Electronics & Gadgets

What smartwatch to choose- Great comparative test

Smart watches have been far-fetched since its inception. The operating system is embedded, the connectivity options are more accurate and reliable, the face of the watch is growing and the competition from China is getting stronger.

It is no secret that smart watches are a premium product. Not only because one can buy a solid mobile phone or a new graphics card for one, but because most users will not take advantage of everything that their watch can offer them. Neither the definition of a smart watch itself is strictly defined, but every manufacturer focuses on what is best. For example, Garmin watches have absolute focus on sports, and Samsung cares about your health with motion alerts, as well as statistics and suggestions. Huawei offers a genuine Android watch 2 experience and thanks to a SIM card slot you can leave your cell phone at home. Ticwatch E is a fresh competitor whose main advisor is the price and the original Android Watch operating system. All of them have the unique advantages and disadvantages you need to be aware of when purchasing, depending for what you plan to use your watch, except, of course, timing. Smart watches are not new to the end. The devices we now have on the test are most of the evolution of previous models, and even before bigger companies started to conquer the market there were smart watches in one or another form. But experience has now come to a perfection, and at one point we did not think, “I do not believe this is supported.” We are sorry only manufacturers such as LG and ASUS are not offering their new watches at least for the time being in Europe, while Sony is keeping away from the smart watch industry. 

 

Known manufacturers are coming from China in the form of affordable watches that have modified versions of older Android 5 and 6 operating systems, which gives them great flexibility with regard to microSD cards and sim cards, watch cameras, etc. But some consider using obsolete the operating system is subject to virus attack devices.

For now, we bring you six watches of modern specifications and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of different solutions in terms of what they offer. Most devices are in the same price range, so this part will not at least represent a huge problem when choosing.Known manufacturers are coming from China in the form of affordable watches that have modified versions of older Android 5 and 6 operating systems, which gives them great flexibility with regard to microSD cards and sim cards, watch cameras, etc. But some consider using obsolete the operating system is subject to virus attack devices.

For now, we bring you six watches of modern specifications and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of different solutions in terms of what they offer. Most devices are in the same price range, so this part will not at least represent a huge problem when choosing.

Technology

Smart watches find it harder to find their audience, especially because it is difficult for people to see the benefit of a timing device, and it has so much premium over the classic watch just to point to the cellphone notification that’s ever in your pocket

The start of smart watches can be found 45 years ago when it came to the digital watch that lit its backlight depending on the external conditions detected by its sensor. It is a Seiko company that has long been a pioneer in the field of watches that had an extra function other than displaying time. The next was a watch with a TV set, and after that, the first watch that could receive messages, Message Watch, followed. Using the FM frequency, it featured details from news such as weather forecasts and sports, and could also write who called you.

In the year 2000, the watch had a Linux operating system that made it the first smart time imaginable today. He could connect wirelessly to computers and phones, and he could first receive and read mails. Soon after, the Garmin launches with the Forerunner watch a new era of smart watches equipped with sensors and better technology. Smart watch prices at that time put smart watches in a premium category that few people could afford, especially for the watch.

The real boom of smart watches was experienced in 2013. When Pebble launched ultra-cheap versions that held a price of about $70 US dollars. At that time giants of the Smartphone industry joined (among others) who wanted their name in the new hit technology, as Smartphone sales in the Western world began to stagnate, while in the east China is fierce competition with its Smartphone offering. So Samsung, Sony and Motorola at the same time offered their smart watch versions where they tried to attract customers who could appreciate the oddity of plastic versions of smart watches.

The success of the different brands was quite uneven because while Samsung offered beautiful OLED screens, some went cheaper and offered the old TFT technology, and as the watch and style symbol, many decided for a more attractive look. The first generations were impressive, but they had their own shortcomings. While some companies have given up, some have joined, and some have failed because of the disinterest of a large part of the market. Google saw the opportunity to get involved and released the Android version of Watch, which is now in the third Oreo version. But unlike smart watches where manufacturers can do anything more or less with the android, the Watch version is made in Apple’s iOS style. All watches with Android Watch generally look the same within the system, and Google has set very solid terms in terms of the quality that smart watches need to meet so that users can not be rejected by bad experience.

