My Best 10 SmartWatches for Classic Outing in 2017 [w/ Specs/Prices]

Smart watches, wrist bands and rings are not just the latest in digital trends. They can actually make you look smart and classic in your regular outings.

Being the second half of 2017, I’ll like to discuss about my favorite 10 smart watches for classic outing in 2017 and beyond.

Best Smart watches review

Introducing Smart Watches

Smart watches and smart wrist bands are computerized wrist watches with digital functionality. Aside from being used for timekeeping, they have hi-tech features and can be used to run mobile apps depending on its operating system (Android wear, Ubuntu touch, or WatchOS).

A smart watch has the ability to do various tasks, such as; Game-play, Media player, translator, and can also serve as a tracker. Some variants of these smart watches features full mobile phone compatibility; which means it can be used to make/receive calls and also to send text messages.

Digging into the early days of smart-watches

The world’s first ever ‘smart’ watch Pulsar was considered as digital watch instead. It was invented by Hamilton Watch Company in  1972. The watch(Pulsar) could store 24 digits which likely made it the 1st watch with memory-bank (user-programmable memory).

The introduction of PC’s (personal computers) in the 1980s made way for improvements in smart watch technology. Seiko (Hamilton Watch Company) started inventing watches with computing functionality. In 1983, it came up with a watch called Data 2000 watch; this watch has an external keyboard which is used to sync data to the watch through a process known as wireless docking (electro-magnetic coupling).

As decades passed, Smart watch technology world experienced lots and lots of improvements and today, we have smart and intelligent watches which can solve at least 85% of our daily challenges.

Best 10 Smart Watches to Buy with Confidence in 2017

Deciding on which smart watch to buy is not an easy task as there are tons/varieties of them scattered all over tech platforms and offline shopping malls.

Here’s my favorite 10; ranked according to my personal likes, fashion sense  and/or shopping preferences. The recommended retail prices (RRP), specs and features is listed as well as their various images.

Apple iWatch series 2

[Price: $399.00]

Apple smartwatch

Specifications

Display2nd generation OLED Retina display (2x brighter)2

Ion-X glass (aluminum cases)

Size42mm (12.9 x 3 x 2.4 inches)
TechnologyBuilt-in GPS, Accelerometer, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n 2.4Ghz), Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope
BatteryUp to 18 hours
SensorsHeart Rate Sensor
MiscMagnetic cable for charging.

Samsung Gear S3 [$330.00]

Samsung Gear 3

Specifications

Screen Display1.3 inches AMOLED Display
OS Tizen Based Wearable OS 2.3.2
ChipsetExynos 7270, Dual 1.0GHz
NetworkLTE with Embedded SIM, (Applies to LTE models only)
ConnectivityBluetooth V4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, GPS/Glonass, MST, LTE.
FeaturesWater and dust resistant,  IP68 + MIL-STD-810G
BatteryCan last up to four days (Battery life depends on usage/settings)
MiscMic, SPK, Linear Motor

Huawei Smart Watch 2

[Price: $275.95]

Huawei Watch 2Specifications

Dimensions 48.9 mm x 45 mm x 12.6 mm
Display1.2″ AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass

Resolution: 390 x 390 pixels (326PPI)

CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 2100
OSAndroid Wear 2.0
Memory4 GB Flash +768 MB RAM
NetworkLTE, UMTS, TD-SCDMA, GSM
Positioning/SensorGPS + Glonass, 3-axis A + G sensor, 3-axis Gyroscope, 3-axis Compass, Barometer, Heart Rate Sensor (PPG), Capacitive Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1, WiFi: 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n, NFC
Battery420 mAh (typical value), 410 mAh (minimum value)
MiscWater and dust resistance – IP68

 


LG watch sport

[Retails for: $329.99]

LG watch sport

Specifications

NetworkAT&T Wireless 4G LTE
OSAndroid Wear 2.0 (Feldspar)
Display1.38″ P-OLED (480 x 480 pixels), 348 ppi
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 1.1 GHz – MSM8909w Quad-Core
Battery capacity430 mAh (Embedded)
Internal Memory4 GB (up to 2 GB usable)
RAM768 MB
TechnologyWCDMA, GSM, UMTS, LTE
NetworkBluetooth Version 4.2 LE; Wi-Fi Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
FrequenciesGSM 850/1900 MHz; LTE Bands 2/4/5
Data TransmissionUMTS, GPRS, EDGE, GSM, HSPA+, HSPA, LTE
ProtectionIP68 Certified
AudioBuilt-in MIC and Speaker
Size45.4 mm (1.79″) Diameter; 14.2 mm (0.56″) Thickness
Weight3.15 oz.
Talk TimeUp to 2 hours (3G)
Standby TimeUp to 1.45 days (Ambient On)
Available ColorTitanium
Compatible with phones running Android 4.3 or higher and iOS 9 or higher. Please check with your carrier to see which features are supported. Supported features may vary.

