Apple Watch 2 - The Competitive Review


The latest features of the Apple Watch 2 include GPS, waterproof design and multi-sport functionality. Apple claims their latest  release has the competing edge with other major athletic smart watches on the current market. We found five competitive brands that actually blow Apple's new watch out of the water at half the price. These watches are geared with superior features as well as increases durability.

Anyone in the smart watch knows that the GPS (global positioning system) is used frequently. GPS is a battery hog and for smart watch technology, the battery is everything. It's speculated that the Apple watch 2 battery life is short lived with a maximum of 5hrs GPS battery life compared to an average of ten to fourteen hours on other competing devices. This reason alone ranks the Apple Watch 2 low in the athletic smart watch industry.


 1. The Polar V800

Polar V800 review





This is a fitness watch that is perfect for runners and cyclists. It also offers training target support for other sports such as sailing, dancing and disc golf. The 14-hour rechargeable battery allows long distance athletes to compete without failure but it can also be worn up to 50 hours when in GPS low power mode. Many high altitude sports such as skiing and trail running will find the barometric altimeter that monitors ascent, descent and altitude very useful.



2. Microsoft band 2

microsoft band2 review



This activity tracker displays various statistics and Bluetooth connection so you can keep tab on non-health related matters such as notifications. It has a total of 12 sensors that track your sleep, calories, location, heart rate and sun exposure using the UV monitoring. These are recorded and tallied in the Microsoft Health app. The GPS, maps and tracks where an athlete moves.  DC Rainmaker explains the functions of this watch and how you can best apply it.

3. TomTom Spark 3

Tom Tom Spark 3 review

This watch is ideal for the health conscious person. the functions of this watch include heart rate monitor, timing tools and GPS. Users are able to keep track of each sprint, step and stroll the user makes while displaying the time, distance and calories burnt. You can use it on the road while cycling, or in the gym or in the pool swimming. The one feature that sets it apart from other watches is that it measures body fat as well as muscle mass percentage directly from your wrist.  Multi-sport functions are included with this watch making this watch assessable to triathletes.



4. Fitbit Surge

 The Fitbit Surge is built for your urban athlete with a ten-hour battery and muti-sport tracking. The Surge  is not built for the endurance athlete but it's perfect for your daily exercise routine and weekend warrior.  It has a total of 8 sensors including a heart rate monitor, GPS and real-time workout data. It has a backlit interface that helps keep track of steps, miles, active minutes and their heart rate in any dimly lighted environment.



5. Garmin Forerunner 735xt

 Garmin review

The 735xt blows almost every other multi-sport watch out of the water. The Battery last just over 14hrs on GPS but it also connects to wearable tech such as Varia Vission. The only downside to this watch is that it doesn't have a barometric altimeter. Garmin made it possible to instantly connect to third party apps as well as the most popular Strava. They included the Strava suffer score as well as VO2max data field. This watch is half the cost of Apple and built for the serious athlete. 


In our opinion when shopping for the best athletic sports watch on the market, it's important to compare brands and models that best fit your lifestyle. Keep in mind that most of the watches above are more affordable and have similar or comparable smart technology as the Apple watch. Make sure that the battery life, external smart connections as well as overall durability meet your standards. Each of these five brands provide competitive warranties and free online troubleshooting for help. 




Of course, Apple is no doubt cutting into some portion of both companies’ potential sales. However with Apple having only two offerings in the market, I don’t expect it to have a dramatic impact on either the low-end fitness tracker market, or the high-end endurance GPS