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The best smartwatches you can buy

The smartwatch phenomenon began in earnest during 2015, but now it’s in full swing. The latest-and-greatest smartwatches are a big improvement over their unsightly first and second generation counterparts. Now we have a number of attractive options from tech companies and fashion brands alike.

These are our top picks for the best smartwatches. There is a smartwatch on this list for everyone, whether you’re a man, woman, or child. We’ve also included a variety of smartwatch operating systems on this list, so you can find the watch that works best with your phone.

Our pick

Apple Watch Series 3

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Why should you buy this: It’s the best smartwatch.

Apple Watch Series 3It’s simply the best, by far. There’s little comparison at the moment.

Who’s it for: Anyone with an iPhone who wants a smartwatch. How much will it cost: £330+

Why we picked the Apple Watch Series 3 Like the Apple Watch Series 2 and the Series 1, the new Apple Watch Series 3 is superbly made, very simple to use, and utilizes a comprehensive list of health and fitness-tracking features. Plus, it can also run apps, play music via Bluetooth, and looks smart.

It comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, so it looks sensible on most wrists. What makes the new model stand out? The Series 3 is very close to being a smartwatch you can use in lieu of your phone.

This is due to the inclusion of a 4G LTE radio, which provides a data and cellular connection, so you can make calls, receive and send messages, and carry out a host of tasks you’d previously only been able to do on your phone. We say it’s only close, however, because third-party app support isn’t as comprehensive as it needs to be in order for you to completely go without your phone. Nonetheless, we suspect this will be an issue cured in the near future by app developers.

A faster dual-core processor boosts the performance of the Apple Watch Series 3 over previous versions, too, ensuring the recently-released WatchOS 4 runs smoothly. There are various body styles from which to choose, but all come with water resistance down to 50 meters, making it suitable for swimming — it even has GPS for tracking your runs. The Watch can monitor your heart rate throughout the day, and can even warn of unexpected changes, potentially catching health problems early on.

Ignoring the notification and app features, the Apple Watch is a health and lifestyle tracker like no other. The aluminum Series 3 is the one to buy, even though Apple still sells the Series 1 and Series 2. There might be a temptation to buy the expensive stainless-steel or ceramic models — or one of the special editions made by Nike or Hermes — but with the wealth of aftermarket straps out there, it’s easy to personalize the watch later on, for a much smaller investment.

They all work in an identical manner, after all. However, do think sensibly about whether you need the aforementioned cellular function. The Series 3 with GPS starts at £330, whereas the model with GPS and Cellular starts at £400.

Plus, to use a connection on your Watch, you’ll have to add around £10 or so to your monthly phone plan, making ownership more expensive. The GPS model is otherwise almost identical, though it sports 8GB of internal memory rather than 16GB. Whichever you choose, be happy in the knowledge you’re not only wearing the world’s best-selling watch, but also the best smartwatch currently available.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 3 review

The best smartwatch for Android

Samsung Gear Sport

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Why should you buy this? It’s the best smartwatch if you own an Android phone

The best smartwatch for Android phonesSamsung Gear SportStylish, easy to use, with an intuitive interface, the Gear Sport can do it all.*Price may be subject to change

Who is it for? Anyone who values a great user interface on a slick smartwatch How much will it cost? £300 Why we picked the Samsung Gear Sport

This will be a bit confusing, thanks to the various operating systems for smartwatches now available. The Samsung Gear Sport is the best smartwatch you can buy if you own an Android phone, regardless of whether it’s made by Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, or any other brand. It’s not the best Android Wear smartwatch, because it doesn’t run Android Wear.

It uses Samsung’s own Tizen software, and here’s a little-shared piece of information — Tizen’s better than Android Wear. Why? It’s mainly because of the way you interact with it using the Samsung Gear Sport, and other recent Samsung smartwatches.

The Gear Sport has a rotating bezel which helps you zip through the menus quickly and simply, rather than prodding and swiping on a tiny touchscreen for every interaction. The bezel rotates with a satisfying click, and minimizing screen touches helps keep the 1.2-inch AMOLED screen clear of too many fingerprints. That’s always a bonus.

