Best Smartwatch 2017 – (Buyer’s Guide and Reviews!)
Would you agree to our statement if we say:
....Smartwatches are one of the best wearable gadgets in the market. And, you want to have a best smartwatch 2017 for yourself
Though smartwatch is still a new thing to a lot of people but for people who are into fitness and fashion it's nothing groundbreaking.
The early models could only perform basic tasks, such as calculations, translations, and game-playing, but today's best smartwatch takes it to just whole another level.
Smartwatches are good for many reasons. They provide you easy information without having to pull out your phone from pocket, have personal fitness assistant ability, and also work as a fashion statement
There are two main categories, first one is Best Android smartwatch, and another is Best iPhone smartwatch. We reviewed Apple watch series and also the Android smartwatches which include brands like Samsung, Sony, Garmin, Huawei, and Motorola.
So, without any further ado lets get right into our main topic.
Table of Contents
- Best Smartwatch 2017
- 1. Huawei Watch - Best Android Smartwatch
- 2. Apple Watch Series 2 - Best Smartwatch For iPhone!
- 3. Samsung Gear S3 - Best Android Smartwatch
- 4. LG Watch Sport - Best Sports Smartwatch
- 5. Motorola Moto 360 - Affordable Smartwatch!
- 6. Fitbit Blaze - Best Fitness Smartwatch
- 7. Pebble Time Steel - Cheapest Smartwatch
- Smartwatch Buyer's Guide
Best Smartwatch 2017
1. Huawei Watch - Best Android Smartwatch
OS: Android Wear | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.4" AMOLED | Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz | Onboard storage: 4GB | Charging method: Wireless | Battery: 2 days | IP rating: IP68 | GPS: Yes
The Huawei Watch is best Android Wear smartwatch on the market. This smartwatch has made a lot of buzz with its stunning looks and excellent build quality. Although the name of the company is a bit hard to pronounce, but it doesn't fail to win the hearts of experts and customers.
Huawei Smartwatch is our #1 pick for best smartwatch 2017 and best android smartwatch available in various colors like a black model and a shiny gold one with a more bling finish. Huawei also features a few case color options, each with a choice of a steel bracelet or leather strap.
It's absolutely a stunning looking smart wrist watch and looks like a regular watch. Unlike other smartwatches, it has a physical button at 2 o' clock, so you don't have to twist your wrist to push it.
Though it's a big wrist watch, but it highlights a 42mm diameter case which fits the majority of the wrists. The watch consists of Sapphire crystal front glass, which is recessed a fraction of a millimeter below the bezel. It makes the glass stronger and keeps it scratch-free.
Huawei has been often criticized for being thick (with a thickness of 11.3mm), but regular watches are not slim either, so it doesn't really matter. The back cover of the watch is covered with the heart-rate sensor.
Overall, the Huawei watch is one of the best-looking watches built like a traditional looking watch. The steel bracelet design weighs about 130 gram which feels alright, but the leather strap version is absolutely lighter.
Overall, Colors are vibrant, text appears invigorating, and it still holds up pretty well under bright lights. However, Huawei's rivals do have the edge over display functionality and features, if we talk about it in general.
It doesn't have an ambient light sensor, so you always have to adjust the brightness according to your surrounding which could potentially be a turn-off for you if you're going to wear the watch on a daily basis.
Since it's an Android Smartwatch, therefore, Google Fit is pre-loaded on the watch and does all the tasks it does on other Google-powered smartwatches. But, Huawei has selected to have a crack at the fitness front too with the watch being pre-loaded with the Daily Tracking app (to compete with Apple's watch).
The daily tracking app works similar to the other apps, but it has slightly better graphics which you'll definitely find attractive and something to boast about. Like other apps, once you enter your personal metrics. it will keep track of your steps, calories burn and a number of times you stand up during a day.
Huawei features optical heart rate tracker feature, but like its competitors, its also not worth it. It's kinda accurate but not dependable feature to check BPM, since it will only count a pulse of the still wrist which is a worthless feature to measure active heart pulse.
