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Best Smartwatches For Fitness & Running in 2019

If you’re an active person, getting a smartwatch can help you track your fitness progress. That’s why, we decided to review the 5 best fitness smartwatches in the market for this year. There are limited options when it comes to quality smartwatches and that is one of the main reasons why we decided to skip the over-priced ones and list the best fitness smartwatches out there. Let’s get started.

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Which Is The Best Smartwatch For Fitness & Running?

5. Polar Vantage M

The Most Versatile

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

Most of us are becoming more health-obsessed, including myself, it has become mandatory to get the smartest and healthiest gadgets, to keep track of our fitness goals as if the gadgets will do the running for us. One of the most versatile fitness watches on the market is the Polar Vantage M, which is one of the most accurate trackers in the market, with its lightweight and ultra-stylish design, a lengthy battery life and plenty of sport modes that will deliver you amazing stats, without further ado, let’s take a closer look.

As far as looks and aesthetics go, the Polar Vantage M is the best-looking smartwatch on the market, you can comfortably wear the device as an accessory without looking at its functions, as it will look good with every attire, even if you are fully dressed in a tux. It has a round design, that unlike other sports watches is pretty refined and streamlined, ironed out in every aspect. It sports an always-on 240×240 resolution display that has Corning’s Gorilla Glass on top of it and has black stainless steel bezels around it.

The screen delivers plenty of visibility and it is not difficult to read on it, and it pumps up the brightness when needed with just a tap on the screen or just turn your wrist toward you. On the sides of the devices, you will find the controls, which are essentially just five buttons with no indications but they are pretty easy to use.

The device is pretty light at just 45 grams, and the wrist straps are pretty thin and comfortable and are available in multiple colours such as the classic Black, White, Lime Green, and Candy Apple Red, plus on top of that the watch is available in two sizes so you can choose the one more appropriate for you.

The Polar Vantage M has more than 100 sport profiles you can choose from, and each one delivers you an astounding amount of data, regardless of the sport, however, it is important to note that for activities such as running, swimming and cycling you get more data than for others. It also has a sleep tracker, and 24-hours heart rate and activity monitoring, to deliver you important data about your health. Its companion app delivers exemplary features and functionalities such as insights, reviews, and detailed planning.

With the most accurate sensors and a workout run time of about 30 hours, the Polar Vantage M is one of the best fitness smartwatches on the market but beware of its premium price. It definitely deserves to be among the best fitness smartwatches.

4. Amazfit BIP

Best Value

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

As far as fitness smartwatches go, the Amazfit BIP has become a very popular device in the recent times’ thanks to its perfect features, amazing design, at a great price offering tremendous value for your money. It is truly one of the best fitness watches, with its lightweight design, great heart rate monitoring, good display, GPS features, and many more, if you value your money’s worth, this is the safest choice.

The major selling point of the Amazfit BIP is its design language that looks like the Apple Watch, adopting its minimal aesthetics, that will look good with any style. The soft silicone straps on the watch will wrap around your wrist perfectly and they’ll fit excellently into any size of them. The device is pretty lightweight weighing just about 1.1-ounces in total, as it will make you forget you’re even wearing it. Don’t be fooled by its affordable price and its lightweight body, as this tracker can take plenty of abuse, thanks to its 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display and its IP68 rating against the elements, it will stand the test of time without a hitch.

One of my favourite aspects of this particular model is its tremendous amount of sensors in its body, including a three-axis accelerometer, GPS, GLONASS, compass, heart rate sensor, and barometer to give you plenty of stats. The operating system on this watch is pretty good, and it will sync right in with every smartphone regardless of the platform, and it is worth mentioning that it is extremely intuitive and easy to use.

Like a true fitness smartwatch, the Amazfit BIP accurately and precisely tracks your activities via its sensors, and will deliver you great stats like your heart rate and stats, so you can keep track of your fitness goals.

Its battery life is one of its biggest selling points averaging about 45 days of run time with a single charge as the manufacturer promised. The Amazfit Bip stays true to its promise and brings more to the table than its price would suggest, the best smartwatch for the budget-conscious buyer.

3. Withings Move

Best For Running

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

Some users don’t require amazingly advanced stats or the latest tech from their fitness smartwatches, and just require a simple tracker that will provide data for simple activities such as walking, running, swimming and maybe sleep. The Withings Move fits the bill with its simple tracking features, an amazing design that looks like a normal stylish watch and a lengthy one and a half year battery life, a great package, and it is also worth mentioning that it is pretty affordable as well.

