Smartwatches nowadays come in so much choice for every budget, design, or lifestyle that it’s hard to distinguish which ones are the best. From the likes of the Apple Watch, to smartwatches from Fitbit, Samsung and Xiaomi, you just have too many of choices in front of you. This sometimes may get confusing to buyers. Fortunately for you, we have done some hard work so you don’t have to. Below are our five favorite smartwatches/fitness trackers you can get in the market right now.
Apple Watch Series 4 – the best in the market
There’s no beating Apple Watch, just not yet. The world leader just got better with the addition of ECG. This industry-first feature have already saved multiple lives in the US, and is expected to come in global models as well. Moreover, the watch comes with a huge array of fitness, wellness and connected features. So much so that it’s easily able to morph between a fitness tracker, sports watch and a serious health device.
The Apple Watch 4 comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, and has both Wi-Fi and LTE variants. Obviously, the watch is priced in a little costly region, with the smallest Wi-Fi model setting you back by $399. The price is justifiable for the features it offers, but not everyone is willing to spend that much on a smartwatch. And if you are one of them, read below to find more affordable watches for you.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch – a more affordable powerhouse
Another top-end smartwatch, and possibly second only to the one we just talked about, the Samsung Galaxy Watch offers almost all the features the Apple Watch 4 does, at a more affordable price. The watch sports a circular display with a rotating bezel on top. It is a military grade watch, and can track as many as 39 different activities, including sleep and stress monitoring.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch also comes in two different sizes, 42mm and 46mm, both available in LTE as well as Wi-Fi variants. All the devices are capable of running multiple days on a single charge, and are compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. Prices start at $329 for the 42mm Wi-Fi model.
Huami Amazfit Verge – best in budget
The Amazfit Verge by Xiaomi sub-brand Huami is a formidable smartwatch that comes with a much cheaper price tag. It packs features like heart rate monitoring, fitness tracking, sleep analysis, smartphone notifications, and up to five days of battery life. And with the latest update, the watch also gets support for Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
The downside with the Huami Amazfit Verge is its operating system. The watch runs on Huami’s own custom OS, and may not support many popular smartwatch apps. Nonetheless, at $160, the Huami Amazfit Verge is a formidable package any day. And don’t forget, it is also compatible with both Android smartphones and iPhones.
Fitbit Charge 3 – best fitness tracker
If you aren’t really looking for a real watch, fitness trackers might be best for you. These devices can do almost everything the above listed smartwatches can do. And in case of Fitbit Charge 3, you get an added feature. The device has a female health tracking feature, allowing female users to keep tabs on the menstrual cycle. It boasts a battery life of up to 7 days and supports Fitbit Pay for mobile payments. The Fitbit Charge 3 costs $170. And if you don’t want Fitbit Pay, the regular version costs just $149.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – cheapest fitness tracker
If you are cash-crunched but need an effective fitness tracker. Xiaomi’s Mi Band 3 is a best value-for-money device you can get in the market. It sports an OLED touch screen display and comes with fitness features that include HRM, sedentary reminder, sleep analysis and advanced step tracking.
Other added features include weather forecast, water resistant up to 50 metres, support for Xiaomi Sports App, built-in stopwatch, a phone locating function, and an independent vibrating alarm function that works even when your smartphone is turned off. The band also offers a battery life of over two weeks, and costs only $30.