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Top 40 Best Smartwatches 2017

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Best smartwatches 2017 - the ultimate list!

Looking for the best smartwatches of 2017? Look no further. We’ve created a huge, detailed list of the best smartwatches in 2017 to help you in your search.

Over the last two years, there has been an explosion in the number of smartwatches brought to market. The good news with regards to that recent explosion is that there’s now lots of choice. The bad news is that sifting through the good, the exceptional and the downright rubbish smartwatches is not always an easy task. That task is made even harder when you consider that many smartwatches do the same things, and for those that are marketed as unique, it is often only a single feature that separates them from the rest of the pack.

To help you in your search, we’ve compiled the ultimate best smartwatch list for you, with 40 smartwatches from eight categories to choose from. We’ve picked our favourites from the Men’s, Women’s, Android Wear, Hybrid, Standalone, Luxury, Running and Battery life smartwatch categories, to make sure there’s a variety of choice and that we have smartwatches of different talents on our list. Quite simply, it’s the best smartwatch list on the web!

So, without further ado, let’s begin. Enjoy!
 

Best Smartwatches for Men

If you have been looking on temptingly at the smartwatch market these last few years, it’s fair to say that you have done well not to pull the trigger and buy one so far. The likes of Motorola, Samsung and Apple have all launched excellent smartwatches, and even Swiss watchmakers Breitling and TAG Heuer have gotten in on the action with smartwatches that are, for all intents and purposes, aimed solely at men.

In fact, most smartwatches are aimed at men, which is understandable given the stereotype that men are more interested in tech than women. But the main reason the smartwatch market has grown as it has is because smartphones have lost momentum. We have now reached what is known in the tech world as ‘peak smartphone’, a place in the smartphone’s lifecycle where devices are as good as they can get. Sure, OEMs can release phones with bigger screens and faster processors, but we’ve seen it all before.

There’s nothing new, and that’s boring. Smartwatches meanwhile are new and they offer an exciting new way for us to interact with our digital lives.
 

Samsung Gear S2



Forget everything you have heard about Samsung smartwatches to date – the Gear S2 is one of the best smartwatches in the world and it makes a real statement on the wrist. This is a unisex watch, but we think it suits men better than it suits women overall.

There are two versions of this watch, the Standard and the Classic, however they both have the same internals and features. The Classic is more of a dress watch with a glossy steel body and the Standard is more an outdoors watch with a matte body that’s slightly thicker.

The Samsung Gear S2 is compatible with Android devices running 4.4 or higher and at CES 2016 it was announced it’ll support iOS devices in the future. The Gear S2’s user experience is dominated by a unique rotating bezel that gives you quick access to applications. You still get a display - a 1.2-inch round Super AMOLED unit with 326 ppi – but you can rotate the bezel to do things like check fitness stats or open a calendar. It’s a really cool way to use a smartwatch. The Gear S2 is also IP67 certified so it’s water resistant and dust proof, and it runs Tizen (Samsung’s own operating system) as opposed to Android Wear.


HUAWEI Watch

HUAWEI may not be the best known brand in the UK, but they are in fact the largest telecommunications manufacturer in the world and their smartwatch, the HUAWEI Watch, is one of the best smartwatches in the world. It looks great with its full round screen and the face choices are impressive. We particularly like the black-plated case and the rose gold one.

The Watch is compatible with iOS and Android smartwatches. It runs Android Wear in its pure form, with the only customisation in the form of some neat HUAWEI-developed watch faces. The screen is 1.4-inches and it’s an AMOLED unit with a 400 x 400 (286 ppi) resolution. That display is protected by sapphire crystal. The case measures 42mm and the device connects to your phone by Bluetooth LE or Wi-Fi. With moderate use and with the face on all of the time, you will get a day and a half from its 300mAh battery.

Above all else the HUAWEI Watch is exceptionally well made. HUAWEI have gone to great lengths to make a classy and luxurious watch that doesn’t cost the earth.


Motorola Moto 360 2nd gen



With five-star or four-star reviews across the board, the Motorola Moto 360 2nd gen is one of the best men’s smartwatches around. It’s available as a 46mm (the bigger version is chunkier, best suited to men) or 42mm and there’s also a Sport version with built-in GPS and a moulded silicone shell. For the sake of clarity, we are going to cover the regular Moto 360 below. Click here to find out more about the 360 Sport.

The Moto 360 2nd gen is compatible with iOS and Android devices. The face is dominated by a 1.37-inch IPS LCD display on the smaller watch and a 1.56-inch display on the larger option. They boast a pixels-per-inch count of 263 and 233 respectively and colours really pop on them and text is pin sharp. The watch packs a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor so the operating system, Android Wear, runs really smoothly and the case is made from the finest stainless steel which oozes quality. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and like the Samsung Gear S2 listed above, the 360 2nd gen boasts IP67 certification.

