Are you looking for a good smartwatch to make your smartphone user experience even better? Well, there are plenty of smartwatches in the market, and you have to be careful while choosing the one that fits your needs.
While most smartwatches in the market come with OLED screens, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart-rate monitor, GPS, customisable watch faces, and at least one-day battery life. However, very few watches come with a loudspeaker so that you can take calls on it when you can’t reach your phone.
If you want to buy a smartwatch that has a loudspeaker and can take calls from your smartphone, we have chosen the five best such smartwatches that you can buy in India.
5 Best Smartwatches In India With Calling & Loudspeaker
Our list of five best smartwatches that are sold in India and have the calling facility via a loudspeaker include the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 3, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, Samsung Galaxy Watch, and Fossil’s Gen. 5 Android Wear OS watches.
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
- Samsung Galaxy Watch
- Fossil Carlyle/Julianna
Apple Watch Series 5: Best Smartwatch For iPhone Users
Yes, it is the costliest smartwatch on the list, with a starting price of Rs 40,990 (for 40mm non-cellular aluminium version) and Rs 43,900 (for 44mm non-cellular aluminium version). However, the Apple Watch Series 5 is clearly the best smartwatch in the world right now, especially for iPhone users.
It features one of the best screens, going up to 1,000 nits brightness under sunlight, and with thin bezels. For the first time, Apple has introduced always-on display mode on its smartwatch. It also features a fast dual-core processor, the S5, paired with a whopping 32GB of storage.
The Apple Watch Series 5 also features GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC in terms of connectivity. There are all the other sensors that are usually seen on smartwatches, including an accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyro, and a heart-rate monitor. There’s an ECG, too, so that you can keep a watch on your heartbeat patterns. It lasts close to two days on a single charge, and it charges wirelessly.
There’s a loudspeaker on this watch in spite of it being swim resistant and water-resistant for up to 50 feet, so you can take calls. There’s also a cellular version (Rs 49,900 for 40mm cellular aluminium version and Rs 52,900 for 44mm cellular aluminium version) of the watch which has an eSIM, and if you buy that version of the watch, you can take calls even when you don’t have the phone with you.
Plus, Apple’s watchOS software is second to none in the business, featuring a boatload of features, excellent native apps, support for third-party apps, actionable notifications, offline music playback, and excellent integration with Apple’s other devices like iPhones and Macs. It lasts up to two days, depending on the usage.
Apple Watch Series 3: Most Value-For-Money Smartwatch For iPhone Users
Relatively cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 5, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a two-year-old smartwatch that’s still better than most other smartwatches. So what do you sacrifice on for its relatively lower price? Well, here’s the list of downgrades:
- The bezels around the screen are thicker
- There’s no always-on display mode.
- It lacks the ECG.
- Plus, its processor is slightly slower and has half the storage (16GB).
Everything else remains similar. It still has that 1,000 nits brightness OLED screen, a swim-resistant (up to 50 feet) design, and close to two days of battery life. There’s wireless charging, too. It also features all the necessary sensors for activity, fitness, and workout tracking, including an accelerometer, barometer, GPS, and heart-rate sensor.
If you don’t really want an ECG, I would argue that the Apple Watch Series 3 is the best Apple Watch for most iPhone users. It is priced at Rs 20,900 (for 38mm) and Rs 23,900 (for 42mm), and you can easily get it for as low as Rs 13,499 (for the 38mm version) during festive sales, combined with bank offers.
Needless to say, it has a loudspeaker and it can take calls from your smartphone. You can also get it in the cellular variant if you wish to leave your phone at home and take calls on the watch directly.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Best Smartwatch For Android Users
If you own an Android smartphone, we think that the best smartwatch with a loudspeaker and calling functionality is the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. It is the closest thing to the Apple Watch you can get in the Android realm. By the way, it also works with iPhones.
It has a circular dial with an AMOLED screen that’s as good as the one the Apple Watch, reaching a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. It also features a virtual touch bezel that you can use to navigate around the UI without touching the screen.
It has an IP68-certified water-resistant and swim-resistant body, standard watch strap connectors for easier and cheaper customisation, and wireless charging. The watch uses a 10nm dual-core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB storage. It has Samsung Pay, too, for mobile payments on the go. On a single charge, the watch can last at least 2 days with always-on display mode turned on.
It has an accelerometer, barometer, compass, ECG, GPS, GLONASS, and a heart-rate monitor. It can track most of your workouts, including running, walking, and swimming, and it can even start tracking workouts automatically. It even tracks your sleep and the quality of sleep, a feature that’s missing from the Apple Watch. The Samsung Health app offers a wide variety of data, workout suggestions, app integrations, workout guides, and much more.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 also comes in a cellular variant (4G LTE), which has an eSIM, and it can take and make voice calls without a smartphone nearby. It is priced at Rs 25,990 for the aluminium version with Wi-Fi. The Stainless Steel version costs 31,990. The 4G variant costs Rs 35,990 in India, and it comes only with a steel case.
Samsung Galaxy Watch: Best Big Smartwatch
The Galaxy Watch is a bulkier smartwatch and closely matches the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in terms of features and specs. It has a physically rotating bezel but lacks the ECG feature, though. Thanks to the bigger body, which can fit a bigger battery (472mAh), it can last up to four days on a single charge. And yes, it supports wireless charging.
