Smartwatches and fitness bracelets fall into the category of so-called wearable devices. It means you carry them on your wrist, and they do their job.
Smartwatches have been presented in the past as a distant hand of your smartphone, but recently it has been shown that these devices are also attractive to users, especially in terms of fitness functions. Choosing wearable devices can be a challenge. There are several brands and types of devices on the market, and they differ in their purpose, price, and functionality.
How will they help you?
For many people, a fitness bracelet is just a simple step counter. They wear a bracelet on their wrists to see how many steps they have taken during the whole day. They also have it to check the time on the display, so the bracelet replaces the watch in this case. Therefore, it is a more compact solution. The bracelet also alerts them with notifications from the phone or an incoming call – it also brings a particular added value.
Choosing the right wearable device, therefore, begins by defining your expectations.
Each of the mentioned functions or their combination can be an excellent reason to buy a fitness bracelet or a smartwatch. The fact is that the first fitness bracelets were exquisite, just like a step counter, and that’s why many people think that their use begins and ends there. However, this is not true in 2020. In terms of exercise and fitness functions, their potential is much greater.
The charm of fitness bracelets and smartwatches lies in the fact that they are equipped with several sensors, the quality of which improves from year to year and can thus provide adequate data to help you exercise and improve your performance.
However, the question remains whether you will use these functions. Some users want nothing more but a step counter. Other users know how heart rate works and use a fitness bracelet or smartwatch as a tool to give them this real-time workout.
Choosing the right wearable device, therefore, begins by defining your expectations. Complete beginners are likely to reach for the most affordable solution – if they do not plan to do active sports, that should be enough. However, if you are a beginner and want to start running to lose weight, then more advanced fitness watches may be more suitable for you.
Which one to choose?
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
The latest version of the fitness bracelet from Xiaomi traditionally brings an attractive equipment/price ratio. You will enjoy a 1.2-inch color display, especially the support for NFC payments, which should also be available in the global version of the bracelet according to the available information. The bracelet also offers improved health monitoring, activity, and exercise.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4
If you don’t mind the latest generation of products, the Mi Band 4 is still an excellent fitness bracelet, which is now even more affordable. For less than 30 euros, you get a device that offers you an overview of your heart rate and activity during the day and assesses your sleep too. The added value is that it notifies you about the activity on your smartphone.
Huawei Band 4
Huawei Band 4 is an ideal addition to Huawei and Honor smartphones. Of course, it also understands with other brands, but in the case of the mentioned ones, it is number 1 if you are looking for a fitness bracelet. It offers traditional functionality such as monitoring daily activity, health, and sleep quality.
Huawei Watch GT 2e
The latest smartwatches from Huawei are aimed directly at athletes. They have a design that can handle any sport and monitor up to 85 of their own 15 professional sports. We also started running with the Huawei Watch GT, and we recommend their function of a running trainer if you want to lose weight or improve your running performance. You will also appreciate its long endurance, with only a single charge reaching up to 2 weeks of full use. The watch also includes GPS, and you can swim with it.
Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos 3
The Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos 3 watch will impress you with its excellent equipment/price ratio and please its nice design, which reminds of a traditional watch. They last up to 2 weeks on a single charge, have 19 sport modes, and a 1.34-inch display. The watch also includes GPS and is waterproof.
This fitness watch differs from the competition mainly by its construction, which also meets military standards. This means that they should survive even in the most demanding conditions. You can go running, hiking, swimming, and they will also survive in temperatures from -40 to + 70 °C, as well as all kinds of shocks. They offer up to 20 days of battery endurance and 14 sports modes.
Samsung Galaxy Watch3
The Watch3 comes with 41 and 45 mm diameters, and the design resembles a classic watch. They are made of stainless steel and will also be made of titanium. The battery capacity is 310 mAh; the watch comes with a premium leather strap. The package includes a wireless charger. The dials can be customized, and there are more than 80,000 styles to choose from. There is pulse measurement or fall detection, an ECG, and a blood oxygen level sensor for built-in functions. The entire application equipment is focused on maintaining physical well-being while analyzing the lifestyle. There is also an advanced sleep analysis.
Apple Watch Series 6
They offer the same design/display as the 5th generation. Of course, the new 6th generation processor makes the new smartwatch faster and ready for new/advanced software functions in the future. The most significant innovation, which was a bit expected, is the Blood Oxygen function. Like the ECG, this feature will have its application. All acquired data will be recorded in the Health application at the same time and combined with your performance and sleep data.
Apple Watch SE
The model is designed for less demanding users and children. Apple Watch will offer a sufficiently powerful S5 processor, accelerometer, gyroscope, motion sensor, water-resistance, etc. However, the ECG, as well as blood oxygen level measurements, will be missing. A new feature will be added to the software for parents and children who use Apple Watch. Within the family account, you will be able to monitor the child’s location and find out what activity they are currently performing. This can be detected manually, or you will receive automatic notifications – change of location, the start of the training, etc. The great thing is that it will be possible to manage several Apple Watches from one iPhone.
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