Best Smartwatches 2016

Product Use case Rating
Apple Watch Series 2 Best Smartwatch Overall/Best for Fitness 8
Apple Watch Series 1 Best Smartwatch for iPhone 8
Pebble Time Best Smartwatch For the Money 8
Moto 360 (2015) Best Android Watch 7
Pebble Time Steel Best Battery Life 7

Why get a smartwatch? They deliver smartphone notifications, fitness features, apps and more to your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket, without missing important alerts.

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.

If you're looking for a smartwatch on the cheap and don’t mind a monochrome display, check out the Pebble Time, which offers notifications, apps and more for less than $80; it works with both Android phones and the iPhone. Just keep in mind that the Pebble 2 ($129) has built-in heart rate monitoring.

Coming before the end of the year, the Samsung Gear S3 is definitely a smartwatch to keep an eye out for. 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. You’ll also be able to get a 4G version.

Among wearables running Android Wear, the 2nd Gen Moto 360 is our top pick for its stylish design, which you can customize before you buy, and a unique live dials feature that adds functionality to the watch faces.

Those are just a few of the more than two dozen smartwatches we've tested. Looking at everything from design to software to performance, we've reviewed all of the major smartwatches to help you find the one that suits you best. Here are our top picks.



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  • Cal_Driver
    I'm loving that Apple Watch! The colored band totally fits my style!
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  • rebby631
    won't they wifi ones which just track basic things like time and distance be good enough?
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  • Emma-taylor
    I had visited the list of best smart watches in 2015.from that I would like much on pebble it is wondering.
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  • Bavel
    i love moto 360 it is my favorite one
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  • Eno_1_
    That pebble watch is soooo ugly. All these watches are a bore. They are just little blue tooth devices tethered to your phone. Redundant.
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  • Sirdubs
    So, you say the gear 2 has a proprietary platform, so it doesn't make the list. ... but apple watch gets top billing. ..wtf, it only works with One phone. If you don't know what proprietary means, then I don't trust this list
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  • Sirdubs
    "Nixon Mission is a rugged smartwatch that’s rated for water resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet). That means you can get your notifications even while you’re surfing or snorkeling. " ...
    You realize that the watch isn't magical right? So you're not getting signal under water, it's becoming more and more obvious that the a author of this article doesn't know much about wireless technology.
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  • Cyberjunky
    First off the Pebble devices are not fully compatible with Apple IOS devices. They crash often on the Apple IOS 9.X.X software. The device goes into SOS mode (recovery mode) every few weeks (6-8 weeks). The pebble devices have more updates than any IOS devise I have ever owned. In 4 moths the device required 5 updates, in my opinion that is a little excessive. The apps are clunky and the majority of apps require add on apps to run in the background which in some cases can cost quite a bit on the app store. There are some apps that will not work even with the add on apps. A device that costs around $299.00 (Pebble Time F90A) that keeps crashing with clunky apps, no touch screen and 0 support. I would not consider that an investment.
    Anyone thinking of smartwatch should look at all the options available to them, the Apple smartwatch prices have come down quite a bit and for an extra $100.00 ($399.00) you could be the proud owner of a IOS smart watch with touch screen and a whole lot of better options and features. Samsung has their own version of a smart watch which works a lot better than the 3de party clunky app Pebble watches.
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  • ubercake
    I don't know how the apple watch gets the accolades it does. It doesn't have built in GPS so you have to carry your phone even if you wear a watch on a run? How about an apple ankle bracelet to add to the gear you have to carry? Why do I want to wear a watch if I still have to mount a giant phone to my arm anyway?

    A watch with both built-in GPS and the ability to store your music and play it to a set of Bluetooth exercise earplugs is what is going to make the best option in the future. Until then, the apple watch is simply a dumb-terminal to the phone.

    On the other hand, the Microsoft band has the GPS component that is better than my Garmin watch that costs a little less. The GPS finds the sat right away, unlike the Garmin which can take up to 5 minutes to triangulate. If the Microsoft Band would only let you store music and Bluetooth to the headset/earphones, it would be the one that makes sense. Although, there's no pretty blue band...
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  • jerry7888
    I'd say that the apple watch is a little overpriced and overhyped imo. So maybe samsung?
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  • Widep1990
    Apple, Google and Samsung are all in a rush to grab you by the wrist. The heat has been turned up for computer wearables and the focus is centered above your hand.

    The first Google Android Wear smartwatches have just been released. They appear as the LG G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live.

    Meantime the clock is ticking on Apple's iWatch debut. The firm is ramping up its efforts to launch their new wearable sometime this fall. In fact the company is reported to have hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer to help in this effort.
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  • Harrison7777
    Moto 360 is the best. Round display - it is perfect and chipest then apple watch
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  • joanfisch
    Still waiting for a well made smartwatch fit for a business woman. Advertising a clunker as made for women because it's a "boy friend watch" in rose gold doesn't make it designed for a woman. That's pure marketing hype not reality.
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  • vijeth002
    the Pebble is much-loved by its users ever since they got their hands on the first device. Speaking of that device: just what are the differences between the original Pebble.The original Pebble was launched in 2013 with a follow-up second-generation unit called the Pebble Steel launched in 2014. The Pebble Steel included a thinner body, tactile metal buttons and a Gorilla Glass screen. latestone.com The new Pebble Time smartwatch also features a steel variant that features a stainless steel casing. For the purposes of this showdown we’ll compare the Pebble Time Steal and the Pebble Steel.
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