It is estimated that this holiday season, shoppers in the United States will spend around $650.00 each on Christmas gifts for friends and family. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching next month, many are already starting to get their Christmas lists in order in preparation to buy the hottest presents.

For years, watches have been at the top of many Christmas lists. They are classic, useful, and can be treasured by the wearer for decades – making them a perfect gift for the holidays. However, with the invention of smartwatches in recent years, it can be difficult for buyers to distinguish between the fads and the truly valuable products out there.

Two of the hottest smartwatches on the market for 2024 are the Apple Watch Series 5 and the T1 Tact Watch – here’s an overview of each.

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Pros and Cons: Apple Watch Series 5

Released on September 20 of this year, the Apple Watch Series 5 has already made a splash in the news, with one outlet naming it the ‘king’ of smartwatches. Its retail price starts at a pricey $500,00 and can range to over a whopping $1,000.00 depending on the style of the band.

What separates the series 5 smartwatch from Apple’s previous smartwatches is its brand new Always-On Retina display technology, allowing wearers to always be able to see the time – just like a traditional watch. Additionally, this new series also features a compass and can display the ground elevation, something that no other Apple watch previously has been able to do.

A downside to the Series 5 is its limited remote control capabilities. While it is capable of remote control functions, the feature is not able to sync with as many devices as other smartwatches on the market. The watch does feature practical applications such as heart rate monitoring, GPS tracking, noise metering, and the ability to play music, however, these features can be found in other smartwatches on the market that are 10x less. Apple products are however seen as a status symbol, which many users are willing to pay the premium for.

Pros and Cons: T1 Tact Watch

The T1 Tact Watch called the “Midnight Diamond” is a tactical lifestyle smartwatch advertised as, “capable of handling fitness, security, and business lifestyle needs”. Though the company does not conduct any major marketing campaigns, the brand has instead gone viral on Facebook and Youtube with their unique videos showcasing how durable the watch is by setting it on fire and smashing it with a hammer.

Priced at a more reasonable $89.99, the watch is more affordable for consumers compared to Apple’s options, yet it can do almost everything other smartwatches can do. It’s even compatible with Apple iPhones and Android smartphones.   Featuring call notifications, a stopwatch, step counter, distance tracker, and sleep monitoring functions, the watch can cover most functionalities that users are looking for in a smartwatch.

While the tact watch is positioned as a military-style, tactical smartwatch, surprisingly content creators on YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat have found the watch particularly useful because of its remote control tool that can be used on mobile device cameras – including the Apple iPhone 11 and the Samsung Galaxy S10. This added functionality makes the lives of these social media content creators easier, as they can use the watch as a tool to be creative and film videos more efficiently.

Watch Out For Fakes

The T1 Tact Watch is a great alternative for a smartwatch as it is budget-friendly and offers great features. However, buyers should be warned about scammers. The company advises consumers to not buy any T1 Tact Watch on eBay, Amazon, or any other website that is not the company website. Beware of offers that look too good to be true, and do not trust websites selling the watch at a super discounted rate, as the product could actually be a fake produced in China and sold as the original. These fakes are never produced at the same standard as the real watches, and will ultimately lead to product failure and customer disappointment.

What Should Santa Bring This Christmas?

When it comes to choosing between the newly released Apple smartwatch or the T1 Tact Watch, it really depends on what the user is looking for.

Both watches are fantastic Christmas options for this season, and many people would be happy to receive both in their Christmas stockings. The latest Apple watch comes with impressive new features, however, if buyers can wait, other tech companies will likely roll out similar features in 2024 at a much lower price. The T1 Tact Watch is a sound option, given the fact that it is extremely durable, features standard smartwatch technologies, and also has the added remote control flexibility for smartphone cameras – something that is restricted in the newest Apple Smartwatch. For more information visit the official website.