Consider adding some apps and notifications to your classic watch to enhance it. We have selected some top smartwatches for you to choose from.
Because there is a growing market for smartwatches, consumers now have more options. Smartwatches are an excellent way to check your health and receive updates from your phone right on your wrist. Although the Apple Watch Series may seem like the obvious choice, there are many fantastic alternatives available whether you use an iPhone or an Android device, with top-notch hardware from Samsung, Huawei, Amazfit, and other manufacturers.
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Choosing from so many options can be challenging, which is why we have taken the time to compile a list of some of the best smartwatches for you.
1. Apple Watch Series 5
Comparing the Apple Watch Series 5 to the Series 4, there has been no aesthetic difference. For people with thinner wrists, they are available in two sizes that are 44 mm and just under 40 mm. Even the most affordable aluminum model, which is delicate but strong, is of exceptionally high quality. The design is as high-end as that of mobile devices.
The constantly on display, which always displays the time, is the primary distinction between Series 5 and Series 4. There are some entertaining new features in Watch OS 6, which is available for Series 5 and earlier versions. For example, a slight touch on your wrist allows you to mark every hour.
Apple Watch Series 5 – Features Explained
An intriguing extension of Apple’s healthcare is the Noise app. It will alert you to loud surroundings and explain how continual exposure to noise might harm your hearing. One of those elements isn’t particularly helpful but adds to our awareness of our surroundings.
With great performance and an easy-to-use interface, Apple Watch and Watch OS 6 complement one another very well. Everything is so well-rounded and clever. Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring was first made available to owners with Watch OS 5 and the Apple Watch Series 4. Although it is simple to use, it should only be used if you suspect your heartbeat is irregular. The smartwatch will notify the user if it notices an abnormal heartbeat.
It is disappointing that the new model was not able to stretch the battery to two days despite the fact that charging smartwatches every day is normal, and Series 5 has new capabilities that place additional pressure on the battery.
The Apple Watch is compatible with Apple Pay, allows you to store music locally (or use Spotify or Apple Music), pair Bluetooth headphones with it, make calls, interact with Siri, respond to messages and emails, check the weather, and function as a remote shutter button. Without exaggeration, the Apple Watch is the most feature-rich smartwatch that is suitable for daily use.
The key specifications of the Apple Watch Series 5 are listed below.
|Display||1.78 inches, LTPO OLED capacitive touchscreen (40 and 44mm), 448 x 368 pixels (~326 ppi density)|
|OS||watchOS 6.0, upgradable to 6.0.1|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate (2nd gen), barometer, compass|
|Battery||18-hour battery life, Wireless charging|
|Price||Starts $399 – $499 (N145,000 – N181,000 naira in Nigeria)|
2. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic – Best overall
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch line was already the best smartwatch foil to the Apple Watch, but 2021’s Galaxy Watch 4 series also represents a huge shift in the wider wearable landscape.
The Watch 4 Classic may look like the previous year’s Galaxy Watch 3 – complete with that signature rotating bezel – but Samsung’s long-standing use of Tizen OS has ended, and through a partnership with Google, a new incarnation of Wear OS (with some signature Samsung tweaks) is what you’ll find on the Watch 4 series.
Beyond the premium user experience, the Watch grants Samsung Galaxy users access to new health data – like body composition analysis – as well as an ECG feature and AFib (irregular heart rhythm) detection.
Running on Wear OS, the Watch 4 also has access to a wealth of watch faces and third-party apps that previous iterations simply lost out on.
The Watch 4 Classic is best experienced if you’re a Samsung Galaxy user, and you pay a premium for that Classic styling but it’s still a great fit for the wider Android user base after a premium wearable experience.
The key specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Watch are listed below.
|Display||1.3 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 360 x 360 pixels, 1:1 ratio (~278 ppi density), (~48.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|OS||Tizen-based wearable OS 4.0|
|Processor||Exynos 9110 (10 nm), Dual-core 1.15 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Storage||4GB 768MB RAM (BTT), 4GB 1.5GB RAM (LTE)|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 472 mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, Stand-by Up to 72 h (mixed usage)|
|Price||starts 220 EUR (approx. N87,000)|
3. Fitbit Sense – Best for fitness & well-being
The Fitbit Sense adds many additional health features at the top of the company’s range and replaces the Ionic as the most versatile Fitbit. Given how many warning flags it contains, you might as well refer to it as the hypochondriac’s smartwatch, yet there are many indicators of significant health issues that you can take steps to address on this device.
There is no denying that stress can affect us all and managing it will quickly bring not only mental but long-term physical health benefits. Mindfulness might seem a little kooky to some and concern for those with too much time on their hands, but there is no denying that stress can affect us all.
The Sense is the Fitbit with it all for tracking overall physical and mental wellness if you can afford the exorbitant price.
4. Amazfit GTR 3 Pro – Great for affordability
The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro, Zepp’s most ambitious smartwatch to date, has a crisper display than its GTR 3 sibling and supports a faster refresh rate, allowing for more fluid user interaction.
The new Zepp OS will soon have access to third-party software compatibility, but for now, it comes with 150 watch faces, 150 trackable activities, an upgraded BioSensor that even works when swimming, and support for 150 watch faces (some of which are animated).
Support for voice assistants is also included, with Alexa available when the watch is connected to the internet or a basic offline alternative when it isn’t.
5. Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra – Strong battery life
One of the toughest watches from Mobvoi is the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, which incorporates the Pro line’s distinctive dual-display technology into a durable body factor, runs Wear OS 2, and has acceptable battery life.
There are currently few other smartwatches that are durable and functional on the market. It can’t quite match the battery life of dedicated luxury outdoor watches like Polar’s Grit X Pro or those with more basic technology, like Amazfit’s recent offerings.
In addition to the promise of a Wear OS 3 upgrade, the Pro 3 Ultra features a full-color AMOLED display and a monochromatic FSTN display that, when used in Essential Mode, can increase battery life from 3 to 45 days.
6. Huawei Watch 3 – Great Apple Watch alternative
While Huawei’s Watch GT series retained the title of its flagship smartwatch line for the most time, the company’s established smartwatch experience was elevated in 2021 with the release of its own HarmonyOS and more powerful performance with the Huawei Watch 3.
The Watch 3 is available in a variety of finishes and can be connected with any 22mm strap. Its extensive sensor system makes it ideal for tracking activity and sleep, and the companion Huawei Health app offers astonishing levels of insight.
Huawei’s Watch 3 works with both Android and iPhone, making it one of the few high-end smartwatches to do so. Unlike Apple and Samsung, you don’t have to pay extra for eSIM capability, and unlike Wear OS, which is supposedly losing iOS support with Wear OS 3, it supports both Android and iPhone.
Final Thoughts and Opinions
That is my list of top smartwatch wearables to look out for and consider buying.
The Samsung Gear S3 is the best option if all you want is a smartwatch with lots of features and a stylish design. If you prefer a smartwatch that resembles a regular watch in appearance, is affordable, and you don’t mind having fewer features, the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is the best option.