The watch itself is stylish but leans more towards a sporty style than the Gear S3 or a smartwatch like the Apple Watch. The choice of black or blue strap as standard helps match your style, but the straps are easily swapped out for aftermarket versions if needed. The 42mm body is slim and lightweight, plus it’s properly water resistant to a depth of 50 meters, making it suitable for wearing all the time, even when swimming.

There are plenty of fitness features to ensure the Gear Sport lives up to its name, including a heart rate sensor, automatic workout recognition, fitness tracking, onboard GPS, and a range of fitness apps available through Samsung’s app store. It has 4GB of internal storage space for music, supports Spotify music playlists, and can connect to Bluetooth headphones so you can workout without your phone. You can use the Gear Sport with almost any Android phone with the Samsung Gear app, and also with iOS, although it’s missing several features and we still recommend the Apple Watch to iPhone owners.

The Gear Sport costs £300. Read our Samsung Gear Sport review

The best Android Wear smartwatch

Huawei Watch 2

Why should you buy this: It’s good-looking, gender neutral, and has solid specs.

The Best Android WatchHuawei Watch 2Huawei’s watch is the classiest Android Wear device for men or women, and is water resistant.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants a classy, round smartwatch that’ll work on iOS or Android. How much will it cost: £300+

Why we picked the Huawei Watch 2 The Huawei Watch 2, the follow-up to the stellar Huawei Watch, was worth the wait. This time around, it’s available in two styles: The Sport and Classic.

The Sport costs £300, while the Classic model costs £370, but there’s no LTE in the U.S. variant of the Sport (you can find these watches for under £300 on Amazon). The Sport is available in black, titanium grey, or concrete grey, and it’s one of the best-looking Android Wear 2.0 devices available. It’s technically impressive too, with the 390 x 390 pixel, 1.2-inch AMOLED screen, which surpasses most other Android Wear watch displays in terms of sharpness.

Android Wear runs smoothly on the watch, and even though it’s not our favorite smartwatch OS, the new version is a big step forward in terms of design and ease of use. You can read our hands on with Android Wear 2.0 here. It’ll also work with both iOS and Android devices, though iOS functions are limited.

If you have an iPhone, we still recommend the Apple Watch Series 2 ahead of Huawei’s Watch 2. However, for Android users, it doesn’t get better than this. For those who like to work out, there’s a heart rate monitor for fitness tracking, and the Google Fit or Huawei Workout app will keep tabs on your exercise sessions.

GPS will save your jogging and cycling routes to your smartphone. You can also pair Bluetooth earbuds to the watch to listen to music without a phone. The Huawei Watch 2 isn’t meant for swimming, but like the Apple Watch Series 2, it is IP68 water resistant and can handle 30 minutes in 1.5 meter of water.

If you though the Huawei Watch was large, you may be surprised to hear that the Huawei Watch 2 is even bigger. The 45mm circular body is just barely compact enough to fit on male and female wrists, but it’s definitely skewed towards men with bigger bones. However, the design is sleek enough to appeal to everyone.

The Huawei Watch 2 lasts 1-2 days on a charge depending on how much you use it, and it has a magnetic charger that’s easy to use. Its best feature, however, is how you can turn off Android Wear and have a generic watch face on for up 25 days — helpful when you’re traveling and you’ve forgotten your charger. It’s cheaper than most Android Wear flagship devices at £300 for the Sport model.

Read our full Huawei Watch 2 review

The best smartwatch for runners

Garmin Vivosport HR+

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Why should you buy this: It has all the features a runner could want at an affordable price

Best smartwatch for runnersGarmin VivosportSleek, accurate, and packed with features, the Vivosmart HR+ has it all for an affordable price.*Price may be subject to change

Who’s it for: iPhone or Android users who like a simple smartwatch with tons of running-specific features How much will it cost: £180 Why we picked the Garmin Vivosport HR+

A sleek, simple interface makes for a fitness tracker that won’t visually stand out from the crowd, but delivers attractive measures of performance. The Garmin Vivosport HR+ packs GPS tracking with accurate distance, pace stats, and a map of your activity — whether you’re running indoors or out on the trail. This affordable tracker provides a wealth of functionality, including a heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, and workout tracking including measuring calories burned and the capacity to quantify the intensity of your workout.

