Smartwatches have moved to a different approach as compared to what they were a few years ago. The emphasis has now moved on from smartphone notifiers to extended purposes which increase the utility of your phone with features such as fitness, media controls and even calls.
Android smartwatches have also gotten a second life thanks to efforts by Samsung and other hybrids. In 2020, we have some really dependable smartwatches that keep our hopes alive in the wearable tech world.
While smartwatches haven't seen the pace of revolution that smartphones have, we have still seen improvements ranging from design, battery, software and features. These wearables now make a lot more sense if we compare them with two-year-old watches.
Smartwatches nowadays have neat little tricks up their sleeves. Want to talk to your smartwatch to search for something? Can do! Want to monitor your activities, ranging from walking, running, swimming or just... sitting? Can do! You can even set up an SOS feature on some watches, and if they detect an accident or a fall, they will inform your contacts. We have also listed a few good Wear OS smartwatches, who have become a lot better thanks to new updates and hardware.
Let's take a look at the best smartwatches you can buy in India right now.
The Galaxy Watch 3 comes with a dazzling design, a vivid display, and a bunch of new fitness features to help you track your progress across a wide range of activities, and stay motivated. Samsung has stuck with a traditional-looking circular display shape and a rotatable raised bezel that enables you to physically cycle through on-screen menus. It’s tactile, and that click, click, click as you navigate the round interface feels satisfying—It is also pretty addictive.
The Galaxy Watch 3 is better than its predecessor and is also slimmer and lighter. The battery life is on par with the watch but, you’ll be stuck with slow charging. The new fitness features improve the activity tracking that you expect to get from a smartwatch in 2020. Samsung has also added stress tracking and SPo2 monitoring.
If you’re looking for the best smartwatch to pair with the Android phone, this could be it - and if you own an iPhone, this may even beat the Apple Watch if you’re looking for a circular device rather than Apple’s trademark squared design and you like what you see.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review
Apple Watches are rising in popularity to the point where most will know that they're small second screens that connect your iPhone to your wearable, and you might be wondering whether the new device offers anything massively alluring; if you're thinking about upgrading from an older model you’ll be especially keen to learn what’s new here.
Well, here are the highlights: starting at Rs 40,900 for the 40mm version, Apple’s new Watch has a blood oxygen sensor inside, new colours to delight (we’re into the red) and a more efficient S6 engine at its heart. It’s also supposed to have a brighter display in sunny conditions.
Beyond that, the rest of the new features that arrive with the Watch 6, like sleep tracking, hand-wash tracking, and new buckle-less bands, will be made available to older Apple Watches.
On the outside, the Apple Watch 6 continues with the same design language used in previous models – a rounded, metal body with a square display that curves elegantly into the device itself.
The new colours and designs are interesting, with the new blue and red flavours, in particular, appealing on the wrist, the aluminium casing blending nicely with the more striking hues.
Read our full Apple Watch Series 6 review
Check out the Apple Watch Series 6 on Amazon
The Oppo Watch is one of the best Wear OS smartwatches money can buy. While that isn't a particularly laudable achievement, its craftsmanship and hardware-software synergy is commendable. It does ape the Apple Watch's design, but there's a lot to like here in terms of its impressive display and fitness modes. Just be wary of the battery life, especially if you want a watch that lasts for days.
The Oppo Watch is available in two sizes - 46mm and 41mm. The 46mm variant gets a 1.9-inch curved AMOLED screen which the 41mm comes with a flat 1.6-inch AMOLED screen. You get Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It runs on a deeply customized Oppo skin based on Wear OS. There is also an Ambiq Apollo 3 chipset for the battery saver mode. The watch comes with an HR monitor and GPS is also inbuilt to track your runs or cycles. On a single charge, the watch will last you for about a day and a half.
