Best smartwatches 2017
November 28, 2017
It’s nearly Christmas, so it’s time to get cracking with that Christmas shopping! But, with so many people to buy for, it can be a bit overwhelming – especially if they haven’t provided you with any helpful hints as to what they’d like.
Whether for a fitness fanatic, a style icon, or a gadget lover, a smartwatch can make for a great Christmas present. So, what smartwatches should you be adding to your bags? Here’s a roundup of this year’s best options:
Apple Watch 3
2017 has been a stellar year for Apple. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, the tech giant has not only enjoyed success with its impressive smartphones, but has also released its best Apple Watch yet.
The Apple Watch 3 was heralded as being a replacement, and not just an evolution, of its predecessor. It comes with either on-board cellular connectivity or just with GPS, runs watchOS 4, and has an 18-hour battery life – quite good but it might not be able to provide sleep tracking activity.
One of the biggest differences with the Apple Watch 3 is its focus on fitness. No longer will Apple fans need to take their phone with them on their workout, as the Apple Watch 3 has a built-in altimeter that tracks running and cycling, and it has a water-resistant case for swimming.
LG Watch Style
If fitness isn’t the reason they’re after a wearable, the LG Watch Style is the ideal choice.
As the name suggests, this device is big on style. The sleek design provides a welcome relief from the usual smartwatch designs, and makes it one of the slimmest Android Wear watches on the market.
It comes with Android Wear 2.0, Google Assistant, has a 1.2-inch P-OLED display, and is IP67 water- and dust-resistant.
Samsung Gear S3
For a smart looking smartwatch, look no further than the Samsung Gear S3. With the choice of the Classic or Frontier, there’s an option for adventurers and those after something more luxurious.
The 1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED helps to make you feel like you’re wearing a watch, as opposed to a mini smartphone on your wrist. Samsung’s Tizen OS makes the software work fantastically, having been developed with the circular screen in mind.
With GPS, IP68 protection, a great battery and fantastic activity, Samsung demonstrates why it is Apple’s closest rival – hopefully Samsung will work on creating more specific watch apps.
We all know someone who is obsessed with analogue. And, who can blame them really, when vinyl still sounds so much better than anything digital?
But that doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on the smartwatch world. The Garmin Vivomove is a fitness watch but has no digital display or touch-sensitive buttons. It’s stylish and smart enough for the boardroom, but is water-resistant so you can take it for a swim and in the gym. It may be simple but it still provides activity and sleep tracking.
The other plus side of an analogue display is that the battery should provide up to a year of power.
Fitbit is one of the best-known brands when it comes to fitness trackers, but the brand is trying to move into the smartwatch world with its Fitbit Ionic.
It has improved in the fitness areas, with users able to track activities from running, to swimming, to weight lifting. There are also bodyweight coaching sessions in the device.
It is water resistant up to 50 metres and is compatible with both Android and iOS. As of yet, there aren’t the wide selection of apps that are available with Apple or Android devices, but if fitness is what they’re after, the lack of apps could come as a relief – stopping them from being distracted and helping them to concentrate on their form.