Still more numerous on the market, connected watches are distinguished by some elements, sometimes barely visible, but can make all the difference. How to choose your first shows connected according to his needs? This is what we will detail through this buying guide.
(Shift 03/02/2016) You are finally ready to take the plunge and offer a connected watch but do not know what criteria to consider for choosing which model to opt either because of a growing number of this equipment on the market? This buying guide aims to help you, evoking the most standards it is good to consider before buying the watch of his dreams.
The screen and the casing
Choose a good watch connected comes first, as on a smartphone or tablet, by choosing a quality screen, which you will be able to deliver information in an accurate and enjoyable way. If under Android Wear watches are distinguished by their little screen, being all with OLED tiles whose resolution is between 200 and 300 ppi, note that over the same resolution, the higher the screen of your future will show net and display therefore a less pixelated image.
However, there are few alternatives to these watches under Android Wear, such as Pebble watches that adopt e-ink slabs (black and white to color or the first version for the Pebble Time). These e-ink slabs used to provide perfect visibility in the day without any backlighting. Indeed, the latter mimic the properties of a sheet of paper whose visibility will be more important than sunshine is great. Unfortunately, this type of screen has a defect, the night lighting is almost zero, the watch will no longer be readable, except if you light a lamp or any other light source.
Regarding the case, this is more a matter of taste: square, rounded edges, the formats of classic watches exist on connected watches. Likewise some models (Apple Watch, Tag Heuer ..) offer a range of interchangeable straps (leather strap, nylon, plastic ..) to customize its design.
Our advice: The current standard is a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels for approximately a screen size of 1.3 to 1.6 inches. Avoid lower resolutions.
Our choice in this segment, the motorcycle 360 2nd Generation combines a large 1.56 “screen with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels.
Moto 360 2nd generation
The operating system
There are currently two major operating systems namely Android Wear developed by the American giant Google and Watch OS developed by Apple (available exclusively on his watch Apple Watch). Do not forget to mention Pebble OS system that runs the watches of the brand of the same name.
The Apple system is only available on the Apple Watch. The brand attracts many developers and integrates Watch since its start-up many applications as an opportunity to respond to his messages, respond using their iPhone or read his mail. Furthermore the Store provides many applications that can be added thereafter.
If you already have an iPhone, you will find a similar interface and ergonomics on the Apple Watch. In addition, the synchronization will be easier.
Best Apple Watch Sport
Being used by Samsung Gear, the Android Wear is developed by Google ( official website ), this is a version of Android adapted to very small screens like those of the smartwatch. The application store Google also offers hundreds of applications optimized for this OS.
Finally, do not forget the Pebble watches that incorporate a comprehensive Store containing not less than 6500 applications, the American startup has been one of the pioneers of the market for connected watches which now enables it to offer the one of the most complete application blinds industry.
Another essential criterion when choosing a watch connected: autonomy. Indeed, the latter being caused to be worn constantly on your wrist so you follow wherever you go, autonomy is paramount, especially if you do not want to reload too often or not having to deal with a failure battery in the middle of your day.
Some brands offer ultra fast charging thanks to specific chargers but often sold separately.
Unfortunately, for now, the powerful chipsets and gourmands screens present in Android Wear watches under or within the Apple Watch not usually allow them to achieve substantial autonomy. Make sure this setting before buying one because the autonomy varies between 24 hours and several months depending on the model.
No touch screen
If you want a connected watch with a standard hand display but incorporating sensors allowing you to track your physical activity and analyze your sleep, it can also be interesting to turn to the Withings mark (range Activity as the new Steel ) because the latter has a range of several months for the sensor part and years for the needle mechanism.
Watch Activity Withings Steel without touchscreen
If all connected watches incorporate a sufficient number of sensors to correctly track your physical activity and analyze your sleep, some have a GPS module or a heart rate monitor. Certain advantages over their competitors that allow them among others to accurately track your movements and write them on a card or monitor your heart permanently ryhthme. Before choosing your connected watch, it is essential to check the sensors it has on its technical specifications, some of which may seem necessary and absent from some models.
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Compatibility with the system of your smartphone
Connected watches are mostly inseparable from your smartphone with which they communicate wirelessly via Bluetooth, it is essential to opt for a consistent show with the operating system of your current smartphone or future. Indeed, Android Wear watches are not all compatible with other Android smartphones while Apple Watch will only work with the iPhone. Others, like the Pebble Time, the Mykronoz or the Microsoft Band is compatible with several mobile operating systems (Android and iOS for the Pebble Time, Android, iOS and Windows Phone for Microsoft’s Band).
Some phone brands such as Samsung also offers smart watch (ie the Gear S2 ) whose maximum compatibility with the manufacturer’s smartphones.
Finally, note that most connected watches are incompatible with smartphones equipped with an iOS version prior to iOS 7 or an Android version below Android 4.4 or 4.3. Many criteria taken into account to avoid disillusionment after purchase.
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Other less important criteria will also allow you to choose exactly watch the most suitable for your needs. Among them include the selling price of the actual-shows, the opportunity to buy and replace her bracelet with ease in case of breakage or reliability, according to the builder’s reputation. Some watches Embedded also an accelerometer, a heart rate monitor or a pedometer.
The difference can also be made via the application that sometimes adds features like an alarm clock with intelligent alarm according to the cycle of sleep.
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