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Black Friday 2023

Best Black Friday smartwatch deals to look out for in 2023 (and every ‘Normal Friday’ too)

Updated on November 24, 2023 - As we approach the end of 2023, this signals the beginning of ‘end of year’ sales with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas sales all in sequence. If you’ve been holding out for a new smartwatch, and were waiting for a good time to strike a deal, then hopefully our guide on our favourite smartwatches in 2023 can help you decide.

Best smartwatches to look out for in Black Friday 2023

Apple Watch Series 8

You may be surprised to see our recommendation for the Apple Watch 8 series rather than the 9 series, but rest assured this is for good reason. To put it simply, the upgrade was really minimal, and with Black Friday, you can expect to see prices really drop for the 8 series more than the 9th generation due to it being older, making this absolutely value for money on Black Friday 2023!

Key features between Apple Watch 9 vs Apple Watch 8

Apple Watch Series 9

Apple Watch Series 8

S9 Chip

S8 Chip

ECG app, Blood Oxygen app, High/low heart rate notifications, New Compass app w/ waypoints + backtrack, IP6X dust resistant, Water resistant to 50m, Sleep tracking, Crash detection, Fall detection, Advanced cycle tracking with temp sensing, Cycle tracking without temp sensing, Emergency SOS, Plus: On-device Siri, Double tap gesture control, Siri+Health

ECG app, Blood Oxygen app, High/low heart rate notifications, New Compass app w/ waypoints + backtrack, IP6X dust resistant, Water resistant to 50m, Sleep tracking, Crash detection, Fall detection, Advanced cycle tracking with temp sensing, Cycle tracking without temp sensing, Emergency SOS,

Aluminium casing in Midnight, Silver, Starlight, PRODUCT(RED), Pink

Aluminium casing in Midnight, Starlight, PRODUCT(RED), Silver

Stainless Steel casing in Gold, Silver, Graphite

Stainless steel casing in Gold, Silver, Graphite

Case size: 45/41mm

Case size: 45/41mm

Display size: 396 x 484 pixels, 1143 sq mm (45mm model)

Display size: 396 x 484 pixels, 1143 sq mm (45mm model)

Sapphire crystal front: Yes with steel models, no with aluminium

Sapphire crystal front: Yes with steel models, no with aluminium

Brightness: 2,000 nits

Brightness: 1,000 nits

Battery life: 18 hours

Battery life: 18 hours

Charging: 0-80% in 45 minutes

Charging: 0-80% in 45 minutes

Source: 9to5mac.com

As you can see above, the series 9 is a minor upgrade over the 8th generation with On-device Siri, Double tap gesture control, Siri+Health, and a higher brightness the real noticeable changes.

 

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Apple Watch SE 1

Similar to the argument above, the Apple Watch SE 1st generation is now primed for a fantastic discount with the new Apple Watch SE 2nd generation now on the market. Below is a quick comparison between the two smartwatches which really shows similar specs to each other. 

Key features between Apple Watch SE 1 vs Apple Watch SE 2

Apple Watch SE 1

Apple Watch SE 2

S5 chip

S8 chip

Compass, Altimeter, optical heart sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, always-on altimeter, Barometer

Compass, Altimeter, optical heart sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, always-on altimeter, Barometer

LTPO OLED

Up to 1,000 nits brightness

40mm: 1.57-inch

44mm: 1.78-inch

LTPO OLED

Up to 1,000 nits brightness

40mm: 1.57-inch

44mm: 1.78-inch

Up to 18 hours

No fast charging

Up to 18 hours

No fast charging

Water-resistant up to 50 metres

Water-resistant up to 50 metres

Aluminium

40mm: 30.7 g

* 44mm: 36.4 g

Aluminium

40mm: 27.8 g

* 44mm: 32.9 g

Source: CNET

The only significant difference really is the processor in the SE 2 and lightness of the watch. Apparently, the new S8 chip is 20% faster than the S5 chip, but in terms of features they both are exactly the same. It’s hard to vouch that SE 2 is a worthwhile purchase than the SE 1 during Black Friday when they’re both practically the same! 

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Galaxy Watch 4

The impressive Galaxy 4 is an innovative smartwatch like no other, which can measure body composition such as your fat percentage, skeletal muscle, body water and more through its Samsung BioActive sensor to help manage your health goals accurately. It boasts similar features to the Apple Watch such as heart rate, blood pressure, ECG, blood oxygen. Also provides advanced insights from your workouts to your sleep. For overall health and fitness enthusiasts, this is a watch worth considering.

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus

A brand and smartwatch that is synonymous with adventure, the Garmin Fenix 5S Plus is for those that engage in the great outdoors with physical activity and need to rely on an accurate GPS throughout. With built-in mapping and navigation, the device is loaded with data of popular routes to allow you to run and cycle like a local wherever you are.