Overall, the Huawei Watch is the best Android Wear smartwatch on the market with its sleek design and beautiful build quality. The work has definitely to be done because the watch lacks GPS, the heart rate monitor isn't accurate
- Amazingly good looking smartwatch with traditional wrist watch looks.
- Compatible with most devices an iOS 8.2 or Android 4.3 or later operating system.
- Waterproof watch, so you don't have to remove it often.
- The price has been dropped, but still it's pricey for its functionalities.
- No GPS feature and the heart-rate trackers is pretty inaccurate, so it's a turn off if you're considering it as an assistant for running and health.
2. Apple Watch Series 2 - Best Smartwatch For iPhone!
OS: watchOS 3 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.53" OLED | Processor: S2 dual-core | Onboard storage: 8GB | Charging method: Wireless | Battery: 2 days | IP rating: IPX7 | GPS: Yes
Apple watch series 2 is the most successful version of smartwatches around. Apple watch series 2 focus on health, fitness and has worked on the downsides of the original - lack of GPS, lack of proper waterproofing, slow operation, and short battery life.
Apple watch 2 is pretty much identical to the original version, but it's fraction thicker than the one which you might not notice until you see both of them next to each other. The design wasn't a problem either in the original version, so it does make sense for changing the design.
Unlike its rivals, its a square watch with rounded glass edges. The square glass edges help to swipe up, down, right and left from the edge to give extra shortcuts. Like the previous version, the digital crown still works as a zooming in and zooming out button, and also a general navigator.
In Apple watch series 2, the button underneath the Digital Crown has been reclaimed from an ineffective shortcut to contacts and on/off switch, and to a better way to scroll through the new apps dock. This iWatch is available in various colors Silver, Space Grey Gold, and Rose Gold. On top of that, you can opt for one of two sizes 38mm and 42mm
The Huawei Watch features a 1.4-inch AMOLED display with 400x400 pixel of resolution and density of 286ppi, so it's not as sharp as the 302ppi smaller 1.2-inch 360x360 pixel display of the Samsung Gear S2 and S3 (Which we've reviewed after the Huawei's smartwatch).
Though the size of the display and the resolution of Watch 2 is same, but there is an improvement in the brightness of the screen which helps you to see the watch even on the sunniest day. As we said before, Apple watch 2 is completely water resistance, so you can take it on the beach, but we still don't recommend wearing it while scuba driving.
The built-in GPS enables the watch to perform mapping functions. The watch is also now implemented with a dual-core processor, so it's stated to be 50 percent faster than the original - which we needed for sure. You can keep track of your fitness activities like like heart pulse, and also keeps track of workout activities.
It has 8GB of storage and features a 246 mAh which stays up with you for almost a day during your daily routine (18 hours backup). You can use the watch for voice calls, and the speaker is loud enough to have a quality conversation with someone. There is a voice recognition feature for picking up the sound quickly which helps to talk with Siri easily and to open the applications with voice command.
It might not be a perfect watch, but it does the job accurately, and with improvement in the new version, the Apple has managed to make it stand out from the crowd. So, our alternative top pick for the Best Smartwatch 2017 is, "Apple Watch Series 2."
- Good performance with improvement in overall technology as compared to old version.
- A range of useful apps for keeping track of daily activity which you'll find addicting.
- Waterproof watch, so you don't have to remove it often.
- Apple watches are overpriced, this is definitely a concern.
- iPhone dependent. To access certain features it does require iPhone, so if you don't own an iPhone, then think twice, because you might miss a lot of functions if you're an Android user.
3. Samsung Gear S3 - Best Android Smartwatch
OS: Tizen OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.3" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED | Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery: 2 days | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IP68 | GPS: Yes
It's been over a year since the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch went live, and it was a hit in the market. Now, Samsung is back with Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier, which costs around 300$.
Like in previous models, we have reviewed, Samsung Gear 3 is n't completely waterproof. It withstands a 30-minute dunk in about 5 feet of water, so it's definitely not a swim watch, but still it gives a peace of mind when a person is around bathtubs and sinks.
