Finding the best smartwatch?

A look at the most popular smartwatches in September 2018

In today’s digital and social world, smartwatches are becoming a near must have accessory. They not only help you keep track of your health and fitness but are an effective way of staying motivated and making new virtual friends.

But with the number of smartwatch options available, if you’re confused about which watch to buy, it’s totally understandable.

We have rated some of the most popular smartwatches so you can make an informed decision. (Images, user ratings and prices from Amazon.com as on 02 September 2018.

Apple Watch Series 3

Overall the Apple watch 3 is a great watch with excellent features but its price tag is a bit of a put off. While there are better value for money smartwatches out there, If you’re an Apple fan with money lying in the bank this is definitely the watch for you Read more…


Samsung Gear S3

You cannot really go wrong with the Samsung Gear S3 with its rich features, excellent battery and quality build. . However you can save some money without losing out much on functionality if you’re willing to explore some other models [Read more…]

Huawei Watch 2

We’re not the biggest fans of Huawei Watch 2. While it is loaded with hardware, poor watch interface, limited battery life and a higher than justifiable price tag work against the watch  [Read more…]

Asus Zenwatch 2

The Zenwatch looks stunning and comes at a very attractive price point. If you’re looking for an affordable and stylish smartwatch and the lack of a heart rate monitor is not a deal breaker for you, seriously consider this beauty [Read more…]

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa has good fitness features but falls in a no mans land of smartwatches. We recommend Android Smartwatches for most users and Fitbit Ionic for diehard Fitbit Fans.[Read more…]

Ticwatch E

The Ticwatch E looks good on paper but fails on the most basic need – a full day battery life. We strongly recommend you stretch your budget a bit or just buy a refurbished watch instead of buying the Ticwatch E [Read more…]

 

Apple Watch Series 3

38 mm LTE

Overall Rating 4/5
  • Price: 2/5
  • Battery Life: 2/5
  • Tracking Features: 5/5
  • Accuracy: 5/5
  • Watch features: 5/5
  • 3rd Party Apps: 3/5
  • Design: 3.5/5
  • Screen Interface: 4.5/5
  • Durability: 5/5
  • Social : 4/5
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Overall Rating 4.5/5

Overall Rating 4.5/5

Clearly the best Apple watch, the series 3 can work independently  and comes pretty close to a full wearable phone experience. The tracking is accurate and you can go for a worry free swim with this watch. The watch build and screen quality are its highlights. The apple watch also integrates seamlessly to most iphone accessories.

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Cons

Apple Watch Series 3 is among the priciest smartwatches around and the hardware certainly doesn’t justify the tag. At less than 2 days of battery life you will need to carry a charger even on short trips. The watch design is nothing catchy and 3rd party apps quite limited (this may change with the LTE version). Finally, you still need the phone to properly track your activity and to take pictures.

 

Bottom Line: Overall the Apple watch 3 is a great watch with excellent features. But like all things Apple, its price tag is a bit of a put off. If you’re an Apple fan with money lying in the bank this is definitely the watch for you. However, if you’re not an iPhone user (or an iPhone user open to experimentation) there are better value smartwatches out there. << Back to comparison

Samsung Gear S3 Classic

Bluetooth – US Version

  • Price: 3.5/5
  • Battery Life: 4/5
  • Tracking Features: 5/5
  • Accuracy: 5/5
  • Watch features: 5/5
  • 3rd Party Apps: 4.5/5
  • Design: 4/5
  • Screen Interface: 5/5
  • Durability: 3/5
  • Social : 5/5
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The Galaxy Gear S3 is far superior to its predecessor and one of the best smartwatches around. Besides highly accurate monitoring, the Gear S3 boasts of a classy design (including a rotating bezel that we love), excellent bluetooth connectivity, thousands of apps and a generous internal memory. With LTE connectivity you can use this watch to make calls and send small emails and texts surprisingly easily. On top this watch boasts of a 3 – 4 day battery life and fast charge capability.
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Cons

While you cannot really go wrong with the Samsung Gear S3, there are still a few things to watch. Iphone users may miss out on some features. We also are not the biggest fans of its above average price tag. Finally, if you’re an avid swimmer or a diver, Gear S3’s 1.5m water resistance for 30 minutes is should definitely rule the watch out for you

 

Bottom Line: You cannot really go wrong with the Samsung Gear S3 with its rich features, excellent battery and quality build. However you can save some money without losing out much on functionality if you’re willing to explore some other models.<< Back to comparison

Huawei Watch 2

US Warranty

  • Price: 3.5/5
  • Battery Life: 2.5/5
  • Tracking Features: 4/5
  • Accuracy: 5/5
  • Watch features: 4/5
  • 3rd Party Apps: 4.5/5
  • Design: 2/5
  • Screen Interface: 3/5
  • Durability: 5/5
  • Social : 5/5
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Pros

The Huawei Watch 2 is packed to the brim with technology and its features would delight a tech nerd. The watch has a sim card slot so it can function as an independent phone. That it runs on Andorid Wear 2.0 is a big plus as it means more apps and regular updates.
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Cons

Honestly, we’re not the biggest fans of this watch. To begin with the design of the watch is nothing to write home about (unless you’re into average rugged looks). The relatively small screen of this watch makes it hard to navigate through the apps and we also found some apps lagging on the watch. With 2 days on smart power saver, the battery doesn’t impress much either. Overall Huawei Watch 2 doesn’t have enough to justify its price tag.