Stylish and really well made, the 360 is a smartwatch you can count on to turn heads and get people talking.


Mondaine Helvetica 1



Mondaine are best-known for their iconic Swiss railway watches but their Helvetica line, which is inspired by the Helvetica font, is arguably as special. Mondaine have released a few different versions of the Helvetica but it’s the Helvetica 1 you want for smartwatch features.

The Mondaine Helvetica 1 is a 44mm analogue smartwatch powered by MotionX. It has arguably the nicest design of all the smartwatches on our list with a sleek stainless steel case that’s also available in gold and black courtesy of ion plating. The Helvetica 1 boasts a 2-year battery life and has two dials; one to tell the time and one to give you a visual indication as to your daily fitness progress (it will tell you how close you are to meeting your step count).


Nixon Mission


The Nixon Mission has flown under most people’s radar this year, but make no mistake this has the potential to be one heck of a smartwatch. Nixon is calling the Mission the “world’s first ultra-rugged, action sports smartwatch”, taking a clear swipe at the excellent Casio WSD-F10. It is powered by the super-fast Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-chip and has water resistance to 100-metres.

The case is a mixture of tough polycarbonate and stainless steel and the round AMOLED display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The Nixon Mission comes on a rugged orange silicone strap or it can be had with a black or grey strap. Personally, we like the orange one.

Nixon has also developed their own app for the Mission powered by Surfline and Snocountry, two services that will provide users with live conditions at a glance on the wrist.

Nixon have really talked their first smartwatch up with their claims of ruggedness, and at first glance the Mission certainly looks to be a tough cookie. It’s interesting that Nixon has decided to market their watch to surfers and snowboarders and skiers first and foremost, but the Mission is stylish enough for desk divers too.

Read More: Top 10 Mens Smartwatches 2017
 

Best Smartwatches for Women

When it comes to smartwatches for women, we’ll admit there’s not a huge variety to choose from right now. To make a case in point, walk into a shoe store and you’ll find dozens of boots, dozens of heels, dozens of flats and plenty of accessories to try on. Walk into any high street electronics store, and you’ll probably find an Apple Watch on display, select FitBit and Pebble products but little else. That’s where we are at right now as the high street reacts to a new and developing market.

The good news, however, is that while there isn’t an awful lot of choice out there in the stores there is much more online and the options you do have available to you are really rather special indeed. In this article, we’re going to introduce you to five smartwatches that are perfect for women – only devices that we feel are good smartwatches overall have made this list, so rest assured we aren’t selling you short here.


LG Watch Style



The LG Watch Style has a delightful design. The slim, minimalist aluminium case houses a vibrant 1.2-inch P-OLED 360 x 360 display, which has a pixel density of 299ppi (that’s higher than you’ll find in the Apple Watch Series 2 or HUAWEI Watch 2).

This smartwatch also has a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which is much faster than the 400 series, and it has an IP67 water and dust rating.

The result of all this? The LG Watch Style is a lovely thing to wear and use. Android Wear 2.0 (which is the latest version of Android Wear) runs faultlessly and the 1.2-inch P-OLED display is a stunner. This is also one of the slimmest smartwatches on the market, with a 10.79mm thickness and similarly slender 18mm bands, which are available in both leather or silicone.

The LG Watch Style also charges wirelessly (a magnetic charger is supplied in the box), and you will easily get 24-hours of use out of it. Add all these elements together, and what you have is one of the stand-out women’s smartwatches of 2017.
 

Michael Kors Access



The Michael Kors Access is an excellent women’s smartwatch. Not only is it incredibly well-made, but it has some of the best custom watch faces out there. It is also available in a huge range of finishes, and with several different leather and metal bands.

Looking at the specs, the Michael Kors Access has a Snapdragon 2100 CPU, 4GB of storage and a 1.4-inch display with as 320 x 290 resolution. That means that the Kors Access has a low-res display compared to the competition, and it also has relatively disappointing battery life based on reviews. Having said that, the Access looks great, and if you are concerned about battery life, simply choose the Hybrid smartwatch which has a 6-month battery life.

Michael Kors also has an activity tracker out if you are interested in that. It looks like a leather band (because it is one), but it has a pearl-effect charm which houses all the usual fitness-tracking sensors. So, Michael Kors has a product for every taste in new wearables.


Asus ZenWatch 3



The Asus ZenWatch 3 (or the WI503Q as it’s codenamed), is a stylish women’s smartwatch with decent battery life and a decent display. It has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a pixel density of 287 PPI. That isn’t the best on the market, but the ZenWatch 3’s display makes up for that with excellent colour reproduction and excellent outside performance.

Powered by Android Wear, with the Asus ZenWatch 3 you can run apps from your wrist and get push notifications from your smartphone. Of course, it also tracks your sleep and activity, to help you get more active. The companion app is intuitive and easy to use, and you can set daily, weekly or monthly goals to help you push yourself physically.

