Best Smart Watches in India 2018

Velocrush India
9 min readDec 21, 2018

Cycling doesn’t stop at buying the right bike or riding it over thousands of kilometres. There’s more to cycling than just that. As a beginner, measuring the miles clocked in a certain time duration was a concern, but later, the needs only increased. You want to know your heart rate, you want to know

Benefits of the best smart watches in India:

1. Time is Passe, more Features is the thing!
Watches until now were worn to know the time, however, the need of the hour has gone beyond. People want to know the amount of calories burnet, the number of steps walked and a lot more. The best smart watch will help you do exactly that.

2. Keep your phone even closer:-
In this fast life, most of the times we forget our phoned are left in a situation where you want to pull your hair out.
If you find yourself in such cases, get yourself a smartwatch. You can connect your phone or any device with it and you will be able to ring it through your watch whenever you wish.

3. Track your fitness:
Got a fitness goal, track it using one of the best smart watches. It can calculate your footsteps, distance, heart rate, sleep and a lot more.

4. Instant text reply and call:-
Forget getting your phone out of your pocket. A smart watch makes it much easier for you to reply to calls and text with ease.

Besides, you will also get a few watches that offers voice support feature. With the best smart watches, you can turn your voice into commands.

5. Get notified on the go!
In a world where social media is the shizz, the best smart watches let you get notified on your wrist. This way you can stay connected with reality and the digital world!

6. No missing out on important calls and messages

Often we’re forced to keep your phone away while cycling, running or swimming for that matter. However, there are times when you would want to peak into a few important messages and calls that you don’t want to miss out!

With the best smart watches, you can easily check your notifications instantly and get back to your workout.

The best part being, you don’t have to remove your phone!

Best smartwatches under 5000

Mi Band — HRX edition INR 1,299:

If you are looking for a basic smartwatch that lets you count your footsteps, amount of calories burnt and shows time, the Mi Band fits your requirements. At just INR 1299, the watch comes with an OLED display so you can see more in a single glance.

Simply lift your wrist* to view time and tap the button for steps, distance covered & calories burnt.

Unlike the previous models, the algorithm of this Mi band is improved. As a result, it filters out unnecessary movements and measures steps taken and exercise more accurately.

The watch also measures your sleep and helps you make better choices. None the less, the watch also sends out a gentle buzz when you have been sitting still for too long.

Honor Band 3-Blue INR 2,499:

Another brand that’s making waves in the Indian market when it comes to the best smart watches or fitness trackers is Honor. If you’re looking for a fashionable companion for your smartphone, this band should fulfil your list. With this band, you can track your heart rate continuously, monitor sleep, get notified and much more.

Key Features:

1. Continuous heart rate monitoring
2. Large multi-touch screen
3. Sleep monitoring
4. Upto 7–30 days usage on a single charge
5. 50 metres water-resistance
6. Accurate fitness and health tracking
7. Call reminder and message viewer and Bluetooth 4.2

Intex Irist Pro Smartwatches: INR 5,499

Just a little above INR 5000, the Intex Irist Pro smart watch is another good watch that you can consider buying.

Key Features:

1. 50 gms weight
2. 1.63” TFT LCD
3. 400 mAh Battery
4. Bluetooth v4.0

Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch, Black INR 15,086:

Whether you want to run, sprint, Tri, swim, bike or row, the Garmin Forerunner 35 is one of the best smart watches to buy in India at a lower price point. The smart watch does more than just counting footsteps, calories and heart rate and comes with built in GPS, 24/7 heart rate monitoring and a lot more.

If you like to take your workout outdoors and still want to stay connected to your world the smart notifications feature will keep you in touch anywhere.

Key Features:

1. Built-in GPS — lets you acquire satellites quickly to track how far, how fast and where you run, even under tree cover
2. 24/7 heart rate monitoring — Allows heart rate 24 hours a day
3. Vibration alerts notify you of running prompts, activity tracking milestones and virtual pacing progress
4. Updated display offers a higher resolution
5. Smart connectivity live tracking, music controls, Social media notifications, etc

Buy it for GPS, distance, pace, calories, activity tracking

Garmin Vivosport:

The successor to the Vivismart HR+, the Vivosport is a smart watch packed with features. However, it comes with a smaller display and is completely buttonless.