But what kind of technology do today’s watches have and what can we expect from them? We will also get Chinese bids though their watches are not included in our test because they are not easy to buy but they have to be ordered online. The autonomy of the watch is not too long and it is not realistic to expect more than two days between charging with regard to what sensors and wireless communication methods are built into the watch, not to talk about the battery space. And while e-SIM versions are come up, some like Huawei also offer a nano SIM card slot. Of course, versions with e-SIM cards will not hurt you, and in which case you will get a copy, only some operators are currently offering a service to connect these devices to the network.

In the year 2000, the watch had a Linux operating system that made it the first smart time imaginable today. He could connect wirelessly to computers and phones, and he could first receive and read mails. Soon after, the Garmin launches with the Forerunner watch a new era of smart watches equipped with sensors and better technology. Smart watch prices at that time put smart watches in a premium category that few people could afford, especially for the watch.

The real boom of smart watches was experienced in 2013. When Pebble launched ultra-cheap versions that held a price of about $70 US dollars. At that time giants of the Smartphone industry joined (among others) who wanted their name in the new hit technology, as Smartphone sales in the Western world began to stagnate, while in the east China is fierce competition with its Smartphone offering. So Samsung, Sony and Motorola at the same time offered their smart watch versions where they tried to attract customers who could appreciate the oddity of plastic versions of smart watches.

The success of the different brands was quite uneven because while Samsung offered beautiful OLED screens, some went cheaper and offered the old TFT technology, and as the watch and style symbol, many decided for a more attractive look. The first generations were impressive, but they had their own shortcomings. While some companies have given up, some have joined, and some have failed because of the disinterest of a large part of the market. Google saw the opportunity to get involved and released the Android version of Watch, which is now in the third Oreo version. But unlike smart watches where manufacturers can do anything more or less with the android, the Watch version is made in Apple’s iOS style. All watches with Android Watch generally look the same within the system, and Google has set very solid terms in terms of the quality that smart watches need to meet so that users can not be rejected by bad experience.

But what kind of technology do today’s watches have and what can we expect from them? We will also get Chinese bids though their watches are not included in our test because they are not easy to buy but they have to be ordered online. The autonomy of the watch is not too long and it is not realistic to expect more than two days between charging with regard to what sensors and wireless communication methods are built into the watch, not to talk about the battery space. And while e-SIM versions are come up, some like Huawei also offer a nano SIM card slot. Of course, versions with e-SIM cards will not hurt you, and in which case you will get a copy, only some operators are currently offering a service to connect these devices to the network.

Methodology of testing

Watch’s in the end were not too complicated to test out the simple fact of having apparent standards based on what customers of such devices expect. The screens are generally AMOLED technology, all have heart rate measurements, location, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, and so on. Testing was more about human perception and interaction with the watch. Is it comfortable? What is the resolution of the screen? The aspect ratio of the screen and body is important as well as the weight itself that can become uncomfortable due to its bulk density or weight. There are also some expectations when you add Smart Name to your device, such as basic notifications, programmers, interactions with other devices, and the ability to play music, and connect, for example, to headphones so you can at least be able to disconnect from your phone for a short time.

Battery life is one of the most important items, so it carries a solid quarter of our rating. As we have mentioned, Smart watch is nothing without application, so functionality refers to another quarter of the rating. 20% goes to design and ergonomics, so smart watches can really get their own unique image and differ from others but just as well. 15% goes to the screen as the main form of communication with your smart watch, and a bad screen can frustrate or refuse you to buy it right at the start. Specifications carry 10%, because although they are important, watches will not perform complicated tasks, and they should not be expected, and every manufacturer knows what his hardware can adapt to the experience. Last compatibility. In this part, it is very easy: can the watch be used independently like Smartphone and to what extent, that is, is it the same experience on all platforms?

Specific robust design entices confidence that this watch can also be carried in nature without over-worrying that it will break

If you compare Garmin’s Fenix ​​5 with some of the others in our test, you probably will not be fascinated on the first one. The screen is not illuminated, but has a background light like classic digital devices, and the face of the watch makes it hard to compare with AMOLED screens, such as Samsung. Plus, the screen is not a touch screen, but it is operated by five buttons on the watch.  Well, some will say that the retro look has its own charm, but that is not the conclusion we want to come to.

