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In a day and age where leaving behind your phone – or worse, losing it – is an actual defined fear (called ‘nomophobia’), it seems impossible to imagine a life without your smartphone.

More often than not, our attachment to real-time updates on everything and anything can also be the cause of stress and unsavoury social situations, as we all abruptly stop a flowing conversation to compulsively check what the latest notification ding was for.

But what if you could have something up your sleeve to quickly determine whether such notifications were worth your current energy and time?

Enter: the world of smartwatches.

While smartwatches have been around since the 80s, the best smartwatches for 2015 include far more benefits which can benefit almost everybody.

Stuck on how to choose one that will match your needs? Let finder.com.au show you the way.

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What exactly is a smartwatch?

A smartwatch is exactly what it sounds like: a watch that is usually linked to your smartphone and serves as a companion device so that you can:

  • See text messages;
  • Screen phone calls;
  • Receive alerts for emails and social media updates;
  • Remember scheduled diary meetings and appointments;
  • Monitor your heart rate;
  • Count your steps or km’s run;
  • Control your music;
  • Act as a GPS;
  • View photos; and
  • Use apps, just to name a few.

Just like not all smartphones are the same, each smartwatch may support different combinations of the above common features, and some smartwatches may even be able to function as a standalone device.

So who would benefit from using a smartwatch? As it turns out, most of us can.

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Who would suit a smartwatch?

For those who are on the go or like to track their fitness, a smartwatch can be quite a handy time and space saver.

Because most smartwatches are designed to be accessories to your smartphone, you’ll be able to carry on your conversation even if your phone dings with a notification, rather than awkwardly excusing yourself as you cumbersomely pull out your phone to see what the all too familiar ding notification sound was for.

If you’re also a keen health enthusiast, a smartwatch could give you extra value as you will no longer have to track your fitness with a mobile phone in your pocket or in an armband. Instead, all you’ll have to do is wear a smartwatch, helping you keep connected and counted for, even while you’re busily on the move.

Is my smartwatch compatible?
  • No Android Wear smartwatch works with iPhone
  • No Apple Watch works with Android phones
  • Fitbit, Pebble work with all phones, they are device agnostic
  • Apple Watch doesn't work with iPhone 4 and below
  • Android Wear smartwatches don't work with Samsung S2 and below
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What should I consider when shopping for a smartwatch?

Like any other device, when shopping for your smartwatch it will come down to a matter of personal choice. Here are a few things you should consider, to help get you started:

  • Device compatibility – Because most smartwatches are created to be accompaniments to your phone, you should check the device compatibility. For example, the upcoming Apple Watch will only work with iPhones, but a Pebble smartwatch will work with both Android and iOS devices.
  • Screen and interface – Do you prefer a colour screen, or a black and white e-reader display? Would you like the screen to always be ‘on’, lit up and active, or do you want the option of an interchangeable classic watch interface? Would you rather have a touch screen, or physical buttons that you can push?
  • Notifications and alerts – What types of notifications do you want to receive? Most common alerts will include calls, texts and emails, but do you also want to receive notifications from social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat?
  • Design – Like any other watch, a smartwatch will reflect your personal style. Does your smartwatch come with changeable straps or other customisable design features?
  • Water friendly – If you’re active and enjoy sports, is your smartwatch waterproof or water-resistant? Do you wear your watch in the shower?
  • Apps – Each smartwatch will have its own range of apps that it can run. Which apps are available for your chosen smartwatch, and does it have a limit on how many apps the smartwatch can store at a time?
  • Fitness – If you intend to also keep track of your fitness, does the smartwatch support the apps you usually use, or does it have a heart rate monitor, integrated GPS or pedometer already built-in? If so, how easy is it to integrate with your smartphone app or your computer where you usually view and track your fitness records?
  • Voice calling and recognition – Do you want your smartwatch to have voice recognition installed so that you are able to prompt actions just by talking? Are you able to make calls from your wrist without needing a separate SIM for your smartwatch?
  • Battery and charging – How often will you need to charge your smartwatch, and how easy is it to charge? Can you plug it straight into your laptop, or do you need to carry a charger chord?
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What are the best smartwatches for 2015?

Currently, there are different smartwatches available from most big electronics and smartphone companies, such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola and the kickstarter superstar, Pebble. Some popular smartwatches for 2015 include:

Motorola Moto 360
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Pebble Time
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Samsung Gear S
Samsung
LG G Watch R
Kogan
Sony Smartwatch 3
Sony
Apple Watch
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Announcing: The Apple Watch

The first wearable device from Apple using the smartwatch concept, the highly anticipated Apple Watch will be released on April 24, 2015.

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With its many onscreen icons, you’ll be able to use the Apple Watch with your paired iPhone to for existing apps such as:

  • Messages
  • Phone
  • Mail
  • Calendar
  • Siri
  • Maps
  • Passbook
  • Music
  • Camera Remote
  • Weather
  • Stocks
  • Remote
  • Photos
  • Alarm
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer
  • World Clock

The Apple Watch will also include a feature to track your daily exercise levels and connect with other friends who have an Apple Watch. With the battery expected to last up to 18 hours per day, the Apple Watch could be a worthwhile addition for those already with an iPhone.

Whatever your lifestyle, the ease of having everything up your sleeve will prove convenient for all of us who have that compulsive itch to grab their phone each and everytime it dings with a notification sound. Whichever smartwatch you choose, these innovative wearable devices will help you use your smartphones just as they were originally intended to be: smarter. 

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She is currently studying a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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