The next time you’re in public, take a look around and you’ll probably notice that most of the people around you are wearing smart watches. If you don’t have one already, you may not be convinced that you need one. After all, what can a smart watch do that you can’t already do on your smartphone?
In reality, there are a handful of reasons to get a smart watch if you haven’t made the leap already.
1. Health and Fitness Features
First and foremost, because you wear a smart watch directly on your wrist, you can enjoy a number of health and fitness features that you simply cannot on a smartphone. Today’s smart watches come with sensors to monitor everything from your heart rate to your oxygen saturation and everything in between. Some smart watches can even track your sleep patterns, REM cycles, and the like.
From there, you can receive detailed reporting on these metrics, which you can use (in conjunction with your doctor) to make more informed decisions about your own health and wellness.
2. Find Your Device
How frustrating is it when you’ve misplaced your phone? With a smart watch that’s linked to your phone, this frustration can be a thing of the past. Specifically, most smart watches these days have a feature that allows you to press a button or even use a voice command to pinpoint the location of your missing phone. This is a feature that can come in handy more often than you might think.
3. Get Emergency Help
Some smart watches these days are also equipped with technology to help you in the event of an emergency. Newer Apple Watches, for example, have drop sensors that can detect hard falls and even make emergency calls automatically. Even watches without fall detection can be used to place an emergency phone call even if your smart phone is in your pocket or somewhere else nearby.
4. Stay Connected
Smart watches also make it easier to stay connected and in touch without having to physically remove your phone from your pocket. This can come in handy, especially in social situations where it may be awkward or cumbersome to pull out your phone. Many smart watches can sync with your phone’s messages, email, and even social media to keep you in-the-loop everywhere you go. Meanwhile, you can customize your notifications to suit your preferences and even place your watch on “silent” or “do not disturb” mode as needed.
5. Get Directions
Getting navigation while you’re biking or even walking around town can be difficult when you constantly have to be staring at your phone to await the next turn. With GPS and turn-by-turn directions on your smart watch, you can simply glance at your watch to get the directions you need to your destination. Some watches will even vibrate to alert you of an upcoming turn. How convenient is that?
Which Smart Watch is Right For You?
If you don’t already own a smart watch, these are just a few of the most popular reasons to buy one. Whether you prefer a trendy model like the Apple Watch or something a little more affordable and practical, there are plenty of options to suit your needs.