Want to replace your traditional watch with a smartwatch? Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the best smartwatches for Android and iPhone users in 2019.
Types of smartwatches
As technology evolved, the digital watches and smartwatches were invented to act as more than a simple time teller. They’re like an extension of smartphones, keeping you connected at all times, making sure you immediately receive messages and notifications. They can be used as fitness trackers, to track your heart rate, sleep, exercise, and more. Now many people prefer to buy smartwatches, but there are a few things that should be considered before making your decision.
The most important thing you have to consider is compatibility. In general, there are three types of smartwatches in the market.
- Apple Watch: Designed and sold by Apple, it’s iPhone only
- Wear OS watches: Google’s Wear OS operating system (supports iOS), designed and sold by many vendors
- Tizen watches: Proprietary operating system designed by Samsung for its popular Galaxy line of smartwatches, support both Android and iOS
Make sure to buy a smartwatch that is compatible with your phone.
Best smartwatches for iPhone
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple Watch is the king of smartwatches. The Apple Watch Series 4 is the latest generation of Apple’s smartwatches, available in GPS only or GPS and Cellular models. It has a more advanced processor, a much bigger display that makes full use of the case size, and also features a sophisticated health sensor that allows users to measure their own ECG. The watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, with an option to add LTE for an extra $100.
Apple Watch Series 3
Compared to the newest Apple Watch, the Series 3 is a more affordable smartwatch option for iPhone users starting at $279. It has smaller size (38mm, 42mm), but also has a heart rate monitor, GPS, 8GB of storage with offline support for Apple Music playlists, and the smartwatch is waterproof up to 50 meters for swim-tracking. Though it has much thicker bezels than the Series 4, it’s a good alternative as it saves you at least $120.
Best Android smartwatches
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
The Galaxy Watch Active is a great smartwatch and fitness tracker that sells at a cheaper price than the standard Galaxy Watch devices. Its lightweight and simple design makes it better for working out and wearing to bed than previous models. It also features a variety of stylish straps that are suitable for every occasion. Galaxy Watch Active comes with an integrated heart rate monitor that will send instant alerts when an abnormal heart rate is detected. It can also read detect stress levels, and you can take Breath Session to bring you back in balance. This smartwatch works on both Android and iOS phones.
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
If you’re interested in wearing a smartwatch but have a limited budget, then the TicWatch S2 from Mobvoi could be for you. It does everything you’d expect of a WearOS smartwatch, including heart-rate tracking, GPS, and Google Pay, but costs significantly less, starting at $179.
Huawei Watch GT
The Huawei Watch GT is a mix between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. It has smartwatch functions like basic system apps, heart-rate sensor, GPS, and calls and messages notifications. However, it can’t run third-party apps and has no personalized watch faces. What’s most impressive is the long battery life that allegedly can last for 30 days.