Smartwatches are getting more and more mainstream these days. With prices coming down and more options to be had, I have noticed more people sporting this wearable tech. Smartwatches pair with your phone, and so the phone you have is pretty much the base starting point as to what your best options are for a smartwatch purchase.
If you have an iPhone then you can still use Androidwear watches. Thanks to the advent of Androidwear 2.0, the compatibility with the iPhone has been greatly improved. However, there are still some limitations, thanks in part to Apple’s shitty attitude towards working with any other companies. This is annoying, however Androidwear has workarounds to deal with these issues. You will not be able to take calls on your watch nor reply to iMessages. This is annoying but not necessarily a dealbreaker.
Can Androidwear Work?
The best part about Androidwear watches is that you have so much more variety to choose from. From surf and snow smartwatches (check out the review of the Nixon Mission here) to more stylish watches such as those from Fossil, you can get a smartwatch that suits your personality and goals. There are also fitness-centric smartwatches from Garmin that track your every movement and detail.
Of course, if you have an Android phone then you’ll have more in the way of usability.
Apple Watch Pros And Cons
The Apple Watch has come a long way and the Apple Watch 3 is awesome, especially the one with LTE connection – you can take calls and answer texts right from the watch. The Hey Siri functionality has been reported to be even better on the watch than on the phone.
Of course since it’s within Apple’s “ecosystem” it will work a bit better with the iPhone than Androidwear watches will. However, the Apple Watch aesthetic is not for everyone. With only one style (square) to choose from, it’s pretty plain and everyone has the same one. For me personally this has been a big reason that I haven’t gotten one yet, opting instead for the Nixon Mission Androidwear watch.
There are also other considerations when choosing a smartwatch. You have to think about what you want the watch for – do you want to remain connected to your texts and calls? Or do you want to track fitness? Do you not care if you can’t respond to notificiations on your watch? Is style more of an issue to you?
These are the important questions that anyone getting a smartwatch must answer for themselves.
Personally I don’t necessarily need to be constantly at everyone’s beck and call. I do like receiving notifications on my watch, however I am glad that I really don’t have to reply on my watch right away.
And again, the style and monotony of the Apple Watch is a huge turnoff for me.