Fitbit’s new smartwatch, the Versa, could be easily confused with an Apple Watch so, yes, it looks great. It features three physical buttons, plus upward and downward swipes to access different menus, which can be confusing initially. It offers an unbeaten five full days of battery life; a personal trainer on your wrist (with animated guidance); and support for both Android and iPhone. While it pushes notifications from your smartwatch, you cannot reply to texts or answer calls. It does not offer GPS support, but at R3 199, it’s great value for money. Available in peach, grey or black.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is the newest model for the iPhone for those looking to replace Series 1. Users can now go for a run without carrying an iPhone due to its built-in GPS functionality, while listening to music on wireless earphones. It supports making and receiving calls and texts, like replying to WhatsApp messages through voice dictation or scribbles. Full fitness tracking is supported, including swims and hikes. A variety of watch straps and bands are available to suit every taste.Priced from R5 499.
MoveTime Family Watch
The MoveTime MT30 Family Watch is a nifty smartwatch for children centred on safety. Using a nano SIM, it supports calls, texts and GPS tracking. Parents have control over the maximum eight contacts saved, and can set up a geofence using GPS. If the child steps out of the “safe zone”, parents will get an alert (i.e. when not at school, library or home). The watch has a colour and touch screen with additional features such as games, reminders, to-do lists and an SOS button. It comes in blue and pink.
Available at Vodacom for R2 699.