Best smartwatches and best fitness trackers of 2020
2020 has been a big year for smartwatches and fitness trackers, among other things, with people looking to take a closer look at their health and needing a little bit of extra help in the fitness department.
I mean, Hey, I'll be the first one to admit it.
The good news is now we have more options than ever before.
So I've come up with my list of favorites to help you decide which one is right for you based on form, function, and most of all price.
For a start the Fitbit versa three.
It may not be the smartest or the cheapest one on our list.
But it's on this list for exactly that.
It is a great middle of the road option that's compatible with both Android and iOS devices unlike the Apple Watch.
It now has built in GPS which means you can leave your phone behind when you're going for an outdoor run or any outdoor activity that requires distance tracking.
And it also has Heartbreak zone notifications which essentially tell you how hard you're pushing yourself during a workout.
It's also one of the best smart watches for sleep tracking that at least I've ever tested.
And it obviously tells you the basics like sleep duration and the different stages of sleep.
But in addition to that, it breaks out other health metrics like your SPO 2 or blood oxygen levels throughout the night.
And skin temperature variations, and if you are looking to keep close tabs on all aspects of your help, this one is a good option.
The downside is it's not quite as seamless as other smart watches like say the Apple watch or Galaxy watch which is essentially been tailor-made for their respective devices.
The iPhone or the Galaxy phone.
And so it's just a little bit slower it's slower to sync with the mobile app and it has fewer third party apps to choose from.
However the battery will leave both of those in the dust with up to six days or If like me like to have the always on display and go for a couple of GPS workouts then we're looking at Three days roughly, which is still better than the other two.
But if you have an iPhone, you really can't go wrong with an Apple Watch really any Apple Watch.
But my pick for this year would have to be the Apple watch SE mainly because it's just the best value out there especially for first time buyers, you get pretty much everything we love about the watch including the seamless integration with your phone, fitness tracking, hearing and heart health alerts and fall detection for about $100 less.
Then the series six.
Now the main reason to splurge on the series six would probably be the always on display which I'm not gonna lie is pretty nice but if you've never had one on a watch, you're probably not gonna miss it and it goes through your battery faster.
Now the series six is worth a look if in fact you do you need an electrocardiogram or wanna monitor your blood oxygen levels.
Because the SEC just doesn't offer that or you can go to the other extreme with the Apple Watch Series three which is still on sale and it costs $200.
It has a lot of the same smart and fitness features, but it's still kind of has that older design with the smaller screen.
Now the Android equivalent of the Apple Watch SE would have to be the galaxy watch active 2. Now I know this is a year old watch at this point, but to me it's a better value than the more current galaxy watch 3. And by this point, you're probably already starting to notice a trend with this video.
It's by no means as flashy as the galaxy, watch three with its sweet rotating bezel, but that might not be a bad thing, depending on the look you're going for.
Plus it has almost the same features as its more expensive counterpart, including that ECG App, which arrived earlier this year on both of those devices [SOUND] Has fall detection.
It has a running coach.
It has sleep tracking and a slightly longer battery life which is roughly about two days depending on the size of the model.
Now if you're really looking for value, take a look at the Amazfit Bip S.
This $70 smart watch is compatible with both Android and iOS and checks most of the boxes when it comes to theaters, so it has a heart rate sensor always on display, built in GPS tracking, and The best battery out of all the devices not just smartwatches devices on this list Do you can get up to 40 days on a charge.
But more realistically if you have the always on display at full brightness and our tracking GPS workouts, it's going to look like two weeks.
But that's still really impressive.
Now As to be expected, that price tag does come with some sacrifices, including the design that plastic casing just doesn't look as premium as some of the other options on this list and the screen is not quite as responsive.
Not to mention the app can be a little bit buggy.
Now let's move on to the fitness tracker category with the Fitbit Charge for although I would consider this one more of a crossover, because it still behaves a lot like a smartwatch in some ways.
But without the extra bulk.
So you still have a touchscreen and a couple of apps and can even do quick replies for notifications if you have an Android phone and for fitness tracking, it goes beyond the basics with a built in GPS heart rate.
So notifications, you also have those advanced sleep tracking metrics that I mentioned for the Fitbit versus three.
And you even have mobile payments.
Now you can also just forego all the smart features altogether.
If you don't really need them and take a look at the Fit-bit, inspire two, which still has a lot of those great fitness tracking features and the sleep tracking, but for $99 and in a sleeker package.
Now let's be honest, this one is definitely not a looker but for $14 you might be willing to overlook that.
It has an Emily touchscreen that's easy to see even in direct sunlight 24 seven heart rate tracking, sleep tracking and a two week battery life now You do sacrifice a couple of things in this fitness tracker, you don't get as many workout options to choose from.
So it will only detect things like walking, running, cycling, and swimming.
Well, there you have it.
My list of best smartwatches and fitness trackers of 2020, right in time for those new year's resolutions.
Although if there's anything I've learned this year is that we should probably go into 2021 with low expectations just in case.
So with that said, good riddance 2020 and happy holidays people.
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