Utilities App Comparison For Your Wearable

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You’ve just spent a minimum of $499.00 AUD on the Apple Watch Sport. It tells you the time, keeps track of your fitness data and wakes you up when you need. Off to a good start, but what else can your smartwatch do that justifies its hefty price tag? Luckily, there are plenty of utility apps, from calculators to organisers, that help you efficiently perform everyday tasks from the convenience of your wrist.

What are utility apps and what do they do?

You may remember booting up your iPhone for the first time and finding a folder titled Utilities'. The contents within that folder could be divided between two categories 'things I’ll never use' (Compass) and 'things I’ll use every day for the rest of my life' (Calculator and Clock). Well, lucky for us, some of the most handy utility apps are finding their way to the Apple Watch with newfound purpose. Saved a list of groceries that need to be picked up in Notes? If memory fails you, simply view that list through WatchNotes to jog your memory. In a rush but have a lingering feeling you’ve forgotten something important? Glance your to-do list through the Apple Watch’s Todoist app. The possibilities really are quite exciting, and these are just some examples from Apple’s range. A whole plethora of utility apps are readily available for Samsung, Pebble, Sony and Android Wear.

Top five utility apps for smartwatches

Utilities AppAbout the AppCompatibility
EvernoteWhatever industry you work in, you’ve likely used (or at the very least, heard of) Evernote. It’s an all-inclusive note-recording application that seamlessly communicates with whatever device you’re working from. And with the introduction of Evernote’s smartwatch app that reach extended to your wrist.  The Evernote app allows you to dictate notes directly to your wearable, which are then transcribed and synced with the Evernote app. You can also search for and attach reminders to existing notes. You’ll never need a dictator again.Apple Watch, Android Wear and Pebble
EbayThis one is a consumer’s dream. Ebay fanatics know the importance of time when engaged in toe-to-toe bid-off. With the Ebay smartwatch app, you will be able to receive Outbid alerts, end of auction warnings and other notifications when you’re on the run.Apple Watch, Android Wear and Pebble
Dominos PizzaIt’s no surprise that the fast-food delivery giant are jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon. You’ll be able to view the 'pizza tracker' from your wrist and even order a stored 'favourite' from your local pizza joint with a tap of the watch face. Whether this signals the demise of humanity for you, or you think it’s a stroke of genius, it’s undoubtedly a worrying sign of utility apps to come.Android Wear, Pebble and (soon) Apple Watch
Toggles WearJust walked into a packed theatre and need to switch your phone to silent? Worried about your battery consumption? It’s easy to forget about these everyday annoyances when using your smartphone. We fiddle with settings throughout the day as if we were on autopilot. It’s an outrageously simple concept, but that’s where the Toggles Wear comes in. From your smartwatch you can mute your phone, switch off mobile data, check battery consumption and alter a range of other settings, all while keeping your smartphone secure in your pocket.Android Wear (Samsung Gear, LG Watch, Sony and more)
MoneyWiz 2For the frugal-minded MoneyWiz 2 is a must. This app allows you to enter transaction throughout the day and helps you decide which bank account can take the brunt of your spending at any given time. This smartwatch app will be especially helpful when used in conjunction with Apple Pay. And in case you need to keep track of payments between friends, there’s an option to record who owes who, how much is owed and when it was owed.Apple Watch (MoneyWiz APK available for Android smartwatches)

Frequently asked questions

Where do I download utility apps for my smartwatch?

Some, like Sony’s smartwatches, are more difficult than others, as you have to manually install App extensions through your android smart device. Others, like the Samsung Gear and Apple Watch have designated categories for smartwatch compatible apps such as the Gear Market and the Apple Watch app (App Store add-on coming soon).

Do I have to have my smartphone paired to use utility apps?

For any application that requires a network connection, you will be required to have your phone nearby and connected over bluetooth. The Samsung Gear S, however, is capable of taking its own SIM card, and can therefore access information without the aid of a smartphone.

There doesn’t seem to be many apps available for my smartwatch. Are they going to create more and when will they be available?

With Android SDK and Apple’s WatchKit, app developers have the opportunity to create new and exciting apps for the platform. Expect to see waves of new apps for every smartwatch throughout the year.

Compare the latest in wearables

Apple Watch
Pebble Smartwatch
Dick Smith Electronics
Sony Smartwatch 3
LG G Watch R
Samsung Gear S
Pebble Time
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