SmartWatches for iPhone reviews
In 2015, Apple introduced its first smart watch. Undoubtedly, many users took them positively. In the second generation (Series 2), GPS appeared, water resistance and autonomy were improved. Thanks to this, Apple has strengthened its position in the market of wrist devices.
However, whatever OS you use (iOS, Android, or even Windows), you decided to read this article, because you might want to find out what else you can wear on your wrist and connect to the iPhone. Obviously, Apple Watch is far from the only option, so there must be an alternative that will suit you more and will likely save more than one hundred bucks.
In this article, we have compiled the best alternatives to smart watches for iPhones.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – SmartWatch for iPhone
If you have a smartphone on Android, then an ideal choice will be smart watches Samsung Gear S3, which are also compatible with iOS / iPhone (according to the instructions).
Samsung claims that the Gear S3 supports 4G LTE networks, but this function is available only in some regions, so often users only have to be satisfied with the connection to the smartphone via Bluetooth. But the device is equipped with NFC, GPS, pulse sensor, has a built-in speaker and protection from water and dust level IP68 (can safely dive to a depth of 1.5 m). Thanks to the Gorilla Glass SR + glass, the Gear S3 smart watch screen will never show scratches. The round 1.3-inch AMOLED display pleases the eyes with a resolution of 360×360.
The smarts are running on the proprietary Tizen operating system developed by Samsung. In this regard, it is worth noting that the choice of applications is very limited in comparison with Android or iOS. The advantage of Gear S3 is 4 GB of internal memory, which will accommodate a lot of music for jogging and training.
Price Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – $ 335
Fossil Q Founder – SmartWatch for iPhone
Fossil is one of the few manufacturers of classic watches, which tries to master the smart-market. The origin of the Q Founder is noticeable by the characteristic stainless steel bracelet. He’s pretty fat, although someone likes it. In any case, there is a version with a leather strap.
Fossil Q Founder watches work on Android Wear, and not only Android phones, but also it is smart watches for iPhones. The amount of RAM is 1 GB, which is at least twice that of most competitors, so “everything flies.”
Unfortunately, as in Moto 360, at the bottom of the screen there is an annoying effect of the “flat wheel”, tk. There is a light sensor (so that the display does not glow). If you are not too concerned about the black section, then the Q Founder is an excellent choice for those who do not want to wear something very technological.
Price Fossil Q Founder – $ 295
Huawei Watch – SmartWatches for iPhones
Smart watches Huawei Watch were presented on MWC 2015. They work on the Android Wear OS and, in addition to Android smartphones, also support the iPhone, although not all functions will be available.
By analogy with Apple Watch smartwares Huawei Watch can boast a sapphire screen and a stainless steel case, so the device looks expensive and stylish. Huawei opted for a more traditional round display. Although the dial turned out very beautiful, but the image on the round screen is not so perfect, especially for text.
Huawei Watch can take steps, monitor the physical activity of the user and his pulse. On the official website, this device is described as a “smart data center”, which allows you to look at your health status and improve the training process.
Price Huawei Watch – $ 419
Garmin Vivoactive HR – SmartWatch for iPhone
Garmin Vivoactive HR is equipped with GPS smarts designed for sports fans.
They have a square black case with two sizes of straps. The device does not work on Android Wear, but on the proprietary operating system of Garmin, which supports connection to both Android and iOS.
Water resistant to 50 m, so Vivoactive HR is ideal for swimming. A curious feature of smart-hours are Garmin cards with useful information for golfers, including the distance to the hole and the parity for this hole.
By the way, the price is very attractive for smart hours with GPS and pulse sensor.
Price Garmin Vivoactive HR – $ 260
Motorola Moto 360 2
A new version of the smart Moto 360, which is being promoted under the same name. However, the second generation is really impressive. Motorola also offers an online order with the ability to create a body of materials that you prefer – it’s very cool.
Available in 3 sizes – 2 for men (42 and 46 mm) and 1 for women (42 mm, but the case is thinner than in the male version). Be careful with these parameters when buying.
These smart watches do not have GPS, so they are clearly not for the hardcore athletes, but they work on the latest version of Android Wear and have one of the best designs on the smartwares market. True, there is one nasty trifle – a tiny black section at the very bottom of the dial, which is necessary for the correct operation of the light sensor. Other smartwares with round screens proved that this is not necessary. This nuance Moto 360 2 cuts the eyes, if you put a white dial.
Price Motorola Moto 360 2 – $ 375
Samsung Gear S2 – SmartWatches for iPhone
Another great model of smart watches Samsung, compatible with phones, both Android and iOS (according to instructions).
Gear S2 we like from the very first day after release for its unique rotating bezel. You can use the touch screen to control the device, but the bezel is a great, intuitive control method.
There is also a more expensive Classic version of the Gear S2 with a leather strap.
Gear S2 runs on the Tizen OS (Samsung’s own development). This system does not offer as many applications as Android or iOS, but it does not interfere with the daily use of the Gear S2. Smart watches are equipped with a pulse sensor and a large amount of memory for music, which you can listen via wireless headphones (via Bluetooth), so as not to carry your phone with jogs.
Price Samsung Gear S2 – $ 225
Just like Withings Steel HR (see below), the Misfit Phase device can not be called a full-fledged smart-clock, in the sense that it does not have a touch screen or an electronic dial. But this device can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth to monitor physical activity and receive notifications directly on your wrist.
