Initially, these devices were considered hipster toys. Then — an indicator of status. Now smartwatches make life easier for athletes, businessmen and just people who actively use smartphones. With this gadget, you can receive calls, answer SMS messages and emails, control the player, measure heart rate and solve many other tasks. The range of smartwatches is huge, but we caught a dozen of the best models suitable for different tasks, tastes and budgets.
Apple Watch Series 6 is the best smartwatch for iPhone
Apple sets trends in many areas, including in the smartwatch segment. Apple Watch Series 6 is the sixth generation of the flagship line of these wrist gadgets. Compared to its predecessor, the model has not changed significantly, but a few interesting features have been added.
Users can now measure blood oxygen levels and monitor sleep. The manufacturer improved the S6 chip and added a brighter Retina display. With the Always on Display enabled, the screen is 2.5 times brighter than the previous generation watch, and remains legible even in direct sunlight. This smartwatch continues to run for up to 18 hours on a single charge, and up to 24–28 hours when used sparingly.
You can read more about the Apple Watch Series 6 in our review, but here are the most interesting features:
- the possibility of conducting an electronic ECG;
- heart rate measurement;
- built-in compass and GPS;
- measurement of oxygen concentration in the blood;
- fall detection (with automatic sending of an “alarm” message);
- monitoring of sports modes;
- NFC module for contactless payment using Apple Pay;
- voice assistant.
The watch costs about 32,000 rubles, but this is not the lowest price due to the large number of gadget functions.
Benefits of Apple Watch 6
- Stylish design, like other Apple gadgets
- Lots of features
- ECG sensor
- Variety of body colors
- Strap changeable
Disadvantages of Apple Watch 6
- Relatively short battery life
- Compatible with iOS only
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is one of the best smartwatches for Android
If the Apple Watch Series 6 is the best gadget for iOS, then Android users can recommend the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. It has a 1.4” Super AMOLED display and durable Gorilla Glass DX. The housing complies with the IP68 standard in terms of dust and moisture resistance and can withstand pressure up to 5 atmospheres. At the same time, the manufacturer allows you to immerse the gadget only in fresh water to a depth of 1.5 meters, for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Galaxy Watch 3 runs on the Tizen 5.5 operating system, they have 8 GB of internal memory and 1 GB of RAM. Other features of the gadget include:
- Bluetooth 5.0 interface;
- NFC module for contactless payments;
- support for Wi-Fi, GPS and GLONASS;
- 350 mAh battery (enough for several days).
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 can be charged from a smartphone that has a wireless or reverse (reverse) charging function.
Benefits of the Galaxy Watch 3
- Stylish design
- A large number of functions
- Convenient navigation
- Autonomy up to several days
Disadvantages of the Galaxy Watch 3
- English Bixby (virtual assistant)
- A small number of colors
Xiaomi Amazfit T‑Rex is a smart watch with a good battery
The Xiaomi Amazfit T‑Rex watch was presented at the beginning of 2020 at the largest technoforum in Las Vegas. The gadget has an expressive design in a militaristic style, which some people really liked, although it does not go well with strict classic clothing. All in all, Amazfit T‑Rex is the perfect option for people who prefer a sporty style. This smartwatch has a lightweight polycarbonate body that is available in five colors: black, khaki, camouflage, olive and graphite.
The 1.3” screen has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. Through the standard application, you can download different watch faces, although there are not many of them. The strap is made of soft silicone and fits snugly around your hand. During physical exertion, the clock does not turn.
On the right side under the dial there are buttons for manual control. They are comfortable and do not work from accidental touches. The main advantage of Xiaomi Amazfit T‑Rex is autonomy. The manufacturer claims that without recharging the watch works for 20 days.
These smart watches are positioned as a gadget for sports and outdoor activities. They are not afraid of water and dust. The shock resistance of the gadget is also declared, although the manufacturer does not use the most modern Gorilla Glass 3 glass.
Benefits of Amazfit T‑Rex
- Good balance between price (about 9,000 rubles) and quality
- Record autonomy
- Water Resistant — 5 ATM (according to GB/T 30106–2013)
Disadvantages of Amazfit T‑Rex
- Not the biggest feature set
- The design does not fit the strict style of clothing
Honor MagicWatch 2 — smart watch for athletes
One of the best smart watches in the top 10 from the budget segment. The gadget is powered by the Kirin A1 processor, this is Honor’s own development. The manufacturer has implemented a lot of personalized watch faces and a large number of functions that are typical for sports devices.
The 1.39-inch AMOLED screen has a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. On a single battery charge, MagicWatch 2 can operate up to 168 hours at rest. The manufacturer positions this gadget as the best device in its class for athletes. The watch has a heart rate monitor, 15 training modes, 13 running courses and many other useful features.
Benefits of MagicWatch 2
- Robust stainless steel housing
- 15 watch faces to choose from
- Health Options
- Compact dimensions
- Good autonomy
Drawback of MagicWatch 2
- Do not support additional applications
Honor Band 5 — budget smartwatch
The main advantage of these smartwatches is their price. Honor Band 5 cost only 3,600 rubles. The gadget is able to measure the level of oxygen in the blood, it has a pedometer, stopwatch, heart rate monitor and timer. The device analyzes the quality of sleep, focusing on phases and breathing. Other useful features of the Honor Band 5 smartwatch include:
- display text notifications on the display;
- 8 watch faces to choose from;
- the ability to control music;
- message notifications;
- collection of training statistics.
