A year ago you never thought you’d end up buying one. The “wearables” were for geeks. And you, an ordinary consumer could go perfectly with your laptop and smartphone.
But then, something happened: perhaps it was your neighbour who lost 15Kg thanks to a Fitbit Flex, or the new guy of the office he used his Moto 360 in a presentation. Now you don’t understand why did you doubt and think it is time to buy a wearable, the question is, which one?
Unfortunately, choosing between a Smartwatch and a quantifier bracelet is harder than it looks. Sure, the Smartwatch tells you about the time and much more information, but you will spend much more battery swapping between apps and notifications, and not mention the least money on it. And yes, the quantifier bracelet may seem that only serves to exercise, but newer models can measure much more, including health indicators and quality of sleep.
Keeping this in mind, here you have 6 questions you should ask yourself before buying one or the other:
1. Style or useful?
If you think about it, the Smartwatch is, above all, a fashion item; and then a tool. In the case of quantifier bracelets, and although there are models with more fashionable designs nearby, is the opposite because they will play a much more specific function. Therefore, it is key that you decide what is most important to you.
Before buying a Smartwatch, make sure you like the design. It is quite unlikely to fall in love with any of its software features, so if you simply like how you look with it in the mirror, you’ll be happy with your purchase. For example, the Apple Watch is one of the most appreciated for its design, as you can choose among many different bands to customize it to your liking.
On the other hand, most quantifier bracelets are barely visible in order to forget that you are carrying it. His job is to transmit all the information quietly, not to appear at a family barbecue. It’s all data, and in many cases the design goes into the background. However, there are some, such as the Misfit Shine, which offer various accessories to carry it as if it were a jewel!
As a general rule, the quantifier bracelets are cheaper than the Smartwatch. For an average of 100€ you can have one of the best quantifier bracelets, however most Smartwatch start about 200€, and continue to rise if you want the best models.
But also you take with you what you pay for. The most expensive Smartwatch have ways to measure your fitness level, so it is all in one: both monitor the keystrokes of your heart and also receive notifications of your smartphone.
You must understand that is a wearable Smartwatch made with materials and appearance of clock with much more applications, alerts and sensors that you may not need all of them and that should be paid. In contrast, the quantifier bracelet is much more affordable: A wearable fair features having to do their job.
The Withings Activité Steel, a price between the bracelet and the Smartwatch, offers the features of a quantifier bracelet and aesthetics of a conventional clock.
3. Occasional exercises or serious athlete?
Although the Smartwatch tends to exceed the quantifier bracelet applications, there is a category where it stands. Naturally, it is the exercise. The two wearables can control simple metrics as steps and (in some cases) the heart beat, but the quantifier bracelets usually give more detailed, extensive and more options metric goals.
Thus, the Smartwatch is a good choice both for the one who likes to be occasionally active, but not necessarily counting calories all the time, and for those who do regular sport. Instead, professional athletes or bodybuilders should opt for a quantifier bracelet or a Smartwatch specific for athletes, which will provide information on the development of physical activity and / or your fitness goals. Garmin, for example, offers a very powerful with all trackings that is a feature that often have the specific quantifier bracelets.
4. Modest or primp?
The Smartwatch is made to be seen, admired and shared. That’s why Apple sells brightly colour bands to exercise besides stainless steel bracelets for dining out. For this reason, it will vibrate and notify you constantly throughout the day.
Instead, most quantifier bracelets even make noise. They will stay quietly in your wrist, hidden under your shirt or clipped into your pocket. If you want to be able to answer calls through a wearable, buy a Smartwatch. If you prefer that people do not know that you carry a gadget, you should opt for the quantifier bracelet.
Take, for example, Jawbone UP3, which more than a quantifier bracelet looks like a conventional jewel, or FitBit Alta, discreet and functional.
5. Take him everywhere or just for the wrist?
The Smartwatch is only available to go on your wrist. Compared with the options of the quantifiers (although we focus on bracelets) including bracelet, clip, straps for the chest, anklets, headband, headphones, inside the shoe, belt for leg or also a mold for the mouth. For example, the Jawbone UP MOVE offers the possibility of carrying on the wrist or with a clip on your clothes.
6. Screen or long-life battery?
Most Smartwatch have some kind of graphical display, while quantifier bracelets offer small displays with specific information. All those bright pixels in watches come with a price: the battery life. The vast majority of quantifier bracelets endure a week or more with just a single charge, while with a Smartwatch you’ll be lucky if you can go a few days without plugging it. So it depends on what you must prioritize: the convenience of not having to constantly charge or the information provided by a screen.
Note that brands like Jawbone have developed quantifiers powered by button batteries as conventional clock, so do not even require the be plugged; and some Smartwatch such as the Cogito Classic have a battery that lasts 365 days!
We hope we have helped you to decide but, definitely, depend on your priorities you should decide by one or the other. Or you can even buy both!