Treat yourself to wrist candy that’s easy on the eyes, tracks workouts and packed with a tonne of other handy features.
What tells more than time but looks like a watch? A smartwatch, of course!
Whether it’s tracking workouts, paying for public transport or replying to WhatsApp messages, smartwatches have come a long way since they were first introduced in 2004. Once cumbersome and undesired, they are now a much sought-after wrist accessory that is able to do almost everything a smartphone can. To some extent, it is even a status symbol.
So, if you’re shopping for one or ‘just browsing’ (because as a responsible adult, you plan to get it during the year-end sale with your hard-earned bonus), here are nine of the best smartwatches you can get in Singapore for under S$400.
What is a smartwatch?
Think of it as an extension of your smartphone and a fitness tracker all rolled into one. It can notify you of WhatsApp messages and allows you to reply to them, tell the time, track your workouts, play music via wireless earbuds, pay for groceries and more.
What is the difference between a smartwatch and fitness tracker?
As its name suggests, a fitness tracker only tracks fitness and offers basic features like time, date and heart rate monitor. They are unable to push notifications and support third-party apps or mobile payments.
Are smartwatches waterproof?
Almost all smartwatches are waterproof, which means that you can take it for a dip in the pool, water park or beach.
However, not all smartwatches are built to remain underwater for long periods of time. Some are able to withstand depths of 100m for hours on end, while others can only manage 1.5m for 30 minutes.
How long will my smartwatch battery last on a single charge?
This depends on the model of your smartwatch, how often you use it to track your workouts, how long those workouts last and how it is connected to your smartphone (Bluetooth or Wi-Fi). In general, most smartwatches last two to three days on a single charge.
The best smartwatches you can buy for under S$200
Blackdot, GT Smart Watch Series 1
Features: Water resistant (IP68), pedometer, heart rate monitor, fitness tracker, sleep monitor, stopwatch, alarm, ‘find device’ function and long battery life
Compatibility: iOS 9.0 and above, Android 4.4 and above
Best for: Entry level newbies
#SupportLocal! Whoever said that smartwatches have to cost a pretty penny has never been introduced to Blackdot’s GT Smart Watch Series 1. At under S$50, its features include fitness tracking, push notifications (WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, etc.), sleep monitor and a whopping 18-day battery life, what’s not to love?
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Amazfit Bip U Pro
Features: Blood-oxygen monitor, GPS, 5 ATM water-resistance, 60+ sports modes, sleep monitor, heart rate monitor, stress monitor, nine day battery life and women’s health tracker
Compatibility: iOS 10.0 and above, Android 5.0 and above
Best for: Entry-level fitness newbies
The Amazfit Bip U Pro is what happens when function meets affordability. It boasts features that include a 1.43” HD colour screen, built-in Alexa, over 60 sports modes, blood-oxygen monitor and water-resistant for up to 50m. As it has so many features at a relatively low price point, the Amazfit Bip U Pro is best suited for those who have just started their fitness journey or are new to smartwatches.
Xiaomi Mi Watch GPS Smartwatch (2021)
Features: Heart rate monitor, GPS, blood-oxygen monitor, pedometer, long battery life, lightweight design and 117 sport modes
Compatibility: iOS 10 and above, Android 5.0 and above
Best for: Fitness enthusiasts on a budget
The real question is, what does Xiaomi not have?
Recently released, the Xiaomi Mi Watch GPS Smartwatch (2021) is a gem given its long list of features and affordable price. Some of its features include tracking up to 17 workouts with 100 extended workout modes, GPS, blood oxygen testing (handy, given that this is an indicator of COVID-19 infection) and an extremely long battery life of 16 days (assuming light usage, or 50 hours for sports tracking and/or GPS).
Xiaomi may produce Android smartphones, but this smartwatch is compatible with iOS too. This means you no longer have to be restricted to just a few brands or the Apple Watch if you own an iPhone—score!
