What is the Best Smartwatch 2018?
With this review, we’ll look at some of the top rated smartwatches available and break down what they have to offer. Whether it’s receiving calls/texts, purchasing items, distraction free navigation, or fitness tracking, smartwatches can do it all. With this best smartwatch 2018 list, we will help narrow down the available choices that make searching for your next smartwatch extremely easy.
Whether you’re looking for cheap or expensive smart watches, 4G smartwatches, or even a smart watch that pairs well with your iPhone, we’ve got you covered. We’ve narrowed down the list to the top 14 best smartwatches of 2018.
Best Smartwatch 2018
|Apple Watch 3||1.53" OLED||18 hours||Heart Rate Monitor, Sleep Tracker, GPS, 4G LTE Cellular, Bluetooth, Siri Speaks|
|Apple Watch 2||1.53" OLED||18 hours||Heart Rate Monitor, Sleep Tracker, GPS, Bluetooth|
|Samsung Gear S3 Frontier||1.3" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED||3 days||Text, Call, Heart Rate Monitor, Sleep Tracker, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Sony SmartWatch 3||1.6" LCD||2 days||Sleep Tracker, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Charger|
|Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen.||1.37" or 1.56" LCD||1.5-2 days||Heart Rate Monitor, Sleep Tracker, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|ASUS ZenWatch 3||1.39" AMOLED||2 days||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|LG Watch Urbane Smart Watch||1.3" P-OLED||2 days||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Huawei Watch 2||1.2" AMOLED||2 days||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G|
|Huawei Watch||1.4" AMOLED||2 days||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Apple Watch||1.53" OLED||18 hours||Heart Rate Monitor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC|
|Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch||1.2" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED||1.5 days||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|TAG Heuer Luxury Smart Watch||1.5" LCD||2 days||Bluetooth, Heart Rate Monitor|
|Pebble Smart Watch||1.26" LED||7 Days||Bluetooth, Heart Rate Monitor, Step Tracking||(Under $100)|
|Amazingforless Smartwatch||1.56" LCD||1-2 Days||Bluetooth, Sim Card Slot||(Under $20)|
1. Apple Watch 3 – Best Smartwatch 2018
Just released and new for 2018, the Apple Watch Series 3 replaces the old the Series 2 Apple Watch. While there are no apparent changes in design or style, the Apple Watch Series 3 builds upon the solid Apple Watch design to improve function and connectivity where it was needed the most.
Apple Watch Series 3 Features
- 4G LTE Cellular Connectivity
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Built in GPS and Altimeter
- Siri Speaks
- Heart Rate Sensor
- 16 GB Storage Capacity
- 18 Hour Battery Life
As you can see, it’s quite the improvement over the Series 2 Apple Watch. The cellular connection is something we’ve seen many Android Smartwatches already employ, so it’s nice to see Apple finally offer it. This gives you the ability to take calls, texts, email, listen to music and use Siri all from the Apple Watch 3.
One of the big improvements that Apple has promoted with the Apple Watch 3 is the improved heart rate monitoring. Not only have they redesigned the sensor for more accurate readings, they’ve improved the data recording as well. They’ve made it a point to promote the Apple Watch 3 as a potential life saving device that could alert you to irregular heartbeats that if caught quickly, could save lives.
Even with all of these features, the Apple Watch 3 still manages to maintain a sense of ruggedness. It’s great for outdoor use since it’s water resistant down to 50 meters. This makes it perfect for swimming, hiking, or even showering.
For the newest smartwatch available right now, the Apple Watch 3 is the watch to own. Its dual core processor and wireless chip make it lightning fast when switching between apps or maneuvering the menu. 18 hours of battery life will keep you connected longer with a full days charge. For these reasons, the Apple Watch 3 leads the pack as the best smartwatch of 2018.
The largest improvements over the original Apple Watch Series 1 are the upgraded water resistant design, GPS tracker, swim tracker, and faster/updated hardware.
Also included is the advanced WatchOS 3 that Apple is extremely excited about. It improves the Apple Watch functionality extensively. Apps now launch instantly, new display customization’s are available, and users are provided with a better experience overall. Personalize the Apple Watch 2 with custom watch faces and even monitor your nights rest with the Sleep App. The Apple Watch 2 is also a watch phone. Take calls and interact just like with your mobile device.
