Smartwatches are becoming increasingly popular, thanks in particular to the Apple Watch and various Fitbits. But they have some drawbacks, such as bulky, sometimes unsightly and with relatively poor battery life. A "hybrid" smartwatch could be a better option.
A hybrid smartwatch is a clock with electronics on the inside ̵
We have selected the best hybrid designs under an admittedly limited field. Our selection includes the best overall model, the best choice for those who want to focus on style or exercise data, and one for those who need to buy their watches on a stricter budget. Check her out down.
The best overall hybrid smartwatch: Withings steel HR ($ 180)
Withings was a start-up that makes some of the very first hybrid smartwatches designs. The Steel HR model is actually pretty close to the clock that they made during their short time as a subsidiary for Nokia. It's a nice little package, including a heart rate monitor on the bottom, a dedicated step-target sub-dial, and a small 12-o'clock display that helps keep track of your current heart rate and more complex notification information.
The Steel HR has a water resistance of 25 meters as well as a rechargeable battery (not intended for this device class) that lasts for several weeks. However, the best part of the Withings design is the software: The iOS and Android app can synchronize time and notifications, but also includes an excellent health tracker that keeps track of your steps, sleep cycles and continuous heart rate during exercise. The Withings API also allows you to connect to just about any other tracking service.
The HR steel comes in 36mm and 40mm sizes with various drop and strap options. If you do not like the screen, the regular model Withings Steel drops the device, but unfortunately you also have to do without the heart rate monitor.
The Best Hybrid Smartwatch: Fossil Q Hybrid ($ 155 +)
The Fossil Q line started with WearOS-powered watches, has become but quickly expanded with a wide selection of screen-free hybrid designs. Whether you prefer a minimal dial or something more complicated, whether you like classic lines or more sporty and chunky looks, there's a Q Hybrid that suits your taste.
The Q Hybrid uses a standard "coin" battery that is accessible to the user for six to twelve months. This will give you vibrating alerts from your phone, dedicated sub-dial step-by-step tracking, and access to common phone features (such as music playback and camera shutters) via the three buttons.
A cool trick is the ability to see your commute time, estimated based on your location and current traffic, displayed with a push of a button moving the minute hand. There are dozens of Q Hybrid Smartwatch models in the range of about $ 155-175 – do not confuse them with Fossil Q's full-touchscreen smartwatches.
Garmin Vivomove HR Sport ($ 200)
Garmin has been making electronic watches with runners for a long time, so it's no wonder that they surpass the new smartwatch trend. The company's Vivomove Hybrid Smartwatch is surprisingly subtle: it hides a built-in LCD screen under the dial and is invisible when it does not display a text message or tell you your heart rate or your daily milestones.
The clock is more than happy to swim with you or follow your sleep habits and monitor more specific fitness levels than the Withings model mentioned above. It even has a "stress" level indicator that measures your current stress level based on movement and heart rate.
Garmin's smartphone app is a favorite among fitness nuts thanks to its extensive tools and community of runners: while the Vivomove is not running If you have GPS in the device, the app can track your runs or biking by distance and speed and bring them with you synchronize continuously monitored heart rate data. The only downside is the five-day battery life that will beat any conventional smartwatch on the market.
The Best Budget Hybrid Smartwatch: Skagen Hybrid ($ 90 +)
If you are looking for a cheap smartwatch, you have many options. If you are looking for a hybrid model from a reliable seller, your options will be significantly reduced. Skagen, a Danish household clock maker, has some that are worth investigating.
Your hybrid design uses a standard "coin" battery and no screen, either with a sub-dial or a moving minute hand to track your daily footsteps. The watches can control basic music and camera functions via their buttons, and a special "Phone Finder" will immediately call your phone (assuming, of course, that it's connected to the app).
Normally, these hybrid models are about the same price as the other entries on this list, but at the time of writing, the Hagen, Hald, Signature, and Jorn may have been for under $ 100. Refurbished models are sometimes sold for even less. Note that some of these watches are quite thick compared to non-smartwatch designs.