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Fossil Q Venture HR Review

Fossil Q Venture HR Review

Taking the stylish look and elegant design of the former Fossil Q and adding so much more to it, the Fossil Q Venture HR is ready to amaze you with both its looks and its performance.

Who said you can’t combine beauty with brains? That’s what the Venture HR does exactly.

Fossil Q Venture HR In-Depth Review

The Fossil Q Venture HR keeps the classic elegant design of the Fossil Q and adds improved modern technology to it.

The 40mm case that is rose gold-tone stainless steel bracelet will definitely get your approval.

The “HR” in its name refers to its new heart rate monitoring feature which gives you info related to your heart rate during all workouts from yoga to running.

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It also keeps track of all your activities and shows you the steps taken, distance walked, and calories burned.

The Venture HR allows you to set custom goals for yourself like drinking water or exercising, which makes it a great motivation to reach goals that are unique to you.

The Fossil Q Venture HR gives you the freedom to leave your phone behind with no worries at all as it has built-in GPS to show you where you are and where you’re going and map out your walk or run.

It also stores your music for you so you can hype up your workout from any app including Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, Soundcloud, iTunes, or Apple music.

Furthermore, it lets you make online payments through Google Pay in almost any place that you can use your credit card.

You can feel safe jumping into a pool or hopping in the shower without taking your Venture HR off as it’s swim-proof and won’t suffer damage when it gets in contact with water.

Connecting your watch via Bluetooth to your phone will make it deliver your text, call, calendar, multiple time zones, alarm clock, and smartphone app notifications to its screen with a gentle buzz to catch your attention which ensures that you don’t miss out on anything.

If you’re traveling to a different time zone, the Venture HR automatically adjusts according to the correct local time.

The built-in microphone allows you to send voice commands to your watch to perform a variety of tasks. You can also assign certain functions that you use the most to specific buttons.

The Fossil Q Venture HR gives you a degree of personalization thanks to the customizable dials that you can swap to match your mood.

You can also customize the watch face with any photo you want from your Instagram or Facebook. You can also switch the strap with any 18mm strap thanks to the interchangeable design.

Powered by Wear OS by Google, it’s compatible with both Android (4.4+) and iOS (9.3+) smartphones as well as any device that has Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.

The Fossil Q Venture HR doesn’t take much time to charge as it can reach about 80% of charge in just one hour. Although it lasts around 12 hours only, which isn’t the best battery life around and is subpar to many rivals at the same price range.

However, the short charging time required compensates for that.

Pros

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    Amazing design
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    The straps can be interchanged
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    The simplicity of the charging

Cons

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    Could be designed with more compactness

With the same elegance and grace as the original Fossil Q, the Fossil Q Venture HR performs better and offers a lot more features. The original watch did seem to be a little overpriced, but with the new additions the Venture HR has, it’s a great bang for your buck.

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Kate Spade Scallop Review

Kate Spade Scallop Review

The Kate Spade Scallop promises and delivers a very nice touch of elegance to a smartwatch that is used for a more practical life. When you weigh down its pros and cons, will the Scallop be worth buying?

This is what we’ll go through in this article, without further ado.

Kate Spade Scallop Review

The design of the Kate Spade Scallop flaunts a very simplistic yet sophisticated look with its stainless steel case that comes in either gold or rose gold finish and a 16mm metal and black or cream leather strap.

Read also: How to choose a good smartwatch for women?

Its AMOLED display is 1.19 inches in size and has an exceptional resolution of 390 x 390 pixels and an ambient light sensor that smartly manages the brightness of the screen to elongate the battery life as much as possible.

When you get notifications for calls, messages, social media, or weather updates, they’re displayed very with creative animations on your Spade Scallop’s screen, with an animated Leading Lady winking with every unread notification.

As you progress towards meeting your daily activity goals, falling daisy peals will appear on the screen which gives your achievements a sense of refinement. In Kate Spade New York’s fashion, zooming taxi cabs will keep you entertained the more you move during the day.

The Scallop offers basic sleep and activity tracking including steps taken, calories burned, and distance covered.

It’s good enough for someone who’s trying to move more or do more exercise. You can manage and view your stats on the Google Fit app or Kate Spade New York Connected app which is available for both Android and iOS.

The watch has an IP67 water resistance rating, so you can submerge it in the water down to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It’s safer to avoid submersion and contact with water though, so don’t forget to take it off before showers or baths.

The Kate Spade Scallop gives you a lot of customization options so your info is displayed in a way that best suits you.

A very fancy addition to the Scallop is the Kate Spade New York exclusive watch app –the “Choose Your Look”- that matches the dial of your watch to the outfit you have on.

With a simple tap on the icons around the spade, you submit answers for the time of day, jewelry, handbag, and outfit colors, and then the watch chooses a dial that goes along with your outfit for the most personalized style.

You can use Google Assistant to give your Scallop voice commands and have it answer all the questions you have. However, the voice assistant feature seems a little limited with the lack of 4G and built-in speakers.

So it’s not as satisfying to use as it is with other smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 4.

You can download various watch apps on the Google Play store to get everything you want on your watch.

For the basic features, it has to offer, one would expect the Kate Spade Scallop to have the Google Pay feature that enables you to make online payments and leave your wallet behind. However, it’s missing out on this feature.

Its battery life isn’t the longest as it can go about 24 hours on average, but this estimation is lowered even further because you probably won’t have your Scallop on standby all the time. This means you’ll have to leave your watch to recharge every night.

Pros

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    Elegantly designed
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    Notification system works smoothly
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    The display is superb

Cons

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    Fitness features aren’t the most extensive
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    Doesn’t have online payments (Android Pay)

Our Verdict:

Undeniably, you can get another smartwatch with more features for a similar price range or even less, but it won’t be half as stylish or fashionable as the Kate Spade Scallop. The Scallop does what it does very well and gives you the confidence to show off its looks.

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Best Smartwatch for Pixel 2

Google’s Pixel 2 is a great smartphone with amazing features that can be utilized if connected to a smartwatch.

With all the choices on the market, which smartwatch would be the best purchase?

Best Smartwatch for Pixel 2

In this article, we’ll list some of the best smartwatches for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL too.

The 4 Best Smartwatches for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Smartwatch

Weight (oz)

Operating System

Price

2.4

Proprietary OS

2.3

Tizen OS

1.4

Android Wear

1.3

Fitbit OS

1. Garmin Fenix 5 - The Best Smartwatch for Pixel 2 Overall

Garmin Fenix 5 for Pixel 2

The Garmin Fenix 5 comes at 1.9 x 0.6 x 1.9 inches in size and 12 ounces of weight. It’s made of plastic, which makes it relatively less durable, and its band is made of silicone. You can get the better sapphire version though.

The 1.2-inch display is a colorful one with a 240 x 240-pixel resolution. It gives you great visibility even in bright sunlight and works great on low power mode.

Your heart-rate stats are always logged and you get alerts to notify you if your heart rate falls below or rises above a specific range you set as a target zone. These zones also indicate which heart rates burn fats most efficiently for you. You can broadcast this data over ANT+ to all paired devices, too.

Besides the 24/7 heart-rate monitoring, the Fenix 5 has a VO2 max sensor to measure the levels of oxygen in your blood to give you an idea about how athletic you are. It also has a stress and recovery advisor.

It keeps track of various activities such as steps taken, distance moved, and calories burned. The multi-sport tracking also includes running features like a virtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, a recovery advisor, a race predictor, running dynamics. It motivates you to workouts indoors by providing calculations for indoor workouts, personal records, and a virtual partner or racer.

Furthermore, it’s swim-proof and water resistant up to 10 ATM. It has swim-tracking info like lengths, distance, pace, stroke count and rate, and stroke type which is automatically identified. It also has swimming workouts and displays swim metrics for them.

The Fenix 5 receives call, text, reminders, and calendar events’ notifications from your phone. It has GPS services that when you connect to the Garmin Connect app, send you a map of your route with distance, time, and pace.

Garmin integrated sleep tracking measurements in its Fenix 5 where the duration you spent in each sleeping phase (REM, light, and deep) is logged to give you info about the quality of your sleep.

You simply set your usual sleep hours on the Garmin Connect app and the tracker detects your sleep patterns automatically after that.

