The 3 types of smartwatches
There are three choices of smartwatches, to which we have added the “Apple Watch” type, which stands out from other watches:
Smartwatches dependent on a smartphone
Autonomous smartwatches (with nano sim card)
So-called “tracking” sports watches, also called “connected bracelets”
Apple Watch (which depends on the first type).
Smartwatches connected to a smartphone
This first choice of connected watch is the most common, the most widespread, and the most developed currently by brands like Samsung, LG, Apple, Motorola, Asus… Why? Because anyway, we still have all of our smartphones on us or nearby at all times.
Choosing a watch with a sim card isn't totally worth it yet if you don't plan on breaking up with your best friend, the smartphone.
This type of watch offers many possibilities with among others:
Notification of calls, messaging, social networks, applications ...
Sport: accelerometer, gyroscope, pedometer, stopwatch
Alarm clock, weather forecast, mp3 player (Check the presence of a headphone jack)
Finding your mobile remotely (very convenient, isn't it?)
Translator, wellness assistant, voice recognition
There you have a small idea of the possibilities offered by these watches, but each brand is also developing innovative features, especially in sport. Thus, the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit will tell you the number of steps taken during the day, your heart rate (using sensors on the watch), will analyze your distances covered using GPS ... And many others things again.
Smartwatches with sim card
This second choice of watch is not yet well developed by the brands. We mainly find inexpensive connected watch models, which come from China, and in which you can insert a nano sim card.
We do not recommend choosing this type of watch because the models offered are mostly low-end, and your smartphone is not far away anyway, so you won't really need it. You must also understand that, who says sim card, says new subscription ...
This third possible choice isn't actually a smartwatch, but we've put it here so you can tell the difference between the two. It is therefore a bracelet, mainly sports oriented.
The most famous brands are Fitbit, Withings, Garmin, Yonis, Jawbone. For the most part, these are activity trackers that send and synthesize this information through a smartphone app. They have the advantage of being water resistant (check for each model, but the majority are). And they are compatible with many models of Android phones (Apple is apart for connected bracelets, but some brands, like Fitbit, are compatible with Android, IOS and Windows Phone).
Finally, some models also track sleep. This type of bracelet is useful if you want to monitor your health more closely, play sports and take care of yourself ...
Be careful, they don't work like watches, no notifications, phone alerts, music or anything. They just send the tracked information via the bracelet to the application and perform daily statistical monitoring.
Last category of possible choice: Apple Watch, a pioneer in the field. Like what Apple has done in telephony and tablets, the American company is also pulling the quality up. Available with 38 and 42mm dials, you will have the choice between a multitude of possible bracelets from sport to luxury leather.
From a functionality standpoint, Apple Watch is ahead of its competition:
Notifications by phone, email, social networks ...
Hands free with Siri: allows you to communicate with your watch by speaking, but also to dictate emails, messages, sms ...
Wallet: your wallet on your wrist (boarding pass, ticket, loyalty card, etc.)
Everything you need for sport ...
And much, much more that we will let you discover.
Ah yes,it also shows!