Christmas is around the corner and most of us are racking our brains on the perfect gifts to get for our loved ones. Why not consider a smart health watch? This is a good old watch with added tech features, particularly sensors, to monitor one’s physiological functions. Health watches measure daily steps, heart rate, blood pressure, caloric intake and even sleep patterns. They are meant to make an individual more aware of the basal functions going on in their bodies with the hope that this will increase their desire for better health. Enter the world of smartwatches. These sleek devices take this concept to a whole new level. They combine both health and fitness tracking features with added techno-savvy features for a most satisfying user experience. Thus, they may just be the perfect gift this Christmas.
1. Fitbit Charge 2
Available for ninety-nine dollars on Amazon, this smart health watch is a serious contender as it was designed and produced by a solid brand and a reigning leader in the fitness sphere, Fitbit. The device calculates the heart rate as well as daily steps, both caloric burn, and mileage. It also has automatic exercise tracking hence there is no need to give any command in that respect. It tracks sleep patterns and has a five-day battery life. In addition, it can track food and water intake and has a cool feature known as Relax that prompts you to breathe deeply and slowly. Finally, it has a large OLED touch screen that makes for a beautiful display. On the flipside, it lacks a GPS system and is not waterproof.
2. Apple Watch Series 2
A remarkable improvement from the first series, this smart health watch comes with a hefty price tag of three hundred and sixty-nine dollars on Apple. It has a specially made screen that was engineered to be more easily visible outdoors. It offers music storage which can be synced with music stores in other Apple devices. Earphones can also be enabled with Bluetooth. In addition, you can launch other apps such as Uber and Maps as well as send text messages from it. It is waterproof up to fifty meters. What’s more, it has a neat activity sharing feature that enables you to keep up with your friends and other Joneses. Finally, it can measure your progress pretty accurately and beautifully and allows you to launch one of the twelve preset workouts freely available on the device. The only downside is it’s relatively low charge life. A serious user would have to charge it every one to two days.
3. Withings Activite Steel HR
This is a solid activity tracking smartwatch from a reputable brand. Its features include an optical sensor with a beautiful digital display, and other than the basic health watch features, it tracks your activity and sleeping patterns and stores the stats in the Withings Health Mate app. The watch is also water resistant and has a battery life of whopping twenty-five days. Even so, the coolest feature is how closely it resembles a normal, unassuming watch. Withings Activite Steel HR is available on Amazon for one hundred and seventy-five dollars.
4. Fitbit Alta HR
Available on Amazon for one hundred dollars, this watch is barely fashionable but serves its purpose well. It tracks the heart rate, daily steps and workout sessions. In addition, it has a sophisticated sleep pattern tracking and analysis features that insomniacs may find useful. It also has motivating social challenges to encourage you to push yourself harder. Fitbit Alta HR has a seven-day battery life. This smartwatch is a great contender because, in spite of the awkward wristband, the features are more than adequate for the average user.
This watch is also designed and produced by Fitbit and is perhaps their best invention yet. It is available on Amazon for three hundred dollars and boasts the following features: a comfortable wristband, a battery life of three to four days, advanced sensors to automatically detect increased physical activity, GPS, water resistant up to fifty meters and the basic features of a health watch such as heart rate tracking. The smartwatch also contains other non-health related apps which are, well not our expertise.
Smart health watches or fitness trackers are the perfect gifts for anyone who is tech-savvy, to whatever extent. Some combine their tracking features with beautiful screens that contain the classic clock face. Hence, they simply look like a watch. And we all know that a beautifully designed watch is a timeless accessory that will never go out of style.