WHAT ARE SMART WATCHES AND WHY ARE THEY NEEDED – 5 USEFUL FEATURES

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Smart watches are not in vain bear such a name, because their functionality is much wider than ordinary ticking accessories. Need more details? The capabilities of smart watches, their application, configuration and differences from fitness bracelets will be discussed later.

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Smart watches – what is it?

Smart watches can be compared with smartphones , only the first are more compact and have their own characteristics. 

If the first models of watch phones were only able to be calculators or translators, then the current devices are PC wearable. Gadgets support the installation of third-party utilities, controlled by mobile OS. These may include a camera, thermometer, barometer, compass, phone, GPS, and many other useful things.

The principle of operation of smart watches

Chasophones, by analogy with other computers , collect information using external or built-in sensors. These sensors can control and receive information using various tools. Devices support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS. The received information is displayed in the form of information on the screen. 

The watch can work independently or in conjunction with smartphones. Most often on sale you can find models on the development OS of Google or Apple. 

What smart watches can do: features and functions 

The arsenal of smart watch skills depends on the manufacturer, model, year of manufacture (the newer, the greater the variety of options awaiting the user) and price.

Main functions:

  1. Duplication of SMS / emails from the phone to smart watch. You can open, read and even reply to messages (voice or using the on-screen mini-keyboard) without using smart. Very convenient, for example, in a crowded minibus or at work.
  2. Observation of physical activity. It is because of this option that watchphones are often compared to fitness bracelets. In smart chronometers, there is a pedometer, the ability to check the pulse, pressure, monitor the quality of sleep, etc. For example, all of the above is in the Gear Sport SM-R600 Black.
  3. Determining the location of the user. Perhaps thanks to the built-in GPS sensor, or data from a smartphone synchronized with smart watch. Helps not to get lost in an unfamiliar area. By the way, in children’s devices using GPS, parents can track the movements of the child.
  4. Answer / reset call. Phone calls can be transferred to the smart-Watch, for example, MTF02FS / A . You can answer the caller or reject the call.
  5. Manage music tracks. It is possible to scroll through the compositions, adjust the sound volume. You can control the music that sounds from the phone, or create a separate music library in the watch’s memory.

In addition, the watch phones allow you to quickly work with a calculator, alarm clock, stopwatch, timer, and even watch videos. You can also activate “reminders” of important events. A variety of applications installed on smart watch will help expand the functionality.

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Unique Smart Watch Features

What smart watches can do, in addition to standard options:

  1. Anti-loss – a good watch phone will definitely remind the owner of a forgotten phone, it only costs him to move a certain number of meters from the smart. By activating the phone search option, you can find the “loss” (the function is, for example, in the GARMIN Fenix ​​5X ). True, the range is not so large and, for example, on the street you can’t hear the sound of a smart, but for home search the option is very useful.
  2. Calls / messages to the SIM card smart watch. In K20BK and similar gadgets there is a place for a separate SIM card . Thus, you can call or write directly to the clock phone, without being tied to the phone. Convenient, especially if the device is purchased for a child. 
  3. The signal about the removal of the chronometer from the hand. Again, the desired function in children’s models . Unbeknownst to parents, the child will not be able to remove and leave the appliance at home, at school or elsewhere.
  4. The ability to “dive” under the water. You can swim with some watch phones. For example, with MNPQ2 it is allowed to swim fully.
  5. NFC Contactless payments are now available not only on smartphones. Some smart watches also have a similar chip and can be used to pay for purchases or services.

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This list can be expanded many times, because each brand tries to uniqueize its watch phone, add some kind of chip. For example, “apple” devices of the 4th series can determine the user’s fall, and, if there was no movement, initiate an emergency call.

What smartphones can smart watches work with?

The accessory is synchronized with phones on various OS: Android, iOS, etc. In the characteristics of the gadget there is necessarily a mention of compatibility with one or more OS. For example, the settings for Watch GT Black indicate compatibility with Android / iOS.

To connect a wrist device and a smart on Android, you will need to install additional utilities on your phone (Wear OS by Google, BTNotification or others). 

Nuance : Some smart watches can only be connected to 1 smart. If you need to reconnect the accessory, then the smart watch is disconnected from the system of the previous phone. At the same time, you can connect several different smart watches to one smartphone, for example, your own and your child. 

Apple watch and iPhone do not need additional synchronization utilities. Preparation includes only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth activation on devices. Information on further actions of the user is on the official website of the brand.

