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Stiftung Warentest: The best smartwatches at an affordable price

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Stiftung Warentest has already tested 40 smartwatches in the past. With the May issue of “Test” magazine, twelve more models were added. The price range of the smart watches ranged between 50.00 and 600.00 euros. The result: only six watches were rated “good”.

Smartwatches at Stiftung Warentest: This is how they were tested

The examiners from Stiftung Warentest focused on three categories in their assessment:

  • Fitness function (40 percent): Accuracy of the information on, for example, calorie consumption, distance traveled and pulse of the wearer
  • handling (30 percent): Operation, instructions for use and battery life
  • communication (15 percent): displaying messages, playing music, answering calls.
  • stability (5 percent)
  • privacy (10 percent)

Which smartwatches are the best? The test winners come from Apple, Garmin and Polar

Only six models achieved the grade “good”. The Apple Watch Series 6 convinced the examiners the most. The smartwatch received the rating “good” (2.0). Just behind, in second place, is the Garmin Fenix ​​6 Pro watch, which also scored “good” (2.1). Third place went to a Smartwatch from the manufacturer Polar. The Polar Grit X received the grade “good” (2.2).

Technical specifications:

  • Material: metal case
  • Operating system: Apple watchOS
  • Max. Operating time: 18 hours
  • Width: 3.4 cm, 1.04 cm, 4.0 cm
  • Weight (g) 30.5
  • Display type: OLED display
  • Max. Resolution, X: 324 Px
  • Max. Resolution, Y: 394 Px

Fitness functions:

  • Optical heart rate measurement
  • Heart rate display
  • Pedometer
  • Training data acquisition
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Swimming training function

Technical specifications:

  • Material: metal case
  • Compatible operating systems: Android, iOS
  • Battery life: up to 14 days
  • Resolution width: 260 pixels
  • Resolution height: 260 pixels
  • Case size: 47 mm
  • Display: transflective MIP

Fitness functions:

  • Heart rate measurement
  • Heart rate variability
  • Stress level
  • Oxygen levels in the blood

Technical specifications:

  • Material: stainless steel case
  • Battery life: battery life up to 40 hours in training mode
  • Size: 47 x 47 x 13 mm
  • Display resolution: 240 x 240
  • Display: Always-on color touch display Gorilla laminated glass

Fitness functions:

  • Detailed data on performance on route sections
  • Intelligent energy assistant for long training sessions
  • Running Index
  • Calorie consumption
  • Heart rate measurement

What can a smartwatch do?

Smartwatches are smart little things. The watches are digital bracelets that can do a lot more than just show the time. They make everyday life easier for their owner by representing an extension of the smartphone. You can receive push notifications, take calls, check emails – and much more via your smartwatch. The latest smart watches are popular primarily because of their fitness functions. Many smartwatches can already measure your pulse, monitor your sleep or count your steps.

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