Smartbands and smartwatches below ₹5,000 that can help track your blood oxygen levels
One of the primary things that you need to keep in check is your blood oxygen or SpO2 levels. Ideally it should be done with the help of a medical-grade pulse oximeter, but if you don't have one and it is not an emergency you can use these smart bands to keep a tab.
The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has pretty much brought us on our knees. While most are struggling to deal with the symptoms and trying to survive, others are just trying not to get infected. One of the main things that takes a hit if you contract the virus is your blood oxygen levels or blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). If you have more or less lived a healthy lifestyle and workout on and off, your normal SpO2 levels should be around the high nineties. The best thing to do is to keep a tab on your blood SpO2 levels so as you can take precautions in case they drop.
Ideally, this should be done with a medical-grade pulse oximeter, but if you are just recording your SpO2 levels just to keep an eye over things and there is no medical emergency, some of these smartbands available in the market can help. These smartbands come with both a heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor so you can keep an eye on both. We've listed 5 sweatbands for you that are under ₹5,000 and one that's a little more expensive since it comes with some additional health features.
Amazfit Bip U
The Amazefit Bip U is priced at ₹ 3,999 and it comes with both a heart rate sensor and support for SpO2 monitoring. The Amazfit Bip U comes with the BioTrackerTM PPG biological optical sensor that ensures 24/7 heart rate monitoring and this smartwatch (this is not a smartband) can also help you monitor your sleep pattern. It can also track your brief naps. There is also the PAITM Health Assessment System that uses algorithms to tell you heart rate data and activity duration. The Amazfit Bip U offers a battery backup of 9 days on a single charge.
Oppo Smart Band Style
The OPPO Smart Band Style can dynamically measure your SPO2 levels during the day as well as at night and you don't have to do it manually. There is also a real-time heart rate monitoring system. The smartband comes with a 2.79cm full-colour AMOLED screen covered with scratch-resistant glass, which is good news for workouts, and you can get all details regarding your physical activities like calories burned, activity duration, and the number of steps with this wearable. The Oppo Smart Band Style is priced at ₹ 2,799.
Noise ColorFit Pro 3
The Noise ColorFit Pro is priced at ₹ 4,499 and it comes with a smart SPO2 sensor to measure your blood oxygen saturation. There is also a sleep monitoring system that helps tell the pattern of your REM sleep cycles. The Noise ColorFit Pro comes with auto-sports recognition and it is also waterproof. You also get workout videos to help you achieve your health targets.
Honor Band 5
The Honor Band 5 is priced at ₹2,699 and comes with an advanced SPO2 sensor that can track your blood oxygen saturation and help you adapt to your workouts. This smartband can provide real-time monitoring of sleep patterns and it comes with 200 personalised sleep quality assessments. It also has the TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitor that uses Machine Learning algorithms to measure your heart rate round the clock.
The Timex FIT costs ₹6,995 and comes with telemedicine features along with heath tracking. Besides heart rate monitoring and SpO2 tracking, the Timex FIT can also measure your body temperature. The main feature on the Timex FIT is the ‘Telemedicine’ feature, which allows users to seek medical assistance with one touch. Users can book consultations with doctors via the Timex FIT app, while also sharing health and wellness information with family members. Remote monitoring of statistics can also be enabled, while the device can also send out alerts if the wearer requires help.
PLEASE NOTE: These SpO2 readings from these smartwatches and smartbands cannot be used as a replacement for medical data. If you are feeling unwell, consult a doctor immediately. The readings you get from these wearables can be used to keep a generic tab on your health, that's all.