Five workout metrics no show on the device display — distance, pace, active calories, heart rate, and elapsed time — all at once, without having to swipe. You can highlight your most important metric, mark segments, and label workouts like Pilates and Boxing. The Apple Watch 2 even automatically pauses on a run, like at a stoplight, and resumes when you do.
Unlike the Apple Nike+ Watch that caters primarily to running, the Apple Watch 2 series is designed for all the ways you workout.
With the Apple Watch 2, you can leave your iPhone at home and still track your run or ride accurately. With it’s 50 meter water resistant design, you can track your laps around to the pool too.
Once you are done with your activity, just check your iPhone for the details like distance, intensity, laps, and speed. It’s all constantly being updated to your phone so the results are instantaneous.
With Airpods, wirelessly connect to the Apple Watch 2 and have streaming music as you workout. The Apple Watch 2 is also compatible with the Apple Watch Charging Dock. When docked, your watch automatically goes into Nightstand mode, so you can use it as your alarm clock.
- Heart Rate Sensor
- Breathe App
- Third-Party Health Apps
- Health App on iPhone
With the ability to receive incoming calls, respond to texts, customize the watch face, and so much more, the Apple Watch 2 is really one of the most complete do it all watches on the best fitness tracker 2018 list. Apple’s ability to streamline the user interface, hardware, and Apps is second to none for the best smartwatch 2018.
The most recent offering by Samsung, the Gear 3 Frontier Smartwatch, combines the Samsung Smartwatch iconic design with the latest and smartest technology. If you want a smartwatch that looks like a regular watch with all the latest capabilities, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch is it.
I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the Gear S3 Frontier for a couple months now and could not be happier at the moment with how it has performed.I have even received several comments about how stylish it looks. But what else does the Samsung Gear S3 have to offer?
Samsung offers two version of the Gear S3 smartwatch, the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear S3 Classic. While they are similar in size, the Frontier is a shade heavier at 62g to the Classic’s 57g. The real difference is the Frontier smartwatch is geared more toward ruggedness/sports, while the Classic smartwatch is designed for less extensive usage such as home or office applications. Other than that, they are essentially the same watch made for different user personalities or styles. Both versions of the Gear S3 smartwatch have Gorilla Glass for display protection.
Apps and Notifications
Equipped with an always-on watch face, just turn the steel bezel to access apps and notifications. All of your calls, texts, and notifications come can be steamed through the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch through Bluetooth connectivity. It’s Android and iOS compatible. The Gear S3 Nightstand mode allows you to use the device as your alarm clock.
With the help of Samsung Pay, the ability to purchase items has never been easier. Just set up your credit or debit card on your Samsung Pay account, then be able to pay through the Samsung Gear 3 Frontier Smartwatch itself. This Samsung smartwatch is compatible with most business that accept credit and debit cards.
The toughness of the Gear 3 Frontier is without question. The Gear 3 Frontier has passed military specification (MIL-STD-810G) testing against a subset of 10 specific conditions, including drops from 4.9 feet, extreme temperatures, dust, shock/vibration, and low pressure/high altitude. Water- and dust-resistance based on IP68 rating (water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes).
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch has a 380mAh capacity battery capable of 3 days of battery life depending on usage. Compatible with Samsung’s wireless charger, there’s no need to connect the smartwatch to anything to top off the battery.
Overall this is a great Samsung smartwatch that could have easily been number one on the best smartwatch 2018 list. The only issues I’ve noticed is that the watch activation through the turn of the dial could get bumped and activate the device unintentionally. The other issue is that the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch is pretty bulky and wearing it as a sleep tracker or in applications where it could get bumped easy could be an issue. Otherwise, it’s hard to imagine more features, apps, and customization in a smartwatch these days.
Looking to improve on the 2nd Generation Sony SmartWatch, the Sony SmartWatch 3 ditches the clumsy interface, improves waterproof capability, and adds interchangeable straps. Lets look a little further though.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 utilizes the Android Wear software developed by Google and designed to be used across a wide range of platforms including Sony, Samsung, LG and Motorola devices. Users on Android Wear can create their own widely compatible apps.
