People used to wear watches for two very straightforward and simple reasons – to tell the time or to make a fashion statement. That was all before the advent of smartwatches. With smartwatches, you can now access maps on the go, monitor how much you exercised in the day and even track your heart rate and sleep patterns.
Smart-watches are become more prevalent with even institutions such as Great Eastern Life and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) promoting their use by offering useful redemption such as grocery vouchers, mall vouchers, F&B vouchers and more, it is now very common to a smart watch on the wrists of Singaporeans both young and old.
A nationwide initiative, the Health Promotion Board is even giving free health tracking devices from their Healthy 365 app so that both young and old, rich and poor, can take advantage of its benefits.
However, for those who want more control over their smart watches an don’t mind paying for one, the following five are our top picks.
Fitbit Charge 3
Topping the list for a health monitoring smartwatch is the Fitbit Charge. This advanced health and fitness tracker was voted the fitness tracker of the year in 2018 by tech reviewers at Wearable for good reason, as it showcases the best of Fitbit’s activity tracking features, while being super user-friendly. It is one of the most accurate in measuring steps, heart rate and calories burnt throughout the day, with the watch’s automatic exercise recognition.
Wearing it to sleep also enables it to track how long and how well you sleep. Unlike many of its competitors, it can even detect your naps. It also has an awesome feature catered to females, enabling them to track periods, record symptoms and see a predicted ovulation calendar when used in conjunction with the Fitbit app. Its whopping seven-day battery life also means you do not have to worry about it powering down in the midst of your workout. The price of the watch is extremely economical too, easily accessible for purchase by any health enthusiast.
The FitBit Charge 3 is available at on Amazon for $204.
Apple Watch Series 4
The latest in the Apple Watch series, it provides round the clock heart rate monitoring and alerts the user if the heart rate appears higher or lower than normal. Besides being a workout partner and pace tracker, the crowning features of this latest Apple watch is its fall detection and ECG heart rate monitoring capabilities. This is extremely useful for the elderly with its new in-build accelerator and gyroscope able to detect falls.
If the user is unresponsive within a minute of the fall, the watch automatically places an emergency call with the location and a message to all emergency contacts. When used with the ECG app, the watch can also diagnose atrial fibrillation. For Apple users, there is no better health companion to own than this to add to the Apple gadget family, with its seamlessly compatibility with the iPhone and the Apple health data app.
The Apple Watch Series 4 is available on Amazon for $525.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
Garmin Vivosmart 4 possesses precise distance and pace tracking, along with dedicated activity timers for your gym sessions, runs, yoga and even swimming, among others. The distinguishing factor of this watch is its pulse oxygen sensor, which gauges your oxygen saturation levels at night, allowing users to better understand their sleep quality, helping to identify various sleep conditions.
With its body battery energy monitoring, it tells users when to push hard and when to rest by using a combination of stress, heart rate variability, sleep and activity data to arrive at the decision. The only downside to this is probably only its small screen. However, for its price, it is indeed one of the cheapest smart watches around with a full plethora of Garmin’s health and fitness tracking features.
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is available for on Amazon for $192.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Mobile giants Samsung have also been making breakthroughs with their watches, with the Samsung Galaxy Watch being its latest product. The inbuilt GPS and heart rate sensors allow for day to day monitoring whilst you engage in various activities, from walking, swimming, climbing, working out to monitoring your sleep quality.
Used together with the much-improved Samsung health app, it even enables users to track their caffeine intake throughout the day. There is really no better smart watch for the Samsung user than this slick Samsung Galaxy Watch, which even adds some class with its rotating bezel.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is available on Amazon for $397.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro
Moving away from the more established brand names, Chinese company Mobvoi has been quietly making waves with its smart watches. Combining style with functionality, the TicWatch Pro offers a full wellness and fitness tracking capability while possessing a cool hybrid display. On standby, its LCD display shows the time in a classic digital style, together with the date, step count and battery life. Tapping the screen to unlock its other function then leads the user to the OLED display underneath.
Operating on Google’s Wear OS system, it helps you keep track of your fitness and wellness goals by being deeply integrated with apps such as Google Fit. Lastly, the inbuilt GPS also means that you can leave your phone behind during your runs!
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro is available on Amazon for $343.
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