 

Bottom Line: We’re not the biggest fans of Huawei Watch 2. While it is loaded with hardware, poor watch interface, limited battery life and a higher than justifiable price tag work against the watch. << Back to comparison

Asus Zenwatch 2

International Version

  • Price: 4.5/5
  • Battery Life: 3.5/5
  • Tracking Features: 2/5
  • Accuracy: 4/5
  • Watch features: 3.5/5
  • 3rd Party Apps: 4.5/5
  • Design: 5/5
  • Screen Interface: 3/5
  • Durability: 4/5
  • Social : 5/5
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Pros

The Asus Zenwatch 2, studded with Swarosky crystals looks stunning – there’s nothing like the Zenwatch 2 when it comes to looks in a smartwatch. It comes with an attractive price tag and has a decent battery life with hypercharge feature (0 – 60% in 15 mins). It offers a crisp display and a host of apps with its Andriod Wear 2.0 OS. For a delicate looking watch, the Zenwatch is also pretty durable.
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Cons

The Zenwatch 2 will not function as a full phone as its limited on the speakerphone and sim functionality. It also has limited iPhone compatibility (this goes for most Android wear devices). Given the limited screen size, navigating apps on the Zenwatch can be tricky. On the fitness front, the Zenwatch 2 comes without a heart rate monitor which could be a put off for some.

 

Bottom Line: The Zenwatch looks stunning and comes at a very attractive price point. If you’re looking for an affordable and stylish smartwatch and the lack of a heart rate monitor is not a deal breaker for you, seriously consider this beauty. << Back to comparison

Fitbit Versa

International Version

  • Price: 4/5
  • Battery Life: 4.5/5
  • Tracking Features: 4.5/5
  • Accuracy: 4.5/5
  • Watch features: 3/5
  • 3rd Party Apps: 2/5
  • Design: 2.5/5
  • Screen Interface: 3/5
  • Durability: 4.5/5
  • Social : 3.5/5
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Pros

With a long battery life, excellent fitness and tracking features the Fitbit versa has a lot going for it. The watch is durable, compatible with both Android and Apple phones and provides accurate tracking for a wide wide range of exercises. The Fitbit Versa also sports a crisp, highly responsive screen.
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Cons

When it comes to functionality Fitbit Versa falls somewhere in no mans land. It doesn’t give a full phone experience and gives good but not complete fitness features (no inbuilt GPS being our biggest grudge). Fitbit Versa (like all other Fitbit devices) also has limited 3rd party apps and a rudimentary contactless payment system. Finally, an underwhelming design and small screen size lets you perform only the most basic tasks on the watch

 

Bottom Line: The Fitbit Versa has good fitness tracking features but overall falls in a no mans land for smartwatches. If you’re a Fitbit fan the pricier but feature rich Fitbit Ionic may be a better choice or simply pick a similarly priced Android Watch << Back to comparison

Ticwatch E

1.4″ OLED

  • Price: 4.5/5
  • Battery Life: 2/5
  • Tracking Features: 4.5/5
  • Accuracy: 3.5/5
  • Watch features: 3/5
  • 3rd Party Apps: 4.5/5
  • Design: 2.5/5
  • Screen Interface: 3/5
  • Durability: 2/5
  • Social : 4.5/5
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Pros

Ticwatch E offers you a great smartwatch without breaking the bank. While its low price is the best feature of the Ticwatch E, the watch checks almost all boxes on hardware, is feature rich, runs on Android Wear and is compatible with the iPhone. The Ticwatch E has a built in GPS so you can go out for a run without carrying your phone along. It is also light and comfortable to wear all day long. Ticwatch has a decent inbuilt fitness functions and a whole lot more you can access through 3rd party android apps. The device charges fast (0 – 100% in about 1 hour) but you will need to charge it often
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Cons

The watch design as well as build are quite basic (honestly it feels like one the toy watches I had as a kid). The biggest setback of the Ticwatch E is it’s battery which can run out in a few hours so you really need the fast charge. We are also not too impressed with the screen performance which is hard to navigate and can lag at times

 

Bottom Line: The Ticwatch E seems good on paper but you don’t really want your smartwatch to run out of battery during the day. Stretch your budget a bit (or look at some refurbished options) but in our opinion avoid the Ticwatch E << Back to comparison

Finally, if you’re looking to buy a smartwatch now, you should know that Samsung and Apple are likely to come up with new versions of their respective smartwatches anytime now. So it may be worth waiting a while to get the latest/greatest model or some discount on the existing pieces.

 

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