5 smartwatch features you never knew you needed

These days, smartwatches can help you with all sorts of incredible things. Here are a few impressive features you might have missed.

02 Jan 2019

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1. Make contactless payments

Why not try: Huawei Watch 2 Sport

Huawei Watch 2 Sport

Have you ever arrived at the checkout, loaded your shopping onto the conveyor and realised that you’ve left your wallet at home? The Huawei Watch 2 Sport will put your mind at ease.

It combines clever NFC technology with the convenience of Android Pay giving you the reassurance that wherever your wallet happens to be, you’ll still be able to pay for your groceries.

All you need to do first is sync it with the banking app on your phone, then you can touch any contactless pay point with your wrist – simple as that!

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2. Master your smart home

 

Why not try: Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch

On top of all the fitness features that makes the Samsung Galaxy Watch so great, you can also use it to control all of your Samsung smart devices.

Just download the SmartThings app to your watch and you can:

  • Turn your heating on or off
  • Control your smart lights
  • Manage all of your smart switches

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3. Need directions? Just ask your watch

 

Why not try: Michael Kors Access Grayson

Michael Kors Access Grayson

Anyone old enough to remember that classic 80s TV show Knight Rider will probably remember thinking how cool it would be if you could talk to your watch just like Michael Knight.

Well it may have taken nearly 30 years to become a reality, but it’s finally here. The Michael Kors Access Grayson smartwatch comes with Google Assistant built-in and you can ask it anything!

On foot and need directions? Just hold down the middle button and ask Google. Great for finding your way around without looking lost and holding an expensive smartphone in your hand.

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4. Make phone calls

 

Why not try: Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Lots of smartwatches will alert you when your phone’s ringing, but that doesn’t help if you left it on silent and can’t find it. By the time you’ve found your phone, it’s too late… you missed the call.

With the S3 Frontier however, just take the call on your watch and find your phone later – perfect for those conversations you can’t miss.

The Gear S3 Frontier comes with a built-in microphone and speaker so you can make and receive calls straight from your watch. And if you’re out and about or on the bus, simply connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to keep your conversations private.

Get the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

 

5. Improve your fitness recovery times

 

Why not try: Fitbit Versa SE

Fitbit Versa SE

The Fitbit Versa is packed with things to help you improve your health and one of the features we love is Guided Breathing.

The Versa monitors your heart rate and gives you personalised breathing sessions to help you achieve calmness - perfect for a post-workout wind down.

It can also be a really handy feature for anyone who suffers from anxiety or panic attacks. Following the clear, on-screen instructions really helps you to focus on and calm your breathing. You’ve also got the added reassurance that it’s keeping an eye on your heart rate.

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Impressed by the capability of these smartwatches? There are lots of options out there – view our great range

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