Man with smart watchTechnology is always evolving. As the years go by, many companies introduce the next big thing in technology.

About half a decade ago, smart watches started coming out, manufactured by different companies from Apple to Sony to Samsung and many more. The devices cater to various needs including but not limited to step tracking, calorie-counting, message notification, and many more.

Today, when we visit the electronics wing of malls, we see these wearables on display for you to toy with and discover. Their sizes, colors and shapes vary, which helps you find one that suits your needs and personality.

Here are some questions to ask yourself that would help you come to the conclusion about whether to get one or ignore the impulse to do so altogether.

Do you keep your phone in your bag when out and about?

Are you the type of person who doesn’t like fishing out your device when walking the streets? If so, a smart watch would be beneficial for you because of the Notifications feature.

If you get a text while you’re walking, your smart watch will light up to inform you that you’ve received it. Dependent on how advanced your smart watch is, it may even display the message and sender and allow you to respond to it from the watch itself. Some smart watches even let you answer incoming calls, as long as you’ve got your wired earphones or Bluetooth headset connected or tethered to the actual smartphone. All of these without even having to take your phone out!

Do you like tracking burned calories and step counts?

If you like keeping track of the calories you’ve burned and the steps you’ve taken day after day, then a smart watch can also do these for you.

If you don’t care for the Notification feature and other features other than the pedometer or calorie counter, then you might want to go for a fitness band instead. Fitness bands allows the monitoring of steps, calories, and even the heart rate. These are much simpler bands which help monitor certain fitness goals.

Do you need frequent reminders?

Let’s admit it, even if we set reminders on our phones, the moment it beeps, we clear it without checking the message that pops up. Or at least we rarely do.

Having a smart watch strapped on your wrist shows you these reminders and allows you to also set new ones.

Do you have the cash to spare?

As cool as they are, smart watches cost more than entry-level phones.

If you want to get yourself one, but don’t have the cash for it, maybe put off buying a smart watch for now. Or you can set aside a portion of your salary each pay day to buy what you want towards the end of the year or on your birthday.

If you’ve got extra money lying around and you really want to buy the latest Apple watch or Samsung Gear, then by all means, knock yourself out.