Best Smartwatch in Singapore 2021
Updated August 2021
by Linus Tan
Asmartwatch is essentially a 2-in-1 smartphone assistant and fitness tracker. Gone are the days where these two things were mutually exclusive, a smartwatch can now serve as both! Whether you're looking for an all-rounded smartwatch or a tracker heavy smartwatch or even a luxurious smart statement piece, we've got a smartwatch in mind for you.
Here is our list of the Top 5 Best Smartwatches available in Singapore for 2021.
#1: Apple Watch Series 6
#2 Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
#3 Fitbit Sense
#4 Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
#5 Garmin Venu 2
#1 Apple Watch Series 6
Pros: Exclusive colours, Always-on display, Fast performance
Cons: Moderate battery life, No Android support
Apple is undoubtedly the leader of the pack when it comes to smartwatches and at the top of this pack stands the Apple Watch Series 6 — arguably the best Apple Watch yet. The Apple Watch Series 6 takes everything customers loved about the Apple Watch Series 5 and brings it to an all new level.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is available in the 40mm and 44mm size options which cater to the majority of different wrist sizes. The watch design is sleek and has the classic premium feel all Apple products boast and the always-on display is 2.5 times brighter than before. Additionally, the Series 6 is the most colourful Apple Watch range with an exclusive blue and Product Red line.
The most prominent feature upgrades that come with the Apple Watch Series 6 include a new pulse oxygen sensor, an always-on altimeter, an in-built powerful S6 processor and the latest watchOS 7 software. The Series 6 can monitor the users' heart rhythm for irregularities and can call for emergency services if the user is unable to recover from a fall. The always-on altimeter allows users to track current elevation in real time and the new pulse oxygen sensor conveniently measures blood oxygen saturation for users to better understand their overall health and fitness.
A downside of the Apple Watch Series 6 is its 18-hour battery life which isn't terrible but isn't great either. However, this is compensated by fast charging support available on the Series 6 where one charge cycle lasts just 90 minutes. Another downside for Android users is that the Apple Watch Series 6 is only compatible with Apple devices so it's not even a viable option.
Despite the limited short comings of the Apple Watch Series 6, when you think about all the potentially life-saving features it has to offer along with its beautiful user interface and Apple device compatibility, the Series 6 is a clear winner for those already in the Apple Eco System. An Apple Watch may be slightly pricier than other alternatives on the market, but with Apple you get exactly the kind of quality and innovation you're paying for.
For prospective buyers looking for the Apple experience but don't see themselves needing the fully decked out features the Series 6 has to offer, the Apple Watch SE makes for a solid budget alternative. You can shop the Apple Watch Series 6 here.
#2 Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Pros: Slim design, Excellent battery life, Stress-tracking and fitness features, Two size options
Cons: Limited apps, Lacks premium feeling
This one is for Android users who can't get their hands on the Apple Watch Series 6, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is the next best thing. Similar to Series 6, the Galaxy Watch 3 comes in 41mm and 45mm size options to cater to different wrist sizes.
Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 isn't as comfortable to wear as the Apple Watch Series 6 but fitted with a vibrant AMOLED display and the latest Tizen OS. The Galaxy Watch 3 takes on a more classic approach to smartwatches with an innovative physical rotating bezel to give users more one-handed freedom and convenience when using the watch. At first glance, the Galaxy Watch 3 could even pass off as a regular watch as compared to the distinctive squarish display on the Apple Watch Series 6.
Feature-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 comes with ECG and blood pressure sensors along with a pulse oxygen sensor to track blood oxygen saturation. In this aspect, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and the Apple Watch Series 6 are pretty much on par. However, battery wise the Galaxy Watch 3 definitely outperforms the Series 6 with 2-day battery life.
Despite all this, the Apple Watch Series 6 still edges out the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 due to its significantly larger storage (32GB vs 8GB) and a wider range of third party support. If you're an Android user, the choice for the Galaxy Watch 3 is obvious but if you're an Apple user we highly recommend just sticking with the Apple Watch Series 6 as it is indeed optimised for Apple devices. All in all, the Galaxy Watch 3 is still one of the best smartwatches of 2021 and worth every penny you spend on it. Shop the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 here.
Samsung Galaxy Watch3
The most advanced health monitor on a Samsung smartwatch
- Precision rotating bezel for app navigation
- Tracks your oxygen levels and sleep
- Equipped with over 120 home workout programs
24/7 Health Monitoring
Galaxy Watch3 uses red LED and infrared rays to estimate your SpO2 levels or the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream. to measure your physical performance. It also records your REM cycles, deep sleep, and total sleep time to score and review the quality of your rest to help you understand and improve your sleep patterns.
Keep the conversation going with auto chat history and enjoy fuss-free texting with Smart Reply. Stay connected with others even on the go without hassle. Galaxy Watch3's Smart Reply analyzes texts and photos you receive and gives you suggested replies, or use personalised Bitmoji stickers to bring you fun new ways to communicate.
LTE or Bluetooth
With LTE, you can experience new journeys without your phone. You can still call, stream music, and check your steps — all from your watch. Disconnect from your phone, while staying connected with life. Or choose Bluetooth for paired performance with your phone.