Its battery life lasts up to 2 whole weeks on smartwatch mode, but only 24 hours on GPS mode. The UltraTrac battery saver mode is a nice addition though as it extends the battery life up to 75 hours on GPS mode.

The Fenix 5 has both Bluetooth and WiFi. You can control your music through it, and use the “Find My Phone” feature in case you misplaced it. It also tracks physiological measurements such as stress score, performance condition, and lactate threshold.

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Our Thoughts:

The Garmin Fenix 5 is admittedly the most pricey option on this list, but it’s also one of the best smartwatches that are compatible with Google’s Pixel 2. Its battery life is superb, and one of the longest you can find and it provides you with more or less all the health, fitness, and smart features you can ask for.

Pros

  • Water-proof with swimming workouts and metrics
  • Long battery life
  • Great combination between fitness and smart features

Cons

  • No built-in music storage
  • No NFC chip for payments

2. Samsung Gear Sport - Best Android Smartwatch for Pixel 2

Smartwatch for Pixel 2

With the Samsung Gear Sport, you get constant heart-rate monitoring and GPS services. It automatically records the calories you’ve burned throughout the day and shows you a summary of your daily progress.

The on-screen coaching is a nice touch that adds a sense of personalization into your workouts, besides providing you with motivation and helpful instructions and guidance on how to do your workouts.

You can pair your Samsung Gear Sport with any smartphone that runs Android OS 4.4 and later with 1.5 GB of RAM, which means you can use it with your Google Pixel 2.

Being water-resistant up to 50 meters allows you to swim, shower, and walk in the rain without worrying about it.

One of its most redeeming features is that you can use it to control compatible smart devices (including smartphones, lights, door locks, and TVs) with just the turn of the bezel.

The NFC compatibility enables you to make online payments with your Samsung Gear Sport via Samsung Pay. It also gives you access to a variety of apps so you can check scores, catch rides, and download music. It also delivers your call and text notifications and displays your calendar events to remind you of any upcoming ones.

You can enjoy your Samsung Gear Sport’s functionality for about 3 days on a single charge, and its charging process is made smooth thanks to the wireless charging dock.

All in all, The Samsung Gear Sport works great with Google Pixel 2 as they both operate on Android operating systems. The features it delivers are great when you consider the price, which makes it good value for the money.

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Great performance of Samsung health
  • Lets you play offline music from Spotify

Cons

  • GPS isn’t the most accurate
  • Activity tracking could be off-base

3. Ticwatch E - The Best Budget Smartwatch for Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 2 Smartwatch

The Ticwatch E comes with a variety of features including continuous heart-rate tracking, built-in PPG sensor, and six heart-rate intervals data. 

Its built-in GPS and GLONASS give you in real time info like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and speed and let you map out your walk or run. There is also independent navigation designed for running and cycling.

It has an IP67 rating, which means it’s water and dust resistant, so it can endure heavy workouts where you sweat a lot. It is not suitable for submersion, however, as it isn’t swim-proof.

The Ticwatch E allows you to customize your watch to match your preferences with the interchangeable watch bands and the various customized watch faces that you can get from the Google Play Store.

You can play music directly from your Ticwatch E without needing a phone, which makes it the perfect companion during runs. It also gives you a variety of apps to choose from. This includes fitness apps like Google Fit and Strava.

On your Pixel 2 (as it runs on an Android operating system), the Ticwatch E will deliver notifications of incoming calls, messages, news, and e-mails. It will also enable you to receive and make calls as well as reply to messages directly from your wrist.

All in all, The Ticwatch E is a very budget-friendly choice when it comes to a smartwatch that will be compatible with your Google Pixel 2.

It doesn’t have the most extensive features, but it has the basics that can satisfy you whether you’re looking for fitness or smart features.

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Stylish look
  • Music storage
  • Highly customizable

Cons

  • Not swim-proof

4. Fitbit Versa - Best Pixel 2 Smartwatch for Fitness Features

Good Smartwatch for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

The Versa flaunts a 1.34-inch display with a colorful, interactive, touchscreen with a 300 x 300-pixel resolution with a 1.5 x 0.44 x 1.5-inches size. It works superbly as a fitness tracker, although it’s not as jam-packed with smart features.

