Best Smartwatches this Year

Review: Best Smartwatches of this year

Smart technology can be see everywhere these days.  It is marketed and packaged up and sold to us as a solutions.  This is the first time in History when nearly everything we owned, could be equipped with computer code.  

And best part about smart technology?  It is both fun and practical.  

Apple has another great watch out, with Apple Watch Series 5.
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Smartwatches are not only a trend, but are quickly becoming a necessity in many lives. With so many to choose from, we reviewed the top brands to bring you a list of Best Smartwatches of the year.

This article was originally published in 2018, and was re-written in May, 2020.  

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What about Smartwatches?  Thanks to the power of technology and monitoring, Smartwatches can now help get you in shape, remind you to sleep, and potentially save your life!

Smartwatches went from fashion trend to functional when the added benefit of health tracking started allowing users to read their vital signs.  In this article, we will cover our favorite picks for Best Smartwatches of the year.  

There are so many options to choose from, and so many upgrades from Smartwatches in previous years.  

Apple has done it again.  We believe the Apple Watch Series 5 is one of the best Smartwatches for iphones, and best overall.  Sleek and stylish, with its host of tons of apps to choose from, it’s an easy choice for those of you who do own iPhones.

The Apple Watch Series 5 boast a display that never sleeps!  No more flipping your wrist in an exaggerated manner just to see what time it is, or see who messaged you.  With the Always-on Retina feature, you always see the watch face, and time.

The Apple Watch Series 5 has apps that keep an eye on your heart, or tell you when things are getting just a little too loud, and lets you track your cycle with just a tap.  

If you like customized watches, you are in luck.  You can use any face with any band, and swap them out.  Stainless Steel, Ceramic, Aluminum, Titanium?   It’s your pick.  call.

Advanced workout metrics, GPS, water resistance – whichever way you exercise, it can help keep track.  

Apple has another great watch out, with Apple Watch Series 5.

One of the best parts about the new Apple Watch Series 5, is that it’s got its own cellular connection inside, letting it work independently of your phone.  

This watch has a compass built into it, as well as ground elevation!  for those of you that enjoy hiking – track your elevation while the fitness apps track your heart rate, or steps.  

Tracking has gotten more personal, now allowing tracking of menstrual cycles.  

At roughly $329 we believe this Smartwatch deserves the top spot of our list as the best smartwatch for iphone. 

 Check the current prices of Apple Watch Series 5.

The Samsung Galaxy Active 2 brings the best smartwatch for Android users. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is actually more comfortable to wear than the original Active, which is important if you wear it during workouts and sleeping.  

There is an updated running coach, that works pretty well, however – the voice could use some work!  

The Touch bezel allows for easy navigation, so the function of the Galaxy Active 2 feels seemless.  The design is also beautiful, and we believe it is more appealing than Apple.  Speaking of which, the Galaxy Active 2 now works with iOS. 

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 watch, we thought this was the best smartwatch for Android users.

The Galaxy Active 2 comes in 2 sizes, but the battery life on the smaller version fades fast during workouts.  If you have Always-Active on, this is especially true.  

With a sticker price of $299.99, there is a lot to like about this Smartwatch.  If you are going to be tracking your workouts, make sure you invest in the larger version just for the battery life, and you will thank us.  Check the latest price.

Samsung has now launched an upgraded Galaxy Active 2 in South Korea, for Golf afficianados.  The Galaxy Watch Active 2 Golf Edition comes with upgraded golf shot distance measurements, a built-in smart caddie, and over 40,000 golf courses worldwide.  

The Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Golf Edition is now offered in the US, originally created in South Korea, it sells fo about $350.  It comes with roughly 40,000 golf courses worldwide, a smart caddie, and improved golf shot ranges.  Check price here.

Fitbit invested in the future of the Fitbit Versa 2, creating a budget friendly Smartwatch, that comes with a voice assistant, and is a perfect fitness tracker.   Fitbits move to only continue the Versa, took some consumers by suprise, ny not launching the Fitbit Ionic 2. 

Instead, Fitbit presents the Versa 2, a sleek black/carbon design, one-size, health and fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa built-in with sleep and swim tracking.

Use the built-in Alexa to get quick news and information, set timers and alarms throughout your day, check the weather and more.  If you want to control your smart devices at home, you can use the built-in Alexa.  

This watch is perfect for fitness tracking, and should not be used for multi purpose.  The lack of GPS leaves the Versa 2 competing in just the Best Fitness Tracking, and Best looking categories.  

The Fitbit Versa 2 is a sleek, budget friendly, very accurate fitness tracker. The sequel to The Fitbit Vesa, it boasts new and improved tracking and a voice assistant.

The Fitbit Versa 2 has been upgraded since its initial launch, and now includes upgraded alarms, and an oxygen monitor.  The Versa 2 will now track your Blood Oxygen levels while you sleep!  

The Fitbit Versa 2 was created to be budget friendly, as well as simplified.  It has less features than many other smartwatches on the market, and won’t burn a hole in you pocket.  Check current prices.

Casio’s 3rd attempt at a Smartwatch, the Casio WSD-F30 can survive the wild outdoors.  We absolutely loved the Casio WSD-F20, and even more so the latest version.  The body is now slimmer and smaller, the display is improved, and it comes with all the latest OS upgrades.  

The WSD-F20 was giant, shocking many potential buyers.  The massive watch was created as the same dimensions as the G-shock series.  However, Casio decided to scale back the size, which definitely makes the WSD-F30 more appealing to the masses.  

The external bezels were removed, which did make the previous smartwatch appear clunkier.  They were replaced with buttons on the sides.  

One of its best features, the Casio WSD-F30 is waterproof, and can be submerged up to 164 ft.  The touch screen won’t work at such levels, but this watch should survive high humidity, solar radiation, and is the ulimate outdoor smartwatch.  

A great upgrade to the previous WSD F20, the Casio F30 wins the category of Best Rugged Outdoor Smartwatch!  Check prices here.