Walking around while following directions on your mobile increases the chance of that glass and aluminium baby meeting the cold, hard concrete. Reducing the chance of this happening is another major benefit to wearable.
For us, notifications are the main reason you'd
buy a smartwatch. The ease of having them sent to your wrist and being
able to identify their importance without removing your phone from a
pocket or bag is invaluable. It simplifies your life and it saves time -
and time is important.
2. Social etiquette
Checking your phone can be rude. Replacing that with a quick glance at your wrist is quicker, simpler and subtler.
3. Internet of Things
can control the volume of my Sonos sound system with a few taps on my
wrist, I can also turn Hue lights on and off. Again, it's quicker and
simpler than retrieving a phone, and the Internet of Things and 'Smart
Home' technology is only set to expand.
Apple's 'Spring Forward' event, Tim Cook demonstrated the Apple Watch
being used to get through airport security by displaying the user's
boarding pass directly on the watch screen. Anything that makes the
airport security process easier is a benefit.
5. Answering calls
smartwatches handle answering calls differently. The Sony Smartwatch 3,
for example, allows users to accept and decline calls on the watch, but
activates the phone's speaker and microphone (or headphones, if plugged
in) for the conversation. This is helpful when walking around with
headphones on, or while driving, when your smartphone isn't easily
Others, such as the Apple Watch, allow users to answer
and carry out conversations directly from the watch (the phone may
remain in your bag). This may make you feel like Dick Tracy, and it's
not the ideal way to answer every call, but it does come in useful for
quick conversations when you can't get to you mobile.
had a Fitbit, worn it for several weeks, then forgotten about it - it's
a common problem with dedicated fitness trackers. All smartwatches are
capable of step counting, and most will run fitness apps such as
Endomondo and Strava. The benefit of smartwatches is that they hook
users in with other useful features, making them less likely to be
You can walk around town listening to
music on the phone in your pocket, if a track comes on that you don't
like then simply hit 'next' on your smartwatch. You can also pause,
adjust the volume or line-up the next track. It's sounds trivial, but it
really does make listening to music easier.
8. Battery life
of the biggest drains on your mobile's battery life is that big,
high-resolution display - as a smartwatch reduces the amount of time
that large screen needs to be on, it can have a significant impact on
And before you question whether being connected to a
wearable all-day drains the battery - most use efficient Bluetooth 4.0,
which isn't power hungry at all.