Best Smartwatches in India (October 2019)

by | Oct 17, 2019

Smartwatches are the craze right now after which manufacturers, as well as the consumers, are splashing money.

A perfect smartwatch doesn’t exist but a smartwatch with features that perfectly match your needs always exists.

We’re here to recommend you the 6 best smartwatches available in the Indian market as of now.

Rest assured we’ve done our homework really hard to bring you this curated list.

Sit back and read until you find your perfect choice.

Best Smartwatches in India

1. Apple Watch 5Overall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy SmartwatchRunner-Up Pick
3. Huami Amazfit GTRBest Value for Money Smartwatch
4. Fitbit IonicBest Fitness-based Smartwatch
5. Misfit Vapor 2Ideal Smartwatch for Women
6. Huawei Watch GTFeature-Rich Smartwatch
7. Mobvoi Ticwatch ExpressBest Budget Smartwatch
8. Fossil Explorist HRHonorable Mention

1. Apple Watch Series 5

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Cellular capability
  • Integrated GPS
  • Always-on display

Apple watch series 5 is the latest iteration of smart wearable from Apple that succeeds Apple watch 4 series.

Stuffed to the brim with cutting-edge features and fitness-related sensors that deliver precise data, the Apple watch series 5is now the better, faster and the most reliable Apple watch ever.

Design and Build Quality

Crafted from a single block of aluminium, the Apple watch 5presents the best possible build quality that a smartwatch can deliver. The fit and finish of the Apple Watch 5 are top-notch with Apple leaving no stone unturned to ensure perfection.

The design is slightly improved from the Apple Watch 4 in terms of the display bezels which is now smaller than ever, leaving an edge to edge OLED awesomeness worth cherishing.

The sapphire glass takes scratch resistance to the next level and keeps the display in pristine condition despite how rough you are going to handle the watch.

Performance

Powered by the all-new dual-core S5 chip, Apple watch series 5 is 50% faster than its predecessor.

The all-new high-performance processor lets Apple add it’s voice assistant functionality SIRI with voice feedback on this device.

Display

This smartwatch from Apple has a slightly larger 1.78-inch, 368 x 448 pixel AMOLED display which has a pixel density of 326 ppi. The display looks sharp, feels vibrant and the brightness levels are great as well.

Since the bezels of the display have been considerably trimmed down, Apple has managed to include a bigger display under the same footprint of Apple watch 4.

The OLED display complements the Watch OS UI and takes complete advantage of the app ecosystem to provide an immersive experience.

Also, one neat trick with the Apple Watch 5 display is always on technology. This feature reduces the refresh rate of the display

Miscellaneous

The Apple Watch 5 comes with 32GB of internal storage compared with 16GB in its previous generation.

This smartwatch now comes with the ability to take ECG, but the function is stated to be released on a later date via a software update.

The fitness tracking measurements from the sensors on this watch are right on point and are the most accurate among all smartwatches available in the market at present.

The improvement levels are very distinct with the WiFi connectivity being 85% better than Series 4 and the wireless energy efficiency being 50% better.

Battery Life and Updates

A 285 mAh Li-ion battery powers the smartwatch that lasts up to 2.5 days of continuous usage on a single charge.

This watch gives an estimated screen on time of about 18 hours which is very impressive considering the sheer number of sensors and the large screen.

The smartwatch runs on Apple’s latest WatchOS 5 with promised updates coming in the future adding more features in the long run.

Verdict

Apple watches 5 is the best possible smartwatch money can buy in the market as of now.

The design, build quality and the quality of features that are built into this device is probably the best in class.

With well-optimized hardware and software onboard, this device is sure to stay powered for you at least for two days continuously.

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Robust build quality

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Built-in compass

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Fall detection

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Specifications

Display1.78-inch 368 x 448 pixels LTPO OLED
Water ResistantYes
BatteryUp to 18 Hours
Operating SystemWatch OS
Dial ShapeSquare

2. Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Smooth and fluid UI
  • Rotating dial navigation
  • Reliable brand

Samsung has been in the smartwatch industry for so long that they almost own the Android side of the market right now.

Samsung Galaxy is the company’s latest addition to the flagship smartwatch segment and it rightly checks all the necessary columns with ease.

