Whether you’ve already got a smartwatch, are considering your first piece of digital bling or just wondering why the hell you need one – we’re here to help.
There is a huge range of smartwatches available from Apple toSamsung, Sony, Tag Heuer and Pebble – the list goes on. But, which watch is the one for you? We’ve rounded up a few of the best models available to make choosing your new timepiece simple.
It's set the quality standard, but is it the best?
If you’ve got an iPhone – the Apple watch is the one for you. It’s designed to work for iOS so it’ll work seamlessly with your existing software and apps. It’s got some great features like subtle vibrations when you get a call or notification, mobile payment capability with Apple Pay and over 10,000 watchOS apps. Plus, it’s built well, comes in two sizes, looks good, and is surprisingly comfortable to wear. Overall, the Apple Watch is a solid choice.
Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch
Tag Heuer Connected is the George Clooney of smartwatches, it is ridiculously good looking and expensive. However, with smartwatches it’s not just about looks, it’s what’s inside that counts.
It runs on Android Wear and has got some great features like a powerful Intel dual-core processor, unobtrusive notifications, and a day’s worth of battery life. But, in my opinion, in terms of tech for the price (no heart rate sensor or GPS), it’s a little lagging.
On the bright side, the Tag Heuer Connected is very comfortable to wear, it’s got a slick turning bezel and a face of scratch resistant crystal sapphire glass (fancy!). The hefty price tag is matched by its quite large size, the Tag Heuer watch is bulky. But, if you’re dropping that much cash on it – surely you want people to see it?
Samsung Galaxy Gear S2
I’m loving everything that Samsung is doing lately and their newest smartwatch; the Galaxy Gear S2 is no different.
The round face is super cool and allows for an innovative rotating bezel control. The bezel makes accessing your watch features a breeze and it helps keep the face of the watch clean of fingerprints. Trust me – with a screen this sharp and vibrant you'll want to keep it as clean as possible.
It’s got 4GB of memory, wireless charging, Tizen OS and up to 4 days of battery life. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have as many apps as some of its competitors but it’s the best all-rounder by far. It’s compatible with a range of Android devices. So, if you're a Samsung fan then the Gear S2 will suit you perfectly.
The Pebble Time watch is well, to put it plainly – it’s got the Dad bod of smartwatches. It’s a little clunky and square but it’s got its own charms.
The Pebble Time is simple and functional and it comes with everything you need. It’s got a huge 7-day battery life, simple timeline feature, 30-meter water resistance and it works with both Android and iOS.
Basically, Pebble Time is an affordable and simple smartwatch that works really well. Plus, it reminds me of a retro my Casio watch – what’s not love?
Say hello to your new wrist candy, the Moto 360. This fine looking (time) piece was one of the first smartwatches to sport a round face and is still one of the best-looking smartwatches around. In fact, it’s a thing of beauty and it’s pretty functional too.
It runs on Android Wear and works with both Android and iOS. The Moto 360 has 4GB of storage, wireless charging and up to two days of battery life. And, it's customisable so you can change the band to suit your style #swag.
The cons? From what I’ve seen the display isn’t the best available and the black bottom spacing, housing the sensors, makes the round display look like a flat tyre which will bother some.
It’s still the perfect fusion between a good old-fashion looking watch and wearable tech.
Sony Smartwatch 3
Once you have the Sony Smartwatch 3, you'll struggle to leave home without it. Its best features would have to be the built-in GPS connectivity and wireless Bluetooth headphone pairing to listen to music (that you can upload to the watch), that means it makes it perfect for running as there is no need to take your smartphone with you!
It's also got built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 4GB of storage and a range of apps available from Android Wear section of the Google Play Store. It’s compatible with Android devices and iPhone devices running iOS 8 and above.
Which smartwatch are you most excited about? I’d love to hear about your favourite, leave a comment in the box below!
Seph – amaysim’s tech geek