Best Smartwatches in India 2016

Do you reject important calls just because you are driving or miss vital notifications, e-mails and texts because you are away from your smartphone while it’s charging?

Now, don’t miss anything and stay up-to-date at all time with these best Android Smartwatches. It is a computerized mobile wearable device that does much more than telling the time.

Its basic function is to save your time and bring important smartphone functions to your wrist so that you can to take/reject calls, check e-mails, get notifications, listen to music, set reminders and track your fitness by counting the total number of steps you take in a day and check your heart rate. In short, a Smart Watch not only tells time but will also double up as a Smart Fitness band.

It works by syncing with your Smartphone through Bluetooth pairing or using NFC chips.

Best Smartwatches in India 2016

RankingsSmartwatch BrandRatings
Best Quality; Accurate Tracking; Heart Rate Monitor; Long BatteryGarmin VivoActive
Light Weight; HR Monitor; Good for Prolonged WearMotorola Moto 360
Best Battery Life; Android & iPhone CompatibleFitbit Blaze
Good Design and build QualityAsus Zenwatch 2
Water Resistant; Long Battery Life; Nice BuildPebble Smartwatch
Best Budget SmartwatchIntex IRIST Pro Smartwatch

Here are a few features that should be taken into account while choosing the perfect smart watch –

  • Operating Systems – It is best to opt for a smartwatch with Android or iOS operating system because these are most reliable and majority of smartphones run on either of these two operating systems.
  • Fitness Tracking – Some Smartwatches come with built-in pedometers that measure the total number of steps and accelerometer that measures intensity, heart rate monitor, etc. These features let your measure and track total calories burned and heart rate.
  • Features – Most Smartwatches feature a digital display that shows the time, date and other notifications. Other special features include activity trackers, voice control, music, link alarm and GPS.
  • Style and Display – Choose a smartwatch that you feel comfortable wearing every day. Most smart watches come with replaceable straps that personalizes the look of the device.

In this article we have shortlisted the best smart watches in India based on these specs and price and the Garmin vívoactive HR emerges emerges as our top pick because of its multipurpose function and great activity tracking.

#1.Garmin Vívoactive HR Smart Watch (under 25000)

garmin smartwatch with heart rate monitorThe Garmin vívoactive HR is an all-purpose smartwatch with multipurpose function and sleek design. It packs in a wealth of features including all-day activity tracking, built-in optical heart-rate sensor, GPS, multiple sports profiles, an always-on display and phone notifications. It is waterproof up to 50 meters so it can be worn in the shower or while swimming.

All day activity tracking tracks the total number of steps, floors climbed, calories burned and sleep. The watch can also track sports profiles such as golf, skiing, indoor cycling, indoor rowing, walking, paddle boating and strength training.

It boasts of a powerful battery that lasts up to 8 days or 13 hours with an active GPS signal.

But as for the design, it is a bit heavy and chunky compared to the original Vivoactive and it may not appeal to each and everyone.

The heart-rate sensor on the Vivoactive HR is relatively accurate in measuring easy runs and resting heart rate but like any other wrist-based heart-rate solution, it is not perfect. It fluctuates during hard interval workouts.

The Vivoactive HR can be smoothly synced with Android and iOS phones using the Garmin Connect mobile app.

Features:

  • GPS smartwatch with sunlight-readable HR color touchscreen
  • Built-in sports apps such as running, biking, swimming, etc
  • Customizable watch face designs, widgets and apps
  • Smart notifications from Garmin connect
  • Up to 8 days battery life

PROS:

  • All day activity tracking
  • Built-in optical heart-rate sensor
  • GPS
  • Multiple sports profile
  • Always-on display
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters

CONS:

  • Bulky and heavyweight
  • Occasional connection and syncing problem
  • Confusing mobile app

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#2.Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch – Light Metal, 23mm (under 20000)

motorola smartwatch moto 360The Motorola Moto 360 is the best looking smart watch with a distinct round design and premium materials that gives it a sharp and sleek appearance. It is lightweight and comfortable and it doubles as a bedside clock.

It runs on Android Wear, Google’s futuristic operating system for wearable devices that ensures a smooth user experience.

There is a dedicated home button at the side of the watch that activates it, puts it to sleep or brings up the settings menu when you press and hold it.

There is an optical LED heart-rate monitor in the middle of the back surface.

It has a Gorilla Glass-covered 1.56-inch diameter touch display and LCD screen with 320×290 pixels resolution and 205ppi pixel density that give crisp and bright visuals.

It also incorporates an ambient light sensor for auto-adjusting the screen brightness.

What makes the Moto 360 different from other smart watches is its contact-free inductive charging and dock. Just drop the watch in the cradle and it starts charging.

It has powerful microphone that has amazing understanding capacity even in a crowded room.

The battery lasts for almost 20 hours on a single charge and it can last for 2 days when the ambient more is turned off.

Features:

  • Finely crafted stainless steel body
  • Scratch resistant glass
  • Timely updates at a glance
  • Highly responsive to your voice
  • Moto Body tracks your steps, distance and calories burnt along with heart rate
  • Compatible with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher

PROS:

  • Distinctive round design and premium materials
  • Lightweight and comfortable for prolonged wear
  • Doubles as a bed-side clock
  • Clever inductive charging cradle

CONS:

  • Low battery life
  • Android Wear software is not entirely useful
  • Lacking in fitness features

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#3.Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch (under 20000)

fitbit blaze fitness smartwatchThe Fitbit Blaze is the first real smartwatch from Fitbit that is a perfect blend of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch.

The Fitbit Blaze does not score much on the design front. It has a sort of retro design with angular edges and wide screen but it is extremely comfortable and has a lot of useful features.

It does not have an always-on screen, but its LED touchscreen lights up whenever you raise your wrist or tap.

As for fitness, it tracks steps, stair climbing, heart rate and sleep automatically. The large color touch screen and side buttons also allows the user to start and stop workouts and get stats such as heart rate, pace, etc.

Its smart functions include receiving texts, incoming phone calls and calendar reminders. It can also control music playback from your phone.

The Blaze needs to sync with the GPS of the user’s phone to track runs, so the user has to carry the phone while running or jogging, which might be a bit inconvenient for serious runners.

The device records “Active Exercise” whenever it senses that the user is working hard for more than 10 minutes.

The Fitbit Blaze comes with 4 dedicated fitness watch faces and it has a battery life of 4 days on a single charge. So, the user doesn’t have to worry about frequent recharging.

But the Blaze is not waterproof, so one cannot wear it to the shower or swimming pool.

Features:

  • Activity tracker tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, etc.
  • Pure pulse continuous wrist based heart rate monitoring
  • Multi-sports tracking – runs, cardio, cross training, biking
  • Automatically records workouts to your dashboard with Smart Track
  • GPS connectivity to map your routes and see running pace and duration on display

PROS:

  • Comfortable design
  • Large, readable display
  • Solid four-day plus battery life
  • Compatible with Android and iPhones

CONS:

  • Wide pop-out design feels clunky
  • Not waterproof
  • Baked-in Fitstar workouts don’t help much

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#4.Asus ZenWatch 2 Smartwatch (under 20000 & 10000)

asus zenwatch2 black smartwatchThe Asus Zen watch 2 is the second smartwatch from Asus based on Android Wear that comes at an affordable price. It is a well-built, sleek looking smartwatch with a refined version of the Android Wear.

It comes in 2 different sizes, 2 different design styles and 18 different straps, so there are a lot of choices in front of the buyer.

It has a rounded square design and sleek and lightweight body which makes it absolutely comfortable to wear.

The 1.63-inch AMOLED screen display is protected by Gorilla Glass and has thick bezels all around the screen. It has a resolution of 320×320 pixels and pixel density of 278ppi which provide crisp and vivid appearance to the images, icons and texts.

The new ZenWatch 2 has a 6-axis sensor with a gyroscope and accelerometer, but it lacks the heart-rate monitor.

It tracks your steps and keeps you updated on the steps taken, calories burnt and distance travelled using the Google Fit and Asus’ own Wellness app.

It also has the ability to connect through WiFi, so that it can also update and notification even without pairing with your phone.

The ZenWatch 2 is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance so it can be submerged in water up to 1 meter for 1/2 hour.

As far as performance is concerned, the Asus ZenWatch 2 is pretty standard with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of eMMC flash storage which gives a fairly smooth and responsive user experience.

The ZenWatch 2 also incorporates a microphone and voice control for selecting menus and commands.

The ZenWatch lasts 2 days comfortably on one charge, but it can last for 3 days in case of minimal usage.

Features:

  • Bluetooth support
  • 6 Axis Accelerometer and Gyroscope
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android Smartphones
  • Water and dust resistant:IP67
  • Activity tracking

PROS:

  • Good design and build quality
  • Comfortable for prolonged wear
  • Improved Android Wear OS
  • Affordable price

CONS:

  • Lacks heart rate monitor
  • Limited iPhone compatibility
  • Small display
  • Not much improvement in battery life

Zenwatch 2 with Gun metal Strap Zenwatch 2 with Rubber Strap (less price)

#5.Pebble Technology Corp Time Steel 511-00023 Smartwatch (under 15000)

pebble rectangle shaped smartwatchThe Pebble Time Steel is an upgraded version of the Pebble Time that comes with a luxurious stainless-steel watch face and an impressive 10-days battery life.

The Pebble Time Steel is more of a watch than a Smartwatch with always-on display and physical buttons over touchscreen. It is water-resistant and has super comfortable design.

The watch is made from marine-grade stainless steel that feels nice against the skin.

It also has a huge bezel and 1.25 inch screen with 144×168 pixels resolution and ePaper display. The 2.5D glass layer on the top gives it a more curvaceous appearance. The display is always-on. There are motion-enabled activation, brightness intensity adjustment and ambient sensor to adjust how the screen operates and to preserve battery life.

The Pebble software is pretty straightforward and pairs well with Android and iPhones. The user can install the apps, watch faces, etc.

Unlike the Pebble Time, the Time Steel can stay powered on for 10 days that is significantly more than most other Android Wear watches and the Apple Watch.

There are buttons on the left and right sides of the display for navigation and the mic is present below the 3 buttons on the left side of the display.

The Pebble Time Steel is waterproof up to 30 meters so you can take a shower while wearing it.

Features:

  • Notifications at a glance: texts, emails, incoming calls, etc.
  • Built-in activity and sleep tracker with daily reports
  • Always on Color e-paper display with LED backlight
  • Built-in microphone for voice notes and quick relies
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
  • Battery life up to 10 days

PROS:

  • Solid all-steel construction
  • Boosted battery life of 10 days
  • 30 meters water resistant
  • Always-on Display
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android phones

CONS:

  • Can’t make phone calls
  • Less-accurate fitness tracking compared to rival wearables
  • Thick screen bezel

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#6.Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50 (under 15000)

sony smart watch blackSony is back with its third generation of computerised wrist wear with the Sony SmartWatch 3 that has better waterproofing, smooth custom interface, interchangeable straps and built-in GPS to track runs without a phone.

It has a square face with rubber straps which meet the glass of the display. This design makes it look more like a fitness device than a watch.

The flexible rubber straps are extremely comfortable to wear but the watch itself is quite chunky because of the presence of a micro-USB port for direct charging.

The SmartWatch 3 is not just water resistant, it is completely waterproof, so you can wear it while taking a shower or washing dishes.

