2021 beckons new beginnings, especially if you have carved new health and fitness goals for the year. And, if you can buy a smart watch or a multisport watch, all the better. Given all the options of smart watches, which one would be the most suitable for you? There is not an easy answer for this question. It all boils down to the exact goals or expectations you have of your smart watch. Let us help you in figuring out which smart watch is the best in terms of specific or key goals that you may have at this point of time. We believe each user is different. Some may want a watch that is accurate in its GPS tracking and others may want a watch that has a very sound fall detection feature. It all boils down to individual needs and goals. A smart watch that is good for you, may not be suitable for me. So, let us review the main features that may help you in finding the best smart watch for you.
If you want to make use of fall detection feature, then your options are limited to:
a) Apple watch 6 – it has a robust fall detection feature.
b) Garmin Fenix 6 Pro – the pro series is suitable, if you want a fall detection emergency response system.
Accurate GPS Data
If my main goal is to get accurate GPS data of my fitness activity, then I will not look for anything aside from the Fenix 6 Pro or Solar. Fenix beats other competing watches. There can be no two ways on the availability of accurate GPS data on a Fenix sport watch.
If you wish to use your smart watch to take an ECG, go for Apple Watch 6. Apple watch’s 6 ECG app is approved by the FDA. Samsung watch 3 got approval for its ECG app from the FDA in September 2020. However, as of now, the Samsung ECG app is working in South Korea. It is expected to roll out to Samsung phones in the United States sooner than expected.
SpO2 monitoring or tracking of oxygen saturation is a feature that ought to be taken with a grin. Apple’s SpO2 monitoring is for wellness purpose, while Fitbit Versa 3 leaves a lot of ambiguity. Samsung Watch 3 comes out as a winner if you were to choose a watch for its SpO2 monitoring alone. It will make an on-demand oxygen saturation check and track it, report it for you.
Making calls from the watch
There are people who wish to make calls directly from the smart watch. For folks who want to directly call through the watch, rather than a paired mobile phone, the options are Samsung Watch 3 and the Apple Watch 6 GPS + Cellular model that comes with an in-built eSIM.
If cost is the primary factor for making a smart watch purchase, and you can look into making adjustments with the available feature set, your best bet is Fitbit Versa 3. But, in our opinion, Samsung watch 3 fits the bill of an easy, capable and mobile operating system independent smart watch. You can pair a Samsung watch 3 with an Android phone or an Apple device. And, you get better feature set over a Fitbit Versa 3 by spending additional hundred bucks.
Helen is a geeky nerd who seeks to find and fix tech gaps in the latest gadgets. She is always on the lookout for resolving technical queries of users, and is an avid writer on technical subjects.