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When do I choose a sports watch, activity tracker, or smartwatch?

Do you doubt between a sports watch, activity tracker or smartwatch? The difference between these wearables is sometimes difficult. Many smartwatches also measure your daily activities and there are sports watches that communicate with your smartphone. Nevertheless, there are differences in usage. In this article I tell you where the products are mainly suitable for.

What are the products primarily intended for?

Sports watch Activity tracker Smartwatch
Do you want to know if you are moving enough in one day? * *** **
Do you want a subtle and comfortable design? * *** *
Do you want to keep track of your sports training accurately? *** ** *
Want to read messages and answer calls? * X ***
Do you want to download various apps on your watch? X X ***

Usage situation

Sports watch

Sports watch

A sports watch gives you insight into the progress of your training. The sport profiles are a signature feature. You can analyze your speed, distance, heart rate, and covered route for each sport in well-arranged tables and graphs. This motivates you to get better. You can also link external sensors such as a speed, cadence, or heart rate sensors to a sports watch. This way, you can keep track of your progress even more accurately.

  • A sports watch provides extensive insight into your training sessions.
  • Coarse design, often does not have a touchscreen.
Activity tracker

Activity tracker

Do you want to know if you get enough exercise in one day? An activity tracker is a good tool. If you look at the functionalities, they're aimed at measuring your activities and health 24/7. You can set goals and view to what extent you have achieved this on your tracker. Consider the quality of your sleep, the number of steps taken, or calories consumed.



A smartwatch is an extension of your smartphone. The technique is almost the same. Where an activity tracker or sports watch runs on its own operating system, a smartwatch runs on WatchOS or Android Wear. This allows you to download apps on your smartwatch, just like you do on your smartphone. You can receive calls and messages and view/answer them via your watch. You can also keep an eye on your agenda and social media.

  • A smart watch looks chic and has a touchscreen.
  • Less comfortable when exercising, due to the material.

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Jonna Watch Expert.