Smart­watch­es don’t have such a name for noth­ing, because their func­tion­al­i­ty is much wider than ordi­nary tick­ing acces­sories. Need details? The pos­si­bil­i­ties of smart watch­es, their appli­ca­tion, set­tings and dif­fer­ences from fit­ness bracelets will be dis­cussed fur­ther.

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Smart watches — what is it?

Smart watch­es can be com­pared with smart­phones, only the for­mer are more com­pact and have their own char­ac­ter­is­tics.

If the first mod­els of watch phones could only be cal­cu­la­tors or trans­la­tors, then the cur­rent devices are worn on the hand of a PC. Gad­gets sup­port the instal­la­tion of third-par­ty util­i­ties, are con­trolled by mobile oper­at­ing sys­tems. They can include a cam­era, ther­mome­ter, barom­e­ter, com­pass, tele­phone, GPS, and many more oth­er use­ful things.

  Smart watch versatility

How smart watches work

Clock­phones, by anal­o­gy with oth­er com­put­ers, col­lect infor­ma­tion using exter­nal or built-in sen­sors. These sen­sors can be con­trolled and informed by var­i­ous tools. Devices sup­port Blue­tooth, Wi-Fi, GPS. The received infor­ma­tion is dis­played as infor­ma­tion on the screen.

The watch can work inde­pen­dent­ly or in con­junc­tion with smart­phones. Most often on sale you can find mod­els on the OS devel­oped by Google or Apple.

What smart watches can do: features and functions

The arse­nal of smart watch skills depends on the man­u­fac­tur­er, mod­el, year of release (the new­er, the greater the vari­ety of options wait­ing for the user) and price.

Main functions:

  1. Dupli­cate sms/emails from phone to smart watch. You can open, read and even reply to mes­sages (by voice or using the on-screen mini-key­board) with­out using your smart phone. It is very con­ve­nient, for exam­ple, in a crowd­ed minibus or at work.
  2. Mon­i­tor­ing phys­i­cal activ­i­ty. It is because of this option that watch phones are often com­pared to fit­ness bracelets. Smart time­pieces have a pedome­ter, the abil­i­ty to check the pulse, pres­sure, mon­i­tor the qual­i­ty of sleep, etc. For exam­ple, all of the above is in Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Night Black.
  3. Deter­min­ing the user’s loca­tion. Per­haps thanks to the built-in GPS sen­sor, or data from a smart­phone syn­chro­nized with a smart watch. Helps not to get lost in an unfa­mil­iar area. By the way, in chil­dren’s devices with the help of GPS, par­ents can track the move­ments of the child.
  4. Call answer/drop. Phone calls can be trans­ferred to a smart watch, for exam­ple, to MTF02FS/A. You can answer the caller or reject the call.
  5. Music track man­age­ment. It is pos­si­ble to scroll through songs, adjust the sound vol­ume. You can con­trol the music that sounds from your phone, or cre­ate a sep­a­rate music library in the watch’s mem­o­ry.

In addi­tion, watch phones allow you to quick­ly work with a cal­cu­la­tor, alarm clock, stop­watch, timer, even watch videos. You can also acti­vate “reminders” for impor­tant events. A vari­ety of appli­ca­tions installed on the smart watch will help expand the func­tion­al­i­ty.

Smart watch features

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Unique smart watch features

What smart watch­es can do, in addi­tion to the stan­dard options:

  1. Anti-loss — a good watch phone will def­i­nite­ly remind the own­er of a for­got­ten phone, as soon as he moves a cer­tain num­ber of meters away from the smart. By acti­vat­ing the phone search option, you can find the “lost” (the func­tion is avail­able, for exam­ple, in the Apple Watch Nike Series 6 GPS 40mm Space). True, the range is not so large and, for exam­ple, on the street, the sound sig­nal of a smart phone can not be heard, but for home search, the option is very use­ful.
  2. Calls/messages to SIM card smart watch. In GOGPS ME K19 and sim­i­lar gad­gets there is a place for a sep­a­rate SIM card. Thus, you can call or write direct­ly to the clock phone, with­out being tied to the phone. Con­ve­nient, espe­cial­ly if the device is pur­chased for a child.
  3. Sig­nal about the removal of the chronome­ter from the hand. Again, a nec­es­sary func­tion in chil­dren’s mod­els. With­out the knowl­edge of the par­ents, the child will not be able to remove and leave the device at home, school or oth­er place.
  4. The abil­i­ty to “dive” under water. With some watch­es it is quite pos­si­ble to swim. For exam­ple, with the Apple Watch Series 6 GPS, you can ful­ly swim.
  5. NFC. Con­tact­less pay­ments are now avail­able not only on smart phones. Some smart­watch­es also have a sim­i­lar chip and can be used to pay for pur­chas­es or ser­vices.

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Unique smart watch features

This list can be expand­ed many times over, because each brand tries to uniqueize its watch phone, add some kind of fea­ture. For exam­ple, Series 4 Apple devices can detect a user’s fall and, if there was no move­ment, ini­ti­ate an emer­gency call.

What smartphones can smartwatches work with?

The acces­so­ry is syn­chro­nized with phones on var­i­ous oper­at­ing sys­tems: Android, iOS, etc. In the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the gad­get, there is always a men­tion of com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with one or more OS. For exam­ple, in the para­me­ters of Watch GT Black, com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with Android / iOS is indi­cat­ed.

To con­nect a wrist device and a smart phone on Android, you will need to install addi­tion­al util­i­ties on your phone (Wear OS by Google, BTNo­ti­fi­ca­tion or oth­ers).

