Today, even phone manufacturers are producing watches that connect with your phone to discreetly alert you of a phone call, reminder or even track your fitness goals. Watch manufacturers have also gotten on board and produced Bluetooth™ enabled watches to interact with your phone. So what’s the difference? Are you looking for a watch – or an accessory for your phone? What kind of data, control or updates are you looking to get from your Smartwatch? The type of Smartwatch you get is going to depend on what you need to use it for.
Companies like Movado, Citizen, and Casio have produced watches that can alert you to calls, updates and reminders. Suunto watches can track your route through GPS and fitness goals, while Casio’s G-Shock G’Mix collection focus on controlling your music. Bulova has even produced a line of clocks with Bluetooth™ speakers that will connect with your Smartphone to play your music when in range.
Although Smartwatches made by phone manufacturers may offer more functionality and features that more closely relate to the functions on your Smartphone, Smartwatches produced by watch manufacturers are more likely to be more durable, fashionable and affordable. For example, the Kevin Lyons limited edition watch from Casio will keep you informed of messages and calls but it also has the G-Shock’s durability with a shock resistant movement, 200 meter water resistance, vibration alarm and priced at or below $200 is a great alternative to a more expensive piece that may not stand up to a water splash, let alone going for a swim at the beach – a place you may want to keep your phone safe from exposure to sand and water.
Citizen’s Proximity collection offers their Eco-Drive movement with solar power – no need for charging – or battery changes. They are also fashionable pieces that can be worn with a suit to the office or a night out without being obvious. Movado also offers similar fashion-friendly pieces with the Movado Bold Motion collection. Although they require charging with a cable they feature subtle, modern LED light indicators for alerts from your phone.
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