Smartwatches represent a new generation of technology: With these small, digital all-rounders, you can read your e-mails and text messages, log your health data or make phone calls. But that’ just the beginning: these watches can detect when their owner falls and call for help in an emergency. At the same time, they also look chic.
Available in a slim, minimalist round design or as an angular variant, smartwatches are a handy companion during sports, at work or during leisure time. These electronic wristwatches monitor sleep, serve as a navigation system and are capable of playing music. They are usually linked to a smartphone and must be compatible with its operating system. The performance spectrum is far greater than that of an analog watch from classic watch manufacturers.
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Best Smartwatches to Buy
We have selected models that have caught our eye with a combination of features and functions which outperform the competition, or have impressed us with their design. The models we’ve selected are ranked from the more expensive and therefore more equipped to the more affordable and less equipped.
- Price: From $40
Now in its sixth generation, it is a reliable companion for those interested in smart electronics on the wrist. In comparison to the last generation, the Mi Band 6 has increased the AMOLED display from 1.1″ to 1.56″, gained a finer resolution, and fits more in. You can now see two to three icons in the menu instead of one, for example. As for the watch faces, it is possible to change the data displayed in each widget and app.
The other big change is the removal of the button, everything is controlled by gestures and touches. The SpO₂ blood oxygen sensor is new. While the manufacturer promises a battery life of two weeks, that’s only true if you match it up with the functions and sensors. With everything in use, we come to about six days. The wristband is charged via a magnetic connector and the module does not need to be removed from the wristband. It is otherwise the same size as last year’s Mi Band 5, so the bands can be swapped out.
Sadly, it still doesn’t have a sensor to automatically adjust the brightness of the display, meaning you have to manually change the settings when you go from a darkened room to the sun. Also, while the number of measurable activities has increased to thirty (including swimming), it still lacks the GPS that the aforementioned Mi Watch Lite boasts.
- Display: 1.56-inch AMOLED touchscreen, resolution 486 × 152 pixels.
- Battery life: up to 2 weeks
- GPS: no
- Possibility to install applications: no
- Payments: no
- Music: no
- Durability: waterproof up to 5 ATM