There are two models of Samsung Gear S3 - S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. As the name suggests, S3 is a classical looking smartwatch whereas S3 frontier is more of an outdoor wrist smartwatch. But overall there is not much of a difference. You can pick either of these two models, depending on your choice.
Like Samsung Gear S2, S3 Gear (Both watches) have two buttons and a rotating bezel, but they both look different on each model. Unlike other smartwatches , you can use pretty much any 22mm strap with both gear S3 watches, so you don't necessarily have to stick with a particular color.
There are plenty of leather straps available online in different colors. The watch rocks every color and stands out of the crowd if you're matching it with your outfit.
However, unluckily, Samsung gear S3 watches are thicker in diameter, unlike previous model Gear S2 which was 46mm in diameter. This is the biggest turn-off of Gear S3 since big watches doesn't look nice on females. We would suggest ladies stick with S2 only.
Overall, there is not much of a difference in Samsung Gear S2 and Samsung Gear S3. The design has been improved a bit, and both the versions are sexier and classical, but diameter still haunts me. If your wrist is small or you're a female, then you might have to stick with Gear S2, or you can go with other models.
Samsung S3 Gear has super AMOLED full color display, and the resolution has been improved. The large screen helps to look at the icons and other stuff on the screen. Like Gear 2, it has rotating vezel which helps to operate all the functions like increasing or decreasing volume by rotating the vezel clock and anti-clock wise.
The vezel lets you search through the apps with minimum fumbling. You can instantly dial to all the hub functions such as contacts, recent messages, weather, health stats, and so on. In short, it's like a mouse and you can operate the watch with it easily and quickly.
The watch has impressive speakerphone and Mike. I was able to have a clear conversation while jogging and outing without looking alike I'm barking at the watch.
The Gear S3 is water, dust, extreme temperatures resistant, and comes with durable Gorilla glass so that it doesn't break down quickly. The built-in GPS keeps track of your activity and makes it easy to share your location. Moreover, you can make payments with Samsung Pay at anyplace by tapping or swapping the card.
The Frontier G3 is an LTE version, so you don't have to depend on any phone, but unfortunately classical version of G3 doesn't support LTE. And, another noticeable feature is "wireless charging," you can go wireless for charging your smartwatch.
- Good looking smartwatches with nice functions.
- Compatible with all Android versions.
- The size is definitely bulky for people with small wrists.
4. LG Watch Sport - Best Sports Smartwatch
OS: Android Wear 2.0 | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.38" OLED | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery: A day | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IP68 | GPS: Yes
Google announced two LG-made smartwatches as a part of its Android Wear 2.0 operating system release. LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport are those two models, and out both of them, LG watch sport makes it to the list.
LG Watch style is better in terms of Aesthetics but other than that it's not impressive at all. For the price point, LG watch style doesn't bring anything to the table, so we find LG watch sport a better option.
LG Watch Sport looks wise is good; however, it's definitely not as good as Samsung Gear S3 or Huawei watch. The design is very straightforward, nothing much is going on, unlike Gear S3. It is very thick in size and has a diameter of 51.2mm which makes it look horrible on small size wrists.
LG Watch Sport features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and resolution of 480 x 480. When compared to Gear S3, the display is a bit sharp, but it doesn't really make such of a difference.
LG Watch Sport messed up with the band system. It has fixed band which is a deal breaker. Although the band is rigged, but it feels rubbery, and color might pale of over the time. Imagine spending more than 300$ on a watch, and you can't even change the straps. horrible.
Features and Performance
This is one of few watches that feature LTE connection. You can insert the sim card on the back side and would be able to receive calls and use data without being dependent on your phone. It has IP68 rating which makes it water resistant up to 1.5 meter deep up to 30 minutes.
Since it features Android web2.0, therefore, its filled with a lot of functionalities which doesn't make it less than a tracker. It has the always-on screen which you can turn off and on manually from the watch.
It has 2 buttons and a crown. The top button is used for checking fitness activities like step counter and calories burned, and the bottom button is used to make payment through your smartwatch. The crown is used to scroll the functions on the screen which works smooth.
