The smart watch speaker has a water removal system. The display identifies the degree of pressing with Force Touch technology. You can unlock your computer using the macOS Sierra without a password. The device is water resistant. In addition, the watch supports the headset mode.
It works only with iOS.
If you adore the Apple products, this first-class sports watch is just for you. It is perfect to keep fit and take care of your health.
1.65", OLED, Touchscreen, 312 x 390
Operating System: Watch OS 3
Compatible OS: iOS 8.3, and newer
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
Sensors: Heart rate sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
Ion-X glass, Water resistance up to 50 m
The display is of a very high quality. You have a wide choice of different dials. One of the buttons is programmable. Thanks to the HyperCharge fast charging technology, you can increase the battery charge from 0% to 60% in just 15 minutes.
No heart rate monitor.
An Italian leather strap and classic watch design will match any style.
1.39", AMOLED, Touchscreen, 400 x 400
Operating System: Android Wear
Compatible OS: Android 4.3, iOS 8, and newer
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Sensors: 6-Axis (G + A), Ambient light sensor
A Scratch-resistant Display, IP67 Resistance Rate
340 mAh, 2 days
The smart watch determines and scores your activity when you are running, cycling or just walking. You can control the player via your smart watch. This model even has sleep detection. The battery charge time is about 1 hour.
The display is not clear under the sun.
This is a very compact smartwatch with a thoughtful display shape for better positioning.
1.5", Super AMOLED, tonneau, 216 x 432
Operating System: Tizen
Compatible OS: Android 4.4, and newer
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS
Sensors: Heart rate sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope
IP68 Resistance Rate
200 mAh, 5 days
There are special holes for ventilation and sweat removal on the strap. The smart watch offers enough internal memory for downloading your favourite music.
When used with iOS, the watch functionality is not full.
If you have an Android smartphone and are into sport, this multifunctional smart watch is just for you.
1.37", LCD, Touchscreen, 360 x 325
Operating System: Android Wear
Compatible OS: Android 4.3, iOS 8.2 and newer
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Sensors: Aarometric altimeter, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration, Haptics engine
IP67 Resistance Rate
300 mAh, 1 day
Due to the IPS matrix, the display has excellent viewing angles. The "OK Google" function can activate the watch. The LG smartwatch supports Google Now and a lot of additional programmes.
This is an attractive smartwatch for a reasonable price. The accessory has all the necessary functions for efficient work with different notifications.
1.65", IPS, Touchscreen, 280 x 280
Operating System: Android Wear
Compatible OS: Android 4.3, and newer
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
IP67 Resistance Rate
400 mAh, 36 hours
What is a Smart Watch
A smartwatch is a well-designed computerised wristwatch with a great number of useful features. Nowadays, the best smartwatches function as portable media players, providing audio and video playback to a user via Bluetooth earphones. These models are often called 'watch phones'. They feature full cell phone capabilities, and can easily make or answer phone calls. Besides, this gadget can connect to Android or iOS devices and run popular mobile apps. It also can be used as a navigator, a portable media player, a fitness tracker or a messenger.
If you are in search of a decent high-performing smartphone as well, make sure to read the review of the best iPhone models.
What Features to Compare
When choosing a smartwatch, we recommend you to pay attention to its Design. If you think that all important parts are hidden inside a housing you are quite wrong. Find out everything about the material and display characteristics first hand. Most watches are made of plastic, but some of them are made of metal - these are more durable, of course. Also, the displays are different - some of them are monochrome but the vast majority of smart watches have colour LCD screens that give a fantastic image quality.
The next step to make is to consider the Functions every smartwatch has. You must know precisely what devices a smart watch is compatible with in order not to waste your money. Also, check what tasks a watch can cope with. A decent item worth buying should be able to manage SMS and calls, to let you browse the Internet, to use some popular apps (like iTunes on Apple devices, for example), and so on. Some smart watches can even guide you to the place you're going to (in case navigation is supported). Also, the best smartwatches can be used as fitness trackers - they will measure your heart rate, body temperature, and so on.
Watch is worn on the wrist and that's why it's prone to be damaged, particularly if you're doing some sports. That's why a good smart watch has to ensure the high level of Protection. First of all, a good smartwatch must be either water-resistant or waterproof, so that you can swim and even dive without taking the watch off your wrist. Also, some models boast special glass coating (Gorilla Glass, for instance).
