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5 affordable smartbands as good as smartwatches

THE ASIAN AGE

Published : Aug 16, 2017, 5:40 pm IST
Updated : Oct 9, 2017, 8:30 pm IST
Smartwatches are slowly starting to gain favour with the people, especially with their myriad of features designed to act as an extended controller of their smartphones. However, they are pretty expensive and therefore out of reach for the majority of interested buyers. On the other hand, smartbands are available for a lot less amount of money but perform most of the smartwatch functions on a smaller scale. You can monitor your health, see your smartphone’s notifications, and even control some basic functions. If you are on a tight budget for a smartband, then the following smartbands will satisfy your smartwatch needs.
Smartwatches are slowly starting to gain favour with the people, especially with their myriad of features designed to act as an extended controller of their smartphones. However, they are pretty expensive and therefore out of reach for the majority of interested buyers. On the other hand, smartbands are available for a lot less amount of money but perform most of the smartwatch functions on a smaller scale. You can monitor your health, see your smartphone’s notifications, and even control some basic functions. If you are on a tight budget for a smartband, then the following smartbands will satisfy your smartwatch needs.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 (Rs 1,999) Xiaomi makes some of the segment leading smartphones and the same can be said for their wearables. The Mi Band 2 was launched in late 2017 and has been one of the highest selling smartbands in 2017. The band has 0.42-inch OLED display that’s big enough to display time, date, alarms and app notifications from your smartphone. There’s a touch button that can be used to shift between different information screens. There’s a heart rate sensor and pedometer make this band a product of great value for its price. IP67 certification means it doesn’t bother itself with sweat or water splashes.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 (Rs 1,999)
Xiaomi makes some of the segment leading smartphones and the same can be said for their wearables. The Mi Band 2 was launched in late 2017 and has been one of the highest selling smartbands in 2017. The band has 0.42-inch OLED display that’s big enough to display time, date, alarms and app notifications from your smartphone. There’s a touch button that can be used to shift between different information screens. There’s a heart rate sensor and pedometer make this band a product of great value for its price. IP67 certification means it doesn’t bother itself with sweat or water splashes.
Fastrack Reflex Smartwatch (Rs 1,995) Fastrack’s offering in this segment is targeted towards the geeky crowd. The Reflex Smartwatch’s tiny OLED display can show time, app notifications from your smartphone, unread message reminder, target progress display, alarm and exercise timer. The touch button on this one can be used to put the band into sleep mode. Fastrack’s band also has a more appealing look than others, especially with its rectangular display head and a choice of premium coloured bands.
Fastrack Reflex Smartwatch (Rs 1,995)
Fastrack’s offering in this segment is targeted towards the geeky crowd. The Reflex Smartwatch’s tiny OLED display can show time, app notifications from your smartphone, unread message reminder, target progress display, alarm and exercise timer. The touch button on this one can be used to put the band into sleep mode. Fastrack’s band also has a more appealing look than others, especially with its rectangular display head and a choice of premium coloured bands.
Honor Band 3 (Rs 2,799) Honor’s Band 3 is a great choice for those looking for heavy-duty sports usage and a funky design. The band can do all basic health band functions such as continuous heart rate monitoring, calculate burnt calories and pedometer functions. The best part about this is that you can take this up to 50m under the water levels, which is perfect for sportspersons. Honor claims that the band can last up to 30 days on a single charge, which is all you need from a smartband.
Honor Band 3 (Rs 2,799)
Honor’s Band 3 is a great choice for those looking for heavy-duty sports usage and a funky design. The band can do all basic health band functions such as continuous heart rate monitoring, calculate burnt calories and pedometer functions. The best part about this is that you can take this up to 50m under the water levels, which is perfect for sportspersons. Honor claims that the band can last up to 30 days on a single charge, which is all you need from a smartband.
Lenovo HW01 Smart Band (Rs 1,999) Lenovo’s Band HW01 is simply all smartband essentials wrapped in a well-built package. It actively tracks your heart rate, keeps tab on steps done in an average per day, track your sleeping patterns and control music as well as take pictures with it. It also shows all app notifications from your smartphone. The companion app for the Lenovo band let’s you login with third-party sign-in systems like WhatsApp and Facebook.
Lenovo HW01 Smart Band (Rs 1,999)
Lenovo’s Band HW01 is simply all smartband essentials wrapped in a well-built package. It actively tracks your heart rate, keeps tab on steps done in an average per day, track your sleeping patterns and control music as well as take pictures with it. It also shows all app notifications from your smartphone. The companion app for the Lenovo band let’s you login with third-party sign-in systems like WhatsApp and Facebook.
Intex Fitrist Pulzz (Rs 1,799) Intex focuses on providing as many features as it can on its devices and the Fitrist Pulzz is no exception. The smartband has an array of features that similarly priced rivals don’t sport. Apart from usual fitness features like motion monitoring, heart rate monitoring and sleeping monitoring, miscellaneous features like Camera/MP3 control, notifications for Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp and hydration reminder make this one of the most tempting options.
Intex Fitrist Pulzz (Rs 1,799)
Intex focuses on providing as many features as it can on its devices and the Fitrist Pulzz is no exception. The smartband has an array of features that similarly priced rivals don’t sport. Apart from usual fitness features like motion monitoring, heart rate monitoring and sleeping monitoring, miscellaneous features like Camera/MP3 control, notifications for Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp and hydration reminder make this one of the most tempting options.

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