Many watches that are currently on the market may be considered a smart watch, but they do a lot of ‘smart’ things. In this article, we discuss the use of the term ‘smartwatch’ and how the term has changed in modern society. Many products out there that are not actually ‘smart’ at all are being considered to be. Even though the Tissot Sea-Touch has plenty of smart features, is it justified when calling it a smartwatch? Or should this term be strictly reserved for those watches that are actually connected to Wifi?
As there are often discussions online about whether the Tissot Sea-Touch is a smartwatch or not, as well as other watches out there, we thought it was about time to clear it up.
The Defining Line
So, what is the defining line that allows a watch to be considered ‘smart’? Most people say that simple guideline is whether the watch is able to be connected to a smartphone or a computer via either Wifi or Bluetooth to transfer data. However, this has a rather large grey area.
The modern use of the term ‘smart’ is highly flexible and many products on the market are considered or named ‘smart’ despite not actually being ‘connected’ to anything. One example of the use of ‘smart’ in the modern world is with Smart Fridges. Now, most Smart Fridges are not connected to anything and simply have a camera installed that tells you what items you have run out of, which isn’t really that smart at all.
So, is it?
While it is clear that the Tissot Sea-Touch is not a smartwatch, it can easily be referred to as such with the modern use of the word. The Tissot Sea-Watch doesn’t connect to a computer or phone so it makes much more sense that it is not a smartwatch, however it is still very smart as it has a compass and is able to log dives.
Perhaps a better term for the Tissot Sea-Touch would to be called an ‘ABC’ watch, which stands for Altitude, Barometer, Compass. Despite it having this term it does not actually need to have those exact functions but it may be a better alternative to the term ‘smartwatch’.
In summary, while it is not considered an ‘actual’ smartwatch, the modern term gives room for it to be lightly referred to as such. While many watch enthusiasts do not particularly like it, it is up to you whether you decide to refer to your watch as a smartwatch or not.
How do you classify the term ‘smart’? Do you keep it for watches that are connected to Wifi or Bluetooth, or a bit more flexible with the term?