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. We’ll begin with what we feel are the best two options available right now:
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.
Moto 360 2
The Moto 360 2 is the best Motorola smartwatch yet. Launched in 2016, it has a sharper screen than its predecessor and it’s faster too. It’s also available in a wider range of designs, including a gorgeous Rose Gold number.
The 42mm case is perfectly sized too; it isn’t too big for a slender wrist, and the 300mAh battery is good for 1.5 days’ use. The only downside to the design of the Moto 360 2 is the black bar at the bottom of the display - this was seen on the first Android smartwatches, and subsequently done away with by the likes of HUAWEI and LG. Motorola, however, stuck with it, despite it being incredibly ugly compared to a clean fully-round display.
If you can look past that design flaw, then the Moto 360 2 is an excellent all-rounder, with a fast processor, decent display and good build quality. It even has an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, so it can be submerged and showered with without any concerns.
The Misfit Phase is a hybrid smartwatch; it has an analogue display and fitness-tracking sensors built in. The upside? It has a battery life that’ll last for over 6 months. The downside? It doesn’t have an operating system or a touchscreen display. And thus, it also doesn’t have any in-built apps. Everything is controlled on a smartphone instead.
Of course, that isn’t a flaw if you want a hybrid smartwatch; it’s just something to consider if you like the idea of running apps from your wrist. The design of the Misfit Phase is something we can all agree on though - it’s gorgeous. The 41mm case is thin, and the easily interchangeable 20mm straps give you lots of scope to change the design. And, thanks to Bluetooth, you can get smartphone push notifications on your wrist.
Being a Misfit device, the Phase tracks your activity down to a tee. It’s incredibly accurate and the companion app is intuitive and feature-packed.
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.
Withings Activité Pop
If you want a stylish analogue watch that’ll track your fitness, and you want something with wicked battery life, then little comes close to the Withings Activité Pop.
This smartwatch boasts an 8-month battery life and crammed into the aluminium casing are a wide range of sensors to track your fitness. The Pop automatically senses when you are walking, running and swimming, and the dedicated app available on iOS and Android devices provides detailed activity information in real-time.
The watch itself runs on a regular watch battery that’s user-replaceable so you don’t have to worry about charging your watch. There’s also a silent alarm courtesy of a vibration motor and the Pop with track your sleep. The best part? The Activité Pop is available in a wide variety of different colours. The pink one is the obvious choice for women, however all models are unisex and the silicone straps are adjustable for small and large wrists.
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?
The Pebble Time may not be your atypical ladies smartwatch, but with a small profile and a really neat design, it’s an ideal candidate for your wrist.
The Pebble Time is available in black, red or white. All models have a matte silver aluminium bezel and a black outlined display, however the buttons on the side of the watch and the back of the cases change colour along with the straps. The white model is the best looking in our opinion and also the most feminine. It would be our choice for sure.
At only 9.5mm thick, the Pebble Time makes the likes of the Apple Watch look comparatively fat and with an 8-day battery life on a single charge, it makes Apple’s battery efforts look very poor indeed. The reason for that efficiency is a unique colour e-ink display as opposed to an AMOLED or LCD one – you sacrifice resolution with this set up, but you gain a lot of battery life and you can also easily read the screen outdoors, which is nice. The Time runs Pebble’s own OS, and while app choice is limited, the number of usable and high quality apps is actually rather good. Plus, it plays nice with both iOS and Android phones.
Apple Watch Sport
We end our list of the best smartwatches for women with an obvious choice - the Apple Watch Sport. I know, I know, every single list includes it, but our reason for doing so has at least some credibility – it’s available as a 38mm, and it’s a damn fine smartwatch.
As you may already know, the Sport model is the cheapest Apple Watch around. It has an aluminium case as opposed to the stainless steel case found on the more expensive models and it has Apple’s ion-X glass as opposed to a sapphire crystal. But none of that matters. The Sport is the best of the bunch. We say that, because it offers the exact same performance as the Watch for considerably less money. It also looks incredible on a rose gold or regular gold case, thanks to the matte texture afforded by the aluminium build.
If you are considering an Apple Watch, get the Sport – it’s really good value. For ladies, we particularly like the rose gold model with a lavender sport band and the gold model with a midnight blue sport band. Whichever you choose, though, we’d say go for a 38mm because this size fits smaller wrists better. If you like chunkier watches though, the 42mm is fine.