Smartwatch Guide Part 3: Features, Battery life and Budget

Now that you know more about how the design and build of a smartwatch, its basic feature sets and the various apps available to it, it’s time to take a more detailed look at various watch features, battery life and the costs of these handy little devices you wear on your wrist.

Watch Features

Smartwatch Buying Guide - Samsung Galaxy GearIn addition to the many apps available for the different watches, many of them also come with features out of the box. Among these you will find features such as voice activation, texting, fitness tracking and much more. As more and more features are packed into the smartwatches, the price often goes up. You must decide what features you need and will use in order to help you choose the best watch for your needs.

Some devices offer these abilities through app installs but with each new watch that hits the market more and more of these features are being built-in to the watches for more out of the box utility. Many users expect the ability to make calls right from their wrist is standard but with a little closer examination you will find this is not the case. You must examine all the features and decide which ones you need and expect from your smartwatch before you purchase.

Battery Life

Charging your devices almost daily has become a simple fact of life and is as guaranteed as death and taxes these days. When you purchase a smartwatch, you will add yet another device to your charging requirements. Different smartwatches offer varying degrees of battery life depending on the type of screen and how you use it. For example, the Pebble with it’s Paper screen, can last almost a week on a charge while many touchscreens will only last a day or maybe two with regular use. If you choose to use your device as a speakerphone you will also notice your battery charge slip away much faster although this is to be expected. Factoring in the charge can help you plan your schedule around these new devices so you don’t end up with a dead watch on your wrist.

Budget

Sometimes it just comes down to money. Every consumer will be approaching this market with a different budget and a different idea on how much they would like to spend. Smartwatches come in a wide range of price points ranging from $30 all the way up to $400. These watches all offer a different set of features for the money with many of the more expensive watches offering the most freedom and features that you can buy. It’s important to look at how much you want to spend before buying. Once you decide, you can easily shop for the watch in your price range that offers the most bang for your buck so you can get a smartwatch right for both you and your budget. To help you with that, we have created a regularly updated guide to the top smartwatches of 2014 for those of you that want the best of the best. If you are more budget conscious, you can try our guide to the best budget martwatches of 2014 to find great smartwatches that are offered at much cheaper prices than more premium products.

The smartwatch is undoubtedly the latest technology craze to hit the market and it continues to grow each and every day. Knowing what you are looking for and how to make the right choice is important. While shopping, we recommend you continually refer to this guide to help you make the right decision so you can find the best smartwatch that is right for you loaded with features and doesn’t cost you more than you were hoping to spend.

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