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Best smartwatches money can buy

Smartwatches are still limited to few people. As a matter of fact, since their inception, they haven’t seen much of a sales increase. So what is a smartwatch really? Does it make it feel like James Bond? or they just gimmicky toys for the boys?

Smartwatches are really helpful to keep you updated about the day to day updated of your phone. The idea is quite simple you just need to take a small glance at your smartwatch and you get to know all the notifications of your phone. Yes, you don’t even need to take out your phone to check the notifications. However, the expensive nature of the smart watches makes them limited to certain customers. Furthermore, smart watches are best when it comes to fitness because today most of the smartphones are quite bulky to carry around while fitness training. We have shortlisted some of the best smart watches that money could buy.

  1. LG Watch Sport: Supporting the latest Android Wear 2.0 LG has announced two new smart watches into the market. Presently, the LG Watch Sport is said to be the best smartphone you can buy. With robust build quality, the watch rocks a pretty big AMOLED display for awesome viewing visibility. In addition, you get a precise built-in GPS with an optical heart rate monitor for fitness. The watch has an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust. You can browse through various menus with the main button on the right side of the watch. Featuring a faster and robust user experience LG Watch Sport is a perfect Android Wear smartwatch. However, the watch remains quite pricey and has limited availability.

Specs

  • 1.38-inch POLED with 480 x 480 resolution, 348 ppi
  • Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of onboard storage
  • 420 mAh battery
  • 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2 mm, 89.4 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

2.LG Watch Style: Another entry by LG into our list. The LG Watch style also comes with the latest Android Wear 2.0. However, this model is not featured packed like their Watch Sports edition, but lower specs mean a lower price and less bulky structure. This model doesn’t have any NFC sensor for mobile payment nor it has a built-in GPS for navigation. In addition, you don’t even get the LTE connectivity or a heart rate monitor. Ultimately making it a compact and affordable package offering the nice Android Wear ecosystem. In conclusion, we can say that Watch Style is a stylish, sleek watch that runs quite well on Android Wear 2.0. And it’s a decent smartwatch considering the fact that it doesn’t feel heavy on your wrist nor in your pocket.

Specs

  • 1.2-inch POLED with 360 x 360 resolution, 299 ppi
  • Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of onboard storage
  • 240 mAh battery
  • 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79 mm, 46 g
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

3.Samsung Gear S3: Samsung surely had a great run with their Gear S2 in 2015. However, they are back with their Tizen powered smartwatches, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier! Both of the devices features rotating dials and all new robust design along with further enhancements. If you take interest in classy or sporty look, the Gear lineup is offering for both designs. The classic model stands out a nice piece of jewelry. However, the classic version doesn’t come with LTE connectivity, so you’ll need to pair it with your smartphone first. Furthermore, if you searching for more rugged and feature rich smartwatch, then the Frontier version is the best bang for the buck. It comes with proper LTE support and additional features. Both models offer an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust. You’ll be surely satisfied with the 1.3-inch Super AMOLED displays with great viewing angles and visibility in the Sun.

Specs

Samsung Gear S3 Classic

  • 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution, 278 ppi
  • 1.0 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 7270
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of onboard storage
  • 380 mAh battery
  • Tizen
  • 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm, 59 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (LTE)

  • 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution, 278 ppi
  • 1.0 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 7270
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of onboard storage
  • 380 mAh battery
  • Tizen
  • 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm, 63 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating

4.Huawei Watch 2: Despite being coming from a Chinese manufacturer. The Huawei Watch 2 showcases the good capabilities of Android Wear 2.0. However, there are certain drawbacks to this smartwatch. Firstly, the watch doesn’t focus on fitness department, thus it doesn’t have any fitness tracking sensor. Instead, the watch is just limited to providing notifications. Secondly, the new watch doesn’t feel classy like the original Huawei Watch. Even the Watch 2 Classic model doesn’t stand out to our expectations. However, when it comes to the basic use of smart watch then it performs quite well. Huawei will surely face hard competition with outstanding devices like the LG Watch Sport. The lack of rotating side button makes it quite dull in opinion, however, if you can rely on touch controls then it is a decent buy as well.

Specs

  • 1.2-inch AMOLED display with 390 x 390 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of onboard storage
  • 420 mAh battery
  • 48.9 x 45 x 12.6 mm, 57 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

5.Apple Watch Series 2: So you might be thinking that we have listed an expensive product because Apple has paid us somehow for promotion. Wrong, instead we really appreciate Apple’s attempt on the smartwatch industry.  The apple smart watch does exactly what you expect a smartwatch to do, it gives you quick access to notifications, allows to you to pay through your wrist. Furthermore, it also helps in turn-by-turn navigation and works as a fitness tracker. And when it comes to design, you must be aware of Apple’s industrial grade design language. Even the cheapest model (Sport) feels like a well-engineered piece of hardware. You won’t be disappointed by the design as it the top-notch design. However, there are few downsides to this beautiful watch. Firstly, the battery life is pretty average or even below average. Secondly, the user interface is still quite confusing. Apple still has a lot of work to do in the wearable department.

Specs

42mm variant (aluminum):

  • 1.5-inch OLED Retina display with 390 x 312 resolution, 390 ppi
  • Apple S2 processor
  • watchOS
  • 42.5 x 36.4 x 11.4 mm, 34.2 g (case only)
  • 50 m water resistance, ISO22810 rating

38mm variant (aluminum):

  • 1.3-inch OLED Retina display with 340 x 272 resolution, 340 ppi
  • Apple S2 processor
  • watchOS
  • 38.6 x 33.3 x 11.4 mm, 28.2 g (case only)
  • 50 m water resistance, ISO22810 rating

So, there you have our best smart watches. Do you still think that smart watches are quite gimmicky? Then do remember the fact that once smartphones were also considered to be gimmicky toys. But Today, almost everyone holds one smartphone inside their pockets.

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