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Our favourite smart watches

19 May 2016
Joseph

Seph

amaysim's tech geek

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.

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. With a range of smartwatch features available, there’s plenty to consider you as you upgrade from a traditional watch to some chic wearable tech.

There is a huge range of smartwatches available, 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. With the best smartwatch for the fitness fanatics and for the style gurus.

Apple Watch

It's set the standard, but is the apple watch series the best smart watch?

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 varying sizes, has an impressive screen size, looks good, and is surprisingly comfortable to wear. Overall, the Apple Watch is a solid choice.

If you don’t have an iPhone, you’ll want to look elsewhere for the best smart watch for your lifestyle.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

As of writing, the Samsung smart watch is in its fourth generation, with the Galaxy Watch4 leading the way. And for android users, it’s a no-brainer and easy to use smart watch. Especially for anyone familiar with the Samsung Galaxy range.

The Samsung smart watch is available in a range of colours and styles and has a sleek, round face that 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 up to 16GB of memory, wireless charging, an intuitive OS, and days of battery life. Samsung is quickly making a name for itself in the wearable tech space.

Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch

Tag Heuer Connectedis the George Clooney of smartwatches, it is ridiculously good looking and expensive. When it comes to looks, the Tag Heuer is one of the best smartwatches available. However, with smartwatches it’s not just about looks, it’s what’s inside that counts.

It runs on Wear OS by Google Wear and has got some great features like a powerful Intel dual-core processor, unobtrusive notifications, and a good battery life. The always-on display helps you stay in control of your life. Giving you weather updates, agenda reminders, music control, and Google Pay. But, in my opinion, in terms of tech for the price (no heart rate sensor or built-in 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?

Huawei Smart Watch

Never satisfied to take the backseat, Huawei is stepping into the smart watch game with their own range of smart watches. Their range includes the athletic Huawei Watch Fit and the modern Huawei Watch GT

The Huawei Watch Fit is everything you expect a fitness-focussed smartwatch to be. Easy to personalise, comfortable to wear, and with a low profile so it doesn’t get in the way when you’re working out. Meanwhile the GT has a stronger focus on improving your everyday life. It can help out with your exercising, but it’s long battery is more to help you stay in control of the little things.

Garmin Vívoactive 4

If you’re looking for the best smart watch to help you exercise, it’s hard to beat the Garmin Vívoactive 4.

The Garmin website reads “there’s no such thing as too many health stats. Not on this watch.” And they aren’t lying. The Garmin smart watch is a thorough fitness tracker—it has so many health features to help you slay fitness goals.

You can monitor your energy, see blood oxygen monitoring, track your stress, monitor your menstrual cycle and pregnancy, stay on top of hydration, learn about your respiration and heart rate, and (of course) sleep tracking. There’s even a mindful breathing mode to help you tackle some mindfulness. Animated, on-screen workouts, built-in sports apps, custom workouts, and the Garmin coach keep you on top of your fitness game.

The smart watch has a battery life of up to a whopping eight days at a time. And quality-of-life features like smart notifications, music through the smart watch, safety and tracking features, and being able to pay with the Garmin pay within the smart watch helps you out, even when you’re not breaking a sweat. And their companion app makes communicating between smart watch and phone easy.

So that’s our favourite smart watches right now. You might prioritise easy mobile payments and being able to use your mobile phone, even when it’s in another room. Or you might prioritise a brighter screen and bigger screen size. Or maybe you’re all about the fitness features and safety features to be your best self.

Which smartwatch are you most excited about? I’d love to hear about your favourite, leave a comment in the box below!

Stay awesome,
Seph – amaysim’s tech geek

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