Having seen a few on display, in shop windows, are you considering buying a smartwatch but still don't know if it's really worth it or not? Would you like more information about the functionality of these devices and the "tips" at best smart watch buy in the different market segments? Well, just ask. I am here to help you and provide you with the information you need.

Below is a list of high-tech watches that can meet all your needs and all budgets. However, before you read it, let me give you a few 'tips' on the features to consider in order to find the smartwatch that best suits your needs.

The characteristics that you should consider are not only the type of hardware (size and shape of the dial, straps, battery, etc.) but also the type of software. You must be well informed about the operating system with which smart watches are equipped, their degree of compatibility with the various models of mobile phones on the market, etc. You also need to know how to distinguish smart watches from smart bands, another type of wearable device that is very popular today. Bottom line: get informed and then buy your new "smart" watch - you'll find all the information you need below.

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How to choose the best smart watch

In addition to technical considerations, you should still consider that a smart watch is a fashion item that should be paired with your clothes at all times. the best smart watch It may be anonymous in appearance and may not be suitable for Saturday night outings or ceremonies, as with a traditional watch. There are several types of smart watches: super cheap models, those that are intended for fitness lovers and those who want to keep fit, models intended for athletes, and then there are also designer smart watches. The last two categories, namely sports watches and design models, are usually the most expensive. Below, I provide you with the necessary information to understand what to base the purchase of one model or another.

Shape, screen and straps

Smart watches can have different sizes and formats. The ones that have circular sphere They are very similar to traditional watches, they are very elegant but offer less screen space than those equipped with a square screen. Smart watches with square screen They're a little less cute to watch, but offer more comfort and a little more screen space.

Screens can be based on various technologies: there are screens OLED / AMOLED They are the masters of high-end smart watches and offer an excellent contrast ratio, they also guarantee very deep blacks. the LCD Display They work slightly better in direct sunlight but have shallower blacks. Finally there are the screens Electronic paper that exploit a technology similar to that of e-book readers, ensure 100% visibility in direct sunlight and guarantee a much greater autonomy than smart watches with LCD and OLED / AMOLED screens. Unfortunately, with the 'death' of the Pebbles, which after the acquisition by Fitbit will no longer be produced or supported after 2017, there are very few ePaper smartwatches on the market.

Some smart watches have the function always on allowing you to keep the smart watch screen always on in low power mode (to always show the time without draining the battery). Others, on the other hand, have a screen that only comes on when you put your arm towards your face or touch the dial.

Even me flip flops They play a very important role. If you want a smart watch suitable for all occasions, make sure that it has interchangeable straps and that the range of straps on the market is quite wide and varied.

Features and sensors.

To choose the smart watch that best suits your needs, you need to carefully analyze the features and sensors that the device is equipped with. For example, if you are a sports guy, you can find a smart watch without a useless one. pedometer, barometer o heart rate sensor.

If you are a person who works outdoors, you may find a useless smart watch that is not enough rain or dust resistant (Smart watches, as well as mobile phones, have a certification indicating their resistance to water and dust), etc. Also, note the presence of brightness sensor allowing smart watches to automatically adjust the brightness level of the display according to the degree of brightness of the surrounding environment.

As for the functions, almost all smart watches connect to the mobile phone via Bluetooth and allow you to see notifications, but not all are equipped with microphone and speaker for calls. Some models even have one SIM slot which allows you to make calls and messages even if the watch is not paired with a phone. L ' battery duration It is almost always 1 or 2 days. Only smart watches with an electronic paper display (similar to e-book readers) can guarantee more.

Don't forget to consider components like processor and RAM : The more powerful the processor, the greater the amount of RAM installed in the clock and the faster the applications will run. the internal memory Instead, it can be useful for storing music and using the smartwatch as a portable player that leaves the mobile phone at home.

Operating systems and compatibility

Smart watches are not "universal." They are equipped with different OS And each operating system supports different types of mobile phones.

