Wearable devices such as Cubot and IDENT107 Fitness trackers have been a popular gift this season along with Smart Watches. But, once you’ve opened up the box, it can be hard to know what to look for outside of the basic set-up. So let us give you a few pointers.
For these tips, we’ve looked at some popular wearables although our suggestions suit most types of product. Here are three things to think about as you set up your new device.
This sounds pretty basic, but choosing the correct wrist can be important for fitness trackers because your dominant hand tends to move a lot more throughout the day than your non-dominant hand. That, in turn, can affect the way trackers actually log your movement.
For example, you can tell it if you’re wearing the device on your more active hand or not in the app that links with your new tracker.
On some trackers, during set-up you can tell it which wrist you want to wear it on (right or left) and which side you want the digital crown to face if it has one.
Hopefully that should take care of everyone’s preferences for watch orientation.
SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE?
Some Smart watches and Fitness trackers have a lot of sharing functions – so you can share your fitness progress throughout the day, or compete with friends. For some people, this is partly the point of getting a wearable. But, for others, it may be a step too far.
So, it’s time to get in tune with your privacy settings. For some wearable products, you can find your privacy settings by heading to your web-based dashboard, and diving into the settings menu. From there, you can control who can see your daily step counts, photos, location and other things that are tracked.
By default, some things – sleep patterns, your age, your weight and photos can only be viewed by you, but some things are also viewable by everyone, such as your average daily step count. Adjust to suit your own needs.
On some wearables, you can also share your activity for the day, but that is not set up by default. Where privacy can get tricky for example; with an Apple Watch it is in displaying notifications on your wrist. If you don’t want anyone who glances at your wrist to be able to read the start of your text messages, there is a setting that will let you limit what is shown on the watch face.
If you have the options as on Apple watches head to the watch application on your phone and hit the “Notifications” menu. If you switch on “Notifications Privacy,” you’ll have to tap to see messages and other notification details. It can be a little less convenient, but it could also save you some embarrassment in a meeting.
One thing that can quickly kill the joy of a wearable device is getting too many notification messages. It’s great to see who is calling or texting but it can be pretty annoying to be expecting a message and then get a tap on the wrist to let you know that an article about a celebrity you don’t know is trending on Twitter.
For some watches, you can set the watch to mirror all your phone’s messages, but that can become a pain very quickly. A better approach is to head into the Watch applications and find your “Notifications” section. Scroll down through all the apps to choose what you want to see on your wrist and what you don’t. Keep in mind that you may have to head back there if you install new applications.
On Ident107 devices some notifications can be controlled through the Veryfit application the Cubot Fitness tracker uses its own software Cubot band. On many models, you can choose whether you want to be notified about calls, texts and calendar events.
And on some more advanced models, you can also link your email account, as well messaging programs such as WhatsApp. For all models, keep in mind that to receive notifications on your wrist, you might also have to turn them on from your phone.
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