The world of wearable devices is vast and complicated: there are all types, sizes, colors and prices. I'm most often asked about the difference between smart bracelets and smartwatches, and which is better. In this article, I'll explain the differences to help you decide which is right for your needs.
What are smart bracelets?
Connected bracelets or smart bracelets are called smart bracelets. In most cases, they have a simple form and their main function is to track and analyze your movements during the day. That's why, most smart bracelets have a pedometer, and sometimes also an optical heart rate sensor and various other sensors.
smart bracelets are closer to the concept of a bracelet than a watch, but there are some smart bracelets with displays that can tell you the time and various other useful tidbits of information.
What are smartwatches?
Smartwatches are like regular watches, but with smart features. Their shape is close to that of a normal watch and usually these devices are paired with a smartphone to perform their main functions.
Smartwatches, in principle, all have a display that simulates the dial of a real clock, analog or digital. Thanks to the display, many other features are made possible, like reading notifications, interacting with them, using the apps installed on the smartwatch itself or choosing an alternate watch face that fits our style. There are also hybrid smartwatches with real hands and some limited smart functionality.
Which should you choose?
The choice between a smart bracelet and a smartwatch is personal, but there are some things you should keep in mind when deciding which fits your needs best. First, you should ask yourself if you want to be able to read the time on your wrist. If the answer is yes, don't rule out smart bracelets entirely, because some can display time. Second, you should determine whether or not you're interested in monitoring your heart rate. If the answer is yes, you still don't have to rule out smart bracelets, as some like the MaPan MB03 have this feature.
Another question to ask yourself is if you want to use the wearable every day, or only when you are doing physical activity? Not only that, the last thing to consider is perhaps the most important of all: do you want to be able to interact with notifications?
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