7 affordable wearables for beginners under 7k

The start of the year is a great time to start new goals. Maybe 2020 reminded you to get fit and had you jumping to start a fitness routine. And now you want to keep track of your exercises. You don’t have to use expensive smartwatches to get the job done. Many cheaper alternatives can help you start or continue your fitness journey, and we’ve compiled* the best for you. So, scroll down, and we hope you find the wearable for you. We’ve arranged this small list from the most affordable to the priciest one (still under PHP 7,000). Have an incredible fitness journey in 2021!

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Huawei Band 4

PRICE: PHP 1,890 (discounted at PHP 1,690)

This simple wearable from Huawei will let you track the basics from its 2.5D colorful touchscreen. It can monitor your heart rate with the help of Huawei TruSeen 3.5 and alert you if you’ve exceeded the average heart rate. It can track your heart rate while working out, too. You can choose between nine workout modes to monitor, where it will take note of things like distance, speed, calories burnt, etc.

Huawei Band 4 can also monitor your sleep. With TruSleep 2.0, it takes note of your heart rate to recognize the four phases of sleep and determine your sleep quality. It can identify six sleep problem types and suggest solutions. On top of that, it has customizable watch faces, notifications for calls and messages, Find My Phone, and a remote shutter for your smartphone camera. And you can get it in either Amber Sunrise, Graphite Black, or Sakura Pink.

Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite

PRICE: PHP 2,490

Spend a few hundred more, and you get the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite. It has more features to appreciate, including built-in GPS/GLONASS and 5ATM water resistance. The former helps you track your outdoor runs and treks better, while the latter will let you swim for up to 50m. It can track up to 11 workouts and monitor factors like your trajectory, speed, distance, calories burnt, and heart rate changes for a clearer picture of your activity.

All of the information is viewable on the 1.4-inch color display that supports automatic brightness. The Mi Watch Lite can also track your daily heart rate and sleep. It also offers guided breathing to help center you. It can also send call, text, and app notifications; control your music app; and send idle reminders to keep you active. Its watch bands come in Pink, Ivory, Black, Navy Blue, and Olive, and the watch face is customizable. It’s currently listed as Out of Stock on Lazada, but we’re waiting for the listing to go live. 

Honor Band 5

PRICE: PHP 2,999 (discounted at PHP 1,219)

The Honor Band 5 is currently available at a steal over in Lazada. But if it isn’t on sale by the time you read this, it’s still worth the money you put into it. This fitness band comes with a 0.95-inch AMOLED Magic Screen that supports up to 282ppi, so you’ll clearly see what you want to. Its full touch display supports different watch faces to suit your needs and preferences. 

And like other wearables, it will monitor your heart rate and sleep. Honor adds blood oxygen measurement, which is an additional metric to make sure you’re staying healthy. The Honor Band 5 can track 10 sports modes, including swimming, since it offers 5ATM water resistance. It can alert you of notifications on your phone, act as a remote shutter for your smartphone camera, and help you locate your handset. It promises up to 14 days of charge and an hour to fully charge this fitness band.

Soundpeats Watch 1 

PRICE: PHP 3,473

Soundpeats doesn’t just offer audio accessories; it now has a smartwatch, too. And like other smartwatches available, it tracks exercises (up to 12 kinds), heart rate, and sleep. It also offers breathing training so you can learn to regulate your breathing and send alerts to remind you if you’ve stayed seated for too long.

The Soundpeats Watch also displays weather conditions and has a stopwatch, timer, and alarm functions—all of that you can control on the 1.4-inch color touchscreen. It promises a battery life of up to seven days, with a 2.5 charging time, and comes with an IP68 water resistance protection.

Realme Watch S

PRICE: PHP 4,990

Realme takes a more stylish approach with the Realme Watch S. It looks like a traditional timepiece but does a lot more. Wrapped in an aluminum alloy case, it can monitor your heart rate and bloody oxygen levels. It has a 1.3-inch auto-brightness touchscreen that you can customize with over 100+ watch faces. And it can last as long as 15 days on a single charge.

The Realme Watch S supports 16 sport modes, increasing the number of activities it can track. The company even equips it with IP68 water resistance, which means it can handle splashes and the like. But Realme doesn’t recommend you take it for a swim. Since it’s a smartwatch, too, it can notify you of notifications from your phone.

Garmin Vivofit 4

PRICE: PHP 5,595

Garmin offers a 24/7 activity tracker with the Vivofit 4. Since it comes with a regular, replaceable watch battery, you don’t have to worry about nightly charges. It promises to last a whole year on that battery. This fitness tracker is even safe enough for the pool or the shower if you’re committed to keeping it on you. It can track steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, and lets you set a personalized daily step goal. It will also alert you if you’ve been stationary for too long. It is missing heart rate monitoring, though. The Vivofit 4 will periodically sync to the Garmin Connect app, where you can save, plan, share your activities, and participate in social challenges.

You don’t even have to start and stop your activity tracker manually. With Move IQ, it will automatically capture and classify your different activities. For walks and runs, it can even start an activity timer automatically. This fitness band also comes with a weather widget and can set alarms through the app that will go off on the Vivofit 4. It also has a countdown timer and a way to locate a connected, misplaced phone.

Fitbit Inspire 2

PRICE: PHP 6,290

If you want a more affordable introduction to Fitbit’s wearables line, you should check out the Fitbit Inspire 2. It offers 24/7 heart rate tracking so you can see heart rate zones, track sleep stages, and get a better estimate of calories burned. As with other fitness trackers, it can follow your steps and distance. It offers to monitor 20+ exercise modes and provide real-time statistics of your workout. And if you forget to start an activity, SmartTrack will automatically recognize and record your exercises. Connect the Inspire 2 to your phone’s GPS to get real-time pace and distance on your wrist when you take walks, jog, hike, and go on bike rides. Yes, this wearable is swim-proof for up to 50m and offers swim tracking, too.

As with other Fitbit trackers, it can monitor your sleep and offer tips through the Fitbit app to improve your sleep quality. It also provides personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate to help calm your system. And friendly reminders to move around when you’ve been stationary for long periods. On top of that, you can get smartphone notifications on your wrist. Android users can send quick replies to messages if their device is nearby.