Choosing the best smart watch

Smart watches are imperceptibly from the category of toys for those who have nowhere to put money into a useful companion. Model with

top features today will cost about$ 250-300 (Apple Watch is more expensive, of course, but we'll talk about that too), for this money the user can already count on at least two days of work, an integrated player, the role of a headset, the functions of an organizer and a really sensible fitness tracker. With such a watch, you can go to a training session without a smartphone and swim in the pool (all of our selection will even have corresponding modes for tracking physical indicators).

Rating of the best “smart” watches:

  • Apple Watch 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
  • Fitbit Versa 2
  • Apple Watch 4/3
  • Honor Watch Magic

Apple Watch 5

Apple's best flagship watch for iPhone

The new generation of Apple Watch has always appearedincluded display, noise analysis and magnetic compass. Despite the fact that a watch is significantly more expensive than any other “smart” watch on the market with similar characteristics, it can definitely be called the best choice for iPhone owners.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Best smart watches for Android

Google doesn't seem to take it seriouslyWear OS’s own smartwatch platform, but Samsung has come to the rescue of Android users. Galaxy Watch Active 2 is one of the most functional watches on the market, in comparison with the first model, developers have added a touch bezel for quick navigation through various menus. Separately, it is worth noting the sensible S Health application for maintaining statistics of one’s physical activity and monitoring nutrition.

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Fitbit Versa 2

Exotic for Fitbit fans

Fitbit Versa 2 automatically recognize differenttypes of activity, but offer only basic smart features. This is the best choice for those who are tied to the Fitbit fitness gadget ecosystem and do not want to lose the accumulated data. It will be difficult for others to explain why they should spend money on a gadget without full localization.

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Apple Watch 4

Cheaper and not much worse

This is the first Apple watch to have a thinner watch.frames around the screen and an increased diagonal (40 mm against 38 mm, 44 mm against 42 mm). It was in Series 4 that the ECG function first appeared. With a limited budget, Apple Watch 4 is still a better choice for iPhone than devices from other manufacturers. But if they hit hard on the wallet, take a look at the Apple Watch 3, which can still be found on sale.

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Honor Watch Magic

Reasonably priced modern smart watch with GPS

This is a round smart watch in a stylish9.8 mm waterproof case, GPS support and relatively high battery life. They are equipped with a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 390x390, an NFC module for quick pairing with a smartphone (but not for contactless payment) and a large range of sports programs.

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Best of the best and best for iOS: Apple Watch 5


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Smart watches without compromise, except for such a very short battery life. They even deserve our most prestigious award - editorial choice.

Apple Watch 5 is perfect for workouts -it’s convenient to run them, all the status information is displayed on the screen, you do not need to scroll to the second, third screens, there are many sports in the database and there is an automatic tracking of some types of activity. Thanks to the Always On display, it’s convenient to keep track of your progress during exercise. And in general - the necessary information is always at hand. The clock interface provides maximum personalization - there are dozens of dials in the database, on most of them you can configure widgets with quick access to the necessary functions.

Say what you like, but Apple knows a lot about design: the space of the small screen is used as efficiently and informatively as possible, while notifications from a smartphone on the Apple Watch are not a postcard, you can interact with them. Respond with emoji and voice messages.

Under the clock, there are already many third-party applications. Pluses - there is where to clear up for any request, and many are localized. Minus - almost everything cool is available only by subscription.

Another of the minuses of watches - in my opinion, Apple saves on the strength of materials here, and they are really easy to break (as my experience indicates).

Well, dignity - in fact, everything else. Apple Watch 5 is the industry benchmark today.

Reasons to buy Apple Watch 5:

  • You have an iPhone and want the coolest smart watch on the market;
  • Expensive appearance (even in the budget version);
  • Convenient work with text (reading, the ability to reply to a message);
  • A full-fledged assistant when a smartphone is not at hand;
  • Very user-friendly interface and a huge number of functions for healthy and beginners;
  • They are really “smart”;
  • Access to applications, music and podcasts right from the watch;
  • The best implementation of Always On Display on the market.

Reasons not to buy Apple Watch 5:

  • Goes beyond your budget;
  • You have an Android smartphone;
  • High cost of ownership (almost all third-party applications and services are paid).

See also: Apple Watch 5 review

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Best for Android: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2


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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 for Android is the samethe same as Apple Watch 5 for iOS. You can, of course, look at the alternatives, but if you want a maximum of just one device, then there are no alternatives from other brands. By the way, Active 2 is presented not only with silicone, but also with a leather strap.

