The Best Smartwatches in 2017
Why buy a smartwatch?
There is an intriguing theory that smart watches would be the smartphone that which smartwatches were into the pocket watch. Picture the way the typical gentlemen used to need to rummage through his pocket for his opinion ahead of the 20th century. Now jump forward 100+ years and the average smartphone user still needs to dive into his/her pocket to verify their phone.
The kicker now is that your smartphone holds a lot more information than a pocket watch ever did, yet all of that remains locked into your pocket.
Smartwatches are not for making phone calls, even though some can do so, instead, they offer a fast and effortless way to check what alarms are on your smartphone, so you can decide whether it is worth delving into your pocket or hunting about your bag to bring your smartphone or not.
Which sort of smartwatch should I look for?
There are two kinds of smartwatches around at the moment: those with a colorful touch screen such as would find on your phone and those that combine a normal analog watch with smart features.
We call them ‘semi-smartwatches’ but they are also called hybrids. It has not quite made the graph here but the Fossil Q Grant is an excellent example.
The latter we class as a semi-smart devices and normally provides you information via a little LCD display, LEDs or even smaller hands on the watch face.
As a fully-fledged smartwatch can do a whole lot more, the juice guzzling screen leads to a short battery life. Semi-smartwatches gain from longer battery life with some even having different cells for the watch and smart features.
If you are an Android user then an Android Wear smartwatch is the obvious choice but it isn’t necessarily the best for everyone. Google’s OS tweaked for wearables also plays well with iOS but with cutting down performance so iPhone owners will get more from the Apple Watch.
Others have a totally different system such as Pebble’s range of apparatus and some even work with Windows Phone such as the Vector Watch. Samsung is sticking with its own Tizen, also, so there is something for everybody here.
When analyzing what’s the best smartwatch, the critical things to consider are how much of your smartphone’s functionalities can it function, and how well does it handle every job, the last feature is obviously style – it is still bling whatsoever.
You will also need to make sure it’s compatible with your smart phone – some are just for iPhone or Android while some encourage most phones. Notice that Android Wear currently has iOS support but the encounter is cut down in comparison.
Some smartwatches use different applications like the Gear S3 that runs Tizen, Samsung’s own OS – it is a valid alternative to Android Wear. Read about Android Wear 2.0.
As is stands, you will need to choose a watch with more limited functionality if you want long battery life while ones that can do all sorts will typically last a few days.
Fitness fans are going to want to search for a device using a heart rate monitor and built in GPS, even though the heart rate monitors are usually inferior.
We believe the essential factors of a smartwatch to be a degree of telling detail, battery life, style, water resistance, compatibility with a selection of devices/smartphones, and additional features like microphones and Wi-Fi service so that you don’t need to connect to a telephone for complete functionality.
With quite similar, if not identical, hardware on offer with many of the Android Wear smartwatches, a huge portion of the decision will come down to design and cost.
Huawei Watch 2
The Huawei Watch two is no-doubt an enormous improvement over the first-generation Huawei Watch despite trading at the timeless look for something a bit sportier. The double-chrome design gives it a premium appearance, even though it’s let down a little bit by cheap-looking removable plastic straps.
It is the hardware that actually sets the Watch 2 apart: it boasts optional 4G connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, allowing for use with no connected smartphone. The collection of built-in detectors provides in-depth exercise monitoring, allowing for a more holistic view of your workout regime, even though there are small problems that need ironing out.
Apple Watch Series 2
The new Apple Watch Series 2 takes the key complaints about the first – slow operation, deficiency of GPS, the absence of official waterproofing, short battery life – and solves or at least improves them systematically. If you are into fitness monitoring with a sprinkling of alarms and superb integration with the iPhone, this can be an almost perfect wearable for you… though, being greedy, we would still like a much better battery life, and the cost remains pretty steep. We thought long and hard about whether to provide the Apple Watch Series 2 five out of five, and it was a close-run thing. However, those two problems are still, only, keeping it from a perfect score. Great wearable, however, and the only one we have seen that feels like it’s any chance whatsoever of taking wearables to the mainstream.
LG Watch Sport
If you’re definitely going to have the ability to charge it every night and you do not mind paying for the LTE performance you might be unable to use, then the LG Watch Sport is one of the greatest Android smart watches ever produced.
Android Wear 2.0 is quite good and is certainly the best option over Tizen unless you are using a Samsung phone.
However, the Google Assistant is weak for a headline feature and the battery life just is not good enough. Smartwatches that limp towards lunch on Day 2 still please, but the fact the Watch Sport sometimes expires until you are home on Day 1 is not good enough.
You should not need to turn off half of the functions of this product to make it survive the day. It is one of the better smartwatches on the market, but like almost all of them, it is not without its infuriating defects.
Fossil Q Founder
There is no doubt that the Fossil Q Creator is a well-made and great looking Android Wear smartwatch that’s also a competitive cost. The hardware on offer is great, even though some might overlook the heart rate monitor and GPS. Just as we love it, the flat tyre impact of this screen is a significant drawback stopping it is actually great.
Motorola Moto 360 Sport
Available for under #200, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport is one of the greatest smartwatches for fitness. You get the number of the regular 360 fashions in a design that’s practical for activities like jogging. The GPS tracking is true but it’s shame the same can not be said of the heart rate monitor and we still find the ‘flat tyre’ on the screen an eyesore. A solid work but hard-core exercise fans might require something that’s more in-depth.