Display and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy smartwatch 1.33-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels.

The display is protected by a kind of Corning Gorilla glass specially designed for wearables.

The raised bezel on the front protects the screen further from accidental falls.

The device itself is IP68 certified.

This smartwatch uses standard 22mm straps that are interchangeable according to the style that the customer prefers to flaunt.

The bezel up front is rotatable and this is linked with the navigation through menus which feels very much easy and intuitive.

Hardware Features

This device has all the usual set of sensors such as a heart rate monitor, pedometer, and GPS.

GPS can be used to track your movement while jogging or even casual travelling.

Miscellaneous

The built-in Samsung pay works very well that there is no need for your phone to make payments anymore.

This smartwatch runs on Tizen OS which Samsung has developed based on a Linux core.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy smartwatch packs in a 380mAh battery that will last up to 2 days of continuous usage on a single charge.

Wireless charging is present that will charge the device without facing the hassle of plugging it in.

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy smartwatch is one of the most practical smartwatches in the market.

Loaded with Android Wear OS, this smartwatch does feature all the Google goodies and much more, thanks to the integrated play store certification.

The rotating dial menu is so intuitive and easy to use without having to flick your fingers on the tiny display.

With no doubts in mind, we can say that this is one of the best Android smartwatches available in the Indian market at present.

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Excellent battery life

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Software support

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Stunning OLED display

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Feels bulky

Specifications

Display1.33-inch 360×360 super AMOLED
Water ResistantIP68
Battery380mAh Li-Ion
Operating SystemTizen OS
Memory768 MB RAM, 4 GB

 

3. Huami Amazfit GTR

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Best Value for Money Smartwatch
  • Up to 20 days of battery life
  • Crisp OLED display
  • Accurate heart rate monitor

Huami is a subsidiary branch of Xiaomi dealing in manufacturing smartwatches that includes the company’s own research and development team.

The Amazfit GTR is the elder sibling of the original Amazfit bip which was a budget smartwatch from Huami targeting first-time users.

Design and build quality

The Amazfit GTR features the looks and feels of an analogue watch.

The leather strap feels comfortable and if you are willing to spend a few extra bucks, there is a leather strap version of the same available.

The strap is thick but comfortable and provides a lot of holes for the correct fit according to the size of your wrist.

The dial is rounded and has a carbon fibre texture finish on it. This is a great thing as scratches if any occur will be cleverly masked by this finish.

Display

The Huami Amazfit GTR comes with a 1.39-inch OLED display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels.

This touchscreen display has a pixel density of 326ppi making it very crisp and detailed.

On the front, the ceramic bezel and the 2.5D Gorilla glass protection will keep the glass free from minor dents and other marks.

Sensors

The Huami Amazfit GTR has a heart rate monitor and built-in GPS and GLONASS chip that will help in tracking the device on its own, without the need to have a smartphone.

The sensor data is pretty accurate and gives out accurate readings at all times.

Different sports tracking activities such as step counter and burnt calorie calculator are available as well.

The Amazfit GTR is a water-resistant smartwatch and can be used during outdoor activities such as mountaineering and swimming.

Battery life

This is one of the areas where this smartwatch excels.

Thanks to its high power-efficient OLED, this smartwatch will stay powered up to 24 days on a single charge with sync and GPS turned off.

Even with these turned on always, the Amazfit GTR gives around a solid 10 days worth of usage time.

Verdict

The Huami Amazfit GTR is a very interesting smartwatch worth considering for its attractive features and affordable price tag.

With features that were only seen on the premium luxury smartwatches before, the Amazfit delivers strong value for money proposition.

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Premium leather straps

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Activity tracker

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5ATM water resistance

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Bulky design

Specifications

Display1.39 inch 454 x 454 pixels AMOLED
Water ResistantYes, Up to 50 m
Battery290 mAh, Up to 20 Days
Operating SystemProprietory
Dial ShapeCircle

4. Fitbit Ionic

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Best Fitness Based Smartwatch
  • Highly accurate sensors
  • All-day activity tracking
  • Up to 4 days of battery life

Fitbit is a popular fitness-oriented company manufacturing fitness bands and activity trackers that are well regarded among a lot of people owing to the accuracy of the sensor data on these devices.

