Wearable devices like the smartwatch are trending right now, but that might only be because of the novelty of having a smartwatch. It’s appealing for tech gadget gurus who want the newest and latest trend. The smartwatch allows the user to read text messages and emails right on the wrist. The wearer doesn’t have to dig for the phone. It effectively screens calls, and apps can be downloaded to the watch too. The problem with the smartwatch is that the fantasy of wearable devices might be more exciting than the reality. Read on to learn why most consumers are already over the big buzz about smartwatches.
Customers have reported that the device doesn’t last long when in use. If the device is used sporadically, it can last throughout the day, but when in use, the battery drains pretty quickly. Customers using the Sony SmartWatch, Samsung Galaxy SmartWatch and the Bluetooth Smart U Watch all report issues with the battery life.
One of the features of the smartwatch is the ability to flip your wrist to see who is calling, email or texting, but this drains the life of the battery since most people move their wrists repeatedly throughout the day. Often, the watch apps remain running which drains the battery as well, and the motion sensors on some watches are extremely sensitive, causing the watch to perform commands that the user didn’t want.
Size and Weight
The screen is incredibly small since it’s only a watch face and not the phone display, but as the screens become larger depending on model, the weight of the smartwatches rise. While seven ounces doesn’t seem like a lot, it is when it’s strapped to your wrist all day. Other consumers have complained about the fit of most smartwatches—they are adjustable, but many don’t fit comfortably on smaller wrists, or during exercise.
Lack of Durability
Many customers complained about how fragile the smartwatch is. This is especially true of the Sony SmartWatch. The watch itself isn’t part of the band. This might seem like a feature instead of a flaw, because the watch can be detached for charging. Unfortunately, the band is made of plastic as are the clips that keep the watch attached to the band. Both are prone to breaking, which is frustrating for consumers who pay a pretty penny for these watches.
Without downloading apps from a store, the watch does nothing more than keep time. It’s the apps that make the smartwatch perform extra capabilities. The problem here is that apps don’t always download correctly. Customers often complain that the watch didn’t recognize many of the apps from the store. To pair the smartwatch with your smartphone, you have to download more than one program, and many users reported that after downloading 6 or 7 apps, it still didn’t work.
While many consumers might like the concept of a smartwatch, the ones on the market right now are not performing. With some tweaks and upgraded technology, it might be viable technology, but as of today, the smartwatch isn’t very smart. Information for this article was provided by the technology experts of Apple Shark, who allow users to sell iPhone 4s models (along with newer models) back, even if the device is damaged or broken.