Do I Really Need a Smartwatch? Think Twice

People often ponder the question, “Are smartwatches worth it?” Well, let me tell you straight up – the answer is no. Smartwatches offer little value for money, especially when compared to fitness trackers. But don't take my word for it; let me give you a detailed breakdown of why you should reconsider buying a smartwatch.

Before I dive into the reasons, let me provide a little context. I've used various smartwatches – from the Galaxy Watch to the Apple Watch and Android watches like the Ticwatch E. Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty.

Most Features Are Gimmicks

Let's start with the fact that most smartwatch features are nothing more than gimmicks. Take, for example, picking up calls on a smartwatch. Not only does it look silly to bring your wrist close to your mouth, but the call quality is also subpar. Voice assistants like “Ok Google,” “Hey Siri,” and “Hey Bixby” aren't as reliable on smartwatches as they are on phones. In my experience, they work less than 50% of the time.

Additionally, attempting to download music from Google Play Music onto an Android watch and pair it with Bluetooth headphones for the gym proved to be a nightmare. The connection was never stable, both with the Android watch and the Galaxy Watch. The Apple Watch, however, is an exception, as it works seamlessly when directly paired with AirPods.

Most Apps Don't Work

If you're thinking of getting a Samsung or Android smartwatch to explore different apps, think again. The problem with Wear OS is that the Play Store is filled with plenty of apps that are not optimized for watches and often don't work. The same goes for the Galaxy Watch. For example, when I first got my smartwatch, I was excited to install the Uber app, only to find out that it didn't work on the Galaxy Watch or Wear OS. However, it worked fine on the Apple Watch. This is just one example among many.

You Have to Charge Them Every Day

Yes, smartwatches have improved their battery life, but most still require daily charging. For instance, the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch can last 2-3 days with regular use, while my Ticwatch lasts a day. On the other hand, fitness trackers can last 3-4 weeks on a single charge. Even if you're comfortable charging your watch while you shower, you still have to consider that the battery will eventually degrade over time. Instead, consider investing a bit more and getting a Rolex. It will last for generations, and you won't have to worry about charging it every day.

Overpriced

Let's face it – smartwatches are overpriced. Most models fall within the $200 to $300 range, sometimes even more. For that price, you could get a good mid-range smartphone that can do a lot more than a smartwatch.

So, Who Should Get a Smartwatch?

If you're thinking of getting an Apple Watch and have an iOS device, go ahead and give it a try. However, if you own an Android device, your options are limited to the Galaxy Watch or Android watches, and they still have their shortcomings. The Android watch, in particular, is not yet ready for prime time, with slow software and high prices. The Galaxy Watch is a slightly better choice.

To sum it up, the primary use for a smartwatch is replying to notifications and engaging in a few fitness activities. However, all of these functions can be accomplished with a fitness tracker. So, ask yourself, do you really need to spend $300 on a smartwatch?

Sure, if you're a tech enthusiast who loves cool gadgets on your wrist, then go for it. But for most people, smartwatches are simply not useful.

In conclusion, smartwatches may not serve the purpose you're looking for.