NuanceA: One smart watch can only be con­nect­ed to 1 smart watch. If you need to recon­nect the acces­so­ry, the smart watch is dis­con­nect­ed from the sys­tem of the old phone. At the same time, you can con­nect sev­er­al dif­fer­ent smart watch­es to one smart­phone, for exam­ple, your own and your child’s.

Apple watch and iPhone do not need addi­tion­al util­i­ties for syn­chro­niza­tion. The prepa­ra­tion only includes acti­vat­ing Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth on the devices. Infor­ma­tion about the fur­ther actions of the user is on the offi­cial web­site of the brand.

Apple Watch can also be “attached” to an Android device. But this will require the instal­la­tion of addi­tion­al util­i­ties. Such as BLE Util­i­ty for watch­es and Aer­link: Wear Con­nect for iOS for phones.

The reverse action is also pos­si­ble: syn­chro­nize smart watch on Android and iPhone. But here, first you need to pair the smart watch and the Android phone, and only then, using spe­cial pro­grams, con­nect the watch to Android Wear and iPhone.

On a note: The full func­tion­al­i­ty of Apple Watch will be revealed only in con­junc­tion with Apple gad­gets.

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Smart watches for iOS and Android

Can a smart watch work without a smartphone?

Quite pos­si­ble. For exam­ple, watch phones with a SIM card. Here is the func­tion­al­i­ty of a smart watch in a com­plete set, and it is pos­si­ble to call, write direct­ly to the chronome­ter. Sim­i­lar smart watch­es can be syn­chro­nized with a mobile device. At the same time, they func­tion suc­cess­ful­ly with­out it.

Of course, pair­ing with a phone will sig­nif­i­cant­ly expand the func­tion­al­i­ty of watch phones. But if the user has enough built-in func­tions, you can buy a smart watch as a sep­a­rate acces­so­ry.

What is the difference between a smart watch and a fitness bracelet?

Both wrist acces­sories have a sim­i­lar design: strap + dis­play. Both can count calo­ries, steps, mea­sure heart rate, mon­i­tor sleep qual­i­ty, and more. What then is a smart­watch for if there are cheap­er fit­ness track­ers?

  Smart watch and fitness bracelet

Dif­fer­ences of 2 wrist gad­gets:

Advanced mod­els of fit­ness track­ers (for exam­ple, Band 3 Pro Black) noti­fy own­ers of calls or mes­sages. Smart watch­es not only sig­nal this, but also dis­play infor­ma­tion about the caller, you can answer or reject the call.

What to choose? You only need an assis­tant in sports, to main­tain a healthy lifestyle — buy a fit­ness track­er. You need a full-fledged addi­tion to smart (or its replace­ment) — they are look­ing at smart watch­es.

How to use smart watch?

Actu­al­ly there are only 2 options:

  • in con­junc­tion with a smart­phone;
  • as a sep­a­rate acces­so­ry.

In any case, the user will be able to use a smart watch like the Active R500 Green as a phone, fit­ness track­er, alarm clock, GPS device, cal­cu­la­tor, etc. Only in the first case, you will have to go through the pro­ce­dure of “bind­ing” the smart watch to the phone using spe­cial appli­ca­tions (for exam­ple, Wear OS). In the sec­ond, insert a SIM card into a smart watch (if the chronome­ter is need­ed as a phone) and use the pro­posed func­tion­al­i­ty of the device.

How to set up smart watch

The first thing to do is to ful­ly charge your smart­watch. If the device has a slot for a SIM card, insert a SIM card into it, enter a PIN code, do not for­get to top up the bal­ance. Fur­ther:

  1. Turn on the device.
  2. Set the time and date (the para­me­ter can be changed in the “Set­tings” menu).
  3. Enable Blue­tooth.
  4. Syn­chro­nize the smart watch with your phone (down­load the appli­ca­tion for the required OS to your smart­phone; open the appli­ca­tion and click “Set­tings”; select the lan­guage and accept the terms of use; fol­low the instruc­tions on the screen).

Detailed set­tings will be indi­cat­ed in the instruc­tions for the pur­chased mod­el of wrist acces­sories.

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How often do you need to charge your smartwatch?

Depends on bat­tery capac­i­ty. On aver­age — 1 time in 2 days. The auton­o­my of devices depends on the activ­i­ty of their use. For exam­ple, GPS “eats” a lot of ener­gy. If you just view noti­fi­ca­tions on your watch, then the gad­get will last more than 2 days with­out a charge.

In sports bracelets, the bat­tery is more “sur­viv­able”. For exam­ple, the AW70 will last 12 days with­out recharg­ing.

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Where can you buy them?

Smart gad­gets are gain­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty day by day. There­fore, it will not be dif­fi­cult to pur­chase them in spe­cial­ized stores focused on the sale of var­i­ous devices: phones, tablets and oth­er things. You can also order a smart watch online. It is bet­ter to con­tact large online stores that pro­vide a guar­an­tee for goods.

So, smart watch­es — what is it and why do we need such gad­gets? Devices are lit­er­al­ly “stuffed” with all sorts of use­ful fea­tures: from the stan­dard dis­play of time and answer­ing SMS / calls to find­ing a lost smart­phone. With such a wrist acces­so­ry, you can even go hik­ing and track your own well-being, even to a busi­ness meet­ing and man­age noti­fi­ca­tions with­out tak­ing out your smart­phone. Man­u­fac­tur­ers are going fur­ther, mak­ing watch phones real mini­com­put­ers that can do with­out pair­ing with a phone.