Best Smartwatches 2017

Product Use case Rating
Apple Watch Series 2 Best Smartwatch Overall/Best for Fitness 8
Apple Watch Series 1 Best Smartwatch for iPhone 8
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Best Android Smartwatch 7
Aipker DZ09 Best Cheap Smartwatch 7

Call it a sign of the times. While simple fitness trackers suffice for many, an increasing number of people are looking at smartwatches to have something more versatile on their wrist. Smartwatches deliver smartphone notifications, fitness features, apps and more, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket.

In fact, Apple has overtaken Fitbit to become the world's largest wearables device maker, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

After testing dozens of smartwatches for Android and iOS and evaluating them based on design, features and ease of use, our top pick is the Apple Watch Series 2. It includes built-in GPS, a brighter screen, swimproof water-resistance and other health features, and starts at $369.

The original Apple Watch Series 1 Series 1 is another great option. It now features the same faster processor as the Series 2, and costs a cheaper $269.

Our favorite smartwatch for Android phone owners is the Samsung Gear S3. In addition to a very sleek design, the Gear S3 offers built-in GPS, water-resistance, a speaker, Samsung Pay support, plus a nifty rotating dial for navigating the interface. Plus, the S3 now supports iOS.

The 4G LTE version, the S3 Frontier, even lets you make and receive calls and texts. However, this Tizen-powered watch suffers from a lack of apps.

If you're looking to get a smartwatch on the cheap, the Aipker DZ09 is our top pick among smartwatches priced under $40. Those are just a few of the dozens of smartwatches we've tested.

Latest Smartwatch News and Rumors

Android Wear 2.0, which offers Google's Assistant, Android Pay and standalone apps, is now available from Google, which worked with LG on two new smartwatches that showcase the new operating system. The $349 LG Watch Sport features a circular 1.38-inch 480 x 480-pixel screen. It also comes with LTE, GPS, a heart-rate monitor and support for Android Pay. The $249 LG Watch Style drops the LTE, GPS, heart-rate and mobile payment features; it offers a 1.2-inch 360 x 360-pixel screen and a 240 mAh battery. (A 430 mAh battery powers the more expensive sport.) Google says that Android Wear 2.0 will roll out to current watches in the coming weeks.

If you're interested in what Apple is working on next, the rumored Apple Watch Series 3 could be released this fall. It may offer built-in 4G, a FaceTime camera and improved battery life.

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