#3 Fitbit Sense
Pros: Extremely comfortable, Long battery life, Comprehensive fitness and health features
Cons: Some features require Fitbit Premium, dodgy step count accuracy, No Spotify storage
Fitbit is an industry frontrunner when it comes to fitness and health tracking wearables. Hence, it doesn't come as too much as a surprise that the Fitbit Sense is an incredibly powerful fitness and health tracker, but not so much a revolutionary smartwatch.
The Fitbit Sense is compatible with both IOS and Android and is packed to the brim with health and fitness tracking features. From the standard heart rate monitor to ECG detection of Afib, SpO2 sensors linked to sleep tracking for detection of sleep disorders, temperature sensor and even an electrodermal activity sensor for stress detection. In fact, Fitbit Sense might be one of the only devices to provide this level of comprehensive health data to users. However, this comes at the cost of the Fitbit Sense being a rather mediocre smartwatch.
As stated, the Fitbit Sense is an amazing health and fitness tracker but the downside is that its a not-so-amazing smart watch. Not only is Fitbit Pay support limited, but the watch face gallery is also cluttered and full of paid apps. On the topic of paid apps, Fitbit also runs a Fitbit Premium subscription service for £79.99 a year where users can get access raw data called Health Metrics with temperature, resting heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate variability shown in one dashboard. This can be seen as a plus or a minus depending on your perspective of paid services.
Spec-wise, the Fitbit Sense gets you a good six days of battery life along with a seriously fast charge. All in all, if you're interested in all-around physical and mental health tracking, you can't get anything better or more in-depth than the Fitbit Sense. However, if you're looking for a seriously capable smartwatch to act as your 'second phone', you're probably looking for something else. Shop the Fitbit Sense here.
#4 Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
Pros: Premium design, 10-14 day battery life, Qi wireless fast charging
Cons: No third-party app support, Notifications lack interaction, Expensive
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is for those who want a touch of luxury. The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is designed to look and feel premium with its combination of titanium, ceramic and sapphire glass that give the watch a weighty luxurious feel.
Feature-wise, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro comes with the standard set of GPS tracking, stress tracking, SpO2 blood oxygen tracking, altitude tracking and pace track that's almost on par with the Apple Watch Series 6. A stand out feature is definitely its robust fitness tracking where the GT 2 Pro offers support for over 100 workout types with professional-grade tracking on 17 of those categories and voice coaching for these guided workouts. However, some of these features require you to take a reading rather than real-time tracking throughout the day.
The major criticisms of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro mainly pertain to the lack of third-party app support and its high price tag. The Huawei custom interface, LiteOS is rudimentary compared to its competitors on the market that boast third-party apps. However, it is worth noting that the data captured on the watch will feed into Apple Health, Google Fit, or MyFitnessPal so this might not be a huge concern for most. The GT 2 Pro also has the longest battery life on this list with up to 14 days of battery life packed into the watch.
The bottom line is that the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro isn't made for everyone, instead, it is designed for users with a keen focus on luxury, design and robust fitness options. While it comes at a rather steep price, you get what you're paying for. Shop the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro here.
#5 Garmin Venu 2
Pros: Two size options, AMOLED display, Accurate tracking, Good GPS accuracy
Cons: Unreliable battery life, Uneven heart rate sensor data, High price tag
The Garmin Venu 2 is one of the most anticipated Garmin releases for 2021, with its heavy focus on sports and dedicated modes for running (indoor, outdoor, treadmill), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming, golf, strength, cardio, elliptical, indoor rowing, yoga and many more. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts are a unique stand out feature of this watch, with special modes for EMOM and AMRAP sessions, it will also track reps in guided strength workouts.
Design-wise, the Garmin Venu 2 features a 45mm AMOLED display similar to the Apple Watch Series 6 but packs up to 10 days of battery life on smartwatch modes compared to the 18-hour battery life offered by the Series 6. Additionally, the Venu 2 supports rapid fast charging with 10 minutes of charging giving you a full day of use.
On the health and fitness tracker side of things, the Venu 2 offers the standard host of advanced health metrics including blood oxygen levels, stress tracking, sleep tracking and Body Battery which measure the amount of energy you have. Not to mention, the classic Garmin features including message replies for Android devices, Garmin Pay and a larger internal music storage. It does however look more clunky and feel less refined than the other models in this list and offers limited apps and watch faces which combines pushes its rank to number 5 on this list.
Overall, the Garmin Venu 2 is arguably one of Garmin's best smartwatches in terms of versatility, design and comprehensive health and fitness tracking features. Garmin has always been a big player in the smartwatch industry and the innovation presented in the Garmin Venu 2 is a testament to precisely why. If you're looking for a solid fitness watch, the Venu 2 is the way to go. If you're looking for more information on Garmin's full range of smartwatches, check out our article here. Shop the Garmin Venu 2 here.
Every smartwatch is designed with a different customer base in mind. We hope you've gained some insight into which smartwatch best fits your budget and your needs through this article. After all, it is not about which smartwatch is necessarily the best but rather which smartwatch is the best for you.