Would your rather have a smartwatch or a super-tiny backup smartphone?

Would your rather have a smartwatch or a super-tiny backup smartphone?
So, nowadays, the standard for a smartphone screen is somewhere around 5.1 inches, pushing on 5.5 in some markets. Bigger and bigger smartphones are consistently more popular because... well, a bigger screen is more convenient to use and you get more room for powerful hardware in a large husk.

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!
44.84%
Tiny smartphone!
31.5%
My smartphone is compact enough, thanks
23.66%

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35 Comments

1. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

wtf kind of question is that?

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

$59 mini phone vs $200-$300 LTE smartwatch

3. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

but then you have to pay for an extra line per month. makes no sense

5. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

If you get LTE with the smartwatch you have to pay for an extra line too. Plus my backup phone is on FreedomPop for data, so $0.00/line

27. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

No you don't. It's a backup phone. You pop your SIM card in it when something happens to your main phone.

20. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

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.

12. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Really stupid question. A smartwatch servers a different purpose than a backup phone. Its like asking: What you prefer? Chocolate milkshake or potato chips.

13. jjface

Posts: 238; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

chocolate milkshake

23. iFanatic

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Potato Milkshake

29. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Chocolate chips

15. deleon629

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

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.

4. cjreyes666

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Were I work we aren't allowed to use phones due to safety concerns, regardless the size. So I use my smartwatch if I receive important messages or calls.

6. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I don’t want either. Just more options for compact phones.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Dumb question.

8. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 294; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

How about having a note 8 as a back up phone for the pixel 2 xl?

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Smartwatch vs dumb phone, u chose

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6788; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You got both right? No wait... nevermind...

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

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.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart watch

21. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

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.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 14, and stop bugging me.

26. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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!!

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro. My S3 Classic, easily gets 2 days plus on a single charge.

14. gamehead unregistered

A smartwatch of fvcking course. Why ask?

16. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

I carry a Nexus 6P backed up by a Nexus 5. I guess the N5 qualifies as tiny these days.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6788; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'd prefer a good smart watch... unfortunately no one makes anything worth buying.

18. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

less likely to lose a smart watch. So yeah, tinny phone can be out of the picture since people have an option for a 2nd phone or portable battery

22. Deadeye37

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

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. :)

24. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I stay with my 6 inches smart phone.

30. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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

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