Will Smartwatches Replace Smartphones?

Will Smartwatches Replace Smartphones?

We have seen a lot of changes in technology as the world evolves. A few years ago, smartwatches became part of the mainstream. As time goes by, their popularity keeps increasing, and smartwatch sales are steadily growing. With that being said, a lot of people now wonder: will smartwatches replace smartphones?

People may have conflicting views about this topic. Some might agree that smartwatches will eventually render smartphones obsolete, while other disagree, and say that smartphones are just essential.

 

So what is the answer to this question?

I’ll say it right now, I personally think that smartwatches won’t be replacing smartphones, at least not in the near future anyway. Maybe you weren’t expecting this type of answer from the guy who runs a blog about smartwatches, so let me talk about it some more. Also, keep in mind that what is written here is what I personally think.

Are smartwatches still a thing?

Believe it or not, some people actually think smartwatches are dying. When smartwatches were first released, people had really high expectations. A few years later, and it turns out that smartwatches are not the must-have gadget that people thought they would be. Because of this, some people think that smartwatches will fade away in the near future.

But even though they are not an absolutely necessary gadget, it seems that a lot of people are still buying them. In fact, according to this article from the IDC, smartwatches are growing in popularity, and sales are expected to double in the coming years. With that said, I think smartwatches are not dead, and they are here to stay.

Source: IDC

Due to its popularity, more manufacturers will want to be part of this industry. As a result, smartwatches will inevitably get better and better as the years go by. More and more apps will be made, more useful features added, and hopefully, even a longer battery life.

So now we’ve established that smartwatches are here to stay. But do they really have what it takes to replace smartwatches?

Are smartwatches powerful enough to replace smartwatches?

As of the moment, smartwatches are really not powerful enough to replace smartphones. However, there are some improvements that allow smartwatches to be more independent from smartphones. Some smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE cellular capability. Having cellular capability allows the user to use some features of the smartwatch even without their smartphone. But this feature is not perfect as of now, and it drains battery life fast. Still, it is a big step that allows more independence from smartphones.

As mentioned above, battery life is a big problem with smartwatches, which lasts just up to one day for most smartwatches. While there are some ways to improve your smartwatch’s battery life, most of the time it limits your smartwatch’s functionality. This right here is a big reason why some people decide not to buy a smartwatch. They just don’t like the idea of having another gadget to charge, in addition to their smartphone.

Another issue here is the small screen size. A smartwatch needs to be small enough so that it fits comfortably on your wrist. This however presents a few problems. For instance, while some smartwatches have messaging capabilities, the small screen makes it incredibly difficult to type your messages.

Messaging is one of the biggest and most important functions a smartphone has. Although some smartwatches can already do this, they still can’t deliver the same experience that a smartphone does. I think this problem alone easily shows why smartwatches couldn’t replace smartphones. It would be difficult to put all important smartphone features into a device with a screen that needs to fit a person’s wrist.

Conclusion

So as I said near the beginning of this post, I personally believe that smartwatches will not be replacing smartphones.

Don’t get me wrong, I love smartwatches, and I’m sure that smartwatches will just get better in the future. They will probably have more independence, but don’t think they can really totally replace smartphones.

But I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that though. I think we should just stop comparing smartwatches to smartphones. Smartwatches are no doubt great companion devices, because that’s what they are, and we should remember that.

What do you think? Will smartwatches replace smartphones? Do you agree or disagree with this post?

Raymund Labtic

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