What is the rage about smartwatches?

Smartwatches are becoming a big thing in today's tech world with LG, Sony, Samsung, Moto and more bringing out smartwatches. But what is all the rage about them? Why are they so exiting to us tech geeks? Well, I will give you the run down.

Smartwach concept art

Smartwach concept art

I myself have a smartwatch, the Sony Smartwatch 2 to be precise and I couldn't imagine how I fared off before I bought it as it has fallen into my daily life. It is also very handy in busy steets being able to feel your wrist vibrate when you are receiving a call or a text. The amount of times my phone has been knocked out of my hand when checking a text or trying to get it out of my pocket in busy streets is more times than I remember. A smartwatch helps check that text at a glance or see whether the call you are receiving is important enough to pull your phone out of your pocket. It is also handy when in class or meetings being able to glance at your wrist when you receive a text or notification and not have to sneak your phone out. The one downside is that it does make you look impatient when checking your wrist as it looks like you are checking the time. This however is easily sorted by putting the watch on the inside of your wrist as it makes you look far less rude.

The question that many people ask me is "What's the point in a smartwatch when you still have to take it out of your pocket to do anything". The answer is of many things. You can check it slighly without having to worry about people (Teachers especially) taking your phone off you for using it, it saves my phone being dropped a numerous amount of times when taking it out my pocket to see un-useful information, and to be able to know about incoming calls and notifications when my phone is on silent, meaning I don't miss that important call.

The only thing I wish, and that recently has been sorted, is the style of my watch. I always get asked "Is that a smartwatch? What does it do? Show me this, that etc." which does get on your nerves, a lot. Thankfully, Motorola have brought out the Moto 360 which looks like a conventional watch with a rounded display, but actually runs Android Wear. When this is released, I will definitely be saving up for one as I can imagine the hefty price tag it will come with.

Moto 360 Render

Moto 360 Render

This also brings me onto the Apple smartwatch rumored to be released at the next Apple event. Not much to say about this yet but remember, Apple didn't do it first folks!