The way that smartwatches (and wearable tech in general) are hitting the mainstream this year is very exciting. Smartphones have just become our phones and people are looking for a new, exciting gadget to obsess over. But smartwatches represent more than just a fad or a new category or must-have device; they have the potential to revolutionize how we consume content from emails, to texts to other notifications. They also hold the promise of making us healthier and more active (or at least better understanding our habits).
Personally, there are only two smartwatches I would ever consider buying (at this point, at least): the king of all smartwatches, the Apple Watch, and the Pebble Time (in that order). The Apple Watch is going to make me less dependent on pulling out my iPhone a million times a day—and I like that a lot. But you might be a different story. Perhaps you are looking for the best Apple Watch alternatives (or just want to see how it stacks up against the competition) or want something that fits your budget or personality or style in a way that the Apple Watch or Pebble Time do not. Whatever the case may be, these are the best smartwatches currently available.
The Apple Watch is synonymous with smartwatch. It wasn’t the first smartwatch on the planet, but it’s the first one that really matters to mainstream society. With a non-circular, non-traditional design the Apple Watch is very unique. It comes in two sizes, and three models ranging from Sport, to Watch to Edition (and increasing in price with each tier). Get Siri, use the best fitness tracker you can buy and even pay using Apple Pay—right from your wrist. This is the smartwatch to beat. Check out some of the best Apple Watch accessories.
One weakness that hampers most smartwatches is battery life; but not so with the Pebble Time. This smartwatches’ unique screen—a color e-paper display (with an LED backlight)—means it’s batter life can last up to seven days. While not nearly as robust as Apple Watch’s Siri, the Pebble Time does have a microphone which lets you accomplish some tasks via voice. The unique OS is centered around your timeline—past, present and future.
Motorola Moto 360
The Motorola Moto 360 is definitely one of the best looking Android Wear smartwatches. With it’s classical round design, the ...