The best Smartwatches 2020
The best smartwatches 2020
- 1 The best smartwatches 2020
- 1.1 Key points for buying the best smartwatches
- 1.2 What kind of smartwatch to choose?
- 1.3 iOS, Android, both?
- 1.4 IP and ATM, what about waterproofing?
- 1.5 Which brand offers the best smartwatches?
- 1.6 So here are the best smartwatches, we think of worth looking into.
- 1.7 Apple Watch Series 5
- 1.8 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
- 1.9 Honor MagicWatch 2
- 1.10 Withings Move ECG
- 1.11 Withings Pop Activity
The best smartwatches allow you to access a certain amount of information without having to pull out your smartphone.
If the Apple Watch is the most successful smartwatch, alternatives exist at Samsung, Huawei/Honor or Withings for all budgets, tastes and needs.
The smartwatch market is much quieter than the mobile phone market.
Key points for buying the best smartwatches
The smartwatch market is dominated by Apple.
Today, many smartwatches carry useful features for athletes such as a pedometer, GPS or heart rate monitor.
Some go even further and can completely replace your smartphone by integrating a more or less complete ecosystem of applications as well as 4G connectivity.
Note that there are also waterproof smartwatches that will accompany you during your shower or during your swimming sessions.
On the design side, we have a choice! Many models rely on an LCD or AMOLED screen but some rely on a traditional look with needles and are therefore more enduring.
If you find that smartwatches are too bulky to play sports, we advise you to go for a ride on our selection of connected wristbands.
What kind of smartwatch to choose?
Your user profile will determine the type of smartwatch that best meets your expectations. Sunday sportsmen can turn to a watch with a needle dial with limited functionality.
Those who want to enjoy a more advanced coaching experience but also users who want to have a second smartphone on their wrist will be able to opt for a more sophisticated smartwatch with a touch screen.
It’s also a matter of taste, but be aware that a watch with a needle dial will consume much less.
iOS, Android, both?
Be aware that before drawing the credit card, you will need to check the compatibility of your future smartwatch with your smartphone.
A lot of smartwatches can work with an Android phone or iPhone but not everyone does. The Apple Watch is not compatible with smartphones running under Google’s OS.
IP and ATM, what about waterproofing?
If you want to buy a waterproof watch, make sure it’s waterproofing that’s right for you. A smartwatch that can follow you in the shower may not be able to accompany you during your swimming sessions.
The two most common protection indices are IP67 and IP68. A certified watch is fully protected from dust and has minimal effects of immersion up to 1 m for 30 minutes.
There is also the ATM which expresses itself in meters and allows you to learn more about the degree of waterproofing of your watch.
Which brand offers the best smartwatches?
Competition is much less developed than in the mobile phone market. While Apple reigns supreme, a few brands are successful with consistent proposals.
This is the case for Samsung, Huawei, Fitbit and Withings.
So here are the best smartwatches, we think of worth looking into.
The new Apple Watch receives a much-anticipated key feature and software update, but for the rest, it’s still the same excellent watch from last year.
Its screen, which is now still on, fills a major gap. No need to contort the arm to consult the time in all circumstances, and it changes all side use.
Other major improvements include a compass (magnetometer) that points in the right direction when navigating with maps and an international emergency call function on cellularly connected models.
Incremental developments for this Series 5 which remains one of the best smartwatches on the market.
The Samsung Watch Active 2 is ideal for Android users who want a smartwatch that offers lots of customization options and great workout tracking options.
For iPhone users, it’s still not as good an option as the Apple Watch Series 5 for health tracking, but it has the advantage of monitoring sleep.
The Honor MagicWatch 2 features the same design and arsenal of features as the Huawei Watch GT 2, all for a more contented price.
With its sensors and very precise activity tracking, its well-crafted OLED screen and its excellent battery life, the Chinese manufacturer’s smartwatch is unquestionably one of the best smartwatches on the market along with its twin sister.
With the Move ECG, Withings launches the first analogue smartwatch capable of performing an electrocardiogram. Resolutely health-oriented, it can also track the physical activity of its owner.
While these features remain limited, its simple and classic design will appeal to those who want to equip themselves with the best smartwatches, without looking like one.
Faced with smartwatches based on an LCD touchscreen, Withings adopts a different philosophy: to offer a classic-inspired needle watch with an activity tracker.
By getting rid of a screen, the Activity lasts 8 months without recharging and is forgotten on the wrist. For goal tracking, an analogue indicator is present on the dial while a full tracking is available on the Android or iOS smartphone.
Waterproof at 50 meters, stylish with its many colour combinations and well finished with a steel case, the Pop Activity is an intelligently connected watch rather than a smartwatch.