Wearables to watch: Smart watches for the fit and fabulous

Beyond the ketogenic diet, few subjects inspire such heated dinner-table debate between the health-tracking-obsessed as what your smartwatch of choice should be.

We’re not about to stumble into that terrifying fray, but what we are going to do is share a couple of new smartwatches to look out for. Watch your back Polar, Garmin and TomTom!

Samsung Galaxy Watch

We’re finally seeing smart watches starting to look like actual watches – not sure about you but we think the whole square-rubber thing is becoming a bit of a drag. One thing about the Galaxy Watch – it’s definitely not that. With a pretty elegant round face that comes in two sizes – 42mm and 46mm, you are leagues away from the sporty-but-fuddy vibes of many of the smartwatch brands.

Anyway supposedly these things are about performance, not looks, so here is some intel on that side of things.

Things We Like

  • The rotating bezel that you use to scroll through apps and features is a work of UI genius
  • This guy can pair with both Android and Apple phones. Democratic much?
  • 60 000 watch faces! That’s 164+ years of having a new watch face every day. Crazy.
  • Around 40 workouts that include running, hiking, swimming, treadmill and crunches
  • Four glorious full days of battery life
  • Waterproof up to 50m
  • Hardwearing, durable screen

Things We Like Less

  • Though you can read notifications on your iPhone, you won’t be able to reply on them
  • The Galaxy Apps store lacks critical third-party apps, notably Google Maps, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp
  • Screen is slow to update when its woken

Fossil Sport

Fossil unveiled their new smart watch in the US on the 8th of November and all we can say is – fruity! These round-faced beauties are available in a range of 8 fun colours including silver, gold, dark grey, red, blue, and pink.

From a features point of view the Fossil Sport boasts a heart rate monitor, NFC, GPS, altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, and microphone, putting it pretty much up there with most smart watches on the market.

It is also compatible with iOS and Android, and makes use of Google’s new smartwatch operating system the new Wear OS.

Things We Like
  • Wireless charging
  • Touchscreen display
  • Interchangeable watch bands

Things We Like Less

  • What it will cost in SA is still a mystery – come on people give us intel!
  • Battery life is 24 hours, pretty sure it can do better than that.

Swatch Smart Watches

Ok so this is a bit of a cheat because they haven’t actually launched yet, but Swatch is set to launch their “Swiss OS” platform in early 2019. The plan, apparently, is to set the OS free on a Tissot-branded smartwatch.

Things We Like

  • Their aim, to quote Forbes magazine, is to provide “Swiss vault”-grade protection of user data.

Things We Like Less

  • The fact that it doesn’t exist yet.

Not sold on this newer wave of smart watches?

We wouldn’t consider ourselves experts on which wearable is best – but this guy is: