Get Ready to witness the Best Smartwatches of 2020.
The smartwatch has become quite a staple technology for many people, much like the smartphone. It is not only an extension of the smartphone that you wear on your wrist but can also be a standalone wearable technology on its own.
Part of the reason why smartwatches are getting more and more popular by the day is the fact that large companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung have joined the race to make the most innovative and premium smartwatches on the market.
It has led to consumers developing an appreciation of having a little computer on your wrist. Other companies have gone on to carve out niches for themselves by manufacturing smartwatches for specific purposes, such as hiking, or driving or flying.
If you’ve been thinking of buying a smartwatch but aren’t sure where to start, this article is as good a place as any.
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Best Smartwatches 2020
I took the trouble of trying as many of them as I could and came up with this review to help you figure out which smartwatch is best for you.
|SmartWatch||Weight (Oz)||Operating System|
|Samsung Galaxy Watch||2.88||Tizen 4.0||Check Price|
|Apple Watch 5||1.02||Watch Os 6||Check Price|
|Fossil Sport||1.04||Android||Check Price|
|Galaxy Watch Active 2||0.9||Tizen||Check Price|
|TicWatch Pro||10.88||Wear OS by Google||Check Price|
|TicWatch E2||1.92||Wear OS by Google||Check Price|
|Apple Watch 4||1.06||Watch OS 5||Check Price|
|Fitbit Versa 2||0.16||Android||Check Price|
|Fitbit Ionic||10.72||Android||Check Price|
|Apple Watch 3||1.12||Watch OS 5||Check Price|
1. Samsung Galaxy Watch – best for ease of use (rotating bezel)
If you’re looking for a refined smartwatch, then the Samsung Galaxy Watch is probably the best smartwatch you can find on the market today. The user interface is pretty cohesive, the design is attractive, and the battery life is probably the best thing to happen to smartwatches since their very invention.
This watch comes in two different sizes: The 46mm version and the 42mm version. The 46mm version has a silver and black theme while the 42mm version comes either in rose gold or midnight black. Both of them are pretty comfortable so far, though I would recommend you go for the 46mm version due to its larger screen and superior battery life. The tradeoff is that you will have to settle for a larger watch, which I understand isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Samsung Galaxy Watch is not just a watch; it’s also a fashion statement. The timepiece is large and circular and looks like a proper wristwatch. I got a ton of compliments while wearing it, and while I certainly didn’t meet very many people, I believe lots of people love the looks of this watch. In fact, a number of people found it a pleasant surprise that I was wearing a cool smartwatch that wasn’t an Apple watch.
For a good comparison, this Samsung Galaxy Watch blows the Apple Watch 4 right out of the water. It is a perfect example of what a proper high-end wristwatch is supposed to look like, and has a stainless steel case and very sleek bezel. It combines function and form in a beautiful way, even allowing you to cycle through the menus by rotating the bezel.
If you’re a big fan of smartwatches, then you know just how satisfying it feels to be able to cycle through menus by rotating a bezel. You don’t have to cover up the watch face with your fingers, especially if the watch face is small and your fingers are… not.
You could, if you wanted, go for the older Galaxy Watch Active, though you would have to forego the rotating bezel. The good news on that front is that the Galaxy Watch with a version of Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel that simulates the same feeling as a physical one through a haptic buzz, but I’ll talk about that later.
The point here is, the rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch is Samsung’s gift to humanity.
I had a bit of an issue with variety when it comes to the straps and the colors of the cases. Take the 46 millimetre version, for example. I love the silver and black; very sleek and stylish. But I only get 3 strap options as far as color is concerned and only one as far as size is concerned.
The straps are all 22mm in width. The colors are only Deep Ocean, Onyx Black, and Basalt Grey. For the 42mm version, you get 20mm straps in Natural Brown, Cloud Grey, Cosmo Purple, Pink Beige, Lime Yellow, Lunar Grey, Onyx Black, or Terracotta Red. At least there’s more variety with the 42mm version.
Another interesting aspect of the Samsung Galaxy Watch is the OS. Like all other Samsung smartwatch models, it uses the Tizen OS. The ability to support a rotating bezel is directly attributable to the use of the Tizen OS since Google’s Wear OS does not support the same functionality and WatchOS from Apple supports a rotating digital crown which, in my opinion, is a lot less intuitive than a bezel.