Just go out and the screen technology that Garmin uses for your watch will become apparent. Namely, the screen is trans reflective and possesses pixel memory, which means that it will be great to see in the sunlight as it is designed to make the daylight visible, and pixel memory further reduces the need to refresh the screen, saving the battery. If you need a comparison, it is similar to e-ink screens eBook readers that are also illuminated by external lighting. The screen is perfectly visible in the day and has a resolution of 218 x 218 pixels, but the interface is designed to give you a low resolution that will not be a lot of disturbance.

The screen protects the glass, but if you plan to carry it through the toughest terrain and you are afraid it could be damaged, this Safir Glass option is much more resistant than classic glass scratching and scratching, but it is much more expensive to produce and further increases the cost of this model. 

When we are in the model, Fenix ​​5 comes in 14 different combinations, depending on the size, additional software and add-ons. The Fenix ​​5X is a bigger version, but the screen is the same 1.2 inches, while the case is bigger and will not suit most users. The Fenix ​​5S is, on the other hand, a little smaller and is sized by the size of a woman’s hand. Some kits also come with a heart rate gauge that is placed around the chest, but the Garmin’s optical sensor on the device is almost of the same precision, only slightly refreshing the current state. The belts are replaceable, and Garmin offers sports silicone as well as metallic, if you plan to wear a more formal edition.

100 meters water resistance is emphasized, but the lack of ISO certification means that the results are obtained in perfect conditions, and professionals for such rating recommend taking a breath of breath for a few hours, while swimming is not a problem. 

But this is not the main advantage of this hour, while the rest of the detail can be offered by other watches. What Fenix ​​makes is special, and the cost of micromanagement is often the price of a product, or the variety of options for tracking your performance in, let’s say, every possible sport. Are you jumping from the plane? No problem. You want to connect with lights, radar or camera, all are supported. You can also connect with Shimanos bicycle DI2 system as well as numerous additional sensors that Garmin has in its family of products and partners. Just listing the hour options would take longer than the space for this article, before we got to the mobile app, which further extends the opportunities of the watch and gives you additional information and their processing to track your body’s fitness, evaluates your progress and monitors your goals. It also supports extra watchs of the watch, easy-to-access via mobile applications, plus all the solid plus. It is, of course, a great watch, which, unfortunately, makes the price unavailable to the wider audience.

Screen resolution

240×240

Screen technology

Transflective  screen

Screen size

1.2 inch

Case Size

47 mm

Operating system

Garmin

Vivoactive 3 has unlike previous versions got a much needed facelift that modernized this attractive design more like watch than a bulky bracelet.

Watching Vivoactive 3 and Fenix ​​5 lessen brand watches, they would say they are almost identical, with one difference in watch design and the fact that Vivoactive has a touch screen as opposed to a more expensive Fenix ​​specimen. And that’s not a bit expensive, but Fenix ​​is ​​more than twice as expensive. What’s the difference and why would someone then decide on such a cheaper copy?

Both watches have the same 240 x 240 pixel resolution screens with unique display technology that is most easily compared to eBook readers and eInk screens that serve external light with lightweight backlighting for dark areas. So, unlike other smart witches that use AMOLED or similar technology to overcharge daylight, Garmin uses it to brighten its screens, extending the battery life. Unlike Fenix ​​that comes with ordinary or Safir glass, Vivoactive 3 comes with well-known Gorilla Glass 3 protection to prevent scratching, but you still need to be careful not to scratch the watch on surfaces that could have sand grains that will quickly destroy your device.

Differences in the design of the watch are obvious, but Vivoactive thanks to its double lighter than Fenix ​​and weighs 43 grams and will therefore be more comfortable to wear. Of course, the battery is somewhat weaker and will last twice as fast (seven days as a smart watch unlike Fenix’s 14 or one day with GPS on, while Fenix ​​can take up to two days). The difference in design can also be seen in watch straps that use different clamping methods, but at least the straps can be replaced at both watchs. While Fenix ​​uses QuickFit technology, Vivoactive is used with Quick Release, which may be a bit less practical. Both devices have the same quality of material and use background steel and polymer for the rest of the watch. Front edges are also metallic

From sensors, both Vivoactive 3 and Fenix ​​5 have identical heart rate measurement at the back of the watch that can precisely pinpoint its knockout and is active as long as you have a watch on your hand and automatically captures when you start training.