Read our Oppo Watch review
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve comes with a circular 1.39-inch AMOLED screen with two crowns for navigating. The display is protected by corning Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection. It can go up to 450 nits which makes it easier to see the notifications outdoors. The watch is available only in one size with a 46mm frame and it comes with a stainless steel body which provides premium design. At launch, five strap options will be available. The straps are interchangeable with any other regular 22m straps.
The Mi Watch Revolve comes with an Always-on Display and offers over 110 watch faces that you can manage on the phone as well as the companion Xiaomi Wear app. On the inside, the watch comes with GPS which further supports 10 sports mode. The smartwatch is also 5ATM water resistance meaning that you can take the device to a swim. For connectivity, the watch harnesses Bluetooth 5.0. This is also one of India's first smartwatch to come with Firstbeat motion algorithm which helps to tack physical and mental data.
Sensors onboard include PPG heart rate sensor, 3-axis acceleration sensor, geo sensor, baroreceptor, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope. For navigation, you get GPS+GLONASS. Apart from showing you the notifications, the watch can also track your workouts, track your sleep, and measure your heart rate and even your stress level.
On to the battery life, the Mi Watch Revolve is packed with a 420mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can last up to 14 days on a single charge. However, in real-life scenarios with notifications and heart rate monitor, turned on, the battery life might reduce. For charging the Mi Watch Revolve, you will get a magnetic pogo pin connector which takes about 150 minutes to charge the watch.
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This new smartwatch comes with a few improved features from the older device, but it doesn't seem to be a vastly different smartwatch.
The main change is that the new TicWatch Pro 2020 has 1GB RAM, twice that of its predecessor which should mean the device is a lot snappier. We didn't mind the lower RAM in the original device, but it's hard to argue against a processing upgrade.
The design of the new TicWatch Pro 2020 is also a little different, with new 'military standard 810G durability'. This, according to Mobvoi, helps it withstand extreme temperatures, hard hits as well as water and dust. Expect a much more rugged device if you opt for the 2020 version.
Those seem to be the two big changes from the 2018 TicWatch Pro for the 2020 model, and the rest seems largely the same.
The battery life (which we called 'mediocre' in our review) is likely to be similar as it's the same tech as before, there's a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen and it also has a stainless steel body.
Read about the TicWatch Pro 2020
Check out the TicWatch Pro 2020 on Amazon
The Fossil group has become synonymous with Wear OS smartwatches as mainstream manufacturers slowly left the market. The fifth-generation brings improvements to performance and battery life, while bringing Google's extensive app store to wearables.
While we still don't think they are the best for the price due to inconsistent performance and battery life, but if you are insistent on a Wear OS watch, there's no better option than one of Fossil's Gen 5 watches. Luckily, these come in many options and designs to not just look geeky.
Read the full review: Fossil Sport
The new Amazfit GTS is the latest device revealed by Huami, which is affiliated with Chinese company Xiaomi. The GTS looks remarkably similar to Apple's wearable device with a square display, a metal body, and a crown sat on the right hand side to interact with the wearable.
It features a 1.65-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 348 x 442 - that's 341 pixels per inch. It's a similar look to what we saw a couple of years ago on the Amazfit Bip, but this looks to be a more high-tech device in a variety of ways.
The watch is made of aluminum, and it's water-resistant up to 50 meters, so you'll be able to take this into water without worrying about it getting damaged. You can also buy it in six different colors including silver, rose gold and black.
There's a 220mAh battery inside that Huami claims will last for around two weeks. There's GPS too, which if left on constantly will result in around 25 hours of life. The Amazfit GTS also sports a heart rate sensor, NFC, Bluetooth and a variety of other features.
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Huawei’s Watch GT 2e is a solid and versatile fitness tracker that also serves up smartwatch staples like viewing notifications, swapping watch faces, adding music and checking the weather, making it a useful companion for your next workout.
The watch also delivers on its promise of long battery life. It packs in a lot of features such as an AMOLED display, GPS and continuous heart rate monitoring, as well as the ability to track a multitude of sporting activities. However, there’s not much point in buying one if you’re not into fitness.
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