The 46-millimeter version will easily go for 4 days without needing a recharge on normal use. In my tests, the watch was constantly fetching notifications, keeping a track of workouts as well as checking messages for me, not to mention, I love talking to Bixby, Samsung’s AI, multiple times a day. If you opt for the 42mm version, you get 3 days of battery life, which is still quite impressive.
2. Apple Watch – Best Apple Smartwatch with GPS
So the first thing I can’t get over is how awesome the always-on display is! Apple really thought this one out and gave us a feature we desperately needed and that no one else seemed to be thinking about.
There are actually a number of reasons why it’s so cool. For starters, if you have a previous generation Apple Watch then you’re going to take an excruciating (in hindsight at least, now that I know how much easier things could have been) from activating the screen by flicking or raising your wrist to the display coming on and showing the time.
The reason why always-on makes so much sense is that the Apple Watch is, among other things, a watch. A watch is supposed to let you see the time when you look at your wrist. It’s not supposed to be a long and excruciating process at all.
That’s what this pretty Apple Watch does: what a watch is basically supposed to do. Rather than you having to do some stuff with your hand or wrist, just to see the time, you can see it when you want to.
I think it would have been even better if they had taken it a few steps further. Take the way the display dims when you’re not using it, for example, it’s awesome, but it could dim a little more.
The square display is the same as the old one. On the one hand, the design is the same thing we’ve seen before. On the other, at least we can say it’s ironic since it’s maintained the same design principles that made us fall in love with the Apple Watch in the beginning.
3. Fossil Sport – Best Smartwatch for swimming
● Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz
● Battery Duration: 2 days
● Charging Method: Proprietary method
● IP Rating: IP68
The first thing I loved about this watch is just how comfortable and lightweight it is. That is one of the most important things I look out for when I’m shopping for a smartwatch, especially if it’s going to be on my wrist a lot as I work out. I want something that is not only durable but also lightweight.
Fossil Sport delivers plenty of this. The body is made out of aluminum and the strap is made of silicone. Silicone was a great material choice because silicone doesn’t absorb sweat. It’s also light.
On the side of the watch, there is a dial, with buttons above and below it. Both of these buttons are customizable, though by the default the top button is programmed to access Fossil’s own software while the bottom one is set to access Google Fit.
Fossil’s own software will let you set a range of configurations for the home screen. However, it’s not especially modern and I personally didn’t find much of a use for it. I instead customized the top button to launch the stopwatch.
The buttons themselves are a little stiff to the touch, but that can actually be a good thing. Sure, you need to apply a little more pressure than usual to press them, but at least that means you don’t have to worry about accidentally pressing the buttons on your smartwatch while you’re working out.
There’s a heart rate monitor on the bottom of the watch, to metal contacts that you use to charge the smartphone. The heart rate monitor seems to be made of glass, and while I haven’t worn my Fossil Sport a lot so far, I suspect the monitor can get a bit cold in cold weather.
On the surface is the screen: 1.2 inches in size, 390 by 390 OLED. It’s the same size screen no matter what casing you choose for your watch (There’s a 41mm case and a 43mm case).
To be sure, the display is very colorful. However, after having my experience with the Apple Watch 5, I felt the display on the Fossil Sport wasn’t as bright as it should be. When I’m out in the sun and it is especially bright, I have to squint to read the screen.
That said, the display does get its job done if you’re not going to be spending a lot of time out in the sun. Ditch the noontime jogs and go to the gym instead. You will find the watch to be your best friend. However, for a watch that’s supposed to cater primarily to fitness enthusiasts, it could be brighter.
The bezel is a little on the thicker side as well. However, for a mid-range smartwatch, that’s expected. I have a dream that one day we will see bezel-less smartwatches. For now, however, we have to make do with what we have.
A great highlight for me is the wristband. You can easily swap it and the Fossil Sport happens to be compatible with any wristband that’s 18mm or 22mm, depending on whether you have a 41mm case or a 43mm case.
This is a great feature for me because it means I can get whatever strap I want and I can save money in the process. That said, I still loved the proprietary strap that came with my Fossil. It was elegant.
If you want to replace the strap on your Fossil Sport, just flip the watch around to reveal the metal switches at the ends of the strap. All you have to do is pull them and the strap will easily come out. Putting the strap back was a little harder, but that’s because I’m naturally clumsy.
On the inside, the Fossil Sport has the Snapdragon Wear 3100, which is the latest chipset for wearables to come out of Qualcomm as of this writing. The apps are highly responsive and the battery life is great.