So we come to perhaps the second most important factor in buying, which is the way to interact with the watch. The Fenix ​​5 comes with a traditional way with five unique buttons on the side of the watch that are all controlled. This is a great solution because touch screens work best when your hands are dry, but we probably all know from experience with your Smartphone’s how it looks like interaction with the touch screen when it sucks. Garmin expects that people who opt for Fenix ​​5 from more than just a fashion accessory will probably not always be in dry conditions or wear gloves that would also disable the use of touch screens. But, on the other hand, there are a lot of people involved in sport, not coming in such a situation, and the touch screen makes it easier for them to interact with a smart watch. Vivoactive 3 will be a great companion because it has a responsive touch screen that works smoothly even when it gets wet. Vivoactive also has a somewhat newer user interface, which still looks minimalist compared to competitive watches, whose manufacturers have tried to incorporate a more interesting graphical approach. Vivoactive 3 has one side of the hardware button and you will use it to start and stop various activities as well as to enter the startup screen with options.

And the options are also the main difference in Vivoactive 3 and Fenix ​​5 watches. Namely, Fenix ​​5 can detect more than 80 with the ability to add new ones, while Vivoactive has written fifteen. In other words, if you are not a professional athlete, that is, if you do not earn with sport the Fenix ​​5  probably will not be needed daily, Vivoactive 3 will completely fit yours both sporting and smart watch needs.

Screen resolution

240×240

Screen technology

Transflective  screen

Screen size

1.2 inch

Case Size

43.4 mm

Operating system

Garmin

With its new watch, Huawei has started at the rate of the other and is trying to impress the sports audience, while at the same time offering a great deal of other smart watch options

The new Huawei smart watch iteration brings us together with others a clear picture in which smart watches are increasingly focusing on athletes with their distinctive looks and design. Huawei has hit many things, but there are some details that we would like to change to truly get the perfect watch.

The biggest minus, in our opinion, is seen in the look of the watch when compared to the previous version. Namely, the screen is smaller, 1.2 inches in diameter, and the huge border visually further reduces it but shows at least minutes , so the watches without such details can remain functional for precise time setting without watching too much in the watch ( this situation did not happen to us). For those who want a watch similar to the premium design of the first Huawei Watch, there is a Classic version of the second edition that resembles traditional, less sports watches, but has fewer features than the standard double, and requires higher price, so it becomes unprofitable unless the design is so important to you.

The screen itself is great thanks to the AMOLED technology and the resolution of 390 x 390, which makes all the displays crystal-clear even in daylight. The rest of the interior is almost identical to other watchs with 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. No watch uses Snapdragon’s 2100 processor, which is supposedly designed for this use, but leaves the impression of weaker performance than, for example, Samsung’s offer. Like them, it can take up to two days of use, after which it needs to recharge the battery. The biggest hardware difference between the standard and the Classic version is the ability to connect via the LTE connection that the standard version has, while the Classic version is no longer available. This is achieved by inserting a nano SIM card slot that can be opened by removing a strap and removing the card holder. The device gets Internet access and can work independently without a cell phone nearby, but then you are not able to use your cell phone if you do not use two cards, which then create additional problems. The whole thing works, but the problem is, of course, applications where a good part cannot work independently without the use of a cell phone or their functionality is limited to, for example, collecting and displaying information only, while cell phone applications can be further processed to display statistics and chart.

He is often praised as one of the best-equipped, and this is not an exaggeration, since his body has been able to crank up Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz and mobile internet, and there are more Accelerometers, Gyros, Barometers, Heart Rate Sensors, Capacitive sensor to detect whether the user is wearing watch or not, an ambient light sensor, and a geomagnetic sensor for accurate compass operation. There are, of course, GPS + Glonass and 420 mAh batteries.

The user interface is by Google’s guidelines equally across all smart watches that use Android Wear and will be familiar to you in all the watches that are used with it.

The only major remarks we have is the way the strap belts are resolved. It’s possible to change them, but only with straps made for Huawei Watch 2 and have a 90 ° vertical bend perpendicular to the watch that was needed in older watches because they had no place to place GPS and Wi-Fi antenna. so they went in the strap, but modern watches all run without such a design. so we think that Huawei could try to solve this problem again.

Screen resolution

390×390

Screen technology

AMOLED

Screen size

1.2 inch

Case Size

49 mm

Operating system

Android Wear 2

Mobvoi is a Chinese company that has now celebrated its second Kickstarter campaign and has gained tremendous customer support by offering truly affordable quality watches

If you look at the internet the best watches for an affordable price, almost everyone will recommend Ticwatch, if not at first, at least in the first three places. The company celebrated its crowdfunding strategy and delivered massive devices at good prices, and via the web store continued to sell watches for those who did not support the campaign. Ticwatch 2 has become famous among smartwatches that do not have an Android Wear operating system, because Google is very striking when it comes to that platform, borrowing the Apple Book Strategy.

