Best Smartwatches Buyers Guide - May 2017

Now that we're nearly halfway through 2017 there has been a little more time for new smartwatches to release, and with that it's time to see if any of the newer watches are worth their salt and capable of making it onto this list as some of the best smartwatches to consider if you're looking to buy. All of the smartwatches from last month were great options, but that doesn't mean that some of the new tech isn't capable of claiming a spot. With that said, let's take a look and some of the best smartwatches for the month of May.

Wear24

New to the list this month is Verizon's Wear24, a smartwatch that's only available on their network and comes with Android Wear 2.0 and it's LTE connected, meaning you can wear it without having your smartphone linked to it and still be connected to the internet. Essentially, you can be connected 24-7, hence the name "Wear24." Since it has Android Wear 2.0 that means it has Play Store access, and Verizon boasts it has about 18 hours of use before it needs a charge, which means you can take it through a couple of days or more before needing to put it back on the charger. It's not water resistant like many of the other watches on this list, so you'll want to keep that in mind.

CASIO WSD-F20 PROTREK Smart

This is CASIO's latest entry into the smartwatch market and was shown off earlier this year at CES, and it comes with Android Wear 2.0 as well as all the features you might expect of a watch that is geared towards the outdoors. It's water resistant, has a mil-standard 810g certification, and of course GPS for making sure you always know where you're at. It's one of the more pricey smartwatches out there and it's a bit chunky, but if you want something meant for adventure and you don't mind the style or the cost, this isn't a bad option.

Fossil Q Marshal Gen. 2

While Fossil does have two new smartwatches on the way with the Q Venture and Q Explorist, those won't be available until sometime in the Fall. That said Fossil's Q Marshal Gen. 2 is available now and it's a pretty good smartwatch in Fossil's lineup, as it comes with the classic style you'd come to expect of a Fossil watch, with the modern technology of Android Wear. This particular watch is being updated to Android Wear 2.0 and should already have the update, it also has built-in activity tracking, an LED flashlight feature, and interchangeable straps so you can customize it a little bit.

Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen.

While it might not be the newest smartwatch around these days, with updated software thanks to the Android Wear 2.0 update that's coming for it the Moto 360 2nd Gen. is still alive and kicking and it's still a relevant option in the smartwatch market, especially now that it's a bit older and you can likely find some good deals on it. While it was best when you had the option to customize it through Moto Maker, you can still find plenty of varied options and styles, and it'll have everything from activity tracking to Play Store access once the update actually lands.

ASUS ZenWatch 3

Packed with features and fitted with one of the sleekest smartwatch designs to date, it's a shame that the ZenWatch 3 didn't get a little bit more attention when it first launched. It has Android Wear 2.0 software now which means Play Store access, and it has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the screen for protection as well as an IP67 rating for water resistance. It has a 1.39-inch display and a Wear 2100 processor, which is easier on the energy drain, and it has ASUS' HyperCharge technology inside so that even if it does drain a little quicker than you expected you can charge it back up fast

Nixon Mission

Nixon's Mission smartwatch is still one of the best options, if not the best option for consumers who want a smartwatch that not only looks great but stands up to the unpredictability of everyday life and the adventures that happen along the way. It comes in a number of available colors and is built to withstand water with its 10 ATM rating. It's powered by the Wear 2100 processor, but one of its most defining characteristics is what Nixon calls the roll cage bezel that's made from raised, surgical-grade stainless steel. For the adventures, it's packed with GPS, a thermometer, an altimeter, barometer, and an e-compass. With Android Wear 2.0 the Nixon Mission is packed with the latest features, and with its tough exterior it's built to last for quite a while.

Huawei Watch 2

Huawei's second smartwatch running Android Wear is a nice improvement over the original, which is usually seen on this list. It's got the latest software having shipped with Android Wear 2.0, plus a sport-like design that's perfect for exercise and can still be warn throughout the rest of the day. It has built-in GPS, as well as a heart rate monitor so you can continuously track your heart rate, and it has Play Store access thanks to Android Wear 2.0. The nice thing is that it also has NFC, which means it can also take advantage of the Android Pay support, unlike most of the watches on this list.

Samsung Gear S3

There's no doubt that Samsung's Gear S3 is one of the best smartwatches that's currently available. While it doesn't run Android Wear, Samsung's version of Tizen here is well adapted to fit any person needing a smartwatch. It supports Samsung Pay for mobile payments, has a heart rate monitor to continuously track your heart rate, and it has a water and dust resistant build so you can wear it worry-free even if it rains or you sweat a little bit. With built-in GPS it can handle your adventures whether you're out running, biking, or hiking, and it even comes in two variants - the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear S3 Classic.

LG Watch Style

This year made Google and LG's collaborative smartwatch official with the LG Watch Style, one of the first smartwatches to run Android Wear 2.0. The Watch Style takes on more of a classic look so it's perfect for those who want something with a more traditional design, but it's worth keeping in mind that this watch does give a couple of things up compared to the Watch Sport. It doesn't have NFC, which means no Android Pay, and it doesn't have built-in GPS. It does however, have an IP67 rating, so if you're wearing it outside during a run and it starts to rain, it'll be just fine. If you like customization it supports the MODE straps that can be purchased from the Google Store for easy switching, but it also supports other watch straps out there too.

LG Watch Sport

Rounding out this list is the LG Watch Sport, perhaps to no surprise. This might be the best smartwatch you can pick up right now if you're looking for something with Android Wear, as it's equipped with pretty much everything you need. It has built-in GPS for tracking runs and cycling sessions, or just your general location, it has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and it's equipped with NFC so it can support Android Pay. Because it has Android Wear 2.0 it also has access to the Play Store as well as Google Assistant just like the Watch Style, but unlike the Watch Style it also has LTE support which means you can use it without having to connect a smartphone.

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