We live in a smart world where everything that has a ‘smart’ tag apparently becomes or at least assumed to be smart automatically. Be it smart cars, smart phones, smart homes, smart offices or smart watches, smart is the buzz word in the world of internet and connected devices. But, putting ‘smart’ prefix before watches don’t make them smart, or does it? What really makes a watch a smartwatch?
The makers of some of the biggest phone manufacturers around the world would want you to believe that smart revolution has already arrived. But the fact remains that much of the buzz around smartwaches has already waned. A gadget could serve three purposes ideally, the first being fulfilling a certain need, the second being serving as a fashion accessory more than utility and third being both. What it seems like today’s smartwatches are more of a fashion accessory than a functional and useful device.
Let’s look at some of the reasons why we think smartwatches are yet to evolve and make sense.
Screen Size Is A Limiting Factor In Smartwatches
When Windows Mobile was launched over half a decade ago, HTC and like brands came up Windows-running phones with 4 and 4.3 inch screens. A lot of criticisms were thrown at them for being unnaturally huge and so on. But soon, the big size served its purpose and business professionals were quite happy working on them and it caught up with general public as well. So, we moved to 1.3 inch screen size that used to come on those old brick phones to 6 inch phablets today. We did for a reason, which is to consume more and more content. Our mobile devices have become a mode to consume content more than we generate them. So, why would you go back to a tiny screen to read, share and write content when you can do that with convenience with the device that you would carry with your smartwatch anyway?
Smartwatches Don’t Set You Free
If you think smartwatches will allow you to dump your heavy and oversized smartphone at home and be equally productive totting your watch around then you are in for a shock. There is only limited functionalities that your smartwatches offer such as reading short text messages, social media messages, see notifications and so on. You will still be required to carry your smartphone with you at all times. Especially, if you don’t wear watch, now you will be carrying two devices instead of one. It’s just like what happened when Bluetooth headphones were introduced for the first time. People bought them in droves but then they have to carry two separate devices and charge them separately and the romance soon faded.
Battery Life Sucks On Smartwatches
Almost all smartwatches could barely last an entire day that too if you’re not fiddling with them continuously. So, not anytime soon you’ll see smartwatches lasting for days like Bluetooth headset do, at least like some of them if not all.
Technology – Strips OLED Screen Flexible
We could go on and on listing reasons why smartwatches aren’t that smart yet and to put it simply, they are not technologically that advanced to get a serious thought. It’s not like what you see in sci-fi movies that they are made of a slim transparent strip that you wear around your arm and it has some OLED-like cool display that provides you indefinite computing power and lets you make calls at the same time. We believe smartwatches would eventually dump the watch-shape and go on to try more radical display solutions backed with enough juice and power to actually come any close to replacing current smartphones. Till then, save your money unless you want to splash on fashion accessories called smartwatches.