Having a smartwatch is more than just a luxury but more of a must have device. This is why I thought it is a good idea to share some of the best smartwatches in Kenya based on my experience.
A smartwatch gives you updates and notifications without having to access your smartphone.
Ideally, a smartwatch works together with your smartphone, what is required is to connect them via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is also possible to install apps such as WhatsApp and it reduces the chances of taking your phone but instead using the watch.
This is very convenient as you are no longer going to miss any updates or notifications.
Several benefits come with the use of a smartwatch over a smartphone or normal watch, for example, it has health and fitness features.
Uses of Smartwatches
- You can play music easily using a smartwatch without necessarily using a smartphone. It has the play music app and this is easier right than having to use a smartphone which is a lot of work. You can as well multitask as you listen to music.
- Receiving and dialing calls are usually supported by a smartwatch. Other models are technologically advanced with a sim card slot and you can use it without the smartphone connection.
- All incoming notifications and updates cannot be missed as you have the smartwatch nearer to you unlike having to remove the smartphone which you might miss if your phone is on silent mode
- Helps in finding phone or keys. Most of them have a “find phone” feature where you can ring your phone or any other device and find them.
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What You Should Look for While Buying a Smartwatch
- Fitness Feature
If you are into fitness and physical activities, a smartwatch that has fitness feature are the best to go for. For those who are not into fitness, it is always good to know one’s level of physical activity every day to lead a healthy lifestyle. Most of them monitor and they can help you know or control on how much effort you are putting in and record data.
Confirm that the smartwatch will be compatible to work with your smartphone. I understand that the Apple watches are best for iPhones and wouldn’t work well with Android phones.
- Flexible band
A flexible band is comfortable in times that you may want to change it and also our hand wrists are not the same in terms of sizes
A battery with enough capacity will serve you for longer while using your smartwatch and you will not worry about power at any time
Smartwatch prices in Kenya is relatively affordable for most models. However, they might vary according to the standards and specifications that you want. Safaricom smartwatches sometimes offer discounts, as well as smartwatches on Jumia, are well priced. During buying, you will come across cheap smartwatches in Kenya but make sure they are of good quality.
Our Top Pick: Best Smartwatch in Kenya
Best overall: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Samsung smartwatches are of very good quality and highly rated. Right from your wrist, you will get rich features you would want like health and fitness features.
It has two physical buttons on the right side; the ‘back’ button on top and the ‘home’ button on the bottom. This watch runs on Samsung Tizen 5.5 OS software that is fast and responsive, navigation on the menus is easy.
It comes in two sizes, 44 mm and 40mm with the later available in Kenya at Ksh. 22,500 on Jumia. It comes in three colours; black, silver, and pink gold.
Best Value: Redmi Watch 2 Lite
This smartwatch is still new in the market as it was released in November 2021 and has spontaneous looks that you are likely to be looking for. It is compatible and can as well support android 6.0 and iOS 10.0 which is a wow. This watch goes for about Ksh. 6700 on Jumia.
Best Budget: Amazfit Bip 3 Pro
Amazfit smartwatch is well designed and made with a skin-friendly TPU band and a 2.5D glass with an anti-fingerprint coating touchscreen.
The display is fully Amoled and measures 1.69 inches with a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels. Having these unique features and selling at a very good price makes this smartwatch our best budget pick. It goes for about Ksh. 9000 on Jumia.
Best SmartWatches in Kenya
When choosing a smartwatch Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Watches are a perfect choice. It is splendid, weightless to wear on your wrist, and designed with a very comfortable silicone strap and this means you can wear it everywhere from the pool, to the gym, office, to hiking.
Right from your wrist, you will get rich features you would want like health and fitness features. It supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 thus enabling a good connection from your smartphone. For iOS and Android users, it is compatible for both operating systems.
It has two physical buttons on the right side the ‘back’ button on top and the ‘home’ button on the bottom. This watch runs on Samsung Tizen 5.5 OS software that is very fast and responsive, and navigation on the menus is very easy.
You can get to enjoy all the necessary operations you would need from your smartphone through your smartwatch. How good is receiving and responding to messages as well as making calls and declining calls on your wrist?
The built-in speaker ensures that voice calls are well supported. Music is another factor to enjoy thanks to its 4GB storage capacity and a RAM of 768MB. This allows one to download music and play on the go without having to carry a phone especially when going for that morning run.
Its battery as well is quite impressive with a large capacity and thus last a bit longer before recharging for up to 2.5 days.
For swimmers, you can freely swim with this watch as it is water-resistant. Hikers too are well-considered to hike with them as they are dustproof.
These activities are among the 7 that can be tracked automatically beside the other 40 workout modes that you select yourself from the menu.
Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch is also beneficial to us all as you can understand your health issues. It works great in tracking your workouts and monitoring your heart rate, you can tell when it is low or high.
One of the shortcomings of this watch is that with the screen on, the charge was found to last for about 1 day and about 2.5 days with the screen dimmed in the normal setting
- Excellent battery capacity
- Decent and bright display
- Compatible with Android and iOS
- Elegant and vibrant design
- Has enough storage
- Built-in speaker
- UI a bit difficult, takes some time to get used to it
- The charge lasts for about 1 day with the screen on and 2.5 days only with the screen dimmed
Xiaomi is another brand that has been, manufacturing astonishing and quality gadgets. I believe you have probably heard about the good reputation of their phones. You will have no regrets about getting a smartwatch from this company.
