Smartwatch vs Smart band: Which is better?

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This article compares the smartwatch vs the smart band. A smartwatch as you hear the name is a watch that is smart. And a smart band is a wrist band that is smart. That is the simplest way I can define them. But those explanations are not that specific enough. What does it mean for a watch to be smart? And what does it mean for a wristband to be smart? Both the smartwatch and smart bands are worn on our wrists, but what is the difference between them? Which of the two would you go for if you were offered to choose between the two. We discuss all that within this post. We start by explaining what a smartwatch is next.

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One wears a smartwatch on their wrist like any other ordinary watch. The only difference is that it is a computer around your wrist. Newer smartwatches provide a native touchscreen interface for everyday usage. Additionally; a connected smartphone app provides for management and remote sensing (biomonitoring).

First smartwatch models could carry out simple tasks, for example,

a) Calculations,

b) Digital time telling,

c) Translations,

d) And game-playing,

Whereas 2010s smartwatches have more general functionality closer to smartphones, including ;

a) Mobile apps,

b) A mobile operating system,

c) And WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity.

Some smartwatches function as portable media players, with FM radio and playback of digital audio and video files via a Bluetooth headset. Some models, called watch phones (or vice versa), have mobile cellular functionality like making calls. Read on as we talk about smart bands in the next section.


A smart band can be an activity tracker, also known as a fitness tracker. A smart band is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as;

a) Distance walked or run,

b) Calorie consumption,

c) At times heartbeat.

A smart band is a type of wearable computer. The term is now primarily used for smart wrist bands that are synced (synchronized), in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking. Now that you now know what a smart band and a wrist band are, we can then discuss which is better in the next part. Stick around to find out.

Smartwatch vs Smart band:

The table below compares smartwatches to smart bands.

SmartwatchSmart band
1. Offers more functionality than the smart band.1. Usually has less functionality compared to smartwatches.
2. Usually weighs more than a smart band.2. Usually weighs less than a smart watch.
3. Cost more than smart bands.3. Cost less than smart watches generally.
4. Have poor battery life due to their complex features.4. Have better battery usage since they use less features.
Table summarising smartwatches vs smartbands.

Which should you buy? Smartwatch or Smartband.

This question can best be answered by you. We have explained what both offer. What we can add is that smartbands are specifically used by people who are into fitness and exercising and tracking their health and all that. Whereas smartwatches are used by people who just want to put on a technology-related gadget to enhance their smartphone experience. Therefore, it will be very helpful if you knew the exact reason why or purpose for which you are buying either of these two.