Electronic devices are like space monsters, sticking the legs of productive processors on brightly polished sapphire crystal displays, capture more and more space of our life. Under their onslaught, even those of its areas are being digitized, which, by virtue of their specificity, should forever remain analog. Digital photos have long “plugged into the belt” soap boxes with good optics, sound Digital formats offer a dynamic range that cannot even be completely heard by the ear, and now the regular clock has ceased to be a status accessory for calculating the elapsed time.
So, in our review, the best smartwatches under $200 that were made by mankind for convenience, saving time and a sense of control over their life flying forward.
The budget segment of good smart watches adequately represents a product of Chinese origin, created under the auspices of the well-known brand Xiaomi, manufactured by Huami, marked as Amazfit. Sometimes all 3 logos appear in the title. In appearance clear shameless imitation of Apple Watch. However, it is unlikely to upset users who want to get something like a fitness tracker, but with a big nice screen.
The body of the product, as expected, is not aluminum, but plastic. Hypoallergenic silicone strap. Display – touch 1.28ʺ with adjustable brightness and backlight, glass – Gorilla Glass. The time is displayed in digital form. Equipped with these very inexpensive smart watches and a GPS / GLONASS module.
A set of sensors: accelerometer, heart rate monitor, altimeter and even a compass. In addition, activity is monitored, calories expended, sleep. You can choose from 4 sport modes: walking, jogging on the street, on the simulator, bicycle.
- Support for incoming calls and notifications (calendar, Facebook, mail, Twitter, SMS);
- Excellent autonomy (claimed up to 45 days, on average – 10-20, with GPS running – 16-18 hours);
- Transflective display is clearly visible in any weather;
- Enclosure protection class is IP68.
- Sometimes it loses touch with the smartphone.
Second on list of top gadgets, which, with its price of about $ 200, has the most significant imbalance “advantages-disadvantages.” The first are there, objectively, in abundance, the last – almost none. Please love and favor – again, Xiaomi with his Amazfit Stratos. Well assembled watches with a thoughtful design and rich functionality.
Here are also interesting achievements in terms of energy optimization.
First of all, this is an E-Paper display similar to modern readers, which doesn’t fade even in very bright sunlight, offers a wide range of auto brightness, and in addition is covered with 2.5D glass from Gorilla Glass.
Secondly, it is the adaptive algorithms for recognizing the position of the clock and the light sensor: for example, under the sleeve of a shirt they practically consume no energy.
But this is certainly not all. Amazfit Stratos offer a wide range of fitness programs and sports options. Manufacturers also took care of a wide choice of various applications that can be installed on a mating smartphone and significantly increase the usability of the gadget.
At the same time, the accessory has protection against water penetration at depths of up to 50 m and an excellent hardware filling.
Perhaps the only drawback that can be attributed to a smart watch claiming to be a leader in the ranking is the absence of the NFC contactless payment module. Although with a discount on the cost of the device it is difficult to blame for it.
- Five days of work without an outlet
- Low price for great features.
- High-quality E-paper screen
- Replaceable straps
- Water Protection WR50
- Great job notifications
- No global language version
- Lack of NFC
Garmin Forerunner 35
One of the best smart watches with a GPS receiver for joggers. The design is concise, the weight is small, silicone strap with hypoallergenic properties. For such a solid manufacturer as Garmin, the price is very democratic. Accordingly, one should not be surprised at the monochrome, and not the color display, and also not the touch, but the button (4 pcs.) Controls. That is characteristic, it does not cause any rejection. But the quality and reliability is obvious.
The device is equipped with an optical heart rate monitor with the ability to control the heart rate not only during the training, but also 24/7. That is, constantly, including at night. Sports functions are more than enough: determining the speed, distance and coordinates of movement (GPS), activity monitoring (steps, time, calories), profiles – running on the street, in the hall, bicycle, cardio. And much more.
- Connecting to a computer, smartphones, interaction with a unique application Garmin Connect;
- The period of autonomous work is up to 9 days in the hours mode, 13 hours in the training format;
- The degree of water resistance – 5 ATM (immersion in water up to 50 m);
- Manage listening to music, receive notifications;
- Vibrate with a long absence of activity.
- Small errors when measuring the pulse (not critical);
- Only one button for scrolling.
The TOP smart watch is continued by the budget, but the bright model from Xiaomi – Amazfit Pace. With an average price of about $ 100, they look no worse than the representative number 4 rating, for unlike Asus, they are perfect for both men and women. Well packaged, well designed and even better protected – the ceramic rim of the dial and glass from Gorilla Glass are not afraid of scratches. True, IP67 moisture protection speaks of the need to part with the clock in the pool.