It did take a while to get the watch updated, but I’m going to chalk that up to my Wi-Fi connection. Once that was done the watch functioned smoothly.
The 512MB of RAM really did its part. I could even load a bunch of apps at the same time and the system still wouldn’t slow down. The onboard storage of 4GB also means that you load almost as many apps as you want.
You can listen to music without using your phone as well. Sure, you might not be able to get your entire playlist loaded onto the watch, but you’ll still get a lot of songs on.
Fossil Sport also allows you to use Google Pay due to the integration of NFC technology. Fossil Sport is compatible with iOS. However, it’s best used with Android, since you’ll have a lot more variety available there.
Much of the design of this smartwatch is made to fitness. It’s actually one of the best fitness trackers I have ever come across. The build is light, the battery durable, and the sensors pretty accurate, meaning it can hold its own even in the most extreme situations.
The heart rate monitor built into the back helps you with your workouts and the GPS and accelerometer help you to track how much distance you’ve covered when you’re running or cycling.
That said, I noticed that the GPS was a little slow to pick up, sometimes going for as long as 5 minutes before catching a signal. That was not cool.
4. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – Great performance (1.5GB RAM)
To be honest, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks a lot like the version that came before it. The 40mm version certainly looks like the Galaxy Watch’s 40mm version.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a 44mm version, though, which is much lighter and more manageable than the 46mm version that was there on the Galaxy Watch that came before it.
Both the 40mm and the 44mm versions are very light. The smaller one weighs 26 grams without a strap while the larger one weighs 30 grams.
You’ll certainly feel it on your wrist, but it won’t be so heavy as to be distracting. You should be able to wear it comfortably when going out for a run.
The body is made of aluminum, just like the body of the Galaxy Watch. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in pink gold, aqua black, and cloud silver. You can also opt for stainless steel.
In fact, if you opt for the version that has LTE connectivity, then it’s definitely going to be in stainless steel.
The stainless steel version comes with gold, black, and silver options, and costs more than the regular aluminum version.
The cheaper version, the one made of aluminum, has a band made of rubberized fluoroelastomer. This is the exact same material that is used to make straps for Apple watches and has the great quality that it will feel natural on your wrist no matter what kind of activity you’re engaging in. It also feels comfortable and you can wear it all day without feeling uncomfortable.
If you want your watch looking a little classier, then you can pay a little more for the stainless steel version, which comes with a leather strap. However, you can still swap out your wristband with any Samsung 20mm band if you want.
Whichever version you go for, the watch will include a heart rate monitor on the back. It has twice the number of photodiodes that was in the Galaxy Watch and it is pretty accurate on readings.
There are two buttons on the side, just like in the predecessor, and they play the same roles. The button on top is the one you use to go back on menus and the button below that is the home button.
If you double-tap the home button, you’ll get access to Bixby, Samsung’s AI. However, you can set it to something else if you want, as a shortcut, for example.
This is what I did with mine immediately because Bixby isn’t exactly exciting at this point in its evolution.
The screen on the Active 2 is only slightly larger than the screen on the Galaxy Watch. The main reason for this is that the bezel is narrower. On the 40mm version, the screen is 1.2 inches while on the 44mm version the screen is 1.4 inches.
This makes sense for smartwatches. It’s just the right amount of real estate for you to see the most important information on your screen.
You can even read your notifications and look through important information. If you want to look read something bulkier, however, such as your email, I suggest you just stick to your phone. This screen wasn’t exactly built for that.
The digital dial really made me happy. It makes it extremely easy to navigate all the different menus. It’s not quite the same as the actual tactile wheel on the galaxy Watch, but it’s a close second.
For me, there are few experiences as good as that little vibration I feel every time I switch to a setting or a new app. It’s certainly better than swiping on the screen, which you can also do if that’s your style.
In fact, when you’re booting up the watch, swiping on the screen is the only way you can control stuff. That was a little surprising for me. Why didn’t they just turn on the haptic digital dial by default?
One of the things I love most about the dial is that your finger doesn’t have to be on the screen. It stays outside of it. Sure, a crown like the one on the Apple Watch also allows you to keep your fingers off the screen, but I still think a digital alternative is a pretty neat idea. Hats off to Samsung for that one!
I couldn’t help wondering why Samsung didn’t put some more storage in there. With so much invested in the RAM, it would be awesome if the storage was also greater than 4GB.