The Galaxy Watch has a 1.3-inch AMOLED screen with up to 1,000 nits brightness. There’s an accelerometer, barometer, gyro, and a heart-rate monitor. It can track activities, fitness, sleep, swims, and most workouts. It uses the same 10nm Exynos 9110 processor, 4GB storage, and 768MB RAM as that of the Galaxy Watch Active 2. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. It runs Tizen OS and is compatible with both Android and iOS.
The Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy Watch is priced at Rs 19,990 for the 42mm version and Rs 23,990 for the 46mm variant. There’s an LTE variant of the watch that was recently launched in India, and it is priced at Rs 28,490 for the 42mm version and Rs 30,990 for the 46mm version.
Fossil Carlyle/Julianna: Best Wear OS Smartwatches
If you only want to buy a smartwatch that runs Google’s Wear OS, your best options right now are Fossil’s Gen 5 smartwatches. There are two models in the lineup: Carlyle (Unisex) and Julianna (for women).
The Carlyle is available with three strap options: leather, silicone, and stainless steel. The Julianna is available with three strap options: Black Stainless Steel, Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel, and Blush Leather. All these versions and variants are priced at Rs 22,995.
These watches run Wear OS and are equipped with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. All of them have 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. They all last one day on a single charge. There’s no wireless charging, but its magnetic charging puck is cleverly designed to mimic wireless charging-like stance.
Apart from a loudspeaker for making and receiving voice calls, these watches also feature Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi. Accelerometer, altimeter, compass, gyro, and heart-rate monitor are present as well for accurate workout tracking.
There’s a 1.3-inch circular AMOLED screen with an ambient light sensor. The body is made using metal and it uses 22mm standard straps which can be interchanged with any other 22mm band that you can buy off store shelves. It is IP68-certified for dust and water resistance (up to 30 feet). Interestingly, Fossil offers a two-year warranty on all its Gen 5 smartwatches.
Best Smartwatch In India With Calling & Loudspeaker Under Rs 15,000
If you want a smartwatch that has a loudspeaker and doesn’t cost as high as Rs 20,000, the Amazfit Verge is the go-to option in India. It doesn’t run Android Wear, Tizen OS, or watchOS, but it has all the fitness tracking features that one wants from a smartwatch. It also features a loudspeaker for voice calls.
Amazfit Verge: Affordable Smartwatch With Loudspeaker For Voice Calls
The Amazfit Verge is an affordable smart wearable. We don’t want to call it a smartwatch as it lacks support for third-party apps. However, it has a nice design, a circular OLED screen, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, and a battery life of up to five days. There’s no wireless charging, though.
Priced at just Rs 11,999, the Amazfit Verge features Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It features an accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyro, and a heart-rate monitor. It even features built-in Alexa for smart functionality.
The watch uses a dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB storage. You can store music files on it for playing them back via connected Bluetooth earphones. Third-party watch faces can be installed on the watch. Built-in apps are decent but there’s no real support for third-party apps.
|Apple Watch Series 5||Apple Watch Series 3||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2||Samsung Galaxy Watch||Fossil Gen. 5 Smartwatches (Carlyle/Julianna)||Amazfit Verge|
|Operating System/Platform||watchOS 6||watchOS 6||Tizen Wearable UI||Tizen Wearable UI||Wear OS||Amazfit OS|
|Materials||Aluminium Case + Silicon Band||Aluminium Case + Silicon Band||Aluminium Case + Silicon Band||Aluminium Case + Silicon Band||Aluminium Case + Silicon Band
Aluminium Case + Leather Band
Aluminium Case + Metal Band
|Aluminium Case + Silicon Band|
|Strap Connector||Non-Standard||Non-Standard||22mm Standard||22mm Standard||22mm Standard||Non-Standard|
|Processor||Apple S5||Apple S3||Exynos 9110||Exynos 9110||Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100||Unknown|
|RAM||1GB||768MB||768MB (Wi-Fi Only)
1.5GB (Wi-FI + Cellular)
|768MB (Wi-Fi Only)
1.5GB (Wi-FI + Cellular)
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, ECG, Gyro, Heart-Rate Monitor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyro, Heart-Rate Monitor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, ECG, Gyro, Heart-Rate Monitor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyro, Heart-Rate Monitor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyro, Heart-Rate Monitor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyro, Heart-Rate Monitor|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, NFC||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, NFC||Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, NFC||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, NFC, MST (Samsung Pay)||Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, NFC||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS|
|Battery||296mAh, 1-2 Days||291mAh, 1-2 Days||341mAh (42mm)/279mAh (38mm), 1-2 Days||340mAh (44mm)/247mAh (40mm), 2-3 Days||472mAh (44mm)/270mAh (40mm), 3-4 Days||320mAh, 5 Days|
So, that was our list of best smartwatches in India with a loudspeaker and calling functionality. If you’ve been eyeing to buy such a smartwatch, there are enough options in the list, be it iPhone users, Android smartphone users, or those who want only a Wear OS-based smartwatch. There’s also a bonus choice for those who don’t want to spend more than Rs 12,000 on a smartwatch.
Have we missed something? What do you think of our choices? Let us know in the comments section below.