The slimmer designed watch comes with Built-in GPS that allows tracking your runs, walks and even cardio (indoor and outdoor).
However, if you want the bigger display and button combo, we still think the Vivosmart HR+ — or perhaps the newer Vivofit 4 — is worth considering.

Key Features:
1.Built-in GPS
2.Daily Fitness Monitoring and Stress Tracking
3. Estimate your VO2 max and fitness age
4. Syncing your activities to Garmin Connect

Buy it for GPS, good battery life, activity tracking

Garmin Vivosmart 4:
The Vivosmart 4 is the latest fitness tracker by Garmin. While this best smart watch offers all the functions and features of the other fitness trackers, the Vivosmart 4 also comes with a pulse oximeter sensor.

So what’s a pulse oximeter sensor?
This feature lets you track your blood oxygen saturation!

The sensor takes readings during the day and night and can be used to detect serious potential health conditions like sleep apnea. Besides, it also comes with a body battery’ energy feature that wants to give you a better insight into how well recovered your body is for your next workout session.

What we didn’t like was that the watch does come with a heart rate monitor but no GPS, however, supports the ability to track running, walking, strength training, and swimming.

Buy it for Battery life, a heart rate monitor, basic activity tracking, MoveIQ support, simple design.

Garmin Forerunner 235 Activity Tracker INR 21,490:

One of the best smart watches that often a favourite among runners is the Forerunner 235. The slim watch comes with the built-in heart rate monitor, you can see VO2 Max stats to give you a better idea about recovery between runs.

While the heart rate monitor might not be quite up to the task for high intensity sessions, the 235 allows you to pair it with an ANT+ strap for more reliable heart-rate-zone-based training.
When it comes to the battery of this watch, it goes on for 12 weeks in watch mode and 12 hours in training mode.

Key features:
1.Wrist-based heart rate
2.Smart notifications
3.Vo2 Max Estimate
4.Weather widget
5. Activity tracking
6. Large Screen

Buy it for: GPS, comfortable design, activity tracking, advanced running metrics, Garmin IQ app support

Garmin Forerunner 935:

Smartwatch of the year for 2017, the Forerunner 935 covers everything from trail running, treadmill and so on.
What makes this smart watch even better is the strong battery life, built-in heart rate monitor, several training features that make it a fine running companion.

Key Features:
1.Stellar battery life
2.Built-in heart rate monitoring
3.Great training effect features

Buy it for Advanced running metrics, training effect data, GPS distance, heart rate monitor-based data, smartwatch notification support, Connect IQ app support, great battery life

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series:

Undoubtedly, the best Garmin smart watch that comes with features and modes to track climbing, cross-country skiing, regular skiing, cycling, swimming, open water swimming, running, train running, indoor workouts, triathlon, golf, hiking and more.

If there’s something you want to track, the Fenix 5 Plus series watches likely can.

This smart watch offers you full insights for VO2 Max, race Prediction, Training Effect, Training Status and stress scores.

What makes the Fenix even better is the topographic maps.

Besides the Fenix 5x Plus, Fenix 5, 5S and 5X are still available and are good watches too. However, if you wish to have the latest, the Fenix 5 Plus series is where you’ll get Garmin’s most cutting-edge tech packed into a watch truly built for the great outdoors.

Key Features:

1. Premium multisport GPS watch

2.Elevate wrist heart rate technology

3. Fit for adventure with rugged design

4. Get Smart notifications

5. Outdoor sensors, including GPS and glonass satellite reception and 3-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter

Buy it for GPS, Multi-sport, topographic maps, Garmin Pay, music player support, long battery life, compass, VO2 Max, recovery, cadence, vertical oscillation

Suunto Traverse Alpha GPS Watch:

Well, Garmin doesn’t rule the world of smart watches. There are many other brands too like Suunto. The Transverse Alpha is a very durable watch and comes with a full set of outdoor features. Made from stainless steel the watch is your ideal companion when you head out in the wild. Moreover, it comes with a sapphire glass face that makes it scratch and shatter resistant.