The 1.6 inch square display has 320×320 pixel resolution which provides sharp and crisp visuals, but the watch doesn’t always give great viewing angles, so you may have to bring it up to your eye line.

It runs on Google’s Android Wear OS, so the interface is quite identical to other Android Wear smartwatches. It connects to your phone showing information such as weather, upcoming appointments, notifications, etc.

It has a sensitive voice recognition feature that processer information much faster compared to its rivals, thus causing fewer technical difficulties.

The Smartwatch 3 has 4GB of space so you can store your music directly on the watch and listen to it using a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

It has built-in GPS, so the user can go running with just the watch and it will be able to track distance accurately.

You can squeeze in at least 2 days of use out of the Smartwatch 3 from a single charge.

Features:

  • IP56 rated waterproof
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • Accelerometer and compass
  • Notifications: voice command, Lifelog, etc
  • Micro-USB port for direct charging

PROS:

  • Built-in GPS to track your workout without your phone
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in USB port for charging without s dock
  • Smooth running Android Wear OS

CONS:

  • No built-in heart rate monitor
  • Sub-par screen
  • Poor colors and viewing angles
  • Less stylish compared to its rivals

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#7.Fossil Marshal Smartwatch For Men (under 25000)

fossil smartwatch for menThe Q Marshal is a great looking smartwatch from Fossil, the world’s best brand for watches. It is equipped with Snapdragon 2100 processor for added performance boost in the Android Wear field. It has been recently launched in India.

The rugged look and brutish design of the Fossil’s Marshal makes it evident that is intended for men.

It has a circular backlit display with chunky bezel and generous depth. The screen is bright and clear, making it easy to read texts, e-mails and notifications.

There is no heart rate monitor in the Marshal but it is water-resistant so you need to take it off while taking a shower. It does pack in some basic fitness features such as step counter and sleep tracker that feeds into fitness platforms such as Google Fit, Apple Health, Jawbone, etc.

It runs on the Android Wear OS, but Fossil gives the user a selection of its own watch faces. It houses a Snapdragon 2100 processor that facilitates smooth navigation.

Charging the Marshal is very easy. It has a magnetic charging cable that clings onto the rear of the watch. Fossil claims 24 hour battery life on the Marshal, but you can manage to get a day and half with reduced usage.

Features:

  • G-sensor, Gyroscope and compass
  • Compatible with iPhone 5 and above, Android 4.3 and above
  • Magnetic USB charging cable
  • Built-in speaker and mic
  • Water resistant

PROS:

  • Fully circular display
  • Classic Watch-like design
  • Fast performance
  • Good customization

CONS:

  • Light on extra features
  • No heart-rate monitor
  • Flat-tyre screen

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#8.Huawei Smartwatch (under 20000)

huawei steel smart watchThe Huawei is one of the best-looking smartwatches in the market with the latest version of the Android Wear OS and extra features that allows it to stand out in an increasingly competitive smartwatch market.

It is the very first smartwatch to feature a sapphire crystal display which makes it difficult to scratch or break. The display is always-on by default. The 1.4-inch AMOLED display is a complete circle with 400×400 pixel resolution, but it lacks ambient light sensor, so the wearer has to manually set the screen brightness.

It looks more like a traditional watch than a smartwatch; it has a premium feel to it. The watch casing is made with cold-forged stainless steel which makes it lightweight and comfortable in the wrist.

The Huawei Watch is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage space and WiFi onboard.

The watch has an IP67 rating which means it is water resistant, it can withstand splashing and showering, but it’s best not to wear it in water because of the leather straps.

There is an optical heart-rate sensor on the back of the watch, but it does not continuously check the heart rate. The wearer has to manually check it in the settings menu.

There is also a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a barometer but no GPS. The Huawei is not really a workout watch but it van track steps, distance and calories burnt.

The software still needs improvement. The Huawei Watch displays personalized Google Now cards with info on weather, events and more. You can get notifications for texts, e-mails, calls, etc and the watch is preloaded with 40 customizable watch faces.