  • Wear OS - is the home operating system of Google and it is compatible with all mobile phones Android equipped and, in many cases, also with iOS, therefore with iPhone, but in such circumstances its functions are more limited than those offered Apple Watch. Android Wear watches are produced by various companies, such as Huawei, Motorola or LG. The first versions of this operating system were called Android Wear.
  • watchos - is the operating system Apple Watch and it is only compatible with iPhone 5 and later versions. It almost goes without saying that this is the best option for anyone with an Apple-branded mobile phone.
  • Tizen OS and other operating systems - Companies like Samsung have made smartwatches with proprietary operating systems. These operating systems offer various levels of compatibility. Samsung's Tizen operating system, for example, is compatible with Android 4.4 or higher (with some functions, such as email synchronization, accessible only on the terminals of the Korean giant) and with iOS (only for some smartwatch models) . Then there are the proprietary operating systems of some cheap smartwatches that are somewhat compatible with all mobile phones, including iPhones, but offer a rather limited set of features compared to Android Wear or WatchOS.

Smartwatch vs. Smartband

Smart watches are not the only portable devices available on the market. There are also the SmartBand"smart" wristbands that focus on monitoring sports activities and in some cases offer the same functions as at a lower average price: they show the time, allow you to view notifications from your mobile phone and more.

You can take smart bands seriously if you need a device that primarily monitors your sports activities (or more simply the steps you take during the day). In the post I will report more than one.

What smart watch to buy

At this point, you should have pretty clear ideas about what watch smart buySo let's ban chatting and look at some of the devices that currently offer the best value for money.

The best cheap smart watch (less than € 50)

Smartwatch dz09

Let's start with a model that costs very little, it is Smartwatch dz09. I recommend it only if you want to spend the bare minimum to test a device in this category, but don't expect much from this watch. This is the draft of the first Samsung Galaxy Gear, and on the feature level we find an integrated camera, a microSD slot, and it can also accommodate a SIM to operate independently of the mobile phone. Via Bluetooth 3.0 you can get notifications from a paired device and it also has some fitness features (not very reliable though).

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 (smart band)

By spending a little more you can buy the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which is not a smartwatch, but one of the best smart bands in terms of value for money. The 0.5 ″ screen uses OLED technology to consume very little. This model can show time, can count steps or calculate the calories burned and measure the distances traveled and heart rate. The main feature of the Mi Band 2 is its autonomy, equal to approximately 20 days if it is used in a normal way. It can be synced with an Android or iPhone mobile phone, and the data can be saved in a very well-made application. It can also be used in the shower, there is sleep monitoring and the weight is only 7 grams.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 (smart band)

la Xiaomi Mi Band 3 It is the successor to the second generation model, and also consists of a plastic sleeve that can be embedded in the strap. It costs only a little more than its predecessor, but it offers several more features, such as a larger OLED panel that can reproduce much more information, all with similar autonomy. It is waterproof to a maximum of 50 meters, can receive notifications in real time and is compatible with Bluetooth 4.2 BLE to pair with the mobile phone without consuming too much. It syncs with an iOS and Android compatible app, supports all Mi Band 2 sports activities, and you can also view weather data on the screen.

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LaTEC Fitness Tracker Waterproof (smart band)

LaTEC Fitness Tracker Waterproof is the name of one of the cheapest smart bands among those that implement a color screen. Its dimensions are 0.96 ″, and the maximum brightness is much higher than, for example, the two Xiaomi that I recommended a bit above. You can monitor up to a maximum of 14 different types of sports, such as walk, running, cycling, walking, playing soccer or others, measuring heart rate both during activity and during the rest of the day. There is no lack of support for notifications from a paired mobile phone, but the autonomy is not on par with Xiaomi devices. In fact, with this model, we stop at 5-10 days on a single charge, even if the charging times are reduced to about 1 or 2 hours, depending on the charger used.

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Voluntary smart watch

At a decidedly affordable price, the smart watch deliberate It offers good value for money, interesting features and materials that are certainly not among the most sought after. The screen is a 1.54 ″ IPS, for a model that can work independently via Micro-SIM and combined with a mobile phone via Bluetooth. In addition to the microphone, it also has a speaker for calls, and the storage can be expanded via microSD up to a maximum of 32 GB. Along the case there is also a camera (not too defined in terms of resolution) and it works with a battery that guarantees up to 2 days of autonomy.

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Huawei Band 2 Pro (smart band)

la Huawei Band 2 Pro It is one of the cheapest smart bands to implement a GPS module, not too precise, but it helps enormously to carry out sports sessions without the need to carry the mobile phone with you. However, the integrated GPS is not very accurate and the battery life is not the best: according to the manufacturer, it can reach 21 days of autonomy, but in practical use it can be done at most a week without using the GPS. It is compatible with iPhone and Android, has an optical heart rate monitor and the screen is a 0.91 ″ PMLED with monochrome portrait orientation, which supports not only the display of collected data and time, but also the playback of notifications.

