With the recent outbreak of smartwatches, technology is expanding faster than some of us can keep up. It makes our jobs and lives easier. Supposedly Samsung is slowly developing a variation of their Gear 2 smartwatch. This one will work over cellular networks, which means that it won’t need Bluetooth or other wireless connections to work.
According to www.computerworld.com, this isn’t the first time someone has thought of a cellular connected smartwatch. In 2009, the Watch Phone was developed by LG Electronics to work over 3G cellular. It had a camera and could be use for voice and video calls. Additionally, it was priced at over $800.
So what exactly are the pros of a smartwatch?
One pro is that it enables you to have quick and easy access to several features that would normally require a connection to a smartphone. You can wear it on your wrist, and do whatever you need to, without having to lug around a smartphone. It also keeps you from having to rummage around in a purse or bag to find a phone. The concept of quick and easy access would help more than just everyday citizens. Stockbrokers and doctors could use them for quick notifications on-job, so it doesn’t interfere with what they’re doing.
Second, is that you could see plenty of information on a standalone smartwatch. Products such as The Neptune Pine has a large 2-4 inch display with cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. The newly developed Gear 2 could actually make it possible to use it to browse the Internet on an Internet browser. All on your wrist! It could be used to watch Youtube videos, read online news articles, check messages and emails, as well as social media on the browser itself.
Third, with smartwatches that have microphone and speaker, such as what the Gear 2 would have, it would make it possible to make voice calls. With the addition of a camera, it would also make video calling actually possible!
Fourth, is that the Internet connections would allow the Gear 2 to connect to any server in the world. In a simple way of explaining, a vendor could sell services in a similiar way that Amazon does.
Fifth, who wouldn’t want one? Already, there are over 100 different types of styles, each one of sport bands on the market. Each one of these is also paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth. Selling sports bands is one way that retailers make smartwatches appealing to customers, especially since they would watch and monitor your health.
Last, it helps Samsung. They make and invent many different devices, not just smartwatches, which means that they’re the most likely to make Gear 2, along with standalone smartwatches in general. It would also put pressure on their less-capable competitors, according to some Samsung analysts.
But what are the cons of smartwatches? Especially standalone ones?
The first con is obviously the cost. Not only the cost of the device itself, but worrying about the hardware costs and the bills that would accompany it. The LG Watch Phone was originally listed at $800, which is more than a high-end smartphone. That’s even more than the Samsung Galaxy S4 combined with the original Bluetooth-connected Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which ended up being $300.
Second, cellular services are more than likely deal breakers. Services such as Verizon or AT&T offers share-data plans that allows customers to use data on more than ten devices. Technically, this could be applied to standalone smartwatches, but customers would probably also have to pay for a monthly service for the device itself. An example of this would be a $10 extra fee a month per device, plus additional costs for the voice plans.
Third, there’s the concern of network connections. Would a smartwatch actually be able to connect to a network at all?
The fourth con is battery life. With the types of batteries that the smartwatches have to use, how long would they last? Not very long, and especially not as long as a smartphone.
Smartwatches are quick and easy to use, not to mention fun. The Bluetooth-connected smartwatches might be nice to have, but actually having a standalone smartwatch? Do the cons outweigh the pros in this case, or not?