The advantage of the Samsung platform over competitors- localization and the presence of a database of third-party applications (it’s important to pair it, because other manufacturers have it separately), an abundance of dials, support for all kinds of sports activities, Always On Display, the ability to reply to messages right from the clock (and there’s even a keyboard for long text answers, but this is for the most extreme case). In the application section, there are useful extensions to Samsung’s basic capabilities - a calculator and other little things, but there are Uber and a number of other services. The watch can act as a headset and music player, they have all the standard functions like monitoring sleep, heart rate, automatic tracking of physical activity. Moreover, unlike the Apple Watch, there is no need to confirm that you are really walking or running, but you can cancel the false training (for example, when the watch decided that you were running along the humps of the Kherson-Kalanchak highway at a speed of 30 km / h).

If we talk about the shortcomings, then first of all -it is not very convenient for working with text display. He is actually the dignity of a watch. After all, the round form factor still looks more like a watch. But less information is placed on a small round display, and during training, all important information is not placed on one screen.

The watch at full load works on onecharge a couple of days. More than the Apple Watch, but smaller than the Huawei smartwatch. They charge 100% twice as fast as Watch 5 and during charging they show how much is left. Also, the watch can be charged from a smartphone using the built-in wireless charging.

If we talk about the S Health platform, whichwas developed by Samsung and with which its watches work, I like that it has already integrated a service for tracking food (calorie accounting is based on FatSecret, but the Samsung interface has been brought to mind), there is a calculation of the total number of calories burned and a function that Samsung calls “weight control” - this is the balance of calories consumed and spent, which is calculated based on the user's goals - to lose weight, get better, maintain weight, etc. I only lacked information about the calories spent from activity, but these are nuances. According to my observations, Samsung watches are more generous in calculating calories in the normal mode and more stingy during training. Compared with FitBit Versa 2 and Huawei Watch GT 2 Sport. But it’s hard to say who is right, because the data of all watches is slightly or much different from each other.

If you use an iPhone and stillconsider this watch for purchase, comparing it with Apple Watch 5, I can say that the Apple Watch seemed more convenient to me because of the form factor and the logic of the interface as a whole, also do not underestimate the battery life and the depth of integration of the watch’s software into the smartphone’s software . They are useful not only in training, but also in life to develop good habits. For example, they have a cool function of reminding you to relax with breathing, there are many third-party meditation applications, the trend function (when the watch collects data on physical activity for 90 days) is more motivating for daily activity.

What features are available on the iPhone in comparison with Android - shown in the table:

Functions
Galaxy Watch / Galaxy Watch Active

Challenges
- Incoming call notifications

- Accept / Reject a call


* Making a call is possible only from a smartphone

Messages
- Incoming message notifications (including iMessage)

- Reply to messages

Email / Calendar
- Email - Calendar Notifications

- Reply to Email - Disable the alarm / calendar

S health
- Fitness tracker - Heart rate monitor

Player

- Music Control (iTunes)
* Requires Gear music manager (PC web version) to send music files to Gear devices

Dial selection
- Download / Install


* Download is possible only from free applications

On the Samsung side, price and cost of ownership (permost third-party Apple Watch applications will have to be paid, but here many are free), as well as the traditional form factor and support for standard straps.

Compared to Huawei's latest smartwatchgenerations, this model wins almost everything - smart functions, the number of workouts, and third-party applications, and a more convenient interface, and the number of dials. In addition to battery life, which the competitor will have two and a half times - three more.

Reasons to buy Samsung Watch Active 2:

  • You have an Android smartphone;
  • You want the most “smart” smart watches available;
  • Your smartphone is also Samsung;
  • You previously used smartphones and / or smart watches, brand fitness trackers, so you managed to accumulate the database in S Health.

Reasons not to buy Samsung Watch Active 2:

  • You need even more autonomy;
  • You have an iPhone;
  • You have a limited budget.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

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For Old School Artists: Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit is one of the oldest manufacturers of wearableelectronics for marketers in the market. If you buy your first smart watch, then I do not recommend considering this brand for purchase, despite the fact that they are useful in the healthy lifestyle. Today, this brand is developing slowly and in some things it is great inferior to competitors from the world of smartphones. In particular, they have poorly implemented smart functions - they display calls, mail, SMS, you can add notifications from other applications, but the answer can only be pre-prepared from a smartphone, they do not have localization for our market, this means that watches and trackers Fitbit brand is not suitable for those who do not know English. However, all this does not mean that they have nothing to do in our selection.

