Holiday Gift Guide 2017 - 2018: Best Wearables & Smart Fitness

Smartwatches and fitness trackers are likely the first thing that people think of when they here or think about the term wearbles, and that's understandable as they do happen to be the most popular categories of that type of product. For those interested, there are loads of different wearables out there in each of these two categories, and with it coming up on the busy shopping season for the holidays there are going to be loads of different options from both types of products to consider. Like Fitbit's new smartwatch called the Ionic which you can pick up for under $300.

Of course, if you're not the smartwatch type and you're looking for something a little bit less expensive, there are plenty of fitness tracker options that can be picked up for less than $150. The Garmin Vivosmart 3 for example, is only going to cost you about $120, and it has a touch display, it's water-resistant, tracks your steps, calories burned, distance, sleep, and more, and it notifies you of alerts just like every other device on here. If you don't mind spending a little bit more but still want a fitness tracker, Samsung's Gear Fit2 Pro is the perfect option for many. It comes with a larger touch display, has an integrated heart rate sensor, it has GPS, it's water-resistant, and it's compatible with Galaxy Apps so you can enhance the list of features and functions that it has.

Perhaps you're an Android Wear person, or you're simply intrigued by the notion of Android Wear, and if that's the case then you're in luck because there are more Android Wear options than ever before. Like the ASUS ZenWatch 3, which carries a sleek and stylish design, three crown buttons for interacting with features so you don't have to touch the display as often, and it's got Android Wear 2.0 so you get all the latest features of the software, like on-device Play Store access. Another good option in this category is the LG Watch Style, which is one of this year's earlier options. It's a little more simplistic in its design, but still has the latest software, which means Play Store access and Google Assistant, and it's compatible with both Android and iOS.

Prices listed below are subject to fluctuation. This post is updated regularly to try and ensure the most accurate pricing at the time.

Fitbit Ionic: Step Counter, Calorie Counter, Sleep Monitor, Mobile Payments, Built-In GPS, Music Playback, Run Tracker, Swim Tracker, 4-Day Battery
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier: 1.3-Inch Display, 4GB ROM, 768MB RAM, 380mAh Battery, GPS, HR Sensor, Step Counter, Calorie Counter, Samsung Pay, IP68
Huawei Watch 2 Classic: 1.2-Inch Display, 4GB ROM, 768MB RAM, 420mAh Battery, Android Wear 2.0, Play Store, NFC, Android Pay, HR Sensor, GPS, IP68
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw: Android Wear 2.0, 1.4-Inch TFT Display, 4GB ROM, 360mAh Battery, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Play Store, Google Assistant, Apps
Apple Watch Series 3: Watchos4, Built-In GPS, Dual-Core S3 CPU, Water-Resistant Up To 50M, Activity Tracking, Heart Rate Sensor, Altimeter, Apps
ASUS ZenWatch 3: 1.39-Inch AMOLED Display, 4GB ROM, 512MB RAM, IP67, Android Wear 2.0, 341mAh Battery, Play Store, Google Assistant
LG Watch Style: Android Wear 2.0, Play Store, Google Assistant, Activity Tracking, 1.3-Inch Display, 4GB ROM, 512MB RAM, 240mAh Battery
Samsung Gear Sport: 1.2-Inch Super AMOLED Display, 4GB ROM, 768MB RAM, Water-Resistant, NFC, Samsung Pay, Activity Tracking, GPS, HR Sensor
Fitness Trackers
Garmin Vivoactive Black: 1.3-Inch IPS Display, GPS, Touch Screen, 3-Week Battery, Sports Apps, Watch Faces, Activity Tracking, HR Sensor
Fitbit Charge HR - HR Sensor, OLED Display, Water-Resistant, Activity Tracking, Step Counting, Calories Burned, Distance, Sleep Monitor, Alarm
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro: Water-Resistant, 1.5-Inch Curved Super AMOLED Display, 4GB ROM, 512MB RAM, GPS, HR Sensor, Activity Tracking
Fitbit Alta HR: HR Sensor, Activity Tracking, Sleep Tracking, Alarm, Notifications, Touch Display, Water-Resistant, 7-Day Battery
Garmin Vivosmart 3: 24/7 Heart Rate Monitoring, GPS, 5-Day Battery Life, Step Tracking, Floors Climbed, Calories burned, Sleep Tracking, Water-Resistant
Polar M400: GPS, Waterproof, Step Tracking, Calories Burned, Distance, Sleep Tracking, Running Cadence, Notifications, Recovery Status, Inactivity Alerts
Moov Now: Audio Coaching For Running, Cycling, Cardio Boxing, Body Weight, Sleep Tracking, Steps Taken, Calories Burned, Distance, 6-Month Battery
Misfit Shine 2: Vibration Alerts For Notifications, Swim Proof, Multi color LEDs for Showing Activity Progress, Activity Tracking, 6-Month Battery
Misfit Ray: Vibration Alerts For Notifications, Smart Button, Swim Proof, Activity Tracking, Sleep Tracking, 6-Month Battery
Jawbone UP4: HR Tracking, Activity Tracking, Advanced Sleep Tracking, 7-Day Battery, Smart Coach, Smart Alarm, Amex Payments
Huawei Band 2 Pro: PMOLED Display, GPS, Water-Resistant, HR Tracking, Activity Tracking, Sleep Tracking, 21-Day Battery
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Justin Diaz

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Lover of food, craft beer, movies, travel, and all things tech. Video games have always been a passion of his due to their ability to tell incredible stories, and home automation tech is the next big interest, in large part because of the Philips Hue integration with Razer Chroma. Current Device: Google Pixel.