Apple Watch can also be “tied” to an Android device. But for this you will need to install additional utilities. Such as BLE Utility for hours and Aerlink: Wear Connect for iOS on the phone.

The reverse action is also possible: synchronize smart watch on Android and iPhone. But here, for starters, you need to pair smart watches and an Android phone, and only then, using special programs, connect the watch on Android Wear and iPhone.

Note: The full functionality of Apple Watch will be revealed only in conjunction with the “apple” gadgets.

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Can a smart watch work without a smartphone?

Quite possible. For example, watch phones with a SIM card. Here the functionality of the smartwatch is complete, and there is the ability to call, write directly to the chronometer. Similar smart watches can be synchronized with a mobile device. At the same time, they successfully function without it.

Of course, pairing with the phone will significantly expand the functionality of the watch. But if the user has enough built-in functions, you can buy a smart watch as a separate accessory.

What is the difference between a smart watch and a fitness bracelet?

Both wrist accessories have a similar design: strap + display. Both can count calories, steps, measure heart rate, monitor sleep quality, etc. Why then need a smart watch if there are cheaper fitness trackers ?

 Smart watch and fitness bracelet

Differences of 2 wrist gadgets:

Options for comparisonSmart watchFitness bracelet
Appointmentwide functionality, including smartphone and activity tracker functionsdesigned for sports and physical activity
Autonomycan work independently; without charge 1-2 daysadditional device to a mobile phone; without recharge it will last 5-7 days or more (up to a month)
Main functionscalls, sms, music control, games + all the functions of a fitness braceletpedometer, calorie count, sleep monitoring, heart rate monitor, exercise calendar
Install additional applicationsyes, not on all modelsno
Sim card slotsome models haveno
Softwareoperating system Android, iOS, WindowsThe microcode is responsible for the work, which collects information from the built-in sensors and transfers data to the phone 
Internet accessYesno
GPSthere is,
not on all models
Screen availabilitythere is always a display (touch not on all models)simple LEDs or display (touch not on all models)

Advanced fitness tracker models (e.g. Band 3 Pro Black ) notify owners of calls or messages. Smart watches not only signal this, but also display information about the caller, you can answer or reset the call. 

What to choose? Only an assistant in sports is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle – they buy a fitness tracker. A full-fledged addition to smart is needed (or its replacement) – they are eyeing a smart watch.

How to use a smart watch?

Actually there are only 2 options:

  • in conjunction with a smartphone;
  • as a separate accessory.

In any case, the user will be able to use a smart watch such as Active R500 Green as a phone, fitness tracker, alarm clock, GPS device, calculator, etc. Only in the first case, you will have to go through the procedure of “binding” a smart watch to your phone using special applications (for example, Wear OS). In the second, insert a SIM card into a smart watch (if the chronometer is needed as a phone) and use the proposed device functionality.

How to set up a smart watch

For starters, it’s worth fully charging a smart watch. If the device has a SIM card slot, insert a SIM card into it, enter the PIN code, do not forget to replenish the balance. Further:

  1. Turn on the device.
  2. Set the time and date (the parameter can be changed in the Settings menu).
  3. Turn on bluetooth.
  4. Synchronize smart watch with the phone (download the application for the desired OS on the smartphone; open the application and click “Configure”; select the language and accept the terms of use; follow the instructions on the screen).

Detailed settings will be indicated in the instructions for the purchased model of wrist accessories.

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How often do you need to charge a smart watch?

Depends on battery capacity. On average – once every 2 days. The autonomy of devices depends on the activity of their use. For example, GPS “eats” a lot of energy. If you just view the notifications on the watch, then the gadget will last without a charge for more than 2 days. 

In sports bracelets, the battery is more “tenacious”. For example, the AW70 will last 12 days without recharging. 

Where can I buy them?

Smart gadgets are gaining popularity day by day. Therefore, it will not be difficult to purchase them in specialized stores focused on the sale of a variety of devices: phones, tablets and other things. You can also order smart watches online. It is better to contact large online stores that provide a guarantee on goods. 

So, smart watches – what is it and why are such gadgets needed? Devices are literally “crammed” with all sorts of useful functions: from the standard time display and response to SMS / calls to finding a lost smartphone. With such a wrist accessory, you can even go on a hike and monitor your well-being, at least for a business meeting and manage notifications without getting a smartphone. Manufacturers go even further, making watch phones real minicomputers that can do without pairing with the phone. 

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