The first thing to ask yourself when you’re on the market for a smartwatch is this — what is most important to you? As with any other tech product, there’s 768 million options out there, so you need to know what you want and expect from a smartwatch.
I may have exaggerated that number a bit, but let’s look at a few solid options.
Possibly the gold standard of smartwatches. Unless you’re not a fan of Apple, of course, but even then you must respect it.
As per TechRadar, “The Apple Watch 3 (or Apple Watch Series 3, if you’re picky) is the best smartwatch you can buy right now. Yes, it’s essentially just the Apple Watch 2 frame with some new innards, but they make a big difference. The LTE connection is the headline event, although that’s not really as useful as some might hope – plus it costs a lot more to use, and drains the battery. What we like is the non-LTE version, which is a lot cheaper, and offers all the smarts of the Watch 2, but with a longer battery life and faster speeds when flicking through apps. This is the right kind of upgrade on the best smartwatch in the world. It’s still water-resistant, so you can swim with it and you won’t have to worry about getting it wet in the rain when you’re out for a jog. There’s GPS to make running easier, plus it comes running the latest watchOS 4 software and will be updated to watchOS 5 later in the year.”
No one seamlessly integrates their products with one another quite like Apple does and their smartwatch is no exception.
Samsung Gear Sport
If you’re not into Apple, the Samsung Gear Sport may be more your cup of tea.
As per DigitalTrends, “The Samsung Gear Sport is the best smartwatch you can buy if you own an Android phone, regardless of whether it’s made by Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, or any other brand. The Gear Sport has a rotating bezel which helps you zip through the menus quickly and simply, rather than prodding and swiping on a tiny touchscreen for every interaction. The bezel rotates with a satisfying click, and minimizing screen touches helps keep the 1.2-inch AMOLED screen clear of too many fingerprints. That’s always a bonus. The watch itself is stylish but leans more towards a sporty style than the Gear S3 or a smartwatch like the Apple Watch. The choice of black or blue strap as standard helps match your style, but the straps are easily swapped out for aftermarket versions if needed. The 42mm body is slim and lightweight, plus it’s properly water resistant to a depth of 50 meters, making it suitable for wearing all the time, even when swimming.
There are plenty of fitness features to ensure the Gear Sport lives up to its name, including a heart rate sensor, automatic workout recognition, fitness tracking, onboard GPS, and a range of fitness apps available through Samsung’s app store. It has 4GB of internal storage space for music, supports Spotify music playlists, and can connect to Bluetooth headphones so you can work out without your phone.”
This smartwatch will practically force you to stay active, you big hump of lazy. Just kidding, I love you.
Skagen Jorn & Nokia Steel HR
What about if you’re a hipster and would rather own a smartwatch that looks more like a traditional watch you can wear while you grow your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard? And what about if you’re interested in a more traditional look for a watch, yet also love working out with your Williamsburg buddies?
Well, have I got news for you.
If you’re interested in a watch with a clean, sleek design, the Skagen Jorn Hybrid Smartwatch may be for you. As per Wearable, “The latest Skagen Connected device may have launched last year, but this is still one of the best looking hybrids to have on your wrist. There are two versions: The Jorn, for men, and the Hald, for women. Both of them come in various styles, and they both retain the same minimalist look that Skagen’s dumb timepieces carry. Activity and sleep tracking are present, but it’s all pretty basic. What is different this year is that the sub-dial has been jettisoned. Instead, the face hands will move around and point to a different color based on your notifications. The Jorn is available in two variations: stainless steel with a tan leather strap and grey face, or titanium with a grey face and 22mm black leather strap. The Hald comes in either rose gold, gold or stainless steel watch face variations, with different tan and 20mm black leather bands.”
Just look at that beauty!