Once you’ve loaded up the operating system and the basic apps, you’re only left with 1.5GB of storage. You can add your music, but then you’re limited to loading lighter and simpler apps in the meager storage that’s leftover.
5. TicWatch Pro – a Best Smartwatch For Kids (Budget-Friendly)
The TicWatch Pro has a next-level design and the kind of dual screen technology that you wouldn’t call anything other than revolutionary.
The greatest advantage of this technology is that the battery life can be measured in weeks instead of days. That’s something you don’t see a lot in other smartwatch models.
The body of the TicWatch Pro is rather large and does weigh more than a little. That said, it doesn’t really feel heavy when you’re wearing it. It’s a little on the thick side, but it’s not so thick that you’re going to feel uncomfortable wearing it.
The material used is a combination of glass fiber and nylon. This is partly responsible for not only the high quality of the build but also the premium look and feel of the watch.
You will find two buttons on the side of the watch. They are both the same size and have a tactile feel to them, which means you don’t have to look down at your watch when you’re pressing them.
You can use the top button to access the main menu and check out which apps are available. You can also use it to get out of apps when you’re navigating the operating system.
The bottom button is used to access your most-used app as a shortcut. When you first get the TicWatch, that app will be the TicWatch fitness app by default. However, you can change it to another app in the settings. I, for example, set it to Google Play.
The touchscreen is the main interface you will use to interact with the watch. There is no rotating bezel here, so you’ll have to get comfortable with the touchscreen. Speaking of bezels, this one is quite thick.
The inner edge of the bezel is also chamfered and the watch face is recessed slightly. There are markings on the bezel, indicating numerals in increments of 5 for both minutes and seconds.
Understandably, not everyone might like this design feature. Even so, I still think the watch looks quite stylish and I certainly got a lot of compliments while wearing. You’ll enjoy wearing it during the day or at night.
As far as the strap is concerned, you have 8 various options. You can buy orange or black silicone straps, or you can get a brown leather strap or 5 other straps which are a combination of silicone as well as leather.
There are two screens on this watch. These screens are the highlight of this watch. It helps the watch to stand out compared to the competition.
You basically get two screens on the same watch face, which is impressive. Rather than having the screens as being separate, they are layered on top of each other.
They each use different technologies so only one of them is visible at any given moment.
On the very top is an LCD screen that’s transparent. It’s what you use for Essential mode, which is the low-power mode on the TicWatch Pro. The beauty of the LCD screen is that, even though it’s transparent, you can still easily read it even in direct sunlight.
It’s the perfect way to display stuff when the watch is in Essential mode, which you can activate whenever you want, though it will come on automatically when your battery is low on power.
On Essential mode, your screen will only display the most important stuff, such as the date, time, heart rate, and your step count. So even though the normal features of a smartwatch will be disabled, you still get the most important information you need from the watch in this mode.
The OLED screen sits right beneath the LCD screen. When activated it looks like what you get with most smartwatches. The Wear OS can be accessed from this screen.
The screen is a touchscreen, which is remarkable considering it was implemented for the lower screen only despite the fact that both the LCD and OLED screens share the same watch face.
Now that’s innovation! The resolution on the OLED screen is 400 by 400 and it is colorful and bright and quite responsive.
6. TicWatch E2 – Another budget model; not really best for anything but great price and value
When I first saw the TicWatch E2, I couldn’t help thinking that the design was more geared toward being functional, rather than fashionable.
It certainly did the job, but if I was looking for compliments, I’m not quite sure this watch would be my first choice. The crown button was on the left in the predecessor to this watch and is now on the right.
This certainly feels more natural, since most watches have the crown button on the right and that just overall feels more natural.
That said, you don’t get to scroll through the notification cards and menus buy rotating the crown-like you might be used to. You will have to settle for the touchscreen.
The body itself is black and plain. The bezel has a concentric circle pattern, which is okay, but then again the bezel is larger than most other watches and makes the watch look bulkier than it really should.
To be entirely fair, the TicWatch E2 has a larger battery than its predecessor. It’s larger by about 30%, so I understand that it might have been necessary for Mobvoi to increase the space inside just to hold the battery. That said, I still think they could have afforded a slimmer bezel.
On the bottom of the watch, you will find a rear made of polycarbonate. There is a bump right in the middle of it where the heart rate monitor sits.
