Choosing A Smartwatch For All Budgets

Posted: Oct 15 2018, 5:31am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
Choosing a Smartwatch for All Budgets

It isn’t easy when there are so many options out there to pick from.

Think it’s hard to choose the right smartphone or laptop nowadays? Smartwatches are entering the same phase. What started with the potential to be nothing more than a tech fad has become a product that consumers have genuine interest in. Cynics might ask: “can’t I just see the time on my phone?” Well, yes, but smartwatches have carved a place for themselves in the tech world on account of their cutting-edge designs, abundant and useful features, and models with prices to match any budget. So the real question might be; what are you looking for?

Low budget – Amazfit Bip

While the name might suggest that this watch is somehow affiliated with Amazon, it’s actually manufactured by Huami. Easily beating other cheaper smartwatches like the LG Watch Style and Pebble, the Amazfit Bip artfully balances being affordable yet not a complete disaster.

The screen is big enough and legible even in bright sunlight, plus the battery life is solid and can last around three weeks without a charge when used moderately. You’ll get the smartwatch staples like a heart rate sensor, sleep tracking, GPS, phone notifications and water resistance, but the great thing is that the Amazfit Bip works on both Android and iOS.

The design is nice enough and the strap is comfortable but the watch face is just a tad plasticky and flimsy looking. It sadly lacks music storage and it’s not possible to respond to notifications directly from the watch. Also, the health tracking isn’t as in-depth as say, the Apple Watch, but for anyone in the market for cheap and cheerful, you can’t go wrong with the Amazfit Bip at around $80.

Medium budget – Apple Watch

There’s no way we could discuss smartwatches and not include the Apple Watch in here. Apple Watch faces little to no competition at this price range, as you can pick up a Series 4 model for as low as $400, and as high as $800 if you feel like you want premium materials. It’s understandable that many tech consumers out there are against Apple, but while the Samsung Gear and Huawei Watch are similar to Apple’s product in terms of price, they don’t come close to competing with its design or functionality.

With the latest series of Apple Watch there have been a few tweaks made to improve its performance and look: the processors are faster, the display is bigger (a 40mm screen is the standard but there’s also a 44mm model), and the sensors are a lot sharper. With the appearance, you’re still getting one of the most gorgeously designed watches ever made, but Apple haven’t strayed far from previous models beyond making the Series 4 a bit thinner.

For day-to-day use, you can store and listen to music, respond to notifications, make and receive calls, use Bluetooth, as well as make use of a whole host of third-party apps for fitness, meditation, or even games just for fun. There’s water resistance up to 50m and the health tracking and GPS is more accurate than ever. However, the battery life will almost certainly drain after 18 hours if you’re using it a lot throughout the day – daily charging is inevitable with the Apple Watch, which might annoy some.

Tapping through the features and using the Digital Crown is intuitive and speedy, and there’s little to no lag on any application you might be using. Overall, the Apple Watch is still the king of smartwatches and it might be a long time before anything else can take its throne.

High budget– Breitling Exospace B55

Breitling, like many other Swiss luxury watchmakers, have been in the game a long time (since 1884) and have seen it all by now. However, that doesn’t mean the company isn’t afraid to stay up-to-date on modern trends and try out a smartwatch of its own. In a similar way to what TAG Heuer did with its Connected 45, Breitling has produced a handsome looking electronic timepiece with a mechanical feel to its design. Whereas the Apple Watch and Amazfit look like smartwatches, the Breitling Exospace B55 could just be any mechanical watch in the range at first glance, but the giveaway is the digital windows displaying the date and other features.

This watch is firmly meant to be partnered with your smartphone, as despite the fact that you won’t be able to respond to calls or texts via the watch itself, you can switch on the ‘vibrate’ feature to be alerted whenever a call or notification is incoming, which may or may not be annoying depending on how many messages you get during a day. The watch, in general, is meant for pilots and those who require precise timing, as the smartphone acts as a data log for entries when partnered with the watch.

The battery life is reportedly great, lasting around 15 days without a charge if you don’t go crazy with the features and simply use it as a watch. Although there are no fitness tracking possibilities like other digital watches, it does come with seven alarms and a nice backlighting system for seeing the time in the dark. There are several models available, but if you’re not too fussed on the materials you’d like, then you’re looking to pay $7,170. Admittedly, this is expensive, considering that the TAG Heuer Connected is roughly $1,500, but we’ve spotted cheaper models on Chrono24 for the Exospace B55 at around $5,800. Maybe a watch more for the pilots or really dedicated Breitling fans out there, but certainly one of the most exclusive and luxurious digital watches ever created.

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