Best Smartwatches in India (March 2019)

by | Mar 2, 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 4 Overall Best Pick
2. Samsung S3 FrontierRunner-Up Pick
3. Fitbit IonicBest Fitness Based Smartwatch
4. Huami Amazfit StratosBest Budget Pick
5. Mobvoi Ticwatch ExpressBest Budget Smartwatch
6. Garmin Vivo Active HRHonorable Mention

1. Apple Watch Series 4

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Style, substance meets status quo
  • Most powerful Apple watch
  • SIRI voice assistant
  • Not compatible with Android smartphones

Apple Watch Series 4 is the latest iteration of smart wearable from Apple that succeeds Apple Watch 3 Series.

Stuffed to the brim with cutting-edge features and fitness-related sensors that deliver precise data, the Apple watch series 4 is now the better, faster and more reliable Apple watch ever.

Design and build quality

Crafted from a single block of aluminium, the Apple Watch 4 presents the best possible build quality that a smartwatch can deliver. The fit and finish of the Apple Watch 4 are excellent with Apple leaving no stones unturned to ensure perfection.

The design is slightly improved from the Apple watch 3 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 S4 chip, Apple watch series 4 is 70% 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 1.73-inch, 368x448 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 3.

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

Miscellaneous

The Apple watch 4 comes with 16GB of internal storage compared with 8GB 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 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 3 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 Watch 4 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 on board, this device is sure to stay powered for you at least for two days continuously.

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Build quality
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Superb performance
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Elegant design
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Expensive

Specifications

Display1.73-inch 368 x 448 pixels OLED
Water Resistant
Battery279mAh Li-Ion
Operating SystemWatch OS
Memory768MB RAM,16GB

2. Samsung S3 Frontier

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Suited for all weather use
  • OLED screen offers excellent legibility
  • Rotating dial navigation is super easy

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

Samsung S3 Frontier 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 S3 Frontier has a 1.3″ 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 causal 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 frontier S3 packs 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 Frontier S3 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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Great display
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Good battery life
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IP68 certified
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Feels bulky

Specifications

Display1.3-inch 360x360 super AMOLED
Water ResistantIP68 and MIL-STD-810G
Battery380mAh Li-Ion
Operating SystemTizen OS
Memory768MB RAM, 4GB

3. Fitbit Ionic

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Best Fitness Based Smartwatch
  • Well suited for fitness freaks
  • Integrated GPS
  • Precise sensor data

Fitbit is a popular fitness oriented company manufacturing fitness bands and activity trackers that is 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 really 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 240x180 pixels and is relatively sharp when compared with other smartwatches belonging to the same price category.

The colours really 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 heart beats.

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 workout 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 on board 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″ 240x180 OLED
Water Resistantyes. Up to 10m
BatteryLi-Po upto 6 days
Operating SystemFitbit OS
Memory

4. Huami Amazfit Stratos

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Best Budget Pick
  • Smartwatch with the best battery life
  • Solid built quality
  • GPS and GLONASS built in

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

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

The silicone straps feel 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.

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

Display

The Huami Amazfit Stratos comes with a special type of display – a transflective one instead of a regular OLED or LCD panels.

Transflective panels doesn’t need a backlight to display content on the surface. More the light striking the surface, more brighter will be the display.

However, Haumi has also added backlighting to this smartwatch, so that it’s usable at night as well.

Sensors

The Huami Amazfit Stratos 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 is available as well.

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

Miscellaneous

This smartwatch has a 4GB ROM which can be used to store music and can be paired with your favourite Bluetooth speaker or wireless headphone to listen to music wirelessly.

The 512MB RAM is enough for the device to juggle between various functions without any lags or stutters.

Battery life

This is one of the areas where this smartwatch excels.

Thanks to its highly power efficient transflective display, this smartwatch will stay powered up to 20 days on a single charge with sync and GPS turned off.

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

Verdict

The Huami Amazfit Stratos 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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Transflective display
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Carbon fibre textured dial
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Gorilla glass protection
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Feels a bit bulky

Specifications

Display1.27″ 172 x 172 pixels LCD
Water ResistantYes, Up to 50 m
Battery290 mAh, Up to 20 Days
Operating SystemProprietory
Memory

5. 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 E 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 additionally 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 400x400 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 the 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 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. 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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IP67 water and dust resistance

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Quick charge

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Limited internal storage

Specifications

Display1.4″ 400 x 400 OLED
Water ResistantIP67
BatteryUp to 2 days
Operating SystemWear OS
Memory512MB RAM/4GB

6. Garmin Vivoactive HR

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Honorable Mention
  • Suited for endurance sports lovers
  • Precise GPS tracking
  • Intuitive UI

Garmin is an American multinational company specializing in GPS technology.

The company recently started concentrating on smart wearables including fitness trackers and the Vivoactive HR is one of a kind GPS smartwatch in the industry.

Design and build quality

The Vivoactive HR has a square shaped dial with a removable wrist band made of a silicone rubber compound.

The watch fits snug in hand and albeit the boxy design has some aesthetic appeal to it.

The 1.5-inch chroma display on this smartwatch is awesome and a treat to look at. The colours appear vivid and the brightness levels are up to the mark.

Below the touchscreen are two physical buttons that are used to control the UI navigation.

The UI, in general, is intuitive and first-timers can easily learn the controls without breaking a sweat.

Hardware features

Garmin is known for its precise GPS tracking technology. The same feature has found its way on this smartwatch. The location tracking is much better than its competitors.

This device has a whole range of sensors that are of high quality. For every particular type of sports activity, the smartwatch offers detailed tracking.

Be it swimming, cycling or running, the collected data is very much accurate and detailed.

Miscellaneous

If you’re someone who is interested in endurance sports, the Garmin Vivoactive HR is the best smartwatch available for you right now in India.

This device can sync with your smartphone either via Bluetooth or via USB. This is particularly helpful if you need to analyze your activity data using a laptop or computer.

The Garmin connect is a full-fledged app to control this smartwatch which is available on all major app stores.

Battery life

The battery life of this watch is impressive. With all the sensors working alongside, this device can last up to 5 days on a single charge.

However, if GPS is switched, the battery drains much faster and you will probably have to recharge the device by the end of the day.

Verdict

The Garmin Vivocative HR has the best GPS integration available in any smartwatch available in the market at present.

The quality of sensors and the overall performance justifies the price tag of this smartwatch.

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Precise sensor data

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Battery life up to 5 days

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Excellent display

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No heart rate monitor while swimming

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The boxy design might not appeal to everyone

Specifications

Display1.5″ 205 x 148
Water ResistantUp to 5 atm
BatteryLi-ion , 8 days, 13 hrs in GPS
Operating Systemproprietory
Memory

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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