Smartwatches aren't for everyone. For some, a more basic fitness tracker or watch might suffice. But if you want something more versatile, smartwatches deliver smartphone notifications, fitness features, apps and more to your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket.
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 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. The 4G LTE version, the S3 Frontier, even lets you make and receive calls and texts. However, this Tizen-powered watch still suffers from a lack of apps.
Update: The Gear S3 now supports both Android and iOS with the latest update to the Gear S app. That means you can get notifications, track your fitness and use apps on the iPhone.
Those are just a few of the more than two dozen smartwatches we've tested.
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Android Wear 2.0, which offers Google's Assistant, Android Pay and standalone apps, has been officially unveiled by Google, which also 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.
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