The last couple of years have seen the rise of wearable technology, which has moved from the realm of wishes and dreams to what is possibly the first generation of practical, functional wrist/watch type products. Smart eyewear may well turn out to be the next stage of this revolution, but for now most of the action is around smart watches and smart bands for now.
But as with every relatively new technology the choices can be confusing, and knowing what features to look for can be the difference between a great and disappointing experience, allow us to clear all doubts and help you choose the right device.
Here are 5 important tips for choosing the right wearable wrist device..
Smart Bands vs. Smart Watches: They’re not the same thing - smart bands currently provide more basic functionality for highly specific activities such as health, activity monitoring applications and are more affordable. Smart watches offer a broader set of computing features including a display, alerts and access to email etc. It’s a good idea to do some detailed research to figure out whether you really need the extra smartwatch features, and if they are worth the price for you.
The App makes a Big difference: For most wearable devices, the App features and usability are almost as important as the features, aesthetics and other physical attributes of the product. One should get a good look at the app, or read reviews to ensure that it is intuitive – or you’ll feel a letdown later.
Battery Life and Charging: While all wrist devices have much better battery life than your smartphone, ensure that specifications and reviews confirm this. If you’re looking for a 24x7 monitor it’s particularly critical and you don’t want to discover this limitation after your purchase. Good devices should last between 2-5 days before need recharge. A device with a Li-Ion battery would be best, because few offer replace-ability. Be sure to check this before buying.
Gauge the Build-Quality: As you will be wearing these devices for long hours, the build-quality has to be sturdy. An important aspect to consider is the IP (Ingress Protection) rating that classifies the devices based on the endurance against elements such as dust, intrusion, and water-resistance to name a few. General rule is to opt for a device with a high IP rating. It’s more likely that it will prove to be more robust solution, especially if you’ve suffered terminal device “accidents” in the past.
Understanding Heart Rate Monitoring: Activity and heart rate tracking have become amongst the most popular wrist device features – an again there are important differences between the two. If you are looking to monitor performance during your workout or run, then most devices address this, but 24x7 monitoring and logging of activity and health is limited to a smaller set of devices from brands like Sony.
Wearable technologies like smart bands and smart watches are rapidly evolving and seeping into various aspects of modern-life. Scout through the numerous options and dive into a connected life with wearable devices. We hope this post helped you choose the right wearable technology for yourself.
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