Best Smartwatches of 2019
Apple Watch Series 4
After the massive success of the Series 3, Apple’s fourth-generation smartwatch is now widening even more the gap with the rest of the market. Rolled out on September 21, this iconic timepiece is bringing a host of innovative features on the table.
A bigger OLED display – 30% bigger than the Series 3 – offers more functionality and allows to choose from a larger selection of watch faces, which can now fit up to eight complications of your choice, instead of five available with its predecessor. A crisper display and more rounded edges also make it easier to read longer text such as app notifications and messages.
The watch has a plethora of capabilities for health and fitness. A set of heart health alerts tell you when your heart rate goes too low or too high, and it can also alert you o
f more serious conditions such as atrial fibrillation. None of these features are available at such level of sophistication on other smartwatch models.
But perhaps the most nifty feature of this Apple’s wearable, especially for active people who monitor their health on a regular basis, is the Digital Crown’s built-in heart sensor. Just press your finger on the Digital Crown and hold it for about thirty seconds: the watch will take a reading of your heart and its electrical circuit system – without missing a beat.
This data will be stored in your iPhone’s Health app, and you can export it as a PDF and emailed to your doctor along with other parameters that you already have in your app, providing an even more complete picture of your health. This data can also be retrieved from the ECG app that works with the optical heart sensor located on the smartwatch’s back.
If you’re feeling shaky about your next smartwatch purchase, consider a great compromise between the stylish features and performance of an Apple Watch Series 4 and fitness capabilities second to none, and before you know it you will end up wearing a Fitbit Versa.
The name signals the company’s effort to put an emphasis on versatility. In addition to great improvements on the brand’s typical fitness tracking features, with this model Fitbit is catching Android and Apple off-guard in terms of app offering, clock faces, straps and colors, with 550 apps and clock faces available through the Fitbit App Gallery.
With a 300×300 pixels resolution, the display is incredibly crisp and clear, with colors that remain vivid even under the sunlight – and look even better if you wear sunglasses. The battery on the Fitbit Versa is impressive and can last up to four days on a single charge, which is far more than the average smartwatch can do – looking at you, Apple.
There is also music in the upgrade mix too, such as the ability to upload up to 300 songs or podcasts that you can listen wi thBluetooth headphones – so you don’t need to take your iPhone with you – and download stations that can be played offline from Pandora or Deezer.
Versa is also the first watch in the industry to offer female health tracking apps built into the OS platform, allowing to swipe directly the main display to access your daily values. This opens a widget where you can enter all the additional information you need, such as cycle length and the type of birth control that you use.
While packing this impressive array of new features for a great price might surely be part of its appeal, keep in mind that Versa is still a fitness tracker. The watch can not only monitor specific workouts like Bike, Swim or Weights, count calories burned and heart rate, and provide guided workouts through the Fitbit Coach app, it’s also equipped with an altimeter and a SpO2 capillary oxygen sensor to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood. If you’re looking for a smartwatch to take out on your runs, this is your guy.
Samsung Gear Sport
The Gear Sport might not have the fitness tracking performance of Apple Watch Series 4 or Fitbit Versa, but you’ll get an impressive battery life, offline Spotify playback and connectivity options to both Android and iOS devices.
The battery life has a whopping three days of duration, made possible by the fact that the watch doesn’t keep measuring your rate rate when you’re not exercising, and also by a lack of LTE connectivity. This last feature accounts for the Gear Sport’s smaller size when compared to the Gear S3, which makes it more suitable for smaller wrists.
Samsung Gear Sport outperforms most of the other watches out there when it comes to user experience. The rotating bezel around the 1.2-inch crystal clear AMOLED display is one of the most intuitive interfaces you can get on a smartwatch, allowing you to navigate through screens, menus and health widgets with extreme ease. If this all fails to impress you, you can switch back to the touchscreen at any time.
The Gear Sport is water resistant to 5 ATM, or 50 meters, so it’s safe for shower, pool or the ocean. All situations where, again, having a rotating bezel for flipping screens comes in handy, rather than having to tap a wet display.
The Tizen 3.0 OS – Samsung’s proprietary operating system – despite not having as much recognition as the better marketed Android Wear and watchOS, packs a bunch of new functionalities for Samsung aficionados, including PPT controller to manage PowerPoint presentations, multi-workouts widget, and connectivity to Android and iOS devices, which make
it a serious competitor even for Apple Watch.
Other advanced features of this smartwatch include accelerometer, barometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, heart rate monitor and GPS. The GPS is very accurate in monitoring your outdoor workout, and when you’re finished a map will display your route and will also be available in your mobile Health app.
|Apple Watch Series 4||399 USD||Apple S4|
|Fitbit Versa||132 USD||Dual Core 1.0GHz|
|Samsung Gear Sport||279 USD||Dual Core 1.0GHz|
|Fitbit Ionic||265 USD||Dual Core 1.0GHz|
|Huawey Watch 2||220 USD||Snapdragon Wear 2100|
|Misfit Vapor||199 USD||Dual Core 1.0GHz|