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Success T imepiece s SMART TIME If you’re an IT geek who turns your nose up at Rolexes smugly declaring: “My phone is my clock” — here’s what you need to know to choose the right smartwatch for you. T E X T BY B I LL L I N D S E Y COMPARE & CONTRAST Not all smartwatches are supported by all smartphone platforms. Make sure your choices are compatible or else be prepared to ask strangers for the time a lot more than you’d like. TOUCH IT Some smartphones are controlled via buttons while others are touchscreen-driven. Try before you buy. And make sure you can read the display without squinting too much. LIFE’S SHORT Always check battery life. Some smartwatches can go for days while others last for a few hours. Don’t be the person who’s late to a meeting because you forgot to charge your watch. MANY FACES Some smartwatches have more display options than others. If you change your mind a lot, choose one with a plethora of “faces.” You’ll get used to it in no time. LIFESTYLE CHOICES Outdoorsy types need a waterproof, no-nonsense timepiece with a strap that won’t send it flying. More sedentary folks might opt for a watch that complements their favorite bag of chips. APP ATTACK Make sure your smartwatch supports all apps you live and die by. The best time-teller for you will make life easier no matter what time it is. 54