Finally, you must remember to check the Battery Life of every smart watch. These gadgets are small which means they have quite low-capacity batteries. And you wouldn't like to recharge the watch every day, would you? That's why you'd better choose a gadget that will work for 1-2 days without a recharge. That's why some companies use e-Paper displays on their smart watches - these have a low energy consumption and give you up to 5-7 days of non-stop operation; of course, there's a drawback of e-Paper screens - they are monochrome and have a slower response time.
Apple Watch Series 2
First Class Sport Watch
Soon after the presentation of a new iPhone 7, the market has witnessed a release of the upgraded Apple smart watches that became the leading product in the market for months already. We must agree, the Watch Series 2 is totally great.
Taking a quick look at the watch it is easy to jump to the wrong conclusion it isn't much different from the previous model - it has the same screen and the same diagonal length. However, this is where all similarities end. The new model has gained a cutting-edge Ion-X screen made of sapphire crystal that besides giving it a very attractive glossy surface helps extend the service life of the screen. In addition, as the display now uses the Force Touch technology, it is able to call up less or more apps in accordance with pressure you apply to the screen. The watchOS software has also been updated to the third version.
It is fair to take a note of the extended list of functions this new model of watches supports. Besides the standard apps found in the majority of smartwatches and fitness trackers, the Watch Series 2 offers a new training mode for swimming. Wearing this watch, you can immerse in water 50 meters deep and track your activity underwater, building your stamina and monitoring your route.
ASUS Zenwatch 3
Designed in a classic round shape, the Asus Zenwatch 3 catches attention in an instant. The round display with a stainless steel rim is beautifully accentuated by a genuine Italian leather watchband, which matches perfectly just about any outfit, including business suits. The top button is programmable and allows you to access quickly any app or function you need. The button in the middle is used to switch between the operating modes, while the lower one serves as an instant switch to an energy-saving mode (you can refer the manual to find out more details on the use of the buttons).
The Asus Zenwatch 3 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 12 MB RAM to provide flawless performance and quick response. There are about 50 visual themes to customize the watch face and a number of additional functions to keep track of your activity, count calories burnt, check the pulse rate, etc. In addition to the standard set of functions, the watch allows for camera control, provides information about the phone location, and has a flashlight function.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Convenient and Functional
The Gear Fit 2 fitness bracelet by Samsung is the upgraded version of the Gear Fit produced back in 2014. The new model has the same tonneau dial shape. The strap is very comfortable to wear and fits wrist sizes from 6 inches to 8.3 inches.
Talking about the Gear Fit 2 features, we'd like to draw your attention to the GPS which allows the watch to send your activity data in real time directly on your smartphone even if you leave it at home. The Bluetooth function provides an option to connect the watch to wireless headphones for listening to music on the move. As compared to the previous model, there's one more improvement that should definitely be mentioned. Unlike the original Gear Fit, the new version is compatible with many other brands besides Samsung that run on the Android OS (minimum the 4.4 version and 1.5 GB of RAM).
All settings of the watch can be customized in a Gear Manager application available for free on the Play Market. What we like about this app is that all configurations and changes you do in the watch are saved to the archive for your further use. All in all, this watch bracelet is exceptionally well balanced and can easily compete with much more expensive rivals.
Motorola Moto 360 Sport
For Active People
The Motorola Moto 360 Sport smartwatch is designed specifically for those users who take sports seriously and need a comfy accessory to wear on hand. This watch has a hypoallergenic rubber bracelet with special holes for better ventilation and effective sweat removal. The black strap has IP67 protection and therefore can be washed under water after intense workouts in the gym. The 1.37-inch display uses a special AnyLight technology that allows the watch to show the data on screen without glare even in the direct sunshine. The watch works on quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz frequency, 512 MB RAM, and 4 GB memory. The built-in GPS module enables the watch to track your geolocation without a smartphone. Similarly to most other smartwatches available for sale, this one works fine with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, including wireless headphones, so you can pair it with any one of them to use the maximum capabilities of your watch.
Everything You Need
The functionality of the LG W100 watch isn't as rich as in more expensive models, however, we don't recommend you to judge too quickly. Taking into consideration the low price of the watch, it can become a decent purchase for those consumers who aren't ready to invest in too costly things and need a simple watch with a basic set of features.
This watch comes with an IPS touchscreen LCD display that allows for hands-free operation. You will also be able to use voice commands to check the needed data on the screen. Once you download the Android Wear mobile application, you will get access to your activity data from your phone. The watch functionality can be further extended by adding more third-party apps so that it's possible to include more data to display on the screen. In addition to standard SMS and email alerts, the LG W100 allows you to receive notifications from other social networks.
The LG W100 watch has a built-in 400 mAh battery, which provides operating time up to 3-4 days. Not so bad for a basic watch, is it?
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