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Things To Consider: Features You Should Check Before Buying A Smartwatch

Apr 08, 2022 by


By Excel Dyquiangco

2 min read


Gone are the days when watches are only for telling time or waking you up in the morning. These days, the advent of smartwatches has become closely tied to fitness as well. If you want to shed some pounds, keep track of your heart rate, or track how many steps you take, your smartwatch can make all of these tasks easier.

Yes, you can even have one with a health plan!

So before buying one to replace your traditional wristwatch and to help guide you in your fitness journey, here are some features you should look for!

A smartwatch that monitors your heart rate.

Xiaomi Mi Lite

From Mi Global Official Website

There are smartwatches that measure your heart rate and keep track of vital fitness statistics such as the calories burnt, distance traveled, number of steps walked, stress levels, and more. If you’re into hiking or cycling, look for a smartwatch that features an altimeter and GPS integrated into it to help you achieve your fitness goals.

The Xiaomi Mi Lite, for instance, has tiny sensors at the back that use lights to see your blood vessels in action, which allows it to measure your heart rate. To learn more about this smartwatch, check out this Next Upgrade episode for our complete review!

A smartwatch that lets you monitor your oxygen levels.


From Huawei Official Website

One of the key features of the new Huawei Watch Fit is All-Day SPO2 Monitoring. With the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, putting this technology into consumer wearables has never been more important as it shows you how well your circulatory and respiratory systems are supplying oxygenated blood to your body. This can spell the difference when you want to know whether or not you need to see a doctor. So if you're looking for a smartwatch, you can find out more about this feature in our Next Upgrade episode!

A smartwatch that entertains you.

Face it, running a marathon and doing long-distance races can not only be exhausting but boring as well. Look for a smartwatch with a GPS app, a music store with all of your favorite tunes, and the Running Dynamics app, which can assess your running performance in real-time. Because this Smartwatch can be linked to music providers such as Spotify, you can be sure that not only will you be finishing those races, but enjoying music while doing so.

A smartwatch that provides you with health plans.

According to a Nielsen survey, health and fitness applications are extremely popular among consumers. My Fitness Pal—an app that keeps track of how much you exercise, how many calories you consume, and how nutritious your food is—has 8.7 million users.


From Apple Official Website

Meanwhile, Apple Health is another excellent example. This software tracks your daily steps, walking and running distance, and the number of flights of stairs you climb. Even when your device is locked, it displays your name, known allergies, emergency contact information, and blood type. This new feature provides essential information to first responders in the event of an accident or an unanticipated medical issue.

A smartwatch with built-in meditation apps.

Meditation is an essential component of total health. You can meditate anywhere using your smartphone, so you don’t have to go to a yoga class or disrupt your routine when traveling. Apps like Calm allow you to meditate with the sounds of the ocean, birds, or white noise at any time and from any location.


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Excel V. Dyquiangco

Excel is a content writer at Next Upgrade assigned to lead sections of Sports & Fitness, Pop Culture, and Entertainment. He has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and websites for more than a decade. He often works out, and takes pride in having traveled to far-flung places in the Philippines such as Batanes and Tawi-Tawi.



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