It logs the steps you’ve taken, various activities. the number of calories you’ve burned and the number of floors you’ve climbed.

The Versa has extensive tracking thanks to its multi-sport tracking which is able to detect various movements like dancing, running and hiking and SmartTrack which enables you to select some workouts to be automatically detected and logged.

It also has heart-rate monitoring and Cardio Fitness level to combine together to give you a solid background on your heart’s wellbeing, while guided breathing sessions work on reducing your anxiety and stress levels by regulating your breath and heartbeats.

It works on motivating you by giving you reminders to move so you can reach an hourly goal of 250 steps and a general daily goal. Not only that, but it also has personalized on-screen coaching that makes you feel like you have a personal coach with you at all times.

You can make up for the lack of GPS by connecting your watch to your phone to get a map of your route.

It also gives you sleep-tracking measurements to log the duration and quality of your sleep, and how long you spent in each sleep stage (light, REM, and deep).

It resists water up to 50 meters and has swim-tracking features so you can take a dip in the sea or the pool without having to take it off.

The female-health tracking is also a very great feature as it keeps track of your menstruation cycle and notifies you when your period is expected to start and on which days you’re ovulating.

Read more: Gadget Decision's top choices for Women's smartwatches.

The Fitbit Versa offers you a numerous choice of apps, music storage that allows you to play your songs directly from your watch to make your workouts more lively, as well as control your music’s volume, pause and play, or skip. It has NFC capabilities to allow you to make electronic payments.

It delivers you text, call, and smart app notifications on your screen as well as reply to texts with “Quick Replies”.

The Fitbit Versa can function for 4 days on a single charge.

Our Thoughts:

The Fitbit Versa is the ultimate choice when it comes to fitness-tracking at an affordable price. Its smart features aren’t what make it a great purchase, but they’re still satisfactory.

Pros

  • Very portable and lightweight
  • Excellent value for the money
  • Diversified health and fitness features

Cons

  • Lacks built-in GPS
  • Not the most stylish choice

Which Is The Best Smartwatch for Google's Pixel 2 Overall?

Bottom line, the fact that Google’s Pixel 2 runs on Android operating system makes it best compatible with Android smartwatches, and one of the best that runs nicely with it is the Garmin Fenix 5.

Although it may be a little pricey, its features are quite out of the box and very helpful in their variety. If you’re looking to save money and buy something that provides you with the general basics of smartwatches, you should go for the Ticwatch E.

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Best Samsung S9 Smartwatch

Got the Samsung S9 and want to get the smartwatch that would go along with it the most? Confused because of all the choices available on the market?

In this article, we’ll make this all easier for you by listing the best smartwatches for Samsung S9 and S9+.

The 5 Best Smartwatches for Samsung S9 and S9+ in 2018

Smartwatch

Weight (oz)

Operating System

Price

2.2

Tizen OS 4.0

2.22

Android 4.4+ / iOS 9.0+

1.3

Fitbit OS

2.01

Android 4.4+ / iOS 9.0+

1.7

Tizen OS 3.0

1. Samsung Galaxy Watch - The Best Smartwatch for Samsung S9 Overall

Samsung Galaxy S9 Smartwatch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes, either a 1.8 x 1.9 x 0.5 inches one that weighs 2.2 ounces with a 1.3-inch display, or a 1.6 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches one that weighs 1.7 ounces with a 1.2-inch display. 

Both sizes, however, flaunt the same sleek design with super AMOLED screens of 360 x 360-pixel resolution.

The screen is treated by Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ to make them solid and resist shocks and scratches, so you can enjoy the full-color display that is easy to use and read for a long time.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch resists water up to 5 ATM (165 feet) which means you can wear it in the rain, in the pool, or in the shower.

It comes with 6 basic types of activities to track, but that number can be extended to 39+, besides the standard automatic heart rate tracking. This means that you can jump from one exercise to the next without having to worry about setting up your watch.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch logs the calories you’ve burned and floors you’ve climbed throughout the day. The built-in altimeter with the GPS services let you know where you are and where you’re going.