That means that when you wear the watch the sensor gets neatly pressed against your wrist. It also isn’t uncomfortable, what with the watch itself being extremely light at only 34.4 grams without the strap.
You won’t even know there’s a bump pressed against your wrist most of the time while you’re wearing the watch. As I said, it’s highly functional.
There are also charging pins on the back of the E2. There is a charging block that comes with your watch and it lines up with the pins and the two magnetically cling to each other, letting you charge the watch.
The watch looks sort of slick overall, though I did find it more than a little bland. The fact that the body is made of polycarbonate also serves as a reminder that you’re wearing a budget watch, not something that can compete on the same level as an Apple Watch or a Samsung Galaxy Watch.
The black strap is 22mm in width and can easily be removed if you want to swap it out for something else. You don’t get to swap out the body, which always comes in black.
The main upgrade in this watch over its predecessor was its chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 is powerful and highly efficient with battery life.
That means you’re going to have a very easy time with the interface. You’ll be able to fly through menus with ease and don’t have to worry about a lag.
You get 512MB of RAM, just like in the previous version, and this is not only appropriate for the price tag of this watch, but also enough for everything this watch can offer.
You can also connect Bluetooth headphones to the watch and listen to your music without relying on your smartphone.
GPS is included in the E2, which is great since you don’t need your smartphone to track your activity, such as your swim, cycle, walk, and run. That said, I didn’t like the fact that there is no NFC.
You can forget about contactless payments. You also don’t get LTE connectivity, which means you can’t access the internet without your phone nearby. Considering the price tag on this watch, I’m not really surprised.
This watch runs on Google’s Wear OS 2.0, which is pretty standard for all smartwatches running the Wear OS operating system.
This version of Android, unlike the version that runs on smartphones, cannot be customized too much by manufacturers, which means you’ll be getting roughly the same on-screen experience as other people with smartwatches running the Wear OS.
You get access to the same Google Assistant, though you need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network or be near your smartphone.
You also need to download the Wear OS app on your phone to set up the watch. It’s easily available for both Android and iOS phones, though the experience is smoother on Android.
7. Apple Watch 4 (It is the best GPS Smartwatch)
For me, the greatest feature of this watch was its design. It was quite revolutionary when it came out and was once rightly the best smartwatch that we can get.
I mean sure, the niche health features are fantastic, but the device is also quite attractive, and is great for people who want it for its health benefits as well as those who want a watch that looks both, or perhaps both.
While it is relevant to a small group of people if we’re judging it by its features, such is its beauty that many people who were not originally the target market found themselves buying it.
I particularly liked the ECG feature (electrocardiogram). Unfortunately, if you do not reside in the USA, UK, or the few other select countries, this feature is not activated on your watch yet.
I personally haven’t tested this feature yet, but I did get a demonstration from Apple, where all they did was activate the app on the iPhone and then pressed and held the Digital Crown to complete an electric circuit that included your body.
What you get is a bunch of data sent to your phone in the Health app. You can then export the data in PDF format to your physician if you want. You can even add notes to add context to what was going on when you took the ECG.
The Apple Watch 4 also has a fall feature. Now, I couldn’t test it because it requires you to go down in a specific way and stay down for some time for the feature to be activated.
To be honest, I did try to fall, but it started to feel and look silly after a while and I wasn’t quite willing to fall harder. I might update this review when I gather the courage to fall properly.
One thing that I didn’t like very much was the lackluster battery app. Fall detection and all the other features are fantastic, but the fact that I have to charge the watch every day on average defeats the purpose.
If I buy this watch for my aging aunt as a safety blanket then what use is it going to be if it happens to have run out of power when she needs it the most?
There are also a bunch of heart rate data, such as atrial fibrillation, or AF, and some other things. You’ll get a notification if your heart isn’t quite beating the way it’s supposed to.
This is a great feature if the sketchy patterns in your heart rate might mean your life is in danger. There is also an alert for when your heart rate is either too high or too low.
If your heart rate falls or spikes suddenly for no apparent reason, and for long enough, say 10 minutes, you will get an alert telling you something’s wrong and maybe it’s time to see your doctor.
Most of the new features that came with the Apple Watch 4 were really features that came with the Watch OS 5. These features are now typical on Apple watches that run the OS.
However, they were quite something when they first came out and the Apple Watch 4 was the flagship for these new features, making it a trailblazer.
