Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartwatch

How to siphon through all the models available to find the timepiece that’s right for you.

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Apple isn't the only company that makes smart watches anymore.Photo by Daniel Cañibano on Unsplash

Not long ago, the ability to hold a phone conversation on one’s wristwatch was mere fantasy relegated to spy dramas and science-fiction movies. Today, smartwatches have brought voice calling, global tracking, health monitoring, music libraries, and an array of futuristic features into the real world at an affordable price. The modern smartwatch is a wearable command center from which you can manage communication, navigate anywhere on earth, assess your heart rate, check the weather, and even track sleep patterns. Oh, and it also tells time. Here’s what to look for in a smartwatch to match your tastes and lifestyle.

Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-In, Sleep and Swim Tracking, Bordeaux/Copper Rose, One Size (S and L Bands Included)

Smart Assistant-Enabled

This model can also check the weather.Fitbit

If voice calling is the primary appeal of a smartphone, keep in mind that not all devices are up to the task. Only those with a built-in microphone and speaker can handle voice communications. Many must also be paired with a phone. More sophisticated models use an onboard SIM card to handle calls directly from your watch, as long as you are within range of a cellular or wireless connection.

Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Stainless Steel Touchscreen Smartwatch with Speaker, Heart Rate, GPS, NFC, and Smartphone Notifications

Fast Charging

This option can track your health statistics and works with both Android and iPhones.Samsung

While some smartwatches can function as standalone devices, others rely on a smartphone to work their magic. Platform compatibility is a critical decision. Don’t buy an iOS-dependent watch if you are on an Android phone, and vice versa. Some watches will work on either platform with the installation of a companion app.

Fitbit Versa Lite Edition Smart Watch, One Size (S and L Bands Included)

Long Battery Life

This choice includes 15 different exercise modes.Fitbit

Among the many high-tech traits of a smartwatch, health monitoring and GPS technology are perhaps the most useful, partly because they are related. Smartphones use a technology called photoplethysmography (PPG) to project colored light onto your skin, which the device then reads to calculate heart rate. Combine pulse detection with GPS and you have a wearable fitness center that can record steps taken or miles ran as well as help you set and track cardio goals. If you want to use a smartwatch for swim training, make sure it is fully submersible and not just water-resistant.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm, GPS, Bluetooth) Smart Watch with Advanced Health monitoring, Fitness Tracking , and Long lasting Battery - Mystic Black (US Version)

Use With or Without Phone

This product can go for days before needing recharging.Samsung
Letsfit Smart Watch, Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor, Activity Tracker with 1.3" Touch Screen, IP68 Waterproof Pedometer Smartwatch with Sleep Monitor, Step Counter for Women and Men

Multi-Functional

You can wear this while swimming laps.Letsfit
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