Although smartwatches have been around for a long time, they have only recently thrusted into the mainstream. With companies like Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Asus and many more working around the clock to improve their performance, these watches are getting smarter every day!
Amid all this, many consumers believe that the old, analog timepieces do a much better job as they are crafted with great precision. Then again, smartwatches aren’t just for checking time, they help us in a range of ways such as tracking health, keeping safe, GPS and more.
We’ve reviewed several smartwatches this year and here are 5 of the best smartwatches of 2018:
- Apple Watch 3
This is the best smartwatch in the market right now. Apple Watch 3 is essentially the Apple Watch 2 frame with added features. The LTE connection has some controversies as it is not really as useful as some might hope, plus it costs a lot more to use, and drains the battery. The non-LTE version is a lot cheaper, and has all the benefits of Watch 2 but with a faster speed and longer battery life. It’s water resistant, so you won’t have to worry about using it while swimming. The GPS makes your running a little easier.
Specifications: OS: watchOS 4.3 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.53″ OLED | Processor: S2 dual-core | Storage: 8GB/16GB (Non-LTE and LTE respectively) | Battery life: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
- Suunto 3 Fitness
Suunto watches are born out of a heritage based on outdoor activities. This Finland-based company has been producing Suunto watches since 1936. Suunto 3 is a smart and sturdy fitness watch for people with active lifestyles who value their health and wellbeing. Based on your fitness level and training history, Suunto 3 Fitness prepares a 7-day training plan with optimum intensity duration each exercise to boost your fitness. The watch automatically counts your daily steps and calories. As a healthy body needs a good night’s sleep, Suunto 3 tracks your sleep too. It also measures your stress and recovery whole day to inform you how stressed you are.
- Ticwatch E
The name may sound unfamiliar, that’s because Ticwatch is a new member in the smartwatch world. This is the best Wear OS price wise. Although the price is low, the watch has a built-in GPS with precise heart rate sensor and sleek design.
Specifications: OS: Wear OS OS | Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 8+ | Display: 1.4″ 400 x 400 OLED | Processor: MediaTek MT2601 | Storage: 4GB | Battery life: Up to 24h | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1.
- LG Watch Style
This is the product of LG’s collaboration with Google. With an attractive and slim design and a bright and sharp display, LG Watch Style offers everything that you expect from the best Wear OS smartwatches.
Specifications: OS: Wear OS | Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS8.2+ | Display: 1.2″ 360 x 360 P-OLED | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Storage: 4GB | Battery life: Up to 24h | Charging method: Conductive USB charger | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
- Huawei Watch 2
This was one of the first smartwatches to launch with Android Wear 2.0, therefore you get the handy Google Assistant. The on-screen keyboard makes it easier to input texts. Its comfortable, lightweight design has plenty of sports sensors.
Specifications: OS: Android Wear 2.0| Display: 1.2-inch AMOLED 390×390 pixels| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100| Storage: 4GB | Connectivity: GSM/HSPA/LTE/Wi-Fi b/g/n