Do I Need a Wearable or Should I Stick with My Smartphone?

GadgetgirlRidgeGuest post by: Gadgetgirl Ridge

With the promising potential brought about by wearables, especially in terms of assisting digital health, many consumers are considering purchasing this new form of technology. Among the different kinds of wearable devices, the smartwatch is set to be one of the frontrunners due to it offering mobile functionalities and health sensors which will appeal to a lot of consumers. A study by Gartner released late last year showed that 50% of people who plan to purchase wearables will likely opt for smartwatches over fitness bands.

However, many are still considering whether it’s the right time to buy a wearable or just stick with their trusty smartphones for the time being. In this article, we’ll try to help you make the right decision on whether you should buy a wearable gadget soon, or if you should save your money for the next innovative release in the tech world.

Smartphone apps are just as accurate
Based on research published by Penn Medicine, smartphone applications were tested and found to be as accurate in delivering health data as

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

wearables. The research was said to address the common challenges in using and purchasing the technology – but how accurate is it in monitoring health? The study concluded that today’s health applications for smart handsets are just as accurate in calculating and presenting real-time data to its users as smartwatches and fitness bands. read more