Which Fitness Smartwatch Should You Buy?


– There’s never a bad time to make good on your
New Year’s Resolutions. And a fitness smart watch is a great way to not only keep yourself motivated, but keep track of your progress. These babies have come a long way. Not only do they come with built-in GPS and continuous heart rate monitoring, you can also get features
like music storage and mobile payments. On the lower end they’re as cheap as $200 and on the higher end they can be as expensive as $800. We’re gonna put all five
of these through the ringer so that you know which one you should buy. Today we’ll be testing
the Garmin Fenix 5S Plus, the FitBit Ionic Adidas Edition, the Apple Watch Series 4, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and the Polar Vantage M. When you’re buying a fitness smartwatch there are a bunch of things to consider, especially if you plan on
primarily working out outside. Things like can I leave my phone at home? Will it automatically track my workouts? And how accurate is the
data that I’m getting? For our first test we’re gonna see how well
they do without a phone. So the most important thing
about a phone free run is how accurate your GPS data is. To test that we’re gonna go for a one
mile run on this track and then compare it to the
results we get from the watch. (energetic music) Lap two. Lap three. Four. Time to compare results. After our one mile run all of the smart watches slightly over reported the distance. However, the FitBit came
closest at 1.03 miles. Unfortunately the Apple Watch
was the loser at 1.1 miles. That makes the FitBit Ionic Adidas Edition the winner of our first battle and the shutup Siri. And the best for phone free exercising. So the last thing you
want is to lose credit for a workout that you’ve already done. So for our second battle we’re gonna see which one of these devices is the best at automatically
tracking your activity without you having to do anything. To test this we’re
gonna go on a brisk walk and see which one of these starts tracking the activity fastest. Going for a brisk walk. (whistling) Aha. The Apple Watch has just asked me to start recording an outdoor walk
after about 10 minutes. We added another five
minutes on just to be sure but the other smartwatches
didn’t do anything. What gives? That means the Apple
Watch wins this battle and is the best for automatic tracking. So the most important metric besides GPS for an
outdoor fitness smartwatch is heart rate. It’s gonna help you measure
your progress over time. So to do that for our third test we’re going to compare it with
the Polar H10 chest strap. That sends an electrical signal and it’s slightly more accurate than the optical sensors
used by these watches. So let’s get my heart pumping and then compare results. (electronic dance music) Does it look like a beautiful unicorn? It says I’m stressed out. So, funny story. All of our smartwatches
performed about the same when it came to heart rate accuracy. But what really matters is what you can do with that heart rate data. And, in that case, the Polar Vantage M is the clear winner. Not only is the app super detailed, you can easily view your heart rate data straight from your wrist. So, as it turns out, we have a different
winner for each battle. But there can only be one true winner. Honestly, all three of
these are great choices and it might just come down
to your personal preference. But the Polar Vantage
M was the clear winner of our third battle and was a very close second in our first. That and it’s reasonably priced which makes it our battle winner.

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