HUAWEI Watch GT 2
Features: Heart rate monitor, GPS, bluetooth calling, in-device music, sleep monitor, long battery life, pedometer, personal workout guides and fitness tracker
Compatibility: iOS 9.0 and above, Android 5.0 and above
Best for: For fitness enthusiasts and fashionistas alike
Price: From S$198
If you thought that all smartwatches have a bulky look or shape, then this smartwatch by HUAWEI will change your perception. Easily mistaken for an analog watch due to its round face and side buttons, HUAWEI’s Watch GT 2 is as sleek as they come.
Available in 42mm and 46mm versions, they are packed with features that include sleep monitoring, workout tracker and even a personal trainer mode that helps you make sense of your fitness data so you train better.
The best smartwatches you can buy for under S$300
Apple Watch Series 3
Features: Water resistant, optical heart sensor, emergency SOS, in-device music, altimeter, sleep monitor, GPS/GNSS, Apple Pay, Siri enabled, customisable watch face, pedometer and fitness tracker
Compatibility: iOS only
Best for: Apple fitness buffs
This next watch, almost synonymous with the word ‘smartwatch’, needs no introduction.
Despite the Apple Watch Series 3 being released four years ago in 2017, it is still a tough competitor to beat because of its minimalist design, features and almost bug-free software (Apple’s pretty diligent in releasing updates).
It might be older than some on this list, but there’s a huge perk for being around for so long—OEM watch straps, charging cables, tempered glass screen protectors and other accessories are easier to find on your favourite online store.
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Garmin Forerunner 55
Features: Built-in GPS, long battery life, pedometer, daily suggest workouts, pacepro technology, Garmin coach, recovery advisor, fitness tracker, stress monitor, sleep monitor, women’s health tracker and heart rate monitor
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Best for: Avid runners who are new to smartwatches
Serious about incorporating running into your fitness regime, or looking for a smartwatch that’s first and foremost a fitness tracker? Then you might want to consider Garmin’s Forerunner 55. A go-to brand for fitness buffs, especially runners, Garmin has equipped this model with a suite of running-dedicated functions such as, cadence counter and even a race predictor to maximise your running potential.
The best smartwatches you can buy for under S$400
Fitbit Versa 3
Features: GPS, heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, oxygen saturation monitoring, 20 goal-based exercise modes, stress monitor, long battery life, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa enabled, guided breathing sessions, women’s health tracker and fitness tracker
Compatibility: iOS 12.2 and above, and Android 7.0 and above
Best for: Fitness buffs and seasoned smartwatch users
The latest Fitbit Versa 3, compatible with Apple and Android devices, comes packed with everything you need to stay fit and train better while staying updated with your social circle.
With a squarish watch face, it is similar in design to the Apple Watch SE except that it has three control buttons (one on the left and two on the right) for easy navigation. It is available in five colourways that include pastel pink, pastel purple and olive.
Garmin Vívoactive 4S (40mm)
Features: Energy monitor, GPS, respiration tracker, blood oxygen sensor, advanced sleep monitor, women’s health tracker, stress monitor, hydration tracker, heart rate monitor, music storage (Spotify and Deezer only), guided breathing sessions, Garmin Coach, Garmin Pay and animated workouts
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Best for: Fitness buffs and seasoned smartwatch users
The Garmin VIvoactive 4S tracks just about everything and has one of the longest lists of features for any smartwatch on this list. Designed for everyday wear, this watch isn’t just aesthetically pleasing but actually ensures that you are leading an active lifestyle with in-built animated workouts and Garmin Coach. A win-win if you ask me.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 (40mm)
Features: Body composition measurement, daily activity and fitness tracker, pedometer, ECG and blood pressure tracker, sleep monitor, GPS, customisable watch face
Compatibility: Android only
Best for: Android fitness buffs
This Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is perfect if you’re looking for a stylish smartwatch that you can take from the gym to a fancy cocktail bar without it sticking out like a sore thumb.
It may not have as many features as some others on this list, but I think it makes up for that with its pretty amazing body composition measurement feature. At the tip of your fingers, its in-built BioActive Sensor captures your body composition in real time and provides you with information like body fat percentage, muscle mass, BMI and more.
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By Geralyne Ong
A lover of gin and all things Nigella Lawson, Geralyne’s a big believer of #Adulting. She spends her leisure time serving fur-babies and doing as many mountain climbers and kettlebell swings as she possibly can.