One of the best was how you could use the Apple Watch for many different types of exercises, and the fact that it tracked your exercise automatically.
There was also the Walkie-Talkie feature, which lets you send short voice messages to your friends with a Watch OS 5 wearable. It’s great for when you’re out doing physical activity with your friends and left your phone at home.
The whole feeling that comes with raising the watch to your mouth to talk to your friend is really cool. The speaker and microphone, which are separated and have great quality, make it all the more enjoyable.
When it comes to the display, it certainly looks different from its predecessor. The screen, for example, is 30% larger.
It may not be edge-to-edge, but it does look larger and more rounded. It’s really cool since the display is square, but it still has the vibe of a round display.
The chassis is thinner than its predecessors as well. It’s also lighter and you can wear it on your wrist for hours without even noticing it’s there.
The digital crown on the side, as well as the power button, are also better. They have a more premium feel and click, and the digital crown’s click when you’re scrolling through menus is just magical.
8. Fitbit Versa 2 – Best Smartwatch for Fitness lover
Fitbit likes to do what works. Once they stumble on a winning formula, they keep doing it for as long as it works. It’s a great philosophy, especially in an industry as competitive as the smartwatch industry.
When Fitbit saw the success of their first Fitbit Versa, they decided to follow up with an improved Versa 2 and a Versalite for those on a budget.
Also, once they realized that the square-circle design of the Versa was so successful among users, just like the similar design possessed by the Apple Watch, they never let it go. Versa 2 has the exact same design.
When I looked at the Versa 2 the first time around, I couldn’t help thinking it looked a lot like its predecessor. On a closer look, however, I noticed a lot of tweaks that made it very stylish.
The watch is only slightly thicker than the Apple Watch 3 with a depth of 12mm. The chassis tapers inward, however, which actually makes this watch look a lot thinner. It also has a screen size of 40mm, which makes it just right for the average wrist.
Fitbit decided to remove their branding on the bottom bezel, which makes the bezel thinner and offers more space for the screen.
The black background also plays a significant part in disguising the bezel, though I could still notice it at some angles. But that’s just me nitpicking. The bezel is easy to ignore for the most part.
You can get more than 1000 nits of brightness out of this screen. In fact, I found the brightness a little too much on average.
However, you can set it to the lowest brightness, which is also pretty good. Even in that low setting, the display gives a crisp image because of its ambient light sensor, which allows it to adjust brightness in response to the ambient light of your environment.
Another feature I like about this watch is it’s always on option. It’s off by default, and you can change it by going to the settings pane on the watch.
Definitely, an awesome idea because you get to see what’s on the display, no need to raise your wrists anymore! However, when you set the option to on, your customization options become limited.
You only get a digital or analog watch face, and you can’t change either of them. Also, battery life is halved by choosing this option.
Apart from the visual aesthetics, this watch is also quite fast. It has a new processor compared to its predecessor and operated smoothly, allowing you to launch and switch between apps and showing you health data without any hitches.
The battery life on the Fitbit Versa 2 is quite decent; something we’ve come to expect from Fitbit devices.
It can go for 5 days or more in some cases if you keep the always-on option off and the brightness on the dimmest settings.
The Fitbit app also allows you to choose from hundreds of different designs for your watch face. That said, you can only save one at a time, which means you’ll have to go pick one from the store and save it when you want to change what you have.
You can’t just download a bunch of watch faces you like and save them all at once.
Versa 2 features the Spotify app, you can only use it as a remote app to control the music on the app on your phone.
That means you can’t listen to your offline playlists on the Fitbit, but you can do that with Pandora and Deezer. You also get 2.5GB of onboard storage which you can use to save your own music tracks.
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9. Fitbit Ionic – Budget alternative to Fitbit Versa 2
One of the things I loved most about this smartwatch is how well it fits on my wrist. It’s very light when compared to most smartwatches. That makes it perfect for fitness as well as for everyday use.
You can wear it on a keyboard without worrying about it getting in the way of your work. You can even take a shower with it or go swimming with it since it’s waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters.
The body is made of aluminum.
That said, I did notice that the design was quite polarizing. Some friends loved it with a passion while others hated it with a passion. I guess that’s why Fitbit went for the square circle design later because that was endearing to a larger group of people.
Buttons are slightly raised, which I’m guessing is so that you will find them more easily when you’re gasping during a run or sweaty after intense physical activity.