The Fitbit Ionic is a hybrid between a smartwatch and a fitness band featuring an interesting mix of both the worlds in a compact wearable form factor.

Design and Build Quality

The fully metallic rectangular body stands out when you see the Fitbit Ionic for the first time.

This dial consists of control buttons on either side which will help you choose modes and navigate through the menus.

These buttons are sufficiently raised from the body and feel very tactile and responsive.

The Silicone strap is thick and has a textured finish on the outside. On the inner side, the soft layer makes it feel comfortable while wearing this device around the wrists.

Overall, the Fitbit Ionic looks like a well-built fitness smartwatch which feels durable and solid.

Display

The Fitbit Ionic has a 1.25-inch OLED panel to display the information.

The screen has a resolution of about 240 x 180 pixels and is relatively sharp when compared with other smartwatches belonging to the same price category.

The colours appear vivid and the brightness levels are decent for the asking price.

The touch response is excellent and even with its small-sized display, the Fitbit Ionic feels very intuitive to use with gestures.

Sensors

The Fitbit Ionic has the most accurate sensors on this list of best smartwatches in India.

This device comes with a dynamic heart rate monitor that outputs a precise measure of your heartbeats.

The SmartTrack feature lets this device automatically record your workout even without you initiating the setup.

This smartwatch supports a multitude of sports activities ranging from jogging to swimming and measures the stats which can be easily seen and understand.

The Fitbit app is very intuitive and with the auto-sync turned on, you will get your work out report on the smartphone after each session.

Miscellaneous

The integrated GPS on this smartwatch is quick to latch on to the signals and works without any issues even in the absence of A-GPS support from the smartphone.

The Fitbit Ionic, similar to other smartwatches comes with deep integration with the paired smartphone.

The notifications from the phone will appear on the device, even from third-party applications such as Whatsapp.

There are different watch faces to choose from, according to your preferences and this will keep the watch look new and refreshing every day.

Battery life

The Fitbit Ionic has a decent battery life of about 6 days on a single charge.

This device charges relatively quickly in just under 2 hours as well.

The OLED screen helps in minimising the energy consumption which is mainly due to the heart rate monitor running in the background.

Verdict

If you’re a fitness freak and want to have a smartwatch that doubles up as a fitness band, the Fitbit Ionic is the best bet under an affordable budget.

The OLED display is great, so is the fantastic battery life of up to 6 days.

With accurate sensors onboard giving out precise metabolism measurements, the decision to purchase this device can’t do any wrong.

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A precise heart rate sensor

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OLED display

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Battery life

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Boxy design

Specifications

Display1.25 inch 240×180 OLED
Water Resistantyes. Up to 10m
BatteryUp to 6 Days
Operating SystemFitbit OS
Dial ShapeSquare

5. Misfit Vapor 2 Smartwatch

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Ideal Smartwatch for Women
  • Blends well with all attires
  • Android Wear OS-powered the device
  • Built-in GPS module

Misfit is an acquired subsidiary of the popular watchmaker Fossil.

The company has its share of smartwatches and fitness trackers in the country, Misfit Vapor being one such offering.

Design and Build Quality

The design of this smartwatch is very much appealing. Whatever be your attire, this smartwatch perfectly blends in with it.

The thin strap on this smartwatch makes it ideal for women looking for a feature-rich yet stylish device on their wrists.

The Misfit Vapor 2 smartwatch runs on Android Wear OS 2.0. What does this mean to the consumers?

Well, the Android Wear OS 2.0 brings the play store on to the smartwatch along with many useful underlying changes.

Display

The display on this budget smartwatch is a 1.19-inch AMOLED panel that looks gorgeous at all angles. The blacks are deep and contrast levels are great.

Being a capacitive touchscreen, the slight flicks and gestures work perfectly well on this device.

Features

This smartwatch can be connected with both Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth.

Since the device has Bluetooth v4.1 low energy profile support, communication is power efficient and reliable.

There’s no standalone cellular connectivity on this device. But the push notifications from your smartphone can be replied from the smartwatch itself.

In the case of messages, you can either dictate the reply via voice or by scribing on the display.

iOS users might find difficulty with incoming voice call notifications though.