In terms of design, the Asus ZenWatch 3 is available in three designs: Black, Silver and Rose Gold. The Silver and Rose Gold versions are the sleekest. Each version comes with a leather band and Asus claims their smartwatch has the best build quality of any on the market. True or not, the ZenWatch 3 is certainly a looker and it’s a great all-round smartwatch.


HUAWEI Watch Elegant and HUAWEI Watch Jewel



The HUAWEI Watch is without doubt one of the best smartwatches in the world right now, and the Elegant and Jewel models released in January 2016 are real stunners.

The Elegant model has a Clous De Paris pattern (hundreds of hollowed lines) on the bezel and a gold case sitting on a pearl white leather strap. The Jewel model has a bezel encrusted with Swarovski Zirconia and a gold case on a sapphire blue leather strap. Both models really catch the eye, but for us the Jewel model is the nicer of the two. The original HUAWEI Watch’s excellent build quality shines through with these models too; the cases are finished perfectly and the glass protecting the display is actually a sapphire crystal.

In terms of technology, both watches have a 1.4-inch round AMOLED display with a 400 x 400 resolution and run Android Wear. There’s a 300mAh battery crammed into the case and users report a good two days battery life with normal use.


Samsung Gear S2 Rose Gold

A new addition to the Samsung Gear S2 range for January 2016, the rose gold Gear S2 is a really nice piece of kit. This particular model has an 18-carat rose gold plated stainless steel case and it sits on a white leather band, however there are other leather bands available.

The regular Gear S2 is actually a really good smartwatch and the rose gold version is identical as far as technology is concerned. You get a really nice 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution and the 250mAh battery is good for a day’s use. It runs on a dual-core processor so the Android Wear experience is really slick. What we mean by that, is that apps open and close quickly and swiping through menus presents no lag whatsoever.

Samsung has also designed a few unique watch faces for the rose gold edition to match the colour of the case. If you have a significant other, you’ll be intrigued to learn that there’s also a platinum model available aimed squarely at men. A great gift idea, no?

Read More: Top 10 Womens Smartwatches 2017


Best Android Wear Smartwatches

When Android Wear smartwatches first came out, they acted as an extension of your smartphone. They would notify you of incoming calls and texts, they would send you app notifications, and they would let you control your smartphone’s camera.

Today, Android Wear smartwatches are much more capable. The recent Android Wear 2.0 update brought with it standalone apps, its own Play Store, Android Pay and improved messaging features. Now, you can wear smartwatches untethered from a smartphone and they don’t lose out on any functionality. In other words, they are multi-talented.

It is Android Wear’s multi-talented feature-set that has driven its popularity. But of course, the wide range of gorgeous watches that run it help too.


LG Watch Sport



The LG Watch Sport is one of the best Android Wear smartwatches on the market today. It has a 1.38in circular P-OLED display with a 480x480 (348 ppi) resolution, which puts it right at the top of the pile where display technology is concerned.

The metal chassis is simple yet elegant, and there’s three usefully-chunky physical buttons on the right edge. The middle one lets you scroll through menus, while the outer two let you select things. The strap is rubber and it’s extremely comfortable to wear. Powering the watch is a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 768MB RAM. Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, GPS and NFC are all built-in, and this smartwatch also has a heart-rate sensor.
 

Huawei Watch 2



The Huawei Watch 2 is a polarising smartwatch. On the one hand, it’s an upgrade over the 1st gen HUAWEI Watch thanks to a scratch-proof ceramic bezel and a sportier design, but on the other hand it has a lower-res display and no sapphire crystal.

With the original HUAWEI Watch now discontinued, however, you’re going to have to make do with the 2nd gen. But that’s no bad thing – the HUAWEI Watch 2 is much snappier than the original and the 1.2in circular AMOLED display with a 390x390 (326 ppi) resolution looks great. Setting this smartwatch apart is its enormous 420mAh battery, which is 120mAh larger than the 1st gen’s. This offers up to 25 days of battery life in “watch mode”.
 

ASUS Zenwatch 3



If you’re looking for a smartwatch with a standout design, the ASUS Zenwatch 3 fits the bill. It has an eye-catching stainless-steel case and a diamond-cut bezel that really pops, and you have a choice of silver or rose-gold finishes to the bezel.

The ASUS Zenwatch 3 has a 1.39in circular AMOLED display with a 400x400 (287 ppi) resolution, which is lesser than the LG Watch Sport and the HUAWEI Watch 2. It still looks great though, with popping colours and sharp graphics. Powering this smartwatch is a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 512MB of RAM. This is enough for the Zenwatch 3 to feel snappy. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the connectivity options - there’s no NFC, GPS or LTE.
 

