THE BEST SMARTWATCHES OF 2018
Best smartwatches. There are loads of different smartwatches, ranging from the really cheap ones purchased from China to the likes of the Apples and the more expensive smartwatches. The list of smartwatches are endless and the decision to purchase the best one can be daunting. Especially if you looking for a specific watch to suite your needs. In this list we go through the best smartwatch range for 2018.
We hope this makes your next smartwatch purchase easier. I will go through my top 10 favourites and at the end I will choose the winner. Below are the list of my best smartwatches. 🙂
APPLE WATCH SERIES 1
Apple has always been on the forefront of technology, always coming out with top class gadgets and computer items. The same goes for their smartwatch range, we rarely can find items that are of better quality. Their design and attention to detail comes through with every smart watch they have put out on the market. The amount of research that goes into the new features are eye opening. The excitement of opening a new recently purchasedApple item or Apple smartwatch is almost uncomparable in comparison with other brands. We look forward to many more great smartwatches from Apple over the next few years.
The Apple Series 1 have 5 different options to choose from, the options available are:
- 38mm Space Grey Aluminium Case with Black Sport Band
- 42mm Space Grey Aluminium Case with Black Sport Band
- 38mm Silver Aluminium Case with White Sport Band
- Silver Aluminium Case 42mm
- Gold Aluminium Case with Cocoa Sport Band 42mm
- Rose Gold Aluminium Case 42mm
ARE APPLE WATCH SERIES 1 WATERPROOF? – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The Apple Watch Series 1 has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. This meaning that the watch is splash proof but cannot be submerged under water. So wearing your Apple watch when it is raining or washing your hands is fine but unfortunately nothing more :
WILL APPLE WATCH SERIES 1 WORK WITH IPHONE 8 – BEST SMARTWATCHES
Yes the Apple Watch Series 1 will pair the the Iphone 8. The Apple Smartwatches can paid with most Apple iphones and pairing them up is super easy.
HOW MUCH ARE THESE WATCHES? – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The Apples Series 1 price starts from around $189 and ranges up depending on the type purchased.
APPLE WATCH SERIES 1 SPECS
- The watch case is made of Aluminium
- The size is 38.6mm x 33.3mm x 10.5mm. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
GARMIN FENIX 5 RANGE
Garmin, another GREAT name for anything wearable, this brand also comes out with top class products that are up there with the best. The Garmin Fenix 5 is equipped with a pulse meter, barometric altimeter electronic compass, accelerometer and speed sensors. This device also offers you the possibility to control your smart home, like dimming the lighting or controlling your TV. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS THE GARMIN FENIX 5 WATERPROOF AND HOW IS THE BATTERY LIFE?
The Fenix 5 smartwatch can go underwater to a level of 100 meters, this is very impressive. And just for that reason makes me fall in love with this watch. Not that I love diving or swimming. But because it just makes me feel secure in knowing that come the rain, snow or whatever this watch will still work. The Fenix 5S battery will last up to nine day in smartwatch mode and for 14 hours in GPS mode. The Fenix 5 will lat for two weeks in standard mode and will last only 24 hours in GPS mode.- BEST SMARTWATCHES
CAN GARMIN FENIX 5 PLAY MUSIC
The Fenix 5 and 5s does not have any inbuilt storage that would be enough to be able to store any music. The Fenix 5x does have 16 gb of storage but unfortunately does not have the software that enables music to be played. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS GARMIN FENIX 5 TOUCH SCREEN
The Fenix does not have the touch screen feature as Garmin say that it would be impractical to offer a touch screen for a athletes or outdoors people. Also wet weather would make it impossible to use if it was touch screen. This just shows us how Garmin has thought so carefully about every feature this watch offers. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
HOW MUCH DOES THE FENIX 5 COST
The watch is very expensive starting from $449, but is totally worth it if you are an outdoors type of person.
FENIX 5 FEATURES
- The lens material is chemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystal.
- The weight is 2.4 oz or 67g.
- The battery life is 9 days.
- The strap is either silicone, suede or steel. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
FENIX 5S FEATURES
- The battery life will last up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode and for 60 hours in Ultratrac mode.
- The display resolution is 240 x 240 and will always be visible even in the sun 🙂
- The memory or history is 64 MB. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
FENIX 5x FEATURES
- The battery life in smartwatch mode is 12 days and up to 20 hours in GPS mode.
- The display resolution is 240 x 240 and will always be visible even in the sun 🙂
- The memory or history is 12 gb.