Versa lineup (and Charge update) in the pastFitbit helped Apple win the market a bit. Versa 2 is a continuation of last year’s hit, which costs almost half the size of the latest Apple Watch. The watch should be paid attention to those who have been using Fitbit for a long time, managed to accumulate a large amount of data about their lifestyle in the services of this manufacturer, and now can only think about moving with pain. In this case, it is better to simply upgrade to the top Fitbit model and accept the fact that the synchronization speed with the smartphone leaves much to be desired.

Versa 2 has a nice design and styleApple Watch, although in direct comparison, the latter look more expensive due to the smoother metal and obedient strap. Personally, I really like the Versa 2 color scheme that came to us for a test (but the Lavender Golden Rose color model is available exclusively on Amazon). They also have only one control button (this is a minus), but it is on the left (this is a plus). That is, under no circumstances can it be touched or accidentally pressed at the wrong time. With other watches, this happens regularly. They also have a strap with a comfortable clasp.

Fitbit has all the popular training modes,watches can track many types of activity automatically. Unlike Samsung and Apple, they can’t be “told” that they in vain considered riding a bumpy race walking, this is a minus. The clock can monitor sleep, pulse, notice its abnormal activity, allow you to keep a food diary (alas, only in English) and monitor the cycle, monitor calories burned per day (without highlighting active calories separately), drinking water and coffee. In general, it seems that Samsung was inspired by this particular brand when they worked on S Health.

With Versa 2, you can listen to music - but that's bad luck,You can add it only through the desktop application. There are third-party applications, there are many of them and they are installed slowly. You can download and log in only from your smartphone. Almost everyone asks for money. In general, a feature of the Fitbit platform is a large number of paid additional features. It seems to me more than the Apple Watch. Even the dials are asking for money! However, there are really a lot of them, and, in my opinion, Fitbit offers the craziest design solutions even in free versions. And paid ones are generally space. On average, the watch lasts 2-3 days, it also charges quite quickly (100% in 1:20). The screen in Always On mode is monochrome and almost stupid. In the background, nothing really works in the watch. Therefore, such autonomy is not from a big mind, but from a small battery.

Reasons to buy Fitbit Versa 2:

  • You have previously used trackers or watches from this manufacturer;
  • You want a smart watch, not a tracker, but the budget does not allow you to spend money on Samsung or Apple;
  • You have Android (because it’s still better to buy an Apple Watch under iOS).

Reasons not to buy Fitbit Versa 2:

  • Do you prefer watches in a classic form factor;
  • You do not know English;
  • Your purchase budget is smaller / larger.

Review Fitbit Versa 2 will appear on our website in the near future.

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Cheaper for iOS: Apple Watch 3 or Apple Watch 4


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I don’t want to recommend a specific model,because it all depends on your budget. Enough for Apple Watch 4, but the “five” do not pull? Then take the four, without Always on display and analysis of noise around (if you are not a musician, of course) it is quite possible to live.

If the four are too burdensome forwallet, you can stay at the top three. The frames around the screen will be larger, there will be no ECG (such a loss), performance will be slightly lower, but all this is not so critical for watches to abandon the Apple Watch in favor of another brand paired with the iPhone.

Apple Watch Series 4

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Apple Watch Series 3

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Budget Classic: Honor Watch Magic


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Huawei (and the Honor sub-brand) makes smart watchesEmphasis on design and long battery life. At the same time, the first generation of watches for both brands was more like a fitness tracker in a classic form factor. In the current generation (Huawei Watch GT 2, in particular), it has become possible to call from a watch, use it as a headset, listen to music, both through the speaker and from a connected wireless headset.

The watch’s capabilities have grown, but still in terms of“Smart” are inferior to Samsung, but they cost the same, so this is not the best buy. At the same time, the twice as affordable Honor Watch Magic, although not so “smart,” is damn good in terms of sports and longevity. With the clock you can run, engage in the gym, swim, go to the mountains, monitor sleep and heart rate, and at the same time charge them once a week (okay, if you actively run and train, then twice as often, but still not like the clock of others manufacturers). At a cost of $ 130, they also look like a real classic. When I tested this model, I noticed a huge number of compliments to the watch from the outside. But to call, write a message, listen to music from them just will not work.

Read also: Honor Watch Magic review

Reasons to buy Honor Watch Magic:

  • Cool classic design;
  • Long battery life (up to a week) and quick charge;
  • Favorable ratio of price / design / features (towards budget);
  • Intelligent fitness tracker.

