Smart watches with very compact dimensions have many useful functions: they tell us where we are, what messages we receive, monitor our health. We will tell you which smart watches are the most relevant today, so as not to make a mistake in choosing.
When choosing a smart watch, you should pay attention to the following:
- Display characteristics. For example, there are devices with a transflective display that can work in reflection mode, that is, without backlighting, saving battery power.
- Dimensions and materials. The appearance and perception of the device depends on them, how cheap or expensive it looks, for what target audience it is intended.
- Operating systeminterface and the ability to install programs.
- Additional controls. Various buttons and wheels.
- External sensors, determining the pulse, pressure, body composition. They help to monitor health, sleep and wakefulness, and exercise properly.
- Internal sensors, GPS. They react to movement and help calculate the distance traveled.
When choosing a smart watch, many are guided by the price, so we will recommend a device for a different purchase budget.
Budget smart watch
Many goods are now unavailable or prohibitively expensive due to supply constraints. Basically, these are American and Korean brands. But one manufacturer, namely Xiaomi, comes both through Russian suppliers and directly from China. Therefore, Xiaomi smartwatches are unlikely to disappear from the market. Xiaomi has many sub-brands, a large range and a reasonable price. Therefore, in fact, Xiaomi products have gained high popularity in recent years.
Xiaomi Amazfit Bip U Pro
Xiaomi Amazfit Bip U Pro is a budget watch for every day for those who want something more interesting than a fitness bracelet.
On the one hand, here we see an inexpensive matte plastic case and a simple design. On the other hand, this is quite an interesting gadget that has GPS to determine how many kilometers you walked, drove or ran in training. In addition, there is a blood oxygen sensor that allows you to monitor your health.
The battery life here is approximately 5 days, which is not very long, but at least they do not require daily charging.
- a large set of sensors for their cost;
- water resistance rating of 5 atmospheres (suitable for swimming);
- famous brand.
- the blood oxygen sensor only works during sleep;
- budget display.
Smart watches for the average budget
Xiaomi Amazfit GTS 3
Xiaomi Amazfit GTS 3 is a smart watch with the ability to continuously measure blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. Built-in GPS helps you accurately measure the distance traveled. They are suitable for those who need a lightweight multi-functional gadget with an elegant design.
Of the features — smooth animation of the interface due to the display refresh rate of 60 frames per second.
The battery life here is 6 days with active use and up to 20 days with economy mode. By disabling unnecessary features, you can save battery power.
- light and comfortable;
- bright display with smooth interface animation;
- automatic selection of the type of training;
- measurements 24/7.
- only black and gold body color.
Xiaomi Mi Watch
Xiaomi Mi Watch has a classic round design, unlike the previous two. The diameter of the watch is 46 mm, on a thin female hand they may seem too large, but this is a matter of taste.
Despite the relatively low price, there is a high-resolution 454×454 display on which information is clearly visible.
There is no app store, but there is a set of functions that is standard for a full-fledged smart watch: many different dials, heart rate sensors, blood oxygen sensors, GPS, various sports programs.
In Always-On mode, the clock works for about 5 days on a single battery charge.
- large AMOLED screen saves battery power and has a high contrast ratio;
- suitable for those who want a watch that looks like an ordinary wrist watch.
- no call answering feature.
The best smart watch
Huawei GT 2 PRO
A solid large watch with a diameter of 46 mm, one of the features of which is a titanium case. Titanium is an expensive metal that has unique properties. This material is very durable, yet lightweight and hypoallergenic. Responsible nodes of various designs and surgical implants are made from it.
In addition, Huawei GT 2 PRO has sapphire glass — it does not scratch or break. The back surface of the case is ceramic, thanks to which the sensors are not scratched when the watch is lying on the table.
The display has a resolution of 454×454, there is no graininess, the picture is bright and pleasing to the eye.
In addition to GPS, there is a barometer and an altimeter, so, despite the strict design, the watch also has a sports and tourist orientation. On average, the watch works for about 10 days according to user observations.
This watch uses its own operating system LiteOS with the function of multitasking, that is, the simultaneous operation of several applications. Unlike previous models, apps can be installed on Huawei GT 2 PRO.
- premium materials with high wear resistance;
- multitasking operating system with program installation;
- high battery life compared to Samsung and Apple competitors.
- the notification does not display its source;
- Can’t reply to notification.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 44mm and Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic 46mm
Samsung launches two lines of smartwatches: the Classic line differs from the simple Galaxy Watch4 in its convex swivel bezel (round watch frame) and large size.
This watch is positioned as a gadget for those who monitor their health. Here there is a bioimpedance sensor that performs the functions of determining body composition. Thanks to him, you will know the percentage of muscle, adipose tissue and water in your body. According to tests, in comparison with smart scales Huawei Smart Scale 3, the measured data deviate by no more than 2–3%. Having it in such a compact and portable device is a big plus.
The other sensor is the Samsung BioActive, which helps read heart rate data, plot an ECG, and measure blood pressure. The Samsung Health app is used to record data on the smartphone.
A special watch algorithm determines the duration of the sleep phases, the level of oxygen during sleep and the level of snoring. The watch can give recommendations to improve the quality of sleep.
The body is made of aluminum, the design is laconic, but the downside is that the strap is needed here specifically for this model, standard watch straps will not work.
Unfortunately, the claimed battery life is short — 40 hours, that is, they will have to be charged every day.
- Super AMOLED display, bright and clear;
- the presence of a bioimpedance sensor;
- fast interface;
- popular manufacturer.
- short battery life.
Apple Watch Series 7 45mm
Apple Watch Series 7 is a top watch from a well-known American company, which is worth recommending to those who care not only about the set of functions, but also about the brand. The watch is very pleasant to use due to the combination of small size, comfortable shape and large screen area relative to the front surface. In the same time. The front surface of the watch is convex. On the one hand, this makes the watch look original, on the other hand, scratches on such glass will appear faster.
One of the features of the Apple Watch is the Taptic Engine vibration motor. It makes the vibration work multi-mode, for example, when notifications are received, the watch informs about this with a light touch.
The minus of the watch is low autonomy, they need to be charged every day, or every other day. So this is more of a gadget for the city, not for a multi-day hike in nature.
Comparison table of smart watches
|Xiaomi Amazfit Bip U Pro
|Xiaomi Amazfit GTS 3
|Xiaomi Mi Watch
|Huawei GT 2 PRO
|Samsung Galaxy Watch4
|Apple Watch Series 7
|1.43ʺ 320×302 IPS rectangular flat
|1.75ʺ 390x450 AMOLED 341 PPI rectangular
|1.39ʺ 454x454 AMOLED round 326 ppi
|1.39″ 454x454 AMOLED round 462 ppi
|1.2″ 396×396 / 1.4″, 450×450 Super AMOLED round
|1.9″ 396×484 LTPO OLED Rectangular 326 ppi
|accelerometer, heart rate sensor, blood oxygen level sensor, compass
|accelerometer, barometer, light sensor, temperature sensor, gyroscope
|heart rate, accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, atmospheric pressure sensor, light sensor
|accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, optical heart rate monitor, barometer
|barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, ECG measurement sensor, ambient light sensor, hall sensor, bioimpedance analysis sensor
|continuous barometric altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, optical heart rate sensor, ECG measurement sensor, ambient light sensor, compass, pulse oximeter
|from water (5 atm)
|from water (5 atm)
|from water (5 atm)
|from water (5 atm)
|against water (5 atm) + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
|from water (5 atm)
|silicone / leather / steel bracelet / nylon
|Battery capacity, mAh