Smartwatches are the best demonstration of the growing importance of technology in watches and the very fast pace of tech development in the watch industry. Numerous features, from lifestyle to sports ones, and the phone connectivity are the reason why, for many, a smartwatch is superior to a classic analogue watch.
In the age of the Internet, mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular and important for interpersonal communication. They allow us to connect with people from all over the world. The constant flow of information makes it difficult to stay up-to-date all the time without extra devices, such as tablets, smartphones and, of course, smartwatches.
What is a smartwatch? To put it short, a smartwatch is a device that is way smarter than your average wristwatch. This definition is obviously not a precise one, because it is simply impossible to describe all its possibilities and functions in a few sentences. A smartwatch functions as a mobile command centre - it helps you manage your phone, allows you to receive phone notifications and monitor your health and stamina in real time. This wearable computing device is therefore no longer just a gadget, but an indispensable accessory for anyone who wants to be constantly online and be able to access information at any time.
Right now, smartwatches are most popular with athletes and lovers of gadgets. The latter group primarily appreciate the ability to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth and thus receive notifications for incoming calls, text messages and apps. Some models also allow you to store music or manage your phone’'s media library. This function offers exceptional convenience, especially in winter, when we don’t want to reach for the phone too often when being outside. One such smartwatch is, of course, the TomTom Runner 3 Cardio + Music - it has advanced sports features and allows you to store 3 GB of music.
The Suunto brand offers advanced smartwatches that provide training support for almost every sport. With 80 sports modes pre-installed, Suunto Spartan smartwatches are great for athletes, cyclists and swimmers. They keep track of your overall activity level throughout the day - you can check your heart rate and running speed as well as plan your routes and define your intervals. Plus, of course, they can connect to your smartphone. Thanks to a barometer, a thermometer, an altimeter and a storm alarm, Suunto Spartan smartwatches will also prove themselves on hiking trails.
For those who don’t like bulky smartwatches, there are also smartwatches with a stylish, unobtrusive design. Such smartwatches have aesthetically pleasing cases and their dials can be customised. They don’t have many sports features (they usually come with a step counter only) as their primary function is mobile connectivity. That’s why such smartwatches are designed for lovers of laid-back, casual style. There are many manufacturers that offer such products, including Fossil (the excellent Fossil Q collection) and Michael Kors (its Access collection is designed for the most stylish users).