Smart watches – are they needed and what’s new and interesting has appeared in the last year? In fact, some watches do offer a decent set of opportunities for both sports and just for living. In the near future, we are waiting for several interesting new products, including the new Apple Watch, and perhaps the first clock from Google – Pixel Watch. But all this will be later and we will tell about this watch. Today, we will talk about what you can already buy, and that is worthy of your attention.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Unlike Google and Apple, Samsung has already introduced its new watch. Nothing fundamentally new – the former sports aesthetics in the spirit of classical round watches. Small details give the impression that the hand is a normal mechanical watch. Galaxy Watch even simulates the sound of a second hand when the screen is activated and it’s harder to distinguish them from the usual ones. Novelty changed the name, now there is no prefix Gear, and appeared more logical Galaxy.
The watch is designed in the spirit of Gear S3 Frontier and has exactly the same set of features, so if you have a Frontier, then it’s hardly worth changing. Galaxy Watch will be sold in three colors: black, pink gold and silver. And the last option is exclusively in the size of 46 mm with a black bezel and a silver case. Completely black and pink watches will be a little bit smaller – 42 mm and for them, a richer palette of straps is offered. In terms of their capabilities Galaxy Watch differs little from Gear S3, they work on Tizen OS 4.0, they can receive calls, they are conveniently controlled by a rotating bezel. The bright AMOLED screen works in Always On mode, which always shows time and some data. In Galaxy Watch a large number of different applications and many opportunities for sports. Of course, they are not afraid of water. There is a GPS, an altimeter, barometer and all the sensors necessary for sports, including the heart rate sensor. Here there is NFC and as a result the opportunity to pay for purchases with the help of Samsung Pay.
This is not a highly specialized sports watch, but rather a clever accessory with advanced sports capabilities and not without ordinary pleasures like music management. Galaxy Watch has excellent autonomy – Samsung promises up to 7 days and all thanks to the new processor, but most likely we will see a real autonomy at the level of 3-4 days, which, however, is also not bad. Small Galaxy Watch will cost about 380 dollars, large at 20 dollars more. On sale, watches should appear in September of this year, and if you are looking for a smartwatch in a sporty style – then pay attention to the Galaxy Watch.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro
If you want something more exotic, but in the same classical version, then you will like the watch from Mobvoi, the company in our region is not very famous but makes interesting gadgets. Mobvoi has unusual watches, which are called TicWatch Pro and their highlight in two displays. The idea is not new, because something similar has already been demonstrated by Casio, but this approach still looks interesting.
The main display is made using AMOLED technology, it is colour-coded and works together with the operating system Wear OS, more known as Android Wear. Above this display is another transparent layer, which is essentially the second monochrome LCD screen. When activated, TicWatch Pro turns into a regular electronic clock with some clever features. The clock has several modes of operation: from the usual, when only the color screen is working, to the smart one, when the system itself activates the second display to save energy. In this mode, the hours work on average two days. But there is a third mode, called Essential, and only the second monochrome display works when it is activated. The clock continues to count the steps and measure the pulse, but turn off other clever features. In an Essential mode, TicWatch Pro can work up to 30 days and it’s convenient for travel. In the rest – it’s quite a familiar clock on the Wear OS.
Stand TicWatch Pro 250 dollars. There are two color options: black and silver,. You can buy them on the official website, although from all CIS countries the clock is sent only to Russia, so the rest will have to use intermediaries or search for Ticwatch Pro in their city.
Let’s digress from autonomy and talk about the sports component. If you are considering a watch as a companion for sports, but at the same time want to get a minimalistic design without brutal elements, then Fitbit Versa is suitable for you. This is a square clock with a color display and advanced fitness features. Versa is not the best option for viewing notifications or managing music from your smartphone. This was discussed in detail in the review of Fitbit Versa. But they are great for sports and health monitoring.
The Fitbit application with a large number of features allows you to monitor the pulse and keep statistics, help to normalize sleep by analyzing the deep and fast phase, but most importantly – it gives powerful motivation for playing sports. From small goals that need to be performed every hour, before training and even a full-fledged coach Fitbit Coach, which really costs $ 8 a month on subscription. At the same time, the operating system and the application store are made in the image and likeness of Pebble, which Fitbit has completely redeemed.
Fitbit Versa is quite popular in the US. Prior to the glory of Apple Watch, they are certainly far away, but they are sold more than the Samsung, Fossil and Garmin watches together. Such popularity is associated with the design, with the capabilities of the watch itself and with the service Fitbit Coach. In a word – Versa is a wonderful motivational product that will suit people who are engaged in sports and those who want to start to monitor their health. The truth is there is no GPS, for this Fitbit has another model, but from one charge the hours work up to five days, which is very convenient.
The cost of the clock in the US is $ 200, officially they are not supplied to the CIS countries, but in large cities and shops, they cannot be found.
Huami Amazfit Bip
The most affordable watches in our collection are better known as Xiaomi Amazfit Bip, but in fact, they are producing their Huami brand. The main advantage of these watches is their cost and possibility to buy practically anywhere in the world. Moreover, for a price of $ 70 you will get a clock with built-in GPS that is rare even for more expensive devices. However, do not rely on the powerful functionality of the application-companion or a serious set of features. Amazfit Bip provides a certain set of applications and functions that will satisfy the interests and needs of most people. You can run and record the distance, you can monitor and analyze your sleep or just count the steps and pulse. Watches from Huami are ideal, as the first purchase or experiment with wearable electronics.
Watches have a transflective color screen and it allows them to work up to 30 days from one charge – and this is one of the main advantages of Amazfit Bip. There are also disadvantages, such as lack of music control or problems with localization, but this issue is solved by direct hands, or by careful selection at the stage of purchase. Amazfit Bip is good in that they give a maximum for minimal money. But if for you in the first place are correctly implemented notifications, then take a closer look at Pebble watches of the second and even the first generations. All these watches are no longer officially supported, but thanks to the army of fans you cannot be afraid to buy them and enjoy life. If you’re lucky, you’ll find them for the same price as Amazfit Bip and get a more convenient OS with a whole mountain of different things.
But if all of the above does not suit you and you are more accustomed to classic accessories but would like some kind of smart stuffing, then you need a hybrid. Hybrids are classic quartz watches with additional features, like a pedometer, heart rate monitor or music control. Several different companies make such watches, but more than all models from the Fossil Group, which includes a couple of dozen manufacturers. For example, the Danish brand Skagen, which in the assortment has several models of hybrids at once, including the classic model Jorn.
Basic features allow you to see several time zones, count the number of steps passed, monitor sleep and control the camera or music thanks to the programmable button “Link”. By the way, similar control of three keys with a programmable button is typical for almost all models of hybrid watches Fossil Group. You can control the camera, music, or search for a phone with this button. The most convenient course, of course, is to control the music, one at a time, Play-Pause is activated, double-switching and the previous track is clamped. On the clock, you can program alarm clocks, they can even take a shower or boldly wash their hands – Skagen Jorn waters, like most similar watches, are not afraid. If the design of the Jorn model is not very nice to you, then in the Skagen range there are several more models with the same functionality,
In addition to Skagen, a similar set of functions is equipped with almost all the watches from the group of companies Fossil: from brutal Diesel to glamorous DKNY or Emporio Armani. There are also familiar brands like Misfit or Fossil, whose watches are quite popular all over the world. And then you have a choice of what to buy. Almost always you will have almost the same functionality and control, but from the point of view of the appearance of the watch, you have a great choice.
Some watches are sold officially, and some are only in small online stores, but you can get or even order on the official website.