With it’s rectangular display, the Sony SmartWatch 3 provides an alternative to popular circular displays like the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. The seamless watchband connects with the display and gives the appearance of a fitness tracker rather than a typical smartwatch.
Additionally, it has a micro-USB port built into it that allows for a charger to be plugged in. Most other smartwatches in it’s class require a docking station or charging cradle, so the ability to charge by other means is a plus. You can also pop out the display module from the band itself. Several different band color options are available, so just pop the display module back in for a different look.
With a display size of 1.6″, the Sony Smartwatch 3 is the largest display on the best smartwatch 2018 list. The colors and brightness actually look quite good, or as good as most of the others in it’s price range. The problem is that the viewing angles are not the best, so if the smartwatch rotates just slightly on your wrist, the display becomes difficult to read.
A host of custom watch faces are available in the Google Play Store allowing users to customize the Sony SmartWatch 3 display to just about anything.
The Sony Smartwatch 3 is equipped with voice commands and allows for you to set timers, schedules, or even check the weather. It’s also compatible with web searches and dictating emails. The voice recognition of the Sony Smartwatch 3 is surprising smoother than many top rated smartwatches in it’s class.
One of the important aspects not found on the Sony Smartwatch 3 is the heart rate monitor. This is a standard feature on almost every smartwatch today, so it’s really the only major downside.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is newly redesigned, incorporating many improvements over it’s predecessor the Sony SmartWatch 2. However, it’s lack of heart rate monitor and low viewing angles are the major drawbacks. These faults are quickly overshadowed by the affordable price and features of the Sony Smartwatch 3 compared to other top end Smartwatches and why it’s included in the best smartwatch 2018 list.
OLED vs. AMOLED vs. LCD
Motorola’s introduction into the smartwatch market with their first generation Moto 360 smartwatch wasn’t exactly stellar. It could not live up to the high expectations placed on it and it’s new Android Wear OS (iOS Compatible). However, Motorola was well aware of the issues and recently released the new and improved Moto 360 2nd Gen. Lets take a look at what the Moto 360 smartwatch has to offer and why it’s part of the best smartwatch 2018 list.
Available in two sizes (42mm and 46mm), the Moto 360 smartwatch is a wearable for both large and small wrists. This is a great optimization feature and if you’ve worn a smartwatch for any length of time you have realized they can be a bit bulky.
Along with the size of the smartwatch, Motorola has increased the available colors as well. The Moto 360 Second Gen. is offered in Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Black Leather, Black Metal, and Silver & Cognac. This high level of variability is unmatched by other smartwatches in the best smartwatch 2018 list.
Building on the Moto 360’s first generation revolutionary round display, the Moto 360 2nd Gen. Smartwatch offers the same with few changes. It’s still a stylish design, but other manufacturers have joined in with similar round displays like the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier.
Both Android Wear and Motorola Connect App lets you customize the display to just about any design and features an optical heart rate monitor on the inside of the watch body.
Improving on the sluggishness of the Moto 36 first generation, the new Moto 360 2nd Gen. smartwatch sports the new Snapdragon 400 processor for lightning fast speed. This along with the 4GB of storage and 512 mb of ram is more than enough for today’s smartwatches.
Equipped with a 300 mAh battery, the Moto 360 2nd Gen is good for 1.5-2 days without a charge. With heavy use, expect 1 day max. The Moto 360 2nd Gen comes with the Motorola Mobility Moto360 Smartwatch Charger which is essentially a small docking station. This makes charging really easy. You can even chance the color of the Motorola Mobility Moto360 charger display with the Motorola Connect App.
Motorola has come out strong with the Moto 360 2nd Gen and improved on areas where the Moto360 First Gen fell short. It’s a fast watch and offers some of the most all around customization of any smartwatch in the best smartwatch 2018 list.
6. ASUS ZenWatch 3 – Best Smartwatch for the money
When you think ASUS, you may think motherboards or graphics cards, but they also offer some of the best looking smartwatches and the ZenWatch 3 is no exception. But what does it have to offer other than it’s stylish design and why is it included in the best smartwatch 2018 list?