Fossil Q Venture



The Fossil Q Venture was announced at Baselworld 2017. Designed to appeal to fashion-conscious buyers, the Q Venture has a sleek case that’s just 11.5mm thick. It’s available in a range of different colours, and with a range of interchangeable 18mm straps.

A feminine smartwatch, the Q Venture has a touchscreen display (no specifications have been released yet), and should run a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. In terms of connectivity, we expect it to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as NFC. What sets it apart from the other Android Wear smartwatches on our list is the design. It’s sleek and elegant, with a classy vibe. We expect it’ll sell very well in department stores.


Moto 360 Sport



The Moto 360 Sport is one of the most popular Android Wear smartwatches, because it looks great and it’s snappy. It is also an excellent fitness-tracker, with accurate tracking and automatic activity detection so you can wear it during the gym.

The 360 Sport has a unique display. Dubbed an ‘AnyLight display’, it’s a hybrid IPS LCD screen with a transflective mode. This saves battery life, and still delivers a vibrant, crisp Android Wear experience. With IP67 dust and water resistant, the 360 Sport is an excellent choice of active people and it even has an optical heart rate sensor. It’s powered by a Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.

Read More: Top 10 Android Wear Smartwatches 2017
 

Best Hybrid Smartwatches

If you’re into smartwatches, but you like the timelessness of analogue dials, then a hybrid smartwatch is what you want.

Hybrid smartwatches don’t have a touchscreen. Instead, they boast a stonking battery life and track your activity and sleeping patterns - with your daily progress displayed on a smartphone application. They’re wear and forget devices, and what they do they do well.

But, with so many to choose from, sifting the good from the bad isn’t easy. Thankfully, we’re here to help.
 

Tory Burch Collins



Fashion designer Tory Burch has entered the hybrid smartwatch market this year with their Collins smartwatch. The Tory Burch Collins has an upmarket, eclectic design inspired by menswear, although in truth it appears to be more unisex than masculine in its style.

The Tory Burch Collins automatically changes time zones, and it allows you to accurately track a second-time zone. A vibration motor alerts you when you get a smartphone notification, and it will track your activity and sleep patterns with a configurable smartphone app. It uses a coin cell battery, so it doesn’t need charging, and it’ll go on sale in time for the holidays with four different styles to choose from.
 

DKNY Minute



DKNY’s first smartwatch, the Minute, is one of the most stylish hybrid smartwatches of 2017 with a slick dial with an oversized DKNY logo. It’s functional too, with three buttons on the case that are customisable from within the DKNY app. These can be configured to launch your smartphone’s music or camera, or indeed anything you like.

The DKNY minute will be priced from $155 to $175 and it’ll go on sale in several different style configurations to choose from. You can have yours with a gold, rose gold or silver face and with a black or white leather strap, or a red quilted leather strap. There’s also a black silicone strap available for more active users. As with most hybrid smartwatches, the DKNY Minute also has a coin cell battery so you don’t need to charge it.
 

Alpina Seastrong Horological



If you love diving watches, then the Alpina Seastrong Horological is the hybrid smartwatch for you. Alpina is a Swiss watchmaker and the Seastrong Horological is an absolute stunner, with a 300-metre dive rating and a chunky 44mm case.

Compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones, the Seastrong Horological connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and tracks your steps and activity. It can also receive notifications from your smartphone and it will vibrate to alert you. As you’d expect from a Swiss-Made hybrid smartwatch, the Seastrong Horological has a sapphire crystal and first-class build quality. The crown, located at the three o’clock position, also doubles as a button so you can cycle through different features. Overall, this is a fantastic smartwatch.
 

Michael Kors Access Hybrid



The Michael Kors Access Hybrid offers the style of an analogue watch, and the fitness tracking features of a smartwatch. It has a 6-month battery life, a 3 ATM water resistance rating and it’s compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones.

The Kors Access Hybrid tracks your activity automatically and syncs all that data with a dedicated application. The application is well designed, with calorie burn calculations and sleep activity patterns available. There’s also three buttons on the device’s case, which let you control your smartphone’s camera and music. You can also quickly switch between two different time zones by pushing down the centre crown button.
 

Skagen Hagen Connected



The Skagen Hagen Connected has one of the most sophisticated designs of any hybrid smartwatch, with an intricate activity dial and a slender bezel. It’s available in a variety of different colours, and with a titanium or steel case.

It’s also keenly priced from $205.00, and you get plenty of functionality for your money with smartphone notifications, accurate fitness tracking and a sleep monitor. The case size is bang on too at 42mm, and you’re looking at a battery life of more than 6 months. It’ll store your activity for two weeks without smartphone syncing, and there’s three buttons on the side of the case which let you cycle through different features.

