Whether you’re looking for something appropriate for dinner parties or back-country trails, high-end, budget or something in between, we’ve tracked down the best smartwatches on the market.
Best for iPhone Owners: Apple Watch Series 4
Apple is back with the Apple Watch Series 4, the latest in the smartwatch game that’s focused on helping wearers live a healthier lifestyle. Running on Apple’s S4 64-bit dual-core processor and the new WatchOS 5 operating system, it’s twice as fast as its predecessor. Available in two sizes — 40 mm and 44mm — it has a 30 percent larger display than the Series 3 and comes in six different aluminum and stainless steel finishes. New improvements include Walkie Talkie mode and a speaker that is 50% louder than in the Series 3. The microphone has been moved to the watch’s opposite side to reduce noise and create clearer phone calls. The bottom, now made from black ceramic and sapphire crystal for better radio wave transmission, is intended to help with cellular reception and call quality.
The new electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor — the first to be found in smartwatches or fitness trackers — can help monitor heart diseases and other potential physical complications, storing the data in an app to share with your doctor. The watch will also be able to detect if you take a hard fall, calling emergency services to assist you.