Anyone living an on-the-go and active lifestyle would deem a smartwatch an extremely functional accessory. Not only do these wearables become like miniature smartphones but they also act as virtual fitness trainers that keep track of your every move. Everyone might be going after the crazy-popular Apple Watch but those who want to be ruggedly sporty may want to explore other options that would be better suited to their personality. Right now, you can save on up to $245 worth of savings when you order either Garmin’s Instinct or Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 from Amazon. You might even be eligible to slash $50 more on top of their sale prices if you’re approved for an Amazon Rewards Visa card.
— $213 ($87 off)
The Fenix series is without a doubt Garmin’s cream of the crop for those willing to pay top dollar. Those looking for cost-efficient alternatives for the Fenix 5 might not need to look any further. The Instinct is not only lighter on the budget but also packs some of its best features as noted in our review. Its monochrome display would obviously not be colorful but you certainly won’t find any issue with readability under any light condition. It is, after all, an outdoor watch that boasts unrivaled durability with a fiber-reinforced polymer casing to resists scratches and a chemically strengthened glass with a raised bezel to protect its screen. It even passed the U.S. military-grade standard of 810G for thermal, shock, and water resistance to 100 meters while its silicone straps make for a comfortable fit.
Geared with the full suite of outdoor sensors, Garmin’s Instinct takes after the Fenix 5’s built-in three-axis compass, barometric altimeter, plus multiple global navigation systems (GPS and GLONASS). It manages to step up with Galileo and a TracBack feature that allows you to take take the same route to and from your destination. It can also be regarded as a multisport watch with more than a few preloaded activity profiles for more specific readouts of your chosen workout or outdoor adventure. Besides the basic metrics for steps, calories, and sleep, it also estimates your heart rate and stress throughout the day. Breathing exercises are available to help take the edge off and when you’ve been inactive for quite a while, a gentle vibrate would remind you to get yourself back on the move.
The Garmin Connect app is where your stats are automatically uploaded for long-term progress tracking and likewise grants you access to engage with an online fitness community through challenges or milestones. And when you want to plan trips ahead, the Garmin Explore is more than ready to get things going. You have every means to stay connected with a battery that can last up to 14 days as much as you can stay attuned to smart notifications and music playback once it’s paired with a Bluetooth-compatible phone.
Trust your instincts and lock in your end of the deal while Amazon has Garmin’s Instinct selling for only $199 instead of $300.
— $256 ($245 off)
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a fitness-centric smartwatch that is sporty and sleek at the same time with a four-star rating in our review. You’ll have no problem wearing it every day be it the boardroom or the gym. Regardless of your wrist size, its circular case is nicely proportioned and attached to breathable silicone straps that are interchangeable when you want to switch up your style. If the Garmin Instinct’s lack of color turned you off, then the Active 2’s 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display will definitely not disappoint. Complemented by a 360 x 360-pixel resolution, you’re in store for a comfortable viewing experience in any light. And with an IP68 rating to boot, its military-grade durability won’t falter with dust or water, even when submerged to 5 ATM.
Called “Active” for a reason, overall wellness is its primary focus. It encourages you to fire up your endorphins with a solid foundation of seven built-in exercises including swimming, running, walking, and cycling you can either track manually or automatically. You can even get actionable advice in real time with the running coach function or use its granular tracking feature to track multiple stages of your gym routine. Precise health insights are provided for blood pressure, stress, sleep, heart rate, as well as reminders to move to keep you at your optimal performance.
As with all Samsung smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 also runs with the company’s very own Tizen OS. Syncing it with your compatible mobile device will instantly enable you to receive messages, calls, and other app alerts. Since Samsung is under the Android umbrella, Android users will be able to reply to texts, watch YouTube videos, scroll through their Twitter feed, or pretty much mimic what happens on their phones. But with 4GB of internal storage, anyone would be able to download music straight to their watch and take it along with them.
Usually listing for $500, you can snag the lightweight Galaxy Watch Active 2 for just $256. That’s almost half-off for a premium Samsung wearable.
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