Read More: Top 10 Hybrid Smartwatches 2017
 

Best Standalone Smartwatches

If you’ve shopped for a smartwatch recently, you’ll have probably noticed that smartwatches tend to be listed for specific markets. For instance, outdoor smartwatches make different lists than fashion smartwatches. However, what these devices have in common is that they usually require a connection to your smartphone to be useful - or at least, for you to use their best features.

The solution to the issue of smartphone-tethering is to buy a standalone smartwatch, which lets you use all its best features without a connection to your smartphone.

Below, we have listed 5 standalone smartwatches that you should know about. We’ve covered everything from the most capable to the cheapest and most novel. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you’ll have a few ideas for when it comes time to making a purchase.
 

ZTE Quartz



The ZTE Quartz is a T-Mobile exclusive smartwatch that costs $199. It offers fantastic value for money compared to other smartwatches on the market, with a screen that’s right up there with the best of them and the latest Snapdragon processor.

Running Android Wear 2.0, the ZTE Quartz offers all the latest smartwatch software features, including access to its own app marketplace. But it’s the hardware that sets the ZTE Quartz apart from other smartwatches at this price. For instance, it has a vibrant 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display and an enormous 500mAh battery.

That means it has a sharper display than the much-loved HUAWEI Watch, and a bigger battery than the Samsung Gear S3. At $199, then, the ZTE Quartz is a steal and although it doesn’t have a heart-rate sensor, it does have GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
 

Samsung Gear S2 3G and 4G



The Samsung Gear S2 3G and 4G were launched in 2016, but they are still decent smartwatches. Priced from around $299.99 from launch, they can be picked up for around $150.00 today and they come loaded with desirable features.

With 3G or 4G connectivity made possible with an E-sim, the Samsung Gear S2 3G and 4G smartwatches do not require a constant connection to your smartphone to be useful. The screen is a 1.2” circular unit with a 360 X 360 resolution, and both these devices run Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen, an alternative to Android Wear.

If you will be using your smartwatch for basic tasks like keeping up with your daily activity and sleep patterns, then the Samsung Gear S2 3G and 4G are worth a punt. They look great too, with a stainless-steel case and various strap options to choose from.
 

Samsung Gear S



If you want a smartwatch that offers more independent features than regular smartwatches, the Samsung Gear S is it. The Gear S has built-in 3G and Wi-Fi, and lets you make calls and browse the web without being connected to your smartphone.

The Gear S has a gorgeous 2-inch curved AMOLED screen that wraps around your wrist perfectly. Samsung has loaded it with features, and it runs their latest Tizen OS, which is less dependent on a smartphone connection than Android Wear. With the Gear S, you can make calls without your smartphone and even listen to your music independently.

The bright AMOLED screen is a joy to use. It’s responsive and excellent outdoors, although apps can lag sometimes. That’s because Samsung chose to use a Snapdragon 400 processor, which is last year’s processor. Still, it’s keenly priced, from around $199.
 

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition



The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is one of the most underrated smartwatches on the market. It has an outstanding 1.38-inch full circle P-OLED 480 X 480 display and LTE connectivity with a cellular radio, so you can use most of its features without a phone.

The standout feature of the Urbane 2nd Edition is the Display. The P-OLED 480 X 480 display is gorgeous with perfect outdoor visibility. This smartwatch also runs Android Wear 2.0, so you have access to the latest Android Wear features like in-built messaging and the ability to make calls from the device itself without a smartphone being connected.

The design is decent too. The case is brushed stainless steel and as standard, it has a silicone band which is user-replaceable. The battery life lasts for around 1.5 days. You can pick up the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition for around $499.99, or on contract from Verizon.
 

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier LTE



The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier LTE is a 4G smartwatch with plenty going for it. It runs the Tizen operating system instead of Android Wear, so it has a unique user experience, and the 360 X 360 Super AMOLED display is bright and vibrant even under direct sunlight.

Designed for active users, the Gear S3 Frontier is IP68 rated for dust and waterproofing, and it has a neat rotating bezel which lets you cycle through applications. With this, you can switch between apps without touching the screen and it’s an intuitive way to interact with a smartwatch. And in truth, it’s something we wish more smartwatches had.

The Gear S3 Frontier has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and automatically switches between these connections to maintain a connection with your smartphone. Interested? You can pick up the S3 Gear Frontier through AT&T, or through Amazon for around $319.00.

Read More: Top 10 Standalone Smartwatches 2017


Best Luxury Smartwatches

When one is in the market for a luxury timepiece, one might pay their local Omega or Rolex boutique a visit. Or if we are talking really high-end stuff, then one might make an enquiry with the likes of Patek Phillipe, Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille.

Depending on how ‘luxurious’ you want to go, when you step into the world of luxury watches spending £100k is nothing. Smartwatches meanwhile are comparatively cheap and while they might not have automatic movements laced with precious metals or complications, they do offer greater functionality and, in cases, comparable build quality.

