Wearing a smartwatch is more than just a fashion statement. It can also help your fitness, sleep and food goals. That you can view calendar events and social media posts without looking at your phone also proves smartwatches are more than just something to show off. As the holiday season quickly approaches, there are going to be deals from retailers across the globe offering the latest smartwatches at their hottest prices. What should you look for, and how do you know which watch is right for you? Keep reading to find out.
Apple Watch Series 5
Let us be totally honest. If you are firmly entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, the Apple Watch Series 5 is the only smartwatch you should care about. As good as its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 4, is, this year’s model adds some small improvements that make it a must-own. Apple’s introduction of the “always-on” display has been met with lots of love. Gone are the days that you have to raise the Apple Watch to activate the watch face. Now it behaves like an analog watch. Throw in health-focused features like an electrocardiogram app, and it is easy to see why this is at the top of wrist lists around the world.
Garmin Vivomove HR
For the minimalist out there who wants a smartwatch without the smartwatch looks, Garmin’s Vivomove HR is the answer. Featuring an analog face that says “classic style.” there is nothing classic about this watch. That said, this is not the watch for anyone who is interested in downloading dozens of apps or leaving their phone at home. Instead, this smartwatch works well with both iOS and Android, allowing for minimal notifications that don’t get in the way. Want to check the weather, control your music or reject a call? You can do all of that from the watch’s digital display, but once you are done with any of those tasks, the digital display disappears. As with most Garmin smartwatches, it still helps track your health with a multitude of fitness-oriented features.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Anyone who swears by Samsung and/or Android devices would be hard-pressed not to give the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 a hard look this holiday season. Running on the company’s own Tizen software, it still syncs with both Android and iOS devices, though the former is far more feature-rich. With “active” in the name, it is not surprising that this watch centers around fitness. Capable of tracking activities like swimming, cycling and running, there is room to track dozens of other exercise categories. Like the Apple Watch, the Active has its own health app. This app will introduce insights into your health data to help set new goals. There is one more thing. Leave your wallet at home, as Samsung Pay is available on the watch right out of the box.
Fitbit Versa 2
Its acquisition by Google notwithstanding, Fitbit’s Versa 2 is a fantastic smartwatch that works with both Android and iOS smartphones. A popular option thanks to its affordability, the Versa 2 does not lack in features. For anyone who wants to either get into shape or wants a little extra help staying in shape, the Versa is a fitness lover’s dream. Everything from your sleep patterns to your runs can be tracked. Every tracked activity will then help you set new fitness goals.
Want to get the news first thing when you wake up? Just ask Alexa, which is already built into the Versa 2. The ability to check the weather or set an alarm through voice commands is also available. With its own app store, installing Spotify or Pandora is just a few touches away. That it has all of these features and still goes for more than a week without a charge is reason alone to consider the Versa 2 as a stocking stuffer.
For anyone on a budget this holiday season, the Amazfit Bip will help you get all of the smartwatch benefits without the higher price tag. The Apple Watch-like design will not fool anyone, but it does not have to. This watch paves its own path and for good reason. Those reasons start with an eye-popping thirty days of battery life on a single 2.5-hour charge. An IP68 rating ensures you can work out in the sun or the rain without worry and will never need to take it off at the gym. There is no shortage of available notification types delivered on the always-on display. A heart-rate monitor ensures some basic fitness tracking, as does built-in GPS for accurately tracking runs, swims or bike rides.
While a smartwatch still is not for everyone, there are millions of people who swear by them. To be fair, the days of analog watches are not gone for good. However, as smartwatch prices drop around the holidays, it cements their place in the future. If you see a bargain on a smartwatch this holiday season, do not hesitate to grab one.