Gone are the days when smartwatches and activity trackers were confined to chunky, geeky looking devices built for fitness geeks. Quite rightly, wearable tech manufacturers have realized the importance of churning out devices with both sexes in mind.
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Here’s our pick of the best smartwatches for women. For these devices practicality and functionality are certainly key – but not at the sacrifice of fashion. This list is not to be confused with fitness trackers for women which is the subject of a separate article.
Anyone with even a passing interest in this topic will have heard of Fitbit, one of the pioneers of the wearable tech market. The king of fitness trackers also has a few smartwatches under its belt. One of these is Versa, a smaller and better looking version of its first smartwatch – the Ionic. Fitbit has obviously learned a thing or two from its acquisition of Pebble.
When it comes to 24/7 activity monitoring the device ticks most boxes. Step count, distance, calories, floors, heart rate – its all there. Plus you get Fitbit’s simple to use app and web dashboard.
The water-resistant gizmo comes with a high-quality 1,000 nit display and Fitbit says its the lightest metal smartwatch sold in the US. You’ll also get Fitbit’s new female health tracking feature, along with on-board storage for music and NFC payments (selected models). There is no built-in GPS though, only connected GPS.
With a battery life of 5 days, this is a stylish device which represents a great compromise between a fully fledged smartwatch and fitness tracker.
Vivoactive 3 is a Swiss knife of activity trackers. But one that has been designed to appeal to both men and women.
Apart from the aesthetics, built-in GPS and tracking everything under the sun, the timepiece also comes with some smartwatch features. One of these is Garmin Pay. The functionality is enabled by FitPay and supports Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards from major issuing banks. The original version of the device has no built-in storage for music, but if this is important to you there’s always the upgraded Vivoactive 3 Music.
The watch comes with 15 built-in sports profiles, including new ones for snowboarding, cardio, yoga, eliptical and stair stepper. Vivoactive 3 will also let you mix it up by creating customized workouts. Other features include VO2Max and stress/workout tracking.
The Series 4 Watch delivers solid improvements over its predecessor. The screen real estate is larger by 30% on both the 40mm and 44mm version. Other hardware improvements include a revamped digital crown, 50% louder speakers, and a back that is made of black ceramic and sapphire crystal for better cellular reception.
In addition to dishing out more accurate fitness tracking stats, the device can now identify and send out alerts if you fall or trip. Something that will no doubt be of use to the older generation. Series 4 also intermittently analyzes heart rhythms and sends alerts for atrial fibrillation.
And let’s not forget the new FDA-approved ECG sensor. This provides a full report that lets you know if your heart rhythm is normal or there are issues.
Amazfit Bip comes packed with features such as built-in GPS, heart rate sensor and notifications. In addition to keeping tabs on your activity 24/7 the timepiece provides tracking of your runs, cycling and other sports with mapped routes, detailed stats and heart rate zones.
But Bip’s claim to fame is its astonishing 30+ days of battery life, and that’s with an always on colour touch-screen! Choose the ‘minimal notification’ setting and battery life climbs to 45 days.
In terms of looks, this is a cheerful-looking smartwatch. Most would equate it to a blend between Pebble Time and the Apple Watch.
Is it perfect? No. It doesn’t have an altimeter for counting floors climbed and the non-fitness features pretty much end with notification support.
But if you’re after a simple wearable that keeps tabs on your fitness, tracks your running and cycling with GPS and you don’t want to be bothered with charging often, the Bip makes a strong case for itself. You’ll struggle to find a smartwatch that delivers anywhere near the same level of features for the price.
Kate Spade New York’s first feminine smartwatch comes in three distinct designs. One has a gold case and black leather band. The other two rose gold cases with a pink leather or polished stainless-steel five-link bracelet. They all come with a scalloped edge around the watch face and the logo engraved on the watch’s crown.
You’ll get some fitness tracking basics but no heart rate tracking. The watch has a built-in microphone so you can use Google Assistant and can play music from your smartphone, too. There are also notifications and social media updates and some pretty nifty animations. Battery life is around 24 hours.
Fossil Q Venture HR comes with the company’s Generation 4 technology. This includes the addition of a heart rate sensor and GPS inside for use without a smartphone. There’s also an NFC chip that allows users to make payments through Google Pay.
Of the lot, heart rate was perhaps the most glaring omission from the previous generation. There is also the usual array of sensors, including an altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light and microphone. Combined with Google Fit, the Wear OS device now has some serious fitness tracking smarts.
Design improvements mean the timepiece is water-resistant. You can finally hop in the shover, bath or go for a swim without risking your Fossil smartwatch.
There are a few different designs to choose from, as well as 36+ different watch faces to customize the look.
Skagen Falster 2 also comes with Fossil’s 4th Gen tech. This makes it a much more capable timepiece.
The design tweaks mean the watch diameter has shrunk by 2mm to 40mm. There are new minimalist watch dials and two customizable push buttons. These can be programmed to perform tasks such as providing quick access to often used apps.
The biggest design tweak of all, though, is the water-resistant casing. You’ll be able to use Falster 2 come rain or shine and it will track your swim sessions, too.
In addition to tracking your steps, distance, sleep and activity, Skagen’s new smartwatch will keep tabs on your heart rate. There is built-in GPS as well, something those serious about exercising outdoors will appreciate.
The American luxury fashion company has a range of connected devices on offer. One of these is the Michael Kors Access Sofie. This is a device for those who are looking for technological innovation, social connectivity and great style.
The watch features a thin, lightweight case body with a pavé bezel and a full round 1.19 inch touchscreen display. It is sold in eight different plating-and-bracelet combinations, with seven quick-release interchangeable strap options. You can also tweak the watch face to suit your style. The accompanying smartphone app will even let you use a photo straight from Instagram as your watch face.
Don’t look for a heart rate monitor or sophisticated fitness tracking functions. You won’t find them. With a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, the watches will keep tabs on steps, distance, calories and sleep. After all, this is more about wearing a stylish timepiece and staying informed via smartphone notifications than anything else.
Galaxy Watch is an updated version of Samsung’s aging Gear line. It packs LTE connectivity, comprehensive fitness smarts, GPS, water resistance and a price-tag to match.
There are two sizes to choose from – a 42mm variant and a 46mm one. The smaller one in particular may be attractive to the female demographic. It sports a 1.2 inch 360×350 pixel OLED display.
This is primarly a fitness focused device. Its slew of activity tracking sensors includes an accelerometer, heart rate, gyro and barometer. The watch will keep tabs on up to 40 different exercises – and swimming thanks to 5 ATM water-resistance.
Stress tracking is slowly becoming a standard staple of any decent fitness device. Galaxy watch will let you know how chilled you are and there are exercise to keep you calm.
The Bluetooth version is available now. Look for the LTE variant to land later in 2018.
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