Smartwatches with HR monitor and GPS

By Prabhat Bhor | Published on 16 Sep 2020
Smartwatches with HR monitor and GPS

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Smartwatches have become necessary tools for people who want to monitor their vitals on the go. They are also great devices for people who like to workout outdoors, particularly those who enjoy hiking, trekking, and cycling. It is because these devices come loaded with GPS, which can ensure that you don’t get lost while making your way through a wooded area. To help you meet all your needs at once, here are smartwatches with a heart rate monitor and GPS feature. Note that these have been curated based on their availability on Amazon, and their listed features.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Rubber Smart Watch

The Garmin Forerunner 245 Rubber Smart Watch evaluates your current training status to indicate if you are undertraining or overdoing it, along with offering additional performance monitoring features. It also features a heart rate monitor to keep track of the heart rate and has the GPS feature to help you identify your location while running. This smartwatch provides advanced running dynamics, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more. It keeps tabs on the user’s VO2 max and understands how heat and altitude impact the overall performance. The higher the VO2 max; the higher one can expect to perform. The Garmin Forerunner 245 GPS smartwatch also has the tools any runner would need to improve their running form. The watch measures crucial running metrics such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio. Finally, one can customise the aesthetics with free watch faces, apps and more from the Connect IQ store. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 features a Super AMOLED display with customisable always-on watch faces. It has 39 built-in trackers and a water-resistant build (up to 50m, according to the brand). The brand also claims that the battery lasts the day under optimal use. It also features a 4-stage sleep monitor, continuous heart rate monitoring, and stress monitoring. It runs on Bluetooth 5.0 and is compatible with Android 5.0 or higher along with iOS 9 or newer with RAM 1.5GB or above. It also has a GPS monitor to help you keep track of the location.

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 features an always-on retina display to let users see the time and watch face just by glancing at the device. It has an ECG app that keeps monitoring your heart rate. It also has the Noise app that alerts users listening to music when the decibels rise to levels that can impact their hearing. The cycle tracking app makes it easier to log information about menstrual cycles so that you know when to expect your next period. With advanced workout metrics, GPS, and water resistance up to 50m (according to the brand), it is made for all the ways one can exercise. It also lets users listen to the entire Apple Music library and podcasts if they have a subscription to the same. The device is packed with a compass and ground elevation detector to get a sense of directions while you hike. It has an emergency SOS and fall detection feature so that it can automatically call someone for assistance. The device has more than a hundred watch faces and infinite ways to personalise them.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 2020 Smartwatch

The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 2020 Smartwatch is an upgraded version of the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro. It has 1GB RAM, which helps the watch run without lag. It runs on the Wear OS by Google, which is good because it enables the watch to install a variety of apps quickly, and it also supports Google Assistant. For protection, it has a Gorilla Corning 3 anti-fingerprint cover glass over its 1.39-inch AMOLED + FSTN Touch Screen. The brand claims that users can enjoy 2-30 days of run time on a single charge, stating that the dual-layered technology and two modes achieve this. The Smart Mode will provide users 2-days of battery life, and Essential Mode will achieve 30 days of battery life. The GPS, 24h heart rate monitor, calories burned counter, speed, and the cadence monitor should help you track your workout and other activities. TicMotion Technology enables the watch to auto-detect running and fast walking without any manual operations on your part.

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