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