The battery life falls between a day or two. It will be more dependent on how you use it. If you receive more notifications, then you will have to charge it every day, and it also takes 2 hours to get fully charged.
- Excellent smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts.
- LTE connection, you can use data and receive calls (US only) without smartphone.
- Latest Android 2.0 operating system.
- The watch is big and bulky, not a good option for people with small wrists.
- Elastomer fixed straps, you can't change them.
- Battery gets drained quickly.
5. Motorola Moto 360 - Affordable Smartwatch!
OS: Android Wear | Compatibility: Android | Display: 1.56" Backlit LCD | Processor: TI OMAP 3 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Charging method: Wireless | Battery: 10 hours | IP rating: IPX7 | GPS: Yes
The next one in our list for high-quality smartwatch 2017 is Motorola Moto 360. It is one of the top smartwatches under budget. It costs less than 200$ and performs pretty well. If your budget is less than 200$ or around, then you need to look at this smartwatch.
This was the first addition of smartwatches by Motorola, and so far it has been one of the finest smartwatches powered by Android Wear. The watch comes in multiple designs and colors, therefore, there is something for everyone.
Motorola 360 is a round shaped watch, and it truly stands out. However, it's all about taste, few people like round watches and few square watches, so if you don't want to purchase a round watch, then kindly look at the next watch.
It's definitely not the watch with the best resolution, but it's absolutely fine for a tiny screen; it seems pretty colorful and bright.
Since this watch is supported by android wear operating system thus this watch comfortably get along with the round screen of Motorola smartwatch, but still there are some flaws which we've discussed below.The interface of the smartwatch is excellent for the most part.
However, the text sometimes gets cut off at the corners, especially when scrolling through long lists like contacts, and messages. And, the tilt sides make the circular border look a touch spiky at particular angles, especially against a white background.
Since the watch is powered by Android Wear, therefore, rather than just displaying the time, Android Wear allows transmitting what's on your phone to your wrist smartwatch. If you enable it, then you'll see everything from emails, Twitter notifications to Google Now cards popping up on the watch.
Moto 360 has an ambient mode which always keeps on the apps like maps, fitness, or to-do lists running in full screen, helping extend battery life while maintaining your details and keeping everything ready for the very first glance itself.
Additionally, it has voice control feature that makes it straightforward and easy to get things done, even when you're driving. You can set a reminder, make voice calls, send texts, or check the weather, all with just your voice. It has heart pulse measuring feature, and to test the pulse you've to hold your wrist in a quiet position for the sensor to read your beats per minute, and it only takes a few seconds
Talking about battery performance, Motorola advertises that it's a 320mAh battery however it's actually a 300mAh size, because of the small size of the watch and Motorola itself has claimed it later. If you're going to use watch often with ambient screen mode on, then it will last for like 9-10 hours which is considerably a drawback of this watch.
But, if you'll use it for important tasks only, then it will last long for around 12 hours which is good, but still not excellent, right? Overall, its performance is good, but not excellent like above mentioned watch, but still, it does justice for the price.
- An affordable smartwatch from a branded company
- Powered by Android Wear which makes it stand out from its competitors.
- Battery life isn't dependable. You've to avoid using it all the time if you want it to last for around 10 hours.
6. Fitbit Blaze - Best Fitness Smartwatch
Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows | Display: 1.25" LCD | Processor: Unknown | Charging method: Wireless | Battery: 5 Days | IP rating: IP67 | GPS: Connected GPS
Fitbit has established itself as the best fitness smartwatches over the past few years, and there is no doubt that, if you're looking for a fitness tracking smartwatch, then Fitbit could be the most suitable brand for you. Not only they are cheap in prices, but they provide quality, and that's the only reason they had huge success, and Fitbit smartwatches made a lot of Hype in the last couple of years.
So, the new edition from Fitbit is "Fitbit blaze smart fitness watch" which is the top selling smartwatch on Amazon, so far, and will continue to dominate because this is a revolutionary smartwatch, built to track your workouts.
