The battle for your wrist has finally come to India. Big tech names such as Apple and Samsung to smaller companies such asWickedleak (according to Tech Magnifier website) have this month been busy working on releasing their smartwatches for the Indian market. More companies are going down the same path and bringing in their smart wearable products.

The main appeal for the smartwatch is that it saves you time. From quickly checking incoming messages to controlling your music, a smartwatch can help you do these and more without whipping out and unlocking your phone, this includes quickly reading latest information and live news updates of India on websites such as DivyaBhaskar!

While some smartwatches may even replace your phone, most of them are designed to be companion devices for your phone. However, how do you choose the right smartwatch for your budget and needs? Here’s quick guide.

Check Device Compatibility

Since most smartwatches in the market are companions for your smartphone, their compatibility is critical. For example, the Pebble, according to the Get Pebble in India website, uses proprietary Operating System (OS) that works with both Android and iOS devices.

Android Wear watches – available from LG, Samsung and Sony, among others – work with smartphones running Android 4.3 and higher version. These smartwatches can even anticipate your requirements through Google Now cards and various options added to third-party apps.

As expected, the Apple Watch is intended for the iPhone. Like Google Now and Android Wear, Apple’s wearable technology has a Glance feature that allows you to preview things like the weather, upcoming events and others, but with a focus on the user’s social interactions and fitness.

The bottom line: Purchase a smartphone you are sure is compatible with your smartphone.

What are the Design and Personalization Options Available?

Some smartwatches offer users the option of swapping straps or using third-party ones. This is an important feature if you want to personalize your wearable device. For example, the Pebble has two straps – steel and leather – while supporting all types of 22-millimeter bands. Sony’s SmartWatch 3 has a steel or sport band. The Apple Watch offers you two sizes in three finishes; gold, aluminum and steel as well as six watch band designs.

Remember, comfort and ease of use count for a lot. It is advisable you purchase smartwatches that have clasps that do not require too much force just to open or close.

Special Features

Smartwatch manufacturers have realized that fitness trackers are a big attraction for fitness enthusiasts. To satisfy the market, their watches are now able to monitor user activity, and even though some depend on the smartphone for tracking, most smartwatches have built-in pedometers. Some of the features you are likely to find in a smartwatch include:

  • Heart-rate monitors
  • Integrated GPS
  • Ability to make calls via your smartphone
  • S-voice functionality for Siri-like commands
  • Own SIM card

According to 6Wresearch, India has currently shipped over $2.37 million worth of smartwatches. This indicates the demand for the smart wearable devices. In a few months, you will have a huge array of smartwatches to choose from, and using the criterion above, you will get a piece that not only makes your life easier, but also fits your lifestyle and preferences.