Smartwatches are becoming more than just a way to get smartphone notifications on your wrist. The devices have to be everything in one: a fitness tracker, a wallet, and even a phone.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is available in two versions, one with cellular and one without. The more expensive LTE model failed to impress us due to connectivity issues, poor battery life and limited use cases. The cheaper non-LTE model is a winner, however, with advanced fitness-tracking features, including a new barometric altimeter for measuring elevation. The GPS Series 3 is the best smartwatch for most people.
If you want to have notifications, fitness tracking, Apple Pay and more on your wrist but you don’t need GPS or a swim-proof design, the Apple Watch Series 1 is a good value. The watch packs in a speedy dual-core processor and can take advantage of all the advanced fitness-tracking features built into watchOS 4.
- Samsung just announced its new Galaxy Watch, a Tizen OS-based smartwatch with an emphasis on health and fitness. The watch is deeply embedded in Samsung’s ecosystem, so it works with Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, and Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. A 42mm model in rose gold and black will be available to preorder Aug. 10 and in stores on Aug. 24 for $330, and a 46mm version in silver will be available the same day for $350 through Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung’s website. The LTE version will be compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon’s networks, but pricing and availability for the cellular models have not been announced.