In the recent years the use of Smartwatches has increased by leaps and bounds and rightfully so considering the fast paced lives that we 21st century beings live.

In order to stay ahead in life using a cutting edge technology that only makes you more efficient.

It has often been argued that smartwatches are only a piece of wearable that symbolises decadence, something only for the better off.

On the contrary, smartwatches in the recent times have been manufactured to suit the needs and pockets of all. This little accessory can make you quicker, prompt and can help you tick points off your check-list anytime anywhere.

What do smartwatches do?

Al though each smartwatch has its unique characteristics, a generic smartwatch too provides you with a plethora of features, like:

Fitness tracking

everyone needs to squeeze a little bit of physical activity into our sedentary lives; a smartwatch makes your job easier by tracking your heart rate, it has barometers and also a pedometer to track the number of steps taken.

Notifications

A smartwatch can provide you with the notifications of important dates and events. It can provide you with the notifications that you’d get on your smartphone.

Apps

The apps on the smartphone are the crux of its functionality. Depending up on the operating system of the smartwatch, the apps come installed. You can install other apps as per your needs.

Entertainment

If the smartwatch is synced with your smartphone, it can control and manage the apps for your taste of entertainment.

GPS

The watches can track your location plus notify you with details relating to the region.

Voice dictation

As the name suggests, the smartwatch user can respond to his messages and such alerts orally and does not have to spend his time in typing the message out.

Keeps up with you longer than a smartphone does

Most of the smartwatches outperform smartphones when it comes to battery life, but some smartwatches can keep you company up to 10 days with a single charge!

Here are some of the points that you should look into before buying a smartwatch for the best purchase:

Which operating system to opt for?

As we have discussed earlier that not all smartwatches depend on a smartphone to operate, but majority of the smartwatches need to be paired with your smartphone to enable notifications etc.

Smartwatches come with operating system that work with both iOs and android which is now known as wearable software. While there are some smartwatches can come with their own independent operating system that supports specific devices only.

Hence, before buying a smartwatch you must check its operating system to ensure its compatibility with your smartphone.

Here are some of the best operating systems of smartwatches in the market:

Wearable OS (android)

It is quick, orderly, cutomizable and easy to use as it is very similar to android operating system on phone.

iOS

It is provided by Apple and it has only those apps that gets Apple’s stringent selection process.

Tizen

It is an operating system which is used by smartwatches manufactured by Samsung. Apart from smartwatches Tizen operating system can work on smartphones, tablets etc. It has developed its own apps that are made available on all the devices to ensure thorough synchronization among devices.

Windows 10 OS

It is developed by Microsoft and is used by smartwatches manufactured by the same brand (like Microsoft band 2). The best feature of this smartwatch is that it is compatible with windows, iOS and android powered smartphones!

Display

Most of the smartwatches lately have been equipped with either OLED or AMOLED (active-matrix organic light emitting diode) displays that gives vivid display and shows the pictures, apps and overall the entire screen in better, brighter colours.

LCD screens perform very well in bright for example, in sunlit areas.

Black and white screens are a talk of the yester years, but they are the best when it comes to saving energy. Like LCD screens the black and white displays gives a hindrance free viewing as it uses E-paper or E-link that does not give a glare in bright settings.

Apart from the screen types, it is important to know that in order to make the batter life last longer, most of the smartwatches do not stay active at all times. Most of the smartwatches stay asleep unless they are activated by the user each time.

Glass protectant

If you are someone who is going to wear the watch everyday and expect it to sustain a rough use, then opt for those screens that have fortified glasses like Gorilla glass.

For fitness enthusiasts who like to hike, swim, go on bike rides etc, the watch needs to be water resistant. So before buying the watch ensure that this feature is present and also see the extent till which
the watch is protected from water.

Interface

It is the platform where the users can communicate with the device. Smartwatches come with either of the two types of interfaces:

Button and bezels

Although it is considered to be a technology of times gone by, if you are someone who likes a more conventional approach that is simple to use then opt for a smartwatch with buttons and bezels.

Bezels are basically controls that you find on the rim of the device, in case of smartwatches bezel is around the display and it can be used for the purpose of navigation and select items from the menu.

Touch screen

Touch screen has become the most widely used interface technology due to the convenience it gives to the user for selection, navigation, gives bigger display and a sleek look to the watch.

