the smartwatch comparison in July 2020?

We have selected the best smartwatches in 2020. Whether they are intended to work stand-alone, with Android or iOS or with an eSIM. There is something for all budgets: from Apple to Garmin, including Samsung and Fitbit.

Our selection of the best connected watches

The connected watches have been popular for several years. With them, you can kill two birds with one stone thanks to their dual function of fashion accessory and high-tech object offering various functions. Which smartwatch is right for you and above all corresponds to your budget? Here’s our buying guide to help you make the right choice. If some watches offer still minimalist features, others stand out seriously, by the presence of elements that make the difference, such as a GPS or a heart rate monitor, for athletes.

Smartwatches with eSim

Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 is considered by many to be the “Rolls” of smartwatches. As usual, Apple presented a new iteration during its last fall conference in 2019. The Cupertino-based smartwatch is eSIM 4G compatible at Orange and SFR. She disposes 1.78 ″ OLED display (324 x 394 pixels). It is A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS compatible. It is also equipped with 16 GB of storage memory and supports Bluetooth 5.0. Two versions are available with 40 or 44 mm dials.

One of the strengths of the Apple Watch Series 5 in terms of functionality is its ability to detect falls and the integration of an EKG machine. On the other hand, Apple ecosystem requires, you will not be able to pair it with an Android smartphone. You must have an iPhone. Plus, you no longer need to turn the screen back on each time to check the time. The screen is always on to show the time at all times. Apple nevertheless assures that this new feature does not impact the autonomy of the connected watch. This is 6 p.m.

The + The –
Build quality Price
OLED display Compatible only with iOS
Storage memory

Android and iOS compatible smartwatches

Withings Steel HR Sport

withings steel hr sport

Withings was bought by Nokia before being back on its own. Fully compatible with Android and iOS, this connected watch will become an ideal companion who knows how to be discreet. It stands out with very precise sleep monitoring and has good autonomy since it is a question of about a month according to the manufacturer. It also sports a very elegant design that breaks with other brands.

You also have access to various information such as the measurement of your steps, the distances covered, an estimate of the number of calories burned, etc. With multisport tracking, different types of activities are detected: running, cycling, swimming, tennis, football, etc.

The + The –
Very precise sleep tracking No GPS
Autonomy
Price

Garmin Vivoactive 4

Garmin Vivoactive 4

Here is a watch for those looking for a product dedicated to sports. She will know how to be your companion in all the activities you practice. More than 20 sports are compatible (running, cycling, swimming, walking, Pilates, fitness…). We find there everything an athlete needs. It also offers precise measurement of various data, including the number of steps, calories burned, plus an effective sleep analysis. The connected watch has built-in GPS + GLONASS + Galileo in addition to tracking and security functions as well as a heart rate sensor.

It is perfectly compatible with ecosystems Android and iOS. The LCD screen is 1.28 ″ displaying 240 x 240 pixels. We also have Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility. It has a standard battery life of 8 days, 2 hours in GPS mode or 6 hours in GPS + music mode.

The + The –
Over 20 compatible sports Price
Android and iOS compatible
Autonomy

Huawei Watch GT 2

Huawei Watch GT 2

The Huawei Watch GT 2 features a 1.39 inch OLED display in 454 x 454 px resolution for 326 ppi resolution. This connected watch adopts a circular format with a panel occupying 58% of the front. It is equipped with the Kirin A1 home chip supported by 4 GB of RAM. The silicone strap offers excellent ergonomics even when wet because yes, the watch is waterproof certified up to 50 m deep.

System level, it is powered by the home OS LiteOS instead of WearOS. Functionally, it is equipped with several sensors including an accelerometer, a heart rate sensor or even a GPS. You benefit from features such as sleep analysis and monitoring of all outdoor or indoor sports activities. The Huawei Wath GT 2 is available for € 179.

The + The –
Quality OLED display No heart rate meter
GPS
Unbeatable value for money

Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2

It succeeds the popular Fitbit Versa. This new version of the smartwatch inherits its very square design that does not lack charm. Sport oriented, it is in fact intended for all types of use. The screen is a dimension of 1.34 ″ displaying a definition of 300 x 300 pixels. Here we find a proprietary OS with various features. The connected watch is able to communicate your heart rate, the number of steps, the number of calories… It is also able to make payments via the NFC.

Finally, the big novelty of this new version is that it now offers a Alexa compatibility, Amazon’s virtual assistant. You just need to long press the side button to call it. The battery life is about 5 days.

