Not Quite So Smart

HWM (Singapore) - - Feature -

In some ways, the word smart watch, in ref­er­ence to watches such as the Peb­ble, Galaxy Gear and so on, is a bit of a mis­nomer. This is be­cause many of these watches ac­tu­ally do lit­tle more than no­tify the wearer of in­com­ing mes­sages, mails and calls. To some, this may be help­ful, but the fact is if you do re­quire to an­swer that call or if it is an mes­sage or email that needs your im­me­di­ate ac­tion, there is no way to pen a re­ply on your smart watch - you still need to get your phone out.

Speak­ing of which, these smart watches can only re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tions only if they are within Blue­tooth range, which is not very long - usu­ally around 20 to 30 me­ters and drops dras­ti­cally if there are ob­struc­tions, such as walls, or in­ter­fer­ence from other wire­less de­vices, such as your Wi-Fi router. Once it is out of range, these smart watches lose a lot of their func­tion­al­ity as they do not have many stand­alone func­tions and can do lit­tle more than tell the time on their own, some not even that.

To this, some brands try to in­clude stand­alone func­tions such as Sam­sung’s Galaxy Gear, which was the first mass­mar­ket smart watch to fea­ture a 1.9 megapixel cam­era that lets you take pho­tos and videos. Sam­sung’s fol­low up, the Gear 2 im­proves on that by in­clud­ing an in-built heart rate mon­i­tor and pre­in­stalled fit­ness apps that do not re­quire a smart­phone to func­tion. Hope­fully, other smart watch mak­ers will fol­low suit and im­prove on the stand­alone func­tion­al­ity of their of­fer­ings.

”THESE SMART WATCHES CAN ONLY RE­CEIVE NO­TI­FI­CA­TIONS ONLY IF THEY ARE WITHIN BLUE­TOOTH RANGE, WHICH IS NOT VERY LONG - USU­ALLY AROUND 20 TO 30 ME­TERS...”

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