Smartwatches review – complete buying guide and review on smartwatches

Smartwatches are the new trend for men and women

A watch is a must-have accessory and gadget these days. Wristwatches have exceeded its common use as more than a timepiece. Watches named ‘smartwatches’ are more than just bracelets that are used to keep track of time. Watches offer a variety of features such as fitness features, GPS, and heart-rate sensors. You can even download various applications and be notified by things such as texts by your smartwatch. Some watches for men are even almost similar to an actual smartphone. And if you’re planning on purchasing one, we compiled a guide containing things you need to know before buying a smartwatch.

Here is our complete buying guide for smartwatches

The OS and Device Compatibility

These types of watches are designed to be companions to your device such as a smartphone. It should be compatible with your phone. For instance, an Apple watch is best paired with an iPhone. For Android users, an Android compatible watch can be paired with any kind of Android phone. Don’t buy a watch unless you’re sure that it will work on your smartphone.

the smartwatches display

Almost all watches for men are available with a color LCD screen or AMOLED display, which lets you view photos, apps and other content in a richer and brighter color. Color displays use up so much power that the screens turn off when they’re asleep, so you can’t even see the time without waking the device. This means the battery’s life is shorter, though watchmakers are doing their best to improve its efficiency.

The interface: Buttons vs. Touch

Most of the smartwatches are a touchscreen, and it may be difficult targeting small things on a smaller screen. Wear OS does a nice job of presenting card-based notifications you can easily dismiss with a swipe, but there’s a lot of swiping involved to get to other apps and options within apps. The latest update lets you switch between cards within a flick of your wrist. Over time, we see touch screens winning out in the watch space, but if you crave simplicity and a more old-school aesthetic, physical buttons will do the trick.

the Design and Personalization of smartwatches

When buying something for ourselves, we would always consider our liking or style. Some watches offer a choice of straps. This is important if you want to personalize the look of your device. Watches for women today often offer plenty of customization before purchase. For instance, when buying a watch, you can pick the face color, strap color, and the material.

Here are our top choices of smartwatches

Smartwatches #1 Samsung Galaxy watch

smartwatches Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm

Samsung is one of the best smartwatches that you buy today, and instead of opting for the expected Gear S4 name it is called Galaxy watch. Following on from the Gear S3 and the Gear Sport in 2017, the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch is much improved.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch has a larger 46mm version of the watch and it comes with a phenomenal four-day battery life even when you are using it extensively. That is very impressive considering a lot of smartwatches out there today need to be charged at the end of the day.

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 have seen on a smartwatch.

Apps available on Samsung Galaxy Watch are more limited than Wear OS or WatchOS, these 2 rival smartwatch operating systems, but it still offers the core basics and Samsung has provided a watch that is good at fitness as well as sporting a great design and lots of functionalities as well.

smartwatches #2 – Apple watch Series 5

Smartwatches Apple Watch Series 5

Apple has not taken the spot in our best smartwatches list, however, we have it as number 2, due to there are lots of people who own an iPhone and this is the best smartwatch you can use with your iPhone. Although, there are not many upgrades from its previous model Apple Watch Series 4, the main changes are it comes with an always-on display for the first time. That means you won’t have to raise the watch to see your key stats, and instead, it will display most of the information you need on a dimed screen.

The design for Apple Watch Series 5 is similar to the Apple Watch 4, which a design that we loved. You will get a larger display with the Apple Watch Series 5 and you can choose the size from 40mm or 44mm.

All the fitness features you would expect on this Apple Watch Series 5 and that include a variety of top-end features such as ECG monitor, GPS tracking, impressive heart rate monitor and more. If you are looking for the very best Apple Watch on the market today, this is it.

Smartwatches #3 – Fossil Sport

smartwatches Fossil Sport Gen 5

Fossil Sport Gen 5 comes number 3 on our best smartwatches list because Fossil Sport is a fantastic smartwatch for fitness lovers. Fossil is one of the last remaining watchmakers to stay committed to Google’s Wear OS platform. The company launches multiple smartwatches each year, and they are some of the best looking Wear OS watches in the business. Despite this, most people did not expect to like the latest Fossil Sport Gen 5 watch, because many Wear OS watches are slow and struggle to last a full day on a charge.

The new Fossil Sport Gen 5 is different. Its upgraded specs, custom battery modes, and new hardware make for one of the best Wear OS experience you find today.

Smartwatches #4 – FitBit Ionic

Smartwatches Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit Ionic is the most powerful Fitbit so far, with all its features packed into this tiny timepiece, this is all you need to have to track both your fitness and sleep.

The Fitbit Ionic is square and runs diamond-shaped. The bright and colorful LCD screen is wonderfully crafted. Operation via Bluetooth on the side of the watch case and touch screen is easy.

Fitbit Ionic is focused on sports and health and you can choose from different sport profiles and you make use of tailor-made workouts with Fitbit Coach. Think of interval training, long distances, and sprints. When you choose today, you will see steps, calories, heart rate and distance in kilometers. Fitbit Ionic has marketed the Ionic watch as a smartwatch. You would, therefore, expect that you also use the watch as an extension of your smartphone. To a certain extend this is also the case. Calls and messages from your phone will appear on the screen of the Fitbit Ionic, but, unfortunately, it remains as a notification. You do not have the ability to answer calls from your Fitbit Ionic, and it is also not possible to read the text in full.

The battery life of the Ionic has surprised a lot of users. After 5 days the battery was still 39% full. For comparison, the battery life of the average smartwatch is about one day. The Fitbit Ionic is a watch that you, therefore, wear day and night.

How to choose the best smartwatch

The best smartwatch is the one that is compatible with your smartphone and your fitness needs. Here is what you need to know before buying a smartwatch. For big names such as Apple and Fitbit to traditional watchmakers like TAG Heuer and Fossil, dozens of companies are creating smartwatches that deliver the notification, apps, and more to your wrist. Although features and design vary, smartwatches can help you save time and keep better tabs on your health.

Many smartwatches have built-in features, such as heart rate sensors and GPS. The Fitbit Ionic, for example, is marketed as a health-focused device rather than as a smartphone replacement. If you are in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a smartwatch:

  • DO not buy a smartwatch without confirming that it will work with your smartphone. For instance, Apple Watches only works with iPhones, Google Wear OS platform and Samsung’s Tizen watches will work with both Android phones and iPhones, but with fewer features than if you use them with Android devices.
  • Pick a smartwatch with a heart rate sensor and GPS if you are a fitness buff.
  • Pay attention to rated batter life. Hybrid smartwatches that look more like analog timepieces tend to have the longest battery life, but they don’t have touchscreens.
  • Check the watch’s band clasp or buckle is easy to use and easy to swap. Also make sure that it is easy for you to find replacement bands.
  • The selection of apps is a factor, but it is not as important as compatibility, design and other features.

Nearly all smartwatches now available use of colorful LCD screen or AMOLED display, which will let you view photos, apps, and other content in richer color, and tend to be brighter. The trade-off is the shorter battery life, though smartwatch makers are improving the device’s efficiency. Make sure that you get a smartwatch, that you can use for your fitness and for everyday use.