19 Dec Stay Fit in The New Year and Measure it All with Smartwatches: Apple Watch Series 3, Garmin Vivoactive 3, Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch
The new year is about to begin and it’s time to take some fitness resolutions. But how many of us are really able to stick to those resolutions, before we are ready for the new ones by the end of every year? So this time, let’s try it with these sports-focused smartwatches by our side, which have the capability to even nudge us to go out – swim that lap, finish that run, or join those yoga, tai-chi or zumba classes that you have been contemplating about.
Apple Watch Series 3 SmartWatch
Apple Watch Series 3 is not very different than the Apple Watch Series 2, but yet a different device altogether with a little red button on the side. Starting at $399 Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two sizes – 38mm (28g) and 42mm (32g).
It has LTE built in, and connects to the internet without needing your phone or even a Wi-Fi connection. But the users should keep in mind that this LTE-enabled Series 3 device will incur an additional monthly fee.
What’s LTE you ask? It is Long Term Evolution (LTE) – the latest, fastest standard for 4G wireless communication between devices. When used in smartphones, this technology allows the user to connect to cellular networks and take calls, send or receive messages, use apps, and do all that you do on your smartphone – without your smartphone being nearby.
The notifications feature in Apple Watch Series 3 is something that makes it stand out. It supports both first- and third-party apps and also ties in with LTE. This allows the users to stay connected on apps, calls, messages etc. while at run, or at a grocery store, while leaving back your smartphone home.
With square-face variants, the customisation that Apple series 3 brings to the table is unmatched. Users can choose from the many strap designs, countless finishes, and colours available.
This device also offers users music storage without the iPhone for some time. They are planning to add Apple Music streaming through LTE soon.
Although it has more battery draining features, Apple watch 3 still claims to have 18 hours of battery life.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch
Garmin Vivoactive 3 is a more sporty, not too stylish, feature rich smartwatch that the user can wear throughout the day. It is an amalgamation of all the fitness technologies used in other Garmin wearables.
It is capable of performing VO2 max estimation and automatic rep counting, and allows structured workouts, including pre-loaded workouts. It comes with a new optical heart rate sensor. The Vivoactive 3 is waterproof to 50m, has built-in GPS and claims to have seven-day battery life (13 hours in GPS mode). This is considered excellent for a smartwatch. The features that make it even more more sporty are its ability to connect with cycling power sensors and running footpods, along with the latest all-day fitness tracking features such as Fitness Age Estimation and Stress Monitoring.
In addition, Garmin Vivoactive 3 is the first Garmin device to feature contactless payment capabilities – Garmin Pay – which is a must in a smartwatch. The device does not have space for music but can control playback on your phone.
Weighing 43 grams, it comes with a traditional circular face of around 43mm size and provides a dazzling 390 x 312 display. All in all, Garmin Vivoactive 3 seems to be the smartwatch with a well rounded complete package for fitness enthusiasts. It is priced at $249.99 on Garmin’s website.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with a range of features, But the most eye-catching one is its 1.5-inch 216×432 pixel Super AMOLED display technology screen which presents a super crisp and vibrant display with great response to touch.
It is a simple tracker which claims that the wearer can swim laps or jump into the shower with the smartwatch on.
Gear Fit 2 Pro has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under the ISO standard 22810:2010, which means it should be more robust for use by professional swimmers and people engaging in water sports, as compared to the IP68 water resistance rating for the older Gear Fit 2. It can even count user’s laps, stroke count and type. The Speedo On app developed for Gear Fit2 Pro tracks the wearer’s stats and presents them in easy-to-read summaries. However, the availability of the Speedo On app for Gear Fit2 Pro varies by country and region.
The device is powered by a dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU alongside 512 MB of RAM, with 200MAh battery and 4GB of storage.
It can monitor the wearer’s heart rate continuously throughout the day, indicating heart rate zones, that can be used to make better fitness decisions. Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with a pedometer, an exercise tracker, a stopwatch, and timer, and is a convenient smartwatch to wear, with all things needed, sans all the fancy stuff that is not.
It is available at $149.99 as per Samsung’s website.
Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch
Skagen hybrid smartwatches are a mix of classy design and smart technology. This smartwatch packages the technology, that allows you to measure your basic activities automatically, into a watch that does not look like a smartwatch, but like an elegant wrist watch.
Skagen hybrid watch synchronizes with your smartphone (iOS or Android), for metrics that help you stay motivated. It comes with replaceable coin cell battery CR2430 which means no charging is required.
Skagen app lets the wearer customise the notifications they want to receive and monitors their activity, sleep, personal goals and more. The users can keep changing the strap of this smart wrist watch to match their clothing, making this smart watch pleasingly ingenious yet simple. Prices can be checked at Skagen’s website.
We will be on the look out for information on more amazing wearables and smartwatches to come in 2018 and keep sharing! So stay tuned!
GetHealth is a unified solution to access health and wellness data from hundreds of wearables, medical devices and apps. We at GetHealth wish you all a Fit and Happy New Year 2018!