Reasons not to buy Honor Watch Magic:

  • They are not very “smart”: you can’t listen to music, make calls, reply to messages, install third-party applications;
  • You are ready to spend more money on hours.

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Comparison of the characteristics of smart watches mentioned in the article

Model name
Apple Watch 5
Apple Watch 4
Apple watch 3
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Fitbit Versa 2
Honor Watch Magic

Compatibility
iOS
iOS
iOS
Android / iOS
Android / iOS / Windows
Android / iOS

Form factor
rectangular
rectangular
rectangular
round
rectangular
round

Screen type
OLED
OLED
OLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
AMOLED

Platform
watch OS
watch OS
watch OS
Tizen os
Fitbit OS
Lite OS

Screen
40 mm, 44 mm
40 mm, 44 mm
38 mm, 42 mm
40 mm, 44 mm
34 mm
30 mm

Smart Opportunities
Incoming event notification, hands-free functioncommunications, listening to music, podcasts, a calculator, third-party applications with games, organizer functions, voice recorder, notes, Always On Display, SOS function, contactless payments, Siri, dozens of free dial designs (+ widget support)
Incoming event notification, hands-free functioncommunications, listening to music, podcasts, a calculator, third-party applications with games, organizer functions, voice recorder, notes, contactless payments, Siri, dozens of free dial designs (+ widget support)
Incoming event notification, hands-free functioncommunications, listening to music, third-party applications with games, organizer functions, contactless payments, Siri, dozens of free dial designs
Call and Message Alert, Featuresheadset, player (you can connect headphones or control music from your phone), reply to messages using text, voice notes, emoji, organizer functions (including those available from third-party applications), services like Uber, available as third-party applications, dozens of designs dial, SOS function, always on display
Incoming message notifications (mail innumber) and calls, third-party applications with games and organizer functions, a player (you can connect headphones or control music from your phone), Always On Display, dozens of free and paid third-party dial designs
View alerts from user selected applications from a smartphone, notifications of incoming calls, timer, stopwatch, alarm clock

Sporting opportunities
Counting steps, steps, running and walking on the street andon the track, orbitreck and other activities, breathing exercises for relaxation, automatic tracking of activity, counting calories spent from activity, tracking the cycle, activity trends for 90 days, heart rate monitoring, third-party applications with training programs and meditation programs, etc.
Counting steps, steps, running and walking on the street andon the track, orbitreck and other activities, breathing exercises for relaxation, automatic tracking of activity, counting calories spent from activity, tracking the cycle, activity trends for 90 days, heart rate monitoring, third-party applications with training programs and meditation programs, etc.
Counting steps, steps, running and walking on the street andon the track, orbitreck and other activities, breathing exercises for relaxation, automatic tracking of activity, counting calories spent from activity, tracking the cycle, activity trends for 90 days, heart rate monitoring, third-party applications with training programs and meditation programs, etc.
Jogging and walking on the street, orbitrek, treadmill,several types of workouts, third-party applications for running, yoga and different types of workouts, accounting for calories burned, monitoring sleep and heart rate, nutrition diary. caffeine and water, advanced programs of various difficulty levels aimed at achieving sports results or improving lifestyle, automatic activity tracking
Jogging and walking on the street, orbitrek, treadmill,several types of workouts, third-party applications for running, yoga and different types of workouts, accounting for calories burned, monitoring sleep and heart rate, cycle calendar, diary of food and water, tracking floors, advanced (paid) programs of different difficulty levels aimed at achieving sports results or lifestyle improvements, automatic activity tracking
Running, running courses, walking, biking, swimming, tracking + GPS and height measurement), accounting for calories spent from activity, monitoring sleep and heart rate

Install additional applications
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
not

Support for Russian and Ukrainian languages
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
not
Yes

Autonomy
up to 18 hours
up to 18 hours
up to 18 hours
2-3 days
up to 4 days
up to a week

Communications and sensors
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC (there is supportcontactless payments in Ukraine), an optical heart rate monitor, ECG, magnetic compass, altimeter, accelerometer with the ability to assess overload up to 32 g, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, GPS
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC (there is support for contactless payments in Ukraine), an optical heart rate monitor, ECG,
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC (there is support for contactless payments in Ukraine), optical heart rate monitors, GPS
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC (there is no support for contactless payments in Ukraine), an optical heart rate monitor, GPS, accelerometer, altimeter, compass
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, accelerometer, altimeter
Bluetooth, GPS, optical heart rate monitor, accelerometer, altimeter

Housing protection
water resistant to 50 meters
water resistant to 50 meters
water resistant to 50 meters
IP68
water resistant to 50 meters
water resistant to 50 meters

The amount of internal memory
32 GB
16 GB
8 GB
4 GB
n.d.
128 MB

How to choose a smart watch

At the moment, there is already a largethe number of models, platforms and generations of smart watches. Unlike, say, Android smartphones or Windows laptops, they are not so similar to each other. And the main difference is that the functionality of smart watches depends on the manufacturer, because there is no single platform on the market yet. Except for the incompetent Wear OS from Google.


