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Best Overall: Withings Steel HR Sport at Amazon
"A sleek, traditional analog design that’s also packed full of useful smartwatch features."
Runner-up, Best Overall: Fossil Q Commuter at Amazon
"Fossil’s entry into the hybrid smartwatch market is a winner, in part to its unique features."
Best Budget: Misfit Command Hybrid Smartwatch at Amazon
"An eye-catching blend of fashion and fitness, tracking sleep quality, steps, and calories."
Best for Android: Samsung Galaxy Watch at Amazon
"This sporty hybrid has almost all the capabilities as a Samsung Galaxy."
Best Design: Skagen Connected at Amazon
"A traditional watch with the essential smartwatch features."
Best for Fitness: Garmin Vivomove HR at Amazon
"A great choice for those who are into fitness tracker data."
The Withings Steel HR Sport impresses with a sleek, traditional analog design that’s also packed full of useful smartwatch features. It also wins points for customization options, with a range of leather and silicone wristbands in a variety of colors.
The smartwatch particularly stands out for its swim tracking, a feature that isn't found in most hybrids. It can also track heart rate, predict your VO2 Max (the maximum amount of oxygen uptake) to estimate your fitness levels, and can recognize 30 different sports and activities, while you can create shortcuts for up to five sports — especially important if you want to ensure all of your active minutes are counted.
In addition to viewing fitness stats, the Steel HR Sport's small digital screen within the analog watch face can also receive texts and call alerts. Thanks to the screen, the learning curve for this watch is much shorter compared to other watches, which work by setting up corresponding watch face numbers to particular callers or alerts. The result is a stylish and easy-to-use hybrid, as well as a great choice for avid swimmers.
A perfect blend of traditional watch design and smartwatch technology, the Q Commuter is available in classic designs for both men and women. Fossil’s entry into the hybrid smartwatch market is a winner, in part to its unique features, a wide range of customization options, and accurate fitness and sleep tracking.
Living up to its name, the Q Commuter has a useful feature for predicting your arrival times via the watch’s Fossil Q app for iOS or Android. Using Google Maps, it can calculate your arrival time at work (or any destination), and the watch hands move to show your time of arrival. You can also set the numbers of the watch to pair with notifications, such as a call or text from a certain number, so if you're notified, the watch hands point to that number and release a gentle vibration. The smartwatch can also act as a control for your playlists, is water-resistant, and can automatically sync to different time zones. Once you get a feel for its functions, the Q Commuter makes for an ideal smartwatch for those who aren’t (or don’t think they are) the smartwatch type.
This convenient hybrid offers a minimalist design, a range of activity and sports tracking, and a variety of stylish color schemes — all powered by a traditional watch coin cell battery. It’s also affordable and swimming- and snow-proof, making the Misfit Command a fantastic value.
The smartwatch is an eye-catching blend of fashion and fitness, tracking sleep quality, steps, and calories, and specific sports can be entered via the Misfit app. However, despite its range of activity trackers, it doesn’t offer a heart rate monitor. Instead of a digital screen, a subdial points to indicators for notifications, texts, and calls, and can show how close you are to reaching your fitness activity goals for the day. The subdial can also display an additional time zone and control your music playlists.
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Android and Samsung fans will love the vast amount of features on the Galaxy Watch. Full of fitness tracking and apps, this watch has almost all the capabilities of a Samsung Galaxy. Available in two sizes, 42mm and 46mm, the hybrid is more on the fitness tracker side than of a traditional watch. It offers a rotating bezel that you can use to scroll through the screen’s menus and to view notifications.
Fitness enthusiasts will love the sleep and stress tracking, along with the Samsung Pay — perfect for when you're grabbing coffee after the gym. It can also auto-recognize six different sports and exercises, track your heart rate, and is both Android and iOS compatible.
While it comes with many qualities, the Samsung Galaxy Watch may not offer the traditional style and design that you’re looking for in a hybrid. The smartwatch, which can go three to five days on one charge, doesn't compare to the longevity of other hybrids that run on traditional coin cell batteries, lasting several months to a year.
One of the more stylish hybrids, this watch from Skagen, part of the Fossil family, is a great option if you’re looking for a traditional watch with the essential smartwatch features. When it comes to fitness tracking, the Skagen Connected doesn’t offer as many bells and whistles as some of the other hybrids, but if you’re after something simple to measure steps, calories, distances, and sleep, this is a great choice.
This hybrid stands out particularly for its automatic date and time setting across time zones, text and call notifications, and its longevity — it works on batteries and doesn’t need to be charged, with an estimated four to six months of use per battery. With so many gadgets and tech requiring various USB and cables, having a battery-powered device is a nice alternative.
Note that this hybrid doesn’t have a digital screen, and alerts are received via a subtle vibration and movement of the analog watch hands. Although this takes some getting used to, it also means your watch keeps to an uncluttered and traditional design.
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A leader in tracking and fitness, Garmin created a hybrid that's perfect if you’re looking for a watch that can easily switch from smartwatch mode to watch mode, depending on what information you want to see.
This is a great choice for those who are into fitness tracker data but prefer a traditional watch design. The Vivomove HR is waterproof, and although it doesn’t offer swim tracking, it features stress and sleep tracking, a heart rate monitor, and the ability to track cardio and weights workouts (albeit this data has to be entered manually). All data can be easily stored and viewed through the Garmin Connect app, which Garmin fitness tracker users are already familiar with.
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