The question we seek to answer in this article is “what are the elements of a good watch to wear while traveling?” Of course, the answer depends on where you are going, but you’ll see a lot of commonalities between these watches despite there being many different types of timepieces that would nevertheless be good to travel with.
The Big Smartwatch Benefits
So, what can a smartwatch do over say a smartphone that makes it a worthwhile investment? We take a look at some of the key smartwatch uses that might persuade you to take the jump.
1. They don't just tell the time
Many people prefer wearing a watch. The purpose is either functional (simply telling the time) or it's because it's fashionable. A good watch looks great on someone's wrist.
But watches are becoming less and less popular due to the advent of the smartphone. Who needs to buy a watch when their phone tells the time, has a calendar, and has an alarm? It’s a valid point and one that explains decreasing watch sales in the last few years.
But, smart watches buck this trend as they offer something a little different. They offer all these basic watch features but they also do things that smartphones cannot. We’ll explain exactly what these things are over the course of this article.
2. A travel buddy right on your wrist
James L. McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research described a smartwatch as being:
“Someone who knows more about what you need than you do.”
The Bozlun watch, for example, is able to deliver different vibrations to your wrist to tell you if you should turn right or left when following directions. Instead of constantly looking at a smartphone, for example, you are able to follow an invisible guide that informs you where to go. Look up and take in the scenery instead of staring at a map.
3. Finding a phone, key or device is even easier
As you well know, losing a phone or keys is an extremely frustrating experience. It always seems to happen before some important occasion that we just can’t be late for!
Thankfully a smartwatch can render this inconvenience a thing of the past.
Most of them have a “Find Phone” feature. You can connect your phone or any device with it and you will be able to ring it through your watch whenever you wish. Lost your phone? Just press a few buttons on your watch to locate it in seconds.
Many smartwatches have fitness tracking as a core feature. It will help you keep up with your fitness goals. So if you are ever thinking of taking a fitness tracker or a pedometer, you can replace it with a good smartwatch.
4. They work as a good fitness tracker
What exactly can a smart watch do? It can count steps, distance, calories, heart rate, pulse rate, sleep and some even go beyond this to calculate other important metrics you might need. We recently reviewed the LQM EX1 Fitness Tracker and I am sure a good smartwatch can offer you the same.
There are even models now that are completely waterproof and perfect for swimmers. Check out our guide to the ultimate waterproof smartwatches.
5. Reply to messages & receive calls instantly
If you have a smartwatch on your wrist, you no longer need to bring your phone out of your pocket. You can receive calls or reply to messages on the go. This is especially useful if you are exercising or in a scenario where carrying a phone is just too awkward.
Some watches also have voice support. Like something out of Star Trek, you can talk to your wrist and communicate with someone thousands of miles away!
6. See your social media notifications
Who doesn’t want to see Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, SnapChat or other social notifications on his wrist? Well, me actually and this is always something I turn off, but for others, this is a 'must have' function.
Some watches will simply show your messages and social media activity but others will allow you to interact with the application too. I don’t recommend using this as your primary method of interacting with people on social media as it is a bit fiddly but on those occasions when you are out running or something, it's awesome!
7. You are even connected while doing activities
When you are running, cycling, swimming or any other form of exercise, you might want to peek into your messages, calls or notifications. Sometimes it is not possible for you to keep a phone with you in those activities, and it’s just awkward and annoying when you do anyway. Here is where a smartwatch becomes really useful.
It understands you better than any device. What more can you expect from it?
8. It keeps you connected longer than your phone
You might be thinking from the very first time, why would you need a smartwatch when you already have a good smartphone?
Shake it out of your mind because some smartwatches have such powerful batteries that a phone just can’t compare.
Going on a long trip? The BOZLUN B31 smartwatch can keep you connected throughout your trip for up to 10 days on a single full charge.
If all the advantages of the appeal can be concentrated on one watch, it is a watch that you must have. Don't hesitate to buy it.