Smartwatch for Fitness
It took a while to get going, but smartwatches are finally beginning to take a hold on the tech market.
For some people they are just another trendy gadget to strap around the wrist, but for others they can actually serve a really useful purpose – like helping with a fitness regime.
To find the best Android smartwatch for fitness, there are a few factors to consider:
Your smartwatch works by linking up with your Android smartphone, so spend some time researching into how easy this is to achieve (most smartwatches work via Bluetooth) and what kind of features this link-up provides. Google’s Android Wear is the most popular Android smartwatch brand, and every model comes with built-in fitness software which tracks things like heartrate and distance covered, sending the data immediately back to your phone.
Waterproofing and durability
Are you going to be swimming with it? It could be that you just forget to remove it during a shower, but hopefully common sense dictates here; if you know you’re going to be taking your watch for a dunk, consider its waterproof capabilities. Using your smartwatch for fitness in general is going to result in some wear and tear, so it’s vital to find a model which is robust and will hold together for more than a few months.
Remember when smartphones first came about and required daily charging? Well the same can be said of smartwatches. Unlike regular watches, they generally last a total of three days (if that) on one charge because they’re running so much sophisticated software – always being connected via wireless churns up battery. A lot. This is worth considering if you’re going for a weekend power hike without access to any power sockets.
Obviously you have to consider if the aesthetics of the smartwatch charm you (you wouldn’t buy an ugly smartphone, would you?), and if it’s going to be comfortable on your wrist while running/exercising. You’ll know by sight if it’s a good build or not. Also consider what the strap is made of and if it’s possible to change it out.
Because it’s still a fairly new technology, it can be difficult to know
exactly what to look for when trying to find the best Android smartwatch to regiment your fitness, but really, it’s not much different to checking the design and specifications of any piece of equipment.
It’s all about considering your needs and weighing them against the device’s functions while still keeping in mind that what appeals to someone else may not necessarily appeal to you.