Equipped with the latest Android Wear 2.0 software, it removes the need to have your mobile device nearby. Easily connect with Bluetooth, cellular, or Wi-Fi. Tons of Apps have been added and many features improved over Android Wear 1.5.
ASUS ditched the square display used in the previous versions of the ZenWatch and incorporated the circular display for the ZenWatch 3 that can be seen at almost any angle. Colors are impressively bright on the 400 x 400 resolution AMOLED display and ASUS provides over 60 display customization’s currently.
The ASUS ZenWatch 3 has three rather large buttons on the right side of the watch. The top button activates ASUS’s ZenFit app, the middle operates the display dial, and the bottom is Eco mode. Measuring in at 45mm, it’s one of the larger smartwatches on the Best Smartwatch 2018 list, so users with smaller hands beware.
The ASUS ZenWatch 3 offers ZenFit which tracks activity through motion. It’s not as exact as other smartwatches with tracking sensors, but it still provides some fitness tracking capabilities such as step, run, walk, sit-up, and pushup tracking. The ASUS Zenwatch 3 is clearly not a fitness tracker and was designed as more of a classic watch in terms of capabilities and appearance.
Other features include Asus Weather, Remote Link and even a flashlight app, which can be installed through the Manager app. Bluetooth compatible, store up to 4GB of music. The Zenwatch 3 is water resistant, so a light rain is fine, just don’t submerge it.
The downsides through are that the ASUS ZenWatch 3 doesn’t support Android Pay (NFC), lacks a GPS, and doesn’t have a heart rate monitor. These features have become standard on the top smartwatches available today, so keep that in mind.
With no GPS, the ASUS ZenWatch 3 doesn’t have to worry about another added feature draining the battery. On average, you can expect a charge to last 2 days and full charging to take a quick 30 minutes (a handy feature).
If you want a watch that runs the latest Android Wear 2.0 and is built around a classic watch design without all the fitness tracking features, then this is the perfect fit. At one time watches were watches (not smartwatches), and maybe that’s still enough with the not as smart ASUS ZenWatch 3.
7. LG Watch Urbane SmartWatch – Best LG Smartwatch
As with most of the devices reviewed so far in the best smartwatch 2018 list, the LG Watch Urbane is a great looking smartwatch with a stylish design. Most people not familiar with the latest smartwatches might mistake the LG Watch Urbane for a high end mechanical device, but does it’s good looks translate into a good smartwatch? Lets find out.
LG offers the Urbane smartwatch in two different stainless steel styles, the shiny silver or shiny gold. If you haven’t noticed, it’s a shiny watch and a real eye catcher. It comes with a leather watch band which leaves a lot to be desired compared to it’s stylish display and housing. The watch band is interchangeable though.
With the 1.3″ P-OLED circular display, the LG Watch Urbane is one of the smallest displays in the best smartwatch 2018 list. It’s also the only smartwatch in the review with P-OLED, which isn’t all that different than OLED and should not cause concern as it’s still a very sharp and bright display. It’s lack of an ambient light sensor means that it can not adjust for changing light conditions.
Sporting the ever popular Android Wear, expect the same apps and features that have become the benchmark with Android. This includes the standard host of displays, notification cards, find my phone, and music playback. The LG Watch Urbane is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible.
The LG Watch Urbane has a mic for voice recognition and it’s Snapdragon 400 processor is fast and capable.
Fitness tracking features for the LG Watch Urbane are not as abundant as the top of the line Fitness Trackers such as the FitBit Surge Superwatch, but it does offer some basic options in the fitness tracking department. Equipped with an optical heart rate sensor located on the back, it syncs with and utilizes the LG Pulse App.
Battery life for the Urbane smartwatch is about what you would expect for top smartwatches, close to 2 days. However, heavy use has shown that 1-1.5 days is more realistic. The LG Urbane utilizes a charging station as opposed to a direct Miro-USB connection, so if you must have a power cable look elsewhere.
Ultimately, the LG Watch Urbane is a smartwatch that looks better than most other devices, but offers fewer features. It’s IP67 rating means it’s water resistant and can take rain, snow, and showers, but with the leather band it may be best to limit it’s exposure to water.
