A latest trend in tech these days is smartwatches. Most of us wear a wristwatch anyway. So if the wristwatch you wear gave you more information than only current time and date, it would only mean more productivity and less dependency on your smartphone for every little thing. At least that’s the concept behind it and it seems to be working well with consumers as these smartwatches are selling like hot cakes and more and more vendors are entering this space.
So today I am going to review for you the latest smartwatch by Samsung, the Gear S.
Watch the video below for a quick overview of the features.
So, the Samsung smartwatch can be configured to forward any notifications you receive on your smartphone to the smartwatch. That way you will not have to reach for your phone to check messages etc. Of course you to have prioritize which notifications you want to receive on the smartwatch. I have 200+ apps on my smartphone, and if all of the notifications show up on my smartwatch then it’s counter productive. So I can configure only the most essential notifications to be forwarded to the watch.
The smartwatch can also act as fully functional phone, to make and receive phone calls.
You can use it to watch videos and pictures, though I am not sure how good the experience would be considering the limitation of screen size of the smartwatch, and the increasing screen size of the smartphones. I would probably stick to my smartphone for videos and pictures.
And lastly, there are tons of apps developed for smartwatches such as GPS navigation apps and fitness tracking apps, which takes the hassle of always looking at the smartphone screen away from the user, and takes advantage of the smartwatch always on your wrist.
So the question is, do you really need a smartwatch right now?
Well, in my opinion, smartwatch technology is still in its infancy. It’s going through rapid evolution and new features are coming with every iteration. So unless you like to try out new things, it’s better to wait until a more mature and polished product is released. Although the current features are useful, they are not something you cannot live without. And it will not significantly improve your life. They are more like added conveniences. So again, it’s worth waiting for 3rd or 4th generation smartwatch by Samsung or any other manufacturer. Rather than buying something right now and watching it getting obsolete within an year.
Your thoughts are most welcome in the comments section.