So far in smart accessories was strictly distinguish between two main categories of products in the segment – fitness bracelets and watches. Logically, with the parallel development proved that consumers want to have only one device on your wrist. This trend is starting to emerge as one of the new models smart watches and bracelets differences increasingly blurred. The first step was made when manufacturers integrate a large part of the sensors typical of the bracelets themselves in smart watches. But now Microsoft is making the next step, dropping device, which can hardly be defined. Microsoft Band is rather clever bracelet, but there are many possibilities of smart clock. So it is very likely that at some point the two categories merge completely into one.

Attempt to define

Although there is no precise definition where start and where do the two categories, along devices currently on the market can be deduced their characteristic features.

Smart bracelets are simple widget. They do not have their own operating system and use sensors to record various parameters of consumers. They may be driven away, pulse or exercise. Since lead more fitness bracelets, usually devices are waterproof and dustproof. And always have a screen, but if you do, it is usually simple and monochrome. Hardware rely more sensors, rather than computing power. Mandatory use of smartphones by applications synchronize data and processor of smart phones make different calculations for possible diet, training regime and displaying statistics.

The opposite is smart watches. One of their main distinguishing features that have their own processor and operating system. Not always have the full functionality of a smartphone, but have customized mobile applications. Until this year they are seen more as an extension of the smart phone – something like handsfree examining communications and receiving calls. Therefore, they have a color screen. Moreover, most models have sensors similar to smart bracelets, and partly duplicating them on this indicator. But in most cases they are not as precise as fitness devices. Although so far there were attempts to make timepieces that are not dependent on connectivity with smartphones, yet due to certain restrictions they can not be replaced in the near future smartphones.


In September, Apple announced its new smart watch. The new Apple Watch can monitor the pulse of consumers, which may seem at first glance unnecessary extra, but it opens a lot of doors. Furthermore it shows that watches can be equipped with quite powerful sensors for monitoring of biometric identifiers of their owners. Precision sensors were more reserved measure smart bracelets, which actually Apple threw down the gauntlet and to this segment. Cupertino company actually hinted that clocks can be and fitness devices, which effectively renders the existence of two distinct product categories.

To complete mess, Microsoft now began selling its smart bracelet Microsoft Band. She in turn seemingly has most typical features of this class of devices – to monitor precisely defined physical indicators to be synchronized to a particular application. Does not have its own operating system, but Microsoft Band can connect to smart phones from the three most popular mobile platforms – iOS, Windows Phone and Android.

The main difference, however, comes with advanced features. The bracelet has a large color touch screen – something unusual for this kind of devices. It can be viewed notifications to read short messages from smartphones and more. Furthermore, through Microsoft Band can be accepted calls from mobile smart phone. If the bracelet is connected to the smartphone, which is based on Windows Phone 8.1 and has a voice assistant Cortana, then it can take advantage of this feature. In other words, most of the capabilities of Microsoft Band him considerably closer to current smart watches, than to a simple bracelet. The same can be said about the price of the device software giant worth $ 199 – the smart watch with Samsung.


Currently, smart watches seek niche as wander between the definition of self-smart device and simply an extension of the smartphone. The first part is difficult to implement because of the risks and limitations of the small screen, making it uncompetitive substitute for smart phones. As an extension of the smartphone, however, appear smart and bracelets. One of the traditional players in this segment tries to position all the more in the specialized fitness devices. Jawbone showed its latest model Up3. The company focuses more on compactness and functionality to monitor biometric identifiers to the user. The aim is that these data can be used more effectively to build healthy habits and adequate training. The most expensive model Up3 worth $ 179, but Jawbone releases and budget version Up Move, which is only 49 dollars. So in fact the company is trying to show that the bracelets can occupy a specific niche. Something clocks still can not do.

Furthermore, the clocks are relatively expensive. Most models are over 170 dollars, and expected next year Apple Watch was launched with a price of $ 350. Currently the first generations can be found for under $ 100, but they are quite shortcomings and always justify the price.

While manufacturers of smart watches not find the right formula, smart bracelets will continue to make its specific niche. But the trend is gradually boundary between the two types of devices are blurring, while at one point may disappear completely. D.TECH NEWSsmartwatchSo far in smart accessories was strictly distinguish between two main categories of products in the segment - fitness bracelets and watches. Logically, with the parallel development proved that consumers want to have only one device on your wrist. This trend is starting to emerge as one of the...