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Honor Band 4 (smart band)

A very interesting low-end product is the Honor Band 4 that, despite the very low price, implements a color screen with clock functions and physical activity tracker. It does not integrate a GPS module and the collected data can be managed internally, with the integrated screen and with synchronization through the application to an iOS or Android device. In addition to the heart rate monitor, we find alarm clocks, notifications, calorie counting, sleep monitoring, pedometer and much more. The screen is a 0.95 ″ AMOLED with rounded corners, while according to the data declared by the manufacturer, we reach a range of 14 days maximum on a single charge.

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The best mid-range smart watch (€ 50-200)

Diggro DI03

la Diggro DI03 It is a fairly refined device from an aesthetic point of view, but it has a fairly low list price. It is 1,15 cm thick, is sold with leather or steel straps, and has a customizable dial with schedules that can be downloaded online. This watch can be paired with iPhone and Android devices, supports third-party notifications, and when it comes to fitness, it can help with pedometer, sleep monitoring, and IP-67 certification for resistance to liquids and dust.

Huawei Band 3 Pro (smart band)

la Huawei Band 3 Pro It is characterized by an excellent quality AMOLED color screen combined with a very small form factor and a GPS module. The diagonal is 0.95 ″ at a resolution of 120 x 240 pixels, for a product designed for users who are passionate about sports, but not in a competitive sense. It has several technologies to improve the reliability of the sensors and the data collected, such as Huawei TruSeen 3.0, which is used to monitor the heart rate throughout the day. Among the functions most related to the sport we found the evaluation of VO2 max and recovery times. It is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters and can be connected to an external mobile phone via Bluetooth 4.2. The autonomy is approximately 20 continuous days with moderate use.

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Xiaomi Amazfit Bip

If you love sports and need a watch dedicated to your activities, or in general to monitor fitness-related data, you may want to consider Xiaomi Amazfit BeepEspecially if you don't want to spend a lot. Really developed by Huami subsidiary, this smart watch supports functions like step monitoring, heart rate, daily activities, distance counting, speed, stride frequency, all seasoned with a reliable enough GPS module. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear, even all day, and is not without IP-68 certification. With active GPS it has an autonomy of 22 hours, while if you use it in a moderate way it supports up to 45 days. At this price, apart from aesthetics, you can not wish for something better.

Xiaomi Amazfit

Another excellent smart watch from the Chinese company Xiaomi is the Xiaomi Amazfit, with a 1.34 ″ circular screen, ceramic case and rubber strap. This is also a model designed for sports, equipped with IP-67 certification, 10-day battery and various built-in sensors like gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, optical heart rate monitor, brightness sensor and GPS module. This model can connect to Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth peripherals, it has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 4 GB of non-expandable internal memory and 512 MB of RAM.

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KW88

I suggest another Chinese smart watch here, the KW88, which uses a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED screen with a resolution of 400 × 400 pixels. It adopts a SIM slot and is therefore independent from the mobile phone, but it can be paired via Bluetooth and synchronized notifications and collected data. Use the Android OS 5.1 with a custom interface, but can also be used with the iPhone. Among the functions present we have notifications, messages, calls, pedometers, heart rate monitor and there is also the GPS module. In this case, we have a quad-core MediaTek processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage that cannot be expanded. There is also a 2 MP camera.

Withings Activité Pop

la Withings Activité Pop It is a very special smartwatch. It is a classic watch that allows you to control your steps, running, sleeping, consuming calories and swimming (it is water resistant to a depth of 50 meters) by synchronizing all the data with your mobile phone via Bluetooth. It is compatible with Android, iPhone and also includes a vibration system that you can use for the alarm clock. Its battery has an autonomy of 8 months. It's available in various colors.

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Ticwatch E2

If you are looking for a product with excellent value for money and good user experience, I suggest you take a look at the Ticwatches, produced by the Chinese Mobvoi specialized in Artificial Intelligence. Ticwatch E2 It is a new model with Wear OS, therefore with great compatibility with third-party applications and customizations. This model uses a 1.39 ″ OLED screen and is compatible with Android mobile phones and iPhones. In combination with an external device, you can receive all your notifications, and there is no shortage of fitness related functions in combination with the most popular applications in the sector, such as Google Fit, Strava, Runkeeper, Sleep for Android. Like any Wear OS mobile phone, you can use the Google Assistant, and there is a built-in media player for listening to music (without pairing an external mobile phone) with a Bluetooth headset. Ticwatch E2 can also be used underwater at depths of up to 50 meters and has profiles for different sports activities, with a battery life of about 2 days with moderate use.

