Smartwatches & Accessories
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Buying a Smartwatch
Shop at Best Buy for a wide variety of wearables, including smartwatches, activity trackers and much more. The "smart" part of these watches is that they can do more than just tell time. They help you stay connected by working with your phone to deliver alerts, notifications and apps right to your wrist. They let you have discreet, hands-free access to your smartphone at any time without needing to have your phone out, so you won't miss any calls or texts. Some smartwatches even double as activity trackers, so you can monitor your health in addition to all of the other conveniences they provide.
Before buying a smartwatch, you'll first want to consider the type of operating system you'd like. Not all smartwatches will work with all smartphones, so it's important to check the compatibility before you buy one. Android Wear and watchOS are quite similar, but watchOS only offers apps that go through Apple's strict approval process, while Android Wear uses an open-source model, which allows for more customization. If you end up choosing watchOS, Apple Watch gives you access to notifications, Apple Pay and Siri. Plus, the built-in Activity and Workout apps can provide a visual snapshot of your daily activity and keep you motivated to stay active. Tizen is a newer operating system used by Samsung that is similar to Android Wear since it's an open-source platform for smartwatches, smartphones, tablets and more. The Microsoft Band 2 uses the Windows 10 operating system and will work with iOS, Android and Windows phones, but when it's paired with a Windows phone 8.1, it also supports Cortana personal digital assistant functionality.
Once you've decided on an operating system, some other things to consider are the style and special features that you'd like your smartwatch to have. Choose from different watch bands, display features and interfaces to find a smartwatch that you'll feel comfortable in and love to wear every day. Depending on how you plan to use your smartwatch, you may want to consider additional features like activity trackers, voice control, music storage and GPS.
Best Buy also offers a wide variety of smartwatch accessories, including charging cables, screen protectors, watch bands, docking stations and more.