Back to School 2016 Buying Guide: Top 10 Smartwatches

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If you’re heading back to school in a few short weeks, then you may be looking at picking up a smartwatch. Aside from telling you the time, it can be very helpful. Allowing you to do things like create voice notes while your hands are full of books and so much more. But there are so many smartwatches out there. Which are the best ones to pick up? Here’s our top 10 picks for smartwatches.

Huawei Watch



When it comes to the Huawei Watch, it comes in all sorts of styles. It’s also one of the best Android Wear smartwatches available, and if you own an Android device, this a smartwatch that will compliment it quite nicely. The Huawei Watch is available in a slew of different cases as well as straps, including leather and metal. It is also confirmed to get the Android Wear 2.0 update later this year.

Buy the Huawei Watch

Fossil Q Founder



The Fossil Q Founder is another great looking smartwatch, and one that’s actually developed by a watch maker. The Fossil Q Founder has a 46mm face, so it’s large, but not overly large. It also comes with a leather or metal strap, but like most smartwatches, it can be swapped out for a strap of your choosing. The Fossil Q Founder is also an Android Wear smartwatch, so it’ll work with both Android and iOS devices.

Buy the Fossil Q Founder

Moto 360 Sport



Those looking for a bit more of a sporty smartwatch, needn’t look any further than the Moto 360 Sport. This is featuring the same internals as the Moto 360 (2nd Generation), so fortunately it’s not sporting that old TI OMAP processor that the original Moto 360 had powering it. The Moto 360 Sport uses Moto Body and Google Fit to keep track of your activity throughout the day. Allowing you to track your workouts and such, and still get your notifications on your wrist.

Buy the Moto 360 Sport

ASUS Zenwatch 2



Probably one of the cheapest smartwatches on this list, and one of the few that doesn’t sport a round display. The Zenwatch 2 still looks pretty amazing and is an Android Wear smartwatch as well. Like many of the others on this list, the strap can be swapped out for something different, if you don’t like the included strap on the Zenwatch 2. The Zenwatch 2 is also slated to get Android Wear 2.0 later this year.

Buy the ASUS Zenwatch 2

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE



The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE stands out for one big reason, and it’s hinted at in the name. It’s the only smartwatch on this list that features LTE support. This means that it is a standalone watch, and you can wear it when you go out on your run and leave your smartphone at home. You’ll still get all of your notifications, phone calls and texts as well. Due to it having an LTE connection, there’s a larger battery and a bigger price tag attached to it.

Buy the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE

Fitbit Blaze



Probably a bit of a surprising entry here, but the Fitbit Blaze is definitely a smartwatch. What we’re looking at here is a fitness tracker that has turned into a smartwatch. It may not be the best looking smartwatch, but it’s perfect for those into fitness. It can track your heart rate, your exercises, activity and much more. You’ll also get all of your notifications from your smartphone right onto your wrist.

Buy the Fitbit Blaze

Samsung Gear S2



Samsung has steered away from making Android Wear smartwatches, instead theirs run on Tizen, but are still compatible with Android smartphones. The Gear S2 is one of the best looking smartwatches out there, and the feature that many love is the fact that you can turn the bezel and navigate through the OS. Making for a great experience on a small display. Something that many smartwatch makers have had trouble with.

Buy the Samsung Gear S2

Moto 360 (2nd Generation)


The Moto 360 (2nd Generation) comes in two sizes. There’s the 42mm that is aimed at women, but does work for men as well. And then the larger 46mm. Motorola offers the Moto 360 with a few different case colors as well as different straps. Like many of the others here, the straps can be swapped out for something different, if the user wishes to do so. Motorola even made it easy for that to be done.

Buy the Moto 360 (2nd Generation)

Sony Smartwatch 3


Perhaps the oldest smartwatch on this list, the Sony Smartwatch 3 still has a spot here. The biggest reason is due to it having water-resistance and NFC. While others can handle some water, you can’t go swimming or jump in the shower with them. While the Smartwatch 3 may look a bit ugly, it’s very functional, and actually fairly cheap now, since it’s over a year old. It’s currently unclear whether it’ll get Android Wear 2.0 later this year though.

Buy the Sony Smartwatch 3

Fossil Q Grant


The Fossil Q Grant doesn’t run Android Wear, but it is still a smartwatch, and it does connect to your Android or iOS device. It’s a functional watch that allows you to get notifications on your wrist, they just aren’t as rich as something you’d get from Android Wear. The Fossil Q Grant is also a bit cheaper, since it doesn’t run Android Wear (and doesn’t need as high-end specs).


Buy the Fossil Q Grant