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Fitbit versa

Fitbit versa It is one of the cheapest smartwatches of the American manufacturer, one of the best known in this sector. The built-in battery allows you to reach up to a maximum of 4 days of autonomy, while from the first moment you can listen to music through a pre-installed media player without pairing a mobile phone (but only the headphones). It is a model designed for sports and aimed at users who are halfway between competitive sports and amateurs. There is the ability to analyze your heart rate throughout the day, and the dials are fully customizable. The screen is 1.34 ", while the operating system is proprietary.

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Ticwatch S2

Ticwatch S2 instead, it is the sports variant of the E2 model that I mentioned earlier. It is practically identical in all aspects, with the only difference in aesthetics and the strap with which it is sold.

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Misfit steam

Misfit steam It is another mobile phone that is compatible with iPhone and Android mobile phones and uses the Android Wear platform from the first start. The case is resistant to liquids up to a maximum depth of 50 meters and in the back it hides a sensor to detect the heartbeat. With this model, it is possible to listen to music also independently, through external wireless headphones, while the integrated GPS allows you to analyze the route taken during sports activities. There is no lack of support for notifications, even from third-party apps.

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Samsung Gear S3

la Samsung Gear S3 It is the current high-end Samsung watch. It is available in two versions: a call border with silicone strap and stainless steel case and a named classic with leather strap and brushed steel case. It is equipped with a 1.3 ″ circular AMOLED screen with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and support for always-on mode, an Exynos 7270 Dual-core 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. It is water and dust resistant (IP68 certified), lets you make calls (includes speaker and microphone), and can be equipped with a wide range of sensors including accelerometer, light sensor, gyroscope, barometer, and heart rate monitor. The measurements are 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm for 62 g of weight for the Frontier model and 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm for 57 g of weight for the Classic model. The battery has a maximum autonomy of 4 days. The operating system that drives it is Tizen OS, which is compatible with all versions of Android starting from 4.4 and with iOS (after installing a special application on the phone and with some limitations, for example, the inability to respond to the notifications). In short: a high-end product that leaves nothing to chance.

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The best high-end smartwatch (over € 200)

Huawei Watch 2

Huawei Watch 2 uses a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen with a 390 x 390 pixel resolution and implements all the typical characteristics of the product category: it monitors activities carried out during the day, counts steps and distance traveled, and is resistant to intrusion from liquids and powders with IP-58 certification. There are many sensors built into Huawei's latest smartwatch, including accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, barometer, to detect ambient light, infrared, heart rate monitor, and GPS sensor. The Huawei smartwatch can also connect to 4G networks and is compatible with the standard NFC. The strap on offer is for wrists with a circumference ranging from 140 to 210 centimeters, with the watch being able to connect to other devices and peripherals via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth networks.

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Ticwatch Pro

Ticwatch E2 and S2 are not exactly aesthetically beautiful, but Mobvoi also offers a superior model in the range designed more for daily use and in the most diverse circumstances. Ticwatch Pro It uses a two-layer design for the screen (LCD and OLED) that allows to significantly increase the operating autonomy up to a maximum of 20 days with moderate use, while with normal use it is possible to reach up to 5 days. The GPS module is integrated and can be used continuously for up to 5 hours, while as an operating system we find Android Wear with all its versatility. Features include heart rate monitor, pedometer, calories burned counter, speedometer, step rate, and Google Assistant is built in from the first start.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch

Among the most famous models in this category, the Samsung Galaxy Watch, similar to the Gear S3 in the Frontier version, but with several new features. The processor is a 1,15 GHz dual-core processor and is compatible with 768 MB of RAM for the Bluetooth version, and double (1,5 GB of RAM) compared to the version with support for 4G LTE network connections. This model is sold with 4 GB of non-expandable storage and in two cut sizes, 42 and 46 mm. As for sports activities, 39 are compatible, for a model that can be used in the shower thanks to the IP-68 certification: the autonomy is 5 to 7 days, depending on the model, while the screens are 1, 2 and 1.3 ″, in both cases AMOLED. The operating system is, as is traditional for Samsung, Tizen.

