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Do you enjoy being the envy of the neighborhood? Well, you are not the only one. In fact, most of us love turning heads and surprising people thanks to our achievements, looks, cars, and of course, fancy gadgets. And, when it comes to gadgets, nothing can really beat a high-tech wearable.

Smartwatches have been around for a while now, and people are taking a liking to them more and more. They have it all. They are classy, powerful, and incredibly useful. But, most people simply use them as upgraded watches, instead of mini-computers that they truly are. That means that they have a lot more uses than what most people can imagine. So, we have taken a look around to see what unexpected capabilities your new favourite wearable has to offer.


1. Smartwatches allow you to use NFC for instant payments

OK, this does sound like a very normal thing. After all, NFC payments have been around for a while for smartphone-savvy users. But, there is a big difference between using your phone and your Samsung smartwatch. For starters, the design of the Apple smartwatch allows it to be quite discreet, which will make it look very convincing when you pay without ever reaching for your wallet. So, you truly get to enjoy the surprise in the eyes of the store clerks when you just wave your hand, and the bill gets paid. With a bit of practice, you can make it look like an excellent magic trick. Just make sure you’re ready to explain your trick to the store manager as the worker will probably get quite confused the first time around. However, it is definitely worth the effort.

 Galaxy 42mm Rose Gold

Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm Rose Gold

2. You will never have to worry about forgetting or misplacing your smartphone again

We all know that misplacing your phone somewhere in the house can be incredibly irritating. Thankfully, the users of Samsung smartwatches don’t have to worry about it at all. They can simply download one of the user-friendly phone finder apps from the Google Play store and relax. For example, the app Wear Aware will let you set up an alarm on your phone, which you can activate via your Samsung smartwatch. Finding your phone with your smartwatch has never been easier than that. But, that is not all. Most of the finder apps don’t work if your phone is too far away from the watch. However, with apps like Wear Aware, you can set your smartwatch to vibrate the moment you get a bit further away from your phone. That way, you won’t ever have to worry about forgetting your phone in a crowded place. And, to top it all off, it even works as an anti-theft feature.


3. You can adapt the face of your watch to your outfit

One of the big issues with buying watches is the fact that they have to go well with your clothes. With traditional watches, it either meant trying to find a watch that goes with as many pieces of clothes you own as possible, or it meant buying multiple watches to complement your outfits. However, with a smartwatch, you can customize the way your watch looks in just a couple of seconds. Garmin smartwatches, for example, come with thousands of watch faces for you to pick and choose from. You can choose the elegant simplicity of classic watches, or you can go the opposite way and fill your screen with rainbows and unicorns. From Watch Face and Watch Maker with thousands of faces to Mr. Time where you can make smart watch faces yourself, there’s an option for whatever you prefer.


4. You can record sound with your smartwatch

We don’t know what will make you feel like a spy more than using your watch to record conversations. Smartwatches come with various options such as Google Keep and Wear Audio Recorder for people who simply need a recording device that won’t take up their hands. Whether you want to use it to record your college lectures, or if you are a journalist that is working on an assignment, using your smartwatch to record will free you up to jot down any important notes or do other things that require your hands. We also found recording apps incredibly useful when it came to creating grocery shopping lists. Simply record what you need to buy while you are checking your fridge and listen to it in the store.

Fenix5s HR

Garmin Fenix5s Sapphire HR

5. IFTTT (If This Then That) lets you program automatic actions for your smartwatch

Now, we know that this sounds a bit complicated. However, the app is very user-friendly. With this app, you can easily create your own scripts that interconnect your devices. So, every time you use your phone or smartwatch to do something, the other device follows up with the readied action. For example, you can set a script that will automatically share any pictures you upload to Instagram on your Twitter account, which is something that would take you quite a bit of time if done manually. You can also connect your smartwatch with other smart devices you own. So, it allows you to set your lights to turn on the instant you come home or even have your smart coffee maker start making coffee the instant your alarm goes off in the morning.




In the end, smartwatches represent a well of untapped potential that we should all start investigating. Sure, not all unusual apps are golden and if you find something on your smart watch is not working correctly, the smartwatch is slow or you have any other smartwatch problems, you know where to start looking for answers, but there are definitely some diamonds in the rough just waiting to be discovered.


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