Inside there is a very good processor for 2 cores, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of space for user files – at the level of flagship developments. Although the display is small, it shows itself well in natural light, although it has dips in the viewing angles.
The real “chip” of Amazfit Pace can be called the slot for placing a SIM card hidden under the strap – not at all the budget functionality.
A comprehensive set of fitness options – to meet the needs of both professional athletes and amateurs, just count the steps for the day.
Some disadvantages of the model include the absence of a global firmware, but this is already the “handwriting” of Chinese manufacturers. Yes, and for the resulting autonomy of 4-5 days without recharging can be tolerated. There are questions from the field of “taste” – not everyone will suit the bright youth design of watches. Anyway, Amafit Pace is definitely worth the money.
- Crisp appearance
- Quality materials
- Low price
- Powerful processor in a small package
- Autonomy less than a week
- Incompatibility of some applications
- Lack of Russian language “out of the box”
Affordable smart watches that non-professional sports enthusiasts might like. In fact, this smart watch is a fitness bracelet, but with a large and informative screen and a removable perforated strap. Anyway, the smart component also includes the ability to receive notifications from a smartphone, control its camera and reject incoming calls.
If you go back to the “physical training set”, it is quite good: monitoring activity, calories, sleep, pedometer, heart rate monitor (with the possibility of dynamic measurement), intelligent determination of the type of training. The degree of protection of the case from dust and moisture correspond to the class IP67. That is, the weather is all-weather, but it is better not to swim and dive.
- Bright color OLED display 1.3ʺ (240×240 pixels);
- Control – mechanical and sensory;
- Compatible with IOS and Android;
- Navigation – GPS, communication – Bluetooth 4.0;
- Battery 250 mA˟h (declared duration of work – up to 140 hours).
- NFC not supported;
- No microphone and speaker.
Smart Watch IWO 5
At sixth, but by no means shameful, one of the best smart watches (whose rating among customers continues to grow) costing up to $ 100 are comfortably located. Despite the very modest functionality, by the number of sales, they are adjacent to the “pedestal”. Smart Watch IWO 5 is an excellent Chinese copy of Apple Watch with some bright individual options.
Speaking of “copy”, of course, it is not only the appearance of the gadget that is meant, obviously, the developers didn’t break their heads over it. But the filling too. On board the IWO 5 is a really good screen with a large diagonal of 1.54 inches, high pixel concentration and responsive sensor. Traditionally, there are small complaints about the encoding of Cyrillic characters when working with the navigation menu, but these are trifles. Functionality does not depend on the cost of hours: there is a pairing with a smartphone, and various styles of dials, and (albeit primitive) but a set of fitness applications – running, pedometer, calorie counter, sleep sensor.
You should not put IWO 5 next to Apple products to get a detailed comparative characteristic – after all, this device for $ 100 is at least a segment. Yes – no GPS, yes – no SIM card slot, but this accessory will work 100% for its money.
- Long period of work without recharging
- Minimum price
- High-quality bright screen
- Replaceable straps
- Fast and contactless charging
- Moisture protection
- Software flaws in terms of encodings
- Lack of GPS and GSM
- Few sport modes and features
Other smartwatch under $200 are:
Alcatel OneTouch Watch Go
The filling is new, only a few additions have appeared: by holding the Go key, the user will be able to create emotional pictures. Screen resolution – 204×204. The battery capacity is 225 miles ampere, it charges in 45 minutes. The cost of the gadget is about 100 dollars. A good option for lovers of simplicity.
Garmin Vivoactive HR
The novelty will be able to attract buyers who are not chasing after excesses, and the goal in purchasing a gadget is to be reliable, with useful information, as well as with stable work. The resolution of a 0.86 inch screen is 148×205. The novelty is able to count the activity of its owner for the day, that is, his heart rate, sleep phase. Also, smart watches work perfectly with both the Android system and iOS. The cost ranges from 200 dollars.
The novelty is the brainchild of a Chinese company. Quite an attractive appearance can sharpen the gaze of even the pickiest buyer. For the CIS countries, the gadget will be available only in 2017. Smart watches are able to count steps, keep track of sleep, have the function of a smart alarm clock, and also notify you of received messages and calls. To watch worked at 100% recommended installation on a smartphone special program. The developers promise battery life hours without recharging up to 240 days. Estimated cost of 150 dollars.
LG Watch Urbane (W150)
This new product is the third generation of smart watches from the manufacturer. This time the designers tried and conscientiously worked on their appearance. The gadget works on the Android Wear system platform. The disadvantages include the watch strap, it will quickly lose its appeal. The diameter of the display is 1.3 inches, it has a resolution of 320×320. The gadget has a processor of 4 cores, 512 megabytes of RAM, built-in memory is 4 gigabytes. The cost of new items will be from $ 150.