Samsung Pay vs. Android Pay vs. Apple Pay
8. Huawei Watch 2 – Best 4G Smartwatch
The latest offering from the Chinese manufacturer Huawei within the past few weeks is the Huawei Watch 2 with 4G capability. Looking to improve on the success of the Huawei Watch 1 with added features and capabilities, is it enough to really make a difference or is it just the same Huawei Watch re-branded? Lets take a look.
The Huawei Watch 2 is available in two styles, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic for business or casual outings, and the regular Huawei Watch 2 that is more rugged and designed for outdoors and fitness type applications. This is very similar scenario to the Gear S3 Frontier and S3 Classic variations offered by Samsung. With 9 wristband styles to choose from, hundreds of custom watch faces, and a rugged or classic version, the customization of the Huawei Watch 2 is among the best.
The Huawei Watch 2 still sports the classic large round display and ceramic bevel. The bevel alone is touted as taking 288 hours to make and 6 times harder than stainless steel if you can believe it. It sounds like Huawei is really getting behind providing a rugged smartwatch. The 4G capable nano sim slot is located discreetly in in the bevel itself which proves a great out of the way location.
It’s 1.2″ screen is slightly smaller than the Original 1.4″ display, but with the bevel appears just the same or larger. Equipped with two outer buttons, the top button allows you to go back and the bottom allows you to access the fitness options.
The Huawei Watch 2 is IP68 Water and Dust resistant so it can be be taken into the shower, withstand a rainstorm, or be used for swimming.
As with other Huawei Smartwatches, the Huawei 2 uses Android Wear. So you’ll get all the goodies associated with Android Wear coupled with the Huawei Watch 2’s GPS, NFC payment, and 4G speed capabilities. All this with around a 2 day battery life which is pretty good among it’s competitors.
You’ll be able to make and receive phone calls without your mobile device with the Huawei Watch 2 integrated antenna (eSIM/SIM), listen to music, and have Bluetooth capability. The Huawei Watch 2 comes with it’s own fitness tracking app or you can use one of the many available on Android Wear. Fitness features on the Huawei Watch 2 include:
- GPS Tracking,
- Heart Rate Monitoring,
- Real Time Guidance,
- Workout Report; and,
- Offline Music.
While the Huawei Watch 2 is nothing revolutionary, it does offer a slight step above the Huawei Watch 1 in regards to a faster 4G experience. It’s still a very large watch and those looking for a smaller smartwatch should definitely look elsewhere. But it’s refreshing to see Huawei bringing improved products to the market like the Huawei Watch 2 that offers a lot of customization, 4G capability, improved fitness tracking, and a rugged design for outdoor applications. The Huawei Watch 2 is the top 4G LTE Smartwatch in the best smartwatch 2018 list.
9. Huawei Watch – Best Budget Smartwatch
Huawei is not exactly the most well known brand around, but they do make some fine looking smartwatches. Lets take and look at what the Huawei Smartwatch has to offer and why it’s included in the best smartwatch 2018 list.
The first thing you notice with the Huawei Watch is the large 1.4″ 400 x 400 AMOLED display. It’s constructed of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass (second in hardness to diamonds) and similar to what is on the Apple Watch. Scratch resistance is always a concern with these large screens and how exposed they are, so unless something catastrophic happens, it should absorb every day wear and tear with no issues.
The Huawei Watch comes in an astonishing 10 different display and band combinations, including Stainless Steel, Gold, and Jewel Pearl.
With a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the colors and brightness on the Huawei Watch are pretty outstanding. The always on display features about 60 per-loaded watch face designs along with the 100’s available on Google Play.
As with so many smartwatches in the best smartwatch 2018 list, the Huawei Watch runs on Android 2.0. Expect all the goodies that come with it including the Google Fit app. There is no GPS on the Huawei Watch so don’t expect navigation features, but you also won’t have GPS exhausting the battery more quickly.
It’s equipped with an optical heart rate tracker, but it’s accuracy leaves a lot of be desired. It’s best to treat the fitness features that the Huawei Watch provides as a novelty. Get a dedicated fitness tracker like the Garmin Forerunner 735 XT if activity tracking is your primary concern.