As a true Withings smartwatch, the Move adopts pretty simple design and functionality, while excelling in blending in, because not all of us want alien technology on our wrists. It is important to note that this watch looks like a normal watch with dials and normal glass, making it very easy to, well tell the clock.

It is worth mentioning that this device comes in variety of colours and styles, it is available with both steel casing and plastic casing, and a wide range of colors for both the casing and wrist straps so you can get the perfect one for your style, be it understand or even for the most colourful people. It is worth noting that it is extremely durable as it can withstand a pressure of about 50 meters underwater, and it fills the majority of wrist sizes, plus its lightweight makes things easier.

Speaking about the smart part, the Withings Move is essentially a hybrid watch, with all its tracking sensors hidden inside the body. You can easily connect it with your smartphone and with the Withings Health Mate app things get even better, as it syncs app and you can program it to track a wide range of activities, but it is perfect for swimming and running as it automatically detects, starts tracking them, and delivers an immense amount of data.

One of the biggest selling points of the device is its sleep tracking feature that keeps a Sleep Score, to deliver you insightful stats about your last nights’ sleep, so you know when you are not getting quality sleep and what you need to improve.

Delivering great qualities in an affordable package, you can’t really go wrong with the Withings Move.

2. Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

Best Multi-Purpose Watch

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

One of the best fitness smartwatches in the market has come from Samsung which has grown itself into one of the largest tech company’s in the world. It has a wide range of fitness smartwatches, that deliver plenty of features, but their most versatile and multi-purpose watch comes with the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch, delivering a gorgeous design, great user interface, amazing tracking, and lengthy battery life that will make life easier for you.

One of the advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch over its competitors is its design because it looks like a regular watch. It is worth mentioning that this watch comes in two sizes the 46mm version and the 42mm one, and is available in multiple paint jobs such as silver-and-black, midnight black, and rose gold.

The larger version has some advantages over the smaller one like the bigger screen and longer battery life, however, if you have a smaller wrist I wouldn’t recommend it. Its straps are amazingly comfortable and come in various colours you can choose from like, Onyx Black, Deep Ocean Blue, and the Basalt Grey.

It is equipped with a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, like a true Samsung device, and it displays plenty of colours, brightness, and sharpness. One of my favourite features was its adaptive brightness settings that made things clearly visible in every scenario thanks to its 320×320 resolution. It is also worth noting that the watch has military-grade durability and Corning Gorilla Glass DX+, that is scratch-proof, water-proof and extreme temperatures.

This watch has 6 auto-tracked exercises, like cycling, running and running, and more than 39 total exercises you can choose from and is amazing for weight training. The sleep tracking is pretty accurate and it does it automatically, so you can get an amazing insight about your sleep. The interface is amazing and very user-friendly, and on top of that, it has an infinite amount of customizability.

With a battery life that lasts 4 days, the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch is one of the best.

1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

The best fitness smartwatch comes unsurprisingly from Samsung, with the Galaxy Watch Active. It truly delivers the ultimate fitness smartwatch experience with its amazing features such as its amazing data tracking, looks premium, has a bright screen, and amazing smartwatch features, on top of its amazing durability and tracking features.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active has a very streamlined designed that resembles that of the Apple Watch but in a circular shape. It has a thickness of just about 7mm with an aluminum casing that looks premium and rich while adding to its lightweight claims. The wrist straps are also pretty good and comfortable, and I can confidently say that you will forget you are wearing it. It comes in three different paint jobs, Black, Green, and Rose Gold, and each one is perfect in its own right.

It is fitted with a 1.1-inch 360×360 touchscreen, that displays vibrant colors and is exceptionally bright so you can navigate its menus even in direct sunlight. On top of that, the content can be read from different angles and it is extremely water-resistant up to 5 meters of depth, in addition to its IP68 rating.

The device is equipped with an Exynos 9110 chipset with a clock speed of 1.15GHz and 750MB of RAM, making it pretty snappy and fast when you are switching between apps. IT also has about 4GB of storage that you can use for some games or music, so you can go for a run with just the watch and Bluetooth headphones thanks to its storage and Bluetooth connectivity.

On my testing, I saw that it had about 45-hours of battery life give or take and it charges pretty fast. Taking everything into consideration with its amazing sensors and activity tracking software, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is the absolute best in its category.

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