Smartwatches vs. classic watches - The future of the watch industry
The Apple revolution has taken smartwatches to a whole new level. Many technology-lovers, especially youngsters prefer smartwatches to classic watches. Will this trendy product pose challenges for classic watches? Why do some people choose smartwatches while others are still loyal to classic watches?
In this blog post, I will give an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both smartwatches and classic watches and some of my thoughts about the future of the watch industry.
SMARTWATCHES – FUNCTIONAL BUT SHORT LIFETIME
Regarding the advantages of smart watches, multiple functions must be considered a plus. Outstanding features such as health tracking, notifications for social media and calls, especially for Apple’s I-watch are of great convenience for busy and active people. Moreover, a smartwatch can be integrated with a variety of applications for different purposes. A smart watch then be more of a technological device than a timekeeper for its owner.
Everything have shortcomings and this applies also for smartwatches. A smartwatch with constant notifications from social media and job calls may not be the best choice when you want to take a break from the hectic life. Moreover, as a smart device, a smartwatch has a battery that does not last very long. For example, for I-watch, you need to charge it once a day. When a smartwatch is out of battery, it becomes useless and you will not be able to even see the time. In addition, the lifetime of a smartwatch is under question. Just like other smart devices, a smartwatch might become outdated within 1-2 years for upgraded software and programs. I also personally think that smartwatches have quite an unattractive design. In my opinion, most of them look like mini mobile phones with sharp angles and straight lines, although some prestigious brands now make connected watches that have a more elegant look.
CLASSIC WATCHES – CLASSY AND DURABLE