These watches have a very beautiful design. In addition, we liked the Misfit helper application for smartphones.
Price Misfit Phase – $ 155
Withings Steel HR
If you do not need a full-featured touchscreen on smart hours, Withings Steel HR will be able to offer you a stylish design, quality assembly and superb battery life.
Also, these smart watches are equipped with a pulse sensor and a small display for displaying some basic data.
Price Withings Steel HR – $ 190
The stylish smart watch Misfit Vapor is a wonderful smart watches for iPhone for two reasons. First, they have a round screen OLED, though one size is 44 mm (slightly larger than the invention from Cupertino). Secondly, it’s a comfortable touch bezel around the screen and one button on the side, so you do not have to cover the screen too often with your finger.
With the proprietary OS, built-in GPS, optical pulse sensor and water resistance up to 50 m, the smart Misfit Vapor watch looks very competitive. Given the support for iOS and Android, Vapor may well take away the share of sales from Apple Watch and watches on Android Wear.
Fossil Q Crewmaster – SmartWatch for iPhones
You definitely need to evaluate the Fossil SmartWatch collection on Android Wear, but due to outdated matrices and second-class support for iOS, we will not recommend them instead of the powerful Apple Watch Series 2.
We liked the Fossil hybrid watch collection more, which can monitor physical activity and send notifications through vibration. All the smart functions in the classic case were developed by Misfit, which Fossil absorbed in early 2016.
Price Fossil Q Crewmaster – $ 165
Ticwatch 2 – SmartWatches for iPhone
After the closure of the company Pebble, we drew attention to another start-up, which owns the development of stunning smart Ticwatch 2.
This device boasts a colorful OLED screen with a resolution of 400×400 pixels (pixel density: 287 per inch). Damn cool for hours for only $ 199, is not it? Although, the OS needs to be finalized, but in Ticwatch 2 you will also find a GPS and a heart rate monitor. In fact, this is all you need from smart hours to most users.
Price Ticwatch 2 – $ 100
For those who are only interested in the sporting functions of Apple Watch, the wrist unit Fitbit Blaze can be a worthy alternative. The first “fitness clock” of Fitbit company has all the sports functions of Apple, including notifications from standard iPhone applications, except WhatsApp, although its support is implemented in Android.
In general, the Blaze feature set will hardly satisfy the demands of runners or cyclists, but it pleases the daily monitoring of Fitbit activity with an emphasis on measuring the pulse in a calm state.
Price Fitbit Blaze – $ 169
Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart
Again, if Apple Watch only needs you because of mediocre fitness functions, then we want to draw your attention to the smarttime Mondaine, which is a much more attractive alternative.
Swiss manufacturers of classic watches are not going to sit still, allowing Apple to capture their market. And Helvetica No 1 Smart from the elite brand Mondaine confirms this. Just like Withings Activité, Helvetica combines a classic dial with an extra for fitness.
In this watch there is no notification function, but there are some sports functions (in fact, the manufacturer installed the same MotionX sensors, as in the Jawbone and Nike trackers). In general, if the style excites you more than notifications from Twitter, then Mondaine Helvetica is definitely your choice.
Price Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart – $ 289
The first smart hours of Polar on Android Wear are not at all like smart-hours, but nevertheless it’s really a quality thing.
With it, you get all the benefits of Wear, including notifications and support for various applications, but by and large this goes into the background if you look at the sporting functions of Polar, such as GPS, heart rate monitor, Polar Flow software.
Although, among the Polar models, the M600 watch is quite expensive and they are not comparable in design to the Watch Series 2, however, in its sporting functions this device gives Apple a head start.
Price Polar M600 – $ 299
Tag Heuer Connected
It’s time to talk about the most expensive smart watches on Android Wear. More luxurious smart watches have simply not been invented yet.
Connected looks like a classic Tag, striking the imagination with its build quality and a set of dials with impressive detail. Of course, everything works on Android Wear, but Tag company managed to set up the system much more efficiently than in analogues from LG, Motorola, etc. In this respect, Tag definitely won.
Price Tag Heuer Connected – $ 1500
Vector Luna smarts are not equipped with a touch screen, but nevertheless they may like you. Of course, it takes a little time to disaccustom to poke your finger on the screen, which is probably already very used to all over the past 8 years. Instead, Vector Luna offers intelligent control with the help of 3 buttons. That is, the battery life is at least 1 month. Take a kick, Apple!
Smart Luna watches are available in three versions, which differ in design, size and finish. Notifications are implemented quite modestly, but this is the expected fee for a month of work on one charge.
Also we warn that Vector company became a part of Fitbit, therefore the release of firm software updates is stopped.
Price Vector Luna – $ 325
If you own an iPhone and want to join the revolution in the smart market, the Apple Watch Series 2 is not the only device you can use. There is still a lot of other smartwatches for iPhone, compatible iOS, with such features, which in Cupertino do not even dream.
Many smart watches on Android Wear by default support iOS, including Gear S3 and S2. Naturally, their functionality will be slightly limited in comparison with the original Apple clock, but at least iPhone users have a choice. And it only got better after the release of Wear 2.0 in February.
Therefore, if the smart watch Apple Watch seems a little expensive or not stylish enough, our selection of alternatives will help you find a model that will work flawlessly and synchronize with your iPhone.
* The cost of devices specified in the article is indicative. The final price depends on the version of the device, the configuration and the terms of the seller.