I am not taking about the likes of the Apple Watch or HUAWEI Watch here – I am talking about smartwatches from respected Swiss watchmakers, of which there are quite a few to choose from. So in this article, we will discuss luxury smartwatches and what the best ones are right now, as well as the watches that are concepts and those that are coming soon, to help you choose a smartwatch that’ll compliment your watch collection.
 

Bulgari Diagono Magnesium



As a watch brand, Bulgari (or Bvlgari as the company name is spelled on its watches) divides opinion. Serious watch fans associate the name more with jewellery than watches, while others appreciate the unique design language of their pieces. Whichever side you are on, the company’s first smartwatch, the Diagono Magnesium, is worth looking into (although it is important to point out that this is simply a concept for now.

Purists will like this smartwatch, because it has a self-winding mechanical movement (ETA), a sapphire crystal, ceramic bezel and a PVD-coated stainless steel back. The case itself is made from magnesium, but that isn’t the most impressive material used here; the Diagono uses a polymer called PEEK (PolyEtherEtherKetone) which forms the side brackets of the watch. Which is to say, this watch is made from cutting-edge materials.

The ‘smart’ part of this watches comes from an NFC chip which can be used to make payments, open doors and carry electronic documents. The Diagono links up with a tablet or smartphone with an app called Bulgari Vault. For now, the Diagono is a concept, however it is expected to be released at some point in the next year.
 

Alpina Horological



Unveiled last year, the Alpina Horological is an analogue smartwatch with a Bluetooth chip that hooks up to your smartphone. Utilising the Manufacture Modules Technologies platform, which is a Swiss Joint Venture SARL and Fullpower’s MotionX, it has all the fitness tracking capabilities of a fitness band but the style and quality of a Swiss watch.

Compatible with both Android phones and iPhone, the Alpina Horological has a battery life of two years and offers activity tracking, sleep monitoring and sleep cycle alarms. The watch itself is made from stainless steel and has a regular MMT-285 quartz movement. The dial is available in black or ‘silvered sunray’ and it is protected by a sapphire crystal. Both of those versions can be had on a stainless steel bracelet or a genuine leather strap, and there’s a 39mm version for ladies and a 44mm version for men (although, they are actually unisex).

The Alpina has two analogue dials; one that tells the time, and one that gives you a visual indication as to your physical activity. It’s a nice looking watch - but it’ll cost you. Most online stores have it for sale at £850-£950. So, you’ll have to really dig it to get one.
 

Frederique Constant Horologica



The Frederique Constant Horological is, for all intents and purposes, simply a reskinned version of the Alpina Horological. It has the exact same technology, the exact same two year battery life courtesy of the same MMT-285 quartz movement, and a very similar convex sapphire crystal protecting the two analogue dials.

Where the Frederique Constant differs to the Alpina is in dial design and size. The dial on the Frederique Constant Horological has roman numerals and a dressier feel overall. The case is 42mm so the men’s version is smaller than the Alpina men’s version. The Constant is available in two case finishes; stainless steel and rose gold-plated stainless steel, and with a few different straps, including a metal bracelet and two genuine leather bands.

Other than that, there’s little to say about the Frederique Constant Horological, other than it costs about the same as the Alpina too.
 

Mondaine Helvetica 1



Mondaine are best-known for their iconic Swiss railway watches but their Helvetica line, which is inspired by the Helvetica font, is arguably as special. Mondaine have released a few different versions of the Helvetica but it’s the Helvetica 1 you want for smartwatch features.

The Mondaine Helvetica 1 is a 44mm analogue smartwatch powered by MotionX. It has arguably the nicest design of all the smartwatches on our list with a sleek stainless steel case that’s also available in gold and black courtesy of ion plating. The Helvetica 1 boasts a 2-year battery life and has two dials; one to tell the time and one to give you a visual indication as to your daily fitness progress (it will tell you how close you are to meeting your step count).

Protecting those two dials is a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and you can get the Helvetica on leather or rubber. It takes any 20mm strap, though, and we reckon it’d look great on a high quality shark mesh strap or a Nato or Zulu strap. The Helvetica is a bargain too compared to the Alpina and Frederique Constant with it coming in at £540-£650 online.
 

Vector Luna



The Vector Luna is the only smartwatch on our list with a screen, however it isn’t a touchscreen which is a bit of a shame. Navigating the Vector Luna is easy though thanks to three well-placed buttons, which you use to scroll through the various preinstalled watch faces and additional features such as a stop watch, a calendar and basic alarms.

Like all smartwatches available today, the Luna will track your physical activity. It’ll track your steps and calculate your calorie burn and give you this information through an app on your smartphone. The watch also hooks up to your iPhone or Android phone and can display push notifications, such as missed call information, text messages and emails.

