We help you find the best smartwatch for your wrist, whether you want something stylish, sporty or discreet.
In relative tech-terms, smartwatches are still a new product category, but they’ve come a long way from the early days of ugly designs and lacklustre features.
Nowadays, thanks to newer versions of their operating systems, they’ve become less dependent on a connected smartphone, making them useful gadgets in their own right, with a wealth of standalone apps and separate connectivity.
If you’re considering an Android Wear watch, it’s worth looking to see if it’ll get the Android Wear 2.0 update. You can see what watches will be updated in this article. Android Wear 2.0 brings some important and useful updates including Google’s smart Assistant, as well as support for standalone apps that don’t require a companion on your smartphone, just like on watchOS 3 on the Apple Watch.
As smartwatches have evolved, many have become more feature-packed offering far more beyond just mirroring notifications from your phone. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, many smartwatches now feature added sensors like GPS and heart rate monitors, making them a great companion for your next workout.
Of course, with more sensors comes more battery drain. This means a lot of the more feature-packed smartwatches have to include a physically larger battery otherwise they struggle to get you through an entire day. These can lead to rather cumbersome timepieces on your wrist.
IFA 2017 once again saw the announcement of new wearables, including notable smartwatches from both Samsung and, intriguingly, Fitbit.
First up, the Samsung Gear Sport is a smaller take on the Samsung Gear S3, packing in the same Tizen operating system on top of fitness credentials. Considering the size of the Gear S3 was one of our complaints, this could be a smartwatch to keep an eye on.
Then there’s the Fitbit Ionic, which can be considered Fitbit’s first true smartwatch. Having acquired Pebble, Fitbit has incorporated much of its know-how into Fitbit OS, its custom operating system. The best part of the Ionic is its claimed 4+ days battery life, which is exceptional.
Finally, as expected, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3. It now packs in cellular LTE connectivity for always-on connection, faster performance and a new barometric altimeter to bolster its fitness credentials. It will also come with watchOS 4 out of the box, which includes a number of exciting enhancements including a Siri watchface that can now speak to you, workout tracking improvements and an enhanced Music app.
With so many exciting new smartwatches on the horizon, the demise of the product category clearly has been somewhat exaggerated, but you’ll have to wait on full reviews to see just how these turn out.
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We’ve listed the best smartwatches currently available in the list below catering to different needs but be sure to check out the full reviews to help you make the right decision.