In the last few years, smartwatches have evolved rapidly. From providing mesmerizing displays with accurate time to helping to track vital stats, smartwatches bring you the best of both the digital and analog worlds. But all of them are not equally built, and features vary from one watch to another. To help you pick the top premium smartwatches this Holi, we have created a list of 5 that are the best in the Indian market.
Apple Watch 8
It is really quite impossible for other companies to compete with Apple when it comes to premium smartwatches. The Apple Watch Series 8 has minor internal upgrades over its predecessors but is extremely useful. The 8 series is available in 41 mm and 45 mm, where the first weighs 42.3 g while the latter weighs 51.5 g. With a stainless steel frame and IP6X certification, the watch sits comfortably in the hand. The device comes with a Retina LTPO OLED display with a peak brightness of 1000 nits, which makes the display visible outdoors on a bright sunny day. The Apple Watch Series 8 is powered by the Apple S8 processor and runs on watchOS 9.0 (upgradable to 9.3), which makes the UI clean and smooth. It comes with the latest WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3, along with a 308 mAh battery that supports wireless charging. The introduction of the low-power mode in the Series 8 has further enhanced the battery life of this device. All the standard fitness features work excellently, but the addition of stages of the sleep tracking cycle, skin temperature detection for the menstrual cycle, and crash detection make the starting price tag of ₹41,990 justifiable.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
When it comes to smartwatches, Samsung is Apple’s only viable competitor right now. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 has gone through a handful of upgrades, which has made it a toe-to-toe competitor with the Apple Watch Series 8. The device is available in 40 mm and 44 mm and weighs 28.7 g and 33.5 g respectively. Along with its IP68 protection, the watch has an armor aluminum frame, which makes it resistant to scratches and drops. With a Super AMOLED display that offers 1000 nits of peak brightness, the dial has a versatile design. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is powered by the Exynos W920 and runs on Android Wear OS 3.5 with a patch of One UI Watch 4.5. On average usage, you can easily get past a day with its 410 mAh battery, which also supports 10 W wireless charging. Trackers like ECG, heart rate, sleep tracking, and blood pressure, among many others, work like a charm, and for connectivity, the watch is equipped with Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and WiFi 6. Like Apple, Samsung has also introduced a skin temperature reader which still has no functionality in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 base model starts at ₹28,555 and is a serious contender in the premium smartwatch segment.
Google Pixel Watch
Google’s first attempt at making a smartwatch is quite commendable as well as ambitious. The Google Pixel Watch has a unique high-end design and comes in a single dial size with a weight of 36 g. The watch is made with a stainless steel frame, and the IP68 certification makes it quite durable too. The 1.2 in AMOLED screen with impressive Google faces is a treat, and the watch has a peak brightness of 1000 nits. The best use of the Android Wear OS 3.5 can be seen in this model, and the Fitbit features for health tracking perform excellently. Though the UI is minimal and simple to use, the 294 mAh battery is average at best. Equipped with an Exynos 9110 processor along with NFC, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity, the price tag of ₹27,999 seems a bit high for a newcomer in the market.
Fossil Gen 6
The circular stainless steel model of the Fossil Gen 6 has superb build quality and an excellent, classy design. Available in 42 mm and 44 mm, the Fossil Gen 6 watch weighs around 140 g which seems a bit bulky considering other smartwatches. The 1.2 in AMOLED display is bright and colorful, and the watch is equipped with a rotating home button and an additional push button. The Fossil Gen 6 has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory and has a water resistance certificate of up to 3 ATM. The Wear OS 3 along with the Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus, performs 30 % more accurately than its predecessor model and consumes less power. The battery life of the Fossil Gen 6 is standard, but the availability of fast charging, which helps to juice the battery to 80% within 30 minutes, is an added advantage. Some of the health tracking apps are accurate, but a few of them do show a bit of imbalance, which is unacceptable at this price. If you are looking for a premium stylish watch with fast charging and standard features then starting at ₹23,995 can be a good choice.
Amazfit T-Rex 2
If you are looking for a premium-quality, robust watch with great battery life, then the ₹15,999 Amazfit T-Rex 2 is the best choice for you. The 500 mAh battery can last up to 24 days, which is absolutely insane. With a circular 1.39 in AMOLED display and a weight of 66 g, the watch feels a bit bulky on the wrist but dawns a sporty look. Compatible with both iOS and Android, the device comes with Bluetooth 5.0. More than 150 sports modes are offered by the Amazfit T-Rex 2, but sometimes a few sensors have accuracy issues. With IP68 water resistance and a sporty design, you should consider the Amazfit T-Rex 2 if you spend a good amount of time outdoors.
The price tag of these premium smartwatches may seem a bit hefty, but the accurate features they provide can even save a life in emergencies. If you are considering purchasing or gifting a premium smartwatch, you can choose any of the five on the list during the festival of colors, when there will be a significant discount on it.