The Fitbit blaze is versatile looking smartwatch although I don't really like the design as compared to other listed smartwatches, but hey, it's not bad at all. In fact, people have no complaints regarding the design, but for whatever reason, I (the editor) don't find it superior.
There is an improvement in the new model, the dorky black plastic bands now have been replaced with leather straps/bands which enhances the overall experience when you're wearing the watch.
The improved design is slightly thinner, and extremely light which makes it super comfortable to wear all day without sweating and itching feel on the wrist.
The display, i.e., panel of watch is 1.25-inch which is considerably good in size. It's absolutely touch screen, so you can wipe through the options from the screen itself. The brightness is pretty sick, and provides good experience to the users.
The two buttons on the right-side are used for selecting options during mid-workout, especially when your fingers get sweaty and the left button is a back key.
Like Motorola 360, it doesn't have always on-screen feature, so the screen will go black when you're not using it (for battery saving purpose). On the Blaze itself, there are options for Today (today's stats), Exercise (bike, elliptical, run, and other), FitStar (set workout plans) and few other settings.
Fitbit is powerhouse of features. We wouldn't be able to cover all the features, but we will definitely try to highlight important and some cool features which define the quality of Fitbit Blaze watch.
PurePulse constant heart rate and multi-sport modes enhance every exercise experience, whereas next-generation features like Connected GPS and FitStar works on your wrist which helps you to take your fitness to the next level.
All-day activity, sleep tracking, call, text & calendar notifications help you track your day with ease. Moreover, the interchangeable band and frames and customizable clock face on the hi-res color touchscreen let you personalize your style for every occasion.
How effective the tracking system is?
it's still not the most advanced sleep tracking set-up, but it's pretty accurate in tracking sleeping and steps of the day. And, with the Fitbit Charge HR, it automatically recognizes exercise and tracks it automatically, which works pretty well.
The "Bike and Run" functions use Connected GPS to record distance, speed and all that stuff, and we had not faced any problem with it. You can also use this option without connecting to GPS, as it can track the activity through the arm, but it's not the most accurate without GPS.
As we earlier mentioned in our article, Heart-Pulse tracking systems are really not accurate, but you can get the job done using Chest strap with your smartwatch, but Blaze doesn't support ANT+ or Bluetooth straps.
Overall, the Fitbit app is excellent. It's easy to use and precise, it proposes adequate data without feeling awful, and the sync between smartphone and watch is pretty bulletproof, we never faced connection issues.
Fitbit ensures five days of battery life from the Blaze, which is unquestionably true. Even with tracked workouts, the Blaze remained alive for five days after the initial charge. It's pretty impressive as compared to all other smartwatches, thus stands out really well.
- Fitbit Blaze automatically syncs to 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices
- Fitbit Blaze is sweat, rain and splash proof, however it is not a swim proof watch.
- Battery life is just amazing. It stays alive for 5 days even on tracking functions
- The display is unresponsive; you can't see the notifications from popular apps like Whatsapp
- There is No GPS without smartphone, so if you don't have smartphone with you, then you've to face problems.
- The vessels around the screen are very annoying.
7. Pebble Time Steel - Cheapest Smartwatch
Compatibility: Android/iOS | Display: 1.25" LCD | Processor: ARM Cortex M4 | Charging method: USB Cable | Battery: 7 Days | IP rating: ISO 22810 | GPS: No
Pebble is an old brand that established it over the period. Not only they maintained the standards and quality, but they also conceived the ideas of long-lasting smartwatches. But, now, Pebble has been acquired by the fitbit.
Pebble wont be making its own hardware, but Fitbit will continue to use pebble's software. So, according to us, it's a win-win situation for both the company and the customers. Fitbit is a brand itself, so you can expect some good looking smartwatches from them in near future.
This watch is our last edition to the "best smartwatches 2017," but we will definitely keep on updating our article with better alternatives.
Tine Steel is the upgrade version of the "Time" version. There are few improvements in the new version, but for this section, we will stick to the design.
The substantial visible difference between the Time and Time Steel is the added metal. The watch case is constructed of marine-grade stainless steel which feels much nicer against the skin.
