Whether or not you’ll looking for an upgrade for someone, a sporty watch to help someone reach their goals or a classical timepiece with modern superpowers, there’s a lot of choice out there these days. Even better, there’s no need to break the bank when choosing from either the absolute latest smartwatches out there or from older models that work just as well. In our Top 10 Best Android Smartwatches Gift Guide for the Holidays, you should be able to find something you need for that special someone.
Sony SmartWatch 3
The SmartWatch 3 from Sony is everything a smartwatch should be; it’s modern, it’s great for the sporty types and there different options to suit different wearers. The stainless version pictured above is perhaps more suited to those looking for a classic look, while the silicon straps are sporty and modern. With the same version of Android Wear as others, as well as a microUSB port for the easiest charging on a smartwatch, the SmartWatch 3 is a great option.
LG G Watch R
When LG launched the G Watch R last year, it was kind of a big deal. One of the first fully-circular Android Wear smartwatches, as well as something that looked like a watch first, then gadget second. Sure, it’s still a little bulky, but it’s nice and light and has great battery life. It still runs the latest version of Android Wear, and is compatible with 22mm straps of any kind, so it’s easy to customize as well. Great for those that don’t want to give up a Casio G-Shock, the G Watch R is a nice option for younger and more active folk.
Withings Activite Pop
Now for something different, the Withings Activite Pop is an analog watch that also tracks your steps, and if you wear your watch overnight, your sleep as well. It’s designed to be as hassle-free as possible and will work on the included battery for about a year or so depending on how active you are and such. It bridges the gap between smart and timeless and will of course work with both Android and iOS devices, which is a relief when buying for friends and family.
Fitbit call the Surge a “super watch”, we’ll keep to calling it a smartwatch, and one that’s the absolute best when it comes to fitness features, and it’s something that will be great for that aper-sporty so-and-so in your life. It looks and feels like a digital watch, but it will also track your heart-rate and elevation while running or hiking, and there’s all sorts of notification handling that this does as well. We reviewed the Surge over the summer, and we liked what we found.
If you know someone in need of something more traditional, then the Huawei Watch might be more like it. It’s a great-looking watch and it comes in all sorts of different designs and strap choices. The display is fully-circular and has 300 pixels per inch, that’s more than some smartphones! A classic timepiece, that’s also an excellent smartwatch, Huawei’s first smartwatch really delivers. You can read our review here.
Samsung Gear S2
A new option for Samsung fans, the Gear S2 is finally here, and it features a new user interface, integration with more than just Galaxy devices and an experience you won’t find on Android Wear or Pebble devices. It’s available in both super-modern and classic looks as well, but it is a little pricier than other options. Of course, if you know a Samsung fan that has to have the absolute best, then there are few other options for them.
Alcatel OneTouch Watch
Alcatel has been creating budget-minded hardware for a long time now and they recently introduced a budget smartwatch, a round-faced one at that! With all sorts of different technology packed into it, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch is cheap and cheerful, while offering some genuine functionality. It could do with some improvement, but as one of the cheapest watches in this list, it gets the job done and then some.
Speaking of value, the Pebble Steel has become an excellent option for those that want a smartwatch, but don’t want to break the bank. It’s timeless, good-looking and well, it’s a Pebble. The black and white display blends in well and with both leather and metal straps included in the box, there’s a lot of value here. The main attraction here is its low price tag and the days-long battery life, beating most other devices on this list.
LG Watch Urbane
The Watch Urbane was a follow-up to the G Watch R and while it keeps the same sort of style and features, it gains an even more classical design and this is one for the older user out there. It is perhaps a little on the large side, but it just looks great, is available in two different colors and it runs the latest version of Android Wear as well. We reviewed it as soon as we could and found it an excellent smartwatch.
Pebble Time Round
The Pebble Time Round is their latest evolution of the Pebble Time, and it’s arguably the only one worth thinking about at this point. It still has the same sort of battery life that many of us have come to expect, but it looks much better, and is one of the thinnest and lightest smartwatches available today. Perfect for those that don’t want a gadget on their wrist.