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Smartwatches

Want to track something? There’s an app for that. A host of tech and gadget companies are engineering stylish, intuitive wearable devices that track your body’s movements and integrate with your phone for smart functionality. The first consideration when purchasing a wearable tracker is whether you want a smartwatch or a fitness tracker. If you need a watch with supreme LTE connectivity for fielding work calls and monitoring texts, read on. If you're looking for a portable personal trainer to monitor your workouts and remind you to get off the couch, then visit our activity tracker page. We further explore the difference between these two styles in our FAQ section.

Smartwatches

Want to track something? There’s an app for that. A host of tech and gadget companies are engineering stylish, intuitive wearable devices that track your body’s movements and integrate with your phone for smart functionality. The first consideration when purchasing a wearable tracker is whether you want a smartwatch or a fitness tracker. If you need a watch with supreme LTE connectivity for fielding work calls and monitoring texts, read on. If you're looking for a portable personal trainer to monitor your workouts and remind you to get off the couch, then visit our activity tracker page. We further explore the difference between these two styles in our FAQ section.

The Quid Pick

Garmin Forerunner 35

After assessing insights from every perspective that matters, from consumers and experts to brands and retailers, the results are in. This smartwatch is notable for its long battery life, comprehensive fitness tracking capabilities, continuous heart rate monitor, and built-in GPS. Navigation is straightforward, with two recessed buttons on each side of the display screen that control notifications, activity tracking, music and settings. Once paired with your smartphone, the Garmin Forerunner 35 can display the whole gamut of notifications—including email, voicemail, social media, and calendar alerts. You can even check the chance of precipitation by the hour. Comfortable and lightweight, it offers a diverse set of options to optimize your productivity at both the office and the gym.

Quid Score

88

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Lowest Price

$150

Top Ten Smartwatches

The Quid Pick might not be ideal for everyone. Different people have different needs. Here are the Quiddity-approved Top 10 Smartwatches.

Our methodology

Frequently Asked Questions

Smartwatches vs. fitness trackers

Though most trackers measure athletic activity and send alerts, different models excel in different areas. We’ve broken down the two main types of wearable devices so that you can find the perfect one for you, whether you’re looking for a gym accessory or a productivity booster.

Quiddity quid-guide-garmin-4runnerGarmin 4Runner 35 Smartwatch

Smartwatches

Best for receiving and responding to notifications from smartphones

  • Pass along notifications from smartphones and let you respond (dismiss/like/tweet/etc)
  • Large, clear screen to convey text and numbers
  • Customizable notifications
  • Extensive 3rd party apps
  • Shorter battery life
  • Typically more expensive than fitness trackers

Quid Picks for smartwatches

Quiddity quid-guide-fitbit-charge2FitBit Charge 2 Health Tracker

Fitness Trackers

Best for daily tracking (stair climbing, step tracking, and simple workouts).

  • Long battery life, so you can wear them overnight to track sleep
  • Some are waterproof or water-resistant for swimming and showering
  • Goal-setting capability
  • Social media connectivity
  • Training tips
  • Sweat-resistant bands

What do smartwatches do?

Smartwatches share many features with smartphones, including touchscreens, app support, music playback, and biometrics tracking. More advanced models can display messages and alerts from your smartphone and feature LTE connectivity and built-in GPS.

What smartwatches work with iPhone?

Most smartwatches are compatible with both iOS and Android devices, though some are designed for specific operating systems. Apple watches only work with iPhones, while Samsung watches can work with iPhones but offer more features when paired with Samsung phones.

Apple Watch 3

When was the smartwatch invented?

Smartwatches have been around since the 1980s, though they didn’t come into mainstream use until 2013 when a small tech startup called Pebble released the first commercially successful model. The Pebble was soon eclipsed by the Apple Watch, first released in 2015.

Are smartwatches waterproof?

It depends on the model. Most smartwatches are not meant to withstand water sports. But some, like the Apple Watch and Fitbit Ionic, are water resistant and can be used for lap swimming.

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