Benefits of Honor Band 5
- The battery lasts for 6 days of active use of the watch
- Bright and clear screen
- Very affordable price
Disadvantages of Honor Band 5
- Missing GPS module
- Sometimes the sensors are wrong
Garmin Venu is the best watch for body control
This is a smart watch with a bright 1.2” display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels. The manufacturer has made many watch faces and animated screensavers for different training modes.
The Garmin Venu (in its price range) has one of the broadest feature sets for body control to date, including:
- sleep monitoring;
- Pulse Ox sensor for blood oxygen saturation analysis;
- sensor for measuring and determining changes in heart rate;
- stress level sensor with a reminder to relax;
- control of body hydration;
- breathing exercises.
There’s even a Body Battery feature to monitor your body’s energy levels in real time. It helps to plan the daily routine, choose the best time for sports or recreation.
Benefits of the Garmin Venu
- Bright AMOLED display
- Good autonomy
- Advanced software for athletes
- Many sensors
- Accurate heart rate monitor
Disadvantages of the Garmin Venu
- Garmin Pay payment system is not widespread
- Not very affordable price (about 35,000 rubles)
Apple Watch SE is a hybrid of smart watches of the third and fifth generations of Apple
The $25,000 Apple Watch SE is a cross between the now discontinued Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 3. In terms of functionality, the SE version is inferior to the flagship Series 6, but if you do not need the ECG function, blood oxygen concentration sensor and the Always on Display option, the Apple Watch SE will be your best choice.
The gadget is equipped with the same chip as in the Apple Watch Series 5. Built-in memory is 32 GB. The watch is based on the watchOS 7 operating system. Among the useful features are an altimeter and an accelerometer, which appeared in the flagship Series 6. In real time, Apple Watch SE determines the height above sea level. The manufacturer claims autonomy at 18 hours.
Benefits of Watch SE
- Premium Design
- A large number of functions
- Many body colors
- Wide range of straps
Disadvantages of Watch SE
- Compatible with iOS only
- Relatively little autonomy
Huawei Watch GT 2 is a smartwatch that has significantly surpassed its predecessors
The first generation of Huawei Watch GT was unsuccessful and received a lot of negative reviews, although there were positive comments about them. The developers have done some serious work on the bugs, releasing a really good and functional watch — Huawei Watch GT 2. The gadget has two versions that differ in case diameter: 42 mm (female model) and 46 mm (male).
The female model looks like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and has a 1.2” AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels. The men’s watch has a slightly larger screen: 1.39 ”diagonal with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. The built-in amount of memory is only 4 GB, of which only 2 GB is available to the user.
Huawei Watch GT 2 has 15 sports modes, a heart rate sensor, sleep quality sensors, a pedometer, a calorie counting option, a compass, a phone finder function, and some others. The battery charge lasts for 14 days, but with the GPS constantly on, the gadget is discharged within 30 hours.
Benefits of Watch GT 2
- Large set of features
- Good autonomy (when GPS is not working)
- Always on display function
- Premium Design
Disadvantages of Watch GT 2
- NFC module only works in China
- No third party app support
Realme Watch is an inexpensive smart watch with a large display
The Realme Watch device made it to our top smartwatches due to its good balance between price and quality. At a cost of less than four thousand rubles, the gadget has a 1.4‑inch touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The smart watch is compatible with Android devices, equipped with sleep monitoring, calorie counting and physical activity detection.
The gadget monitors the heart rate, determines the level of oxygen in the blood and supports 14 training modes: football, table tennis, running, yoga and so on. The charge is enough for 7 days of battery life with the included heart rate sensor.
Benefits of Realme Watch
- GPS module
- Motion Sensor
- Lots of features
- Affordable price
Disadvantages of Realme Watch
- Missing NFC module
- Not the highest screen resolution
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is the best budget fitness watch
These smart watches are suitable not only for sports, as they have ample opportunities. For a modest price of about 2,000 rubles, Xiaomi has equipped the device with many features. The manufacturer positions this gadget as a fitness tracker. But it can be used as a clock, stopwatch, timer and calendar. Built-in sensors help you monitor your heart rate to detect abnormalities and alert you to health hazards.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 track the quality of sleep and collect statistics. The tracker notifies the owner of the smartphone about incoming calls and messages, and notifications from social networks and applications also come to the watch. There is an activity assistant that sets a score from 1 to 100 based on distance traveled, frequency of training, calories burned, overall mobility and other indicators.
Advantages of Mi Band 5
- Battery life up to 14 days
- 11 sports modes
- Super affordable price
- Many functions to control the state of the body
Disadvantages of Mi Band 5
- Not the most accurate pedometer
- There are unfinished and useless features
What smart watch to choose from the top
It is impossible to single out the best gadget from our list, since all users have different requirements and financial capabilities. But still there are general recommendations:
- If you want the best smartwatch for iOS, choose the Apple Watch Series 6
- Android device users can recommend Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
- Honor MagicWatch 2 is suitable for athletes
- If you need an optimal device in terms of price and quality, you should pay attention to Huawei Watch GT 2
If you’re wondering how smartwatch technology has improved in recent years and which wrist gadgets have been leading in the past, take a look at our 2019 smartwatch ranking.
*All prices are at the time of publication of the article