Smartwatches are getting so popular that it’s no longer a passing fad. The exploding interest, plus the addition of new features and improved design means today there are many options available that it can be tough to decide one from the other. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there’s a range of affordable smartwatches that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Therefore we’ve come up with a list of the best inexpensive smartwatches under RM1000. Read on if you’re interested in getting your first smartwatch but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for it.
First gen Apple Watch Sport (RM899)
Believe it or not, you can get the first generation Apple Watch Sport for only RM899. And even for something a year old, it’s as good if not better than most smartwatches in this price bracket. It's different from the Series 1 that's retailing on the Apple store in that its innards haven't been upgraded to the new dual-core processor, but it works. It's been discontinued with the arrival of the Series 1 so if you can get your hands on one of these, you're holding on to a precious bit of Apple history.
iPhone users will appreciate being able to check messages, see who’s calling or make appointments with Siri while working out. Plus, updating it to the new Apple watchOS 3 makes it faster and comes with several watch faces to really make it your own. Its Retina Display could last for 18 hours, and it has 8GB of storage space for your music and apps. And damn, it looks dapper as heck.
Martian Notifier (RM369)
You’re forgiven if you thought that we’ve added an ordinary wristwatch to the list. Look closely though, and on the bottom of the watch face is a 96x16 OLED screen that alerts you of calls, texts and social media notifications from either your Android or iOS device. You can also customise the vibration pattern for different notifications if you choose.
The OLED screen lasts about five days, with the separate analog watch able to run for up to two years. For its price, the Martian Notifier does its job, even if it doesn’t look alien in the slightest.