By now, you’ve probably known something about mechanical and automatic watches and the usual quartz watches that you can find at inexpensive prices on the market. But, there is a new type of watch that took the world by storm- smartwatch.
In this article, I will go over the things that you need to know about the two and what their main differences are so that you will be able to make a more informed decision, should you decide to get either of them in the near future.
History of the Smartwatch
You might think that the Apple Watch was the first smartwatch in existence, but that is actually not the case. In fact, it was Seiko who first introduced the idea of advanced wearable technology back in 1984.
The first iteration of the smartwatch has very basic features. It can record memos, do basic calculations, and it can even help you schedule some meetings as well.
In 1994, the Timex Datalink was released and it could communicate with a PC wirelessly using the device’s data transfer mode functionality. Then in 1999, Seiko release another smartwatch that was able to tether with a phone and the revolution, from then on, has started.
Fast forward to 2015, Apple, the same company that released the first-ever smartphone, was also first to release the more advanced smartwatch to the public- the first version of the Apple Watch. In the same year, Samsung, another smartphone giant, released its own smartwatch in the form of Samsung Gear S2.
The Benefits and Features of the Different Watches
Think of smartwatches as the baby brother of smartphones. That is because, for the most part, the smartwatch is just an extension of a phone. You can make calls with it, you can make texts, you can check your emails, interact with people on your social media accounts, and so much more.
A traditional watch, although much-improved than the timepieces back then, is still somewhat limited to its own thing. For instance, a chronograph watch may provide you with a stopwatch and a timer, but it still cannot go toe-to-toe even against a basic smartwatch.
However, despite the fact that the traditional timepiece cannot go head-to-head against smartwatches from a pure feature standpoint, it does have its benefits, mainly battery life and lifespan.
For example, a traditional watch is akin to some fine wine in that the longer the watch is in your possession, the better its value is going to be.
Smartwatches typically need to be replaced after a year or two simply because there are new changes that the older device might not support.
Aside from that, traditional watches also win in the battery life department. A traditional automatic watch, for instance, does not require any batteries at all since it uses a mainspring and rotor for powering its mechanism.
On the other hand, smartwatches would have to rely on batteries and because they provide you with so many features, those features come at a huge cost- at the expense of the device’s battery life.