There are plenty of smartwatch options in the market right now and before you invest in one, it is important to ensure that the model and brand you’ve selected is the right fit for you, especially when it comes to the style of the watch. Though most stylish smartwatches have similar basic functions, most do have a feature or two that is exclusive to the brand itself. Unlike previous round-ups, we’ve put together a list of smartwatches that are not only practical but stylish enough for use during and after working hours.
Here’s a closer look at 6 models that you can consider getting.
APPLE WATCH SERIES 5
Apple’s new Apple Watch Series 5 introduces a new case material that is made of titanium, available in two brushed finishes — natural titanium and space black titanium — while previous stainless steel cases in gold, silver and space black remain. Instead of preset cases and band combination, there’s now the Apple Watch Studio so you can personalise the combinations for a style that is uniquely your own.
Featuring an always-on Retina display, the wearable has an innovative new display that helps to ensure that time and important information remains visible at all times. Apart from being optimised for great user experience, the watch is able to preserve battery life with the screen intelligently dimming and brightening based on the hand movements. To make this possible, Apple uses several advanced technologies including the industry’s only low-temperature poly-silicon and oxide display (LTPO), ultra-low power display driver, efficient power management integrated circuit and new ambient light sensor to offer all-day 18-hour battery life.
The smartwatch is also equipped with watchOS 6 which provides additional health and fitness features that include the new Cycle Tracking app — a useful feature for women to log important information related to their menstrual cycles and see predicted timing for their next period and fertile windows. Another app to look out for is the Noise app which helps users to understand the ambient sound levels in environments such as concerts and sporting events that could negatively impact hearing.
The Apple Watch Series 5 retails from $599 in a variety of straps and case designs and is available here from the Apple Store online.
FITBIT VERSA 2
Fitbit’s Versa 2 is the next generation of the best-selling Fitbit Versa with a new precision-crafted swim-proof design that includes innovative sleep features such as Sleep Score and smart wake, alongside more advanced health, fitness and smart features. The anodized aluminium finish of the watch face in a natural colour palette gives the Versa 2 an opportunity to be personalised however you like with a wide variety of silicone bands, sport bands, woven bands, leather bands, and designer-made bands that can be paired to complete the style of your watch.
Powered by a faster processor and an on-device microphone for the brand’s first-ever Amazon Alexa smartwatch experience, the Versa 2 also has a larger AMOLED display which delivers boosted viewability and crisper colour, giving you the option to enable an optional always-on display mode with 2+ days battery life.
The Fitbit Versa 2 retails at $318 and is available here from Courts online.
FOSSIL HYBRID HR SMARTWATCH
Engineered by Fossil’s in-house research and development team, the Fossil Hybrid HR is their most advanced hybrid smartwatch technology that features important information at a glance with two-week battery life. Combining the best of digital and analog smartwatches, the Fossil Hybrid HR is built with an always-on display that combines mechanical hands with a dynamic, full round read-out display to view incoming text messages, caller ID and app alerts.
Though the watch may look just like any regular analog design, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the Hybrid HR actually has digital elements combined into its analog-looking watch face that is fitted with stainless steel, silicone or leather straps which can be swapped out for a variety of coloured straps when you’re looking for a new style.
Powered by the brand’s proprietary OS, Fossil’s wearable also includes in-depth wellness tracking and is able to display wellness stats including heart rate, steps, calories and active minutes, allowing you to log workouts, track sleep and measure your fitness progress over time. Even with all the features activated, the watch is able to last more than two weeks on a single charge!
GARMIN LEGACY SAGA
Fans of Star Wars looking for a smartwatch would be delighted to own the special edition Legacy Saga smartwatch inspired by Darth Vader and Rey. Built with premium materials and themed elements influenced by your favourite villain or rebel, the watch includes a full suite of smart and health features as well as a character-inspired app experience. The Darth Vader design features red and black elements and a slate bezel modelled after the imperial dark lord’s look and signature TIE fighter, while the Rey design features Jedi white elements and a silver bezel modelled after Rey’s look and details from Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber.
Both designs are also packed with the latest Garmin wellness features which include 24/7 Health Monitoring, On-Screen Workouts, Fitness apps, Smart notifications, Exclusive Connect IQ Content for character-themed watch faces, Music, Safety and Tracking, and Garmin Pay.
HUAWEI WATCH GT2
The Huawei Watch GT2 is the Chinese tech giant’s next generation of smartwatch powered by their proprietary Kirin A1 chip that is able to deliver an upgraded user experience and better battery life — thanks to the chip’s ultra-low power consumption capability. This is also the first design for Huawei to feature an all-in-one 3D glass screen for a wider, boundless AMOLED HD precision touch screen display that achieves fuller screen colour and higher contrast. The GT2 comes in four different editions namely the Sport Edition, Classic Edition, Elite Edition, and Elegant Edition which features a combination of watch face finishes and straps that include stainless steel, silicone and leather.
Committed to ensuring you have better management over your health, the Huawei Watch GT2 has a suite of features which monitors your heart, sleep and stress. Their self-developed Huawei TruRelax technology helps users to relieve stress by recording their HRV (heart rate variability) values and provides feedback on the user’s stress index. It also has a sedentary alert that reminds you to stand up and move around after you’ve been sitting for a certain period of time.
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE2
Designed with new, intuitive, and refined features, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 aims to help you accomplish everyday tasks efficiently. The design sees a brand new upgrade to the signature rotating bezel, turning it digital to make it even more convenient to navigate while maximising the screen size. The curved Super AMOLED display is equipped with the upgraded One UI which offers a simple, clear and natural user experience while you navigate through the menu.
Available in two styles, you can choose to have your Galaxy Watch Active2 in lightweight aluminium with a casual Fluoroelastomer (FKM) Band, or in premium solid stainless steel with a leather strap. Don’t worry if you change your mind later as the smartwatches can be personalised with a range of additional stylish strap and watch-face options.
In addition to helping you with your daily tasks, the Galaxy Watch Active2 also serves as your guide to improved health and wellness with its innovative new health sensors on the back of the watch face that takes in readings faster to help you maximise your fitness routine. It is also able to help you track real-time stress levels through Samsung Health and provide you with access to guided meditation programs as well as enhanced sleep analysis algorithms that can help you work toward healthy sleep patterns to improve your overall wellbeing.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 retails at $378 and is available here from the Samsung Store online.
COMPARING ALL 6 SMARTWATCHES AT A GLANCE
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