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10 Great SmartWatches You Can Wear Everywhere

04 Aug 2021, 23:33 GMT+10

We've put together a list of the 10 great smartwatches you can wear everywhere. Why? Because a great smartwatch does more than tell time. One device can do so many tasks in a 24 hour period.

Smartwatches can do much more than track your workouts and heart rate. They can also deliver your app notifications and control your smart home devices. When wearing a connected watch, you may leave your phone in your pocket and just check your wrist for those crucial notifications.

Plus, they're not just functional. They can play a role in our fashion statements too. There are so many shapes, sizes, colours and materials to choose from. A great smartwatch is one that suits your aesthetic, as well as delivering on features.

To ensure you're getting the most out of your smartwatch at all times, here are our recommendations of 10 great smartwatches you can wear everywhere.

1. Apple Watch 6

The Apple Watch 6 is the most sophisticated wristwatch on the market. It has the best operating system, watchOS, which is elegant and filled with apps to help you use your phone less often. The most current model, the Series 6, incorporates blood oxygen monitoring to measure blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), which is helpful for athletes training at altitude or if you have an underlying health issue. It's a gadget designed for good health, with an FDA-approved ECG and a slew of activity tracking features.

It includes sleep tracking as standard and move reminders throughout your day. Plus there's not the Noise app, which will alert you when ambient sounds around you are too loud and could cause hearing damage. Unfortunately, the battery life remains low at around 18 hours so if you want to track your sleep, you'll need to charge it before bed. And it's still only compatible with iPhones.

2. The Apple Watch SE

This Apple Watch SE is a cheaper option. It debuted with the Series 6 and is intended for those who are turned off by the price tag but do not need an electrocardiogram, SpO2, or an always-on display. Though, the Series 3 is still an excellent all-arounder that is often on sale, so keep an eye out. Read the following comparison available on on the differences between the Apple Watch 6 and SE.

3. OnePlus Watch

The long-awaited OnePlus Watch has arrived, and it's a refined wearable that can compete with the finest smartwatches currently on the market in terms of aesthetics, battery life, and basic functionality.

The OnePlus Watch's custom OnePlus Watch OS means there are no third-party applications available at launch, leaving consumers with just the preloaded first-party apps. And the brand has no plans to add an app store or gateway, and although user input may sway the company's decision, it's unlikely that the OnePlus Watch will ever gain more capabilities than it has now, which is obviously restricted when compared to a Wear OS-powered wristwatch or an Apple Watch.

What it does offer, though, will be useful to anybody seeking for basic fitness features and alerts.

4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung's latest Galaxy Watch competes with the Apple Watch in several ways, including SpO2 and an FDA-cleared ECG. It can automatically track your long walks and a few other activities, and it includes all of the usual smartwatch capabilities, such as the ability to respond to or delete notifications from your phone, as well as take calls from the watch. If you turn off the always-on display, it lasts around two days on a single charge, but only about a day and a half otherwise, which is plenty to go a full day and track your sleep.

It's lovely, looks like a normal watch, and features an intriguing mechanical rotating bezel that rotates throughout the operating system, minimising the amount of time you have to touch the screen with your dirty fingers. One area where it falls short is app support. There is no native mapping software, and your favourite messaging app isn't accessible in Samsung's store, making it impossible to start a fresh conversation from the watch. It's best suited for Samsung and other Android phones, but it'll also work on iPhones.

5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

If the above-mentioned watch is beyond your price range, the 2019 model should be on your buying list. For half the price, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has similar activity tracking and heart rate monitoring capabilities, as well as an electrocardiogram. You may interact with the digital spinning bezel that surrounds the circular OLED screen, check and respond to notifications, listen to Spotify, make contactless payments, track swimming sessions, and sleep, exactly as on the previous model.

It also has a battery life of up to 3 days. Despite the absence of app support, this watch is still a worthwhile purchase. It's often on sale for less than $250, so don't spend full price.

6. TicWatch Pro 3

Wear OS watches pique our interest a lot. They make use of Google's watch operating system. Things have been stagnant for a long time, but things are now starting to improve. The TicWatch Pro 3 is the first Wear OS wristwatch to utilise Qualcomm's Wear 4100 processor, which means you can finally set up and use the watch without suffering latency or stutters on a regular basis (a first for Wear OS). This watch features a one-of-a-kind dual-layer screen that utilises a low-power display for always-on functionality, enabling you to view the time at all times. An AMOLED screen serves as the smartwatch's display. This increases battery life, since it may last almost two days on a single charge when sleep tracking is enabled.

Mobvoi followed Apple's example and added a noise-measurement app, but you can also track your respiration, heart rate, stress and blood oxygen saturation. It's a bulky watch, so it may not be suitable for everyone, and it doesn't have as many app options as the Apple Watch.

7. Misfit Command

A digital display isn't desirable for everyone. If that's the case for you, we recommend using the Misfit Command. It doesn't have the look of a smartwatch, but it does track the basics like steps, calories, and distance. What's more, if you wear it whilst sleeping. it'll monitor your sleep duration. Because there is no display, you can only check out your data via the app.

The remaining details must be memorised. You may configure these apps to display the time on the dial and get notifications for smartphone notifications (we suggest just choosing a few apps, otherwise your wrist will be buzzing continuously).

You can also assign one of the watch's two buttons to a particular purpose, such as showing the time in another city or controlling music playback on your phone from services like Spotify. The greatest thing is that it does not need charging! The lithium battery lasts a year and is easily replaceable.

8. Fossil Hybrid HR

A quick mention here for a great hybrid option. If you want a watch with mechanical hands but don't want to give up the benefits of a digital display, this is an excellent option.

We like that you can always see the weather, heart rate, and step count on the E Ink screen. That's extremely appealing.

It's sometimes discounted to about $100, making it an attractive choice.

9. Fossil Gen 5E

The latest smartwatch from Fossil is a great gadget for monitoring and responding to notifications, as well as recording basic health statistics such as steps, heart rate, and distance travelled. You can answer calls using the built-in speaker and microphone, and you can make contactless payments with Google Pay. Because this item only lasts a few hours, you'll want to experiment with different battery settings (including with sleep tracking). Despite the Wear 3100 chip, it works well, and it's often discounted to $169—a far more reasonable price.

10. Fitbit Sense

The Fitbit Sense is among the greatest Fitbits on the market right now. Building on the Versa line's popularity with many smart new features. Its goal is to empower you to take control of your health by assisting you in understanding your body and mind and making adjustments to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing.

It has an ECG sensor, like many of the finest smartwatches and fitness trackers, to identify symptoms of atrial fibrillation, but it's the stress monitoring feature that truly stands out, and it's something that anyone can gain from and use every day; not just in a medical emergency.

Although many of the tools for managing stress (such as meditation sessions and mindfulness lessons) are only accessible to Fitbit Premium members, the Sense comes with a free trial for 6 months. So you'll get a lot of use out of it even if you don't decide to renew your subscription.

The Sense's fitness monitoring capabilities are also excellent, especially if you're passionate about learning about the intricacies of heart rate zones. There are a variety of activity monitoring choices, and after you've completed your exercise, the watch and Fitbit app will present you with a set of workout-specific data.

The ECG function was not accessible at launch, and was enabled via a firmware upgrade in October 2020. Fitbit released a new software update for the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 this month (June 2021), which included audible Google Assistant alerts, additional goal celebrations, and the option to change the watch face more simply. As part of a public beta test, some users also got a new 'snore detecting' tool.

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