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Fitbit Ionic

In this price range, I suggest another model from Fitbit that, as I already told you, is one of the most famous manufacturers regarding wearables designed for fitness. Fitbit Ionic It is perfect if you often play sports, but not competitively, and offers different types of training with step-by-step advice directly on the wrist. It guarantees an autonomy of 4-5 days, has a GPS module and offers, thanks to the monitor Heart rate monitor installed, the ability to track your heart rate throughout the day. Built into the proprietary operating system, there is a media player that can accommodate up to a maximum of 300 Songs (without pairing with the mobile phone), while on sale you can find different editions with more or less bright colors.

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Garmin Fenix ​​3 HR

If you want to invest a little more for your new smart watch and are a sports lover, there is the Garmin Fenix ​​3 HR. Actually calling it a smartwatch is an understatement, given that we are dealing with an extremely reliable sports watch with integrated heart rate monitor, 1.2 ″ circular LCD screen also visible in the sun, metal case, sapphire dial and silicone strap. comfortable. It is not a very modern model, but it still holds up very well at its price. It includes: GPS, altimeter, barometer, 3-axis compass, and then there are custom profiles for specific sports and an EXO antenna to receive the GPS signal quickly and reliably. Among the functions we also have pedometer, distance calculation, calories burned and heart rate analysis throughout the day. You can receive notifications from the paired mobile phone, both iOS and Android.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch It is the smart watch manufactured by the Cupertino company. As is easily understood, it is compatible only with iPhone and is available in three versions: the third generation, called Apple Watch Series 3, The fourth generation, called Apple Watch Series 4 and the fifth generation, called Apple Watch Series 5 ; to these are added the models Apple Watch Hermès y Apple Watch Nike +, respectively designed for fashion and sports lovers with exclusive straps and dials. Apple Watch Series 3 It has a built-in GPS module, can dive up to 50 meters of water, includes a barometric altimeter to track outdoor activities, supports Siri's voice response, and mounts a high-efficiency Wi-Fi chip. An LTE version is also available with support for UMTS and LTE networks that can work independently, but in Italy it can only be used with Vodafone. This smart watch is also being sold at this time, officially, only with anodized aluminum case, Ion-X glass and silicone or nylon braided strap. For some models, the case can be 42 mm or 38 mm, while the interchangeable straps can be made of the most varied materials: polycarbonate, leather or steel.

Very rich, then, the equipment of sensors present: accelerometer, gyroscope and sensor for heart rate detection. The Apple Watch also allows you to make / receive calls using your mobile phone as a 'bridge', to view full notifications, to reply to messages vocally or with preset text replies, and to control over time. remotely the "melafonino" camera. Its screen, a 1.5 "square OLED, also recognizes the level of pressure exerted by the user (force touch). Operating system: WatchOS. The autonomy is 1 day, maximum 1 day and a half.

Apple Watch Series 4 It evolves in all respects to its predecessor and implements the biggest design evolutions compared to the Cupertino watch. The display now takes up a larger area of ​​the dial, and the watch is proposed with either a 40mm or 44mm case. The power of the integrated hardware is also increased thanks to the new dual-core S4 processor, the heart rate monitor becomes more reliable thanks to the second-generation electrical and optical optical sensors, and we also found a way for the detection of falls. Digital Crown now offers haptic-type feedback when used, and last but not least, there's also an EKG sensor (which doesn't work in Italy). All special editions of Apple Watch sold by Apple today are based on Series 4. Apple Watch Series 5 Added to the series 4 features of the always-on display and compass.

Around it you can also find old models, such as Apple Watch Series 0 (now obsolete) and Apple Watch Series 2 (without altimeter, Siri voice response, and slower processor). Find all the information about the Apple smartwatch on the official website of the company.

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Garmin Fenix ​​5X

This is one of the best sports watches on the market, characterized by a steel case and the presence of many pre-configured profiles ready to use with different types of sports. the Garmin Fenix ​​5X It accurately detects 24-hour heart rate, without the need to use a dedicated heart rate monitor during activities, and has an EXO antenna for quick connection of GPS satellites. This sports watch can help an athlete in different specialties such as running, cycling, the new and also rowing or indoor training. It comes venduto with cartography TopoActive Europe and CycleMap Europe già preinstallata, and has a pannello da 1,2 ″ a risoluzione 240 × 240 pixel. The operating system is owned by the people who have notified you of the Android and iPhone device.

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