Smartwatches have turned out to be the ultimate smartphone companion when it comes to boosting productivity or simply avoiding the hassle of slipping the phone in and out of your pocket. Especially, when it comes to continuous pairing and sharing essential features, while doing what a watch and a fitness band can do. companies like Samsung, Apple, Asus, Huawei, and several others are working day and night to improve the watches, and truly make the experience a lot better.
Today’s smartwatches can perform a ton of novel tricks, such as enabling you to search the internet with your voice, tracking your exercise over GPS, and letting you check-out at the grocery store without pulling out your wallet. Still, for people who actually prefer their watches display all the necessary information that comes to their phone, all tied into one ecosystem actually consider smartwatches to be very useful, and following that into the market, the smartwatch industry at this point is creating a separate entity for itself.
Here are the best smartwatches available for Android and iOS users.
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#1. Apple Watch Series 4
OS: watchOS 5 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.78″ OLED | Processor: Apple S4 | Band sizes: Varies based on watch size | Onboard storage: 16GB | Battery: 1 to 2 days | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: Water-resistant to 50m | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE
The Apple Watch Series 4 is our favorite smartwatch you can buy right now. This is the first time Apple has updated the design of its smartwatch line, and it looks all the better for it. You get a much bigger screen (which is still bright and clear) with the choice of 40mm or 44mm dial sizes, as well as all the rest of the tech we’ve come to expect from the Apple Watch.
The speaker on this watch is louder than before, the design is still lightweight (yet it feels premium) and you can use all your existing Apple Watch straps with this latest generation too.
The most exciting tech is the fact there’s an ECG feature within the heart rate tracker. It can test your heart to see if you’re at a high risk of atrial fibrillation, which will allow you to seek help earlier if your health is in danger.
This tech isn’t present at launch, and right now we only know it’ll be available in the US. I’s not an upgrade relevant to everyone, but for some people this could be some life changing tech.
There are still tons of fitness features and the latest watchOS 5 apps onboard so you’ll likely love this smartwatch. The Apple Watch 4 is our favorite watch you can use with an iPhone (this won’t work with Android devices), but it’s just been pipped to the title of best overall smartwatch.
#2. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
The Galaxy Watch Active, which works with both Android (and to a lesser extent) iOS smartphones, has GPS and a heart rate monitor, and can automatically track your activity and sleep. It runs Samsung’s Tizen operating system, so it works with both Android and iOS devices, but there’s a limited number of apps you can install on the watch. It comes in one size—40mm—and has other such useful features as Samsung Pay, onboard music via Spotify and heart health features.
#3. EMPORIO ARMANI ART5003
If you prefer watches made from more traditional watch/fashion brands, then take a look at the Emporio Armani Art5003. Made by analogue watch-maker Fossil and running Android Wear, it’s a surprisingly good device. Just like the Tag Heuer Connected it’s very well made, and feels ‘watch-like’ for want of a better word. It’s even managed to fit pretty decent specs into quite a slimline body. Fossil has put a lot of money into connected watches, and this device demonstrates it’s paying off. The Art5003 is a real rival to more established tech brands like Motorola and ASUS, so much so Fossil has pretty much pushed them out of the market altogether.
#4 Ticwatch S
Another sophisticated smartwatch with a budget price tag
Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 8+ | Display: 1.4″ 400 x 400 OLED | Processor: MediaTek MT2601 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 24h | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
The Ticwatch S is remarkably similar to the Ticwatch E. The differences are limited, but this watch is a tiny bit heavier and a little larger because it comes with a thicker bezel around the sides to show you the exact time.
There’s also a different strap on this version that comes with the GPS sensor inside. The makers of the Ticwatch claim this is more accurate than when it’s inside the watch casing, but we didn’t see any major differences. It does mean you can’t swap out the band on the Ticwatch S, like you can on the Ticwatch E, and that’s a big shame.
It’s a touch more expensive than the Ticwatch E too, but if you prefer the design you may want to go for this as it’s still much more affordable than a lot of our other favorite smartwatches on sale right now.
#5 Fitbit Ionic
The fitness brand makes its first big smartwatch play
OS: Fitbit OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: TBC, 1000 nits | Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz | Band sizes: Large | Onboard storage: 2.5GB | Battery duration: 2-3 days | Charging method: Proprietary charger | IP rating: 50M water resistant | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
The effort succeeds in some places: namely fitness, as you might imagine, where you can track all manner of things, from running to weight lifting to swimming. There’s also dedicated bodyweight coaching sessions in there, and you can pay for items on the go using Fitbit Pay.
When it first launched, the price was super high and it was a bit too expensive to wholeheartedly recommend. The good news is the price seems to have dropped in recent months so you can get it for at least $70/£70 cheaper than the RRP. If you’re a Fitbit fan looking to do more than you get on an average band, this is a nice option.