With the 4 stages of sleep measurement tool, you will be provided with a detailed log of how long you’ve spent in each stage and the overall quality of your sleep. The guided breathing sessions are a plus, as they can detect changes in stress levels and provide you with the relaxation needed to reduce high levels of stress.

The “My Day” face watch is a great advantage for the Samsung Galaxy Watch. With one quick glance, you’d be able to get a summary of all that you have to do in the next 10 hours, so you’re always ready and never miss out on any plans.

The watch also gives you a diverse set of apps to use including Glympse, Strava, Uber, and Spotify. It also enables you to make online payments and purchases as it has the NFC Samsung Pay feature.

With the exclusive IoT function, you’ll get to turn your Samsung Galaxy Watch into a home automation hub.

This means you can control your devices and appliances through your watch, and you can program them to function according to your sleep patterns and daily activities. This includes TVs, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, and more devices.

The watch provides you with 3-4 days of functionality (depending on which model you get), which isn’t the longest battery life, but which is satisfactory for the functions it delivers.

Read more: Which is the best overall smartwatch in 2019?

Our Thoughts:

Even though it isn’t the most affordable watch on the list, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is the most upgraded and has superior technologies and features to any other option.

Pros

  • Internet of things feature
  • Summarized schedule on the “My Day” face
  • Versatile tracking functions

Cons

  • Battery life is quite short

2. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier - Best Budget Smartwatch for Samsung S9 & S9+

Smartwatch for Galaxy S9 Plus

The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier has a rugged look that suits its durable and solid functioning.  Its buttons are big and textured, while its dimensions are 1.8 x 1.9 x 0.5 inches and it weighs about 2.1 ounces with a 22-millimeter strap that can be replaced by any regular 22mm one.

Its 1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED display has a 360 x 360-pixel resolution (278ppi) and is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ that it’s treated with, which hardens it to resist shocks and scratches.

The Tizen Operating System performs well and more seamlessly than Android. Its newer upgrades also extend the Android Apps it’s compatible with. Combined with the rotational bezel control, twin buttons, and touchscreen, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is fully integrated.

It has a 3 to 4-day battery life which is charged with the WPC inductive wireless charging.

It is IP68 rated, which means that it’s dust-proof and water-resistant. It has a built-in gyro, accelerometer, barometer, ambient light sensor, optical heart sensor, and GPS services. This means an extensive and detailed logging of your fitness activities and an enhanced functioning of the S Health app.

The S3 Frontier has a 1 GHz dual-core processor and Exynos 7270 chipset, and an internal storage of 4 GB with 768 MBs of RAM for the fastest performance. It also enables you to make online payments via Samsung Pay.

Its connectivity is wide with LTE/3G, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi b/g/n, NFC, MST, and GPS with GLONASS options. It also has a built-in speakerphone to allow you to make voice calls if you want.

The runner-up to the Samsung Galaxy Watch has to be the Gear S3 Frontier.  Its performance is quick and reliable while it’s durable and has a great design. The app choices aren’t many, but it’s a good choice for a buyer on a medium-budget who wants a solid smartwatch.

Pros

  • The display is always on
  • The interface is easy to use
  • Rotating bezel
  • Shock, water, and dust resistant

Cons

  • Lack of app-variety
  • Activity tracking could use some improvements

3. Fitbit Versa - Best Value Smartwatch for Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus

Best Smartwatch Compatible with Galaxy S9

The Fitbit Versa delivers a variety of functions, but it’s undeniably a better fitness tracker than it is a smartwatch. But that doesn’t mean its smart features aren’t good.

Its dimensions are 1.5 x 0.44 x 1.5-inches and it’s available in black, gray, and peach. For an extra 30 dollars, you can get the special edition which is rose gold plated or charcoal woven.

Throughout the day, it keeps a log of the steps you’ve taken, all the activity you’ve done, the number calories you've burned and the number of floors you’ve climbed.

All this info is displayed to you on a 1.34-inch colorful, interactive touchscreen with a 300 x 300-pixel resolution that makes keeping track of your fitness more exciting.

Its activity tracking is wide-ranged because it has multi-sport tracking, which is able to differentiate between various activities like running, dancing, hiking, and more sports like football. SmartTrack also enables you to select certain activities to be automatically detected and recorded.