Basic fitness functions are baked on to this smartwatch but don’t expect the accuracy of its competitors.

There’s inbuilt GPS on this device so that you will have an independent location and route tracking available.

Water-resistance is surprisingly present. This device can withstand water up to 50m for 10 minutes without any damage.

Battery Life

Last but not least, battery life is a weak point of this smartwatch. The Misfit vapor 2 lasts just about 24 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

Misfit Vapor 2 is an ideal smartwatch for women, thanks to its design. Features such as fitness tracking and built-in GPS makes it one of the best in the business under a budget of Rs. 17,000.

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AMOLED display

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Affordable

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Android Wear OS 2.0

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No fast charging

Specifications

Display1.19 inchAMOLED
Water Resistant50m
BatteryUp to 24 Hours
Operating SystemAndroid Wear OS 2.0
Memory512 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM

 

6. Huawei Watch GT

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Feature-Rich Smartwatch
  • Excellent battery life
  • Assured software updates
  • Built-in GPS

Huawei is not just another Chinese brand.

They have been showered with praises for their Android Wear-powered smartwatches and here they are, with a premium offering which is a successor to their original Huawei watch.

Display

The Huawei Watch GT features a 1.39-inch 454 x 454 pixels AMOLED display with a pixel density of around 326ppi.

The screen is crisp and bright and the colours pop out.

This touchscreen display is brighter and is one of the best smartwatch displays in the sub. Rs.20,000 price segment.

Build Quality and Design

The chassis of the Huawei Watch GT is made of steel with large bezels around.

Unlike the Samsung gear series, the bezel is immovable and is just a cosmetic addition.

The silicone strap is of low quality and it feels uncomfortable wearing them for a longer period.

Hardware Features

Always-ON display is present, thanks to the AMOLED panel that has minimal energy consumption when compared with the IPS LCD counterparts.

The device is IP68 certified making it useful to take it into tough terrains without the fear of getting damaged.

The optical heart rate sensor in the rear of this smartwatch offers excellent insight into your body’s metabolism and returns fairly accurate results.

Miscellaneous

Fitness options are galore with the slew of sensors included with the device. A pedometer, heart rate monitor, sleep monitor etc are present and accounted for.

The notifications from the smartphone are actionable and you can reply to them from the smartwatch itself.

The Huawei Watch GT runs on proprietary Huawei operating system custom tailored for ist smart wearables.

Battery life

Powering the Huawei Watch GT is a 420mAh Li-ion battery which lasts up to 14 days on a single charge.

This device has one of the best battery life in the segment due to its AMOLED display and greatly optimized OS running the show underneath.

Verdict

The Huawei Watch GT classic solves one of the most plagued problems related to smartwatches – the battery life.

With a massive battery inside, this smartwatch offers excellent battery life which is a great deal for many who will love not to bother about the juice left on their smartwatch now and then.

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Multiple sports modes

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Huawei TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitoring

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Smart notifications

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No movable jog dial

Specifications

Display1.39 inch 454 x 454 Pixels AMOLED
Water ResistantYes Up to 50m
BatteryUp to 14 Days
Operating Systemproprietory
Dial ShapeCircle

7. Mobvoi Ticwatch Express

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Best Budget Smartwatch
  • Excellent OLED display
  • GPS and E compass
  • Android Wear OS 

Mobvoi is a brand name that you might have never heard before. But remember, this is a name you are going to hear more often, thanks to their amazing lineup of smartwatches.

The Mobvoi Ticwatch Express (or simply, Mobvoi Ticwatch E) is a feature-rich, budget smartwatch that gives more than what you ask for in the sub Rs.15,000 price segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Mobvoi Ticwatch is made of polycarbonate material which is tough as well as lightweight.

The soft silicone strap on this smartwatch is flexible and won’t easily damage over time.

The company has provided a scratch-resistant glass over the display and add a tempered glass screen protector in the box as well.

The rounded dial and the matching strap looks premium in hand.

Unlike other smartwatches, the crown button is placed on the left side of the dial, which some might find odd.

There are the IP67 dust and water resistance for ensuring you that the watch won’t stop working even if you take it out for a spin, no matter the weather.