We believe that the restrictive price of smart watches, along with the fact that it is difficult to justify purchasing something that your cell phone already provides, is the main reason for their low demand, and given that smart watch manufacturers are increasingly turning to sports where sports bracelets have been experiencing relative success, we believe we are not far from the truth. So when a kickstarter was announced for the new smart watch that Android Wear 2 would run at twice the price lower than the competition, we had to get one and grab it.

Why is it important to run Android Wear? Google stays firmly in the hands of this platform and only puts on the devices they have approved, eliminating the possibility of bad experience when purchasing an unknown item. Of course, Android Wear is not perfect and has its own shortcomings, but also the advantages of its excellent Smartphone Android integration and solid support when it comes to connecting to Apple’s device.

So they finished Ticwatch S for sport and E for express. They are in principle equal to the hardware side, but the sports version of the GPS antenna and Wi-Fi go into the straps, giving them better signal and precision, but they can not be changed and the straps are tightened to the hand, which will cause wrist-joint problems . Model E has a GPS, but there is no big antenna, so it’s not accurate as version S, but its belts are easy to change and much better on hand. Its design is minimal with just one button on the left side of the chassis, which is an interesting design decision, but the button at least does not bother to wrap the wrist at times, for example, riding a bicycle.

The version we have finished is completely black, but it comes in yellow and white, whose case also has transparent elements, whose aesthetics would be discussed.

The screen has an AMOLED resolution of 400 x 400 pixels and a diagonal of 1.4 inches and edges narrower than most other watches, giving it the impression of a large screen and puts it in the foreground. It comes with a silicone strap that is resistant to sweating and moisture, and it is saturated with IP67 certification, meaning it will not be a problem if it’s wet in the rain, but swimming with it is definitely not recommended. Like other test watches, it has 512 MB of RAM along with 4 GB of internal memory. It is powered by the MediaTek smart watch processor MT2610 and supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, heart rate sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and e-compass.

Mobvoi has emphasized collaboration with Google and has created an extra opportunity, which is a Google Assistant support to which you can give all the commands just like your cell phone. Apps are standard as with any Android Wear smart watch, but Mobvoi has a couple of fitness applications with more advanced features and attractive interfaces, whose capabilities expand on a Smartphone. Of course, it cannot achieve Garmin’s quality of production or offer a variety of options, nor Samsung’s quality of the Gear Sport model, but it’s a great price tag for the price it offers.

Screen resolution

400×400

Screen technology

AMOLED

Screen size

1.4 inch

Case Size

44 mm

Operating system

Android Wear 2

The latest Samsung smart watch is Gear sport, which unlike the S3 version is more compact and easier to hold on during various activities

Samsung has recently launched a whole line of sports gadgets, from smart trackers to handsets. Gear sports falls into a more smart watch part, though it is a focus sport and driven by the same Tizen OS as the smaller sports S3 brothers. What is the difference then?

For starters, it’s great on hand, and because of the smaller dimensions of the case, it suits a lot of people who try it out. The screen is also a little smaller, but it’s hard to bother you. The screen technology, of course, is AMOLED 360 x 360 pixels diagonal 1.2 inches and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 technology. The device itself is constructed of an attractive metal housing and comes with replaceable silicone straps. The word “replaceable” here is important because Samsung and this smaller enclosure have been able to put Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS antennas without the need to stretch them to the strap of the device itself, as it may be with a large number of smart watches. Like other models from Samsung’s offer, there is a very well-designed outline of the watch screen that we can rotate through the widgets as well as other applications once we enter the menu by clicking one of the two buttons on the right side of the watch.

The watch includes the Samsung Exynos 3250 Dual processor, which was the star of the Gear S2 era. This means that, although the newer date, has an older processor than the S3 model. The 3250 processor is made with 28nm technology, while the S3 with its 7270 is made with 14nm technology. This means that Sport consumes more energy than the Frontier model and has a smaller battery. The rest of the detail is more or less the same as the S3 model with 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. Connected with Bluetooth 4.2 and has a 300 mAh battery. It lacks its speaker, but unlike the S3 model it has 50 m waterproof. When we are already in the water, 50 meters does not mean absolutely nothing, so anyone with better experience will tell you that you can not dive with such a watch. In fact, all that 50 m represents is that with this watch you can wash your hands or take a short swim without too much waving. To make the watch truly waterproof to the marked depths, you should have an ISO standard to make sure you can dive at 50 + 25% meters.

