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How to Buy Smartwatch: Buying Guide

How to Buy Smartwatch: Buying Guide

Watch pieces today have evolved to a whole new level the so-called SmartWatch. Offers not only timekeeping but provides other health-related services like keeping tabs on your heart rate. These pieces are engineered with GPS locators as well and they can also nudge you with reminders weather updates and even your phone notifications.

It lets you check if you've got a message or a call and it can even provide you with your social media notifications. There like the smaller version of your smartphone and you can be entertained with your favorite playlists as you can pretty much sync it to your Bluetooth headset for wireless enjoyment.

And the best part is you can leave your house anytime without the need for bringing any cash because they usually come with cashless payment features. So you want a smartwatch? How do I pick one?

Here are the 5 key things to consider when you're buying a smartwatch

Does it matter what kind of phone I have?


This may be the most important thing to remember, choose a watch that's compatible with your smartphone. Most smartwatches need to be paired with a smartphone to make use of all their functionality. Connections to your phone can be via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or sometimes cellular. Using Bluetooth, you'll need to keep your watch within 25 to 30 feet of your smartphone at all times.

If you want to make calls from your smartwatch without having to tote your phone everywhere, you may want to get one with its own cellular data connection. But keep in mind that'll be another charge on your monthly cell phone bill. You can also make calls with your smartwatch using Wi-Fi if your phone's carrier allows Wi-Fi calling.

Smartwatches can also be paired with smart devices in your home, including smart speakers, lights, thermostats, and door locks. So it's a good idea to check first if a watch is compatible with anything you might want to connect it to.


A basic smartwatch can cost as little as $150 while one with many more features can cost as much as $800. One thing to think about before you buy a smartwatch you may actually only need a fitness tracker. The lines between fitness trackers and smartwatches have really blurred in recent years.

So how often do you charge your smartwatch?

Battery life

There's vast deference in battery life among smartwatches from one day to several days, depending on how you use it, how much power it requires, and how sophisticated the watch technology is. For example, those with color displays will likely need to be charged more often. Some smartwatches come with convenient wireless chargers, others use snap-on docks or a cable that plugs into the watch itself.

What's the difference between, smartwatch or a fitness tracker?

Fitness trackers have been getting more smartwatch features and smartwatches have been adding more health and fitness features. Fitness trackers in general are more basic, they'll alert you when you have a call or text but they're designed to really focus on your health with a step counter, heart rate monitor, calorie counter, and sleep tracker.

They often cost less and have better battery life than smartwatches. Here at CR, we classify a smartwatch as a device that supports third-party apps such as your bank's app. Most smartwatches will take care of many of your fitness needs but they're also designed for communication. They go beyond the notifications and actually allow you to return that call, email, or text.

On top of the basic functions, more sophisticated smartwatches and fitness trackers may have standalone GPS, which lets you leave your phone at home, and onboard music storage, which allows you to download and store music right on your wrist.

Some smartwatches also have NFC or near-field communication, which allows you to pay for things without pulling out your wallet. And with so many band options available, smartwatches often look more sophisticated than fitness trackers as well.

What about durability?

Water resistance

Most smartwatches are at least somewhat water-resistant, meaning you can wear them while washing the dishes or your hands. You'll need one that can handle greater depths if you want to shower or swim with it on. This information is usually available on the smartwatch box or the company's website, you can also find it in our smartwatch ratings.

We test these claims by submerging each watch in a tank that uses air pressure to simulate different depths underwater. Watches are dumped to the manufacturer's specifications then our testers check to make sure they're still working as soon as they come out of the tank and again 24 hours later.

Scratch resistance

We also check to see how easily smartwatch faces scratch, our testers use special metal picks calibrated to the Mohs hardness scale, a scientific standard. The scale ranges from 1 to 10, where one is very soft equivalent to talc, and 10 is very hard like a diamond. The harder the pick the more likely it is to scratch a surface. We found smartwatches made with sapphire crystal, Ionics glass, and Gorilla Glass have done well in the scratch test.

Many smartwatches come with interchangeable bands made of silicone metal or nylon, so you can support the style that suits you best. If you want to buy a budget smartwatch, then make sure to check its strong built quality, it should not seem that it is a cheap product when the watch is held in hand.

Keep these things in mind that you have to stay away from large badges, useless quality displays, and loose straps, etc. Metal or hard plastic frame watch can be a great option for you for strong built quality. So these are my tips for buying a smartwatch for you. If you found it helpful then comment below.

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