The smart watch technology is relatively new,not just to the Zimbabwean market but globally as well but these devices have always been known as calculator watches which were introduced in the 1970’s therefore there are kind of resurrected to smart watches, more advanced than there were before.
Coming home, Huawei a Chinese global phone manufacturer has already brought some smartphones to the local market with little uptake so far as many people are still yet to fully embrace the technology.
Simply defined, a smart watch is a wristwatch with a screen and the ability to do much more than tell you the time. In essence, it’s like having a tiny smartphone on your wrist but there are a few things that need to be clarified on.
In most cases smart watches run paired to a phone they still have app stores which enable you to add the core features of the watch an dyou can recieve calls or message through one.
In a lame man’s language smart watches basically have the same functions as a phone, however I believe it is a smarter alternative if you are a forgetful person. I mean who could leave something behind if it were in their wrists.
Is our country there yet to have these watches which can pose as an alternative or back up for travelling in case your phone switches off you can still be connected via the smart watch and read your emails and receive calls.
When choosing the right smart watch you have to consider a number of factors especially here in Zimbabwe the market is not readily available as it is in the first world countries therefore accessing the top of the range products is quite cumbersome except for those that have the priviledge of flying off to countries that are more accepting.
Naturally, the first thing you’ll want to consider when buying a smartwatch is compatibility. Many of the devices currently available use Android Wear, Google’s operating system designed for wearables; the latest Android Wear update adds support for iOS, but these are still very much Android-centric devices. Make sure to pick a watch that’s compatible with the mobile device you own.
What separates a smart watch from a dumb watch? Lots of things, but as smartphones have taught us, apps might be the most important. Much like smartphones, app availability is a good way to determine which product to get, so make sure to check out the app selection for each watch before buying in.
If you are looking for a smart watch with a good battery life it is unfortunate because you’re not going to get it. Watches with full-color, smartphone-like displays, like the Apple Watch and Android Wear watches, only last for about a day on a single charge. Like your phone, you’re going to want to throw them on a charger every night before you go to bed. And most of the watches that fall into this category feature screens that turn off after just a few seconds. In order to check the time, you either need trigger the display with a physical button or a gesture like holding it up to your face.
This is the making or breaking point on what determines the type of smartwatch a person can have. Smartwatches can be very expensive, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money to get a good one. If you’re a first-time smartwatch buyer, you might want to think about going the less-expensive route, in case you wind up not wearing it all that much.
Buy It for Looks, Don’t Buy It for Life
Let’s not forget: You’re also going to wear this thing. And unlike your Timex, it’s probably not going to remain in style for years. Smartwatch design is rapidly changing, so hold out until you find something you actually want to wear. And keep in mind that smartwatches are still gadgets. The coming year is sure to bring new iterations of pretty much every watch on this list, not to mention plenty of completely new ones.
Considering our economy in Zimbabwe, who would buy a smart phone for looks? Or rather buy it for longevity/ durability.