It’s been a good year for smartwatches. Apple is positioning the Watch Ultra as the ultimate fitness device. With the Samsung Galaxy Watch5, the battery life and the range of functions are convincing. The Fitbit Sense 2 can constantly monitor your stress levels and even Google has entered the race with the Pixel Watch. The silent majority of the population does not wear them, myself included. And I’m interested: Can you tell me – further down in the comments – what are the reasons for your purchase or your reluctance? I’ll tell you what I’m still missing:
- Reliable voice control
- calorie counter
- Seven days of autonomy
1. Reliable voice command
I must have laughed while sitting in the garden with two friends the other day. We wanted to know which planet was closest to Earth. The two immediately pulled out their smartwatches and popped the question.
My friend’s Apple Watch took a few seconds for Siri to say “Found this” and play some useless web suggestions on the small screen.
My friend’s Google Wear compatible watch misunderstood it at first and got tangled somewhere in the way between the paired smartphone and the router on the second try. There was no response.
Apple has barely improved Siri over the years. The language assistant’s understanding did not improve significantly. Google is constantly developing the assistant, but for a long time there was a problem with the Wear OS software of previous systems.
Either way: it has to get better – it’s witchcraft. I want to ask my “wrist” which planet is closest to us, then hear “Mercury” (with a brief explanation) and that’s it.
Mercury? Yes indeed. According to a Science Today calculation, the faster-spinning neighbor of the sun is actually closer to us on average than Venus, which often orbits on the opposite side of the sun. Yes, I had to google it on my laptop. No, I wouldn’t have thought either.
2. Calorie counter
Modern smartwatches can approximately calculatehow many calories you burn per day. So basal metabolism + training. You can’t track it exactly, nor the caloriesregistration. And that would be a tipping point for me: a smartwatch that reliably measures that my last meal was 453 kcal and that I consumed a total of 2,115 kcal per day. I would buy!
It does not work? Well, yes, the debut has been made: the relatively unknown Healbe GoBe3 smartwatch wants to be able to do just that. According to the manufacturer, it measures fluid dynamics in cells using a bioimpedance sensor and can therefore measure your approximate calorie intake at least over a longer period of time. Assuming the principle really works – testers disagree on this – it would be something that other manufacturers could try to improve over time.
And then in the evening to have a more precise comparison – “Today you took 2145 calories and burned 2456” – that’s it!
3. Seven days of battery life
My previous attempts at smartwatches have been frustrating. Sometimes there were nice apps on watches like Apple Watch or – I also like – the Google Pixel Watch. And maybe the additional functions would have been enough for me compared to the smartphone. If it hadn’t been for the vice of having to plug the devices back into the socket at night. With a smartphone I really need, I have now accepted it. However, my last tested phones such as Samsung Galaxy A53, Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Google Pixel 7 Pro all lasted two days.
A smartwatch should also be able to do this. Or even better: work so quietly in the background that you can spend a whole week with basic functions. I would also take three days, if that included the occasional workout. But charging every night? Too much for me.
Fitbit has actually been showing for years that it’s at least approximately possible. The Sense 2, for example, should last up to seven days. Play sports with it and turn on the GPS, then it’s only three – which is still well above the runtime of other watches. But Fitbit pays for it by dispensing with some popular competitive apps and functions, such as the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch5 or Google Pixel Watch.
Question: What is it for you?
Most of my acquaintances have been walking around with some form of smartwatch for a long time. His colleague Netcost is passionate about the subject, especially the Samsung Galaxy Watch5. As a “smart mom”, a good friend can no longer do without her watch. And after much hesitation, his colleague Frank Müller also recently bought an Apple Watch.
What happened with you, what was your tipping point? What prompted you to buy a connected watch? Or what is the reason you are still waiting or not everything is for you? Tell me in the comments!
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Connected watches: what is your tipping point?
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