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Those looking for the ideal children’s tablet should look no further than Fire HD 8 Kids. It is equipped with all the same features as a regular Fire tablet plus a two-year warranty, a protective case and a free one-year Amazon Kids +, which gives you access to Audible books, games and more.
The Fire HD 10 Kids Pro is (literally) a better fit for older children as its 10-inch screen is larger than the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. You will also have the option to install apps from the Kids app – with access to parental controls – a free year of Amazon Kids + and a less robust (but still protective) case.
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The problem with Amazon’s Fire tablets above is that they do not have the Google Play Store, so you do not have the rich app library like other Android tablets. If this is what you are looking for then go for Galaxy Tab S7. It’s more expensive, but you get a sharp 11-inch LCD screen with a 120-Hz refresh rate, an S Pen-pen for drawing and taking notes, and support for Samsung’s DeX mode software (which provides a desktop-like experience when it is connected to a monitor or a Bluetooth keyboard).
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Galaxy Watch4 (7/10, WIRED recommends) is our favorite fitness tracker for Android owners for a few reasons. Not only is it the first smartwatch to run Wear OS 3 (Google’s latest operating system created in collaboration with Fitbit and Samsung), but its sensors track measurements such as ECG, SpO2, sleep and heart rate – all wrapped up in a slim and comfortable wrist portable. However, it is worth noting that it only works with Android phones and the ECG feature only works if you have a newer Samsung phone.
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The Fitbit Charge 4 was our favorite all-around smartwatch when it came out. It’s the model that introduced features not normally seen on cheap wearables (such as built-in GPS). Charge 5 retains these eye-catching features and packs a few new ones, including a heart rate sensor, in a watch that is about 10 percent thinner than its predecessor.
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Apple Watch SE is our favorite choice as the best Apple Watch for most people. It’s a great choice if you do not need the intricate features that come with the Series 7 – such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, always on screen and blood oxygen monitor – and just want a basic, affordable Apple Watch to pair with your iPhone. In addition to standard health and fitness tracking, you also get a Retina monitor, fall detection and a fast processor.
This watch just came out so this is a pretty small deal. The only notable upgrades in the Series 7 (8/10, WIRED recommends) compared to its predecessor are a larger screen, faster charging and the ability to track ebike rides. But even though it is a step-by-step improvement, it is still the best smartwatch for iPhone owners. Check out our guide to Apple Watches if you are in doubt about which one to buy.
The Hybrid HR Jorn is our favorite hybrid smartwatch. It is a good option for those who prefer the look of a traditional watch with a few smart features. On the screen you can see measurements such as heart rate, pedometer and weather via an E Ink screen. We do not recommend it to track training, as it is not very accurate, but it is still useful if you want to quickly look at your progress during the day.
Fossil Gen 6 is one of the few Wear OS watches that still gets our honorable mention. Google is in the midst of changing its wearable strategy, and Fossil Gen 6 is one of the few of the current crop kits to be updated in 2022. Until then, it still has decent fitness tracking features and a handy, round-the-clock feature shows the time even if the battery is discharged.
The health and lifestyle accessory company Withings is offering a 25 percent discount on most of its products this Cyber Monday, and of all the brand’s portable trackers, this is the one we would recommend first. It is a very simple smartwatch with analog hands to tell the time and track your steps. It also lacks a screen so it looks like a regular old clock and not one technology watch. Paired with an app, it can count steps, log workouts, track sleep and send vibration alerts for calls and text messages. Paired with formal attire, it looks like a stately watch. The replaceable watch battery lasts a good year. Get one for the “I do not have smartwatches on”.
We consider the Garmin Venu Sq (8/10 WIRED recommends) to be the best fitness watch in our list of the best smartwatches – specifically for its ability to accurately track health and fitness measurements combined with its affordable price. In terms of specific features, the Venu Sq offers an always-on LCD touch screen, blood oxygen monitoring, energy level monitoring and sleep tracking.
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Garmin’s Instinct Solar (8/10, WIRED recommends) is a rugged smartwatch that is great for tracking a range of health and fitness measurements, but especially extreme activities like hiking. It has excellent battery life that has lasted for days on a single charge in testing, but its solar cell function also makes it possible to recharge using sunlight.