Running-specific features include a virtual pacer, Auto Pause, Auto Lap, and a walk/run mode — options to be coveted by athletes dedicated to measuring their progress. Smart capabilities compliment these features, including the ability to receive notifications from a compatible smartphone. Receive emails, calls, texts, and social media alerts — all from your wrist.

An added bonus for runners? Move IQ auto detects when you start or stop a workout, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn on your activity tracker. If you’re not using GPS mode, you can get up to 5 days of battery life — a week’s worth of workouts without needing a single charge.

Using the GPS decreases the battery life to about 8 hours. The Vivosmart HR + is available in a plethora of sizes and colors, although the style remains simple and sleek. Choose between black/shark fin gray, imperial purple/Kona purple, and midnight blue/bolt blue in the regular size while extra large wrists will have to settle for the black/shark fin gray.

You can check out our guide to the best fitness trackers for more. Read our full Garmin Vivosport (2017) review

The best smartwatch by a fashion brand

Movado Connect

Why should you buy this: It’s a classic, elegant Movado watch with a stylish, modern design aesthetic.

The Best Smartwatch by a WatchmakerMovado ConnectThe Movado Connect is a striking device that combines futuristic design with Android Wear functionality.

Who’s it for: Men or women seeking a bold, minimalist look. How much will it cost: £595+

Why we picked the Movado Connect If you’re a fan of the bezel-less trend in smartphones, then perhaps you’ll appreciate this edge-to-edge glass design from Movado. The Movado Connect is an Android Wear smartwatch with a stunning, bold design that eschews tradition in favor of a futuristic look.

There are a few different design and strap options to choose from, but we think black and gold looks best. Movado has also designed more than 100 different dial variations, so you can find the precise look you want for the always-on display. The refreshing minimalism carries over with a single button to control the watch and a vanilla Android Wear 2.0 experience.

That gives you access to hundreds of apps and you can use Google Assistant from your wrist. Naturally, it can serve up notifications as well. It does have a gyroscope and accelerometer, so it can track your steps, but there’s no heart rate sensor and it’s water-resistant, not waterproof.

There is support for Android Pay via NFC, but that’s the extent of the feature list. You can expect up to 20 hours from a single charge, so you’ll likely want to charge it every night. Although it’s quite a chunky smartwatch, the Movado Connect design is sleek and elegant enough for it to work on different wrists and it’s intended to be unisex.

This is definitely a statement smartwatch that’s going to draw admiring glances. Read our full Movado Connect review

The best Android Wear smartwatch for women

Fossil Q Venture

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Why should you buy this: It’s the best-looking smartwatch if you have smaller wrists.

Best smartwatch for womenFossil Q VentureStylish and slim, the Fossil Q Venture has a wide variety of styles to choose from.*Price may be subject to change

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants a smaller smartwatch. How much will it cost: £255+

Why we picked the Fossil Q Venture Gradually, the tech world is beginning to understand women don’t always want to wear a big, masculine smartwatch, and is therefore making more of them suitable for smaller wrists. Our current pick of this growing range comes from Fossil, the Q Venture, but it faces stiff competition with the upcoming Kate Spade Scallop smartwatch.

We’ve chosen the Q Venture for its realistic starting price of £255, less than many other smartwatches, and for its simple, classy style. It’s part of Fossil’s third generation line-up, which means the body is slimmer than ever, so the profile is closer to a regular watch, and less intrusive than older smartwatches. There’s a huge choice of body styles too — a massive 10 different versions, ranging from those with leather straps to metal straps in single or double colors.

Whatever your choice of attire, be it casual or fancy, there will be a Q Venture that suits you. Ultimately, that’s a major decision in choosing a watch, and one that’s not offered by many smartwatches. The Q Venture runs Android Wear 2.0, has a 42mm size body, and interchangeable 18mm straps.

It’s compatible with Android and iOS. However, it doesn’t have a heart rate sensor, GPS, or NFC for Android Pay. If you want these features, you may have to look at the Huawei Watch 2.

Read our full Fossil Q Venture review

The best hybrid smartwatch

Fossil Q Commuter

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Why should you buy this: It’s a classic Fossil watch made with high-quality materials.

