Hybrid watches are dominating the current smartwatch market. So, what’s a hybrid smartwatch? Well, to put it simply, hybrid smartwatches have all the features found in a smartwatch, except it has a traditional watch design, unlike regular smartwatches where you have a full touch screen display.
Whether you’re a style freak or want something that can track your health without battering the battery, here’s our pick of the top 5 hybrid smartwatches of 2018:
Nokia Steel HR (For fitness tracking)
While Nokia Steel HR may seem to be an upgraded version of the sleek Withings Activité Steel, it’s essentially so much more than that. It has the same silicon strap, stainless steel casing and chrome hands as previous editions, it now gives you an additional dynamic digital screen where you can view data including activity tracking and smartphone notifications. The heart rate monitor continuously monitors your heart rate all day long. Battery life is 25 days. Price: $149.95.
Skagen Connected (For design)
Skagen Connected is one of the best looking hybrids to have on your wrist. There are two versions of this watch: The Jorn, for men, and the Hald, for women. Both of them come in different styles, and they both possess the same minimalist look that’s carried by Skagen’s dumb timepieces. It has basic activity and sleep tracking features. The sub-dial has been jettisoned. Instead, the face hands will move around and point to a different color based on your notifications. Price: $175.
Kronaby (For notifications)
If you aren’t worried about the price, Kronaby’s hybrid smartwatches are well worth checking out. Kronaby offers models for men and women. High grade materials add touch of luxury to the watches. It features basic fitness front with just step tracking. It also gives you notifications, play music and remotely take pictures. There’s a personal safety feature for you which you can use to send details of your current location to an assigned contact. Price: From $350 – $795.
Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture (For those to who money is no object)
If money is absolutely no object to you and you want a luxury hybrid smartwatch, then you need this Hybrid Manufacture. This is the Swiss watchmaker’s latest hybrid. It comes in four 42mm styles including a rose gold model. It offers sleep tracking, step tracking, and a second time zone for the frequent flyers. The companion smartphone app gives you health tips based on your stats, advising you, perhaps, that too much physical activity in the evening is having a negative effect on your sleep. Price: $3,495.
Garmin Vivomove HR (Overall)
If you are looking for a watch that combines design and smarts perfectly, Garmin Vivomove HR is for you. This award winning smartwatch offers a design for both men and women, featuring an inconspicuous display that only shows itself when you tap on the watch face. It’s also waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can wear it when you’re in the pool. The display gives you activity tracking data, heart rate readings, notifications, and even your stress levels. Battery life is 2 weeks in watch mode and 5 days for heavy duty usage. Price: From $199.99.