As my twenty-fifth birthday rapidly approaches, I’ve been thinking about splurging on a watch. To smartwatch or not to smartwatch?
The smartwatch market is predicted to explode over the next few three years. By 2019, analysts predict that 126.1 million wearables will be shipped including athletic clothing and smartwatches. With this influx of potential users, much like MP3 players during the early years, manufacturers will predictably spend some time perfecting the user experience, affordability, and the aesthetics.
With these issues in mind, part of me wants to hold off on purchasing a smartwatch until the glitches are worked out with some of the early versions. But the other part of me wonders if I should go back to the basics sans smartwatch. Do we really need to be always connected at all moments in time?
I remember receiving my first special watch when I was in first grade. It was a Minnie Mouse watch that my mom bought for me during our trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth. A year later my watch collection expanded after I collected several limited edition ‘Rugrats the Movie’ scented watches from Burger King.
A few years later, I received my second Disney related watch again received during my last visit to Disney when I was in middle school. The last major watch to enter my life was my neon orange Swatch watch that ticked annoyingly loud but cemented my love for neon colors I received as Christmas gift from my mom my sophomore year in college.
Watches have mapped my journey from adolescence into adulthood. As I continue to decide on whether to take the plunge into smartwatch land, these are some of the options I’m considering.
Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen.
Samsung Gear S2
Pebble Time Round
Android Central review
Fossil Q Founder
Alcatel OneTouch Watch
Annis Sands is passionate about media + tech + innovation + art + education. She is also the co-creator of Ivy Startup Magazine (ivystartupmag.com).