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Jo Whitchurch, of John Lewis Chea­dle, shows off smart­watches...

Stockport Times East - - LIFESTYLE -

WANT to keep track of no­ti­fi­ca­tions with­out con­stantly check­ing your phone, fol­low a map by glanc­ing at your wrist or track your fit­ness?

If the an­swer is yes to any of th­ese, a smart­watch is a great piece of tech.

A smart­watch acts as a dis­creet win­dow into your smart­phone, with its own apps and games to keep you from con­stantly gaz­ing at your phone.

Like smartphones, dif­fer­ent smart­watches run on dif­fer­ent op­er­at­ing sys­tems (OS), with dif­fer­ent apps avail­able.

Th­ese OSs in­clude An­droid wear from Google, and Tizen from Sam­sung, with Ap­ple due to re­lease a watch with Watch OS later this year.

So why would you want one? Well, they are...

Use­ful:

Re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tions from your favourite so­cial net­works, read and re­ply to emails and text mes­sages by dic­ta­tion, and keep an eye on your agenda for the day with ease.

There are apps for help­ing you nav­i­gate to a lo­ca­tion on a map or eas­ily track down friends and fam­ily.

You can even use your smart­watch as a re­mote to con­trol mu­sic play­back or the cam­era on your smart­phone.

Eye-catch­ing:

As some­thing you’ll want to wear all day, de­sign is im­por­tant.

Early smart­watches took on large, rec­tan­gu­lar de­signs that looked akin to strap­ping a small com­puter to your wrist.

How­ever, as they’ve evolved, man­u­fac­tur­ers have be­gun to put just as much em­pha­sis into the look as the func­tion­al­ity, with new, more stylish de­signs emerg­ing.

Of­fer­ings from Mo­torola and LG have done away with the rec­tan­gle, go­ing for a more dis­creet, clas­sic cir­cu­lar watch face, while Asus’ ZenWatch man­ages to blend a curved rec­tan­gu­lar watch face with a level of style and so­phis­ti­ca­tion found in the best watches.

Func­tional

More func­tion­al­ity can be un­locked through the de­sign of the watch.

Many de­vices in­clude mon­i­tors and sen­sors that will help track your ac­tiv­ity, that pair with an app to give you real time, easy-to-un­der­stand progress on your fit­ness.

Oth­ers, like the Sam­sung Gear S can stand on their own with­out a smart­phone, let­ting you make calls, send mes­sages and ac­cess the in­ter­net thanks to built-in aeri­als.

The ma­jor­ity of watches on the mar­ket are com­pat­i­ble with An­droid smartphones (and even the Gear S re­quires a Sam­sung de­vice to set it up for the first time), while very few will work with iPhones or Win­dows phones.

The next big thing

The life of the smart­watch is still in its in­fancy, so we can ex­pect th­ese to get more ad­vanced over the next cou­ple of years, as they be­come the next musthave de­vices.

Smart­watches are a great way to feel like a trend­set­ter, so tap into an al­ways-con­nected fu­ture.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see in store or visit www.john­lewis.com.

From top: Sam­sung Gear S, Tizen, 4GB (£329.95); Mo­torola Moto 360 smart­watch, An­droid wear (£199); LG G watch R smart­watch, An­droid wear (£219.95); Asus ZenWatch smart­watch, An­droid wear (£199.95)

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