Smartwatch vs Smartband: What Should You Buy?

In this blog, we are going to do a full comparison of smartwatch vs smart band, where I will tell you which wearable product performs better in which aspect.

Until recently, people loved smart bands a lot, but ever since Indian brands like boAt and Noise started launching smartwatches on a low budget, the trend of smartwatches has increased rapidly.

I have been using a smart band for the last many years but now I have completely shifted to the smartwatch.

Although even today many people prefer to take smartband instead of smartwatch, what kind of people should do this?

You will get to read the answer to this question in this blog.

By the end of this blog, you will know whether you should buy a smartwatch on a low budget and will it be better than a smart band for you?

Or else the smart band is your true companion.

Let’s find out.

Smartwatch vs Smartband: A Comprehensive Comparison

smartwatch vs smartband

In this particular blog post, I will compare smartwatches and smart bands for each aspect and tell which product provides better performance in these aspects.

What is it?

First of all, if we talk about a smart band, then a smartband, which can also be called a fitness band or fitness tracker, is mainly used while performing fitness activities.

In fact, it was also built on the same lines so that it can track and inform the movement of the human body during activation, whether it is sleep tracking or workout sessions.

On the other hand, if we talk about the smartwatch, it was made for those people who prefer to wear a watch instead of a smartband so that health monitoring can be done even without a smartband.

Now let’s look at some more aspects so that you will understand the true difference between these two.

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Look & Feel

smartwatch vs smartband: look & feel

In this section, we’ll talk about the design, build quality, and comfortability of smartwatches and smart bands.

i) Design

First of all, if we talk about smartband, then usually all smart bands are seen in a rectangular shape, whereas in smartwatch we get to see rectangular designs as well as square and round shapes.

Smartwatches are preferable in this case as they not only get more design options but also look more stylish.

ii) Build Quality

Smartwatches prove to be better than smart bands in terms of build quality.

On one hand, where smart bands are made of plastic and rubber, we also get to see the option of a metal build smartwatch which makes them quite strong.

So definitely smartwatches are more reliable and last longer than smart bands.

iii) Comfortability

Smart bands prove to be more comfortable because when we sleep wearing them, due to the small size, there is no problem in sleeping.

Whereas if we talk about the smartwatches this is not the case.

When we sleep wearing smartwatches, their size bothers us and that is why smart bands are more reliable in terms of comfort.


Now let’s talk about the display which is the most important aspect, whether it is a smartwatch or smart band.

Let’s talk about the smart band first.

In smart band, we usually get to see displays ranging from 0 to 1 inch which is very small to access.

Also, the display of the smart band is not that sharp nor does it provide better colors.

Whereas if we talk about the smartwatches, we get to see displays ranging from 1 to 3 inches, and here HD displays are given with better color accuracy.

Due to this, it is very easy to access them.

So smartwatches perform better than smart bands in terms of display.

Battery Life

Battery life is very important for any wearable product.

And when we are talking about smartwatch vs smart band, then this aspect becomes most important in them.

Usually, people look at their display or feature before buying them but ignore the battery life which is their biggest mistake.

Let me tell you that the most important of these are the batteries because they do your health tracking and therefore you wear them all the time, so obviously you will not want to charge them again and again.

Let’s assume, before you go to sleep if you find out that your smartwatch or smart band has run out of battery, how will you do your sleep tracking because they take time to charge?

That’s why it is important to give importance to battery life.

And smart bands are more reliable in this aspect as they provide 1 week of battery life, even more, and some smart bands go for 2 weeks without charging.

Whereas only 3 to 4 days of battery is seen in smartwatches, which proves to be a disadvantage for them.

Although nowadays some smartwatches are also providing battery life of up to 1 week which is a good thing.

By the way, let me tell you that the brands claim a battery life of 7 to 10 days in their smartwatch but usually the battery lasts only half of their stated time.

Health Monitoring

In the case of health monitoring, a smart band or fitness band proves to be more reliable because they are made for health monitoring.

In this, we get to see all the health tracking features like spo2, heart rate, sleep, and stress monitoring.

