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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.

 

 

1
Samsung Galaxy Watch 

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

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2
Apple Watch Series 4 

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

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3
Garmin Forerunner 645

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

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4
Huawei Watch GT Active 

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

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5
Suunto 9 Baro 

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

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.