The hardware of the Huawei Watch is pretty standard featuring the 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 4 GB Storage, 512 MB Ram, and IP67 rating (dust and rain resistant).
Battery life typically lasts 1.5 days and the lack of GPS really helps increase battery life.
The Huawei Watch is stylish with a great display sure to make a statement. It lacks some features found in other top smartwatches in the best smartwatch 2018 list, such as the lack of GPS and fitness tracking capabilities, but makes up for it with looks and customization ability.
10. Apple Watch
Although it’s now outdated due to the recent release of the Apple Watch 2, the Original Apple Watch is still a very capable smartwatch at an even better price and why it’s included in the best smartwatch 2018 list.
Equipped with the iconic square display, you either love or hate the look of the Apple Watch. Regardless though, it’s easy to see the Apple quality is there in both design and build. Available in both the 38 mm or 42 mm (larger battery in 42 mm version), it’s surprisingly less bulkier than similar sized smartwatches.
- 38 mm – 340 x 272 pixels, 290 ppi screen
- 42 mm – 390 x 312, 302 ppi screen
Both Display options provide a surprisingly bright and sharp display. Among the best in the best smartwatch 2018 review, but do not compare to the new Apple Watch 2.
Other design features include a heart rate sensor mounted on the bottom of the watch face and an IPX7 rating giving the Apple Watch the ability to withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Perfect for showering or getting caught in the rain.
Unlike specialty smartwatches or dedicated fitness trackers, the Apple Watch pretty much does it all. Make calls, reply to messages, track activity and heart rate, and so much more through Apple Watch Apps.
With Apple’s Taptic engine, different notifications give off different feels. Notifications feel like taps and certain Apps give off more of a buzz. They all combine to provide a more complete user experience.
The Apple Watch offers just enough fitness and activity tracking to make it dangerous. While not as immersed as some of the top fitness trackers such as the Fitbit Surge, it does offer caloric burn measurements through the Activity app.
The largest downsides however are the lack of GPS and no sleep tracking ability, something that has become standard on the top smartwatches today.
Expect at least a day of battery life out of the Apple Watch. With no GPS and no need to sleep with it since it has no sleep tracker, wear it all day and charge it at night with no problems.
Since the Apple Watch 2 has been released, the Apple Watch has become way more affordable than when it first hit the market. It doesn’t have the latest and greatest hardware or capabilities, but it does have Apple’s quality and design, customization, and Apple Watch iOS compatibility in an All-In-One package.
Similar to the Apple Watch being replaced by the Apple Watch 2, Samsung’s Gear S2 Smartwatch was recently upgraded by the Gear S3. But even though the Samsung Gear S2 isn’t the latest and greatest, you can still have a capable smartwatch for a fraction of the price.
Lets take a look at what the Samsung Gear S2 has to offer and why it’s included in the best smartwatch 2018 list.
Samsung offers the Gear S2 in 5 different designs, Silver, Classic, Dark Gray, Platinum, and Rose Gold. Each is made of a 316L Stainless steel housing that is highly corrosion resistant. The bands are highly customizable and Samsung offers many to choose from. The band removes easily, just click on the tab on the back and swap out the existing strap for a new one.
The display is activated by the turn of the bezel, something Samsung also included in the Gear S3. The Gear S2 offers touch screen capability as well as home and back buttons on the side of the display housing.
Display: 1.2” Full Circular sAMOLED, 360 x 360 (302ppi).
Hardware: BT Exynos 3250 chipset, RAM : 512MB, STORAGE : 4GB
The Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch uses the S Health App to monitor activity. With the monitoring sensor located under the display, track your daily activity levels, heart rate and water vs. caffeine intake. It will even send motivational messages to get you moving again.
The Samsung Gear S2 allows for the use of Samsung Pay, just like the Gear S3. Capable of holding up to 300 songs and compatible with Bluetooth headphones, you can leave your mobile device behind on those long runs.
With an IP68 rating the Samsung Gear S2 is water resistant, but should not be submerged. Showering and rain showers should be fine though.
The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch utilizes the Samsung charging station. Just dock the smartwatch and it conveniently displays the charging percentage. The 300mAh battery will realistically give you 1,5 days of life before it needs a recharge.
