When it comes to smartwatches and tech talk, it can be difficult to know which smartwatch is for you. Here is a quick review on the 5 most popular smartwatches, for those of you who want the details that really matter.
Apple Watch Series 3
Always at the forefront of anything tech. They say once you go Mac you never go back. The Apple Watch Series 3, is one of the best. A decent upgrade from the Apple Watch 2, the improvements make an enormous difference.
It’s faster, has an improved battery life, and let’s be honest, who can live without Siri? The most notable upgrade for the Series 3 is its cellular access. Which means you no longer need to have your phone with you at all times.
With its excellent battery life, the Fitbit Ionic is the leader here. Think 3 to 4 days. Being a Fitbit, it is geared toward fitness when it comes to features and tracks your activity all through the day.
It also features notifications, GPS, and NFC (Near-field communication) that allow you to make payments if your bank supports this. It falls short in the looks department, keeping its fitness tracker design firmly in place.
ASUS ZenWatch 3
A winner in the looks department this smartwatch is just that, smart. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity you can receive calls and notifications, but it doesn’t allow cellular connectivity. It doesn’t offer much in the line of fitness tracking but does cover your basics, and you can upload your music, pair some headphones and you’re out the door.
A good compromise for someone looking for a smartwatch/traditional timepiece hybrid.
Huawei Watch 2
One of the few smartwatches that supports 4G, the Huawei Watch 2 also has cellular connectivity and lets you play real money pokies online. Excellent for situations where you don’t want to expose your phone to heavy wear and tear, but still want to stay connected.
Another excellent fitness watch that you can make and receive calls on, but it is a bit chunky for a smaller wrist.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
A rugged but elegant looking piece. It looks more like a traditional watch than a smart watch. Although the watch features the same AMOLED display as the ASUS, it’s not as attractive. The bezel is used to control your calls, check your apps and scroll through your emails.
It stores your activity data and claims a 4 day no charge time. With Spotify access offline and the built in GPS, this one is great for the outdoor enthusiast.
It’s true that sitting in a restaurant with your watch glued to your ear can make you look like a bit of an idiot, but who doesn’t want to pretend they’re in an action movie and speak into their watch? That aside, it is convenient to have hands free access to apps, calls, emails, and fitness trackers. The biggest decision being whether you want cellular or are happy to stay connected via your phone.
They can tell the time too, but that’s really what your mobile phone is for.