5 Reasons You'll Wear a Smartwatch

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People don't wear watches anymore. You'll look ridiculous. Why wouldn't you just use your smartphone instead? These are just some of the negative sentiments skeptics are spewing about smart watches, which are still very much in their nascent stage. Guess what? They're wrong.

Not only are there some promising smart watches already available, including the Pebble and Martian Watch, but Samsung has confirmed that it is working on its own watch. Meanwhile, Apple reportedly has more than 100 people working on a curved-glass iWatch that runs iOS and Google is said to be working on its own high-tech timepiece. All of these gadgets have the potential to improve your existence. Here are five reasons why smart watches will be anything but a fad.

You Can Glance at Info to Save Time

With all of the buzzing and beeping your phone does on a daily basis — I've personally come to despise the Galaxy S3's whistle and that awful “Droid” notification sound — a smart watch will let you know at a glance which calls are worth picking up (or ignoring), which messages are worth responding to, which tweets are worth re-tweeting and more. No more having to constantly unlock your phone only to discover that someone has invited you to try “My Birthday Calendar” on Facebook. Still, it will be critical for smart watch makers to let you customize alerts so your wrist isn't buzzing all day.

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A Smart Watch Can Help You Live Longer

I now wear a Nike Sportswatch for running, and while I love that it uses GPS to track the distance I traveled and my pace, it's too bulky to don all the time. The trick for smart watches will be to provide enough fitness and health-related data to make them useful without being bloated. Apple's iWatch is rumored to feature not only Nike features like a pedometer and calorie counter but also a heart rate monitor. Samsung has already debuted an S Health app for its Galaxy S4 and an accompanying S Band (similar to the Jawbone Up and Fitbit Flex). It's safe to assume a Galaxy Watch would perform similar functions.

More: Top 8 New Fitness Gadgets


They Can Extend Your Phone's Battery

How could something that needs your smartphone for connectivity actually extend its endurance? Most smart watches use the Bluetooth 4.0 standard, which employs low-energy technology specifically designed for smart devices. As smartphone screens get bigger, consumers will be looking for ways to make them last longer on a charge. A smart watch could do just that because you'll be using it for a lot of the things you typically glance at your phone for, saving precious juice on your handset.

More: 10 Longest-Lasting Smartphones


You'll Be Able to Do More with Your Voice

Even though some smart watches let you make calls from your wrist, I'm not that keen on it because it winds up disturbing everyone around you. I'm more excited about what's possible once you can leverage virtual assistants like Apple's Siri and Samsung's S Voice. With your phone in your pocket, you should be able to dictate a message or social update to your wrist, see who won last night's game and get the 5-day weather forecast. Quick, easy and less annoying to everyone else.

More: 7 Ways to Make Siri Smarter

Smart Watches Are More Discreet Than Phones…and Google Glasses

Say you’re in a meeting or on a date and you want to quickly check your inbox without whipping out your 5-inch phablet. A smart watch would let you do that quickly and more discreetly. Smart watches are also a lot less polarizing than Google Glass, which a Seattle-area bar just banned months before they debut. Yes, it was a publicity stunt, but it certainly won't be the last establishment to outlaw Google's high-tech eyewear. To a certain extent, smart watches are a necessary stepping stone to make other devices like Glass more socially acceptable.

More: Will Google Glasses Make Us Cyborgs?

Editor-in-chief Mark Spoonauer directs LAPTOP’s online and print editorial content and has been covering mobile and wireless technology for over a decade. Each week Mark’s SpoonFed column provides his insights and analysis of the biggest mobile trends and news. You can also follow him on Twitter and .

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  • Kammm Says:

    5inch phablet?

    I don't count anything less than 5.5 phablet! 5 inch is pretty normal these days?

  • robwhowouldwhereitwhen Says:

    Gives a whole new twist on "talk to the hand!" I think it will eventually be a great tool and fashion statement as well as status symbol. First it needs to function, then it will be marketable and surpass cell phone sales. When will it ever be functional in all senses of the word and that is the model I want. The question is when? When it does it will most likely surpass cell phone sales because women will want to have as many as they do shoes.

  • David Says:

    Smartwatches are stupid. If you think otherwise you're probably stupid, too.

  • Joe Says:

    I have to agrees with Oliver. I have 10 wristwatches and 4 pocket watches. Looking at your phone for the time is stupid. Let me rephrase...not wearing a watch because your phone has a clock is stupid. Watches can be works of art. Phones will always just be a phone.

  • Malachin Thomas Says:

    I'm curious as to what they can come up with. A watch usable as a headset would be nice, though ergonomics is tricky if you don't want a everyone to hear; relaying new emails/texts/rss would be nice too.

  • Oliver Says:

    I would also be surprised if Apple's watch (the iWatch? An ingenious name if ever I've seen one) used curved glass - nothing else they've made has as far as I can remember.

  • Oliver Says:

    For god's sake...

    "People don’t wear watches anymore. You’ll look ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you just use your smartphone instead?"

    Are you stupid? I'm wearing a watch right now and even my sister has recently bought herself one despite never wearing one previously. I regularly mock people (usually, it has to be said, women) that spend ages fumbling for their phones in order to check the time when I take a quick glance at my wrist to find it.

    Smartwatches may well catch on and become a big thing, but watches are a long long way from being dead and I don't look or think I look ridiculous for wearing one.

  • Claudio Zupancich Says:

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  • Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Says:

    I'm aware that you can disable these sounds. I was merely stating that I don't like them.

  • James Says:

    " I've personally come to despise the Galaxy S3's whistle and that awful “Droid” notification sound"

    I would hope that, being a tech site, you would know this, but you can actually change the whistle sound to something else!

    Amazing how customizable some things are, huh?

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