Prime Day is coming up and that means plenty of awesome Prime Day deals. Always one of the best times of the year for great bargains, especially when it comes to technology, we’re counting on seeing a lot of Prime Day smartwatch deals this year. With plenty of brands out there, encompassing some great styles, budgets, and features, it can be hard to know where to begin. That’s why we’ve looked at everything you need to know. We’ve considered where the best smartwatch deals will be, when they will happen, along with what to look for when buying a new smartwatch during Prime Day. Read on while we tell you all about it.
Prime Day started out as a celebration of Amazon’s founding. Amazon was founded on July 5, 1994, so — traditionally — Prime Day happens in July each year. Prime Day has only been around since 2015 but it’s mostly stuck to that principle with only two notable exceptions. These occurred in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Day was pushed back to October. That gave Amazon the time to solve supply chain issues and ensure the sale was as big as always. In 2021, the event happened in June making it a month earlier than usual.
However, Prime Day 2022 will be returning to its regular spot of July. Amazon confirmed that news as part of its 2022 Q1 results. What we don’t yet know is when it will happen in July. Amazon tends to keep specific dates fairly quiet until much nearer the time so that competitors can’t plan ahead as efficiently.
On the other hand, there’s only so much time in July when it could happen. So, what we are confident is that Prime Day is in an ideal mid-summer slot to ensure you can grab some great bargains without having to wait for other sales seasons. Prime Day tends to be as good (or nearly as good) as Black Friday and Cyber Monday so you’re sure to save big here if you know what to look for. It’s also fairly likely that we will see some early Prime Day deals in the run-up to the big event, to entice you into buying early.
If it’s Prime Day, it’s Amazon you should be heading to, right? Well, not necessarily. Amazon should definitely be your first port of call for saving big during Prime Day. The retailer is often keen to discount the most popular technology substantially and smartwatches are in hot demand. However, it’s not the only place to look at.
Other retailers are also worth checking out. The big two — Best Buy and Walmart — are particular standouts. Both retailers often stock many different smartwatches including both Android and Apple-based devices, with discounts often plentiful. With Prime Day pushing everyone into cutting their prices for a little while, we’re expecting to see the bricks-and-mortar retailers getting involved, too. They also carry the advantage of often allowing you to pay online before picking up in-store which can be far more convenient than waiting for delivery.
Buying directly from manufacturers like Samsung can be worthwhile, too, with some awesome deals likely to happen. However, don’t count on Apple cutting any prices for the sake of Prime Day.
Also, if you’re looking for a cellular smartwatch such as an Apple Watch with 4G, it can be worth your while checking out cell phone providers, too. They often provide the best deals although you’ll need to commit yourself to a contract to get them. On the plus side, you can use your smartwatch without your phone nearby.
Buying a smartwatch involves quite a lot of thought. For one thing, not everyone needs a smartwatch. If you hate wearing something on your wrist, there’s not much point in buying one. Similarly, if you know you’re never going to check it, wear it, or even remember to recharge it, you’ve just bought yourself an expensive gimmick.
However, smartwatches are particularly great if you’re keen to track your health and exercise levels via their extensive fitness tracking tools. If you’re an avid runner, walker, or cyclist, these are the devices for you. They’ll save you the need to dig out your phone mid-activity, while still seeing how you’re progressing.
With many different styles and brands, it’s important to think about what you need. For instance, Apple Watches are great but don’t pair up particularly well with Android phones. The same is true the other way around so try to stick to your type that pairs up well with your smartphone. Other smartwatches like Garmin are fitness-focused but work well with both Android and Apple so plan accordingly there if you’re looking for functionality over style.
Style is a big part of any device that is going to rest on your wrist for a long time too. Make sure you pick out a smartwatch that suits your aesthetic. To help you figure out the ins and outs of smartwatches, it’s a good idea to consult our best Android smartwatches guide as well as our look at the best smartwatches to see what would work best for you.
And in terms of timing? You’ve got it right. Prime Day is generally one of the best times of year for enjoying deep discounts. Its main competitors are Black Friday and Cyber Monday but both involve you having to wait a long time until you can indulge in the sales. Coming in at the end of the year also means you might find yourself stretched thin financially as you juggle a new smartwatch purchase with holiday spending.
Simply put, you’re good to go with making a purchase during Prime Day. It’s one of the best times of the year and you won’t be disappointed by the prices on offer. Just make sure you buy a smartwatch that suits your style and pairs up well with your phone.
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