Not so long ago, smartwatches were little more than just an item of luxury that you probably did not need but wanted nonetheless. Now, though, smartwatches have turned out to be a great smartphone companion when it comes to productivity or simply avoiding the hassle of slipping the phone in and out of your pocket.
In 2019, we have some really dependable smartwatches that keep our hopes alive in the wearable tech world.
1. Apple Watch Series 4
Trust Apple to absolutely nail it when it comes to unique pieces of technology. Although there are smartwatches dime a dozen, there is hardly anything better than the Apple Watch in the market right now, all things considered.
The Apple Watch Series 4 is our favorite smartwatch you can buy right now. This is the first time Apple has updated the design of its smartwatch line, and it looks all the better for it.
You now get a bigger display with the choice of 40mm or 44mm dial sizes, as well as all the rest of the tech we’ve come to expect from the Apple Watch. The speaker is now louder, the build is still lightweight while feeling just as premium, and you can use your old straps with this new watch.
While all the above things are good, the most exciting tech is the fact there’s an ECG feature within the heart rate tracker. It can test your heart to see if you’re at a high risk of atrial fibrillation, which will allow you to seek help earlier if your health is in danger.
Since its launch, Apple has expanded the availability of the ECG feature to more markets outside of the US. The company has stated that it is working hard to bring it to India as well. While it may not be used as often as other regular features, it could still save lives – as it has already done a couple of times.
2. Samsung Galaxy Watch
Coming in a close second from Samsung, it’s the Galaxy Watch. Following on from the Gear S3series and the Gear Sport in 2017, the Galaxy Watch is much improved.
We’ve tested out the larger 46mm version of the watch and were impressed with its battery life – in our testing, it lasted four days despite being used extensively. That’s impressive considering a lot of other watches on this list last a day or so from a single charge.
The rotating bezel remains a highlight of navigating around the Tizen OS on the watch, and the interface is one of the easiest to pick up that we’ve seen on a smartwatch.
Apps available on the watch are more limited than Wear OS or watchOS 4 – two rival smartwatch operating systems – but it still offers a satisfying experience. It offers a great smartwatch experience, has plenty of fitness features and the design is good – there’s not much more you can ask from a smartwatch.
3. Fossil Sport
Fossil has developed a lot of expertise in the wearable tech space over the last few years, and this has all culminated in the best smartwatch the company has made so far.
The Fossil Sport offers top-end experience at a lower price tag than the two devices above in this list. It features GPS, a lightweight – yet premium – design and at least two days of battery life from a single charge. While it does miss out on some niche, yet great features like ECG, its price really doesn’t leave us anything to complain about.
Fossil has packed a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset inside, which is the latest update from Qualcomm that offers a smoother experience than you’ll get on a lot of older Wear OS watches.
It doesn’t sport any truly unique features, but the overall package of the Fossil Sport may be the best watch for you. If you want a good-looking, feature-packed smartwatch that runs on Wear OS, the Fossil Sport is a great option, all things considered.