Three Features You Need in Your Next Smartwatch

Smartwatch features are as variable as their styles, but it’s easy to find one that’s right for you if you know what you’re looking for.

Person wearing a smartwatch
Smartwatches have the ability to function in place of your smartphone when you’re on the go.Unsplash/Artur Luczka

For most of the time they’ve existed, a watch just had to tell time. When seemingly every facet of everyday life went digital, we saw watches with features like alarms and stopwatches, and even calculators, but it wasn’t until the last few years that watches really got some brains added. Now they’re digital assistants, sport coaches, DJs, wallets, and secondary screens for your phone. The sheer variety of smartwatches out there is overwhelming. But start with these three things and you should be able to narrow down your choices.

Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music

Style, Comfort, and Durability

Sleek, minimal, and attractive, this watch offers 24/7 health monitoring, it’s swim-proof, and it can even store music.Fitbit

A smartwatch doesn’t do you any good if you don’t wear it, which means you should be looking for a watch that you actively want to wear. Look for a watch that won’t catch on your clothes or clash with your style. You want it to be able to stand up to the rigors of your life. If you’re a big swimmer, make sure it’s waterproof. You get the picture.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 W/ Enhanced Sleep Tracking Analysis

Health Tracker

This stunning watch features a string of apps that can record anything from your heart rate to how much sleep you got the night before.Samsung

One of the best things a smartwatch can do is give you insight into your health. This includes step-counting, but it certainly doesn’t stop there. Modern smartwatches can gauge your sleep quality, the amount of time you spend active, how many floors you climb, and even how your heart is doing over the course of a day.

Fitbit Ionic Watch

Smart Features

This powerhouse of a watch gives you access to hundreds of apps on your wrist, everything from mobile payments, to music, and messaging.Fitbit

Let’s talk smarts. These watches may act as a second display for your phone, saving you from reaching into your pocket every time your phone buzzes. Some even allow you to reply to messages right from your wrist. App ecosystems are large and varied, allowing you to download programs for music, mobile payments and more.