The Best Smartwatches of 2017

A look at this year’s best smartwatches. Unsplash

These days everyone is used to the idea of fitness. Many people started jogging, cycling or swimming to improve their health, and it is evident that most of them want to see and analyze their result that they could achieve more. Smartwatches are perfect for that, they have many built-in features that are great companions in exercising. Some of them have heart rate monitors, GPS, and sleep trackers. They collect exercising data that you could later analyze on your smartphone or computer. Therefore, I collected 15 best smartwatches that you could look at and use in your fitness training.

Huawei Watch 2

Watch 2 Huawei Huawei

This is the third smartwatch from Huawei and one of the first to run Android Wear 2.0. Its software nicely focuses on leisure and fitness, and the watch has all features necessary for sports as well as GPS, NFC, heart rate monitor and even 4G connectivity. Furthermore, the watch is water and dust resistant because of that you can use it in the harshest conditions. The battery life stands up to 2 days, which makes sleep tracking possible compared to other devices. Also, it lets you go running or cycling without a phone due to its’ real-time coaching and live GPS mapping. The watch itself will save you work-out data that you could analyze later.

Pros

  1. Water-resistant
  2. Built-in GPS and NFC
  3. 4G Network compatible

Cons

  1. Relatively small screen size
  2. Large bezels
  3. A bit slow performance

Price starts at $299.99

Apple Watch Series 2

Watch Series 2 Apple

Apple Watch Series 2 is the second smartwatch that comes from Apple, and as for the second attempt, it was really successful. The smartwatch itself does everything that it should. It nicely tracks your fitness and can give you navigation around places as well as it lets you pay with your wrist. Also, it is water resistant up to 50m, which means that you will not need to worry if it starts raining when you are outside and helps you track your swimming exercises. The watch is equipped with heart rate sensors and GPS. Also, it is compatible with third-party apps, Breathe app, and Health App on iPhone.

Pros

  1. Built-in GPS
  2. Water-resistant
  3. Fast performance

Cons

  1. Expensive
  2. Short battery life
  3. Not so many useful apps

Price starts at $369.00

Samsung Gear S3

Gear S3 Samsung

One of the best smartwatches out there both for iOS and Android users is Samsung Gear S3. It has a stunning display compared to other competitors, beautiful design as well as long battery life and built-in GPS. Furthermore, it perfectly tracks every sports activity despite the fact that for some people it could be too big for exercising. One of the great features of the watch is its turning bezel. It lets you answer the phone, turn up the volume and scroll through apps, messages and long text. Also, the watch allows you to make calls without a phone due to its built-in speakers.

Pros

  1. Good battery life
  2. Snappy performance
  3. High-quality display

Cons

  1. Size and weight
  2. Lack of apps
  3. Not fully waterproof

Price starts at $349

ASUS ZenWatch 3

ZenWatch 3 ASUS

It is a great smartwatch for a reasonable price. Asus did a good job designing and building it, and this should be on your list if you are searching for the Android Wear watch. The ZenWatch 3 has a rather beautiful display, design, and perfect battery life that can easily be charged fast. The watch lacks some sports sensors like heart rate monitor and GPS. However, it is water resistant so you do not need to be afraid of getting water on it. Also, the Zenfit app will count your steps, accompany you through workouts and in a smartphone, you will get your daily activity analysis.

Pros

  1. Fast charging
  2. Vivid display
  3. Fast performance

Cons

  1. No GPS and NFC.
  2. No built-in heart rate monitor.
  3. Proprietary wrist straps

Price starts at $229.00

LG Watch Sport

Watch Sport LG

If you are searching for a smartwatch that was specially made for sports, here it is. LG made a perfect sports watch which entirely adapts to every sports activity out there. The watch not only monitors your heart and burned calories but also, tracks all-important strength training. Furthermore, it has 4G LTE connectivity that lets you make calls, send texts and browse through “OK Google” without a smartphone. The Android Pay feature of the watch allows you to pay for everything with the wrist quickly. Despite the battery life, it is a good buy.

Pros

  1. Water and dust resistant
  2. Vibrant display
  3. Doesn’t require phone binding.

Cons

  1. Battery life could be longer
  2. Lack of apps
  3. Phone calls need a SIM card

Price starts at $249.00

ZTE Quartz Smart Watch

Quartz Smart Watch ZTE

The Quartz Smart Watch is an excellent attempt made by Chinese company ZTE. It has a wide display with relatively vibrant colors, runs on Android Wear 2.0 and even has 3G. Furthermore, the battery life holds all day long which is a nice feature. The watch allows you to make calls, send text and enjoy simple fitness functions. Despite the bulky design and lack of fitness features, it is not a bad buy for that price.

Pros

  1. Fast performance
  2. Good price
  3. 3G Network connectivity

Cons

  1. Big, cheap design
  2. No NFC
  3. No heart rate monitor

Price starts at $192.00

Garmin Fenix 5X

Fenix 5X Garmin

If you are searching for a heavy duty smartwatch, Garmin Fenix 5X is a perfect choice. The watch is durable and will hold on in any situation. It can track multiple sports, has built-in maps that will help if one gets lost. Also, it has a beautiful display, heart-rate monitor, training data that is made easy to understand and analyze. The watch itself is made to be used in outdoor activities and has TOPO U. S. mapping. Despite the high price, it is totally worth it if you need a robust watch for harsh conditions.

