BP Watch:Fitness smart watch
I can't remember how many times I've heard people say that smartwatches are a waste of money. Unfortunately, people who say this have no idea what a smartwatch can do.
There are two kinds of people who will read this article. Those who think they are wasting their money, and those who want to learn more about the pros and cons of smartwatches before deciding to buy one.
So take a look at this guide below. By the end of this article, you'll have a good idea of whether a smartwatch is a good fit for your lifestyle.
1. They don't just tell the time
Many people like to wear watches. The goal is either to be practical (just to tell the time) or fashion. A good watch looks good on your wrist.
But with the advent of smartphones, watches are becoming less and less popular. Phone shows time, calendar, alarm clock, who needs to buy a watch? It's a fair point, and one of the reasons watch sales have fallen in the past few years.
Smartwatches, however, buck this trend because they offer something different. They offer all these basic watch functions, but they can also do things that smartphones can't. We'll explain what those things are in this article.
2. You have a travel companion on your wrist
James L. McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research, described smartwatches as:
"Someone who knows what you need better than you do."
3. They're great fitness trackers
Fitness tracking is the core function of many smartwatches. It will help you stay on track with your fitness goals. So, if you want to bring a fitness tracker or pedometer, you can use a good smartwatch instead.
What can a smartwatch actually do? It can count steps, distance, calories, heart rate, pulse, sleep, and some even go beyond that to calculate other important metrics you may need.
4. Answering messages and phone calls in real time.
If you have a smartwatch on your wrist, you won't need to take your phone out of your pocket. You can take calls or respond to messages while you're on the road. This is especially useful if you're exercising or too embarrassed to bring your phone.
Some watches also support voice. It's like something out of Star Trek that can talk with your wrist and communicate with people thousands of miles away!
Keep in mind that all this is done on a much smaller scale than a smartphone, so it can be a bit fiddly in terms of the interface. A smartwatch will never replace your phone for these tasks (at least not anytime soon), but it's really great for short-term use when you carry your phone with you to do these things.
5. Check your social media notifications
Who wouldn't want to see Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, SnapChat or other social notifications on their wrist? Well, actually me, it's something I always turn off, but for everyone else, it's a "must have" feature.
Some watches only show your messages and social media activity, but others also allow you to interact with apps. I don't recommend it as your primary method of interacting with people on social media, as it's a bit tedious, but great for those occasions when you're out running or something!
But be warned, if your watch can do this. Many manufacturers will claim that their watches "connect" this way, but they actually need to receive your phone's Bluetooth signal. Truly standalone smartwatches require a data packet and SIM card, and tend to cost more. You can read our favorites here.
6. You're connected even when you're doing activities.
You may want to check your news, phone calls, or notifications as you run, bike, swim, or engage in any other form of exercise. Sometimes it's impossible to take your phone with you to these events. When you do, you'll just feel awkward and annoying. This is where smartwatches become very useful.
7. It allows you to stay in touch longer than your phone
You may be wondering in the first place why you need a smartwatch when you already have a decent smartphone.
Think no more, because some smartwatches have batteries that are so powerful that they can't be matched by a phone.
Are you going on a long trip? The BP smartwatch can stay connected during a 10-day trip while fully charged.
And that's not even the most durable battery! We just think it's a good watch that happens to have good battery life. If you want to see a watch with a really good battery life, then don't miss this guide!
8. Your entertainment is on your wrist.
Let's say you're taking a walk and suddenly you want to watch a YouTube video that your friend has been talking about. With a click or two, you can play YouTube on your watch.
You can walk and watch videos and play music. It will never replace the picture quality of your phone's larger screen, but for those fleeting moments, its convenience is unbeatable.
9. It reminds you to stop and breathe
Let's face it. Life is full of stress and it's easy to get caught up in all the things we need to get done in 24 hours.
When we're constantly on the move in our lives, dealing with traffic, relentless bosses, scheduling other people's errands, exercising hard, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep, sometimes we forget to stop and breathe.
Some smartwatches come preloaded with apps that remind you to stop and breathe.
Some of these apps include options such as setting the number of times a day the watch will send you a reminder to stop breathing, as well as guided breathing exercises ranging from one to five minutes to help you calm down, relax and step into the present moment.
Whether you know you break down easily when you're stressed, or you usually stay calm, a little reminder can help lower your stress levels.
If you feel like you're running a marathon when you stop to breathe, even if it's just to go to the bathroom, you can help lower your heart rate.
There are many benefits to taking a minute to stop, focus on your breathing, get into the moment, clear your mind, and then run off to the next thing on your never-ending list.
In fact, "Taking a breather" often appears on the list of "the most important things successful people Do to succeed."
Why not start breathing with your smartwatch to increase your chances?
Are smartwatches worth it?
If you haven't used a watch like this before, I bet you almost believe it now! In my experience, if you like mobility and ease of use, nothing keeps you "connected" like a smartwatch.
If you have a sales advantage, I suggest you find out which smartwatch is right for you. The best is not always the best for everyone. Instead, decide on your operating system, check the specs, and choose yours.