So we come to the software. As smart watches have not survived in a large number of people, companies are now more targeted to athletes because they can do things that mobile phones are not able to, such as simple heart rate measurements, tracking movements, speed, number of steps, floors, etc. without having a big brick in your pocket. Samsung does this with attractive software on the TEN operating system that looks just like the S3 model and offers more or less the same features. Heart rate measurement is intuitive and shows real-time reading in the way we see it in movies. The question remains how accurate, but a very noticeable difference is if your heart is calm or permissible. Samsung applications have been launched, but third-party apps are not as delightful as those from the classic Android Wear 2 Part. Numerous faces per hour are easily searched by cell phone and sent to the watch. The free choice is huge, as well as the ones for which you will need to allocate some dollars.

Screen resolution

360×360

Screen technology

Super AMOLED

Screen size

1.2 inch

Case Size

44.6 mm

Operating system

Tizen OS 3

The Samsung S3 Frontier is still a flagship watch of a South Korean company and comes with excellent hardware.

Given the position of Samsung as a company, it is no wonder that it is often set as a leader in the world of smart devices. With its AMOLED screens, each display can make extra bright, and other technologies can hardly compete. So at least it was in the first versions, but now more and more smart watchs have AMOLED screens, so Samsung needs other details to point out. Probably that is why the operating system of Android Wear chooses its own Tizen OS, which has its own unique style. The disadvantage of this is a weaker connection with Google and Android services that are well integrated into Wear watches.

The way through the menu is excellent by rotating the outside ring around the screen (which we used to use useless ticking at some of the classic watches). Rotating the ring goes through the circular menu, and the two side buttons help to select and exit the application. Of course, the screen has touch screen features, so the watch can be managed over the screen.

There are Samsung Widgets, which are mostly focused on health, but they also show other useful information such as digital barometers and heights (the highs are gained through the internet). You follow your steps, heart rate, crosses and calories throughout the day. After several days of use, statistics are provided with health promotion suggestions. For additional information, you need an application on your Smartphone for Samsung gear and for Samsung health. Face watches can be changed with a couple of already installed, few free pairs that you can watch on the watch, and for others you need a mobile application that has thousands of different digital and analogue faces. Keep in mind that they cost a lot, but the application will warn you.

From the hardware itself, the Frontier version is robust and made of steel, and is rated IP certified 68, meaning it can be dropped into water no deeper than 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. The screen is, as we have already said, AMOLED with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and has a diagonal of 1.3 inches. The processor is a two-core Exynos 7270 from Samsung’s own workshop and supports 768 MB of RAM with 4 GB of internal memory. Connects to Bluetooth 4.2 and supports music playback via built-in speaker, along with conversations. The 380 mAh battery will hold you for about three days, but if you want to use it more actively with the ever-on screen, be ready to charge every other day.

The overall impression is a very good, attractive design that will distract the looks, but for a large number of people it will look too bulky. The app has less than Android Wear, and the ones that are found are mostly not original. Also, despite the sporty look, unlike Classic versions, it will be uncomfortable to wear while running due to its weight. Apps for physical activity monitoring are functional and intuitive and you do not need much to get used to them.

By testing, we have found that the application of us often requires fastening the watch by tightening the straps to fit well with the hand to give any result. Once they find the beats, they are within the permissible level of faults, while during the exercise they will give you some less accurate results that you probably should not rely too much on. The best measurement is performed with a quiet hand in controlled conditions for best results. There are still an accelerometer and gyroscope for monitoring the situation, and when the watch is expected to light up from the sensor, there are Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connections that are both solid.

The whole thing is powered by a 350 mAh battery that will last for up to two days with moderate use, and then recharged using magnetized contacts via a USB port.

The watch will satisfy those who want smart watch due to its screen and time display and an attractive design that goes well with formal clothing. Same smart features are quite limited to changing faces and receiving, but not responding to messages and notifications. We hope that the next iteration will keep the look and the screen great, and focus on both the internal hardware and the software, for which the disadvantages are still hard to find justification regarding the new Ticwatch that appeared on the market.

