Five Things Android Smart Watches Get Wrong
They may look advanced, but wearable tech still has a ways to go.
With the smart watch era already upon us, many users are ready to take advantage of its many features. If you fall into this group, proceed with caution.
Yes, smart watches are very accessible, and in some ways even affordable. However, they've also run into their fair share of problems. Here are five things that Android smart watches should improve upon before moving forward.
They're Too Big
While some of the smart watches available now introduce some great features to take advantage of, they're uncomfortable. Most of the models are too large.
How to fix: Well, this is a problem that will eventually solve itself. After all, the first cell phone was a blocky, brick-like unit that was a pain to carry around, and now they've become sleek and really compact. Let's just hope, though, that it doesn't take a good 20 years for the smart watch to evolve into something compact and convenient.
When someone buys a Rolex, they're not essentially buying it just to keep track of time - they want to show it off as a sign of power and wealth. The early smart watches don't look like the sleek, futuristic devices we've been dreaming of.
How to fix: Again, this is a process that will be resolved over time. Companies will discover that people want more compact and convenient watches, something with a slick design. Over the next couple of years, we'll see these come to fruition. Hopefully.
The Need for a Smartphone
The smart watch is an awesome device in itself, but the necessity of being able to connect to a smartphone is a real pain. After all, shouldn't a smart watch be able to work independently from other units, especially when it comes to taking calls and gathering information? Holding one electronic device can be a pain, but carrying two?
How to fix: It's really a matter of making a smart watch that's capable of operating on its own. Some companies have a hang for doing this, but until it's a process grasped by the industry, we'll still see models that require synching to a companion device.
A watch should be capable of running 24 hours a day on a single battery, but with smart watches, a lot of power is used. As a result, you'll end up having to recharge it before you head out to do your daily errands. This is just as much of an inconvenience as charging a dying phone, and in some ways, even worse, as it's a watch. It's supposed to last.
How to fix: We wouldn't be surprised if a company stepped up and found a way to resolve the charging issue in a couple of years. We just need better batteries.
Finally, owning a smart watch may be cool for telling time and taking phone calls, but it's obviously capable of so much more. A lot of these manufacturers fail to grasp the high-tech features, and as a result, we don't have many apps. There aren't nearly enough games or cool show-off pieces to get excited about.
How to fix: Remember, the App Store started with a few apps when it launched. As the market grows, so will the development potential, and as new partners announce their smart watch models, we'll see apps that fit with the device. Fitness apps will lead the charge, but don't be surprised to see more streaming apps for programming, as well as games.