Ah, getting a brand new watch. There’s nothing like it. With the gift-giving season just around the corner, getting a new watch, whether from your loved ones, or you getting it for yourself sounds about just in time. You’ll never go wrong with watches, it’s not only a staple for gift-giving guides, but it’s also a great investment.
When shopping for smartwatches, there are some things that you need to consider first. The major one is what ecosystem you’re using. Smartphones right now are heavily tied to the phone you use, the laptop you have, and the activities you frequently do.
Smartwatches, for a time, wasn’t the most fashionable, and true blue geeks would be the only ones wearing them. The technology in those smartwatches wasn’t the best, to be honest, and they were more of a novelty item than a necessity. With the rise of smartphone use across the globe, the precedence of getting a smartwatch have been properly set.
Today, smartwatches are as ubiquitous as smartphones that gave them their pedestal for mass consumption. Integration is what big tech companies are investing heavily in, and they’re smart in doing this without the consumer thinking twice about it. For example, iPhone users rely heavily on iMessage for their text messages, and so it’s integrated into every Apple device.
What To Ask Yourself
Before going to the store or clicking that buy button in your cart, ask yourself these questions to assess which smartwatch you need in your life.
What Do You Need It For?
If your answer is “for everything”, then you must get something that’s fully integrated with an existing operating system. This means the smartwatch you want will pair nicely with what you already have tech-wise: phones, laptops, etc. If your answer is specific, like “for fitness” or “to track my so-and-so”, you’ll be better off with a dedicated smartwatch that fits the bill.
How Often Will You Use It?
Answers to this may vary from “every day”, “casually”, or “I still don’t know”. If you’re going to use it as your main watch, the right fit will be casually-designed for everyday use but tough enough to resist the daily wear and tear you’re going to expose it to. When your answer is in between the other two, you’ll be better off with choosing specialized smartwatches for specific activities.
For the Android User
Now that’s out the way, let’s see some viable options under the Android ecosystem. The Huawei Watch GT 2 may be the best bang for your buck in this case. It marries the traditional looks of a great watch with a high-resolution screen and a basic operating system. It’s a cross between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker, and it’s great in doing what it’s intended to do.
But the best smartwatch to get when you’re in the Android ecosystem is the Galaxy Watch Active 2. It packs quite the punch specs-wise with hardware that’s top of the line. Add to that a sleek and streamlined design and you get a watch that looks heavenly, and works tirelessly. It has blood pressure monitoring, touch bezel control, and lots of options strap-wise.
For the iOS User
When it comes to smartwatches, there’s no defeating the Apple Watch at the moment. Any Omega Watch watch may prove to look better and last longer than it but it’s the king of smartwatches right now, no doubt. Now in its fifth iteration, the Series 5 features an always-on display, a monumental user-centric improvement from the previous generations.
You can get the case in ceramic and titanium now as well, plus a slew of bands to accessorize it. If you’re not sold on the Series 5, get the Series 4 or 3. Series 4’s prices have been cut with the latest update, but you still get all the features sans the always-on display. That means you get a longer battery life, plus it won’t break the bank. Series 3 is way cheaper, but it has larger bezels.
Smartwatches are the future. There’s no denying that fact. While there is and will always be a market for mechanical luxury watches, the cannibalization in the watchmaking industry is becoming alarming. It’s good for consumers, though, but as the world moves toward a technologically-integrated future, watchmakers of old need to keep up.