Best Smart Watches

Below you will find some of the best smart watches. There are many out there so I just names a few. Any suggestions on any other watches please leave in comment section.

Apple Watch Series 4

The Good The Apple Watch Series 4 offers a larger, crisp display that shows more with less bezel, super fast speed and a louder speaker. It adds high and low heart-rate detection, fall detection with SOS trigger and an FDA-cleared ECG app for more detailed heart readings.

The Bad Starting prices are higher than last year. Battery life still won’t last past two days. Watch face options are still very limited in choice and function. It only works with iPhones.

The Bottom Line The Apple Watch Series 4 is the fastest, most connected and best overall smartwatch around, but its battery life and watch face options often fall short of the competition.

 

Fitbit Versa

The Good The Fitbit Versa is a compact, lightweight smartwatch and fitness tracker with an improved interface for easier fitness stat readouts. It’s water-resistant to 50 meters, and works with iOS and Android. Many of the apps and watch faces are useful and fun. Multiday battery life beats the Apple Watch.

The Bad Its battery life falls short of other Fitbit fitness trackers. The apps and watch faces aren’t always easy to load. Music transfer to the watch is complicated and limited. There’s no on-board GPS and the charger is bulky. Tap-to-pay model costs a bit more in the US.

The Bottom Line The Fitbit Versa is the best fusion of smartwatch and general fitness tracker under $200, if you can live with its limitations.

 

Apple Watch Series 3

The Good Cellular connection works well for phone calls, email, Siri and messages. Music now syncs more easily. Improvements in fitness tracking and added watch faces. Adds barometer to GPS and swimproofing. Same overall size as last year’s watch.

The Bad Battery life takes a major hit when making calls or during GPS workouts. 42mm cellular model is expensive, and that’s before monthly wireless service and Apple Music fees. Still requires an iPhone to set up and pair with. A new Watch is expected later this year.

The Bottom Line The Apple Watch Series 3 is the best overall smartwatch you can buy, but battery limitations and add-on fees keep it from being a must-have upgrade. Apple with likely release an upgrade later this year.

 

Fitbit Ionic

The Good Fitbit Ionic has a better-than-most-smartwatches four-day battery life, while still having always-on heart rate and a comfy fit. It has features galore: waterproofing, GPS and on-wrist mobile payments, plus new watch faces and a growing app store. It works with iOS and Android, and has an excellent phone app and social community.

The Bad Wrist payments don’t work with as many banks as Apple Pay and Android Pay. On-wrist music is hard to set up and use. Software and apps sometimes feel buggy.

The Bottom Line Fitbit’s fitness smartwatch has gotten better with an infusion of watch faces and apps, but some of its extra-smart features still aren’t as polished as the competition.

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

The Good The Galaxy Watch Active’s lightweight and simple design make it better for working out and wearing to bed than previous models. It packs in health and fitness features at a lower price than its competitors and works on both Android and iOS.

The Bad It’s missing the rotating bezel we loved on previous Samsung watches and comes in only one size with no LTE option. The blood-pressure monitoring is half baked at best. Samsung’s Health app doesn’t make it easy to locate all your data.

The Bottom Line The Galaxy Watch Active is a great smartwatch and fitness tracker at a reasonable price, but don’t count on actual blood-pressure monitoring any time soon.

 

Huawei Watch 2

The Good The Huawei Watch 2 is one of few watches that supports 4G connectivity, though not in the US, and does fitness tracking as well as any other wearable.

The Bad No features that make this a must-have device for the average user. It’s also a little too big and bulky, and its 1.2-inch screen is too small.

The Bottom Line Within the category of smartwatches, the Huawei Watch 2 is a great device. But that doesn’t mean it’s one you need to buy if you’re not already sold on wearables.

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Good Samsung’s Galaxy Watch has an arguably superior design to Apple’s Watch Series 4. Battery life is good, it’s fully waterproof and you can get hundreds of watch faces for it. Samsung has improved its software and enhanced its fitness tracking. Spotify premium users can load Spotify playlists on the watch. And it works with iPhones and Android phones.

The Bad The Bixby voice-assistant could be better. Samsung has quashed some bugs but not all. To achieve Samsung’s battery life numbers, you have to institute battery-saving measures.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a great looking smartwatch that beats the Apple Watch on battery life and its wide variety of custom watch faces.

 

 

 

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Author: James Steinmetz

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