Making Smartwatches As Popular As Smartphones

While the smartwatches available in the market today are really nice and revolutionary, the sales of the watches are still slowly accumulating. It is expected that about 1.2 million smartwatches will ship this year, a paltry number when compared to estimated 1.5 billion smart phone users in the world. What could be the reason behind this? It is likely that the current smartwatches do not have the critical components or features that may make sure they are a runaway success.

Euromonitor’s head of consumer electronics, Loo Wee Teck, commented current smartwatches are just not that great a customer proposition yet.

“Smartwatches try to replicate the smartphone experience on a minuscule wrist-sized screen, which translates to inferior usability or elsewhere seek to complement and extend the functionality of smartphone onto a smaller screen”
So what will make the perfect smartwatch?

I have condensed it right down to five components that require to be addressed before we can see this class of wearable electronics remove. are design, functionality and reliability, apps, power consumption and battery life and lastly, durability. Why do I believe that these are essential? Well let’s look at them one by one.


The look of the smartwatch can be split into three separate parts, namely the watch body, the watch face and finally the wrist strap.

The first thing that people look at would likely be the watch body. Could it be too bulky, does it look cool and fashionable? The perfect body should be suitable for both casual and formal wear. For example, the Pebble using its nice clean sporty look would blend well sports attire but might look a bit out of place when worn with a suit and tie. The newer contenders like the AGENT or Vachen however, could possibly be worn with normal casual attire or formal wear.

The watch bodies ought to be at a reasonable size as well. How big is the dive computers made by Suunto are a pretty decent size without being unwieldy. They can be worn like a normal wristwatch and most divers do this.

Most guys do not mind larger watches however, many ladies do. Should there be two watch sizes? Perhaps this might be a good solution, after all, we have had watch sizes for women and men all of this while. However, add an excessive amount of bulk to the watch also it becomes one chunky thing on the wrist that appeals to no-one. The difference in watch size could mean that more goodies could be crammed into it. A larger batter will be the most welcomed and perhaps some sensors as well?

Of course the watch body should match the watch face it really is displaying. The watch face, like the body, should be able to match different dressing needs aswell. This is easier as the watch face could be changed with the press of a button. So this is a thing that the watch makers or third party developers will need to take note of. While the watch body might have an over-all design that fits most dressing needs, the watch face should match a specific theme. A formal classy watch face for more formal occasions to large sporty display for sporting needs, there must be enough watch faces to interest different users and their needs.

Pebble made this possible by releasing an SDK for alternative party developers to create their very own watch faces. This has lead to an enormous library of watch faces for the Pebble. Vachen took a different approach. They develop their very own watch faces but promise over 100 watch faces available upon the launch of the Vachen watch.

Last but not least, the watch strap. Just like the two other areas mentioned, the watch strap should be able fit most dressing situations and you can find two possible ways to do this. The first way would be similar to the design fundamentals of the watch body in a way that the watch strap would look good whether it’s worn with casual or even more formal wear. A good example of this design method would be the watch straps of the Agent watch. It features an accent-stitched watch strap that looks chic enough for normal wear however the stitching adds that extra bit of class that makes it blend with formal wear aswell.

A second option will be for the strap to be easily replaceable. While the Pebble and Agent use standard 22mm watch straps which are easily changed with a little screw driver, this might be a bit too troublesome for some, particularly if you change straps often or come in a rush. The Sony SmartWatch and Motorola MotoActv offer a fascinating alternative. The watch body includes a spring-loaded clip which is used to clip onto the watch strap, allowing for really quick changes. The only downside of the method is that the clip adds a substantial amount of thickness to the body.