Smart Watches - Your Guide to the Latest Tech
Posted 20/04/2015 by BrightHouse Team
Smart watches are fast becoming the latest must-have accessory, moving into the mainstream after being just a bit of a curiosity. Now we have some fantastic new models being released by the biggest brands, including Apple, Samsung, and LG.
We’ve also started stocking a selection of smart watches at BrightHouse, giving our customers the chance to experience this exciting new tech for themselves.
This week on the blog we’re going to take a closer look at smart watches and what they can do.
What is a smart watch?
Smart watches have been around for longer than you might think, though not quite in their modern form. Many of us probably remember calculator watches in the 90s, a very early type of smart watch. There were even watch phones complete with little aerials.
These days, smartwatches are basically wearable computers, with far more power than the mobile phones of just a decade ago. They link to your smartphone to view notifications, send texts, make and answer phone calls, as well as use apps such as navigation and exercise monitors.
What types are there?
There are many different designs of smart watch on the market, and every company creates their own styles, but they usually fall into the same brad categories:
Round – This type features a traditional round watch face, creating a classic look. There are some beautiful smart watches that feature this design, such as the Moto 360, and the LG G Watch R.
Square – Probably the most common type of smart watch. This has a squared face, almost like a mini smart phone display. The Apple Watch features this design, as well as the Samsung Gear.
Band – This thinner type of smart watch is usually just a straight band around the wrist, and is often designed for running and exercising, so may not have as many features as other smart watches. Sony’s SmartBand is an example of this.
What can they do?
There are some things that nearly all smart watches are designed to do, but what functions you get really depends on the operating system of the watch. A smart watch needs to link to your mobile phone to work properly, and just like smartphones there are different operating systems to choose from.
For example, the Apple Watch can only be used with Apple devices, and a watch running Android Wear will only work with an Android phone. The Samsung Gear smart watch can only be used with compatible Samsung phones too, so you should always carefully check what phones work with each smart watch before making a choice.
Most smart watches will be able to show your text messages, answer or reject calls, as well as behave as a normal watch if it has an ‘always on’ screen feature, so you can see a digital or analogue clock face. The great thing about this is that you can completely change how your watch looks with ease, so you never have to get bored looking at the same old hands or numbers going round.
Many smart watches also feature a heart rate monitor for exercise apps, a great feature if you enjoy running or working out at the gym.
Smart watches are still a relatively new technology, and are only just becoming popular, but new releases like the Apple Watch are helping to bring them to more and more people, which means we can look forward to more apps and more designs in the near future.
You can browse the selection of smart watches available now at BrightHouse over on the website: www.brighthouse.co.uk/smart-watches
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