Top 5 Sports Watches for Fitness Freaks

A smartwatch that is also a sports watch? Oh yes. For fitness freaks, smart watches that also perform as a fitness tracker and a sports watch is an absolute must-have. So if you’re hunting for the next sports smartwatch, look no further. Here are our top 5 best selects.

1. The Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3 with white band.
Apple Watch Series 3 with white band.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the latest release after the Series 2 (which has been discontinued) and the Series 1. We recommend you use the Series 3 as the Series 1 is designed solely as an entry-level option. If you’re already a fitness pro and an Apple fan, you don’t really need to spend $249 on an entry level product that is not swim-proof and is thinner or lighter than the Series 3. For an additional $80-$100, you can get GPS, swim resistance, 18 hours battery life, OLED retina display and ceramic back for $329. You can also get cellular connection on the new Series 3 but it does require you to have an iPhone with a cellular connection. So if you have a Series O watch, it’s time to update to the Series 3 and if you have a Series 1 and you’re happy with an entry-level watch, that’s totally fine. If however, you want to get more from a smart watch, the Series 3 is what you need.

The Series 3 is brand new and opens for pre order tomorrow.

2. Samsung Gear S3

Samsung S3 Frontier watch.
Samsung S3 Frontier watch.

Where there is Apple, there is Samsung – or is it the inverse? Oh well, whatever. So if you’re a Samsung user with a Samsung phone, you might want to get your hands on the Samsung Gear S3. With the new Apple Watch Series 3 pricing it’s about the same cost ($300 - $350) and really comes down to what model you chose, but it has everything you’d ever need in a regular smartwatch. The interface is intuitive, the GPS is great and the Super AMOLED screen is all the more appealing. The only problem? The Gear has a lack of third-party apps, but if you’re just looking for a smart watch that could go in the water, track your heartbeat, your fitness activities and still be able to make calls, messages or listen to music, this should be more than enough. The good thing is the watch is compatible with even older Android versions and on phones other than Samsung. A serious competitor to the Apple Watch Series, the Samsung Gear S3 is trendy, smart and works hard!

3. LG Watch Style

LG Watch Style Titanium.
LG Watch Style Titanium.

The LG Watch Style is a mid-level smartwatch selling at $159.99. For anyone who wants to choose a brand other than Apple or Samsung, LG seems to be the best option. With that price, you get a super-cool smart watch that is stylish, and offers the rudimentary functions of a smart watch. That being said, the watch has a disappointing battery life and is a far cry from perfection. It may be less costly, but it isn’t as strong or mighty as the former two and could be the perfect watch for someone who is just wanting to test waters with a smart watch.

4. Garmin Vivoactive HR

Garmin vívoactive HR.
Garmin vívoactive HR.

Samsung and Apple are great sports watches for people who want more of a smartwatch rather than a sports watch. On the other hand, the Garmin Vivoactive HR is more of a sports watch than a smartwatch. It has dedicated GPS modes for running, cycling, swimming, gym and a lot more. It also manages smartwatch notifications and provides calendar updates. A week of battery life, water resistance and sturdy looking watch, the Garmin Vivoactive is the perfect sports watch you should be having on you.

5. Huawei Watch 2

Huawei Watch 2 multiple configurations
Huawei Watch 2 multiple configurations

A basic smartwatch with great potential, the Huawei Watch 2 is ideal if you want to have an Android Wear 2.0 watch. It stands out from other competitors with its strong battery life and accurate step as well as distance tracking. It’s great for someone who is happy with using a basic smartwatch to keep track of their walking or running distance. It does not offer complicated calculations like its other competitors and keeps it simple with the monitoring of heart-rate, delivering of notifications of calls or messages and tracking steps. The Huawei Watch 2 is a cool gift for your teenage kid this Christmas.

Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.
BeepWee