Best smartwatches

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Smartwatches are a fickle thing. Wearables are in a strange place where people either don’t like them, are afraid to use them, or don’t see how a smartwatch adds any convenience to their lives. There are, of course, a select few that have found smartwatches immeasurably valuable, but it’s very rare to see someone actually using one on a daily basis.

That said, smartwatches are getting better and better as times goes on. Not only are they getting more useful as they slowly become independent from your smartphone, but they’re also getting a whole lot nicer looking, too. If you’ve been wanting to try out a smartwatch, but aren’t sure which one to get, we’ve got some of the best listed below!

Editor’s Note: This list will be updated on a monthly basis or when necessary. Each time there’s a change, we will note where that happened.

Huawei Watch

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Classy and modern all at the same time, Huawei’s smartwatch designs are brilliant, with a variety of band options ranging from stainless steel to soft leather. The neat thing about the Huawei Watch is that it looks like a high-end watch, which usually cost thousands of collars. But, the Huawei Watch keeps things priced relatively cheap, depending on what model you end up with.

But, even with Huawei’s most expensive model, at around $450, you’re still getting a luxury-looking watch for cheap.

They also have two fantastic watch options specifically geared toward women in search of something a little more: the Huawei Watch Jewel & Elegant. The Jewel contains swarovski crystals around a rose-gold casing, whereas the Elegant features a simple, elegant design around the top of the rose-gold casing.

Buy it now: Google Store, Amazon

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE

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Featuring a P-OLED display and timeless design make the LG Urbane Smartwatch truly fascinating. It’s completely water resistant and has additional handy features such as Google Navigation and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is a special smartwatch because it’s the first cellular-ready Android Wear device. Yes, thanks to the cellular connectivity built into this watch, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is able to function completely independent of your smartphone.

Of course, the cause for concern is that you won’t be able to get a whole lot of battery life out of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. And that’s not entirely true. Even with cellular connectivity, you should more than be able to get a full day of use out of this smartwatch even with the always-on screen. Not only that, but LG has added a power saving mode to extend the 570mAh battery even further. Even so, it’s probably wise to throw it on the charger every night.

The LG Urbane Smartwatch comes in silver and “pink” gold with 4GB of internal memory. It also has a pulse-tracker and a variety of bands to choose from.

Buy it now: AT&T

TAG Heuer Connected

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Looking for a dose of luxury in your smartwatch? Then the TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch is the way to go. It has a lot of basic features that you’ll find in any smartwatch, including directional wind and weather monitoring, Google Fit, custom themes, and of course, thousands of Android Wear compatible applications.

But, what sets the TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch apart from the rest? Well, TAG Heuer is known for its watchmaking craftsmanship, and the Connected smartwatch is no exception. Built with titanium, sapphire, and a best in class touchscreen, you cannot go wrong with this luxury smartwatch. Not only that, but once you pass the two-year warranty period on this watch, owners will have a chance to upgrade their watch to a special edition Carrera watch, which is only available to TAG Heuer Connected owners.

Buy it now: TAG Heuer

Pebble Time Steel

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Trendy, creative, and unique, Pebble Time Steel smartwatches are an amazing option for millennials. With a square design, outstanding colors, and relevant watch faces, Pebble Time Steel is anything but cookie-cutter. With the variety of style options, you can get whatever look you’re going for, whether it’s sophisticated and fancy or unique and funky.

Although the amazing design stands out in a crowd, that’s not the only thing there is to love about Pebble Time Steel. With up to 10 days of battery life at a full charge, this little gadget packs a punch that won’t leave you hanging when you need it most. With all of your information and notifications compactly organized, you’ll easily be able to stay ahead of the game, whatever your schedule may look like!

Buy it now: Pebble, Best Buy, Amazon

Moto 360 (2015)

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The Moto 360 is one of the best customizable smartwatches out there. With such a variety of options, your smartwatch is uniquely your own. What’s your style? Something classic, modern, or somewhere in between? A mix of the two? Whatever your style is, Motorola has it all.

Each Moto 360 is water resistant, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting it wet. They also include a Motorola-exclusive activity tracker: Moto Body. Not only can you utilize all of the basic fitness app features through Moto Body, such as your steps, heart rate, and distance, but Moto Body will also send you inspiring and motivational notifications throughout the day, finishing off each week with a weekly round-up of your fitness progress. It’s never been easier to set a fitness goal and meet it!

Buy it now: Motorola

Samsung Gear S2

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Samsung’s Gear S2 Smartwatch comes in silver, dark gray, and black, with premium options 18k rose gold or platinum. This sleek smartwatch makes planning for and going about your day extremely effortless, and the fun rotating bezel is an added bonus. The Gear S2 is truly Samsung’s first smartwatch to be available to a wide range of people. Previous Gear devices were strictly only to work with Samsung phones. Not running on Android Wear, but Tizen, Samsung was able to do this. The Gear S2 is still running on Tizen, but Samsung has made it so that the smartwatch can still work in a limited manner with most Android phones on KitKat or higher.

The neat thing about the Gear S2 is that it’s well-designed and polished. But that rotating bezel is one of the key parts of the smartwatch that truly denotes this device as the Gear S2. Samsung has literally built the user interface of the Gear S2 around that rotating bezel, which is something we haven’t seen before in a smartwatch. It has a perfectly usable touchscreen, but turn the bezel to the left and you’ll get to take a look at your notifications. Turn it to the right and you’ll be able to access other information, such as widgets.

It really is a unique approach to a smartwatch, as there’s only so much you can do with it.

Buy it now: Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy

Closing

As mentioned earlier, smartwatches are in a weird place right now. But, they can only get better from here on out, and we’re already starting to see that with options like the Huawei Watch and Gear S2. If you’re wanting to get on the smartwatch bandwagon now, there’s definitely something here for everybody on this list, whether you’re on a low budget or can afford to buy one a tad bit more pricey.

The Huawei Watch is a nice option, featuring a nice cross between style and functionality. If you have a lot of money to spend and are big on style, then the TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch is right up your alley. It sports TAG Heuer’s iconic style, but also is an extremely functional smartwatch with hundreds of micro-applications, and with Android Wear at the core, you can’t go wrong with this one. Of course, there are cheaper options available out there, such as the Moto 360 (2015), the Gear S2, or even the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.

What’s your favorite smartwatch?


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.