The best smartwatches for iPhone

Wearable gadgets are those attractive technologies which many users don’t have enough information about and don`t know what they need to pay attention to when buying them. In this post, I’m going to introduce the best smartwatches for iPhone available in the market with their pros and cons. After reading this buying guide, you’ll be able to choose the best smartwatch for your iPhone according to your needs and budget. Stay with me! )

Apple Watch

Price: $262.99

Apple Watch 1

Display: Apple Watch has been released in two sizes – 38mm and 42mm. The first model has a 1.33-inch display with 340×272 resolution while the second one – a 1.53-inch display with 390×312 resolution. Both models have rectangular displays with 326ppi. Apple equipped its smartwatches with Retina AMOLED display which has very good quality and which readability is high in direct sunlight. Sport model display is equipped to lon-X glass, but other models (Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition) have sapphire glass.

Hardware: Main core of Apple Watch is S1 processor. This processor has one ARMv7 core with 520MHz and we see POWERVR SGX543 GPU beside it. This 28-nanometer processor was created by Samsung. Apple Watch is also equipped to 512MB RAM and 8GB internal memory. This smartwatch has NFC, Bluetooth 4, GPS and Wi-Fi and it also includes Gyroscope, Compass, Pedometer, Accelerometer and Heart Rate sensors.

These sensors (especially Heart Rate) have high accuracy. Force Touch technology is also included in Apple Watch, it can recognize exerted pressure on the screen. This smartwatch is perfect for iPhones with iOS 8.2 or higher. Apple Watch is certified IPX7 which lets it work for 30 minutes at the depth of one meter.

Software: Apple Watch came to the market with Watch OS platform and now the second version of Watch OS is available too. Without a doubt, Watch OS performance is better than its competitors Android Wear and Tizen. Watch OS runs on Apple Watch smoothly, but its Android competitors with more powerful hardware have some delay in performance. Wide range of apps is available for Watch OS which lets it stand higher than Android Wear and Tizen. In addition, many common apps support Apple Watch too. We also should not forget about Apple’s powerful personal assistant Siri.

Design: It’s difficult to choose a smartwatch more beautiful than Apple Watch. Curved edges and small margins turned it into a stylish smartwatch. The crown, button, microphone and speaker are placed on the main side of Apple Watch. Heart rate sensor and toggle buttons are embedded on the back of the device. Apple Watch has been released in 38mm and 42mm sizes and its body benefits from a high quality alloy which makes it a luxury and quality smartwatch.

Another advantage of Apple Watch is its interchangeable bands, so you can easily change them. Apple also created various types of bands for Apple Watch what gives you an opportunity to give your smartwatch a fresh appearance by changing its band. Apple Watch bands are available in plastic, leather and steel and all of them are high quality. Weight of Apple Watch is 50g and it`s 10.5mm thick.

Apple Watch has been released in three different models: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Body of Apple Watch Sport is made of aluminum 7000 series and its display glass is Ion-X and its back is made of composite. Display glass and lens are made of sapphire in Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition and the back panel of these models is ceramic. Body of Apple Watch is made of steel and it’s 18-karat gold in Apple Watch Edition!

Battery: Apple Watch benefits from a Lithium-ion 205mAh battery which can work up to 3 days of general usage, but if you use your smartwatch a lot, its charge will be enough only for a day. Wireless Power is another positive point of Apple Watch; it connects to the back panel of the smartwatch and charges it fast.

Pros

  • Retina AMOLED Display
  • Equipped to Force Touch
  • Beautiful Design
  • Different Bands
  • Watch OS Platform
  • Wide Range of Apps
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • High Quality Body
  • High Accuracy of Sensors
  • Interchangeable Band
  • Large Capacity of Internal Memory

Cons

  • Average Battery Life

Apple Watch 2

Price: $465

Apple Watch 2

Display: Like its previous generation, Apple Watch 2 has been released in 38mm and 42mm sizes. 42mm one has a 1.65-inch display with 390×312 resolution and the 38mm model has a 1.5-inch display with 340×272 resolution. They both have square screens and their pixel density is 290ppi and 303ppi. Apple has increased display size in the second generation of its smartwatch, but as the resolution didn’t change, pixel density of the display decreased compared to the first generation.

Apple again used AMOLED Retina in the second generation of Apple Watch which has very good quality and content on its display can be read clearly even in sunlight. Of course, we see 3D Touch feature and increased brightness up to 1000 nits in Apple Watch Series 2. Display glass of Apple Watch is Ion-X in Aluminum models and Sapphire in steel and ceramic models.

Hardware: Apple Watch 2 is equipped to dual core S2 Apple chipset and benefits from 8GB internal memory. Like Apple Watch, it comes with NFC, Bluetooth 7, GPS and Wi-Fi. Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Pedometer, Ambient Light and Heart Rate are other sensors that have been embedded in Apple Watch 2 and accuracy of these sensors is high. This smartwatch is compatible only with iPhones with iOS 10 or higher. Apple Watch 2 is completely waterproof and it can work up to 50 meters under water.

Software: Apple Watch 2 comes with Watch OS 3.0 and its 3.1.1 version has been released by now. Performance of Apple Watch OS 3.0 is better than Android Wear and Tizen which provides an enjoyable experience of a fast and quality operating system. Watch OS includes a wide range of different apps what puts it on a higher level than its competitors. Like Apple Watch, Siri is ready to be your right hand in Apple Watch 2, too.