The Pebble Time Steel is 1.25 inches screen, and has 144 x 168 resolution. Its size is unquestionably smaller than other Android watches, and Apple watch, but for its price, that's not bad. The 2.5D glass layered over the top, provides it a more curvaceous look when you look at it from an angle.
With a new color e-paper screen and comfortable ergonomic design, the Pebble time steel smartwatch is a good companion for outdoor activities.
For navigation, there are three buttons on the right of the display and a single button on the left. Opposite the Time, the old version, the buttons are significantly improved and less stiff to press due to the extra 1mm thickness in steel.
The smartwatch is available in various colors like Red, black, and silver. Personally, I prefer silver color, because it looks more elegant, and we had a good time with it when we received the review unit.
Well, there is a mere improvement in the area of software by Pebble, but it's definitely not a shocking improvement. You can pair the watch with iOS and Android as well (A premium feature that most of the smartwatches don't have). Thus, if you love using both OS, then you should definitely purchase this watch.
Pebble timeline adds the calendar to your wrist in a simple yet efficient manner. Events, notifications, missed calls - all the moments that matter, organized together. Review what's happened and see what's ahead, all at a single glance.
The noticeable feature between Time and Time Steel is "Battery Life." Whether you’re managing your packed weekly schedule, or getting out of town for a long weekend, a full charge powers you for over a week.
Though the Pebble advertises 10 days of battery life, but that's not the case. With minimal use and tweaks in the watch's settings, it stays live for a 7 or 8 days, but still, it's a plenty of time.
Pebble Health app allows you to automatically track steps and sleep seamlessly, with daily stats that appear on you timeline, and weekly graphs to show trends. The Time Steel has quick-release bands so that you can customize the looks of your Time Steel quickly with bands of other colors.
The Pebble Time Steel is water resistant to 30M. You can go for swimming and shower with this watch, and it will continue to work without any problem. The old version didn't have a microphone, but Time Steel do have it. You can take voice input to answer texts, add items to the timeline, or take quick voice notes.
- Improved design makes it more user-friendly, and ergonomics of Time Steel is pretty much comfortable.
- Battery life is just amazing. It stays alive for 7 days with normal use.
- Kinda expensive for what it offers (No GPS, and No voice call features).
- Time Steel can't be charged wirelessly.
Smartwatch Buyer's Guide
If you want a wrist gadget for the fitness purpose then we would recommend you getting tracker instead. Check here our list of best fitness tracker 2017.
The above reviews of best smartwatch are excellent for making up your mind. These smartwatches are good in their respective category. However, there few more things to consider before you spend your money on this wearable gadget.
From popular apps, displaying notifications to fitness tracking functions, the smartwatch companies have done an outstanding job. They have targeted different categories of people ranging from business people to fitness freaks.
Though our list is based on our personal experiences and choice, things might vary for you. So, it's important to know what could be the suitable smartwatch for you under your budget. So, keep the following points in mind while shopping, be it offline or online.
- Device Compatibility
- Battery Life
Should You Purchase a Smartwatch?
Keep one thing in mind; you're purchasing it as a wearable device, not a lifetime device that you would be wearing all the time. Smartwatches' look and the trend is continuously changing so make sure pick the one that suits you the most.
The companies are heated up to manufacture one of the best smartwatches which "is" and "will" be a good thing for the consumers - We will be getting more stuff.
This is the recent list of best smartwatches ; we wouldn't be we surprised even if the entire list gets changed as we already have removed a couple of smartwatches from our list and added better one in their place.
It's more of a fashion statement because it's a wearable device, but it's certainly a worth it gadget for people as it has a lot more than just serving you the time
Final Words - Wrapping it Up
Smartwatches are the most trending wearable gadgets, but most importantly, it provides the value to the user. Our top pick would be Huawei and Apple Watch Series 2, but if you're not a big fan of Apple, then Samsung Gear S3 is an excellent alternative to it. Everyone has got different budget, so we've reviewed various smartwatches fitting everyone's budget.
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