What Does a Smartwatch Do?

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Wearable technology has really taken off in the last few years. When you’re on the move or at the gym, a Smartwatch provides many of the functions of your Smartphone – like making and receiving calls, text messages and playing music – as well as health-related features like heart rate monitoring, GPS run mapping or activity tracking.

What Does a Smartwatch Do?

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Some of the key things to look out for in a Smartwatch are:

Fitness Tracker

Most smartwatches have fitness functions such as a sleep monitor or step tracker. More expensive models even have a built-in heart monitor.

iOS and Android Compatibility

Match your smartwatch to your phone if possible. Most Android Wear devices will work in a limited way with Apple iPhones, but the same is not true of the Apple Watch and Android phones.

Notifications and Phone calls

Your smartphone will be able to receive calls and text alerts from the linked smartphone.

Battery Life

Most smartwatches last about a day or two on a full charge. Consider battery life and considers features such as wireless charging to save effort.

Location

A Smartwatch with built-in GPS can track your activity and link to run-mapping apps.

Music Control

You can control music on the go with convenient icons on your smartwatch. Some models link directly to wireless earphones by Bluetooth and have internal music storage, so you do not need to take your Smartphone with you on a run.

Where Can I Buy a Smartwatch?

As well as the usual places online, like Amazon and eBay, high street retailers are also stocking Smartwatches. As well as computer and phone stores, jewellers such as H Samuel let you try on different watches and see how all of the functions work for yourself. We definitely recommend trying out several Smartwatches before you buy, as the form and functions vary massively between brands.

Author: Mike Richmond

Usually found skulking around eBay or the International Watch League forum, Mike writes for a living and spends what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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