Pros

  1. Built-in maps
  2. Long battery life
  3. Multi-sport tracking

Cons

  1. Expensive
  2. Heavy

The price starts at $599.99

Fitbit Blaze

Blaze Fitbit

Fitbit is known for great fitness watches and wristbands. The Fitbit Blaze is another great watch from them which is perfect for sports. If you want a minimal smartwatch only for fitness, this is a right choice for you. It offers a lot of stats from sleep stages, cardio fitness level, and it is easily transferable to any device for data analysis. In spite of some minimal smartwatch capabilities, the price is ideal for beginners and casual users.

Pros

  1. Good battery life
  2. Low price
  3. Wrist strap easily changeable

Cons

  1. No built-in GPS
  2. No waterproof
  3. Limited notifications

The price starts at $159.99

Garmin Forerunner 935

Forerunner 935 Garmin

Garmin Forerunner 935 is a great successor of Forerunner 735XT. The watch is perfect in every aspect possible. It is ideal for runners, triathletes, ultramarathoners as well as for other sports because it is super light and slim. It has every sports feature that you could think of. Furthermore, the watch is water and dust resistant, you will be able to go for a swim and collect data from it such as distance through GPS, time, stroke pace and more. Also, it has an excellent battery life, it can last 2 weeks in watch mode, 24 hours in GPS mode, 60 hours in UltraTracTM mode.

Pros

  1. Excellent battery life
  2. Beautiful and light design
  3. Multi-sport support

Cons     

  1. Expensive
  2. No music playback

Price starts at $499.99

Huawei Fit

Fit Huawei

It is the first try of Huawei to enter fitness trackers’ market. It has all the usual features such as heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, accelerometer and gyro meter. Moreover, it is water and dust resistant, and you will be able to swim or go to shower with it. The watch has changeable straps, multi-sport modes and the screen is always on display. The battery lasts up to 6 days. However, the life of battery strongly varies depending on usage of the watch.

Pros

  1. Sleep tracking
  2. Water resistant
  3. Heart rate monitoring

Cons

  1. Limited actions with notification
  2. Syncing and other issues
  3. Uncomfortable display navigation

Price starts at $129.99

Fitbit Surge

Surge Fitbit

Here is one more fitness watch from Fitbit, and it is the most expensive and most powerful Fitbit to date. The Fitbit Surge is a watch that is perfect for casual runner, cyclist or marathoners. It has text and calls notifications, built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, and it supports music player. The watch can wirelessly be synced with a computer or smartphone and will provide you with a detailed exercising data analysis. Although the battery life is relatively long, it lasts only up to 10 hours with GPS. Also, the design could be more appealing and eye-catching.

Pros

  1. Water resistant and robust
  2. Built-in GPS
  3. Heart rate monitor

Cons

  1. Weak battery life when using GPS
  2. Limited notifications
  3. Sleep tracker not so accurate

Price starts at $199.99

Fossil Q Marshal

Q Marshal Fossil

Fossil is a well-known brand in mechanical watches market, and now they are trying to enter the smartwatches market. The Q Marshal has a beautiful mechanical watch looking design that will appeal to almost everyone. It has a great vibrant display and swiping between screens seems fluent. Moreover, the watch has wrist-based music control, standard call handling abilities. Also, the battery life for this kind of smartwatch is decent.

Pros

  1. Premium looking design
  2. Solid built quality
  3. Fast performance

Cons

  1. No heart rate monitor
  2. No built-in GPS and NFC
  3. Black bar on screen

Price starts at $255.00

LG Watch Style

Watch Style LG

LG Watch Style is another great watch with a slim design from LG. The watch comes with Android Wear 2.0, and it supports both Android and iOS. Despite the great design and some great features for casual users, the watch lacks features like GPS, heart rate sensor and NFC. However, if you are not looking for a cheaper watch without GPS and heart rate monitor, it is an excellent choice.

Pros

  1. Minimal classical design
  2. Vivid display
  3. Water and dust resistant

Cons

  1. Battery life could be better
  2. Lack of apps
  3. No NFC for Android pay

Price starts at $249.99

Misfit Vapor

Misfit Vapor

This is a first smartwatch that is made by Misfit. As we know, they are great at making fitness trackers, and it will be the most expensive of their products. The Misfit Vapor has heart rate sensor and sports’ tracker. Furthermore, the watch comes with a bunch of essential apps like messaging, weather as well as GPS. Misfit said that it will be released in late summer of 2017, and it could be the best smartwatch of this year.

Pros

  1. Large Vibrant display
  2. Heart rate monitor
  3. Reasonable price

Cons

  1. Limited software
  2. Quite thick

Price starts at $199.00

Moto 360 (2nd Gen.)

Moto 360 2nd Gen. Motorola

Moto 360 second generation is the second smartwatch from Motorola. The second version is slightly upgraded and better than the first one but not a big difference. The watch can easily be used in everyday activities like tracking your fitness activities, handling calls, and text notifications. Moto 360 has optical heart rate monitor and is compatible with Android as well as iOS. Probably the best part of the watch is that it is highly customizable.

Pros

  1. Vibrant display
  2. Optical heart rate monitor
  3. Watch straps are easily replaceable

Cons

  1. Battery could be better
  2. Flat tire design
  3. Black space at bottom

Price starts at $389.99

Justas Markus is the Founder and CEO of Just&Tom and JustasMarkus.com. He is a passionate traveler and blogger at Entrepreneur.comObserver.comBusiness.comInfluencive.com and others.