Design and customization

Smartwatches are often fragile and delicate therefore it is better that you do no choose to go with bands that uses clasps and similar designs as they are unwieldy. Opt for the ones that come in bands and straps as they are much easier to use and are comfortable to wear.

You can pick the design and colour of your strap or band as you like or even select a design of a third-party manufacturer and get it fitted to suit your style.

Charging

Some of the smartwatches come with wireless charging, others need a cable and plug to feed itself. While wireless charging is a lot more convenient, it comes with a price tag alike.

Best smartwatches available in India

1. SAMSUNG Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch

  • It has a 33.02 mm screen that makes it look big.
  • The operating system used is Tizen
  • It has super AMOLED screen
  • It functions on Dual-core 1GHz CPU, 768MB RAM, and has 4GB internal memory
  • Battery’s material is lithium Ion
  • The watch comes with Gorilla glass SR+ protection
  • Has a 22mm rubber strap
  • Bezel enabled to navigate around, has 2 side buttons for control and the screen is touch sensored
  • It supports Bluetooth 4.2 that connects it to the smartphone
  • Has a gyroscope heart rate sensor, barometer
  • It is water, temperature and shock resistant
  • The watch has a built in GPS
  • It has been given an IP rating of 68
  • Box contains custom wireless charger and a micro USB charger that connects to the custom charger of the watch.
  • The manufacturer gives 1 year warrantee
Pros
  • Pairs with both android and iOS device
  • Works in two modes that is always on and manual on mode
  • Good battery life as it can last up to 1.5 days if used on always on mode.
  • Multiple watch faces come pre installed
  • Easily changeable band
Cons
  • Looks a little bulky. Hence more suited for males over females.
  • If the smartphone being paired to is not Samsung, it needs extra apps to be installed in order to function

2. Apple Watch Series 4

This product by Apple has made headline due to a significant design change made by the company that makes the watch a lot more efficient and user friendly.

  • The screen is 44mm sized screen, giving you a larger and clearer display
  • As the name suggests the operating system used is iOS for smartwatches that is compatible with Apple smartphone.
  • It is powered by Lithium ion batteries
  • It uses a S4 with 64-bit dual-core processor and has 16GB of memory
  • LTPO OLED Retina display with Force Touch
  • It has a side button for power on and can also be used for navigation
  • Has built in GPS
  • It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and wifi to connect
  • It comes with a pre installed watch face that provides you with numerous information in a single glance
  • It has electrical and optical sensors
  • It has an improved accelerometer and gyroscope
  • It supports ambient lighting
  • It is waterproof, dust proof and swim proof
  • It has a variety of options to select from when it comes to the band.
  • The company gives a warrantee of 1 year
Pros
  • It is haptic feedback enabled
  • Lot slimmer and lighter than its counter parts
  • Highly active and responsive touch sensor
  • Has speaker and microphone
  • It has high end features that makes it one of a kind.
Cons
  • Process for naming a work out or an activity is backwards and can make the user feel a little ill at ease
  • Chances of accidental presses

3. Amazfit Verge IP69 SmartWatch

  • It has a 38.1mm sized screen that gives a reasonably good display
  • It has an AMOLED screen that gives rich coloured display
  • The display is covered by scratch resistant surface
  • It has a dual core CPU and 512MB of RAM
  • It operates using an Operating system alike to wear OS but not certified by Google
  • It is powered by Lithium ion batteries
  • It has 13 pre installed watch faces to pick as per your liking
  • It has 11 built-in sports modes and the GPS+GLONASS dual-satellite positioning system that gives numerous information regarding your physical activities
  • It is IP 68 certified
  • It is water resistance and also has heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, fitness tracking and health tracking.
  • It can be connected by Bluetooth 4.2
  • Acceptable build quality
  • It comes in three different colours that is blue, grey and white
  • The company gives a warrantee of 1 year
Pros
  • Phenomenal battery life of up to 288 hours
  • Has speaker and microphone to make calls
  • High quality optical sensor that reduces power consumption
  • Has a flash memory of 4GB
  • Simple and clean design
  • Economical
Cons
  • The body is vulnerable to scratches
  • It has no Google integration
  • Visibility drops in bright light
  • Little storage space

4. Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch

  • It has a 30.48mm sized screen that gives a decent display
  • It has a bright and vivid display due to the use of AMOLED screen
  • It uses Samsung’s own operating system that is Tizen
  • It has a rotating bezel that is used for navigation
  • It has lithium polymer batteries
  • It comes with a wireless charging dock
  • The side has 2 buttons for home and back functions
  • It provides with many clock faces to choose from
  • As the name suggests, it has a lot to do with physical activities and fitness. Hence it has a lot of features that help in tracking activities like running, hiking or any form of exercise to be done at home or gym
  • It has an onboard GPS, music player and maps
  • Lasts between 2-3 days on a single charge
  • Sturdy build quality
Pros
  • Extremely comfortable to wear all day long
  • Has both always on and on-off mode
  • Quick access to various widgets by the use of bezel
  • Supports oral input to respond to texts and messages
  • Its water resistant up to 50 metres making it swimming friendly
Cons
  • Needs improvement in sports tracking
  • Lower number of applications to select from
  • Slow voice commands

5. Fitbit Versa Health and Fitness Smartwatch

  • It has a 34.036mm sized screen for decent display
  • It has a colour LCD display
  • It works on Lithium-Polymer battery type
  • It works with both iOS and android
  • It has fantastic heart rate monitor
  • It supports 15 different exercise types making it ideal for the fitness freak out there.
  • It has a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope
  • It has ambient light sensor and vibration motor
  • It connects via both Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • It comes with multiple watch faces for you to pick your style
  • It comes in many exciting colours like black, charcoal, grey, pink and lavender
  • The company gives a warrantee for 2 years
Pros
  • It is water resistant up to 50meters and hence can be used during swimming
  • Does good sleep tracking
  • Comfortable, light weight and the design is unisex
  • Female friendly as it also accommodates for notifications regarding menstrual cycles
  • It can store up to 300 tracks of music
  • Gives on screen fitness related coaching for
Cons
  • Lack of micro USB charger
  • Text based notifications
  • Can not respond to texts and messages with iPhone
  • No GPS in the watch
  • It does not have as many apps as other smartwatches. Can be used mainly for tracking fitness

6. Garmin vívoactive HR SmartWatch

  • It has 2 sizes that’s regular fit and extra large
  • It has a 28.6mm sized screen which is smaller than most of the products in its competition
  • It works on its companion app called Garmin connect
  • It has Garmin’s chroma display that is satisfactory but not extraordinary
  • The lens on top of the display is mineral crystal so there are chances of it getting scratches
  • It has 2 standard buttons that are used to turn it on and off and the other to enter into the settings
  • It has multiple built in fitness tracking apps making it a good buy for people who are fitness enthusiasts.
  • It supports iOS, android and windows phone
  • The user can chose a watch face among the pre installed ones or download other
  • It is powered by Lithium battery
  • It uses a USB cable to charge
  • Among its many features it also has smart notifications, live weather data and music controls
  • The company gives a warrantee of 1 year on the product.
Pros
  • Free of glare in bright light
  • Equipped with one of the best GPS
  • Great battery life
  • The software is user friendly
  • Versatile as it tracks almost all the fitness activities
Cons
  • Poor response by HR during high intensity
  • Questionable durability
  • Looks a little outdated and feels uneasy on small wrists

7. Fitbit FB503CPBU Ionic Smartwatch

  • It has a 35.56mm sized screen that gives it an above average display
  • It uses LCD for display technology
  • The battery is powered by Lithium ion polymer
  • It is compatible with both Android 4.4 new versions and also iOS 5 and the later versions
  • It is well equipped with accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, heart rate tracker and light sensor.
  • It has a built in GPS
  • It can be connected via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • As the name suggests, it is specifically designed to meet the various needs of fitness buff. Hence it has facilities like smart track, multi sports tracking system, guided breathing sessions, sleep tracking and is also swim proof.
  • It comes with a pre installed fitness coach
  • The watch comes in 3 exciting shades they are slate blue/burnt orange, blue and grey/white, smoke gray
  • The company gives a warrantee of 2 years
Pros
  • It has a great out door visibility
  • Attractive looking
  • It comes with pre installed apps that are popular
  • Can store and play 300+ songs
  • Very good battery life
Cons
  • The auto track workouts can sometimes be faulty
  • Noticeable lag in touch sensitivity