The + The –
Alexa compatible Lack of features
Elegant design
Successful mobile application

Samsung galaxy watch

Galaxy watch

Samsung has not taken the path of WearOS and offers its own alternative vision to that of Google with its Tizen OS. The connected watch has a 1.3 ″ circular AMOLED screen displaying 360 x 360 pixels. Its attractive design will appeal to both the geek and the most hardened dandy. The watch is powered by an Exynos 9110 dual-core SoC in-house clocked at 1.15 GHz and coupled with 4 GB of RAM. It has a rotating crown useful for navigation. This is a feature that most competitors do without.

The battery with a capacity of 472 mAh provides an autonomy of 72 hours on the watch. It is Bluetooth 4.2 compatible. As for activity monitoring, the connected watch is equipped with several sensors that provide precise data. It has indeed an accelerometer, an altimeter, a barometer, but also a gyroscope and a GPS + GLONASS. You have everything you need for tracking, whether you are a fan of walking, running or cycling, etc.

The + The –
Good autonomy Tyzdn OS
4 GB RAM
AMOLED display

Galaxy Watch Active 2

Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 launched in August 2019, just a few months after the first version. It differs from the Galaxy Watch of 2018 by its sportier features and compact appearance. This is partly due to the disappearance of the physical rotating crown. Indeed, it is now virtual around the touch screen while the Galaxy Watch Active, first of the name did not have any. It is therefore one of the novelties of this second version which has a new interface completely different from the classic Galaxy Watch.

Here you will find interesting new features such as the blood pressure measurement function in addition to tracking various sports activities, monitoring sleep, stress, etc. It is available in two sizes: 44mm and 40mm. Its autonomy is one day.

The + The –
Design Autonomy a little tight
Compact appearance Quite high price
Lack of GPS

Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit Ionic

A connected watch with a case made from an alloy of magnesium and silicon. The Fitbit Ionic is eye-catching with its slim design and offers many practical features for athletes and those who care about a healthy lifestyle. It is certified waterproof down to -50, Bluetooth and WiFi compatible, integrates a heart rate sensor, an altimeter and GPS / Glonass chips. Its 341 mAh battery provides 48 hours of autonomy.

The + The –
The quality of the housing His price
Good autonomy
Neat design
Bluetooth and wifi

Cheap smartwatch

Ticwatch E2

Ticwatch E2

Here is another WearOS connected watch with an advantage worth its price. After a first version hailed for its value for money, the Chinese Mobvoi has launched a second version powered by a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. The connected watch is equipped with a 1.39 inch OLED screen of 400 x 400 px definition for a 287 dpi resolution. The TicWatch E2 displays in real time various practical information on your exercises and progress, but also on your state of health thanks to its heart rate monitor.

It has a built-in GPS and offers different sports modes for tracking your activities, including swimming (waterproof up to 50m), walking, cycling, running, etc. Its autonomy is two days.

The + The –
His price Its slightly cheap design
Integrated GPS
Good autonomy
Waterproof

⌚ Why a connected watch?

Smartwatches which were seen as unnecessary gadgets a few years ago are now enjoying increasing popularity. They create the perfect link between two worlds: that of the geek and the fashion enthusiast. The practical use of smartwatches covers several aspects. As you may have read throughout our guide, they allow the most athletic to keep a panoramic view of the results of their efforts thanks to various sensors intended to measure their performance and their state of health while displaying the evolution of statistics over time.

Because they are with you everywhere, in all circumstances, and are always within sight, connected watches also allow you to manage many daily tasks by establishing a link with your smartphone. Receive your notifications in real time, answer messages, pick up your calls and manage your music playlists with ease. Some smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 5 are eSIM compatible, a feature that allows them to be more independent.

🤔 A WearOS connected watch with an iPhone?

If you’re looking for a smartwatch that can be paired with an iPhone, Apple Watch is not the only choice available. It is possible to use a WearOS, Samsung (Tyzen), Fitbit or even Huawei (LiteOS) watch with an iPhone. But knowing the closed side of the Cupertino firm’s ecosystem, the experience is not as natural as when using a smartwatch from Apple.

🤷‍♂️ Using Apple Watch with an Android smartphone, is it possible?

If you have an Android smartphone and have fallen for the Apple Watch, pairing the two devices is officially not possible. If you try to pair the two devices via Bluetooth, they will refuse to connect. There are rudimentary workarounds that only work with 4G-compatible Apple Watches, but these methods are not guaranteed to work over time. It is also necessary to have an iPhone to perform the setup on a second Android device.

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