Its heart-rate monitoring always keeps you aware of how well your heart is doing, and the cardio fitness level tells you if there are any measures you should take. The guided breathing sessions reduce your stress and anxiety levels.

The reminders to move help you reach an hourly goal of 250 steps, and the daily goal you set for yourself. Not only are you motivated by these reminders, but also by the personalized on-screen coaching that gives you the feeling that you carry around a personal trainer.

The lack of built-in GPS services may be a setback to some, but you can still connect it to your phone to get a map of your route.

The sleep-tracking features are helpful in giving you an insight on the duration and quality of your sleep as it tells you how long you spent in each stage of sleep (light, deep, and REM).

The Fitbit Versa is also swim-proof as it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters and flaunts swim-tracking features so you can swim, take showers, or walk in the rain without having to take it off.

It also has female health tracking that is a very helpful feature for women. It keeps track of your menstruation cycle and tells you when your period is expected to start and on which days you’re ovulating.

The Fitbit Versa delivers your call, text, and smart app notifications on the screen. It also allows you to respond to texts through the “Quick Replies” feature.

The choices of apps are numerous, and the music storage helps in making your workouts more lively with the background music which you can control through your watch and play or pause, turn the volume up or down, and skip songs.

Its NFC chip enables you to make electronic payments.

All of these functions are available to you over the course of 4 days on a single charge.

All in all,  If you’re looking for the ultimate fitness-tracking at an affordable price and a willingness to compromise some smart features, the Fitbit Versa is definitely going to earn your approval. It comes at a good price, so it’s quite the bargain.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great value for the money
  • Female-health tracking feature

Cons

  • No built-in GPS
  • The design isn’t the most stylish

4. Huawei Watch 2 - An Android Smartwatch Compatible with S9

Android Smartwatch Compatible with Samsung S9 and S9 Plus

With 5 heart rate ranges, the Huawei Watch 2 is able to track the intensity of different fitness activities.

It has real-time coaching that explains to you the techniques of the workouts you’re doing and evaluates your performance, recovery, and enables you to reach your fitness goals.

The Huawei Watch 2 has a TruSleep feature that logs the duration of your REM, deep, and light sleep stages to give you a better background on how well you’re getting your rest.

The built-in GPS and GLONASS dual-positioning system gives you a more accurate running tracking and facilitates your navigation outdoors.

You also get storage for your music so you can hype up your workouts without needing your phone.

It delivers call, text, and apps notifications on your screen as well as allows you to make online payments through Android Pay thanks to the NFC technology.

The Huawei Watch 2 gives you 3 different battery settings to suit your personal use and extend battery life when you need it. It lasts up to 3 weeks on Watch mode, 2 days on Smart Power Saving mode, and 7 hours on GPS mode.

Final Verdict:

With both a classic and sports model, you get the processing power of the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. The various sensors that are useful with a solid heart rate monitor.

Pros

  • Android Wear 2.0 enhances its performance
  • Battery life can last up to 3 weeks on Watch Mode
  • Optional 4G model

Cons

  • Crown doesn’t rotate
  • The display is relatively small

5. Samsung Gear Sport - An Affordable Galaxy S9 Smartwatch

Budget S9 Smartwatches

The Samsung Gear Sport has activity tracking with heart rate and GPS. It logs the calories you’ve burned throughout the day and gives you a summary of your daily progress.

The personal on-screen coaching is a nice touch that gives you helpful instructions on how to do your workouts as well as provide you with motivation.

It’s compatible and pairable with smartphones that run on both Android and iOS. (Android OS 4.4 and later with at least 1.5 GB of RAM and iPhone 5 and later with iOS 9.0 and above).

You can take a swim, a shower, or walk in the rain without worrying about your Gear Sport as it resists water up to 50 meters

It has a great feature where it lets you control compatible smart devices through your watch with just a turn of the bezel. This includes smartphones, lights, door locks, and TVs.

You can make online payments with your Gear Sport via Samsung Pay thanks to its NFC compatibility. It also gives you access to various apps where you can catch a ride, check scores, and download music.

It delivers your call and text notifications as well as allows you to review your calendar to check if you have any upcoming important events.

