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TOUCH DOWN // AUTUMN 2019 HIGH (tech) Flyers Fitbit Versa BY CRAIG WILSON | Smartwatch © GIE/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Apple Watch Series 4 Samsung Galaxy Watch | Smartwatch | Smartwatch If you’re an iPhone owner and want the best accompanying smartwatch and fitness tracker money can buy, the Apple Watch Series 4 should be your first port of call. The asking price is steep, but the catalogue of features runs deep. Accelerometers in the device detect if you’ve had a fall and will automatically contact emergency services if it’s a serious one; forthcoming on-wrist ECG support makes it the most accurate tracker of your ticker out there; and exercise-tracking smarts have been improved from its predecessor. It’ll also store Apple Music or podcasts, so you can leave your phone behind when exercising. Plus, if you already own a selection of bands from a previous watch, they’ll all work with the fourth iteration of Apple’s wearable. RRP from R8 000 T R AV E L T E C H 62 // MAKE MEMORIES FOR LIFE Substantially cheaper than the Apple Watch and able to endure for more than four days between visits to the charger, Fitbit’s Versa is an excellent choice for those who are more interested in health monitoring than they are in receiving WhatsApp messages to their wrists. The only notable fitness feature omission from the Versa is the lack of on-device GPS, but it can glean the necessary data if you tuck your phone into a pocket. You do get industry-leading heart rate and sleep tracking, an intuitive and detailed app, storage for up to 300 songs alongside support for the Deezer streaming service and the best female health and menstrual cycle tracking out there, all at a comparatively affordable price. RRP from R5 000 While Samsung’s wearables are powered by their own device-agnostic operating system called Tizen (which means they’ll work with Apple or Android smartphones), they’re slicker when paired with an Android device … like, say, a Samsung. A rotating dial surrounding the touch display is used to navigate menus, and you can track an enormous range of physical activities. There’s also built-in DID YOU KNOW? GPS and offline Spotify The first wireless heart rate monitors were bulky contraptions (think massive chest straps) support, while Bluetooth for that used conventional EKG technology – or wireless earphones means Electrocardiography – to measure the electrical going for a run without signals that control the expansion and contraction your phone is a pleasure. of the heart chambers. The Galaxy Watch is still a Most smartwatches nowadays use PPG, or tough sell for Apple users, Photoplethysmography. This technology uses but if you’re a card-carrying optics to measure your heart rate. Sensors record changes in blood flow by shining a light from an LED member of team Android through the skin, which then measures how this light – even if it’s Huawei or scatters off the blood vessels. This info is fed into an another non-Samsung algorithm that works out heart rate, fitness metrics device – the Galaxy Watch and whatever else your fancy smartwatch is capable is a superb choice. of (blood oxygen saturation, anyone?) RRP from R5 000