many of the features of fitness trackers and health. Now it is fashionable! Activity tracking throughout the day, calculate the traveled distance and burned during this time calories monitoring sleep stages, advice and guidance to achieve fitness goals – only small list of opportunities that boast of the current “geeks”.
Curiously, the venerable players in the market began to appear a variety of startups, some of which compete with major brands. Almost every month there are new models (and new producers) of Wearables, and today the market smart watches is literally littered with a variety of proposals, and not very successful.
To understand this violence, we have tried to highlight the most important parameters in choosing the right smart watch. Well, look at the traditions of five of the most successful in our view models from different global companies.
- Protection from water
- Connection with a smartphone
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- The results
A variety of forms and spectacular design solutions that hit the modern market of smart watches, gives us clearly to understand that these devices are not only versatile, but also are a great addition style. Full accessory, like a tie or a belt. And if in the first models of smart watches, the emphasis was placed on empowerment, now is they can easily compete with watches of famous watch brands. For example, rolex, Tissot or Epos.
The bulk of the smart watch has a square, rectangular or circular in shape, and some of them did and may be confused with analog watches. For more similarity with the classical timepieces “models-simulators” are performed in the classical style and even have side buttons-castors for greater plausibility.
In addition, many models support a replacement strap or braceletthat gives vent to the imagination and allows you to change the watch’s appearance depending on the mood or image. Some of them, by the way, originally shipped with several choices of straps in the kit.
And a few words about the materials. Wrist devices are more prone to scratches and damage than the same smartphones. In extreme cases, a smartphone can “dress” to cover and protect the display with an additional glass or plastic. And what usually manufacturers protect the display of the wrist gadget?
In many models traditionally used plastic. And it is the prerogative of not only budget, but also sports a smart watch for which weighting glass more a minus than a plus.
More advanced “smart watches” protected by sapphire glass, which, for a moment, has 9 points on the Mohs scale (the highest score – 10 – the diamond). Damaging these watches is extremely difficult.
Not done in this matter and no brand of chips. So, Apple has developed a protective coating for Apple Watch – ION-X, which has many similarities with glass Gorilla Glass, used in tablets and smartphones.
Portable devices are now increasingly doing is dustproof and waterproof. Fearless to the water the device is in the ranks of smartphones and portable speaker systems, but if we talk about smart watches, almost all models are protected from dust and at least spray.
This is logical: a wearable wrist gadgets often run the risk of being “redeemed” even during normal hand washing. Not to shoot the clock during such a routine daily ritual, many manufacturers give their creations with IP67 protection class which will protect the device from spray and small drops of water.
However, for more intensive bathing will need a higher protection class IP68. Today it is the most serious resistance for consumer electronics, which guarantees the safety of the device when submerged to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
For the user it means that with a secure smart hours you can shower and swim in the pool. But you should understand that if You love snorkeling or diving, it is better to leave your watch on the land – the water pressure is to their advantage not going.
The screen can be full color, so simple black. Incidentally, some manufacturers (like Withings or Pebble) used in their models of electronic paper E-Ink, which has a low energy consumption and autonomy will give odds to any other type of display.
Touch display often becomes the main “control” of smart watches, which makes these devices more interesting, easier and a cut above the keypad counterparts with the usual screen. Although advanced smart watches already support voice control and gesture control of the brush.
Despite the fact that there are already a completely separate and independent from smartphones smart watches (which are more logical to call castname), the bulk of them still need “big brother”. In the smartphone, that is.
To link these two devices often use the Bluetooth connection, at least – Wi-Fi. And it is important to clarify, do make friends with Your smartphone “smart” watches. There are models that support the connection with only one of the operating systems. For example, the same Apple Watch that interface exclusively with iOS devices.
Well, that the majority of manufacturers of smart watches are less categorical and most models are equally “sociable” and with Android, and iOS.
More difficult for the owners of phones on Windows – designed specifically for the OS from Microsoft, smart watches can be literally counted on the fingers of one hand, so choose to will likely have from hours-universalists, which is friendly to all operating systems. These gadgets can look, for example, in the ranks of Garmin or TomTom.
Anyway, and for portable devices the battery life remains a priority issue. In the smart watch operates a simple logical rule – the more they are advanced and stuffed with all kinds of functions, the faster you will melt the battery.
As mentioned above, the most “resilient” are watches with E-Ink display (e.g., Withings Go without recharging cost up to 8 months!), however, there are “tough nuts” among the models with colorful displays. However, their autonomy depends on the intensity of the load of the gadget. Thus, for example, the smart watch Garmin Forerunner 630 in the “hours notice” will last about a month, but should turn on the GPS, and this drops to 13 hours.
The line of Blaze from Fitbit soon is a fitness tracker with functions of a smartwatch rather than Vice versa. However, the design can not be overlooked – it is truly universal and perfectly suited to the jacket, and a t-shirt and women’s blouse. In addition, a variety of straps and bracelets allows you to add almost any image to fit your mood.
First and foremost, Fitbit Blaze are among the few watch universals, communicative with smartphones on any operating system and on iOS, on Android and on Windows. The watch has a waterproof case, touch screen, built-in GPS, show notifications and reminders, and also allow you to control the music on your smartphone.
The main features of the model as a fitness tracker has become a continuously running heart rate monitor, recognition of different types of load (including tennis, yoga and bicycling), and the function of the virtual coach. Depending on the load, the smart watch can last on a single charge up to 5 days.
In the end, Fitbit has a fitness-watch (the smart feature just the base set) with an attractive price tag. Thanks to sensible “stuffing” they are good sports regardless of the level of training of the athlete, and thanks to aesthetic design is unisex and will make a stylish accent in both the male and female form.