Best hybrid smartwatchFossil Q CommuterThe Fossil Q Commuter uses its stunning looks to hide a plethora of smart features.*Price may be subject to change

Who’s it for: Men who like traditionally styled watches, but want to try out a smartwatch. How much will it cost: £155+ Why we picked the Fossil Q Commuter

You don’t want to shout about wearing a smartwatch, or don’t particularly like bolder designs like the Fossil Q Crewmaster, or flashier designer brands like the EA Connected? The Q Commuter will appeal with its minimalist style, and no-nonsense approach to connected watches. This is a hybrid smartwatch, so it doesn’t have a touchscreen, but still counts your steps, measures the distance traveled, and estimates calorie burn for the day.

It vibrates when a notification comes through on your phone and when you reach your daily step goal, plus it can also track your sleep quality, assuming you wear it in bed. Through the app you can configure what notifications you want to receive on your wrist, and the minute and hour hands will point to a number on the clock indicating the app or contact. It can alert you to calls, texts, emails, and a host of incoming messages from popular social media apps, but you’ll want to cherry pick to avoid it all becoming pervasive.

There are certain functions you can set to the three buttons on the watch. Our favorite is the Q Commuter’s highlight feature, where you can press a button to see your estimated time of arrival at a preset destination — like your work. You can also choose from other functions like using the button to pause or play music, finding the time in another city, and more.

There are eight different versions of the Q Commuter available, giving you considerable choice, plus it’s easy to swap out the straps for 22mm alternatives. Matching the Q Commuter to your outfit should be simple. Because the watch doesn’t have a touchscreen, battery life is great, and it’s powered by an easily swapped out coin cell.

It should keep going for up to a year. We like the reasonable price too, which is half of the cheapest Gear Sport or Apple Watch Series 3. Hybrid smartwatches offer all the looks of a traditional watch, plus a useful amount of connected technology, keeping everyone happy in the process.

If the Q Commuter’s restrained looks aren’t for you, Fossil and many other watch brands also produce hybrids, so it’s easy to find the right one for you. Read our full Fossil Q Commuter review

How we test

We test smartwatches just like we test smartphones. We use them every day and test out all the marquee features.

We strap them to our wrists (no matter how silly they look), and walk around town with them, making calls and exercising to test out the workout features. We pair them with different phones and test the experience when the watch is connected to phones different OSes. We dunk water-resistant smartwatches in water and take outdoorsy watches on hikes.

We download tons of apps and discard the lame ones to determine how strong the app ecosystem really is, and we go to cafes that accept mobile payments and buy lattes with our wrists. Basically, we get lots of weird looks, but it’s worth it.

Which smartwatch OS is best?

Each smartwatch operating system is different. Apple’s Watch OS 3.0 and Samsung’s special round Tizen OS for the Gear S line of watches are the two best smartwatch OSes in terms of design, features, and ease of use.

We didn’t seen many new Android Wear devices in 2016, but Android Wear 2.0 solved many of the OS’ problems and brought support for mobile payments via Android Pay. Apple’s WatchOS is dead simple and so is Samsung’s Tizen. Both offer fully-featured fitness tracking that’s easy to access and intuitive interfaces.

On the Gear S watches, you just twist the bezel in a circle to navigate through quick launch apps, your full library of apps, and settings. Each app is made to suit the circular OS, so navigation is easy to figure out. You always have a back button if you get lost, too.

The addition of Samsung Pay also takes Samsung’s watches to a new level with mobile payments. The same could be said of Apple’s WatchOS. It’s attractive, apps are easy to find with a press of the digital crown, and you have access to quick launch apps in the Dock with the press of a button.

Apple pay works on WatchOS, too. WatchOS 3 is even simpler than Samsung’s interface now that Apple has cut down on a few pointless menus and boosted the companion app. In terms of app support, Apple’s OS has the best and most plentiful apps that we use on a regular basis.

Android Wear is second and is starting to develop a decent number of apps, and Samsung’s app store is a distant third. There are not a lot of useful apps on Tizen.

Should you buy a smartwatch?

So you think you want a smartwatch? Are you sure?

After all, unlike a smartphone, no-one really needs a smartwatch. However, because manufacturers are finally coming round to the realization a smartwatch needs to look good if we’re to buy one, they’re a lot more tempting than they once were. One-day battery life and a touchscreen on a watch is still hard to swallow for some people, but that’s why hybrid smartwatches were invented.