Overall, the Samsung Gear S2 is nowhere near the new Gear S3, but it is the base that it was built on with a lot of the same features. It’s price has dropped considerably since it first came out and the price is way more reasonable now that the Gear S3 is out. For an all-in-one smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2 is still a very capable smartwatch Samsung has brought to the table and why it’s included on the best smartwatch 2018 list.
Diamonds and gold. That’s what Heuer plans to introduce eventually and incorporate into the TAG Smartwatch. But for now, enjoy showing it off as everyone will recognize it for what it is.
It looks just like a regular Heuer, although it’s one of the bulkiest devices on the best smartwatch 2018 list coming in at a hefty 12.8mm. By comparison, some of the other larger watches like the Moto 360 and Huawei Watch are 11.4 mm and 11.3 mm, respectively.
If you have a small wrist, don’t even try it. But it is light and the display is strikingly huge. The colors are sharp and bright. Easily matching the top smartwatches in it’s class like the Apple Watch 2.
The quality is all there and you will not be disappointed with sapphire crystal glass 1.5-inch LCD display.
The TAG Heuer Smartwatch does have a few flaws though. First, it doesn’t have a GPS which is a standard feature in most of today’s top smartwatches. The bright side is the battery will last longer with no GPS hogging the battery.
The other downside is the screen resolution. At just 360 x 360 resolution and 240ppi, it’s not the leader of the pack. Something you would expect for a smartwatch that costs this much.
Display customization and Apps available through Android Wear and Google Play are some of the best we’ve seen. TAG attention to detail and quality has clearly transitioned into providing a complete user interface way above the rest.
Equipped with the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z34XX chipset, the TAG Heuer Luxury Smartwatch is more than fast enough to power the Android apps available today. It is surprising though since most other Android smartwatches feature Qualcomm processors.
Easily expect 1 full day of battery life out of the Tag Heuer’s 410mAh battery (thanks to no GPS). It’s IP67 rating means it is water resistant, so light applications in water should be fine.
Overall, the TAG Heuer Luxury Smartwatch is a step above the rest in style, design, and sleekness. Everyone who see’s it will probably comment on it. But it does lack some features that a smartwatch at this price should have and that’s why it rounds out the top 10 best smartwatch 2018 list.
13. Pebble 2 Smartwatch – Best Cheap Smartwatch
When it comes to smartwatches and the best smartwatch 2018 review, the word cheap and budget don’t really come to mind. But all that changed with the release of the Pebble 2 watch. Pebble Smartwatch has managed to corner the budget market with the popular Pebble Watch Series which is projected to last until the Fitbit buyout is complete.
Pebble was able to harness the power of KickStarter to successfully produce the Pebble 2 Watch and it’s become very popular. But what do you get for the Pebble Watches low price, lets take a look.
First off, the Pebble 2 Watch is not the most stylish or impressive smartwatch that’s available. It’s clear to see Pebble sacrificed high end and refined design characteristics in favor of functionality and cost savings. But the always on 144 x 168 pixel LED display is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass for an added protection feature, similar to the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier.
The Pebble 2 Smart Watch body is water resistant and capable of depths up to 30 meters. Showering, Rain, or Swimming will not be an issue.
The Pebble 2 Smartwatch is light and thin, so it makes the best smartwatch for women and users with smaller wrists. The durable poly-carbonate body and plastic wristband give the Pebble 2 Watch more of sporty feel similar to the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch.
All of the standard features you would expect are available in the Pebble 2 SmartWatch equipped with Pebble OS 4.0. With it’s host of fitness tracking apps, you’ll get step tracking, sleep tracking, and heart rate monitoring all included. The silent vibrating alarm alerts you to social notifications or to wake up.
Other Pebble 2 Watch features include call, text, and social notifications from you favorite apps. It even has a built in microphone for dictation.
Sending text or voice replies works with most major Android™ apps including SMS, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and hundreds more. Text or voice reply features for iPhone® users are currently limited to SMS and only available to AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile users in the US and mobile customers in Australia, The Netherlands, and The United Kingdom.
