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WHICH WATCH HAS FOUND THE RIGHT BAL­ANCE BE­TWEEN FEA­TURES AND BAT­TERY LIFE?

Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

Nat­u­rally, the more a smart­watch can do, the more bat­tery it needs. So it’s prob­a­bly not sur­pris­ing that while the Ap­ple Watch’s bat­tery life isn’t bad by smart­watch stan­dards (about three or four days, de­spite Ap­ple’s con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate), if you’re usu­ally us­ing it as a sports watch there’s no ques­tion that you’ll need to charge up daily, which by sports watch stan­dards is not fan­tas­tic. Fitbit claims four-plus days of bat­tery, though as ever that’s very de­pen­dent on us­age. For a run­ning watch that’s not bad. For a smart­watch, it’s great.

At seven days with gen­eral use and 14 hours in GPS mode (with­out mu­sic) – about four days of use if you’re work­ing out reg­u­larly – the Garmin is su­pe­rior here.

The Ap­ple Watch’s Sport Loop feels like the cheaper of the three op­tions, but was eas­ily most com­fort­able and flex­i­ble to get a good fit

A sil­i­cone strap on the Garmin is light, flex­i­ble and com­fort­able, but may not suit those with es­pe­cially sen­si­tive skin

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