On a single charge, your Gear sport can last for about 3 days, and its wireless charging dock gives you the smoothest charging process.

Pros

  • Sleekness of design
  • Enables you to play music offline from Spotify
  • Samsung health works great

Cons

  • Activity tracking could be erratic
  • GPS is subpar

Which Is The Best Samsung Galaxy S9 Smartwatch Overall?

Bottom line, the best smartwatch for your Samsung S9 or S9 plus would probably be one produced by the same company: Samsung.

The newest and most upgraded Samsung Galaxy Watch is the first option that comes to mind as it combines performance with style, but it could be a little too pricey.

The other Samsung watches like the Gear S3 Frontier, Classic, and Sport can be great alternatives for a cheaper price.

However, for their price tag(and even less), you can get something with more or less the same features like the Huawei Watch 2 or Fitbit Versa.

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Fitbit Blaze Review

Fitbit Blaze ReviewThe Fitbit Blaze is a great fitness tracker that might go for a watch as well.

Its stylish design and great performance make it a very good option, and in this article, we’ll be going through its specs and features that make it count as a great fitbit for guys.

Fitbit Blaze Review:

The Fitbit Blaze has an all-day activity monitoring feature that keeps track of multiple activities like running, biking, and lifting weights and it gives you real-time stats on the display.

It also keeps track of the steps you’ve taken, calories you’ve burned, the distance you’ve walked, and floors you’ve climbed throughout the day.

It also has sleep tracking that provides you with information about the quality and duration of your sleep. It lacks sleep stages, however, which is a feature available in a lot of other fitness trackers and smartwatches.

It has a 24/7 heart monitoring sensor that keeps information about your heart rate, as well as a Vo2Max that indicates the maximum amount of oxygen that can be in your blood.

It also has PurePlus heart rate technology that serves the heart rate monitoring well by giving you a continuous and automatic wrist-based heart rate as well as simplified heart rate zones.

These zones help you recognize how fast your heart beats at rest and exercise and thereby give you a better insight into how healthy your heart is and how fit you are.

All of this is backed up by the Cardio Fitness Level feature that gives you a better understanding of your overall athletic and health performance and how well you’re progressing with a Cardio Fitness Level score personalized just for you.

Although it doesn’t have built-in GPS, it can be connected to a phone to enable GPS services that give you a route of the path you’ve walked or ran.

You can also see workout summaries from your phone on the app to track how much you’ve improved over time.

The Fitbit Blaze is equipped with guided breathing sessions that help you regulate your breath and thereby reduce your stress and anxiety.

It has On-Screen Workouts that go with you through your workouts step by step to make you feel like you have a personalized coach with you wherever you go.

The Fitbit Blaze also has reminders for you to move in order to motivate you to reach an hourly goal of 250 steps and in results achieve a more healthy lifestyle.

You get to control your music’s volume, play and pause, or even skip songs from your phone’s playlist.

You can also wirelessly sync the stats from your Blaze automatically to computers or other compatible iOS, Android, or Windows devices.

It has smartphone notifications that offer caller ID, text and calendar notifications and push notifications from your apps.

It lacks a Quick Replies feature, however.

The sensors that the Fitbit Blaze flaunts are many including a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope, an optical heart rate monitor, an altimeter, an ambient light sensor, and a vibration monitor for silent alarms.

Although it’s not swim-proof, the Fitbit Blaze is water resistant. This means that it’s splash-proof so it can handle quite a bit of sweat or a walk on a rainy day.

Its display is a nice touch-screen color LCD. Its size is 0.75 x 1 inches and it weighs just 1.5 ounces.

It consists of a stainless steel clasp and its bands can either be a classic band made of an elastomer material, a metal band made of stainless steel metal, or a leather band made of soft, genuine leather.

Its lithium-polymer battery life is an impressive 5-day one and it can be charged with a USB charger.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Superb battery life
  • Excellent fitness features
  • Easy to use
  • High accuracy

Cons:

  • Display’s response can be a bit slow
  • Not waterproof

Final Words About The Fitbit Blaze:

The Fitbit Blaze compared to fitness trackers is a very good one, and delivers better performance and features than the average ones. However, if you are to compare it to smartwatches, it has a lot of upgrading and following up to do.

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