Display

The Mobvoi Ticwatch E features a 1.4-inch OLED display with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels.

The level of clarity and crispness this display offers is excellent and it is pretty much unmatched for its price.

The colours look vibrant and contrast levels add up to the promise of an OLED panel.

The cleverly designed black coloured watch faces utilize the OLED display and offer significant battery savings in that regard.

Features

The Mobvoi Ticwatch E comes with an optical heart rate monitor to measure your body’s metabolism.

The accuracy of this sensor is quite decent for the price.

Along with this, there are accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensors on this device which opens up a whole range of possibilities for enhanced usability.

With the inbuilt GPS and E-compass, you can track and record your trails easily with the companion app on your smartphone.

Running on wear OS 2.0 based on Android, there is no dearth of choice for apps.

The full suite of Google services is present including the Play store.

The MediaTek processor inside and the 512MB RAM runs wear OS smoothly without any lags or stutters.

Bluetooth v.4.1 lets you connect the device with other smartphones with low energy consumption and keeps notifying you about incoming calls and messages swiftly.

Battery Life

The Mobvoi Ticwatch offers a decent battery life of up to 2 days on a single charge.

Even if used heavily, this device should see the end of the day comfortably.

The magnetic pin connector at the bag easily mates with the charging clip and starts charging effortlessly.

With quick charge support, this device gets charged from empty to 100% in just an hour.

Verdict

If you want a premium smartwatch running on Android wear OS but has a budget under Rs.15,000 only, you should get the Mobvoi Ticwatch E without any second thoughts.

The OLED display, build quality and the quality of sensors inside makes this a concrete deal that is never to be missed.

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Build quality
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The IP67 water and dust resistance
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Quick charge

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Limited internal storage

Specifications

Display1.4 inch 400 x 400 OLED
Water ResistantIP67
BatteryUp to 2 days
Operating SystemAndroid Wear OS 2.0
Dial ShapeCircle

8. Fossil Explortist HR

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Honorable Mention
  • OLED display
  • Android Wear OS powered device
  • Precision tracking sensors

Watch nerds might have at least heard once about Fossil. Yes, the revered American watchmaker which we all adore.

The company has introduced the Fossil Explorist HR in the Indian market which is an Android Wear OS 2.0 powered smartwatch.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality, in one word, is exceptional. You get all the goodies that you’d expect from a world-class watch manufacturer.

The stainless steel dial with accentuated edges and the leather strap with contrast stitching makes this watch look stylish as ever before.

This attractively designed smartwatch is sure to impress everyone around.

Display

The Fossil Explorist HR features a large 1.77-inch OLED display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels.

This OLED panel is one of the brightest and most vivid smartwatch displays in the Indian market.

This touchscreen-enabled display can be controlled with the two hardware buttons on the sides and also with the touch-enabled gestures.

Features

As the name suggests, this is a fitness-based smartwatch.

Equipped with a high precision heart rate sensor onboard along with other sensors, this smartwatch can track all your day-to-day activities and keep you physically fit.

With the Android Wear 2.0 OS, you can enjoy the whole slew of features and apps from the Play store.

The Fossil Explorist HR comes with an onboard GPS module to track your movements independently without the aid of our smartphone.

Battery Life

The Fossil Explorist HR smartwatch is rated to last up to 24hours of battery life on nominal usage.

The OLED display and the power-efficient processor makes this smartwatch hit a sweet spot between performance and battery life.

Verdict

The Fossil Explorist HR is a fitness-based premium smartwatch that offers a lot of features without compromising on the overall build quality.

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Excellent build quality

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Reliable brand

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Voice control feature

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No in-built speakers

Specifications

Display1.77 inch OLED
Water ResistantUp to 3 atm
BatteryUp to 24 Hours
Operating SystemAndroid Wear OS 2.0
Memory4 GB/ 512 MB RAM

 

This concludes our search for the best smartwatches available at present in the Indian market.

We have included only the ones that are well worth every penny you spend from your pocket.

If you are inclined to look for a smart wearable under a specific budget, we’ve buying suggestions for smartwatches under Rs.10,000 and smartwatches under Rs.5,000.

Do check them out as well.

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