For those of us who are unacquainted with the terminology of a smartwatch, it is defined as a watch which can do more than just showing time. Even though this is a very hazy description, some of the most prevalent features used on modern smartwatches include built-in cameras, apps support, the facility of sending and receiving text messages, and much more. They are principally the cousins of smartphones.
The smartwatch is considered a luxury article on many people’s mindsets when it comes to comparing it with smartphones, which is often deemed a necessary item. Although this might be the case, it hasn’t stopped smartwatch manufacturers from plaguing the market with new products almost every single day. Despite the constant appeal to buy a new smartwatch, a lot of potential sceptic customers remain out there wondering if, at all this, the smartwatch should really be adopted as part of our highly sophisticated technological lives, and thinking about the potential ramifications of buying this gadget. Ask yourself this question, do you really need a smartwatch? If so, what purpose does it serve you?
In the recent history, smartwatches have blown up exponentially as major smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple have entered the smartwatch arena with their offerings. Despite that fact, smartwatches still haven’t managed to topple smartphone sales and continue to be a very niche product.
There are a few inherent advantages to using a smartwatch. First of all, it is a lot less complicated to operate this gadget, and it has a tinier footprint on the environment compared to smartphones. It is also a lot harder to damage this product, as it is on your wrist all day long. On that note, it is also a lot harder to lose this thing. Most of the smartwatches that are on the market are water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about going out on a rainy day and worrying about protecting your watch.
Smartwatches are entertaining to use as many of these tiny little things come with their very own in-built games and apps which can entertain you in your spare time. It comes with a host of functionalities but compared to smartphones, it lacks in hardware and screen size. But, it is more accessible and you have the power to go through all your fitness apps and have the ability to call or text. If it is connected to your smartphone, you can glance through all your notifications from your watch without having to open your phone. This is a time-saving option, and it can also assist in eliminating your old habits of repetitively going through your phone in order to see the time or check notifications. This will help you in focusing less on being preoccupied with cyber life, and more on things which are important.
Now moving on to the disadvantages of smartwatches; they suffer from a lack of screen real estate. Because it is a watch, it cannot take liberties in screen size. It is limited to the dimensions of a traditional watch. Thus, it is much harder to do your recreational stuff like gaming or browsing through the Internet on your smartwatches. They have very limited hardware functionalities because they are tiny, and also manufacturers have to fit in smaller batteries because of the small size, hence power is a problem for these gadgets.
A major problem with present smartwatches is that they, as of this moment, cannot really function as separate devices. Smartwatches can run to their full capacity only when they are used with smartphone connectivity. Calls cannot be made on its own by smartwatch, but some smartwatches if connected with Bluetooth from their smartphones, can make calls. That is why, if you want to get most from smartwatches, you will have to use both devices simultaneously.
Smartwatches are mainly utilized to enhance an individual’s smartphone user experience and give people a fast way to receive their notifications. In the near future, smartwatches could be used as separate devices where they are able to take photos, make calls, and many other functions that only a smartphone can do right now.
The biggest thing that’s holding back the growth of smartwatches in the industry is that every smartwatch comes with a hefty price tag. Some smartphones cost less than these smartwatches. This is one of the primary reasons why smartwatches are stilled considered a niche product and not a necessary gadget that you should have.
For now, the smartwatch cannot offer any pertinent features if it is not linked to a smartphone. This handicaps the smartwatch and makes it a tool with limits, attracting only techy nerds and very early adopters. But this is the last barrier to the mass-market adoption of smartphones and will disappear sooner than you might think.
Unless you are an early adopter of technology, when it comes to the debate between smartwatch and smartphone, it is better to stick with your smartphone until the smartwatch technology is advanced and it comes with added functionality.
Despite what everyone might say, the inevitable marriage between smartwatch and smartphone is bound to happen in the near future. A case study done on the hardware of Samsung Gear 2 shows that GSM module is already supported by it, so it’s safe to presume that the smartwatch will replace smartphone in the coming months. Bounded on your wrist will be a smartwatch with all the features of a smartphone. This revolutionary design will change the world.
But as we witness further advancements in smartphone technology, it is going to trickle down to the smartwatch industry as well. So, smartwatches will soon enjoy much more functionality than what it is doing currently. For the regular Joe like you and me, the power that smartwatches provide or will be able to provide should be sufficient enough to handle our usage habits.