Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you gentlemen don’t want to show up empty-handed for date night, there are quite a few florists who can promise same-day delivery. Then again, if you want to be more supportive of your ladyfriend’s transition to a healthier and active lifestyle, it’s as good a time as ever to arm her with a fitness-centric smartwatch If the Apple Watch is above your budget, you can score one of the best smartwatch deals around, on either the Fossil Women’s Sport or Garmin’s Vivoactive 3 smartwatch along with savings of up to $176 from Amazon.
Those who dare to be different with a snazzy youthful wearable will love that this sale on the Fossil Women’s Sport smartwatch is applicable to most of its colorways. Whether you’re looking to be pretty in pink or going for something subtle yet playful, you’ll always be able to add a dash of your personality by switching out its 18mm silicone band or by customizing its watch face. And if you have small wrists, you’ll be thankful that Fossil went for a compact with a 41mm case that is 40% lighter than any other model with an aluminum case. Its 1.2-inch digital OLED display boasts a pixel resolution of 390 x 390 which makes for a colorful screen. Although its touchscreen’s brightness is limited under direct sunlight, it is no less of an optimal choice for those headed to the gym with a 4-out-of-5-star rating on our review.
With its focus on fitness, the Fossil Sport sets you up with an untethered GPS, built-in heart rate monitor, and water resistance of 5ATM that makes it swimproof. You are instantly equipped to track distance, fine-tune workouts according to your beats per minute, and even keep tabs on steps and calories burnt. Activity tracking is facilitated by the Google Fit app along with health coaching and goal-setting in the form of Move minutes and Heart Points.
The Fossil Sport packs the highly anticipated wearable chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon Wear 3100 with Google’s redesigned Wear OS. Its interface is now more user friendly as you’ll only have to swipe and tap instead of having to memorize a ton of gestures. With 512GB of RAM, you’ll have no issue in launching media while 4GB of internal storage allows you to save music on the watch and pair it with Bluetooth headphones or earbuds to make the most out of a hands-free experience.
Bluetooth enables you to sync data collected with a compatible device and is capable of delivering smart notifications and other app alerts with a gentle buzz. NFC and Google Pay, on the other hand, would make contactless payments available. And something an Apple product has never been able to do, the Fossil Sport’s 350mAh battery can last a full day, or up to two days in low power mode, and can be charged up to 80% in less than an hour. Usually wearing a $275 price tag, Amazon gives ladies a chance to have all the glitz and glamour for just $99.
If you want more ways to move and more specific activity tracking, then Garmin’s Vivoactive 3 might just be what ticks all the right boxes for you. It may not be the most stylish wearable you can find but its streamlined design puts comfort and versatility first. Its standard 20mm rubber strap makes for a breathable fit while at only 1.44 ounces, it’s so lightweight that you might even forget you have it on. Before you worry about looking too sporty in the boardroom, though, the quick release band is interchangeable, and it offers a great level of personalization on the dial with a range of available watch faces, apps, and widgets from the Connect IQ store. You’ll hardly have any issues with readability as Garmin’s very own Chroma display flaunts a 240 x 240-pixel resolution on its 1.2-inch LCD touchscreen. The company also didn’t skimp on durability, with water resistance to depths of 50 meters, and a 43mm polymer case that is protected under Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
Not a lot of people may know that Garmin was originally a manufacturer of handheld GPS devices, and it certainly made the right move in integrating this feature for more accurate tracking. That said, fitness is definitely where the Vivoactive 3 shines with more than 15 preloaded sports, including swimming, to choose from and the ability to tailor your own custom workout. The wrist-based heart rate technology delivers far more than your beats per minute by working hand in hand with the VO2 Max estimator to gauge your oxygen uptake, calculate your fitness age, and even help you understand how your body reacts to stressors.
The Vivoactive 3 Music can be paired with a compatible smartphone through Bluetooth connectivity, beside being able to receive smart notifications for calls, texts, and other app alerts. While real-time stats are always available on the dial, you can go on to the Garmin Connect app for long-term progress tracking or when you want to engage with the online fitness community by sharing accomplishments or joining challenges.
In comparison to the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Fitbit Ionic, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is a solid option with its contactless payment solution through Garmin Pay, and it has a battery that can last seven days depending on use. Get yourself in the groove of getting fit while Amazon has this cool dynamic wearable available for just $132 instead of $ 250.
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