The screen is a little hit-and-miss though. On the one hand, it uses very little power so the Luna’s battery life is rated at a month between charges, but on the other hand the screen is dark, simple and, to be honest, depressing. Sat alongside the very best smartwatches available right now, such as the HUAWEI Watch, the Vector Luna looks like it came from a different era. Thankfully, the device is at least well-made and looks stylish enough. Should you buy one? Well, it can be had for around £200 right now, but in our opinion you would be better served by one of the options above – even if they do cost twice as much.

Read More: Top 10 Luxury Smartwatches 2017


Best Running GPS Smartwatches

Looking for a running smartwatch that’ll accurately track your runs, and help you get more from them? We hear you.

Whether you are looking for a smartwatch that’ll track basic data such as your step count and calories burned, or a more advanced smartwatch that’ll gather stride length and vertical ratio metrics, there’s a device out there for you.

Running GPS smartwatches come in all shapes and sizes, and some are more capable than others. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best.
 

New Balance RunIQ



The New Balance RunIQ is one of the most comfortable running smartwatches to wear, thanks to its perforated silicone band. It’s also got a great display - a 1.39-inch round OLED display with a 400 x 400 resolution which is pin-sharp.

That display works well outdoors and indoors, and really shows off all the features of Android Wear 2.0. Powered by an Intel Atom Z34XX processor with 512MB RAM, the RunIQ is a snappy smartwatch and packs an optical heart-rate sensor and GPS module into its case.

In terms of design, the New Balance RunIQ is somewhat mundane. It has an all-black colour scheme with a metal case and silicone strap. A strange design choice was made with the strap - the perforation points are heart-shaped. If you can look past that, the New Balance RunIQ is a solid running GPS smartwatch. The battery life is rated for 24-hours.
 

Polar M600



The Polar M600 is as much a fitness tracker as it is a smartwatch. It has the same shape as a fitness band with a square display, and boasts better tracking metrics than most of the other devices on this list. It really is a great running smartwatch.

With a heart rate sensor, activity tracking sensors, GPS and GLONASS (a global satellite system and positioning system), the Polar M600 is hugely capable. It also boasts dedicated swimming metrics, so it’s the perfect smartwatch for those of you who mix up your cardio.

The M600 runs Android Wear 2.0, but it has its own coaching and fitness software called Polar Smart Coaching. It is this that sets it apart from regular smartwatches. The software is intuitive and data-rich, letting you make the most of your workouts. The Polar M600 is also waterproof and boasts a 2-day battery life when paired with an Android smartphone.
 

LG Watch Sport



The LG Watch Sport is one of the best-known fitness smartwatches on the market, and it’s a popular choice with runners. It has GPS, LTE and a heart-rate sensor, so it ticks many of the boxes that runners look for in a smartwatch.

It also has the benefit of a stylish design and a great display. The display is a 1.38-inch round OLED unit with a stonking a 480 x 480 resolution. There’s 4GB of onboard storage, and in addition to LTE, there’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Thanks to on-board GPS, you can go for a run without your smartphone and the LG Watch Sport will track your runs. It will then calculate your calories burned, based on how fast you ran and for what distance. It’s an accurate and dependable smartwatch, although battery life is a sticking point. It should last for 24-hours, but 20-hours is more realistic with GPS on.
 

Apple Watch Nike+



The Apple Watch Nike+ is a special edition Apple Watch borne from Apple’s close relationship with Nike. It boasts built-in GPS and has careful Nike+ Run Club integration, which gives it a unique selling point over the standard Apple Watch.

Nike+ Run Club gives you a clear view of all your activity data, including detailed maps showing your runs. In addition to this app, the Apple Watch Nike+ stands out with its design thanks to a unique collection of watch bands which are perforated silicone.

If you are an iPhone user, you’ll probably find the functionality of the Apple Watch Nike+ better than an Android Wear smartwatch. It offers seamless compatibility, with notifications app data sent straight from your iPhone to the watch if you would like them. Overall, the Apple Watch Nike+ is a solid smartwatch best-suited to iPhone users.
 

Moto 360 Sport



The Moto 360 Sport has a unique feature called an AnyLight display, which is effectively an LCD with a transflective mode for outstanding visibility outdoors. It works great in practice, and sets it apart from the other smartwatches on our list.

The AnyLight display switches from LCD to transflective mode automatically, or you can switch it yourself. It works seamlessly and it’s a brilliant feature. It helps the Moto 360 Sport standout, and of course, it helps to preserve battery life too.

For runners, the 360 Sport is a solid option. It uses an accelerometer and other sensors to track your treadmill runs, and GPS to track your outdoor runs. Run data is sent to the Moto Body app, which is of Motorola’s own design. The app is intuitive and easy to use, and shows you exactly how many steps and calories you burn.