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Smartphone operating system

First of all, the choice will depend on howyou are using a smartphone. In principle, iOS is supported by all manufacturers, but if the iPhone, it is strange to choose something other than the Apple Watch 5 - now it is an exemplary device on the market. If there is no money for it, you can simply stop at the Apple Watch easier.

If you have Android, the choice extends toinfinity from which to subtract the Apple Watch. Then you can look at the manufacturer of the smartphone (because its branded watches are more deeply integrated with the smartphone software), you can look at the capabilities of various platforms on the market.

Budget

In general, prices for different models are differentmanufacturers are comparable within the same materials and functions. Apple Watch, of course, hovering over the market. And Garmin, which are more athletic than competitors. Or Xiaomi (Amazfit), which are generally somewhat cheaper than the market.

Savings in the case of the choice of smart watches will belying in the plane of choice of the generation of the gadget. So, the built-in player, the ability to connect headphones or control music from a smartphone, a compass, a barometer, at least a dozen exercises, sleep monitoring, a built-in speaker, GPS and improved autonomy have become the norm for the market today. If the maximum (on Android) on average will cost $ 300, then the good versions without some modern features (most often a player and answer calls) will cost about one and a half to two times cheaper.

Is it worth saving? Estimate how much you need these features. If you would like to train to music and not carry a smartphone with you, or if you are a person who constantly calls, you should probably pay extra for them.

Form factor

In my opinion, this item is less significant thanfollowing. But unfortunately, usually manufacturers of wearable electronics prefer to stay within the same form factor, and if it really matters to you, a circle on your hand or a square will have to be based on this, and not on the watch’s capabilities.

The advantage of round is a shape close toclassics. Models such as Huawei Watch GT and Watch GT 2, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch 2, Honor Watch Magic can hardly be distinguished from analog ones. Especially if you use a screensaver with an analog dial. There is only one drawback to such watches, but, believe me, it is worth it to think well. Try placing text in a circle. Is it convenient to read? That's the same. It is best to work with text and notifications implemented on the Apple Watch - on the one hand, the watch uses the screen space as efficiently as possible, on the other hand, it does not mold the text in one heap, as Fitbit does.

The advantage of square in readability and quantityinformation that can fit on the display. This also applies to application icons (although Samsung somehow twists with its round screens in order to make the menu convenient).

Platform features

So we got to the very thing, in fact,important. To what your smart watch will be able to and who will store your data. In my opinion, this item is even more important than battery life. You only have to put up with her, so I did not include her in the aspects of choice.

Platform features can be divided into twocomponents - sports and smart functions in conjunction with a smartphone. And above all this there is an add-on in the form of a more or less convenient interface. Apple has the maximum for today, which is why Watch 5 has become my favorite. Samsung is basically on the same level, the platform, like the watch itself, has some advantages over Apple. But in general, they do not even compete with each other, since the Apple Watch 5 does not work with an Android smartphone, and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 (like other watch models of this brand) work with iOS, but their functions are so limited that there is no point in buying.

iOS users are a little easier to choose becauseApple smart watches, although significantly more expensive than competitors, are generally better in terms of capabilities, and if the user is interested not only in fitness, but also in part as a smartphone, the choice lies only in the budget and different generations of Watch. If you first of all need a cool fitness tracker, not expensive, but with a decent appearance, then you can also take a look at Fitbit Versa 2 or Honor Watch Magic. But I have little idea of ​​such a scenario in life.

More details on what can be expected from each of the platforms at maximum speeds are described above in the description of the respective models.

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And one more thing. All watches except the Apple Watch have a sleep monitoring mode. The Apple Watch feature is available through third-party applications. So, all watches give so different results that I don’t know which one to believe. For fitness trackers Honor and Xiaomi, the analysis is approximately similar. Honor / Huawei smart watches analyze in much the same way as trackers of these brands. But smart watches from other brands have a completely different picture. Between themselves a little more similar than with the platform Huawei / Honor, but still different. So I have big doubts about the accuracy and, accordingly, the value of this function.