The smartwatches are fashionable. This is, in part, due to the large number of functions they offer you, such as access to your favorite applications from your wrist or the possibility of listening to music or answering calls even if you don’t carry your smartphone with you.
The biggest advantage that smart watches have over other types of wearables is that you do not have to get used to carrying a new device , but a multitude of functionalities have been added to a complement that you are already used to using.
You can find some very basic ones with which you can only access the notifications on your phone, with no possibility of response, and others that are almost like wearing your smartphone on your wrist.
But before deciding on one you will have to assess well what your needs are and what functionalities can cover them. Surely you do not want to spend money on something that does not meet your expectations or, worse yet, buys the most expensive smartwatch and end up not using even half of its options.
In this guide, you will find the 10 best smartwatches according to our expert analysts and user opinions. In the end we have also left you a practical comparative table and a complete buying guide so that you have no doubts before making your choice.
Garmin Vivoactive 3
With a 1.6-inch diameter round screen, the Vivoactive 3 has an integrated GPS that, together with the pre-installed indoor sports applications, will make it easier for you to control your sports activities . It is also waterproof up to 50m and has a very easy-to-read screen, even in bright sunshine, with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels.
And so that nothing escapes your control, thanks to its wrist heart rate technology you can have an estimate of your maximum VO 2 , the variability of your heart rate and even your stress level.
Regarding its connectivity, this device allows you to link it to your smartphone (Android 4.4 and iOS 10.0 or later) to check notifications on your social networks, in addition to receiving and sending messages. We can not fail to mention its compatibility with Garmin Pay to pay using only the watch.
On the other hand, its main disadvantages are a memory and a battery that remain a little scarce, the latter being up to 7 days in smart watch mode but only about 13 hours with the GPS active.
Amazfit Stratos 2 Xiaomi
This smartwatch allows you to keep track of your sports activity thanks to its eleven sport modes. It also has a heart rate and sleep monitor and is waterproof up to 50 m.
If your thing is sports outside the gym, you can use your GPS to record data such as the frequency of your stride, the kilometers traveled or even the altitude. It will help you both analyze your training and design new routes.
You should know that it is compatible with both Android (4.4) and iOS (9.0), so you can stay up to date with all your notifications. You will also know who they came from, although you will not be able to view or answer them directly on the device.
If you can’t live without your favorite music, simply use Bluetooth to connect it to your headphones and enjoy your favorite songs without having your smartphone .
It has an elegant and resistant design, with a 1.34-inch round screen and has a battery that lasts up to 5 days with regular use.
Perhaps the Lifebee brand does not sound like much to you, but keep this fact: since it entered the market in late 2019, this smartwatch has gone directly to the list of best sellers.
The secret? Good price and many features, including things like:
- Activity monitoring 24 hours, with sedentary lifestyle alert. It tells you if you have been moving for too long, so you can get moving, even if you are stretching your legs.
- Sleep monitoring, to know not only how much you sleep but the quality of rest.
- Heart rate monitor integrated in the wrist, which allows you to monitor heart rate whenever you want.
- 9 sports modes, so you can choose the one that best suits your activity.
- Waterproof up to 50m, with IP68 protection. It will hold a pool session, but don’t use it for freediving.
In addition, the 1.3-inch square screen is tactile and allows you to manage different display modes using a physical button on the side. And you can choose three different colors for the strap: black, dark green and pink. Be careful, this last color is very light and if you use it a lot outdoors it will easily stain.
The battery lasts for about 10 days and includes a USB charging cable. Accessing the connection is easy and you do not need to remove the strap, thus damaging the waterproofing.
Logically, this is not a high-end smartwatch and is far from brands like Garmin or Apple, but its options cover normal use to spare.
Amazfit Bip Lite
The Amazfit Bip Lite is one of the most popular smart watches on the market for its low cost and high autonomy.
Its design is simple, balanced and customizable with spheres and straps. It uses resistant materials and an aspect to improve are the edges of the screen, which are not used to integrate a larger panel.
The display offers a bittersweet experience: it looks good outdoors, but its resolution and sensitivity are lower than other models. Also, some letters are very small.
The interface and application set is intuitive and easy to use .
One of its strengths is the battery , which lasts more than a month even with active users, and which charges in less than three hours (figures much higher than the most popular models).
At the functional level, the Amazfit Bip Lite is more like an activity bracelet than a watch because we can monitor: steps, heart rate, calories, distance, hours of sleep and some workouts (running, treadmill, cycling and walking). For outdoor activities, we will have to carry the phone with us to use its GPS since the Bip Lite does not have one.
Huawei Watch 2
One of the smartwatches that offers the greatest number of possibilities on the market without being a Samsung or Apple Watch . It has an Android Wear 2.0 operating system and a slot to insert your SIM card and you can stay connected to 4G even if you have left the phone at home.
You will not miss one of your message and social network notifications, which you can read on its 1.2-inch AMOLED round screen , as well as reply to them. The same goes for calls, which you can make and answer from the watch itself.
It also allows payment by NFC (proximity payment), which makes it an especially useful accessory if you are an athlete, since you will not need to carry cash or cards if you want to buy something before going home. It has GPS, fast training options and heart rate monitoring so you always control your sports activity.
As cons we could add that the battery lasts about 40 hours in stand-by and that, despite its IP68 certificate that protects it from splashes, it cannot be submerged.