Who owns a smartwatch with good battery life and health monitoring? (Buying advice up to £300)
I’m looking to buy a smartwatch but the sheer quantity of the Watches available is mind-blowing. Whilst I want to spend up to a MAXIMUM OF about £300 I still want a watch will excellent battery life. A few years ago I received an iwatch as a present but soon got annoyed with being forced to charge it every 8 hours. I notice that the current iwatch Series 7 needs charging every day so that’s a definite non-starter. The wife has a small Fitbit Luxe that she hasn’t charged for 4-5 days but I want more of a watch. I’m not interested in talking to the watch for calls, texting, email alerts or social media alerts etc. The main features I’m looking for are:
Long battery life. IMPORTANT
Heart rate: IMPORTANT
Blood Oxygen: IMPORTANT.
Texts on screen: NOT BOTHERED. PREFER NOT.
Phone calls: PREFER NOT.
Music: PREFER NOT.
Emails/Alerts: PREFER NOT.
Any recommendations guys based on what you are wearing? I know I can sift through the millions of reviews etc but I think it’s better to get real accounts from peeps who own these items, not just believe sales garbage..
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Both sync well to the Garmin app and keep in sync with each other so activity recorded on either contribute to the same daily count.
This MSE guide might help, though it's focussed mainly on fitness trackers - it mentions various models and their features. Be aware this guide was last updated in January so it's best to check prices etc yourself.
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There is no 'perfect' watch available yet that can give you 7 day battery life, accurate regular measurements, if there was Apple or Garmin would already have launched it, particularly for the budget set. Maybe a year or two, and we'll be closer to your goals, as technology does continue to progress on these devices.
As a side note - you can own more than one Apple watch, and have automatic handover, so as you remove one watch, and put on another, measurements continue overnight without having to faff about in the phone telling it you've changed watches. I happen to be in the situation where I have two, as my dad passed away, and I have his. So I'm in the habit of using the newer model in the day time (Series 6), and the older model (Series 2) in the night time, and just swapping them on the charger when I go to bed/get up. If you looked at the used market, you could run something similar - a newer one for daytime, and older one for sleeping. You might not have been aware of the handover feature, so it's worth mentioning.
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The Bank 7 is now out for around £50.
I use mine mainly for tracking my swims and it works very well.
Only very slight downside is you need to download the Huawei Fitness App directly from Huawei due to the spat with the US.
I had no issues doing so and it updates regularly.