Very affordable or more luxurious, connected watches and their multiple functions adapt wonderfully to the world of sport. The deconfinement is accelerating and there is still time to get back to sport before the summer. What could be better than a coach to help you, or even an intelligent coach, permanently present on your wrist. Welcome to the world of smartwatches, these smart watches to synchronize with your smartphone to become the sportsman of your dreams.
Connected watches are on the rise
They do much more than tell the time. They provide you with: stopwatch, pedometer, gyrometer, heart rate monitor, calorie burner calculator, speed and distance traveled indication, oxygen level in the blood… Ideal for losing weight or improving your sports performance, connected watches gain growing the hearts of the public, so much so that it becomes difficult to make a choice.
Connected watches: entry-level for less than 100 euros
To own a connected watch, it is not necessary to empty your wallet. Models under 100 euros exist for small budgets like the Willful SW352 at 35.99 euros. The latter offers the basic functions of the connected watch (distance, calories and heart rate calculation, etc.) and measures sleep time. More sophisticated, the Withings Move at 65.95 euros is also practical for outdoor sports and water sports. Very enduring, it also serves to wake you up by determining, from your sleep cycles, the most suitable time to get up.
Garmin, king of connected watches
When it comes to smart watches, Garmin dominates the market. The vivoActive HR for example, allows, for 240 euros, to measure and improve its performance in many sports: cycling, skiing, canoeing… graphs are displayed on the screen to have an overview of the evolution curves of his physical condition over the days and the tocante does not forget to set the record straight if you miss your training. The Quatix 6, still at Garmin, is aimed at navigation fans and displays on the wrist all the information necessary to set sail, such as updated tide data. It also connects to the boat’s autopilot system and offers assistance with tacking. A feat sold for 699 euros.
Each watch has its sport of choice and its features, sometimes driving prices up to rarely equaled heights. This is the case of the Summit2 + from Montblanc, mainly intended for hikers with its GPS, its altimeter and especially its ambient light detector in order to be readable in all circumstances. Sold for 1180 euros, it allows you to make your purchases between two trails in a few clicks or to climb mountains.
Apple and Samsung, telephony in the age of smartwatches
As connected watches are associated with their users’ smartphones, the global telephone giants are trying to enter the market.
Apple is a leader in this area with its Apple Watch Nike +. Sold between 369 and 449 euros, it is only compatible with iOS. With an autonomy of 18h, it has a GPS function and allows you to listen to your favorite songs or access the messages and phone functions both underwater and on land.
Samsung, the eternal competitor of the apple brand, is playing with its Samsung Gear S3. Equipped with the S Health application, it makes it possible to monitor the physical activity of the wearer. Steps and climbed floors are automatically counted and you can start an exercise session by choosing from fifteen different sports. Ideal for Android users, it is sold at 399 euros.