Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – 2017: Top 10 Best Smartwatches

Fossil Q Marshall and Fossil Q Wander

Last year we saw Fossil enter the smartwatch game with the Fossil Q Founder, and this year they're back with the Q Marshall and Q Wander. Both of which carry the same internal specs, including the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, a circular display with a classic flat tire look and no heart rate sensor. What these two watches are however, are fashionable smartwatches from a well known brand that will make a great gift and look good on the wrist of anyone thanks to the myriad of different color combinations that Fossil have put together here.

Garmin Forerunner 235

For a smartwatch that is designed for those looking to be more active, or create better data of their runs as well as other adventures outdoors, the Forerunner 235 from Garmin is an excellent choice. The firm has come out of nowhere over the past few years to make some excellent fitness trackers and now smartwatches, and the Forerunner 235 has all the things you'd need from a smartwatch such as the overall fit and finish, as well as heart rate monitoring and smart notification support. Sure, this isn't going to be the best gadget a smartwatch could be, but it's an excellent compromise between smartwatch and fitness tracker, and will look great on the wrist of those that just don't stop moving.

Pebble Time Round

Available in 14mm and 20mm sizes, the Pebble Time Round represents an excellent middle-ground in the world of smartwatches. The Pebble software here might not be as sophisticated as Android Wear or the Apple Watch, but it's not designed to be. Instead, Pebble try their best to make devices that keep you on track, as well look good on your wrist, and the Time Round is arguably their best-looking product. It's timeless and classic in its own right, and the software has a lots of nice surprises to keep you on track throughout your day, and this newer generation of Pebbles have voice control, too.

Samsung Gear S2

The Gear S2 has become something of a success story for Samsung. The South Korean firm has been trying their hand at smartwatches for a long time now, and the Gear S2 is the culmination of all that effort. With a fully circular Super AMOLED display and its rotating bezel, Samsung have a compelling and modern looking device on their hands, as well as something that's packed full of functionality. The Gear S2 works with any Android phone out there, Samsung-made or otherwise, and doesn't run Android Wear, instead choosing to use their own Tizen software. This gives the Gear S2 unique functions as well as offering up an experience you just won't find elsewhere. Great as a gift, as well as a treat to yourself, the Gear S2 is one of the best smartwatches on the market today.

Huawei Watch

The Huawei Watch has been available for a long, long time now and still remains one of the best Android Wear options out there. With a myriad of different casing as well as strap options, Huawei have put together an excellent array of smartwatches, all with the same DNA. That DNA consists of a fully circular AMOLED display, a speaker for making and taking calls as well as a build that wouldn't be questioned on a Swiss masterpiece. A heart rate monitor comes along for the ride here, as does a guaranteed update to Android Wear 2.0 launching next year, and the Chinese firm have also included a great selection of customizable watch faces for people to play around with.

Fitbit Surge

The Fitbit Surge was launched quite some time ago and while it looks like a beefier version of the old Charge HR, it carries all of the same features as well as a whole lot more as well. While the Surge has a monochrome display, there are few other devices out there that are as fun to get fit with than a Fitbit. The display can tell the time, provide you with notifications and of course, take care of all the logging and tracking you need it to at the gym. Not only is one of the best Fitbits out there, but it's also a great smartwatch for the sporty types out there.

Michael Kors Access Dylan and Bradshaw

It's pretty difficult to escape the Michael Kors brand these days, with his bags and watches all over the world. Now, the designer is getting into smartwatches, with the Dylan and Bradshaw. The former is perhaps a more sporty option for men, while the latter is a classic, telltale MK design that will be recognizable by friends and family, all the while doing a lot more than just telling the time. With the same Snapdragon Wear 2100 that the Fossil lineup uses, these are modern smartwatches, although they don't come with heart rate sensors and still have a flat tire design. For all their shortcomings though, these are good-looking watches have look great and will make for excellent gifts no matter what.

Samsung Gear S3

If the Gear S2 has been Samsung's finest smartwatch to date, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier are a pair of smartwatches that represent a massive leap ahead in fit and finish for Samsung. With much more careful consideration to the overall feel of a watch, the Gear S3 is a much more traditional offering, all the while improving on the smart features that they debuted with the Gear S2. The rotating bezel is easier to locate and move, and there's a handful of new features in the Tizen software that make these well worth thinking about, especially if you want to give someone the best smartwatch to launch in a long time.

ASUS ZenWatch 3

The original ZenWatch, as well as the ZenWatch 2 were seen as budget offerings from ASUS, and while they well affordable, they weren't to be scoffed at. With the ZenWatch 3, ASUS have outdone themselves. A gorgeous fully circular display, attention to detail like the fold edge around the display and the buttons, as well as a curious strap fitting show that ASUS has taken design into consideration here. Which is nice, as the software, based on Android Wear, has all manner of extras accessed through a separate ASUS app on your smartphone. A modern, yet classic design, the ZenWatch 3 is an excellent gift, as well a very smart watch, indeed.

Moto 360 Sport

If a sporty, modern-looking smartwatch is what yo u need this Holiday Season, then the Moto 360 is an excellent choice. Powered by Android Wear, with some extra software from Motorola, the Moto 360 Sport is a simple yet functional affair that will appeal to a younger generation, as well as those that prefer their watches modern and clean. With all the same features, including a heart rate sensor and GPS, as the original Moto 360, the Sport is a great way of tracking your runs, your step count and more without having to give up all of the great options that Android Wear gives users.

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