The topic of wearables is an incredibly controversial one. While some assume these devices to be a dead end in the field of hardware, others see them as the future of both the digital world and the internet of things. Needless to say, there are some pretty compelling arguments to support both of these conflicting sides.
When it comes to their cons, one might argue that anything a smartwatch can do a smartphone can do better. Then again, it’s undeniable that smartwatch notifications, navigation and fitness assistance are far superior to those provided by even the most adventure-friendly of smartphones. Either way, smartwatches are definitely a trend that’s still worth keeping an eye out for and there are several outstanding devices to prove this.
1. Motorola Moto 360 Sport
The main reason why people use smartwatches in the first place is due to the fact that they’re more practical than smartphones, that is, for people who like to engage in various physical activities. This means that they’re resilient, resistant to all sorts of atmospheric occurrences and have astounding battery life and Wi-Fi connectivity. Put all of this together and what you get is Motorola Moto 360 Sport. The battery life of this device is at about 300mAh, which, when combined with the fact that this device has the option of wireless charging, makes all the difference in the world.
As for the features making it adventure-friendly, Motorola Moto 360 Sport is both water and dust resistant and comes equipped with an advanced ambient light sensor. To make things even better, the screen adjusts its brightness automatically, which means that you won’t have to be bothered setting it every time you change your environment. Aside from this, it also comes with an optical heart rate monitor, which is an important thing to have for most activities that you might engage in. As for the colors, it comes in black, white and flame orange, meaning that it isn’t that hard to combine it with all sorts of workout apparel.
2. Apple Watch Series 3
While some see smartwatches and wearables in general as a replacement for smartphones, other people have a different standpoint on this topic. To them, a smartwatch is a health and fitness gadget and they are definitely not wrong. The best example of just how accurate this may be can be seen on the example of the iconic Apple Watch Series 3. In fact, this device is so health and fitness oriented that the people behind its marketing decided to play on this factor as its strongest selling point. Alongside traits like activity competition and fitness goals, this device goes the extra mile to ensure additional fitness-friendliness. In order to make the next step in the field of IoT (internet of things) and smart technology, this app can sync with a lot of present-day gym equipment.
3. ASUS ZenWatch 3
One of the things that set ASUS ZenWatch 3 above all of its competitors is the fact that, at first glance, it’s quite easy to mistake this device for a regular watch. This means that it may help give you a more traditional look, while still providing you with all the perks of having a high-end smartwatch. As for the physical properties, the watch is 9.95 mm thin, which is quite impressive for these hardware specifications.
The craftsmanship of this device is simply outstanding and its use is highly intuitive. The eco-mode that it comes equipped with can also do wonders to prolong the battery life and make the use of your smartwatch somewhat more ethical. The device itself comes in three different colors, rose gold, silver and gunmetal, all of which are quite elegant and suitable for both black- and white-tie occasions.
4. Huawei Watch 2
Last but in no way least impressive, Huawei Watch 2 definitely deserves a spot on this list. Now, if we had to single out just one feature that people find the most impressive about this gadget, it would have to be its G4 connectivity. Needless to say, for a device that we previously described as adventure-oriented, this can indeed be a strong selling point. Apart from the 4G network, you can also insert an eSIM/SIM card in this device, further helping you stay on the grid 24/7. Add a potent integrated antenna to the mix and what you get becomes even more reliable.
As for its fitness features, which is what interests some people the most, this device also comes with a sophisticated heart rate monitoring and workout data reporting system. To keep things even more interesting, the smartwatch can also provide some offline music that you’ve downloaded to it.
The last thing worth mentioning is the fact that the future of smartwatches may be heavily influenced by several emerging trends in the field of technology. Namely, with augmented reality becoming a bigger and bigger trend, it’s only a matter of time before this translates into a greater popularity of smartwatches. Second, in a world that’s rapidly switching to the concept of online payments, a smartwatch may end up replacing one’s wallet altogether (although, the same can be said about smartphones as well). All in all, purchasing a smartwatch in 2018 is definitely not the worst of investment ideas.