Back To School Buying Guide 2017: Best Smartwatches & Fitness Trackers

Staying active while going to school can be a bit difficult, and it can lead to students becoming a bit lazier, and/or putting on some more weight. Many may think that they don't have time to head to the gym and get a good run in. But that's not necessarily true. Walking to class everyday, or going for a quick run in the morning is all you need. And fitness trackers (also smartwatches) will help you be more accountable to staying active. It's basically like motivation to go for a walk, or a run, or a workout.

In this buying guide, we have listed some of the best smartwatches and fitness trackers for going back to school. These range greatly in prices as well as features. There are a ton of different smartwatches and fitness trackers available out there, all of which serve different purposes. Some of the models listed below might be from Fitbit, or Samsung, or LG, or even Fossil. They are all great choices and will work well for not only keeping students active, but also bringing their notifications to their wrist, so they don't need to look at their smartphone all the time. Which is also an important thing these days.

Polar M430 GPS Running Watch

This one here is mostly for those that are runners. The Polar M430 is a running watch, but it will also track your steps and heart rate throughout the day, so you can see how far you're pushing yourself, and if you may need to push yourself just a bit further, to meet your goals.

Fitbit Charge 2

This is one of the more popular fitness trackers out there, the Fitbit Charge 2 does everything you'd expect from Fitbit, which includes tracking your activity and your sleep. The Charge 2 does also track your calories - both in and out - as well as specific workouts. Fitbit allows users to swap out the bands on the Charge 2 as well, and get something a bit more unique.

LG Watch Style

This is LG's latest smartwatch, and it runs on Android Wear 2.0, which is the latest wearables platform from Google. With Android Wear 2.0, users are able to have the Google Assistant on their wrist and ask it all kinds of questions. There is also Android Pay support, so users are able to tap their wrist and pay for things at some merchants that support Android Pay.

ASUS ZenWatch 3

The ASUS ZenWatch 3 is another great smartwatch that is on the Android Wear 2.0 platform. This smartwatch is a somewhat cheap model, coming in at under $200, but it looks amazing. The ZenWatch 3 allows you to have Google Assistant and Android Pay on your wrist, as well as all of your notifications.

Nokia Steel

The Nokia Steel is actually what we call a "hybrid" watch. It looks like a standard watch, but it has some smarts inside which can track all of your activity. The Nokia Steel can track all of your usual vitals, including your activity, sleep and much more. It also sports battery life of around 8 months, which is far longer than almost every other fitness tracker or smartwatch on this list.

Garmin vivofit 3

Perhaps not a name you'd expect to see in the fitness tracker world, but Garmin has a great option here in the vivofit 3. This one offers up all of the usual tracking you'd expect, in a rather stealthy package. It's available in black, with an e-ink display which helps to offer some incredible battery life, we're talking months not days here.

Fitbit Flex 2

Besides the Charge 2, the Flex 2 is also a very popular model from Fitbit. Largely due to how cheap it is, it is under $100. The Flex 2 is fully waterproof and it can actually track your swimming, which is a really nice feature. Otherwise, it can track your activity including different workouts and even your sleep, which is also nice to have.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

The Gear S3 Frontier is one of two Gear S3 models that Samsung has. The Gear S3 Frontier is more for the outdoorsy type of people. It offers up a darker casing for the watch and a nice looking black wrist strap. The Gear S3 Frontier actually runs on Tizen and not Android Wear. With Tizen, you still get plenty of great apps to use, like Uber, S Health and many more.

Samsung Gear Fit2

Now those that just want a fitness tracker, the Gear Fit2 from Samsung is a good option as well. This one focuses more on fitness rather than being a smartwatch, it's about a third of the price of the Gear S3 Frontier. The Gear Fit2 has a curved AMOLED display which provides you with all of your stats throughout the day. It works with both Android and iOS.

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