Types of smartwatches: choose the best one to buy?

Smartwatches pack so much versatility and power in a small device. Before purchasing a smartwatch, you must know the different types of smartwatches and the features offered. Once you know how to buy the best smartwatch, you can take your pick from the range of smartwatches available on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. Below is a guide on the various types of smartwatches and the best ones for you to choose from.

What are the types of smartwatches?

Smartwatches for men and women can be divided into two categories; general-purpose and specialized. General-purpose smartwatches are connected to your smartphone but are more capable than your mechanical watch. These smartwatches have some functionalities that enable them to work independently, but they mainly depend on your smartphone. They support your smartphone as you can read notifications, reply to messages and emails, answer calls made to your phone, and so on. Examples of general-purpose smartwatches include Tizen watches, Wear watches, and Apple watches.

The second type of smartwatches is the specialized kind. These offer more than what a simple smartwatch offers. For example, a diving smartwatch such as Suunto Dx provides temperature, time remaining, and depth information. A hiking watch is made particularly for those who hike frequently. For instance, a hiking watch will include weather forecasting details, GPS tracking, navigation abilities, and a long-lasting battery. Specialized smartwatches offer specific apps and features that are useful for a particular activity. Specialized smartwatches fall between a fitness tracker and a general-purpose smartwatch.

How should you choose a smartwatch?

Here’s a guide to help you find a smartwatch.

Compatibility

When buying smartwatches for men or women, the first thing to take note of is compatibility. Most smartwatches in the market today depend on smartphones. Some devices work on Android and iOS platforms, while some work on either one. For example, the Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Versa 3 work on both platforms. Apple Watch only works on the iOS platform, which means you can only use it if you have an iPhone. The Wear OS runs on Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 only at the time being. Before you get the smartwatch of your dreams, make sure you pick the one compatible with your device.

Calling feature

You have some smartwatches available, which have built-in LTE that allow you to make calls directly. You don’t have to carry your smartphone with you in such cases usually. Some will enable you to create and manage calls even if your smartphone isn’t turned on, which is a significant advantage. However, this can mean a pricier smartwatch because you will also be required to pay for the data plan. In some cases, such as the Apple Watch, you can pay without your phone because the smartwatch has Apple Pay enabled in it.  

App selection and features

You should take a look at the available apps. For example, the Apple Watch has more than 20,000 apps available, which means you can download from a wide variety of apps available. The Wear OS also has thousands of apps available, which are made specifically for that smartwatch. The benefit of these is that you can install the apps directly without first doing the same on your smartphone. When it comes to features, you want to ensure you are clear about the features you want. Some smartwatches have the best fitness tracker capabilities, while others provide basic information such as step count and calories burned.

Type of screen

When selecting smartwatches for men, you will notice that most of them offer touchscreen options. That is, you need to touch to select something on the smartwatch. Sometimes, it can be challenging to choose items on your smartwatch because the icons are so small. Some smartwatches offer combos, which means you can select using the smartwatch’s touchscreen and the buttons available. For example, the Apple Watch enables you to choose an item on the smartwatch screen by using the touch display and touching the smartwatch’s buttons.

Comfort and personalization

When buying a smartwatch, you want to ensure that it sits comfortably on your wrist, and you can use it for as long as you intend to. Often, you have the option of selecting the type and colour of straps you want. In some cases, you can even choose the finish and the material of the band as well. Earlier, you mainly had the option of selecting square faces, but now you also have the option of choosing from various beautiful looking round faces by some smartwatch manufacturers.

Where should you shop for a smartwatch?

You can buy smartwatch online on the lowest EMIs from the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. You can pay in flexible tenors ranging from 3 months to 24 months and get the smartwatch delivered to your home at no extra fee. Using the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Store, you can avail various discounts and benefits like No Cost EMIs and zero down payment. 

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