To be honest, this best smart watch is made for those who are more into outdoor like fishing, hunting and hiking.

Key Features:
1.Hiking, Fishing and Hunting modes
2.Sunrise-sunset times and alerts
3.Fishing and hunting specific POI types
4.Moon phases and moon rise/set times
5.Automatic Shot detection
6.Red backlight, Night Vision Goggle compatible
7.GPS and GLONASS for route and POI navigation
8.Real-time breadcrumb view of the recorded track
9.Tracking for speed, distance and altitude
10.Discover new routes with heatmaps on Suunto Movescount and Suunto Movescount App
11.Route planning in Suunto Movescount with topographic maps
12. Route preview and route altitude profile on the watch
13.100 m/330 ft water resistance
14.Weather trend and storm alarm
16.Backlight in flashlight mode
17.Vibration alarm
18. GPS time update
19. Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly activity tracking of steps and calories
Mobile notifications
Compatible with Suunto Movescount App (iOS and Android)

Suunto Spartan Ultra HR GPS Watch:

The Suunto Spartan comes with a wide, round and vivid touchscreen. It offers a wide viewing angle and offers a good vision evening under direct sunlight. The watch is water resistant (up to 100 metres) and is compatible and has 80 modes for various sports built into it. It will last you a good 26 hours and is compatible with a dedicated smartphone application.

Suunto Spartan Trainer GPS Watch:

Looking for a training partner that’s specially designed for training, consider looking at the Spartan Trainer GPS Watch. This best smart watch can measure speed, pace and distance and has a battery life of 10 hours while in training mode.

1.100m / 300ft water resistant

2.Outdoor-grade color touch screen

3.Titanium 5 / steel bezel, sapphire glass

4.Heart rate measurement with calories, Peak Training Effect and recovery time

5.Battery life 18h in training mode (up to 140h with Power Save Options)

6.Barometric altitude, 100 m water resistance

7.GPS/GLONASS route navigation with POIs

So if you’re into running, cycling, gaming or hiking, this watch can be your ideal partner.

Key Features:

1.Dedicated for fitness training
2.Various applications that can measure multiple elements of fitness
3.Strong Battery Life
4.Comes with a heart counter

Apple Watch Series 3 — Great for Fitness:

If you are a fan of Apple, the Apple watch series 3 will definitely leave you amazed. It comes with built-in GPS and GLONASS, Heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope. It is also Water resistant 50 meters and connects to wifi and Bluetooth.

Key Features:

1.Gorgeous OLED display
2.Great battery life
3.Loaded with features
4.Plethora of fitness trackers
5.Long list of apps

Samsung Gear S3:

If you’re looking for the best smart watch that is compatible with Android and iOS, there’s nothing better than the Samsung Gear S3. When you combine the latest technology innovations and combine it with style, the gear S3 is what you get. The watch offers easy access to applications and notifications, can pay right from your wrist and a lot more.

Besides, the looks of the smart watch can be customised as per your requirement.

Key features:

1.Android and iOS compatible
2. Easily access apps and notifications
3.Built-in speaker and microphone
4.Military-grade performance

Amazfit A1612B PACE GPS Running Smartwatch, Black Band:

Looking for a decently priced smart watch that tracks your distance, speed, time, cadence, heart rate, altitude and more? Consider looking at the Xiaomi Amazfit. The smart watch connects wirelessly to Bluetooth and lets you enjoy music wirelessly. Besides it also, lets you receive notifications for incoming calls, messages, emails and other apps.

Key features:
1. Get notifications on your watch
2. Built-in GPS
3.Up to 5 days battery life
4. Enjoy music and media with the Internal storage

Buy it for GPS, Battery life, notifications and music

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Now let’s turn it over to you…

According to you, which are the best smart watches on this list or which one would you like to buy?