The Apple Watch Series 3 works without a phone, to a degree, and Android Wear is a considerably better wearable operating system than it once was. The choice of styles, for both men and women, is far greater than it was a year ago. Many big name fashion brands are adding full touchscreen smartwatches to their ranges, bringing considerable kudos with them.

Now is a great time to get into smartwatches. However, if you’re not ready to commit to a touchscreen smartwatch, but still want to try out some smart features, the huge choice of hybrid watches has got you covered. They often cost half of what you’ll pay for the cheapest Apple Watch, link with any smartphone, and provide traditional watch looks matched with a connected smart experience.

At the moment, a hybrid is really all the smartwatch you need.

If you’re tempted, we say go for it.

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What is a hybrid smartwatch? The ideal wearable for watch fans

You’ve heard of a watch, right? And you’re likely fully aware of smartwatches, and how the two differ. But you may have also read about hybrid smartwatches.

Confused as to what a hybrid watch does? We’re here to explain everything, from what a hybrid smartwatch is and what they can do, to a few examples of the best out there.

What is a hybrid smartwatch?

A hybrid smartwatch is a fusion between a regular mechanical watch and a smartwatch, in that it combines some connected features with traditional watch mechanics. It doesn’t have a touchscreen, doesn’t usually require charging up every day, and doesn’t look like a piece of technology.

It looks like a normal watch. If the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear Sport, or touchscreen Android Wear watches like the Emporio Armani Connected, don’t appeal because they don’t really look like watches, then the hybrid is your gateway to the smartwatch world.

Show, don’t tell

The best way to understand what a hybrid smartwatch does is to see and play around with one. The above photo shows off the Fossil Q Crewmaster.

We chose it as our example because the design is based closely on an existing Fossil watch, which the company chose to augment with smart connected features. You can see it has an analog dial, traditional watch styling, and it’s slim and stylish.

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It’s smart because it has Bluetooth connectivity built-in, and it pairs with your smartphone through an app. The app is available for iOS and Android, which means there’s a high chance whatever phone you have works with the watch.

It’s not like the Apple Watch, which only works with the iPhone.

What does a hybrid smartwatch do?

The vast majority of hybrid smartwatches share similar functionality. A hybrid watch will track your steps, while the app works out calorie burn and activity time. Some watches will also track your sleep, but it’s not as common considering most people are unlikely to wear the watch 24-hours a day.

The watch will alert you of notifications on your phone with vibrations, and some kind of visual hint about which app is alerting you.

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The method for notification alerts varies. Fossil, for example, makes the watch hands zip around to point at a single number, which you designate to a certain app or contact when you first set up the watch. For example, if email notifications are linked to the number 3, the hands will move to 3 o’clock on the watch and will linger there long enough for you to take a glance.

Other watches do it it different, such as the NYSW GTS Activity Tracker, which has a dedicated sub-dial for notification alerts. Hybrid watches from Guess and Martian have a small LCD screen for alerts. You can also expect features like alarms, world time zones, and a programmable button that can be configured for different functions.

This can include working as a remote shutter for your phone’s camera, for music control, or to make your phone ring in case you can’t find it. Don’t expect most hybrid smartwatches to run apps, have watch faces you can change, or include more complex features like a heart rate sensor (though there are some like the Nokia Steel HR).

No charging?

Because most hybrid smartwatches don’t have a touchscreen, they don’t consume anywhere near the same degree of energy as one that does. Paired with Bluetooth Low Energy, a hybrid smartwatch can usually survive on a coin-cell battery, and therefore doesn’t require nightly charging.

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The battery can last up to six months before it needs replacing, which can be done at home, and for a very low price.

This makes hybrid smartwatches perfect for anyone that wants to avoid owning yet another device to recharge every day.

Anything else?

Because a hybrid smartwatch doesn’t deviate very far from traditional watch styling and design, you get many of the benefits associated with mechanical watches. Almost all are water resistant, and usually down to at least 5ATM (underwater up to 50 meters), not just a simple IP68 rating (limited to about 1.5 meters), and the standard size lugs mean you can pick and choose your own straps. Also, because the designs are more watch-like, there’s greater choice for women in the hybrid smartwatch world.

