Best sports watches 2022: Track your fitness and running goals

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Best for: stunning Danish design, inside and out

Most nations have a specific thing they are famous for. The French for their cuisine, the Italians for their fashion, us Brits for, uh, we eclipse things and the Danes for their exceptionally beautiful design. Yes, furniture, cutlery, lamps, speakers and even lager logos, the Danes have perfected it all, so it’s no surprise that Skagen’s Falster Gen 6 smart sports watch is also an aesthetic triumph. In all areas.

Launched in January 2022 and available in a matte black case finish with a choice of strap options including silicone, stainless steel mesh and leather, the Falster Gen 6 comes with a case size of just 41. mm, which may make it look a little lost on the larger wrists of more muscular people, but does sit well on lanky limbs like me.

Running on Wear OS by Google, download the app to your Android or Apple smartphone, pair and let the app guide you through the rest. So far, so simple.

Covering the fitness and health aspect of things, the Skagen comes with a heart rate monitor, SpO2 oxygen saturation level check, accelerometer, altimeter, compass and gyroscope, while also offering heart rate counting. steps, sleep monitoring and, of course, timed workout activities. . However, on that last point, only the generic ‘outdoor’ or ‘indoor’ workouts are available, so those who are serious about ‘going the extra mile’ want to install additional fitness apps. Additionally, more serious exercisers may also want to consider the lack of an ECG function.

The 1.28-inch AMOLED touchscreen is nicely bright and colorful, with access to watch functions available by swiping via the two physical buttons to the right of the case and the nicely rotating central crown.

Bluetooth 5 LE, NFC and Wi-Fi keep you connected and updated with notifications from your apps, while Near Field Communication lets you pay from your wrist. Plus, with a built-in speaker and microphone, you can make and take calls on the go, like some Dick Tracys of the past few days.

Google Assistant, Google Calendar and Google Fit are all built-in and there’s a range of face options to choose from on the watch itself, with more available to download (at a cost) online.

As far as the face you choose, the Falster Gen 6 lets you enjoy it longer with an always-on approach to display. However, this is also part of the reason the battery life only lasts around 24 hours. Fast charging helps via the supplied magnetic docking USB charger, pumping out 80 per cent power in around half an hour but, again, this can be something those heading out for a working weekend somewhere in the Siberian tundra might want to ponder.

Undeniably attractive, feature-packed and customizable to match your clothes, the Skagen Falster Gen 6 may lack some of the biometric tricks of some of the bigger boys here, but it offers the essentials of sports activity tracking in impeccable style.

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