Is a Smartwatch really worth it?

Toronto, ON, Canada / SayRadio

*source techgizmo*

The majority of people carry smartphones in this world and it’s for good reasoning. These devices provide communication between people, remind us of important things, tell us where and how to get places as well inform us on things we do not know. Smartphone’s are, without a doubt, one of the most important items in a persons life but, what if you could get the features of a smartphone. . .on your wrist; It’s possible with a Smartwatch. It’s definitely a compelling thought but is it really worth any of your time and effort? I’ll be telling you about my experience owning one and how it affected my day to day life.

Before I get into talking about my use with a Smartwatch, i’d first like to mention that I am a huge fan of regular watches. The various different styles and options out there make them very compelling for me to use. I may be old fashioned in my way of thinking but I believe a watch says a lot about a persons personality showing that they are timely and reliable. That being said, I can confidently say, no one will find you timely and reliable with a smart watch on; instead they will think you’re a big Geek. Based on my bias introduction, you can already tell that I don’t have much positive to say about my smart watch experience.

The Smartwatch I used was the first gen moto 360. At the time, it was one of the few circular Smartwatches out there and overall one of the best. I ordered it on Amazon for $200 and it came in a very beautifully made packaging. Just from this little peak, I assumed that the watch was gonna be an amazing experience… however I was wrong.

The watch pair’d with my phone and started working instantly and I was very excited. . .until I realized it had no real useful functionality. The basis of what I could do was check my phone’s notifications, use some limited apps like banking (which only show’d the account balance), Spotify (which worked really well) and Shazam (which didn’t work at all). Phone notifications and half working app’s were not what I had in mind when it came to owning a smart watch. I slowly began to become less interested in it and wear it less and less over time; reverting to my regular watches. It got to the point where it was so unused that I told it to a friend for half the price. For me it was worth it to get rid of the Smartwatch.

The interesting thing about this whole situation is that I personally hated it, however, the person I sold it to loves it. He wears it every day, uses it all the time and praise it constantly. ¬†As Joe Davins from Android Central said “A Smartwatch may work for some but not for all” and that’s exactly what happened here. To make a long story short, a Smartwatch is something you need to try in order to see if you like it.

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