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Here are 3 reasons why now is the time to buy a smartwatch

I think it's time to stop bullying smartwatches. In the beginning, we all poked fun at them like the new kid at school, but now times have changed. Smartwatches are different and all of a sudden they're worth getting to know better. They might even become your new best friend if you just give them a chance. Here are three reasons why you should buy a smartwatch this year.

1. Smartwatches don't suck any more

This is perhaps the biggest reason to give smartwatches a try. Not long ago smartwatches were clumsy, goofy looking gadgets, but the current batch, from the Huawei Watch to the Moto 360 (2015) and Gear S2, all look and work great.

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The Gear S2 Classic is the best looking smartwatch we've seen yet.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Even Android Wear has improved to a workable degree and Samsung's Tizen platform is showing Google how wearable interfaces are done. Apps for wearables, watch faces and customization options are really kicking off. Even battery life has come a long way in just over a year.

2. Smartwatches are getting cheaper

Now that we're looking at second and third generation devices, the originals are incredibly cheap. You can pick up a first generation Moto 360 for US$150, along with other first-gen watches such as the Asus ZenWatch. Even second-gen watches like the LG G Watch R are a lot cheaper now.

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Current smartwatches are actually very compelling. / © ANDROIDPIT

If you're simply interested in testing the smartwatch waters, it has never been cheaper to do so. The good news is that specs haven't really changed since last year, so the old watches are running the same software with the same hardware for half the price.

3. Smartwatches connect you more

Let's be honest: most people have serious issues paying attention to those in front of them. Who hasn't seen a table of people out for dinner, all furiously sending messages to those not in attendance? We're probably all guilty of ignoring our dinner companions in order to Instagram a photo at one time or another.

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Filtering through notifications on a smartwatch is more discreet than doing so with your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT

The thing I like best about smartwatches is that I can be even more connected to what's going on on my phone without being rude. Glancing at a watch is more discreet than constantly pulling out a phone, and they don't require anywhere near as much attention as a phone – you simply get the message and return to what you were doing, but you'll still never miss anything.

Have you bought a smartwatch yet? If you haven't, what's stopping you?


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  • I've an LG watch R. Here is why I like it :

    No more disturbing ring tone . When somebody calls me it vibrates on my wrist and I see the picture of the caller. Most of times I don't have to dig my smartphone in my bag. Because, yes, I have a big smartphone I cannot carry on me. Just this feature is enough fit me to validate my LG watch.
    I always listen to music on my sphone. I can pump up the volume or skip aa sing just by tapping onmy

  • It's still rude to check messages on a smart watch instead of a phone. What can be so important that it can't wait to do it after dinner?

  • Mark Oct 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Three reasons not to buy a smart watch
    1) The battery life still sucks and it's just one more device to charged all the time.
    2) They are redundant your smartphone can do everything it does and you can read the screen.
    3) longevity I have had a Seiko Dive watch for 15 years and it's still ticking. Smart watch I don't think so

    • Battery life is better now, I charge my gear fit for 30 mins to an hour every two days.

      Convenient while working or driving, and is very discreet. Better than pulling out a phone just to read a message.

      Well longevity, I've only had my gear fit for a few months, I love it. But I want to upgrade to the gear 2 classic.

  • I think i'll wait for a few years until smartwatches start getting better battery life and have better connection to our devices!

  • Yes, smartwatches connect you more and it helps you assure your safety. You can now connect to the world by only using this gadget.

  • I like the concept of smartwatches and think they have potential, I just don't think they're very useful yet. Give it a couple of years when they've been developed further and I think they will be a good bit of kit

  • I'm still trying to think of 1 reasonable reason...

  • They are fun to use, Hardware could have been improved and so does the battery life and heart rate monitor, watches are still costly.

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