Ever since I started using their phones, power banks, lights, and would just upgrade means I got attached to their high-quality products. They have a variety of smartwatches but the Xiaomi Watch 2 Lite is among the best smartwatches in Kenya.
This smartwatch is still new in the market as it was released in November 2021 and has spontaneous features that you are likely to look for. It is compatible and can as well support Android 6.0 and iOS 10.0 which is great.
The Redmi Watch 2 Lite is of standard size and measures 1.55 inches. It has a thin film transistor touch screen with a 320×360 pixel resolution. Speaking of how great it works, the non-removable battery is long-lasting and can stay longer up to 10 days.
It is well structured with a plastic frame and back. The total weight including the band is 35 grams, thus it is portable and does not feel heavy on the wrist.
Your health is well monitored as this smartwatch has features such as the PPG sensor for heart rate, the accelerometer, gyroscope, and SpO2. Imagine having a gadget that can monitor your sleep for 24 hours whether it is light sleep/nap or deep sleep, you get a report and find out how you are doing.
With this watch, a fitness goal will be achieved by having this device. It has over 100 workout modes and 17 professional modes including yoga that you are open to choose from. Not to forget for swimmers it is useful as it is 5ATM waterproof.
Lastly, this smartwatch supports four global positional systems which include; the BDS, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo.
You can buy Xiaomi Watch 2 Lite on Jumia for about Ksh. 6700 only by clicking here. It comes in Blue, Black, and Ivory colours.
- Damage resistant glass
- Tracks and provides activity reports
- Compatible with both iOS and Android
- Long-lasting battery
- Waterproof and dustproof
- Replaceable strap
- Has no slot for memory card
- Does not have ECG technology
- No cellular connectivity
We have come across so many brands with authentic smart watches but we have this budget-friendly brand. If you are on a tight budget and want to get a good, durable smartwatch for yourself or gift someone then Amazfit has made it possible for you.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro Smartwatch comes in 3colors that are orange, midnight black, and olive green. It is well designed and made with a skin friendly TPU band and a 2.5D glass with an anti-fingerprint coating touchscreen.
The display is fully Amoled and measures 1.69 inches with a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels.It contains 3 sensors that are the PPG sensor, the 3axis accelerator sensor, and the 3-axis gyroscope sensor.
The health /fitness system is also well incorporated with Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI). It converts data on your heart rate and other health statistics that you would want to know.
This smartwatch keeps you connected most of the time since the charge can last you up to 15 days if you are using it on daily basis. If it is not busy it can go up to 25 days, wow this is so amazing where else could you get this if it was not for this Amazfit smartwatch.
It has come to make work easier for you if it can be supported by Android 5.0, android 10.0 and above. This watch can work underwater up to 5ATM and thus swimmers can record their swimming data.
Additionally, it bears built-in watch faces and you can download other 45 watch faces that are available from the app.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro Smartwatch goes for about Ksh. 9000 on Jumia.
- Up to 25 days on a single charge
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Syncs wirelessly
- Has major sensors
- Watch band is replaceable
- Display is well present for the user
- No GPS
If good performance is what you are up to, this is the smartwatch to purchase. Be assured of a smooth and incredible experience.
It is well designed with a curved IPS touchscreen and a screen size of 1.69 inches which is big enough for comfortability during use. The resolution is clear and decent for use during the day and at night.
It comes with the basic apps such as the alarm, find phone, stopwatch, and whatnot and again you can easily connect it with your smartphone using the Joywear app. Oraimo smartwatch is compatible with android from 4.4 and iOS from 9.0.
As good as any other top smartwatch this one too has outstanding features that include 13 working outmodes. It can track your activities such as walking, and your sleep, and monitors your heart rate.
Another best thing it has done for women is that they can track their menstrual cycle with the help of the female health tracking feature. Thus, you can buy it for your teenage daughter to help with the above.
The greatest benefit of getting this smartwatch you will never be worried about the charge. The battery capacity is 200mAh.
For the first time, we recorded we used it for 15 good days which was unbelievable. We also noted for it to be fully charged it took 1hr 30 mins which were past our expectations.
It has a waterproof rating of IP68 which is safe for outside activities such as swimming. It is also very light and you will comfortably work with it.
Having said that, Oraimo smartwatch price in Kenya is average and quite desirable compared to its features.
Oraimo Smartwatch OSW-16 is one of the most affordable smartwatches as it retails for about Ksh. 3900 on Jumia.
- High performance
- Large battery capacity
- Up to 15 days on a single charge
- Skin-friendly TPU strap
- Has workout function modes
- Highly Waterproof
- Resistant to stains due to the Nano coating
- The straps are irreplaceable
- You can only end calls but not make calls from the smartwatch
A smartwatch is very easy to use and comes with a lot of benefits. It is also a good gadget that one can use in place of a smartphone especially if you are a busy person. Having a smartwatch on the wrist without missing any activity or notification that you would need is convenient.
We have just managed to cover a few of the best smartwatches in Kenya based on our personal experience and research. We hope the information was helpful to you and that you are just about to buy one for yourself.
The best smartwatches in Kenya include; Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, Redmi Watch 2 Lite, and Amazfit Bip 3 Pro. These have very good quality and performance.
If I can monitor my daily sleep and physical activity then these are some of the bare minimums, I would do for myself. May you enjoy your new smartwatch and may it be of help.