3 Reasons I Haven’t Purchased A Smartwatch

Sergio Alberto Romero, M.S.
3 min readAug 29, 2021
Photo by Simon Daoudi on Unsplash

It seems like as human history continues into the 21st century all we’re really interested in is putting a digital display on more and more devices. Between the cars we drive and watches we wear. LED, LCD as long as it can display information, we want it everywhere. I always feared falling behind with the times, and I’m starting to see why that happens to some people. I still love my old school quartz watch, sure it’s a little rough around the edges but it looks way better than some phone on my wrist. That said, here are 3 reasons why I have little to no interest in upgrading to a smartwatch any time soon.

Charging

I mentioned in a previous article that I have numerous devices that I have to charge all the time. I won’t list them here again, but just know that I have a lot of devices that need to be charged from time to time. It can be a real pain to keep all your gadgets charged when you need them the most. I won’t elongate this part of the article all that much since it’s pretty self explanatory. Charging all these devices isn’t fun so I don’t have a whole lot of interest in adding another gadget that needs me monitoring its battery life. Of course, my current quartz watch requires a battery change every couple of months so maybe I’m in the wrong on this one.

Actual Usage

I try to use my devices very intentionally. I actually don’t have my phone feeding me any sort of notifications so already with a smartwatch I lose most of the meaningful functionality. Besides that I just haven’t seen a killer feature that I don’t already have available through my phone. Sure the EKG is pretty cool and i think it will add a lot of utility in regards to a person’s health over time but at the same time I don’t think it’s advanced as I would like it to be in its current form. The moral of the story is, while a smart watch has some interesting feature sets available I simply don’t see myself using any them on a daily basis.

Cost

As I’ve said before in the past, I’m cheap, or frugal depending on who you ask. That being said I push for a lot of value out of my devices not only do I need them to consistently deliver the features that they promised but I also need my devices to have some level of return on investment. Whether…

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Sergio Alberto Romero, M.S.

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