8. Ticwatch E most comfortable Smartwatch

  • It has a 35.56mm sized display
  • The display works on OLED hence has bright colours
  • It has a single button that can be used to power on, navigate, select etc.
  • It works on Wear OS2.0
  • It has speaker imbedded in itself for the user to respond orally
  • It has a 1.2gigahertz dual core mediatech chip
  • The watch has 512 megabytes of RAM, 4GB storage
  • It has good quality exterior that looks simple and long lasting
  • It has a built in GPS right into the shell
  • The watch ash its own health app giving numerous details
  • The company does not seem to give any warrantee
Pros
  • Very light weight and comfortable
  • It s water and dust resistant with IP 67 certificate
  • Value for money
  • It comes with Google voice assistant
Cons
  •  No cellular connection on the watch
  • .Its counterparts feature snapdragon 21oo chip, making this infrior

9. Apple Watch Series 3 Smart Watch

  • It is a 42mm sized screen that has clear display
  • It works on OLED screen
  • The watch works on watchOS 4 and is compatible with Apple phone
  • It is powered by Lithium Ion battries
  • It has 2 buttons on the side, one for home and the other for multitasking and power off.
  • It is equipped with speaker and microphone to take and make calls
  • Has abundant number of physical activities pre installed to tailor fit the needs of different fitness activities
  • The watch is swim proof, has in built smart coaching and has apps dedicated to not just physical fitness but mental health too.
  • It is equipped with GPS, WiFi, has a tactic motor to notify with vibration and altimeter
  • It has cutomizable watch faces for your liking
  • It comes in many exciting colours and band materials
Pros
  • LTE connection gives greater independence from the paired device
  • It has a very lucid display
  • Easy navigation between multiple tasks
  • It has built in Siri integration
  • It integrates very well with the paired iPhone
  • Extremely comfortable to wear and is made out of durable material
Cons
  •  Works only with iPhone
  • Poor battery life due to LTE and you don’t have the option to keep it always ON

10. Fossil Q Gen 4 Hr Digital Black Dial Men's Watch

  • This watch has a 44mm round touch screen for clear viewing
  • The screen comes with a tempered glass for extra protection
  • The band is made out of stainless steel with a fold over clasp to lock it, making the watch tough and sturdy
  • The software on which it operates is WearOS and also has the Google assistant
  • It is compatible with Android OS 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3+ smartphones
  • The box contains an inductive charging magnet apart from the watch
  • It has customizable dial and band
  • It connects via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • It has accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope and heart rate sensor to keep you fit
  • It comes with a storage capacity of 4GB
  • It water resistant up to a 30 feet making it swim proof
  • The company gives a warrantee of 2 years
Pros
  • Extremely high quality material and gives the user a comfortable fit
  • Striking premium looks
  • Automatically updates date and time as per the location
  • It has unthreaded GPS, hence doesn’t depend entirely on the paired device
  • It has a decently lighted LED torch
  • Integrates very well with paired device
Cons
  • 24 hours of battery life
  • It is on the heavier side, but it can be reasoned due to its steel body

11. Fossil Q Gen 4 Hr Digital Gold Dial Women's Watch

  • This watch has a 40mm round touch screen for clear viewing that also measures up to female wrists.
  • The screen comes with a tempered glass for extra protection
  • The band is made out of blush coloured leather that looks delicate and elegant and is also robust.
  • The software on which it operates is WearOS and also has the Google assistant
  • It is compatible with Android OS 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3+ smartphones
  • The box contains an inductive charging magnet apart from the watch
  • It has customizable dial and band(18mm)
  • It connects via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • It has accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope and heart rate sensor to keep you fit
  • It comes with a storage capacity of 4GB
  • It water resistant up to a 30 feet making it swim proof
  • The company gives a warrantee of 2 years
Pros
  • Extremely high quality leather that sits comfortably on the writs
  • Looks very elegant
  • Automatically updates date and time as per the location
  • It has unthreaded GPS, hence doesn’t depend entirely on the paired device
  • It has a LED torch that can help in dire siutations
  • Integrates very well with paired device
Cons
  • Poor battery life

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