SAMSUNG GEAR S3 CLASSIC
Samsung, the worlds most well known brand and a giant in electronics, cellphones and gadgets. Setting up shop in 1938 Samsung has grown from a small Korean business to an international giant. Hiring over 350 000 employees worldwide, Samsung will always be a powerhouse in cool gadgets.
The Samsung Gear S3 just looks like a regular watch but looking closer you will notice that this beaut holds a lot more surprises. This cool watch is almost like have a cellphone strapped to your wrist. The watch is available in two leather straps. The first one in small and the other one in large, you also can use your own bands if you want. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS THE SAMSUNG GEAR S3 CLASSIC WATERPROOF
The Gear 2 is IP68 rated, this means you can submerge it under water up to 1.5 meters only for 30 minutes. This does not impress me that much but at least you can have a bath with it without worrying that it will get damaged. You also get peace of mind that this smartwatch wont get damaged from a little splash or some rain. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS THE SAMSUNG GEAR S3 CLASSIC COMPATIBLE WITH AN IPHONE
The Gear S3 has an app that can be used to connect to an Apple phone. Tizen made a 3rd party app for Apple that will work with the Gear S3. If you compare the app to the original one they are almost the same. The only difference is that you cannot buy anything on the Tizen made app. Only the free versions of the watch faces are available to purchase. The app also has loads of fun and cool games that you can play on the Gear 3. All notifications from the iPhone comes through to the smartwatch which is really great, the only thing I don’t like about it is that you cannot reply to messages on the app. Other than that I am happy to say the app works great and is makes the Gear 3 a device that can be used with the iPhone.
WHAT ARE SAMSUNG GEAR S3 CLASSIC MAIN SPECS
- The smartwatch screen size is 1.3 inches
- The watch comes with a 360×360 resolution
- The RAM is an impressive 768mb – this is GREAT for a small device
- The case is 46mm
- The strap is size is 22mm
- The battery is 380 mAh
- The smartwatch come with 4GB storage. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE SAMSUNG GEAR S3
The Gear S3 goes for $279 and in my opinion is a little bit expensive for what you actually getting. My overall opinion of the Gear 3 is that it is a nice watch BUT there are much better choices available.
KING WEAR KW88
This little known company called King Wear, from you guessed right – China 🙂 always makes me a little sceptical. As most smart watches that come from the Chinese home land are cheap and of really bad quality. King Wear established in July 2012 seems to be the better of the brands for smartwatches from China. The KW88 looks great and feels like great quality. The strap is made of a good quality rubber and sits on the arm very well. The overall design is not bad, when looking at the KW88 it looks like it cost you more than it actually did. That is until you look a little further 🙂
WHAT IS THE BATTERY LIFE OF THE KW88
I am a bit concerned that after a few hours of use, this smartwatches battery gets very hot. The battery capacity is 400mAh, which is not bad at all so it is more concerning that the battery only lasts 6 hours and 2 days in standby mode. Other watches with lower battery capacity last much longer. So not a very impressive battery life at all, making this one drop down my list of favourites. This confirming my concern with the Chinese branded smartwatches. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS THE KINGWEAR KW88 WATERPROOF
No the KW88 is not waterproof at all. 🙁 I wouldn’t even allow a few drops of water the spash on it and cover it up in case of rain. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
HOW DO I CONNECT THE KINGWEAR KW88 TO MY iPHONE
Please follow the following step to connect your KW88 to an iPhone:
- Select the iOS option on your watch, if you choose android the watch will not connect.
- Install the app called WiiWatch on your iPhone and after that scan the QR code from the smartwatches screen.
- Paird the watch up to your iPhone via bluetooth
- The open with app and there you go. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT ARE THE KINGWEAR KW88 SPECS
- The watch dimension is 47mm x 47 mm x 15.2mm.
- The CPU is a Quad Code 1.3Ghz.
- The operating system is the Android 5.1.
- The smartwatch is fully touch screen.
- KW88 has a ram of 512mb and 4gb ram – wow.
- The smartwatch has a heart rate sensor.
- Bluetooth version 4.0 compatible with IOS and Android.
- Battery is a 400mAh high power Poymer.
- The watch also supports SMS, GPS, Music, Pedometer, step counts and distance.
- The camera is 2.0 mega pixel. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THIS SMARTWATCH
This product sells for $145 which is relatively cheap for all the features you will get with it. The only issue I did not like was that the watches battery is not good at all. The watch also got really hot when using it and this a a little worrying.