You also get two options for the straps: a leather one and a plastic one. They are quite secure, meaning they won’t fall off when you’re going for a run.
I tried both of them out. Plastic is great for sweat, but the leather looks better. I think you should get both so you can wear the appropriate one, depending on the occasion.
The display is rectangular and quite colorful. It’s probably the most polarizing thing about this watch, especially for people who are used to the more rounded square design of the Apple Watch.
It looks a lot like the screen on the Fitbit Blaze, though it’s bigger because the bezels on this watch are thinner than the ones on the Blaze.
Even though the bezels are thinner when compared to the predecessor, they are still thick when compared to the average smartphone. It’s one of my pet peeves with this watch.
I think too much space above and below the screen was wasted away as the bezel. They could easily have made the screen larger as it stands.
The Fitbit logo beneath the screen is also a bit annoying because it’s taking up valuable real estate that could have been dedicated to the screen.
To be sure, the monitor does work faster than other Fitbit devices and it is pretty accurate, which means it’s great for exercising. GPS is built-in as well, and the antenna bands are optimally placed to make the connection even better.
It did take a while to connect to GPS sometimes, but I never lost connection once it was connected and I was running or cycling. It’s also great to be able to check my data after I’ve had a long exercise session.
There are other great features as well, such as an automatic pause feature that senses when I’ve stopped running or working out for whatever reason.
10. Apple Watch 3 – Budget Apple Watch (Cheaper but still runs Watch OS 5 like the latest models)
Even for the notifications, the app involved has to have been upgraded to work in standalone mode, where it won’t need a connection to your phone to work. If that’s not the case, then it doesn’t matter if you have LTE or not; the app still won’t work.
I tried to have a chat with someone on the phone while out for a run and the voice quality was great both on the speaker and the microphone.
It basically means you can hold a conversation with someone while running or at the gym or whatever other engaging physical activity. In fact, not only was the call good, but it was so loud I had to run fast when around people so they didn’t listen in to my calls.
The call quality degrades when driving. There’s a lot of ambient noise and that makes it hard to hear the other person.
But it’s still great because then you don’t have to grab your phone while, which would not only be a crime but would also put your life in danger.
That said, the fact that the LTE version costs more makes me wonder whether it’s worth all those extra dollars.
Moreover, you have to spend up to $10 a month to have the data sent to your watch; data that you’re already paying for anyway.
It would be way better if it was free to add data to the smartwatch so that it was a true extension of your smartphone.
The fact that the LTE version represents more money makes it hard to recommend. Music streaming was also upgraded on the Apple Watch 3 from the Apple Watch
2. This feature is only available if you have the LTE version of the smartwatch and are paying the monthly data bills to have the data on your watch.
Assuming you don’t mind spending all that extra money, it’s actually a good feature to have music streaming on your phone.
The feature gives you two things: Beats Radio and Apple Music. Both of these can be accessed through Siri as well as the touchscreen, though it’s more cumbersome to do it through the touchscreen.
The easiest way to do it is to ask Siri what music you want, whether it’s a particular song, a playlist you created but didn’t synchronize, or a genre.
To be honest, the whole thing isn’t the most efficient. It can be a bit of a hassle to get it working when you’re walking or running.
When it does work, however, it’s awesome. It actually felt futuristic to be able to talk to my wrist and ask it to play any song in the world.
The Apple Watch series, in general, has developed a design of its own; something that has grown to become iconic.
It’s easy for people to tell if you’re wearing an Apple Watch from a distance because there really aren’t that many smartwatches out there with the same design.
The design on the Apple Watch 3 is virtually the same as the one on the Apple Watch 2.
The chassis is the same, with the only major differences being a new chipset and cellular connectivity.
The way cellular connectivity has been enabled is to integrate the antenna into the watch’s screen. I thought that was pretty neat since it saved on space.
To be honest, the watch would have ended up looking quite uglier if they had made it even a little bit chunkier, considering the curved square design.
The Digital Crown and the power button certainly feel firmer than the same on the predecessor. The Digital Crown also features a red dot to distinguish it as a different model from the Apple Watch 2.
The watch is also quite light and elegant. The display, which is 1.65 inches in size, is great for displaying all the data that the watch has. Also, the market has a way of accepting the designs Apple opts for. It’s a brute force approach, but it works.
The screen is also pretty attractive, with great clarity and brightness. You will, however, have to flick your wrist to see what’s on the display since the screen switches itself off to preserve the battery.