Smart­watches are get­ting more di­verse, with mod­els de­signed for ev­ery­one from fit­ness freaks to fashion­ista

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GarminGarm is best known for fi­fit­ness de­vices these days,days but the lat­est model in its Vivoactive range reach­es­reach out to the broader con­sumer­cons mar­ket, too. So yyes, it’ll mon­i­tor your heart­hear rate and save all your run met­rics, but it’ll aalso let you make con­tact­less­cont pay­ments via the ccom­pany’s all-new GarminGarm Pay tech­nol­ogy. Mean­whileMea its bat­tery life – up to seven days be­tween­betw charges – will put most other smart­watches to shshame. £279.99,


Aimed at the fit­ness­con­scious, Sam­sung’s lat­est smart­watch has calo­rie count­ing/tracking and train­ing apps, the lat­ter guid­ing you through over 60 work­outs and even stream­ing them to your TV if you’re ex­er­cis­ing at home. More im­por­tantly, it’s wa­ter­proof to 50m and works with Speedo’s Swim Tracking app, mak­ing it an ob­vi­ous choice for wa­ter ba­bies. Sam­sung Pay for con­tact­less pay­ments and off­line Spo­tify sup­port are the ic­ing on the cake. £TBC, sam­


Diesel’s first An­droid Wear smart­watch fea­tures a dis­tinctly ‘sci-fi’ screen that goes dark in Do Not Dis­turb mode and, if you’re us­ing the Ac­tiv­ity Tracker, slowly fogs over when you’re not mov­ing, to re­mind you to get your back­side off the sofa. If that doesn’t ap­peal, then bear in mind this is just one of an in­cred­i­ble 300 dif­fer­ent smart­watches that Fos­sil is build­ing for fashion brands like Diesel, Ar­mani and DKNY this year, so one of them’s bound to suit… $325 (£240 ap­prox),


Okay, we’re cheat­ing a bit here, bbe­cause this wasn’t ac­tu­ally­ac­tu­all on show at IFA. But ho­how could we not tell you about the world’s first sms­mart­watch to come com­plete­com­ple with its own built-in 1080p 360° cam­era? The wawatch also dou­bles up as a fit­ness­fit tracker, as well as of­fer­of­fer­ing you all the usual no­ti­fi­ca­tion­sno­tific for emails, ap­point­mentsap­poin and so on. Prices vary de­pend­ing on whether­whethe you want a sil­i­cosil­i­cone, leather or metal sstrap. $299-$3 ar­rowsm $299-$399 (£220-£295 ap­prox), ar­rows­mart­

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