LG WATCH SPORT
LG founded in 1947 in South Korea is almost a sister company to Samsung. Their reputation is strong and they dominate the world of Flat Screen Televisions, Computers, Cellphones, Appliances and so much more. Their brand is trusted and so are the item they sell. The LG Watch Sport’s design is very clean and has almost a modern look to it. The watch is also very thick and bulky but feels like good quality when holding it in my hand. The design is not for everyone and the bands are unchangeable which is not great at all. 🙁
IS THE LG WATCH SPORT WATERPROOF
The LG Watch Sport can survive going under water to a depth of only 1.5 meters. It will also last in that depth for 30 minutes. This watch can definitely survive a few splashes and a couple of rain drops. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
DOES THE LG WATCH SPORT HAVE GPS – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The LG Watch Sport does have GPS. The GPS tracking is surprisingly very accurate when connected to the Runkeeper app.
HOW DO YOU CHARGE THE LG WATCH SPORT
The watch charges like any other device. It plugs into the watch and into a wall socket of some kind. The watch takes about 1 hour to fully charge.
HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The battery lasted me 15 hours of normal use with the screen put on. I then also tested it with the screen off and the battery lasted well over one day. I am not very impressed with these results as it is very annoying having to charge a watch every day.
HOW LONG IS THE BAND OF THE LG WATCH SPORT
The band is 8 cm and 12 cm long, and it is not possible to change them should the need arrise.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN SPECS
- The watch is compatible with GSM / HSPA / LTE
- The dimensions are 45.4mm x 51.2mm x 14.2 mm
- The main features are Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, heart rate, barometer
Messaging SMS, Email, IM
- The watch does not have a memory card slot
- This watch will notify you of any missed calls
- Build in pedometer. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
HOW MUCH DOES THIS WATCH COST
This watch sells for a crazy $349, this is way to much for me as this watch is way too thick and chunky 🙂
GARMIN FORERUNNER 735XT
The Garmin range of watches are just beautiful and they seem to fill that gagdet craving of mine. Their watches are all designed to perfection, the Garmin Forerunner 735XT ticks all those boxes. The watch can be used as a normal watch or as a fitness or smartwatch. The watch is very light as it is mainly made out of plastic which makes it prone to scratches. The heart rate monitor runs all day and night unless you are swimming, the sensor is found on the back of the watch. A chest strap heart rate monitor is also available for this watch and will be better for those who spend time lifting weights etc.
This watch is mainly used for runners or triathletes. But can also be used very well with hiking, paddle boarding, skiing and many other outdoor activities. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT DOES THE 735XT TRACK WITH SWIMMING
- Lap Info
- Stroke Count and rate
- Structured workouts
WHAT DOES THE 735XT TRACK WITH RUNNING
- Distance and route
- Lap info
- Pace and speed
- Vertical Oscillation
- Ground contact time
- Stride length
- Vertival ratio
- GCT balance. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS THE GARMIN FORERUNNER 735XT WATERPROOF
The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is waterproof up to 50 meters and can stay there for up to 3 hours. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT IS THE BATTERY LIFE LIKE
Disabling features such as GPS will give you a better better life. The watch can work for up to 16 hours in GPS mode and works up to 8 days on normal use. This is very impressive and makes this smartwatch stand out from most of the others. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
CAN THE SMARTWATCH WORK ON IOS AND ANDROID
The 735XT is fully compatible with the iPhone and Android via the Garmin app. The app connect up to the watch via bluetooth. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
DOES THIS SMARTWATCH INDICATE ELEVATION
The smartwatch won’t tell you the elevation (neither in the training summary), but when you sync it with the app, the app will show you the elevation in a chart and also indicating the min and max.
WHAT IS THE PRICE
The watch sells for about $369, this is a really good price for what you get. I would definitely recommend this watch for any active outdoors type of person. Or for people who love style and great quality, this watch will fall in your category. This is all in all a GREAT device and I will be adding it to my list of presents to give for 2018. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The Fitbit Versa is a very nice little watch that fits so nicely on my wrist. The very first thing that I noticed was that this watch was very light and comfortable to wear. This watch could stay on my wrist all day long without me wanting to take it off. This is the perfect watch to wear for really long marathon runs and would not irritate my wrist. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The smartwatches heart rate monitor work very well and is very accurate. The accuracy is so good that it can even tell you when you are starting to get sick as it can pick up changes in your heart rate.