Screen resolution

Super AMOLED

Screen technology

Super AMOLED

Screen size

1.2 inch

Case Size

44.6 mm

Operating system

Tizen OS 3

When brand stories start, many will quickly come to one side or another trying to justify their choice before others. When we talk about Apple products with us, the discussion has no end

In our comparison, the only version of Apple’s watch available in Croatia – the basic one. Like the others, we compare it to its predecessor – the Apple Watch version 3. On the outside, they kept the cube-like appearance that left them as soon as the possibility of a round screen was introduced, which had first the shape of a tire, but now fills the front of the watch . Apple has kept its rectangular look, which some will not like at the start. But such a form has its advantages in the form of a larger space that can be used by various applications, making them more visible and enjoyable to use. Unchanged is just an outside appearance, the screen resolution is now 324 x 394 for 40 mm an in 3 generation it is 340 x 272 for a smaller 38mm version, or 390 x 312 for a 42mm where 4th generation outputs 368 x 448 on 44mm screen. Maximum brightness also remains the same at 1000 nits, which should be enough to watch the watch on sunny days. Behind the screen are some upgrades, and the most interesting is the processor itself, which is from the Watch 3 processor to 2 times stronger. It has also gained a chipset for wireless router and cellular connectivity and brings support for Bluetooth 5.0. The version available with us also has 16 GB of internal memory for storage, while the better versions come with the same 16 GB of memory. There is now a barometer and a height counter, which equates it to its Android, Samsung, and Garmin competitors. The heart rate meter is already standard but updated to 2nd generation, and with new operating system updated to version 5.1. There are improvements specifically for the HIIT mode of exercise, which for lesser meaning aerobic high-intensity exercise at short intervals of a few minutes with interruptions with slower motion. This just for reading heartbeat means a great amplitude in cardiac work that a good number of sports trackers are mistakenly written, so many athletes still prefer a breast-mounted sensor. This exercise mode is selected in fitness application options and customizes the heart rate measurement algorithm for more accurate reading.

Of course, we notice that Apple, like the rest, is paying more attention to the sport’s function of the watch and can be measured with it. Unfortunately, the same problem from past remains in the new version, despite the advertisements for battery saving. Namely, Apple’s 4th version of the watch, like the other version, advertises as a device that can run independently for only 18 hours and believe it does not say it from modesty. Turning on the battery-consuming option visibly shortens the life of the battery.

Apple Watch 4 can be purchased in a version that has the ability to set up eSIM technology, enabling it to connect to a mobile network for constant connectivity even when your iPhone is not near or has no known Wi-Fi network. The idea is great, but when the watch just appeared there was a lot of trouble with its software design. However, there is a small problem, as no eSIM technology has ever been introduced in some countries until recently, after the Huawei Watch 2 came into the market, which also has this option.

Unfortunately, Apple did not foresee a model for some markets with the embedded eSIM option, so we recommend that if you’re already using Apple, you’re getting a better device at that time, it was Watch 3 or 4 because it’s almost the same . Keep in mind that the watch, of course, can only be connected with an iPhone Smartphone without which it is almost unusable.

Screen resolution

448×368

394×324

Screen technology

LTPO AMOLED

LTPO AMOLED

Screen size

1.78 inch

1.57 inch

Case Size

44 mm

40 mm

Operating system

WatchOS 5.0

WatchOS 5.0

Test results

Screen80%
Specification80%
Battery100%
Design and ergonomy80%
Functionality100%
Compatibility60%

Best Smartwatch award

Screen100%
Specification80%
Battery58%
Design and ergonomy100%
Functionality100%
Compatibility80%

Best buy award

Screen80%
Specification100%
Battery58%
Design and ergonomy80%
Functionality100%
Compatibility80%

Third place award

Screen100%
Specification80%
Battery61%
Design and ergonomy100%
Functionality80%
Compatibility81%

Fourth place award

Screen100%
Specification60%
Battery80%
Design and ergonomy80%
Functionality60%
Compatibility80%

Fifth place award

Screen100%
Specification100%
Battery40%
Design and ergonomy80%
Functionality80%
Compatibility60%

Sixth place award

Screen80%
Specification60%
Battery67%
Design and ergonomy100%
Functionality60%
Compatibility60%

Seventh place award

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