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The Best Smartwatches of 2021 Ranked

The Best Smartwatches of 2021 Ranked

More than a dozen new smartwatches were released in 2021, including updates to existing models like the Apple Watch and entirely new products like the Wyze Watch. Though many smartwatches offer similar features, some are distinguished by new innovations, higher-end versions of common functions, or other notable elements that make them stand out from the competition. The seven smartwatches on this list are all excellent options for consumers looking for their next model, covering a variety of needs ranging from low costs to advanced workout tools, mobile data access, and more.

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Fitbit Daily Readiness tells you when your body is ready for that workout

Fitbit Daily Readiness tells you when your body is ready for that workout

Today, Fitbit announced a new feature for its Premium users that should help them determine when their body is ready for intense workouts or when it might need more time to recuperate from fatigue. The feature is called Fitbit Daily Readiness, and it uses algorithms to figure out users' "Fitness Fatigue" score. The hope is that it will let users know when they're ready to work out again and keep them from straining their bodies when fatigue from poor sleep and previous activity is still too high.

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Fitbit Charge 5 is now available, but key features are still coming

Fitbit Charge 5 is now available, but key features are still coming

Smart fitness bands are a dime a dozen these days, but Fitbit's name still stands at the top. Offering more features than you can probably remember, Fitbit's advanced trackers can now do more than just monitor your activity. With the Fitbit Charge 5, the Google-owned company is offering a more holistic overview of your health even during those times you shouldn't be active at all. The wearable is now finally available for purchase, but there are a few caveats you might want to take note of before buying one immediately.

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Fitbit snore detection arrives, but you need certain models to use it

Fitbit snore detection arrives, but you need certain models to use it

Fitbit's previously announced Snore & Noise Detect feature is now rolling out to users, but it is only available on certain models. The feature is designed to help users learn about the noises at night that may be reducing their sleep quality. You'll need more than just the Versa 3 or Fitbit Sense to use the feature, however, which is limited to premium subscribers.

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Fitbit Charge 5 tracks stress, will tell you the best day for a workout

Fitbit Charge 5 tracks stress, will tell you the best day for a workout

Fitbit's latest fitness tracker has arrived, with the Fitbit Charge 5 borrowing health features from the company's smartwatches but packaging them in a smaller - and more affordable - wearable. Topped by a new touchscreen that's twice as bright as the old Charge 4, the Charge 5 now includes GPS, ECG, and EDA sensors.

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Fitbit Charge 5 leak reveals the big changes coming

Fitbit Charge 5 leak reveals the big changes coming

After a rather awkward start, it seems that smartwatches have more or less become staple accessories these days. That said, some still prefer a less conspicuous but equally advanced wearable that can keep up with the most important things in their lives. Fitness trackers are still a thing, and Fitbit remains at the top of that market. Not everybody has been happy with the latest Fitbit Charge 4, however, but it seems that the company will be making up for it with the upcoming Fitbit Charge 5.

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Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 get Sp02 tracking and audible Google replies

Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 get Sp02 tracking and audible Google replies

There was a lot of attention given to Android Wear last month, mostly because it finally showed signs of life after a long period of stagnation. That said, when it comes to wearables, especially ones oriented towards fitness and health, the Apple Watch and Fitbit's wide selection still dominate the market and people's minds. Fitbit's future under Google and Android Wear is a bit uncertain, despite assurances, but this latest update to its two smartwatches puts it ahead of some Android Wear smartwatches that still lack one popular biometric.

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Fitbit’s most recent app update hints at future snore detection feature

Fitbit’s most recent app update hints at future snore detection feature

It looks like Google is preparing to roll out a couple of new Fitbit features, including the ability to detect snoring while you sleep. The functionality was found within the latest Fitbit app update for Android, though it isn't yet available to users. As well, the code revealed an upcoming noise detection feature that listens for ambient noises while you sleep.

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Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Given the increased attention to personal fitness and health in the past months since the pandemic hit last year, it's really no surprise that smartwatch sales have considerably risen during that period. Given its focus on health and fitness as well as its track record in saving lives, it is also no surprise that the Apple Watch continues to lead that market all the way to the first quarter of 2021. It isn't too late for Google's Wear OS, however, and it might finally catch a break in the coming quarters, presuming its partnership with Samsung bears good fruit.

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Fitbit is bringing Stress Management to more devices

Fitbit is bringing Stress Management to more devices

Fitness trackers have come a long way since the earliest days where they only measured steps and location. Both smartwatches smart bands are now loaded with a plethora of sensors that, taken together, can sometimes paint a comprehensive picture of one's health. That picture, however, can sometimes also suggest a person's mental or psychological state, which is why Fitbit will soon be rolling out its stress tracking feature to more of its smart wearables to give users a heads up when they're about to blow their top.

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Fitbit Luxe puts stress and fitness tracking in a more stylish band

Fitbit Luxe puts stress and fitness tracking in a more stylish band

Fitbit has a new health-tracking wearable aiming for your wrist, with Fitbit Luxe promising a little more style than most activity trackers. Described as the company's "most elevated tracker," Luxe takes its inspiration from jewelry more than the tech world, with a smooth stainless steel case and interchangeable bands and straps.

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Fitbit Luxe leaks: Finally, made with metal

Fitbit Luxe leaks: Finally, made with metal

A new sort of fitness tracker appeared in a leak this week, one that you might recognize. Fitbit became one of the biggest names in fitness tracking wearables due to its sustained presence in the market and relatively reasonably priced gadgets matched with usable software. Now, with a device called Fitbix Luxe, they might well have created a wearable that's able to compete directly with the traditional wristwatch.

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