Why I like the Apple Watch Ultra and still don't need it
by Samuel Buchmann
Sports watches are for people with an active lifestyle and regular exercise, whether running, cycling, yoga, fitness or hiking. Due to their plastic case, sports watches are very light, measure many sports and track physical performance. They are ideal training companions and create training plans, optimize workout and show progress, depending on whether calorie burning, endurance or weight loss is important for you. Sports watches measure your pulse directly on your wrist. Well-known brands are Garmin, fitbit, Polar and Suunto.
Most incoming messages (push messages, WhatsApp, SMS, calls etc.) can be displayed on Smartwatches. Choose between different dials and personalize your Smartwatch as Lifesytle Acessoire. With a Smartwatch you can often control your Smarthome: Sonos, Philips Hue and other smart devices are compatible with it. Well-known Smartwatch brands are Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Fossil, Withings, Honor, LG Electronics and Amazfit.
The dividing line between sports watches and smartwatches is becoming increasingly blurred. Only a few years ago, sports watches were characterized by pulse measurement and had no color display. Apple created the Smartwatch market with the Apple Watch Series 1 in 2015. Today, every Smartwatch can also measure sporting activities, and almost all sports watches can display messages (WhatsApp, calls, SMS etc.) from the paired mobile phone.
Sports watches and smartwatches offer tracking functions and sensors: step counting, calorie burning, climbing stairs, running, cycling, indoor training, sleep tracking, etc. More expensive models also offer: golf, barometric altimeter, compass, thermometer, motion sensor, speed sensor, gyroscope and much more. Almost all Smartwatches have a GPS. The covered route is recorded and can be displayed in the app.
Sports watches as well as Smartwatches can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Via the app they can be controlled and configured in detail. If you don't want to receive messages on your watch, you can deactivate this. Most wearables are Android and iOS compatible. Well-known apps are Galaxy Wearable, Garmin Connect, Polar Beat, etc. Trainings can be planned and evaluated in even more detail with PC-based solutions such as Polar Flow or Suuntolink.
Current Smartwatch trends:
1. payment function, e.g. Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or Garmin Pay, with which you can pay via NFC (Near Field Communication) like with a bank card.
2 More and more models have a music storage function.
3. wearables are increasingly associated with apps such as Strava, MyFitnessPal, Endomodo, etc. These are social media on which you can easily share trainings with friends and a sports community.
4. the health issue is coming to the fore: several models can already create ECGs or send emergency messages thanks to fall detection.
5. smartwatches from luxury brands and fashion labels, e.g. Montblanc, Michael Kors, Skagen, Armani, Diesel etc.
6) Smartwatches with 4G / LTE versions (e.g. Apple and Samsung) that have an eSIM, which allows you to make phone calls, stream music, send messages and surf the Internet without a mobile phone.