Although all these features have started coming in smartwatches these days, one thing that makes a smart band better than a smartwatch is accuracy.

smartwatch vs smartband: health monitoring

Smart bands perform health monitoring with better accuracy as they are provided with dedicated sensors.

So yes, you can rely more on the health monitoring of a smart band than a smartwatch.

Other Features

Now let’s talk about some additional features that are given in smart bands and smartwatches, which make them different and better from each other.

i) Watch Faces

The feature of multiple watch faces is provided in both smartwatches and smart bands, but more stylish watch faces are seen in smartwatches than in smart bands.

This allows us to try new looks every day which is very important for the style enthusiast.

ii) Waterproof

Now because smart bands are made only for fitness activities, they are more reliable in terms of waterproofing in comparison to smartwatches.

We can easily wear them even in swimming, but the smartwatch coming in the budget range does not claim to have better water protection.

iii) In-Built Camera

This feature makes a smartwatch different from a smart band.

Some smartwatches come with a camera that is not found in any smart band.

Although I don’t find it a useful feature yes it makes a smartwatch better than a smartband.

iv) Bluetooth Calling

Nowadays, the feature of calling in smartwatch has become very popular and people are also liking it very much.

Smart bands do not provide this feature and hence smartwatches are considered more feature-rich due to this.

v) Crown Button

In a smartwatch, we get to see crown buttons which make our work very easy.

With the help of this, we can control the smartwatch to a great extent, which is missing from the smart bands.

Changing watch faces or accessing scrolling content, the crown button makes it all easy.

vi) Customizable Abilities

Smartwatches have the option of more customization than a smart band.

Smartwatches are like a smartphone that we can customize according to our preferences, which is a bit difficult in a smart band.


Price is one of the most important aspects of buying any product which every Indian considers first.

Smart bands are more affordable than smartwatches which compels them to be chosen over smartwatches.

Usually, at the price of 1000-2000, you can buy a good smart band that does health monitoring with good accuracy but a smartwatch under 2000 fails to give us better accuracy.

And that’s why considering the price aspect, it can be said that smart bands are preferable.

Who Should Buy Smartband

Now concluding this smartwatch vs smartwatch comparison, let’s talk about those people who should go for smart bands instead of a smartwatch.

If we carefully understand the features of a smart band, then a smartband proves to be a better option for more than 80% of people.

Smartband has every feature that we need.

So if you specifically want to do health tracking or if you are more interested in sports, a smart band can be a good choice.

Also, if you have a low budget, you can get the most out of a smartband instead of a smartwatch.

Who Should Buy Smartwatch

Now let’s talk about those people who are fond of smartwatches like me.

Look, if you are fond of smartwatches rather than fitness trackers then without a doubt should go for smartwatches.

On the other hand, if you are a professional person who has to attend meetings, you should go for a smartwatch because they provide you with a better professional look.

Smartwatches have bigger screens and more features than smart bands which provide us more flexibility in using them.

So if features, as well as looks, matter to you, just go for the smartwatch.

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Smartwatch vs Smartband: Final Thoughts

Let’s get a bit personal.

I have always found a watch more attractive.

Although I have also used smart band a lot but only because of health monitoring.

And with the introduction of better health monitoring features in the smartwatch, I have become a complete smartwatch enthusiast.

So I always feel comfortable with the smartwatches.

Smartwatch vs Smartband: FAQs

Which is better smartwatch vs smart band?

If we talk about health monitoring only, then of course smart bands are better, but if we compare other features, then smartwatches prove to be a better feature-rich option.

I have a low budget, what should I buy?

You should go for a smart band because they have all those features which are enough for us, so if you have a low budget you should go for a smart band.

Looks matter to me so should I go for a Smartwatch?

Yes, smartwatches provide us with better looks and we can also customize them to a great extent according to our preferences, so if looks do matter for you then go for it.

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Amit is the founder of Gamingview, a team of experts in the field of wearable technology. Through Gamingview, Amit provides in-depth reviews and informative articles about the latest in smartwatches and other wearable tech. With a passion for all things tech, Amit helps readers stay up-to-date on the latest advancements and make informed buying decisions through his unbiased, honest reviews. In addition to his work with Gamingview, Amit is an avid reviewer of wearable technology products.