Microsoft Band 2

[Sold for: $449.00]

Microsoft Band

Specifications

Display Type32 x 12.8 mm  Curved AMOLED with 320 x 128 pixels
Band MaterialThermal plastic elastomer silicone vulcanate (TPSiV)
BatteryLi-Polymer – Up time; 48-hours per charge
SensorsOptical heart rate sensor, Skin temperature sensor, Skin temperature sensor, Gyrometer, Microphone, GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, UV sensor, Capactive sensor
TechnologyHVM – Haptic vibration motor
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
Charge Cable ConnectorCustom charge cable
ResistanceWater Resistant
Devices SupportedWindows Phone 8.1 update, iPhone®: 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iOS® 8.1.2, and Android™ 4.3-5.0 phones, with Bluetooth®

Asus Zenwatch 3

[Sold for: $258,10]

Zenwatch 3

Specifications

OSAndroid Wear
Memory512 MB RAM
Storage4GB eMMC Flash
DisplayAMOLED 1.39” – 400 x 400 (287ppi). Touch: 2-finger
Sensor6-Axis (G+A), Ambient light sensor
BluetoothBluetooth V4.1
Battery340mAh with quick-charge
ColorsSilver, Gunmetal, Rose Gold
Dimensions1.77 x 1.77 x 0.39 inch
NoteCommunication: Bluetooth® 4.1 + Wi-Fi

Fossil Q Accomplice

[Price: $131.25]

Fossil Q Accomplice

Specifications

Activity Tracking Built In Fitness Tracker
Notifications Social Media, Text / Email, App Alerts, Multiple Time Zones, Calendar Alerts.
Functions Takes picture(s), Sleep Tracker, Controls Your Music, Step Tracker,  Interchangeable Watch Band.
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.1
Compatibility Android™ OS 5.0+, iPhone 5/iOS 9.0+, Smartphone App
ResistanceWater resistant 30m (100ft)

Nokia Steel HR

[Price: $201.56]

Nokia Steel HR

Specifications

Activity trackingHeart rate tracker, Automatically tracks walk,swim, run, distance & calories burned.
Smartphone alertsNotifications for text messages, calls, and events on the watch screen.
Sleep monitoringSleep cycle analysis (light and deep sleep) plus silent vibrating alarm with Smart Wake.
BatteryUp to 25 days battery life (charges in 2 hours)
Extra 20 more days on power reserve mode (time & activity tracking only)

LG watch style

[price: $294.20]

LG watch style

Specifications

Mode StrapItalian Genuine Leather
Display Type1.2 Full Circle P-OLED
Display Resolution360 x 360 (299ppi)
NetworkWiFi/BT
OSAndroid Wear 2.0
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 1.1 GHz ( Wear 2100)
Battery CapacityEmbedded 240mAh battery
Bluetooth®Bluetooth Version 4.2 LE
Storage512 MB + 4GB
ProtectionIP67 Certified (Not Suitable for Swimming or Diving)
SensorsGyroscope, Accelerometer, ALS
Weight46g
Dimensions42.3 x 45.7 x 10.8mm
CompatibilityiOS Compatible
ColorsTitanium / Rose Gold / Silver
UPC652810800877

Moto 360 2nd Generation

[Price: $246.88}

Moto 360 2

Specifications

DisplayCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3 with Backlit LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 400; CPU: 1.2 GHz quad-core (APQ 8026), Adreno 305 + 450MHz GPU.
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Vibration and Haptics engine
BatteryCapacity: 300mAh/400mAh
ChargeWireless charging – charging dock included
Memory4GB Flash storage coupled with 512MB RAM
ConnectivityBluetooth V4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
MicrophoneDual digital mics

 

In Conclusion:

Smart watches, just like regular fashion watches can be trendy and really fashionable. The hi-tech features that comes with these 10 makes them a great choice for classic online shoppers.

They can be bought offline  from reputable tech shops or online from Amazon, Gearbest, Aliexpress, Jumia, Konga, Bestbuy and other top e-shopping malls.

Have you used any of these watches in the past or needs a help with choosing a particular type/brand of smart watch? Please do let us know in the comments section below.

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