It has a 300mAh battery that would last for 1 and 1/2 days even with always-on display.

Features:

  • Bluetooth and Wifi support
  • AMOLED always-on screen
  • Compatible with Android and iOS phones
  • Sensor: Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Heart Rate Sensor

PROS:

  • Vibrant and bright display
  • Sapphire crystal display
  • Fashionable design
  • Lots of customization
  • Includes WiFi for phone-less functions

CONS:

  • No GPS
  • No automatic heart rate monitoring
  • No ambient light sensor

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#9.Asus Vivo Fitness Watch (under 15000)

asus fitness smartwatchThe Asus Vivo Fitness Watch seems to be the perfect combination of a smartwatch and fitness tracker that comes with decent specifications, heart-rate monitor and great 10 days battery life.

The Asus Vivo Watch has been launched recently and it is taking the smartwatch market by storm.

It has a sleek and suave design with a squircle build and quite big bezels around the screen. It is light and small enough to wear to work or for a run.

It has an IP67 rating which makes it water-resistant. It is compatible with iOS and Android phones and has features such as sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, etc.

It has a bright and clear display where date and time are displayed digitally and it vibrated when getting a phone call. But it does not show notifications for WhatsApp, Facebook messages or Tweets.

But one exception is that the Vivo watch displays date, time and battery life all the time, not just when you raise your wrist.

Although, the Vivo does not have the fitness features of the Garmin or Fitbit, but it is an efficient tracker. But is doesn’t have GPS.

The OS is pretty basic with just left and right swipes to set alarms, take the pulse via an optical heart rate monitor, check UV index and look at daily steps and calories.

The Asus Vivo Watch has an impressive battery life of 10 days to rival the Pebble Time Steel.

Features:

  • Bluetooth and WiFi Support
  • Water resistant
  • Built-in heart rate sensor
  • 10 days battery life
  • Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen

PROS:

  • Excellent battery life
  • Useful heart rate LED
  • Automatic sleep tracking
  • Elegant design

CONS:

  • No GPS to track distance
  • NO app notifications
  • Can’t export data to third party apps

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#10.Intex IRIST PRO – Budget Smart Watch under 5000

intex irist pro budget smartwatchWe are ending our list of best smartwatches in India with a budget friendly smartwatch from Intex – the Intex IRIST PRO that is being hailed as the first branded Android “Watch Phone” to be launched in India.

The device features a micro-SIM slot and a micro-SD card so that the wearer can make calls, send text messages and even downloaded apps directly onto the smartwatch without the help of a smartphone. It requires a Bluetooth headset to make calls. The Intex IRIST Pro runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.

It has an attractive and sleek design with 1.6-inch display covered with 2.5D curved glass. It has a resolution of 240X240 pixels. The trans-reflective screen of the smartwatch improves outdoor disability under direct sunlight. The display shows tome even when turned off.

It also incorporates a built-in pedometer to monitor calorie count, steps taken and distance covered.

The smartwatch can be connecter to your smartphone via Bluetooth to provide notifications about calls, text message and more from the smartphone. The smartwatch is compatible with Android 4.3 and above and iOS 7.0 and above.

The Intex IRIST PRO is powered by MT2503C chipset from MediaTek coupled with 64MB RAM. There is internal storage of 128MP. It houses a 400mAh Li-Polymer battery which lasts for 150 hours.

Features:

  • Bluetooth support
  • Micro-SIM slot and Micro-SD card
  • Water resistant
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Pedometer
  • Compatible with Android and iOS

PROS:

  • Good display
  • Interchangeable straps
  • Good battery life
  • Affordable price

CONS:

  • Average design
  • UI cannot be flipped around

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So, now that you know the best smart watches in India; choose one as per your functionality requirement and simplify your notification filled life by bringing the updates to your wrist.

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