Back To School 2015 Buying Guide – Smartwatches


Okay, so maybe it's your first year at college, you're just finishing up High School or you're heading back to further things. No matter what, you're probably gonna be quite busy with your new workload as well as a – hopefully! – busy and enjoyable social life. That adds up to a lot of notifications and messing around with your smartphone. Now, if you're an Android user, you have more choice than anyone else out there when it comes to smartwatches. If you want to get fit, stay up-to-date or look the part, our Back to School Smartwatch guide will have something for everyone.

Motorola Moto 360

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It's the Moto 360, how could we not feature it in this guide? As a smartwatch that – not only is now great value for money – is good-looking and full of features, the Moto 360 has everything you could want. Except maybe the best battery life out there, with the display off and moderate use you can get a good 18 – 20 hours out of it, but for those burning the candles at both ends, this might not be the best choice. As a gadget that looks like a watch, has a lot of different choices available and just looks stylish though, the Moto 360 is an excellent choice.

Buy the Moto 360 from Amazon here.



Pebble Smartwatch


Okay, so you like the idea of a smartwatch, but you don't want to spend a huge amount of money. Then look no further than the original Pebble. It's incredibly cheap right now, available for less than a hundred dollars, and if you want a watch with excellent battery life and something that will still see you right on the notifications front, then there's little reason not to go with the original Pebble. With a funky black and white LCD display and some wicked watch faces, as well as some great apps, the Pebble is great value for money and gets the job done.


Buy the original Pebble from Amazon here.

Sony SmartWatch 3

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If you're looking for a modern and stylish smartwatch with a focus on staying active and getting out there, Sony have you covered. Available with a number of colorful silicon bands as well as a steel option, the SmartWatch 3 is a classy affair. Where it sets itself apart however is with dedicated GPS, support for Sony's excellent LifeLog app and a microUSB port for charging. This is important as the others need a dedicated charging solution. Plus, it's not exactly expensive at the moment, and it will last far longer than other smartwatches out there.

Buy the Sony SmartWatch 3 from Amazon here.

Fitbit Surge

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So you really want a quality fitness tracker and a smartwatch but don't want to wear both? Well, this is where Fitbit's excellent Surge smartwatch comes in. It tells the time, offers up excellent fitness info and handles notifications as well. Where it excels however is in battery life and of course, tracking your activity. If you're doing a sports course or just want to push yourself further, the Surge is the watch and tracker to help you do just that. It's a little more expensive than some, but it's a dual purpose device that is one of the best for tracking activity.

Buy the Fitbit Surge from Amazon here.


LG G Watch R



You might have seen that there's a new LG watch in town, the Watch Urbane. We're not featuring that here, because honestly the G Watch R is cheaper and has a more modern look any student would be happy with. Unlike others on this list, you can change the strap to any 22mm watch band you like, giving you infinite possibilities for customization and it's a nice, chunky watch for those with larger wrists. With all the same excellent features as other Android Wear devices, including an excellent fully-round display, the G Watch R is a great-looking smartwatch.


Buy the LG G Watch R from Amazon here.

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