There’s no doubt that, over the last couple of years, smartwatches have aggressively cornered the wearable tech market. Seen strapped neatly under the cuff of a dress shirt by many, and proudly exhibited on bare arms by others, they are versatile, stylish and now part of many people’s everyday lives.
And smartwatches are getting ever smarter, sleeker, and – apparently – sexier as technology works with tradition to create the perfect balance between form and function.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch
Samsung’s Gear S3 Classic sets you free from your phone in the most natural way. You only have to turn the bezel to respond to calls, read messages, and navigate through apps. But more importantly, this watch looks sleek, with an executive design that compliments both formal and casual looks.
Being iOS and Android compatible, you’re able to make and take calls, and Samsung claims that its long-lasting battery can last for ‘a few days’ before recharging is required. It’s able to withstand dust and dirt and being up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes underwater. An attractive and smart watch indeed.
Fossil Q Crewmaster Hybrid Smartwatch
We’ve kept a close eye on Fossil – and their recent approach to blending analogue design with smart connectivity has spawned this impressive smartwatch hybrid. Using bluetooth technology, the watch allows you to receive smartphone notifications (iOS and Android compatible) to accomplish your daily fitness goals.
With an alleged battery life of six months (varies depending on usage), the clever hybrid allows interchangeable straps and neatly works with your smartphone via Fossil’s Q App. This option makes sense because it’s not too tech and fiddly, unlike the fully touchscreen alternatives.
LG G Watch R Smartwatch
LG have adopted the round-faced smartwatch design, and it’s a decision we applaud. Its P-OLED display is impressive, not only allowing you to effortlessly see the display at almost any angle, but it’s super energy efficient, too.
Compatible on iOS and Android, you’ll be able to keep up to date with social media alerts and even road traffic conditions if you happen to be driving – because you can’t drive and text, gentlemen. Overall, the design is timeless, slick and fully interactive with the ‘OK Google’ feature which is like Siri, only it doesn’t talk back (thankfully).
Huawei W1 Smartwatch
The Chinese telecoms giant have yet to dominate the Western market, but we think their latest smartwatch will pique our interests with this simply beautiful timepiece. The 42mm round face design evokes classic Swiss design, and the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal gasket guarantees durability, allowing you to make the most of the clever tracking data features compatible with your iOS or Android smartphone.
What makes this smartwatch special is the single ergonomic button that works like a all-in-one feature (like the iPhone), making it super user-friendly. We certainly hope to see more smartwatch innovation from Huawei to come.
Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch
Who remembers Motorola? They dominated the noughties with their iconic flip-phones and slider-phones, and now, have returned at the head of the smartwatch game.
The Moto 360’s minimalist design actually packs a lot of smart features; WiFi and bluetooth connectivity, iOS and Android compatibility, Google play apps, ambient light sensor, wireless charging and all in his and hers option. The ultra-slim design and generous 46mm round face allows fully customisable dial layouts which is an attractive USP, too.