What is a smartwatch?

Close-up shot of male hand with smart watch. Coffee cup and other mobile devices are on the table. NOTE TO INSPECTOR: Icons on smart watch screen are not copyright protected but product of my artwork in order to enhance the image quality and usability.In the last couple of years, smartwatches have taken the spotlight for becoming the latest and greatest gadget. What is a smartwatch? Smartwatches are mobile devices with a touchscreen display that are designed to look like a watch. Many companies are exploring and creating smartwatch products. You may have seen some commercials and ads for these smartwatches such as the Samsung Gear S2, Apple Watch, Song Smartwatch 3, or even the Pebble Time. Smartwatches may be cool but are they really useful and how do they work? Here are some facts to consider before you buy.

Smartwatches are watches with apps!
Smartwatches, of course, are still watches so they tell time but smartwatches also have apps. These apps are just like the apps created for smartphones. They have unique functions and offer useful tools or can be used to play games.

They are customizable and fashionable.
Since there are so many manufactures of smartwatches, there are customizable smartwatches that can fit anyone’s fashion sense. Some of them have colored, interchangeable bands that you can match to your clothes. The touchscreen can be changed to any color, picture, or image of your choice, similar to the background of your computer desktop.

Smartwatches give you notifications at your fingertips (or at the wrist).
A Smartwatch connects with your mobile device so you can receive notifications on both. Some smartwatches even allow you to answer calls. It can be helpful to receive text messages, e-mails, and meeting reminders that come to your phone on your smartwatch. This can help reduce distractions in meetings.

Smartwatches aren’t cheap and need charged.
Smartwatches are more expensive than your regular watch. Smartwatches usually range from $200-1,500. They also run on a battery, so they need to be charged often if you want to use one every day.

Smartwatch technology is growing.
Smartwatches are pretty new and have only been on the market for a few years. Currently, developers are working on perfecting things which means a year from now the smartwatch will be even better than they are now. Apps for the smartwatches are also improving as more developers begin to correct them.

As time goes on, smartwatches will continue to advance but will they be the ‘best’ everyday device? Right now, smartwatches have a lot of potential and anyone could argue they are a great device. All in all, if you are willing to spend the money for one you are going to have a blast using it at work and at home.

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