The only issue I found was that the Versa was that the smartwatch did not stay connected to Bluethooth for long enough to sync to my iPhone app. The only thing that eventually worked was to reset the watch and re-install the app to my phone. After doing this it seemed to connect perfectly. I have heard from others that this seems to be an issue especially with this smartwatch and if the watch does not connect Fitbit will ask you to return the product for a replacement.
IS THE FITBIT VERSA WATERPOOF
The Fitbit Versa is water resistant up to 50 mteters, this means you can shower, bath, swim or paddle ski with it on. I don’t recommend deep sea diving with it on though, even if you don’t go passed the 50 meter mark. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
HOW DOES THE VERSA DETECT HEART RATE
The smartwatch reflects LED lights on your skin that picks up small changes on the skin. The small movements then go through a algorithm that will then work out what your hear rate is.
CAN YOU ANSWER OR MAKE CALLS ON THE FITBIT VERSA
The Fitbit Versa only allows you to answer or decline call, there is no available feature for phoning 🙁
HOW DO I TEXT ON THE VERSA
The Versa is not able to text at the moment. There might be new functions relased by Fitbit later this year that could include a texting function. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WILL THE FITBIT VERSA BE ABLE TO SHOW DEXCOM CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE RESULT
In October last year Fitbit said they have partnered with Dexcom. This helping them make this feature available sometime in 2018. We so far have not hear anything further and hopefully they will make this available soon. We will keep an ear and eye out on this one.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES
- This smartwatch will track all you daily activities like your heart rate and when you sleep
- You can keep all your favourite music stored directly on the watch
- You can also track your running or swimming records that will connect up to GPS for precise pace and distance analysis. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT IS THE PRICE – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The smartwatch sells for $198 on Amazon, this is really not bad for all the features that come with it. What makes this stand out more is that it is very comfortable to wear and the overall quality is really good.
HUAWEI WATCH 2 LTE
This smartwatch is very chunky but it is very comfortable to wear and is very durable. The watch also survives the odd scratch and bump without showing any scratches. The screen is also very big and easy to read but at an angle while driving does not show that great. The watch band feels like really cheap plastic and does not feel too great on my wrist. I would suggest purchasing a better and more comfortable strap if you insist on getting this one.
The smartwatch has loads of fitness features but I would not want to run a marathon with it on my wrist. It just feels to big and uncomfortable. This smartwatch is less of an accessory to your phone but more of a stand alone product. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT IS THE BATTERY LIFE LIKE
Third party watchfaces drain the battery more for some reason. The battery should last 2 full days on one charge which is really not too bad. Also running any apps will help drain the watches battery quicker. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS HUAWEI WATCH 2 LTE WATERPROOF
This smartwatch has a waterproof rating of I68, which means the smartwatch can be submerged under water to a depth 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.
IS THE WATCH COMPATIBLE WITH iPHONE/IOS
The smartwatch can be used with any iOS 9 or later. The app can be downloaded from the app store, however not all functions will be available. The fitness data cannot be synced to your phone and the mobile payments are also not supported.
IS THIS WATCH COMPATIBLE WITH THE NORMAL WATCH BANDS?
Any 18mm band will fit the smartwatch. I actually do recommend you purchase a better band as the one that come with the smartwatch is of really BAD quality.
CAN YOU RECEIVE CALLS AND REPLY TO MESSAGES?
If the smartwatch has the latest update you can take phone call and reply to messages with you voice. 🙂
WHAT IS THE PRICE?
This item goes for $228 which is great value for money. I actually totally enjoyed this watch , the only downside is the bad quality strap that comes with it and it is a little thick. But compared to smartwatches going for the same price it really is not too bad. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
FOSSIL GEN 3 SMARTWATCH – Q EXPLORIST STAINLESS STEEL
This stylish smartwatch is the reason they put smart in smartwatch, this watch just feels like money and quality. You will have to get used to the heaviness of the watch on your wrist. The smartwatch will need android 4.3 and above or iOS 9 and above and it will only work on the iPhone 5 and above. To connect to the internet you will need a wifi signal or you can also use your mobile data. The smartwatch also gets all your social media notifications right on the screen and you can also browse the internet or maps from your screen.
