Would your rather have a smartwatch or a super-tiny backup smartphone?
by Preslav Kateliev / Feb 20, 2018, 9:33 AM
Of course, with a huge phablet in your pocket, especially one that has a glass back, it becomes a tedious task to take it out of your pocket for every received notification. And what if you want to hit the gym? Surely, you don't want to have a slippery, heavy phablet in your sweatpants when rolling through the different machines.
Thankfully, we have smartwatches. Some support Bluetooth connectivity to our smartphones and let us read and even reply to notifications without needing to reach for our phone. There are even those that have GSM capabilities, so you can literally leave your phone at home and still be reachable by the outside world.
But smartwatch software is sort of limited and wrapped around in its own bubble. It's not the complete smartphone experience in a small package. With the Jelly Phone, which was Kickstarter-funded and launched last year, you can literally get yourself a very small backup device and carry it anywhere, as it's so light and portable.
And on the iOS side, you can always grab an old iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c, which are quite tiny and light by today's standards, set up call forwarding for when you are using your main phone in the house and rock that.
So, what would you rather have? A smartwatch or a tiny backup phone?
Smartwatch or tiny backup smartphone?
Smartwatch all the way!
My smartphone is compact enough, thanks
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wtf kind of question is that?
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 9:47 AM 11
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$59 mini phone vs $200-$300 LTE smartwatch
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 9:50 AM 3
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mini phone is The Answer!!! If we talk about 'back-up' ! Don't understand how could someone answer 'smart-watch'!? LTE smartwatches are still bulky on the wrist. Still short battery life. How could it be back-up? Besides: Having them on the wrist and smartphone in the pocket is nonsense ! Even having super tiny back-up phone, I have a whole week to use it. That's what I call a back-up. BTW, if I go out with a tablet or lap-top, I only take my small phone. Don't feel it even. And when I long travel it's my savior.
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 2:07 PM 1
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Really stupid question. A smartwatch servers a different purpose than a backup phone. Its like asking: What you prefer? Chocolate milkshake or potato chips.
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 11:53 AM 5
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I’d initially said the same thing, until I’d realized how much I hate being interrupted by my oversized phone during work and study sessions. Smart watches also act as great music/media player remotes when your working out or simply wish for s reason to stop looking at your phone after every single notification pops up.
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 12:22 PM 0
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No smartwatch is good enough, not yet. So if I need backup, I have my Nokia N900 to get the job done. BTW: I use smartwatches. Right now, it is Xiaomi Huami Bip, before I was using Pebble Time. I need smartwatch, that I can rely on, not something that dies next day at 0% battery.
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 11:24 AM 1
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posted on Feb 20, 2018, 11:27 AM 0
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You answered not the question from the article. Can not be back-up with this short battery life. Back-up means long battery life savior. Not a posh gadget.
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 2:14 PM 1
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You sleep don't you? There's not a smartwatch on this earth that doesn't last an entire day so you charge it when you sleep. A Rolex is a posh gadget - it tells the same time as a $20 Casio. Focus!!
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 3:59 PM 0
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My Huawei Watch 2 does a good job. I hardly have to take my phone out of my pocket. View & respond to texts, track workouts (Google Fit for weight lifting is awesome), get all the notifications I care for, and get directions from Google Maps. Now, if I could get a phone like Derrick Zoolander for calls, that would be awesome. :)
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 2:23 PM 0
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Lolol... People would carry around a sim-less phone to use when the other died and swap the SIM, instead of carrying an extra battery? Just doesn't sound very smart. At least the watch tells you the time, gives notifications, allows hands free calling, can make payments, reduces phone battery usage when viewing most notifications on the watch, all without LTE. And if you really want LTE you can get it. No comparison for me. I get 4 days on my Gear S3
posted on Feb 20, 2018, 7:29 PM 0
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