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It's no exaggeration to say that the Apple Watch is now synonymous with smartwatches, but it's only available to iPhone users. There are Wear OS devices for Android as well, but there are so many to choose from that it's hard to know which one is right for you.
And, of course, there are many other smartwatches available in the world besides the Apple Watch and Wear OS. So, in this article, we will introduce relatively affordable smartwatches, not only Wear OS but also others.
The Galaxy Watch Active2 is priced at 35,718 yen. A successor model, the Galaxy Watch 3, has already been released with ECG support, but it's not available in Japan and there's little difference in functionality. You can choose whether you need a physical rotating bezel or not. The battery life is reasonable and can be used for about two days without needing to be recharged. It has heart rate and sleep measurement, as well as stress measurement and handwashing reminders. The name suggests that it is exclusive to Galaxy devices, but it can also be used with other Android devices and iPhones.
The HUAWEI Watch GT2 Pro is on sale for 31,800 yen. It is a rather large smartwatch with a 46mm case diameter, but the battery, which lasts about 14 days in normal use, is attractive. It will be easy to not have to charge it when traveling or on a business trip. It also supports fast charging, which means you can use it for about 10 hours with a 5-minute wireless charge. It has all the functions of a smartwatch, recording various activities, displaying notifications from your smartphone, measuring your heart rate, measuring your sleep, and so on. It also has the ability to measure outdoor sports such as skiing and golf. It has a microphone and a speaker, so you can answer incoming calls to your smartphone with the watch. It can also play music on its own.
The TicWatch Pro3, on sale now for $35,999, is a smartwatch powered by Qualcomm's latest chipset for wearables, the Wear 4100. It has a dual display - a 1.4-inch AMOLED and a backlit TN LCD - and normally displays the time and other information on the TN LCD to conserve power, and uses the full-color AMOLED display as needed to extend battery life. Its battery life is up to 72 hours (3 days) in normal use, and up to 45 days in the Essential Mode, which is not linked to a smartphone and is dedicated to time display, heart rate measurement, and sleep measurement.
The Garmin vivoactive4 is now on sale for 39,800 yen. Garmin is known as a well-established manufacturer of GPS watches for marathons and other sports, and they have released a number of smartwatches that work with your smartphone to receive notifications and incoming calls. The vivoactive 4 is a relatively inexpensive GPS smartwatch from Garmin that can measure your heart rate, sleep, and various activities, as well as GPS, and the best feature is that it can use Suica. Even Android users who were envious of the Apple Watch will be able to pay close to the watch.
In addition, as for the Garmin watch with Suica support, the VENU SQ will be released on December 3 at 24,800 yen.
The Fitbit Sense is on sale for 27,264 yen. Being a smartwatch from the fitness tracker giant Fitbit, the overall functionality is more like a fitness tracker, but it has a microphone and speaker, and can answer smartphone calls and send voicemails hands-free. Of course, it also has a heart rate sensor and GPS to measure various activities. As a distinctive feature, it can measure the electrical activity of the skin and understand the state of stress. It can also measure skin temperature during sleep and visualize changes in body condition. The battery life is officially over 6 days, and it supports fast charging, which allows for a full day's worth of charging in 12 minutes.
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