Smartwatches are making life a lot easier. Along with timekeeping, they offer a wide range of applications that add to the convenience. At present, the Indian smartwatch market is flooded with options making it easy for one to pick the device best-suited for their needs. While most budget smartwatches are no more than a glorified fitness tracker with a large display, there are also quite a few well-made smartwatches that could even replace a smartphone.
According to a recent report from Counterpoint, the global smartwatch market declined by 8 per cent, however, the Indian smartwatch market is thriving and witnessed a growth of over 15 per cent year-on-year, indicating a strong demand for smartwatches in the country.
If you are planning to buy your first smartwatch or planning to upgrade to a newer model, here are a few things to keep an eye on.
Affordable budget smartwatches
Budget smartwatches usually cost around Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000. Most modern budget smartwatches come equipped with features like fitness tracking, real-time SpO2 and heart rate monitoring, alarm, and some even include games. One can also consider things like swappable straps for easy customisation.
If you are a fitness enthusiast, then a budget smartwatch is not ideal. This is because the data and statistics offered by these devices are often found to be unreliable. Some of the other prominent features include Bluetooth calling, a colour touchscreen display, and extended battery life.
The Redmi Watch 3 Active priced at Rs 2,999 that we recently reviewed is an excellent budget smartwatch. Similarly, the OnePlus Nord Watch, priced at Rs 4,999, is also a good option in the budget smartwatch segment.
If you have an even tighter budget, then you can consider budget smartwatches from brands like Noise, Fire-Boltt, and boAt. These brands offer plenty of options to choose from, and one can get a brand-new budget smartwatch for less than Rs 2,000.
Feature-rich budget smartwatches
Smartwatches like most electronic gadgets lose their value over time, and this is how one can also eye for a full-fledged smartwatch that is a couple of generations old.
One such product is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (review), which is now available for just Rs 9,999. This is a full-fledged smartwatch, where users can install apps, and use the watch for Google Maps GPS navigation, and it also offers pretty accurate fitness tracking when compared to most budget smartwatches.
The TicWatch E3 is another interesting offering, which is also available for Rs 9,999. This smartwatch is based on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform and runs on WearOS by Google, which allows users to install apps, reply to notifications, and more.