What makes a smartwatch an object of utility? Digital integration? All-round cloud support? Or features that help us get our daily chores done? It’s a bit of all of the above. However, with more and more people embracing health and fitness, and making it a part of their lifestyle, smartwatches have gained prominence as tools aiding this. Here are 5 that are particularly helpful if you are hoping to reach that fitness goal you have set for yourself this year.
Most contemporary smartwatches double as a digital coaches, recording and analysing fitness data. The Samsung Galaxy Watch however, takes it a step further by not just offering support of accelerometers, but altimeters and barometers as well. This of course makes it excellent for high-range mountain climbing, but also allows you to go below sea level, another great area for fitness. The all-touch interface is 100 percent customisable and complemented by a range of stylish straps.
Price: Rs 29,990
There’s no denying that the Apple Watch dynasty dominates the smartwatch sphere. But aside of the style factor, the Apple Watch Series 4 is a great tool of utility. Its ECG and heart rate scanners are by far the best and most accurate we’ve seen. The smartwatch is waterproof down to 50 meters while a barometric altimeter records changes in elevation, a coveted feature for hikers and mountaineers. There’s also a new competition mode for competing against friends and additional fitness modes that support yoga and hiking.
Price: Rs 45,000
First off, this isn’t just a smartwatch, it’s a music player as well, which means there’s built-in GPS and storage space for up to 500 songs with Spotify support. The Forerunner has been built exclusively for those who like a good tune while they workout. Garmin packed the Forerunner 645 Music with sensors, including a real-time compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer, barometric altimeter, and the Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitor. Although Garmin hasn’t adopted a touchscreen like Apple and Fitbit, its five buttons around the watch face are still easy to use.
Price: Rs 38,000
It is safe to say that the Huawei Watch GT strives for 24-hour tech analysis and assistance. Boasting two weeks of battery life, the Watch GT gets support from three satellites for hyper-accurate GPS support, but it is its Truseen 3.0 heart rate monitoring, with a self-learning algorithm to provide more insightful data, that will appeal to fitness enthusiasts. Huawei’s TruSleep™ 2.0 identifies common sleep-related issues and provides more than 200 potential suggestions to help you sleep better.
Rs: 15,990 onwards
You may not have heard of this brand before, but it recently made headlines for its super-cool Ultra-Mode, which understands your exercise history to monitor your battery life, so you never run out of juice in the middle of a workout. When you start an exercise, the watch will calculate the amount of battery you have remaining and will monitor it as it starts draining. The Suunto 9 Baro features a 120-hour power reserve.
Price: Rs 45,499