By Derrek Lee published March 28, 2022
Fitness and health features are a nice plus, but the experience is all about convenience.
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What you need to know
- We asked our readers about the main reason why they purchased a smartwatch.
- Of the votes, 50% said that it was about the convenience that comes with owning a smartwatch.
- Fitness tracking came in second with 22% of votes, while health features came in third with 17%.
Over the weekend, we wanted to know why our readers purchased smartwatches. This came up based on a conversation we had in our last podcast about the state of Wear OS following the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 and how it compares to WatchOS on the Apple Watch.
Out of more than 1500 responses, 50% said that convenience was the biggest reason for owning a smartwatch. This could refer to notifications, music controls, smart home controls, access to the virtual assistant, and more. This could even relate to fitness tracking, which received 22% of the votes, as untethered smartwatches are able to make phone calls and send texts without needing the phone nearby, a handy feature while on a run.
We received plenty of responses from our readers, letting us know why they purchase smartwatches. On Twitter, one reader says that their primary reason is the convenience of not pulling out their phone for every notification. The ability to change watch faces on the best Android smartwatches is also a plus, something you can’t do on a traditional smartwatch.Sponsored LinksVillas For Sale in Dubai Might Totally Surprise YouVillas for Sale in Dubai | Search Adshttps://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=androidcentral&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NlbnNpdGl2ZV9tZWRpYV9pbnRlcnN0aXRpYWxfMTM5NjMiOnsiYnVja2V0IjoiaW50ZXJzdGl0aWFsIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH0sInRmd190d2VldF9yZXN1bHRfbWlncmF0aW9uXzEzOTc5Ijp7ImJ1Y2tldCI6InR3ZWV0X3Jlc3VsdCIsInZlcnNpb24iOm51bGx9fQ%3D%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1507747604502921224&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.androidcentral.com%2Fbiggest-reason-we-buy-smartwatches&sessionId=49cef3e6ff24778c550b40d7208cb57918131abc&siteScreenName=androidcentral&theme=light&widgetsVersion=c8fe9736dd6fb%3A1649830956492&width=550pxSee more
Another reader on Facebook agrees that convenience is a major factor, especially during the height of the pandemic, and says this is especially true for features like contactless payments:RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.517.2_en.html#goog_11344383670 seconds of 3 minutes, 24 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND
“I would argue that the biggest convenience beyond seeing messages is the payment function. This became especially good for me during the height of the pandemic when we weren’t sure about touching things. Now, I use it all the time and haven’t really carried cash in a long time as a result.”
Others point out how they’re suitable for fitness tracking, particularly devices from companies like Garmin that last for a week or more on a single charge, and how they make good style accessories. However, there’s no denying that smartwatches have become much more useful as companies continue to pump more features into them and can significantly supplement your smartphone experience. This is likely what led to the rise in smartwatch sales in 2021.
Hopefully, Google can really take advantage of this momentum with the upcoming Wear OS 3 update.
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Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he’s not working, he’s most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.MORE ABOUT…Samsung’s phone production is reportedly taking a major hit this yearThe Pixel 7 series’ display may not be the upgrade you were hoping forLATESTGoogle’s upcoming Pixel Tablet could ship with a USI-certified stylus