The Pebble 2 Watch is included in the Best Smartwatch 2018 review because it’s a great cheap smartwatch that allows many users an introduction to the world of smartwatches. It’s long battery life of up to 7 days and basic features that work well with most apps is pretty astonishing for the price. One downside is it only has 8MB of storage capacity, so don’t plan on downloading a large playlist of songs onto it.
14. Amazingforless Smartwatch – Under $20!!!
Most of the devices in the Best Smartwatch 2018 review aren’t cheap, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some capable cheap smartwatches available. The Amazingforless Smartwatch is a device that offers a lot of features for almost nothing. It won’t be as durable or work as seamlessly as the top smartwatches, but it does offer an entry point for those looking to try out a smartwatch and not invest a whole lot.
- HD DISPLAY: High sensitive capacitive touch screen; Perfect match technology.
- HEALTH MONITOR: Pedometer to record steps, sleep monitoring to help improving sleep quality, Sedentary Reminder for break or sport for office worker.
- FEATURES: Message Reminder, Call Reminder, Answer Call, Dial Call, Remote Control, Push Message, Altitude Meter, Anti-lost, Pedometer, Sleep Tracker, Calendar & Many More!
- MAXIMUM COMPATIBILITY: Compatitble with all Android & IOS Smartphones; such as Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Huawei, ZTE, Oppo, Xiomi and so on. Note: This smart watch is 100% compatible with all android smartphones, Please Note: For iPhones it only supports partial functions including Pedometer, Calendar, Call Sync, Calculator, Clock, Stopwatch, Music player, Hands free + more
While the Amazingforless Smartwatch does not rank high on the best smartwatch 2018 list, it’s a great entry level watch that is fun to use.
Apple Watch Vs. Android Wear
Smart Watch Phone
Smart watches do a lot of things, but not all of them are smart watch phones. The capability to call a friend through your smart watch phone without a mobile device nearby is a great advancement in technology and one that should be high on the list when choosing the best smartwatch for 2018.
Types of Smart Watch Phones
There are two types of the smart watch phones, those that need a mobile device and those that are standalone smart watch phones. While the technology has not advanced to the point where having a conversation on a smart watch phone is the same quality as a smartphone itself, it still offers an outlet should the situation require it.
Smart Watch Phones That Need a Mobile Device
The industry standard for smart watch phones used to be dependent on your mobile device being nearby relaying information. Usually within a close distance too, around 20 feet. That’s really only handy if your smart watch phone is in your pocket or on the kitchen counter. The first smart watch phones also had poorly designed speakers, if they even had them at all.
But those days are over and the best smartwatch 2018 list has several smart watch phones that when paired with a smartphone, are able to provide a platform to make and receive calls ins a productive manner.
List of Smart Watch Phones That Need a Mobile Device
- Apple Watch
- Apple Watch 2
- Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
- LG Watch
- Motorola Moto 360
Standalone Smart Watch Phones
Unlike smart watch phones that need your smartphone nearby, standalone smartwatch phones can be used independently from any mobile device and add an extra feature not found in all of the devices listed in the best smartwatch 2018 review. If you head to the gym and forgot your phone, don’t worry the standalone smart watch phone can still do it all.
Standalone smart watch phones have their own SIM card chip which receives signals directly from your carrier totally bypassing the need for a mobile device nearby. SIM card slots, like on the Huawei Watch 2, are conveniently hidden in the bezel for discrete placement. You will not find Standalone Smart Watch phones from Apple just yet, Smartwatch Android have the only offerings at the moment.
List of Standalone Smart Watch Phones
- LG Watch LTE
- LG Watch LTE Urbane
- Samsung Gear S
- Samsung Gear S2
- Hauwei Watch 2
- ASUS ZenWatch 3
- Apple Watch 3
Summing It Up
Smartwatches are still a relatively new product and it’s easy to see that companies are developing new technology, App’s, and designs to make the user experience even better. The Apple Watch 3 leads the best smartwatch 2018 list due to the previously mentioned factors. The user experience is just unmatched. However, Android smartwatches like the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier are not very far behind and offer a great alternative if you aren’t a fan of Apple. The good news is that there is a lot of competition in the smartwatch market, so different styles, operating systems, and sizes are available for just about everyone. Stay tuned to the Best Smartwatch 2018 review for more updates.
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