The invention of Steve Job’s ‘mini-computer’ a.k.a. smartphone caused much stir and excitement in 2007. A decade later, are we obliged to introduce smartwatches as ‘mini-phones?’ The first smartwatch, from the efforts of Sony, Inc., paved the way for the renovation of many others. Now, in 2017 – smartwatches have caught the public’s eye and become another common piece of technology. Considering one? Here’s a great breakdown of the best smartwatches for 2017. You’ll want to see this – after all, not all smartwatches are the same.
|Smart Watch||Price||GPS||Heart Rate?||LTE||Design||Overall|
|Apple Watch 2||$369||Yes||Yes||No||8/10||9/10|
|LG Watch Sport||$349||Yes||Yes||Yes||7/10||8/10|
|Samsung Gear 3||$349||Yes||Yes||No||6/10||7/10|
|Sony Smartwatch 3||$132||Yes||No||No||7/10||7/10|
|LG Watch Urbane||check price||No||No||Yes||5/10||5/10|
|Asus ZenWatch 3||check Price||No||No||No||5/10||4.5/10|
|Fossil Q Founder||$275||No||No||No||6/10||5/10|
Apple Watch 2
The Apple Watch 2 is a popular update from the first Apple Watch – and a bit more expensive but still one of the best smartwatches available.
So, what’s different from the first Apple Watch? For starters, the Apple Watch 2 is water resistant rather than ‘splash-resistant.’ The new Apple Watch also has a 2x brighter display and dual built-in GPS. However, other than a few additional features – Apple Watch 1 and 2 are very similar. Here’s why Apple Watch 2 made the list of the 2017 best smartwatches.
The Apple Watch 2 is water-resistant, which is perfect for tracking fitness goals and results even while you’re swimming
This smartwatch is available in aluminum, stainless steel and ceramic models now. In addition, the new brighter screen is a killer-feature for virtually any condition.
Build in GPS
This is a great feature, especially for workouts. With the built in GPS, you’ll able to track exercises like outdoor walking, running or even swimming via location.
LG Watch Sport
The LG Watch Sport, which was released on February 8, 2017 is among best smartwatches Google Android has to offer. It’s the ultimate fitness tracker and mini-phone.
The LG Watch Sport smartwatch has great OLED display, and the always-on screen mode is a big Plus (of course it runs your battery).
When you go outside, the watch gets brighter for better visibility in the sunlight. In addition, the LG Watch Sport is able to withstand some water – up to 5 feet, so naturally Android suggests you don’t swim with this watch on.
You’re able to call and data without a phone.
Smartwatches and phones brag off their fitness tracker, but what makes this fitness tracker great is its bonus features. The LG Watch Sport not only logs running and burned calories – it tracks strength training.
Samsung Gear S3
The Samsung Galaxy phone has been known for its exceptional battery life, so it’s no surprise the Samsung Gear S3 has long-lasting battery power, too. The battery life is a key reason the Samsung Gear is among the best smartwatches on the market.
The battery life is up to 3 days
The Samsung Gear S3 allows you to send text, receive emails, notifications and make calls without your phone. It also includes a built-in GPS – perfect for traveling or commuting.
Great for Activity
The Samsung Gear S3 is water-resistant for 30 minutes, which doesn’t compete with the new Apple Watch. But, this smartwatch is also able to resist extreme temperature and dust.
Sony Smartwatch 3
This smartwatch won’t let you do many of things you’re able to do on your phone. However, it’s a great watch for tracking activity accurately and effectively. This may not be the best smartwatch available but it’s worth looking at.
Sony Smartwatch 3 includes a built-in GPS and a compass. In addition, it has a accelerometer to detect the exact activity you’re doing. The Gyro feature will use the accelerometer to give you a precise calculation and movement of your activity.
Moto 360 (2nd generation)
This watch is a small but definitely comfortable fit for your wrist. It has limited features but could be the best smartwatch for people on a budget.
Fitness and Health
Moto 360 has a heart rate sensor. It also uses its signature Moto Body app to track your physical activity and fitness.
There’s no Spotify or transferable mp3 files – but you’ll be able to play music from Google Play for songs or podcasts.
The screen automatically adjusts to your surroundings. In addition, it’s iPhone compatible for your apple products. The dust and water resist-ability is also a great feature for activity.
It’s almost confusing when you see this smartwatch – and realize it looks like most regular watches. The strap. The circular screen. The clock. Well, fact is – it’s not. The Huawei is a dynamic smartwatch, and although it doesn’t include many of the features from smartphones – it’s great for tracking activity, making it one of the best smartwatch options for active individuals.
The Huawei Watch tracks activity – whether it’s counting steps or calories burned, includes a heart rate sensor, and has an auto-pattern for your daily walk or run.
This watch is compatible with your Android phone or iPhone.
LG Watch Urbane
With a choice of silver or gold and a leather band, the LG Watch Urbane is simply a thing of beauty. It’s easy to use and easy to set up – no doubt, is this one of the best smartwatches.
The LG Watch Urbane includes a barometer, accelerometer, and heart rate monitor
This smartwatch is IP67 rated – which means it’s proven to be dust and water resistant. In addition, you’ll be able to receive emails, notifications, and download apps without your phone.
The battery life is great. It doesn’t have much power as the Samsung Gear S3, but it lasts for 30 hours.
Asus ZenWatch 3
The Asus ZenWatch 3 doesn’t do many things your smartphone could typically do, but it’s among the best smartwatches for tracking fitness activity, getting notifications, and daily wear.
You’ll be able to wear this comfortable fit everywhere, everyday, and even in the shower – it’s water resistant. You can’t go swimming with the watch for more than 30 minutes, though – it can only submerge underwater for a meter.
The Asus ZenFit app automatically counts your steps, and with your phone – you’ll get a picture of your daily activity. It also tracks workout activities accurately.
Receive notifications like messages, weather updates and emails without your phone.
Fossil Q Founder
The Fossil Q Founder is a bit of an oversized watch. But, with a choice of leather or stainless steel – it’s beautiful thing on your wrist. For those looking for a sleak option, this is a great smart watch.
The Fossil Q Tracker is great for activity tracking.
Get notifications for social media, text, email, app alerts and calendar alerts. And of course – an alarm clock on you wrist.
The Fossil Q Founder is compatible with the iPhone and Android. In addition, it includes a Voice Activated Google, LED flashlight, Google Maps and you’ll be able to control your music in seconds.
The battery life is about 24 hours.
As mentioned before, the Apple Watch 2 isn’t much different from the first – besides a few bonus features and add-ons. But, the first Apple Watch is remains the best smartwatches. Here’s why:
Unlike the second watch, you won’t be able to go swimming in Apple’s first smartwatch. However, it has IP67 rating – which means it’ll be able to withstand a few splashes and a meter underwater.
The choice of design is immense. It has a great stainless steel, which will prevent scratches, and a choice from sport band, classic buckle, leather, Woven Nylon and many others.
Receive notifications for email, calendar alerts and messages. When you get a call, you can simply dismiss it by covering the watch with your hand. In addition, the Apple Watch includes a dual core processor.