Design: Apple Watch 2 is very similar to its first generation. Curved edges and small margins are some important factors of its attractive appearance. Microphone, crown, buttons and speaker are on the main side of the device and like in Apple Watch, we see a heart rate sensor and toggle buttons on the back panel. 38mm and 42mm are two different sizes that are available for Apple Watch 2.

Like its younger brother, Apple Watch 2 has an interchangeable band too, so if you want to give it a new appearance after a while, you just need to change its band. Different high quality bands which are made of plastic, steel and leather are available for Apple Watch 2. Weight of 42mm model is 52.4g and it’s 41.9g for 38mm model; both models are 11.4 thick. Apple Watch 2 is available in 4 different models: Apple Watch 2, Apple Watch Edition, Apple Watch Nike+ and Apple Watch Hermes.

Battery: Apple Watch battery has improved compared to its first generation, but still it’s not the best in the smartwatch market. It has a 273mAh Lithium-ion battery now which can work even up to 18 hours in standby mode. Again, wireless charging is there too, so you can connect it to the back of your gadget and charge it easily.

Pros

  • Retina AMOLED Display
  • 3D Touch
  • Attractive Design
  • High Quality Body
  • Watch OS 3.0 Platform with a wide range of apps
  • Heart Rate Sensor

Cons

  • Again Low Battery Life (compared to its competitors)

Now let’s take a look at two of the best Android smartwatches which are reliable and quality smartwatches that you need consider them in your buying list.

LG Watch Urbane

Price: $174

LG Watch Urbane

Although this is a list of the best smartwatches for iPhone but I couldn’t ignore this quality Android smartwatch. It’s the only Android iPhone on the list and is suitable for people who want to experience something different than iOS.

Display: LG Watch Urbane has 1.3-inch P-OLED display with 320×320 resolution and 245ppi. Display quality of this smartwatch is high and its readability is good even in sunlight.

Hardware: LG Watch Urbane is equipped to Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz frequency and 512MB RAM as well as 4GB internal memory. Its chipset has 4 cores of Cortex-A4 type and Adreno 305 GPU. Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi are available in this smartwatch as well as Gyroscope, Compass, Pedometer, Accelerometer and Heart Rate sensors. It’s IP67 certified which makes it totally water and dustproof. One of the positive points of LG Watch Urbane is that it`s compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

Software: The main software of LG Watch is Android Wear and it also has Google Now personal assistant.

Design: The display of this smartwatch is circular and its margin is a bit too wide. Its weight is 66.5g and it is 10.9mm thick. The body is made of metal and it has leather wristlet; the quality of both body and wristlet is very good.

Battery: This smartwatch is quipped to Lithium-ion 410mA battery which is appropriate for daily use, but if you are going to use the smartwatch a lot and with high brightness, battery charge drains very fast. Anyway, its charge is enough for a full day.

Pros

  • Snapdragon 400 Processor
  • Wi-Fi
  • High Quality Display
  • High Build Quality
  • Android Wear OS + Compatible with iOS devices
  • Supports a range of different smartphones

Cons

  • Low Battery Life

Huawei Watch

Price: $300

Huawei-Watch

Huawei got a lot of attention after releasing its first smartwatch Huawei Watch. With a nice design, high performance and quality display, there are almost no significant drawbacks in this smartwatch. Its price may be the only thing that can change your opinion about buying this quality smartwatch. It’s standard model with stainless steel wristlet costs about $350 which is $50 more than the second generation of Motorola Moto 360. And if you don’t like its standard model, you’ll be able to pick the display and wristlet from more expensive models.

Display: Huawei Watch is equipped to 1.4-inch AMOLED display with 400×400 pixels and 286ppi. Quality of this display is very high; even in direct sunlight it displays content very well. It has Sapphire glass which is completely resistant to scratches.

Hardware: Like LG Watch Urbane, a Snapdragon 400 processor is embedded to this smartwatch with 1.2GHz frequency and 512 MB RAM. 4GB internal memory is also included in Huawei Watch and it’s quipped to Adreno 305 GPU, too. Compass, Pedometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate and Accelerometer sensors are other technical features of this smartwatch. Like its competitor LG Watch Urbane, it has a 300mA battery as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

If you use Android 4.3 or later versions, there won’t be any problem in synchronizing it with your smartphone. Also, Huawei Watch is one of the first smartwatches in the market which is compatible with iOS (8.2 or higher). It`s pretty easy to connect it to your phone, you just need to download its app from App Store and enjoy its features on your iPhone.

Software: Android Wear is the main OS of Huawei Watch and it supports Android apps. Google Now personal assistant is also available on this smartwatch.

Design: With a circular display and small margins, it can easily draw many users` attention. 60.5g weight, metal body and its steel wristlet have turned it into a suitable choice.

 

In the end, if you want to know what important factors are determinative when you want to buy a smartwatch, how to buy smartwatch article is definitely something that you should read it before choosing your new smartwatch.

That’s it! You are now familiar with the best current smartwatches in the market. If you have any questions or want to share your opinion, comments area is waiting for you!

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