Many manufacturers have been announcing their smartwatch lately, and many of us might be thinking of getting one– including me. But, I thought about it for a while and made a conclusion that it’s not a right time to invest on a smartwatch. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should not think of getting it right now:
1. Pricing and Availability:
Apart from Samsung, you don’t see any smart watch being sold officially here in Nepal. There is no Google store or the Apple Store in Nepal, Pebbles are hard to find in the retail stores, Samsung galaxy Gear watch are just not worth it yet, and even if you get good looking smartwatch like the LG G Watch or the Moto 360, you will need to pay a lot more as it is very rare. So, it’s better to wait until the price gets right and is made available officially.
2. Compatibility issues:
Most of the Android smartwatch need to have a smartphone that runs on Android Kitkat 4.4.2 or higher. As far as iWatch is concerned, you need an iPhone 5 or better. Then how about Gear?? Opps! you need a Samsung Smartphone first! Since there are lot of users in Nepal still using Jelly Bean or lower, smartwatch might not just for you yet.
3. Battery Life
The maximum battery life a smartwatch can give you is around 24 hrs (except Pebbles), which means you need to charge it at the end of everyday. I checked the load shedding schedule of my group and out of seven days in a week, there is a power cut on three days (at night). So, when i come home after work at night, i won’t be able to charge my smartwatch everyday, or even if i do, by waking up late night, it ‘s too annoying to say the least.
So, i suggest you not to rush right now. The smartwatch market is just evolving, and I’m sure there will be better offerings in the future. With the competition provided by other companies, smartphone price will get cheaper as well as better.