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Finally, because hybrid smartwatches aren’t as technically complex as a full smartwatch, they’re often much cheaper.

Where to start?

Now that you’re completely familiar with the term hybrid smartwatch, where should you start?

The Fossil Group, which produces watches for a wide range of fashion brands, has an extensive catalog of hybrid watches. These range from its own models, such as the Q Crewmaster seen above and the new Q Commuter. Their portfolio includes watches from brands like Skagen, Kate Spade, Michele, Misfit, and Emporio Armani.

The benefit of choosing a Fossil-produced hybrid watch is that the app is suitably polished, connectivity is simple and reliable, and you’re getting a design from a proper watch maker.

There’s no need to limit yourself to Fossil though. Nokia, after it acquired Withings, sells the stylish Steel HR hybrid smartwatch, which is similar to the Garmin Vivomove HR. Hybrid smartwatches are also produced by watch brands not looking to make a full smartwatch. Kronaby and New York Standard Watches are watchmakers dabbling in tech with their hybrid models, for example.

The Timex IQ+ Move is another stylish alternative from a known watch maker. If you’re happy to spend more on your hybrid watch, then Mondaine, Alpina, and Frederique Constant all make hybrids. The Alpina Seastrong is a great example of a hybrid, because it looks like a diver watch — a very popular design — but still manages to deliver notifications, activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and world time zones.

Its face is also covered in sapphire glass, and it has a Swiss quartz movement inside. It’s a smartwatch for people that love watches, and don’t want to compromise on design. The choice of hybrid is greater than that of full touchscreen smartwatches, and there is likely a design that will suit your taste

Casio sets itself apart from others by making Bluetooth watches that provide smartwatch connectivity, without the notifications. The G Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000-1A uses an app for tracking flights, GPS positioning, and world time. The newly announced GBA-800 G Shock watches track your fitness, and sync the data with an app on your phone.

Despite the lack of notifications, these are still hybrid watches, but may also be referred to as connected watches. As you can tell, the choice of hybrid smartwatches is greater than that of full touchscreen smartwatches, and there is likely a design that will suit your taste out there, whether you like a subtle, minimalist look, a classic style, or something more sporty. That’s it, consider yourself properly introduced to the hybrid smartwatch.

We love them because we love watches, and think you will too.

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The time is right to take advantage of these Apple Watch deals for February 2018

When smartwatches came onto the scene a few years ago, they left many people – devout techies included – scratching their heads. It didn’t take long for these smart wearables to catch on, however, nor did it take much time for Apple to overtake the competition. The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years owing to its great design, excellent software, and sleek aesthetics.

In fact, the Apple Watch now commands the largest share of the smartwatch market, nudging out the venerable Fitbit as the biggest name in the game. As much as we love Fitbit, it’s hard to deny the appeal of the Apple Watch. So whether you just gotta have all things Apple or you’re just in the market for a great smartwatch, we’ve rounded up the best online Apple Watch deals available right now in this all-in-one, up-to-date discount list:

Apple Watch Series 1

Although it doesn’t feature all of the enhancements of later models, the Apple Watch Series 1 is still a solid watch with a lot of functionality.

Somewhat confusingly, the Series 1 is actually the second-generation refresh of the 2015 Apple Watch. It’s mostly identical to the original except that it boasts the newer S1P chip under the hood, making it roughly 50 percent faster than the older S1. Like all Apple Watch models, the Series 1 runs on the intuitive WatchOS firmware (an iOS derivative purpose-built for the smaller Retina touch display), comes with a 38mm or 42mm aluminum case, and is compatible with a myriad of different wrist straps for sale — such as the black sport band, white sport band, and gold aluminum strap.

There are also customizable watch faces, a stainless steel case for protection, and apps. It’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable for easy syncing to your other iOS devices, and features 8GB of onboard storage and 512MB of RAM. Pricing for the Series 1 starts at £249, which is pretty reasonable for Apple hardware.