The smartwatch also comes with an activity tracker that connect to the Google fit app. With the fitness app you can track your units of calories burned or steps taken each day. I don’t think it is wise to use this watch on any long trail run or marathon, as it is very bulky and would get uncomfortable in no time. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
WHAT ARE THE SPECS
- The smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Processor
- The RAM is 512 Mb
- The smartwatch will be notified on texts, call and updates
- Has a multiple time zones to keep track of all your times
- Wireless charging available
- Activity tracker
- Alarm clock
- Control your watch with your voice
- Automatic phone syncing
- 4Gb storage
- Battery life is all day on stand use. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
IS THE FOSSIL GEN 3 SMARTWATCH WATERPROOF
The Gen 3 Smartwatch has a IP67 rating which means it is fully protected from dust and can still work if submerged in 1 meter or water for 30 minutes.
WHAT IS THE DISTANCE FROM LUG TO LUG ON THE FOSSIL GEN 3
WHAT IS THE PRICE?
This smartwatch sells for only $199, this is value for money and it does come in as one of my favourites 🙂
APPLE WATCH SERIES 3
The Apple Series 3 is the most revolutionary Apple smartwatch yet. You can easily go out and leave your phone at home while still staying connected to your messages and phone calls. The speaker is also a lot louder than it predesessor so taking calls outside is so much easier. Wireless earphones or Airpods can also be purchased separately but are very cool as you can listen to music easily while running or doing whatever. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
LETS GO STRAIGHT TO THE SPECS
- The watch is very fast with a dual-core s3 processor
- Sisi is also now available and is really fast
- The watch comes with a built in GPS
- Water resistant for up to 50 meters
- Heart rate monitor
IS THE APPLE SERIES 3 SMARTWATCH COMPATIBLE WITH iPHONE 5S
It requires iOS11 and above, the 5s may not work.
CAN APPLE WATCH PAIR WITH ANDROID
No, the Apple Series 3 Smartwatch cannot pair to an Android. Apple does not allow the information from the smartwatch to be shared with any other device beside Apple iOS.
CAN YOU CHARGE AN iPHONE USING THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 3 CHARGER
No, unfortunately this does not work. It seems you will need your normal iPhone charger to do this for you. This is probably a money making idea from Apple. Apple wants to make as much money as possible, so not having the chargers work on all the Apple items makes sense then 🙂
IS IT POSSIBLE TO WATCH YOUTUBE AND MOVIES WITH THE AIRPODS CONNECTED
Yes all audio from the smartwatch or iPhone will go through the ear phones. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
CAN MUSIC FROM THE iPHONE BE PLAYED AND CONTROLLED BY THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 3
Yes this is a very cool feature, you can play all your music from your smartwatch. The smartwatch can also be connected to your Airpods.
DOES THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 3 WORK WITH STRAIGHT TALK
The Series 3 does work with Straight Talk at the moment. Straight talk has said that if enough people request this feature they will add it.
WILL THE SERIES 3 SMARTWATCH WORK WITHOUT A CELLULAR SERVICE
Yes, if your cellular provider offers a plan for the iPhone and Series 3 smartwatch. However most features can still work without having the cellular feature added.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE SERIES 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 sells for $359 on Amazon. This price is fair for the amount of great features this smartwatch offers.
THE BEST SMARTWATCH OF 2018
So as you can see the smartwatches above are mostly very cool and they all have such GREAT features. Below are a list of features and which watch is the best from the list above:
- Best battery life: This will go to the Garmin Fenix 5 Range – the battery typically last up to 2 weeks in normal mode
- Top fitness watch: This one goes to the Garmin Forerunner 735XT as it offers different features such as detailed tracking for swimming or running.
- The best waterproof watch: The Garmin Fenix 5 can go down to a depth of 100 meters without getting damage :0
THE BEST SMARTWATCH OF 2018
GARMIN FORERUNNER 735XT
My winner for 2018 will have to be the Garmin Forerunner 736XT. This watch is just full of the best features available. The 735XT design is awesome and it just sits perfectly on my wrist like it was supposed to be there. The price is a little high at $369 but is totally worth it. What stood out the most was the attention to details with regards to the fitness tracking, GPS and the layout of the operating system. As I said before this watch just ticks all the boxes for a GREAT smartwatch. – BEST SMARTWATCHES
The Apple Watch Series 3 was the close runner up to the Garmin Forerunner 735XT. The watch took second spot because it can only be used with an Apple iPhone. The Apple Watch Series 3 is also packed with all the GREAT features you would expect from Apple. If this smartwatch could be used with any other smartphones this would have been a VERY close call.
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