Galaxy 5 vs Garmin Venu SQ 2 vs Fitbit Sense 2 vs Apple Watch 8
Deciding to buy a new smartwatch is easy, especially if you don’t have one or your current one needs upgrading. However, the hard part of the process comes when it’s time to choose the make and model you want, as the smartwatch market is overrun with options! In this ultimate smartwatch comparison, we aim to give you the information you need about four leading smartwatches so you can purchase one with confidence.
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Galaxy 5 Watch Review
The Galaxy 5 is a classy watch that will enhance any outfit you choose to wear – it’s smart, sleek, and on-trend, comes with a wide range of excellent features, and is powered by Wear OS. We love that it comes packed with a suite of fitness tracking features that will help you get on top form, as well as sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and GPS. Its 40mm size makes it an excellent choice for most wrist sizes, and it has navigational buttons to help make it easier to get to what you need.
However, the one-day battery life is a real issue. Especially if you decide to power up your GPS, as it drains much faster, leaving you having to choose between charging at night or at some point in the day. It’s also designed to work with Samsung phones, meaning you will probably not get the best from it if you own any other make. Finally, it’s worth noting that the Galaxy 5 is simply an incremental upgrade from the Galaxy 4, offering very few differences from the previous model.
Garmin’s Venu SQ 2 Review
The newly released Garmin SQ 2/Music has a much improved look and feel compared to the original Garmin’s Venu SQ, It performs well and comes with an improved resolution and larger display at 1.41″ touchscreen for ease of use. It also has many advanced Garmin sports tracking features and sport support apps to help you get the most from your exercise. The battery now lasts up to 11 days (nearly double it’s predecessor) and up to 26 hours in GPS mode. Read our full Garmin Battery Guide. Its squared design echos the look of an Apple Watch, and it is incredibly comfortable and lightweight on the wrist. It’s got superb heart rate monitoring and sleep monitoring. The interface is sleek and easy to use. The are two models to choose from the standard and the music which adds wifi and extra music storage.
It’s quite a contender considering what you get in terms of activity tracking, robustness, battery life and price compared to other more expensive models such as the Apple watch or high-end Garmin smartwatches.
Fitbit Sense 2 Review
The new Fitbit Sense 2 is being sold as a stress-sensing device. It offers a range of health tracking capabilities to ensure that you are in the best condition when you work, rest, or train. It has an EDA sensor that monitors your skin’s electroconductivity and reports back to you on your EDA responses to help you manage your stress better.
The Fitbit Sense 2 has a sleek and lightweight design, and the company has re-introduced a side button for easy navigation. The battery is said to last for six days of use, and the watch is made from durable materials.
It’s interesting to note that there appears to be no upgrade to the screen, and the watch will continue to use FitBitOS rather than switching to WearOS, as we had expected. Ultimately, it seems like another great device from the company. Still, we are concerned that the lack of WearOS may stifle its popularity with consumers. In any case this is one of the best smartwatches for health monitoring.
Apple Watch 8 Review
The new Apple Watch 8 is a joy to wear if you are an Apple Watch fan, but it is an iterative design that fails to offer much further from the Apple Watch 7. There are indeed several great colors to choose from. Still, the Apple Watch 8 hasn’t come far from its predecessor. A new temperature sensor will help track ovulation and menstrual patterns, and a new car crash detector can send an SOS if you are unresponsive. However, that seems to be all that is noteworthy about the watch.
In terms of design and battery life, the Apple Watch 8 is precisely the same as the Apple Watch 7 and is both lightweight and comfortable. This makes it an excellent choice for someone who has a much older Apple Watch or for someone new to Apple Watch altogether.
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However, suppose you are considering an upgrade from the Watch 7. In that case, this is not the right choice, as you’d be better off waiting until more new features become available. Remember, the Apple Watch devices are designed to work with iPhones. Don’t invest unless you have a compatible phone, as you won’t get the full effect.
The Ultimate Smartwatch Comparison Verdict
With so many fantastic watches to choose from, you can feel spoiled for choice! The Apple Watch 8 is excellent for new iPhone users as it works seamlessly across devices. The Galaxy 5 is great if you have a Samsung device that you want to pair. The Fitbit Sense 2 is a great fitness tracker with many new features, and Garmin’s Venu SQ 2 is ideal as a running partner or everyday smartwatch.
Ultimately, working out which is best for you depends on your phone, your fitness needs, and the features you are looking for.
All four of these devices could be the perfect option. Still, we particularly love the Apple Watch 8 and the Galaxy 5 in terms of smartwatch features. But Garmin’s Venu SQ 2 for fitness features and Fitbit Sense 2 for health features – look at each to find out more before you buy.
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