Not a day goes by when I don't attempt to compile my "ultimate" smartwatch in my head. I try to wear different watches throughout the week as there are different features in each of them that I like, some more than others. Comfort is obviously a big deal for me and so is being waterproof (for when I'm behind the bar). Other things come into play as well like battery life and notification management.
One thing I've noticed more and more though is how much I love the light on my Pebble. More so the fact that I can just shake my wrist to turn it on.
In case you didn't know, I spend two nights a week tending bar. Of course I want to wear a watch when I'm there but I've found it hard to go with anything other than my Pebble thus far. The big numero uno on that choice is that it's waterproof so I don't have to worry about it getting trashed when I dunk my hand in a sink or mistakenly spill something on it. Right off the bat that rules out a number of other devices that can't handle the water torture test.
With my Pebble I can just flick my wrist, light it up and read away. With the Toq, not so much
However this week I forgot to charge up my Pebble and noticed right before I was leaving the house that it was dying, so I opted for my newly updated Qualcomm Toq instead. It's always been my #2 so I wasn't too worried about anything happening to it. It stands up to the water test pretty well (or so I think judging by the fact that it's still working after getting wet) and it's comfortable enough for me to ignore for hours on end.
One thing I didn't count on however was the two-handed use that comes into play when using it. I guess maybe not two handed since I'm not actually using both hands, but one is obviously out of commission when it's on my wrist.
It breaks down like this: The bar is dark and I need a light on my watch to read my notifications. With my Pebble I can just flick my wrist, light it up and read away. With the Toq, not so much. Notifications come in and I have to tap the screen to read or scroll it, but I also can't read anything without a light. So that means double tapping the band to turn the backlight on as well. Lots of work just to read an email. I also found myself constantly flicking my wrist to get the light to turn on, which it obviously didn't. This also applies to even just checking the time.
So I've realized that for me, one of the biggest features of any watch is actually being able to flick my wrist and have the light come on. Now I know that for many users this feature may not be at all useful, but for me it's definitely tops on my list of ultimate smartwatch features. I've found that I rely on it constantly, expect it to be there and get pissed when it's not. Even when I'm wearing a Toq or Martian or anything else, I find myself flicking away to no avail.
So what is your current #1 feature in a smartwatch? Hit up the comments and let us know!