SMART­WATCHES TO DIE FOR

SMART­WATCHES HAVE TURNED SMARTER AND TRENDIER, AND NOW YOU CAN TAKE YOUR PICK FROM LUXE AND SPORTY ONES.

Business Today - - THE BREAKOUT ZONE - By Nidhi Sin­gal

SMART­WATCHES are no longer a fancy piece of gad­get, fetch­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions and track­ing step counts. They have quickly evolved into on-the-go fit­ness guides, mon­i­tor­ing work­out progress and heart rates in real time. They also op­er­ate as smart­phone fa­cil­i­ta­tors, an­swer­ing/re­ject­ing calls and quickly re­spond­ing to e-mail, text mes­sages, What­sApp and more. Plus, they help you ac­cess the lat­est news, alerts you about daily water in­take, and pro­vides cal­en­dar no­ti­fi­ca­tions and map di­rec­tions. These time­pieces have be­come trendy too with change­able watch straps and watch faces that award them a new look to go with ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

But buy­ing a smart­watch is not as easy as pick­ing up a reg­u­lar one. Smart­watches run on the spe­cially de­signed op­er­at­ing sys­tems (OS). The pop­u­lar ones in­clude Ap­ple’s watchOS, Google’s Wear OS and Sam­sung’s Tizen OS. But more than the de­sign and how it looks on your wrist, one needs to con­sider the plat­form it runs on and whether it is com­pat­i­ble with one’s smart­phone. Com­pat­i­bil­ity is most im­por­tant as most smart­watches need to be paired with smart­phones

to start work­ing. Smart­watches pack in small but pow­er­ful bat­ter­ies that can last a day or two de­pend­ing on usage. Some watches come with three-seven days of bat­tery backup.

THE POP­U­LAR PACK

There are plenty of smart­watches to choose from. Ap­ple Watch and Sam­sung Gear Watch are the most pop­u­lar ones. The re­cently launched Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4 has a square dial and is avail­able in two sizes – 40 mm and 44 mm (start­ing at ` 40,900). It is re­stricted to Ap­ple ecosys­tem and can be paired us­ing the Watch app on the iPhone. Other than push­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions, track­ing heart rates and mon­i­tor­ing your fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, the biggest high­light of the Se­ries 4 watch is fall de­tec­tion that iden­ti­fies a hard fall and sends SOS to an emer­gency con­tact af­ter a short pe­riod of in­ac­tiv­ity. The ECG app (which is ac­cu­rate) has been rolled out in the US and could be launched in In­dia in due course. There are plenty of watch bands avail­able for Ap­ple Watch which can be swapped to match dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. Ap­ple al­lows you to cus­tomise the watch face lay­out, colour and more but you do not get ac­cess to third-party watch faces. The older gen­er­a­tion Se­ries 3 Watch is avail­able in 38 mm and 42 mm size.

Over the years, Sam­sung smart­watches have im­pro­vised sig­nif­i­cantly. Run­ning the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary Tizen OS, the Galaxy Watch can be paired with both An­droid and iOS de­vices. Boast­ing a sporty look, the Gear Watch has a cir­cu­lar dial and a ro­tat­ing bezel for quick nav­i­ga­tion. It not just fetches no­ti­fi­ca­tions for calls, mes­sages, and e-mail, but also tracks work­outs and even re­minds you to move if you have been in­ac­tive for long. A wide range of watch faces are also avail­able to change the look of the watch. Un­like many watches with just a day’s bat­tery backup, you get three days on the Galaxy Watch. The 42 mm watch, avail­able in black and gold, has been priced at ` 24,990 and the 46 mm at ` 29,990.

LUXE SMART­WATCHES

If you do not want an­other run-ofthe-mill smart­watch, get one from the luxe cat­e­gory. Mont­blanc Sum­mit 2, de­signed with pre­mium ma­te­ri­als and state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, is meant for ur­ban ex­plor­ers, busi­ness trav­ellers and fit­ness en­thu­si­asts. The 42 mm case has an authen­tic feel of a clas­sic Mont­blanc. Pow­ered by Google’s Wear OS, the Sum­mit 2 works with iPhone as well as An­droid smart­phones. Along with reg­u­lar apps, it has an ex­clu­sive Mont­blanc Timeshifter app that pro­vides per­son­alised ad­vice to min­imise the ef­fects of jet lag. Among other fea­tures, it is water re­sis­tant up to 50m, sup­ports near-field com­mu­ni­ca­tion (NFC) for Google Pay con­tact­less pay­ments, has a ro­tat­ing crown and pro­gram­mable push­ers and up to a week’s bat­tery backup on Time Mode.

The Tag Heuer Mod­u­lar Con­nected has a 45 mm case hous­ing a 1.39-inch AMOLED touch dis­play and is com­pat­i­ble with iPhone and An­droid smart­phones. It gives ac­cess to the cu­rated col­lec­tion of authen­tic Tag Heuer watch faces. The watch is ac­com­pa­nied by a ded­i­cated phone ap­pli­ca­tion built by Tag Heuer with spe­cific fea­tures built to lever­age your watch con­tent and a 410 mAh bat­tery with a day’s bat­tery backup.

SPORTY LOOK

If you are look­ing for a rough and tough watch, the Garmin In­stinct should suit you well. Con­structed with US mil­i­tary stan­dard 810G for ther­mal and shock re­sis­tant, it has 10 ATM water rat­ing. But un­like other smart­watches with coloured dis­plays, this one has a mono­chrome dis­play with up to 14 days of bat­tery backup. Priced at ` 26,990, it is GPS-en­abled with a built-in three-axis com­pass, baro­met­ric al­time­ter plus mul­ti­ple global nav­i­ga­tion satel­lite sys­tems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) sup­port and wrist-based heart rate mon­i­tor.

Just like other smart­watches, In­stinct can mea­sure heart rate, the num­ber of steps walked, dis­tance trav­elled, calo­ries burned and track ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing, run­ning, bik­ing, swim­ming, kayak­ing and ski­ing. The watch can be paired with the phone and Garmin Con­nect on­line fit­ness com­mu­nity for au­to­matic up­loads, live track­ing and the GroupTrack fea­ture.

SMART­WATCHES PACK IN SMALL BUT POW­ER­FUL BAT­TER­IES, AND SOME OF THEM COME WITH BAT­TERY BACKUP THAT CAN LAST 3-14 DAYS

AP­PLE WATCH Se­ries 4

MONT­BLANC SUM­MIT 2 Smart­watch

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