There are four distinct smartwatch platforms to choose from — watchOS by Apple, Android Wear by Google, Samsung’s Tizen, and Fitbit’s proprietary OS running on its Ionic smartwatch. All entries in this list will work with both iPhone and Android smartphones.
However, please note that even though Android Wear and Samsung Tizen OS smartwatches can pair with an Apple iPhone, they won’t deliver the same stellar functionality as when connected to an Android smartphone. The notification experience is inferior, and you won’t be able to seamlessly sync apps between the two devices. If you’re an iPhone user looking for a smartwatch, it’s best to go with an Apple Watch.
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1. Apple Watch Series 3 Smartwatch
Pros: Cool design, great build quality, the best platform in the business, many variants to choose from
Cons: You can only use it with an iPhone, expensive
Bottom Line: Hands-down the best smartwatch you can buy.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is the best smartwatch money can buy — by quite a margin. It has easily customizable looks, excellent hardware, a fantastic set of fitness-tracking features, and a polished user interface that’s incredibly intuitive. The device also comes with an excellent set of apps that’ll help it fit into everyone’s lifestyle.
Apple’s third-generation smartwatch also brings cellular network connectivity, so you can leave your phone behind during your workouts and still stay connected. It’s available for all major carriers, but note that the feature requires a monthly subscription with a fee.
The device’s activity tracking features are also among the best in the business. They include an ultra accurate heart-rate sensor, a waterproof body up to 50 meters, and a built-in GPS, so you can precisely keep track of your outdoor activities.
Best of all, the Apple Watch Series 3 covers every price point from $329, all the way to $1,000-plus, so there’s one for every taste and budget. Casing options range from aluminum and stainless steel all the way to ceramic in the Edition models. High-end band options are also available from the fashion powerhouse Hermès, as are sportier offerings designed in collaboration with Nike.