While watches have been one of the most essential parts of our lives, the advent of smartphones has seen watches evolve. Smartwatches and smart bands have changed the face of wearables, effortlessly blending utility with fashion. ANIKET PANDE from BLAZETECHNICA lists some of the best picks for smartwatches and smart bands in the market, in every price segment.
Budget Fitness Trackers
Mi Band 5
Price – Rs 2,499
Features – The most popular option in the fitness tracker market has always been Xiaomi’s Mi Band series. The Mi Band 5 is no exception. it comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED display for notifications and call alerts. It also has a total of 11 workout modes. The band is water-resistant up to 5ATM as well so going on a swim with it won’t be a problem. Other useful features include trackers for heart rate, menstrual cycles, and sleep. With a battery life of 4-5 days, this is also long-lasting and durable.
USP – Mi bands also have third-party app support with which a lot of customisations can be added to the band, making the smart band an easy recommendation.
Price – Rs 2,499
Features – The OnePlus band comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED display, a heart rate sensor, tons of workout modes and is also IP68 water and dust resistant. Battery life on this is 4-5 days. It offers almost similar functionality to Mi Band 5, but the OnePlus Band lacks third-party app support which we get in the Mi Band 5.
USP – OnePlus Band comes with a SpO2 sensor with which it tracks the blood oxygen levels, which is handy in terms of the ongoing pandemic. For those looking to monitor their oxygen levels diligently, this band is a great choice.
Realme Watch S
Price: Rs 4,999
Features – A good option for an entry-level smartwatches, the Realme Watch S comes with a 1.3-inch LCD display, a total of 16 exercise modes, and is IP68 water and dust resistant. The watch also has sensors for heart rate as well as a SpO2, with a battery life of 12 days. The only major downside of this smartwatches is that it is currently only compatible with Android devices, so iPhone users will have to look for some other options.
USP – The Realme Watch S is a great option at its price-point for android users who are looking for their first smartwatch with a good design and some useful features.
Mi Watch Revolve
Price – Rs 9,999
Features – This fashionable smartwatches has a circular dial of 46mm, with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display protected by corning gorilla glass 3. It is water-resistant up to 5ATM and has a battery life of 8-10 days. Additional features include a built-in GPS, and stress and sleep monitoring features. The Mi Watch Revolve however does not have a SpO2 sensor. Other software limitations include the phone call and notification alerts, which can only be viewed but cannot be responded to.
USP – For someone looking for a smartwatches with a premium design and some added features like GPS, Mi Watch Revolve is a good option.
Amazfit T-Rex Pro
Price – Rs 12,999
Features- Equipped with a 1.3-inch AMOLED display with a 46mm dial, this smartwatches offers over 100 sports modes. It is Military Standard Certified for 15 tests and water-resistant up to10ATM. It also has a built-in GPS, along with a SpO2 sensor, and a battery life of 4-5 days.
USP – The tough and rugged design of this watch is something that makes it unique. For those looking for design and durability, the Amazfit T-Rex Pro is the best option.
Price – 14,999
Features – This smartwatch comes with a 46mm dial with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display. The watch has over 110 workout modes and comes with a built-in GPS and IP68 water resistance. It is well-equipped with features such as health monitoring and SpO2 tracking. The battery life of this wearable is 5 days. The OnePlus Watch supports OnePlus’s ultrafast warp charging.
USP – Added advantages of the OnePlus Watch include features for music, which can be stored in the watch itself. One can also answer phone calls. Overall, it is a good smartwatch one can consider buying.
Price – Starting at Rs 14,990
Info/Features – The OPPO Watch starts at Rs 14,990 for its 41mm model and Rs 17,990 for its 46mm model. The watch comes with 1.6- or 1.91-inches AMOLED display options. It also has a built-in GPS, and it is water-resistant up to 5ATM. The biggest advantage of the OPPO Watch is that it runs on Google’s wearable operating system Wear OS. It has a play store from where apps can be downloaded, which is missing on most of the smartwatches in this price segment. Other features include making phone calls, replying to messages, and navigating through Google Maps. With all these features the battery life on this watch is only for a day. The one downside is the lack of sensors for SpO2 monitoring.
USP – For someone looking for a complete smartwatch experience with Google’s Wear OS, the OPPO Watch is the right choice.
Price – Starting at Rs 25,900
Features – The Galaxy Watch 3 comes with a stainless-steel frame, giving it a classy look. Available in 41mm and 45 mm, the watch also has variants for Bluetooth and LTE. The 1.2- or 1.4-inch SUPER AMOLED display is protected by corning gorilla glass dx. The watch runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS and has 40 workout modes. It also comes with a built-in GPS and is IP68 water-resistant. Some of the health-oriented features it offers are sensors for heart rate and SpO2 tracking, as well as blood pressure monitors, ECG monitoring and fall detection. The battery life on this watch is 3 days and it also supports wireless charging.
USP – For someone looking for a premium smartwatch that offers a lot more features such as making phone calls and monitoring health, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a great option.
Apple Watch Series 6
Price – Starting at Rs 38,900
Info/Price – Apple Watch Series 6 comes in two sizes – 40mm and 44mm, with either GPS or GPS + Cellular. The Watch comes with an aluminium design and offers almost every feature which a smartwatch should have. It also offers health-oriented features such as ECG monitoring and fall detection. Battery life on this watch is 1-2 days.
USP – The major upgrade with the latest Apple Watch Series 6 is the SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen monitoring, a feature that was missing in the earlier generation of Apple Watches. For iPhone users, Apple Watch is an ideal pick as it goes well with the Apple Ecosystem.