Top Things to Consider When Buying a Smartwatch in 2016

by Cameron Winslow | October 29, 2016 12:18 pm

The smartwatch that’s perfect for you should work effortlessly with your lifestyle, providing the right combination of features without unnecessary bells and whistles that you never use.

Here are some tips on the main factors you need to consider when spending cash on a smartwatch, plus some recommendations based on the 2016 models.

Compatibility is everything

Smartphone compatibility | Smartwatch ReviewsSmartwatches typically connect to mobile phones, so your current handset will determine which watches you can choose from that will compatible with your mobile device.

The Apple Watch will only work with iPhones (of course), but iOS users have more choices beyond just Apple products. Android Wear and Pebble watches (to name few) work with iPhones.

Older Samsung smartwatches only work with certain Samsung phones, but the Gear S2 works with a longer list of Android handsets.

Android Wear also powers fashion smartwatches[1] from brands like Fossil, Tag Heuer New Balance, and Michael Kors. Aside from Pebble, brands like Vector Luna, CoWatch, and Oliocan communicate with apps on either iOS or Android.

Don’t want to be tied you your phone’s OS forever? Purchase an agnostic device to get the best value.

Battery life is a huge consideration

Battery Life Smartwatches | Smartwatch ReviewIf you need the battery to last a week or more, be prepared to sacrifice screen quality. Choose e-paper LCD like the ones seen on Garmin Vivoactive, Vector Luna, and Pebble smartwatch.

If you don’t mind having to charge very often in exchange for amazing visuals, Apple Watch and Android Wear watches will satisfy. Don’t expect the battery to last more than 2 days, though.

Choose features you will use

Some smartwatches (such as the Garmin Vivoactive HR[2]) are aimed primarily at the fitness market of active users. They’re great if you love sports and exercise, but some of their capabilities may be wasted on you if you are not a cyclist or a runner.

Can you really benefit from a device with GPS? Outdoor enthusiasts and avid runners might enjoy these features, but you might not need them.

There is a laundry list of things to consider when selecting the right Smartwatch for your specific needs.  We have covered some of the basic questions you will want to ask prior to selecting the right one for your needs.

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