What’s the best smart­watch for bat­tery life?

T3 - - Horizon - Stephen Muir,Tring

AAl­low GaGu the in­dul­gence of lay­ing a tex­tual wreath for the now-de­ceased Peb­ble, a prop­erly smart watch line which typ­i­cally lasted a good few days be­fore sput­ter­ing out. It may not have had the flash of the Ap­ple Watch or the skills of An­droid Wear slash Sam­sung Gear, but darn: those things had stay­ing power.

Although new owner (and killer) Fit­bit is yet to prop­erly ex­ploit the E-ink tech and cus­tomis­able in­ter­face that gave the Peb­ble its pop­u­lar­ity, some­thing along those lines could be a good op­tion if you’re averse to charg­ing reg­u­larly. The dinky Fit­bit Alta HR (£120), for ex­am­ple, can muster around seven days on a charge, but its smart­ness is lim­ited to ba­sic no­ti­fi­ca­tion alerts and the stan­dard suite of fit­ness­mon­i­tor­ing met­rics.

So let us look at the def­i­nitelysmart end of the line. Guru is yet to wrap Se­ries 4 of the Ap­ple Watch (from £399) around his hairy sausage wrists, but our re­view (p79) says it beats its stated bat­tery life by a long way – it can go three or four days eas­ily. This is done mostly through cheat­ing, switch­ing the screen off un­less you very de­lib­er­ately turn your wrist, but GaGu loves a dodge so he of­fers a pass on this one.

An­droid-wise, GaGu can’t stop eye­ing up the TicWatch Pro (around £230, p80), which uses two dis­plays. There’s an OLED for all the fancy busi­ness, and a more stan­dard LCD on top which does the job of telling time, giv­ing it a good 48 hours of stay­ing power – and us­ing ‘es­sen­tial mode’ could stretch that up to 30 days.

Guru has yet to wrap the Se­ries 4 Ap­ple Watch around his hairy sausage wrists, but our re­view says it beats its stated 18-hours

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