Xiaomi company always keeps abreast of modern consumer electronics market, and often produces such gadgets, which are considered the most trendy and popular characteristics. The manufacturer has combined accessibility and good functionality in their smartwatches AmazFit. They can boast of?
Smart watch Xiaomi have a full set of features of smart watches and can not only receive notifications, but the touch screen display, and work with them. By the way, the user has the ability to upload to flash memory (4GB) to your favorite music and using the watch as a wrist player.
At the moment the device is only compatible with Android smartphones, but the developers are already working on support for iOS.
“Sports” features a wide variety of rich list is automatically recognized activity, heart rate sensor, acceleration sensor, compass, pedometer, a geomagnetic sensor, calculate the calories and support GLONASS and GPS.
For such possibilities the model offers a good autonomy: more than 11 days in clock mode, 5 days in active mode or 35 hours with GPS enabled. By the way, most of the models with GPS-tracking autonomy is more limited indicators.
As a result, Xiaomi offers a surprisingly wide functionality for a very reasonable price tag makes it attractive for daily use and for sports. Maybe while they lack the more serious water protection (the device is certified to IP67 standard), but the rest – they are excellent.
Asus ZenWatch 3
A new generation of smart watches from ASUS, compared to the first and second ZenWatch, happy fundamentally new design is a round “dial” – style classic hand chronometers, looks impressive and expensive. With interchangeable straps, the watch is gracefully look like on a male and on the female wrist.
Works devays under the leadership of Android Wear and is compatible with both Android devices and iOS. The company has developed two apps for their watches: ZenWatch Manager to control the gadget from your smartphone and to track your activity and sports – ASUS ZenFit.
1.4-inch AMOLED display with an impressive resolution of (400×400) gives a beautiful and incredibly clear picture. However, as a fitness tracker ASUS ZenWatch 3 is equipped with only a standard set of functions: hours recognize the basic types of activity, but it will remind you when it’s time to move, know how to count steps, distance and calories burned.
Overall, ZenWatch 3 is not bad as a smart watch and a lot of know how without the help of a smartphone, but their main trick still is to make the design and pricing them can be safely attributed to the “average performance”. They are more suitable for everyday wear and sports training professionals may not be enough sporty characteristics.
Samsung Gear S3
The latest version of smart watch from the South Korean brand has something to surprise the connoisseurs of style and functionality. Samsung Gear S3 look just perfectly and presented in two formats – Classic and Frontier.Design stylized version of the Classic expensive watches and will fit perfectly in a strict business way, while the Frontier received more aggressive sports design. Both smart watches can pick up additional straps and personalize the interface with different widgets.
The functionality of both models are identical: work on the company ‘s Tizen OS, has a friendly Android and iOS devices (huge plus!), waterproof (IP68) display notification about messages and calls, and third-party applications.
To monitor and analyse physical activity Gear S3 are ground sensors and features: pedometer, heart rate monitor, altimeter and GPS, and the task of the fitness adviser, took over the brand app Samsung Health. By the way, training a smartphone you can not take it – built-in flash drive of 4 GB allows you to download your favorite tracks and play them via Bluetooth headphones.
Generally speaking, Samsung has managed to provide excellent functional device with a premium design that can easily compete with the Apple Watch. Though the price of the flagship smart watches Gear S3 will be cheaper “Apple” competitor, cheap to name language does not turn.
Learn about Samsung Gear S3 more acquainted with the video-a comparison of models of Classic and Frontier.
Apple Watch Series 2
Let’s be honest – a rare “top” without talking about “Apple” representative. The cupertinos always have something to offer “tasty” to their fans, and the series of smart watches enriched with a series of Apple Watch Series 2.
Let’s start with the design. Though the form factor of the whole line exactly the same, but the variety of styles to impress even demanding (or I can even say capricious) of the user. One gets the impression that the designers wanted to create a real closet to their Apple Watch to pick up and change the straps to any look.
The watch operates on proprietary system Watch OS and presented in two dimensions 38.6 mm (the so-called “female”) and 42 mm (male). As mentioned above, the gadget is compatible only with the brethren on iOS. Managed waterproof the Apple watch via touch screen and voice assistant Siri, and the charge will last for 18 hours.
The device also is “manual” the fitness trainer that tracks activity throughout the day and motivating for new sports achievements. The fitness function is represented by a heart rate monitor, pedometer, GPS and an impressive range of intelligent sports applications. By the way, they can swim.
The Apple Watch, as usual, offer a set of top features and just can not not like it. It’s a Rolls-Royce among the smart watches! One drawback – the acquisition of “Apple” device will significantly hit the pocket. But the game is definitely worth it.
More details with all chips of smart watches Apple second-generation can be found in the overview, Move your body. An overview of Apple Watch Series 2– new version of its popular smart watch.
Summing up, we can say that everyone will find in smartwatches something attractive for yourself. Some people like that the watch is always possible to be on the lookout and are less likely to appeal to the smartphone (thus saving battery power), one selects first wrist fitness trainer that will motivate (in the worst case, kicking) sports training, and someone just did not want to seem a loser and buy them without any specific purpose.
However, if you think about it sensibly, the smart watch is still difficult to attribute to devices from the category of “must have” – now they are just on the way to it. It is still difficult to tell whether “smart” clock to displace conventional wrist timepieces, but I think such ambitions are the place to be.
What wearable gadgets like for You? You may have already become the happy owner of some of them and are willing to share with us your personal experience? Don’t be passive – share your thoughts on this in the comments!
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