So, you’re interested in a smart watch? One of the first things that you have probably thought about is the cost of one. Prices of smartwatches vary somewhat widely, so you should be able to find something within your budget.
We did a quick search on the internet and found lower-end smart watches priced around $20. The higher-end smart watches, such as the Apple Smart Watch, are closer to $300. After seeing this big gap in prices, you may ask yourself, “What’s the difference between a $20 smart watch and a $300 smart watch?” Let’s find out.
The General Rule
The general rule of “you get what you pay for” holds true with smart watches just as it does for many other products. High-end smart watches tend to be more reliable, more durable, etc. This is fairly obvious, right? What’s less obvious is that high-end smart watches usually come with a better warranty. You certainly don’t want to buy a friend, spouse, loved one, etc. a smart watch for Christmas, have it break by New Years, and have no way of getting your money back! Lower-end smart watches are more likely to break and also more likely to have a smaller warranty period.
This isn’t to say that all less expensive smart watches are bad. You may be able to find a moderately-priced and reliable smart watch. We found one smart watch for $75 that had many positive reviews. They’re out there, you just have to look. Speaking of looking, don’t forget to check several websites when you’re looking for a smart watch. You’ll want to know what all of your options are.
The High-end Smart Watches
So, should we talk about high-end smart watches? A benefit of high-end smart watches is that they sometimes contain more features than other smart watches. People often want to buy a gift for their tech-savvy best friend or relative. If you really want to impress him or her, be sure to compare the features between smart watches. You may be able to find a less expensive watch with many features, but if you want to be sure you’re getting as many features as possible, opt for the high-end smart watch.
High-end smart watches also typically have good online resources and customer support. This is beneficial if you have a question about setting up your smart watch, using the watch etc. No one wants to see a child get upset on Christmas morning because his or her new watch doesn’t work correctly.
So far we’ve talked about low-end smart watches, high-end smart watches, and even some mid-range watches. You might be wondering, “What’s the minimum I need to spend to get a good quality, feature-rich watch that has a good warranty and good support?” Good question. It’s hard to give a quick and easy answer to this because there are so many different brands and options. However, we tried to make it a little easier for you by looking at the ratings that smart watches with different prices got on various websites. Ratings can’t tell you everything, but they sum up the entire experience that a person had with a product. We found that, generally speaking, it’s a good practice to pay at least $50 for a smart watch.
Now that you know the minimum to pay for a smart watch, you may ask yourself, “Is it really worth it to get a smart watch, or would a regular watch suffice?” In the end, the choice is ultimately up to you. If you know someone who loves to have all of the new tech toys, we recommend getting him or her a smart watch! If someone is more old-fashioned, or isn’t a big fan of technology, it may be best to stick with the regular watch. Regardless of what kind of watch you pick, be sure you’ve thought the purchase through. A high-end smart watch costs around $300; however, a high-end regular watch costs even more.
Finally, there is just one last thing to think about when it comes to the cost of a smart watch– compatibility. If you buy a less expensive smart watch, but it isn’t compatible with any of your devices, what good is it? It often makes better financial sense to buy a more expensive smart watch that is more compatible with other products you own. After all, you don’t want to have to go out and buy all new devices just to make your smart watch work.