There are several things our smartphone cannot do, mostly the things related to our health. For tracking our sleep, measure the heart rate, and sports activities, the smartwatch is the perfect device. We wear the smartwatch almost everywhere. Well, we bring our smartphone almost everywhere we go as well, but in certain cases, it’s not that comfortable.
However, the function of the smartwatch is more than that. Some people wear it for fashion purposes. While some others buy smartwatch as a companion for their smartphone. Thus, here we are going to review top best smartwatches based on different categories.
Top Best Smartwatches In 2018
Best Smartwatch Design
Apple Watch Series 2
The design is a priority thing for Apple. Inc, as well as the technology inside. The company doesn’t want to sell the great technology only, but also the user experience in using the product. Starting from the appearance, ergonomic usage, how the user feels the material and the whole body, etc. Simple and elegant are two words representing Apple product designs, including Apple Watch.
Jony Ive and his design team have worked hard to design Apple Watch, both appearance and apps composition inside are designed well. Therefore, when it comes to best smartwatch design of 2018, I agree Apple Watch series 2 is the winner.
Basically, the design hasn’t changed much from its predecessor, Apple Watch series 1. It still has the same shape and my favorite feature, the crown. It makes the Apple Watch has unique and beautiful looks. The design combines the sophisticated technologies but still, keeps the classic watch design by implementing the crown.
What’s new on Apple Watch series 2 beside the new bands? Well, it came with GPS and GLONASS and 2x brighter display than the first gen. The series 2 is also provided with water resistance to 50 meters that allow you to keep wearing it while swimming or the other water activities.
Moreover, Apple Watch series 2 came with three other variants along with its basic. Apple has cooperated with Nike and Hermes to present special models. Apple Watch 2 Nike+ will make your sporty look perfect. While, if you are a fashionable person, you can choose the stainless steel Apple Watch case with Hermes leather band.
Best Smartwatch For Sports
Garmin Vivoactive is a combination between smartwatch and fitness tracker. It provides almost all sports features, from running, biking, to swimming. Interestingly, it also has golfing features which are is not something every smartwatch has. The feature included are Yardage to distance, Yardage to layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, a and digital scorecard. That’s why Vivoactive from Garmin can be a perfect wearable. Many smartwatches and fitness trackers haven’t supported the water sports activities. But, Garmin Vivoactive is featured a 50m water resistant that allow the user to use it while swimming. Moreover, the swimming features on it make the wearable perfect for various sports lovers.
The smartwatch has three sensors: GPS, GLONASS, and accelerometer. The battery life is great. It can last up to 3 weeks. This is one of the essential things from every smartwatch as a wearable device and a fitness tracker. Thus, the users won’t be disturbed by the charging needs all the time.
Best Smartwatch Android
LG Watch Style
Running on the latest Android Wear 2.0 and has a simply round and thin design. It also has a classic crown on its side like Apple Watch. LG Watch Style allows you to change the band according to your outfit color and style. You can also find thousands of new watch faces on Android Wear 2.0. The built-in Google Assistant on LG Watch Style is the perfect combination when your hands are full.
LG Watch Style is more than just a stylish smartwatch, you can use it as a health tracker and fitness companion as well. It’s provided with three kinds of sensors: accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope. The device will track your walking, running, and bike activities automatically through Google Fit.
The bad things about LG Watch Style are: doesn’t have built-in GPS, heart sensor, or LTE connectivity.
Best Smartwatch for Women
Fossil Q Wander
When it comes to fashionable branded accessories, Fossil is one of them. They are famous for bags and watches products. Since the smartwatch started to take over the conventional watch industry, Fossil also launched Q series.
Fossil Q series has a stylish design combined with today’s technology. For women who are concerned about fashion over the technology, Fossil Q Wander is the one. It has a beautiful slim and round shape, with thin bezel. The watch is powered by Android Wear (can be upgrade to Android Wear 2.0), touch screen display, and built-in activity tracking to measure your steps, distance, and calorie burned. It has many watch faces option for you to customize. The straps are interchangeable, thus, you can change it with different colors as you like.
The minus of this wearable is the battery life which can only last up for a day. Fossil Q Wander are not provided with built-in heart sensor, sleep tracking, no GPS, and mobile payment.
Best Smartwatch For Men
Fossil Q Marshal
The specification are quite similar to Fossil Q Wander, except its appearance. The design is addressed for men, though, it won’t be bad if women wear this model. The case has a round shape with 45mm of size, and 14mm of thickness. It’s 0.5mm thicker than Q Wander.
As well as Fossil Q Wander, it also runs Android Wear and can be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0. It has built-in activity tracking, touchscreen functionality, smartphone notification, etc. The minus of Q Marshal are also same with Q Wander. The battery life is pretty short, no heart sensor, sleep tracking, no GPS, and mobile payment.
Best Affordable Smartwatch
Pebble Time Round
Most of the popular smartwatches such as Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, or LG Watch Style have a pretty price. Mostly above $200. There are many affordable smartwatches in the market. Some of them you get under $50. But, when I am looking for an affordable smartwatch, I will also consider its quality beside the price. Then, I found the best one. It’s Pebble Time Round.
I think, it’s the most beautiful smartwatch from Pebble with its minimalistic round display. The wearable also has basic smartwatch features, such as steps, run, and calorie trackers. Its automatic sleep tracking will measure your deep sleep. However, the battery life isn’t as good as Pebble 2 and not all apps are supported by Pebble Time Round.
Best Affordable Smartwatch Under $50
Martian Notifier is claimed as the award-winning ultimate notification watch. The watch is compatible with most of Android phones and tablets, runs OS 2.3.3 or later. It also compatible with iPhone 4S or later.
For a $34, its battery life is pretty good, can last up to 6 days. The band can be changed as well.
Unfortunately, you will not get any sport feature on this smartwatch. Martian Notifier isn’t provided with any sensor.
Best Smartwatch For Kids
What features kids need from a smartwatch? From the parent point of view, GPS is the first thing on the list. Thus, we can track their location. Moreover, smartwatch for kids should function as a communication tool between kids and parents.
Lemfo Q50 can be the best smartwatch for kids because it has those basic features. This watch is provided with SOS alarm and remote monitoring, which is also an essential feature for kids.They can dial important numbers such as 911 or their parent number whenever they are in emergency situation. It GPS feature can give you a real-time location tracing. When it comes to price, the best smartwatch for kids should have an affordable price. And, Lemfo Q50 has it. You can buy it for your kids at $29.
These are some of the best smartwatches you can buy this year. There is something for everyone’s budget and style, so go though the list and pick the watch perfect for you!