Reference App Comparison For Your Wearable

Your guide to finding what you need to find faster than ever (and to cheating on pub quizzes).

Smartwatches along with all other smart devices exist to make you, well, smarter. They’re there to remember when you forget, tell you what you don’t know and to help you cheat on pub quizzes (you know you’ve done it!).

What are reference apps for smartwatch?

Whether it is looking up the capital city of a far off land or where you can find the best cheeseburger within a five minute walk, smart devices have changed the way we interact with information. While some argue that it is for the worse, and that people no longer retain knowledge as well as they might have done in the past, it’s hard to see how it doesn’t make life easier at almost every turn.

The apps that provide these invaluable services are mostly clumped into the category of ‘reference’ apps. It should have been named the “Finding awesome stuff” apps, but that wouldn’t look as neat in the app store. Still, one of the best things about the smartwatches is that they will bring reference apps closer to you and work hard so that you don’t have to. Who could argue with that?

Best reference apps for your smartwatch

Reference AppsAbout the AppCompatibility
Google SearchIt’s so obvious it almost isn’t worth saying, and yet, of course, everyones favourite search engine (Sorry Microsoft, Yahoo and the Web Wombat) is available for smartwatches. Bringing you incredible searches in unbeatable times you might as well stop fighting and go with the flow.Available for all smartwatches running Android from the Android Wear store.
GlanceA kind of launchpad for the Pebble smartwatch, Glance shows the time, weather and date, any calendar events, unread emails, texts and missed calls, and even a simple stock ticker for the financial invested. It’s a solid and well rounded app that no Pebble owner should be without.Available for Pebble from the Google Play app store.
YelpPebble comes up trumps once again with the excellent Yelp app. Whether you’re looking for a coffee shop, a nightclub or a local restaurant the Yelp app has got your back. Complete with user reviews this app will get you exactly where you want every time.Available for Pebble from the Google Play app store.
SiriThe iconic Siri makes an appearance on the latest Apple device. Ask her a question and she’ll give you an answer, a direction, and occasionally a hint of personality. Voice activation probably never took off in the way that it was expected to, but perhaps with the sci-fi feel of giving voice commands to your watch it is due for a resurgence.Siri is built into the Apple Watch.
AttopediaThis is the Android wear version of wikipedia. Giving you a whole world of information and reference right on your wrist. It’s simple navigation and wonderful price (free!) make it one of the best and most comprehensive reference apps available on any smartwatch to date.Available for Android from the Android Wear store.

Frequently asked questions

Will my smartwatch make me smarter?

That depends on two things. Firstly, how you define smart and secondly, how you use your smartwatch. There is no doubt that if you use it to learn a new language, to educate yourself about world politics and play extensive brain trainer games, then yes, it could make you smarter. If you use it to play Flopsy Droid from the beginning for the third time, then it probably won’t help much I’m afraid.

Are smartwatch reference apps free to download?

Some are and some aren’t. Check on the relevant app store for information about pricing of each app you want to buy.

Should I really cheat on the pub quiz?

finder.com.au does not encourage cheating on pub quizzes, in fact, it actively discourages it.

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