Xiaomi Mi Band 3
Though it’s billed primarily as a fitness tracking device, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3’s standby screen is perfectly fine for keeping time. It’s far less expensive than nearly all the other models from popular manufacturers, and it’s every bit as reliable.
- Background heart rate monitoring
- Battery lasts a long time
- Not very attractive
It’s no surprise that the Apple Watch is almost certainly the best choice for iPhone users. In its 4th iteration, it continues to push the envelope with high-end features, like Bluetooth 5.0, 16 gigabytes of storage, and an integrated heart monitor.
- Tips the scales at just 30 grams
- Built-in speaker and microphone
- Not compatible with android devices
Michael Kors Silverstone
With a design that resembles a classic chronograph, the Michael Kors Silverstone would make a good accessory to a formal outfit. Apart from looking stylish, it lets you take pictures, control your music, and configure multiple time zones, in case you travel a lot.
- Low-energy wireless protocol
- Customizable notifications
- Not ideal for working out
Samsung Galaxy Active
Available in three colors, the Samsung Galaxy Active is slimmer and lighter than its more expensive relative. In addition, this model is more focused on fitness tracking and is able to monitor about 40 exercises, including swimming.
- Exynos 9110 chipset
- Weighs 25 grams without the strap
- Doesn't have a rotating bezel
Fossil Q Nate
The Fossil Q Nate runs on a non-rechargeable battery that should last for about 12 months of constant wear. It vibrates gently to deliver notifications, and the position of the hands indicates which of your primary contacts is calling.
- Fitness and activity tracker
- Automatic time zone updates
- Too big for small wrists
Skagen Connected Holst
With a case diameter of just 40 millimeters and a band of 20 millimeters, the Skagen Connected Holst is a good choice for those with slender wrists. It resists water down to 100 feet and buzzes when you receive a call or text message.
- Made from lightweight titanium
- Phone finder function
- Dual time zone settings
Fossil Q Commuter
Sporting a minimalist steel-and-leather design, the Fossil Q Commuter looks just like a traditional timepiece, but its advanced internals allow for sleep monitoring, button customization, and Bluetooth version 4.1 communication.
- Case diameter of 42 millimeters
- Doesn't need to be charged
- Water resistant to 100 feet
Withings Steel HR
Unlike many hybrid smartwatches, the Withings Steel HR features an 11-millimeter OLED display embedded in its face for more in-depth data readouts. The slate gray version strikes a good balance between formal and casual, and comes with an optional sapphire glass window.
- Reliable sleep tracking
- Runs for 25 days per charge
- Just over half an inch thick
One of the most advanced on the market, the Samsung Galaxy is capable of running a wide selection of useful apps. It should last for over a full day without needing more juice, and when it does, it can be be recharged using the included wireless dock.
- Dual-core processsor
- 360 x 360 amoled screen
- 4 gigabytes of internal storage
As one of the first built around the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, the Fossil Sport performs better than nearly every other model. It is 12 millimeters thick, charges quite rapidly and, with a little tweaking, has an above-average battery life.
- Google assistant integration
- Weighs about 40 grams
- Comes in black or smokey blue