Read More: Top 10 Running GPS Smartwatches 2017


Best Smartwatches for Battery Life

If you have been looking for a smartwatch with wicked battery life, then there’s a good chance that you have been searching high and low. Even when writing this article, we couldn’t find a good list of smartwatches ranked by battery life, which is strange because battery life is one of the most important features of any handheld device be it a smartwatch or smartphone.

Thankfully, we have drawn on our expertise in the smartwatch market to come up with a definitive list of the best smartwatches for battery life, to aid your research and help you buy a smartwatch that isn’t going to conk out and be rendered useless after only the slightest use.
 

MATRIX PowerWatch

Battery life: Infinite - so long as you wear it!



The MATRIX PowerWatch is the first smartwatch in the world to be powered exclusively by body heat. Simply keep it on your wrist and it will display the time and date for you, and track your activity, without the need for battery changing or charging, ever. The only downside to that infinite battery life is that the MATRIX PowerWatch can’t send accept push notifications, so if you want smartphone alerts on your wrist, look elsewhere.

For those of you who are happy with a smartwatch that only lets you set alarms and tell the time and date, then a lack of push notifications is a small price to pay for never having to charge your smartwatch. The PowerWatch will even track your daily activity, and it displays your daily progress with a neat digital ring that runs around the edge of the display. You can pre-order yours today for around $99 from crowdfunding website Indiegogo.
 

Kronaby Smartwatch

Battery life: Up to two years.



The Kronaby smartwatch blends classic design with modern technology. It is available in four distinct styles: Carat, Apex, Nord and Sekel, and with a variety of bands which include leather and stainless steel variants. It is positioned as an upmarket smartwatch with a build quality rivalling that of watches costing ten times more. And, with a battery life of up to two years, it should be on your list if you want great smartwatch battery life.

Like all hybrid smartwatches (smartwatches with an analogue display, fitness-tracking sensors and Bluetooth for smartphone syncing), the Kronaby has a coin-cell battery that’s user-replaceable. The 2-year battery life betters all other hybrid smartwatches on the market that use a coin-cell battery as the power source. The Kronaby is fully-featured too, with push-notifications for your smartphone and functions accessed by physical buttons.
 

Armani Exchange hybrid smartwatch

Battery life: Around 6 months.



The Armani Exchange AX smartwatch was launched in January this year. It’s a hybrid smartwatch with a sporty design and a 6-month battery life, thanks to a coin-cell battery that’s user-replaceable. It has a unique feature where it automatically adjusts the time for you depending on where you are through GPS. It will even adjust for Daylight Saving Time for you (if applicable), and it connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth.

The AX comes as standard with a durable rubber strap. It’s available in Blue, Black or Orange, but all models have a black case and a mineral crystal covering the analogue watch face. Overall, this isn’t the best-looking hybrid smartwatch on the market but it’s certainly stylish and well-made. It will track your activity, such as your steps and sleep patterns, and the free application (available on Android and iPhone) is simple to use.
 

Nevo watch

Battery life: Around 8 months.



The Nevo watch pitches itself as the “world’s first modern minimalist hybrid watch”, which isn’t exactly true, given the Withings Activité is minimalist. Look past that fact, however, and the Nevo watch is a decent smartwatch. It offers activity tracking, sleep tracking, phone notifications and a silent alarm (vibrate) function. And, crucially for a hybrid smartwatch, it has a decent battery life - it’ll last for 8 months thanks to a coin-cell battery.

On top of having a wide range of features, the Nevo watch looks great too. The case is made from high-quality 316L stainless steel and the glass is a sapphire crystal. Even the straps ooze quality, with your choice of a Fine Italian Leather or NATO strap. From the three available designs (New York, Shanghai, Paris), we particularly like the ‘New York’ model, which has a Black case and a Coffee-coloured leather strap.
 

Withings Activité, Activité Pop and Activité Steel

Battery life: Up to eight months.



With a battery life up of to eight months courtesy of a user-replaceable CR2025 watch battery, the Withings Activité, Activité Pop and Activité Steel are serious smartwatches for those of you who don’t like the idea of charging a smartwatch, ever. Withings is a very well-known and well-regarded consumer technology manufacturer and the Activité and Activité Pop follow on from the company’s other products in terms of design and build quality, which is to say the Activité range is impeccably well made and stylish.

The Activité is the range-topper. This is a Swiss-made smartwatch with a sapphire crystal protecting a clean white or black dial set into a polished stainless steel case. All Activité watches have an analogue time dial set into a polished stainless steel case. All Activité watches have an analogue time dial and a separate activity dial that gives you a visual indication of your daily step progress. All models will track your steps, calorie burn and your sleeping patterns. The Activité Pop is the cheapest model; this has a mineral crystal and an aluminium case and it isn’t Swiss-made, while the Activité Steel is the newest model with a mineral crystal and stainless steel case.

Read More: Top 10 Smartwatches Battery Life 2017

Latest update: 10/09/2017

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