We’re all about saving money, however, so you can score one for even cheaper with these Apple Watch deals:

Apple Watch Series 1 Deals

£227 from Amazon £199 from Walmart £220 from Ebay

£249 from Apple

Apple Watch Series 2

The Apple Watch received an update in 2016 when the Series 1 and Series 2 were launched alongside each other, with the Series 2 boasting a few refinements and upgrades over its sibling. Most notably, the Series 2 adds built-in GPS functionality (great for everything from activity tracking to navigation) and two new case options – stainless steel or ceramic, with the steel case featuring a sapphire crystal face. The OLED display on the Series 2 is also twice as bright as that on the Series 1, and the case is waterproof up to 50 meters, making it a better option for certain outdoor activities than the water-resistant (but not waterproof) Series 1.

On the inside, the Apple Watch Series 2 runs on an S2 computer chip, a dual-core processor with snappy performance similar to the S1P. The Series 2 is a great “middle option” between the entry-level Series 1 and high-end Series 3, especially if you want a GPS tracker and brighter display, so if you’ve got an Apple Watch Series 2 on your mind then be sure to take advantage of what these third-party sellers are offering:

Apple Watch Series 2 Deals

£300 from Target £285 from Ebay

£320 from B&H £330 from Amazon £300 Refurbished

Apple Watch Series 3

The most up-to-date version of the iOS smartwatch is the Apple Watch Series 3.

Released in 2017, the third-generation Apple wearable utilizes the new S3 chip, which is 70 percent faster than the S2 and S1P found in the second-gen models. The S3 also features a built-in barometric altimeter that adds to the already-extensive suite of Apple Watch activity-tracking functions. Along with the many different case and strap options, the Series 3 is available in two models: The standard version and one which is capable of cellular LTE connectivity.

This effectively lets you turn your smartwatch into a full-on mini smartphone, allowing you to send and receive calls and texts right from your wrist with no connected iPhone required. The cellular model comes with a boosted 16GB of storage as well. The Series 3 starts at £329 for the non-LTE model and £399 for the cellular version.

If you want the ultimate iOS smartwatch, then the Series 3 is the one to get. Take a look at these Apple Watch deals:

Apple Watch Series 3 Deals

£329 from Apple £328 from Ebay

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Android Wear 2.8 update brings readability updates for your wrist

Android Wear has risen like a phoenix from the ashes, with 2017 giving us some of the world’s most desirable smartwatches from fashion and watch brands alike, as well as the old smartwatch holdouts like LG. There’s never been a better time to grab yourself a smartwatch and stay constantly appraised of your updates, when and where they happen, without having to ever look at your phone’s screen. We’re massive fans of Android Wear, and that’s why we keep as close an eye as possible on the latest news and updates to the system. Android Wear 2.0 has been and gone, and the upgrade to Android Oreo on Android Wear is rolling out as we speak.

But that doesn’t mean that the updates have stopped; quite the opposite, in fact. Google has switched over to a “more-is-more” approach for Android Wear, pushing out smaller updates more frequently — so if your smartwatch is slated to receive those updates, you should see it constantly evolve over time. Here’s the latest update news for Android Wear.

Android Wear 2.8 update

This update goes straight through to your app, rather than being an OTA update through to your watch, and it’s aimed at making your notifications easier to read on your watch.

The changes are fairly small, as we’ve come to expect from most Android Wear updates these days, and most of the meat of this particular update is centered around a new layout that should make your notifications easier to read at a glance. In addition, the background of your notifications has been made slightly darker, so the notification texts stands out even more. Which watches can expect to receive this update?

Since it’s an update to the app itself, any watches that have received the Android Oreo Android Wear update should be receiving this update. But as always, if you’re unsure then it’s worth contacting your manufacturer directly.

Android Wear 2.7 update

This isn’t an OTA update to your watch, so expect to see this update downloaded straight to your app. Users can expect some quality-of-life improvements with this update, adding the ability to see more on your watchface, and cutting down on some accidental screen-presses and swipes that you might have experienced.

The additions and changes are as follows:

  • Better glanceability with improved typefaces and font weights.
  • Complications now work with Talkback for improved accessibility.
  • Text size of notifications adapts to message length, adding an extra line of text on most notifications.
  • Swipe down in Quick Settings to easily see your connection (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or mobile).
  • Check on download progress with new progress indicator notifications.
  • Launch your last-used app right from your watch face with the Recent App complication.
  • Better prevention of accidental side-swipe and long-press gestures.

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