Smartwatches are the computer on your wrist. They’re incredible health monitors and are useful for managing your messages and music without taking out your phone.
Sports watches like Fitbit and Garmen are the real workhorses, but Apple Watches get all the attention.
Remember that these watches will have app tie-ins with your phone, so make sure that your phone is compatible before you buy.
Apple Watch 7
Apple Watch 7 does everything and is the clear winner in the premium category. It’s fast, has a big bright screen, and is engineered to perfection.
The processing power and screen eat up battery life a little too quickly. It’s supposed to last a full day, but if you forget to charge your watch overnight, you’ll have problems the next day.
Apple Watch 7 is a do-everything beast. It has the latest health sensors and flawlessly keeps you in touch with your messages.
You also need to have an iPhone to make it work. If you’re in the Android ecosystem, take a look at the Samsung lineup instead.
Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is using Google’s Wear OS, but puts a Samsung skin on top. Unlike the Apple watch, your phone tie-in might not be perfect, and the interface isn’t as well developed.
Samsung does fitness very well. Body fat composition is helpful for athletes and dieters, and the heart rate monitor is accurate.
You can pair the watch with Strava, Nike’s app, or use Samsung’s default apps. Most app features work with any phone, but the ECG and blood pressure monitoring only work with a Samsung phone.
If you need to buy your watch overseas, make sure you know how to ship Amazon products from the USA to India. It’s easy but takes a few extra steps to make it work.
Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit Versa 3 works with every brand of phone, but you have to deal with janky engineering and poor app support. Apps like Spotify work great on Apple Watch, but Fitbit can’t fully support them.
Fitbit’s get excellent battery life, though, and they’re fantastic if you just want a watch with some smart features. Fitbits are especially good at fitness analytics like oxygen levels and sleep tracking.
Remember that Fitbits cost less, but you’ll have to pay about $120 per year for Fitbit Premium to unlock all of your watch’s features.
Garmin Fenix 6
Garmin Fenix 6 does sports better than anyone else. It’s more expensive than the Fitbit Versa 3 but doesn’t lock features behind a paywall and delivers a premium experience.
Each sport gets its own specific smart suite, which helps cut through the clutter. Set the watch up for your workflow and let it guide you.
It doesn’t come with a colorful display like the Apple Watch, but you get 14 days of standby battery life. The battery life makes the Garmin Fenix 6 better at being a watch because you’re not constantly trying to find somewhere to plug it in.
Apple Watch 6
You give up some screen real estate and get a discounted price. The Apple Watch 6 is plenty fast enough for the software and might have the features you need. For a lot of people, this is the Apple Watch they should buy.
The biggest problem with all Apple Watches is the battery life. Unless you’re really good at plugging in your watch every night, there will be days when your watch is useless.