Smartwatches have moved so far beyond simple calorie and step counters it‘s like comparing the stone age with the 21st century. Today‘s smartwatches can provide a music soundtrack to your workout, make and take calls, pay for your lunch, track and monitor vital health stats such as your heart rate and blood oxygen levels, and even perform an electrocardiogram (ECG). The tech available for your wrist now is truly phenomenal!
What is it? Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
What‘s the crack? Now this is a smartwatch that doesn‘t just work well, it‘s beautifully designed too. Available in two sizes – 41mm and 45mm – it features a touch AMOLED screen, a sleek rotating bezel for app navigation, and a range of fitness features that will blow your mind. With the LTE version you can leave your bulky smartphone at home and listen to your playlists, make calls and answer notifications.
Who would it suit? The perfect present for someone who needs the functionality of a smartwatch without sacrificing style.
What is it? FitBit Sense
What‘s the crack? The latest from FitBit offers up to six-plus days of battery life on a single charge and embraces wellbeing features such as stress monitoring and management that can help the user develop habits to reduce stress. It‘s waterproof for up to 50 metres, has 24/7 heart rate monitoring, and will rate the quality of your sleep.
Who would it suit? A quality smartwatch that works to keep both your mind and body in shape.
What is it? Garmin Vivofit jr. 3 Fitness Tracker
What‘s the crack? It‘s not just the adults that can benefit from owning a smartwatch. The latest Vivofit Jr. from Garmin has a full colour screen and combines real fitness goals with games, collectables, and unlockable activities putting the fun into getting active.
Who would it suit? The perfect companion to get the younger members of the family to swap their screens for exercise.
What is it? Oppo Watch
What‘s the crack? Well, a corker of an AMOLED screen for starters. The Oppo Watch comes with a full range of health and fitness monitoring to ensure you get the best out of your workout. It‘s waterproof for up to 50 metres and it will only take 15 minutes to charge the battery for a full day. Online sales only.
Who would it suit? A fantastic all-rounder with a quality screen that doesn‘t come with a budget breaking price point.
What is it? Garmin Instinct Solar
What‘s the crack? This is the entry-level solar model, but that doesn‘t detract from the wealth of features on offer here including an impressive slew of fitness tracking and monitoring as well blood oxygen sensing. Water resistant to 100 metres, the rugged Instinct Solar comes with multi-Global Navigation Satellite Support and Corning Gorilla scratchproof glass. Throw in the solar charging support and you‘ve got the complete outdoor smartwatch.
Who would it suit? Compatible with both iOS and Android, the Instinct Solar will appeal to both the hardcore athlete and casual user alike.
What is it? Space Talk Life Seniors Smart Watch
What‘s the crack? Given the separation many of us have experienced this year, the Space Talk Life Seniors is an excellent proposition for the older members of the family. There‘s 4G talk functionality onboard, GPS location with permission of the user, an SOS function at the press of a button that will alert predetermined contacts, programmable reminders for medicine or appointments, and a step counter to encourage activity.
Who would it suit? The Life Senior is perfect for staying in touch with parents or grandparents and great safety peace of mind for them.
What is it? Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar
What‘s the crack? This is the watch that Bear Grylls would pack for a weekend away in Afghanistan. The robust smartwatch is so crammed full of features and functions, it‘s practically incomparable. Alongside Solar support and a myriad of different tracking and analysing options, it has fall alert, room for 2,000 songs to listen to when you‘re hanging off a mountain, and it even has pre-set maps that include 2,000 ski runs and. wait for it, 41,000 golf courses around the globe.
Who would it suit? One for the extreme athlete and adventurer with features you could only dream of having on a watch. The Fenix 6X Pro Solar is in a class of its own.
What is it? FitBit Charge 4
What‘s the crack? The Charge 4 is Fitbit‘s inaugural tracker with built-in GPS. Simply unlock the in-app Workout Intensity Map, which plots your exercise route while overlaying your heart rate and pace, for granular insight on your workout. There‘s also tracking of floors climbed and, when tethered to a smartphone, you can access music streaming via the Charge 4. It also delivers up to seven days of battery life.
Who would it suit? If you‘re looking to get in shape this summer, then the Charge 4 with its GPS tracking is a great accompaniment.
- The first and the most vitally important factor you‘ll need to consider is whether or not your new smartwatch is compatible with your smartphone. For example, an Apple Watch will only work with an iPhone.
- Consider the features you want on your smartwatch. If you‘re using it primarily for health and fitness, then you‘ll want to consider a model that offers a full suite of fitness features and analytics. If you like tech, you might be more interested in using contactless payments functionality, calls and texts, or for checking in with social media on the fly.
- Battery life is a key consideration. You don‘t want your smartwatch to run low while you’re exercising or on a trail run, so opt for a model with a significant battery life. Solar powered smartwatches are great for a top up if you spend a lot of time outdoors.