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Check out the best smartwatches of 2018 with the latest addition of the health trackers, heart rate monitors, water resistance and GPS.

We check out some of the latest and best Smartwatches of 2018.  Smartwatches went from fashion trend to functional when the added benefit of health tracking started allowing users to read their vital signs.  They were already smart phone accessories, making it easy to read notifications, texts, see who is calling you, and view your calendar.  Add in some amazing apps that are now being built for smartwatches and we see why this niche market is becoming so mainstream.  We simplify this process of searching for the perfect one by reviewing the best Smartwatches of 2018.  

 

Best Smartwatches of 2018

Best Overall: Apple Watch 3



Apple Watch Series 3

We believe the Apple Watch 3 is one of the best Smartwatches of 2018, and best overall.  Sleek and stylish, with its host of tons of apps to choose from, it’s an easy choice for those of you who do own iPhones.

The Watch 3 is available with cellular connectivity onboard, or with just GPS. For both, there’s an all-new chipset inside as well as some key new features on offer here.  But the real excitement begins with the new health aspects.

The Apple Watch 3 has on board fitness tracking; cycling, running, an improved heart rate monitor underneath, and even a water resistant case for swimming.  Take a call while running?  If you love to breathlessly tell people that you are currently running, then absolutely!  What we really liked the fact that something this sleek looking was waterproof.

One of the best parts about the new Apple Watch 3, is that it’s got its own cellular connection inside, letting it work independently of your phone.  You will still need to own an iPhone to work this watch, however.  You will also want to be intertwined with Apple Music, as you can ask Siri to play your playlist you already created, but you cannot browse your music on your wrist.

The battery life needs a little work, and the usability of the music feature while running or on the fly could use an upgrade.  However, the WatchOS 4 is worth the upgrade alone.  The bluetooth is solid, allowing you to connect to cardio equipment at your gym, the new health tracking is simply amazing.  Not only that, the Apple Watch 3 comes with 16GB of storage on board.  At roughly $340 we believe this Smartwatch deserves the top spot of our list.

 

Best for Android:  Samsung Gear Sport  



Samsung Gear Sport $299

Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch

The Samsung Gear Sport brings the best Smartwatch of 2018 to Android users.  Though limited in color options, it’s quite striking, and has a fully water resistant body.  Waterproof up to 50 meters, it has a showcase of health tracking features and apps that make it competitive with the Apple Watch 3 and Fitbit.

One of the coolest features we found was that it has offline syncing with spotify.  This is the first ‘Spotify watch’, and can now sync offline with your Spotify playlists.  This is the watch you will want to take out on your runs.  Grab yourself some bluetooth headphones, like the Samsung Gear IconX headphones, and you should be all set for your run.

The Gear Sport has 17 workout profiles to choose from; running, walking, cycling, even treadmill and eliptical.   Although there are not as many as the Fitbit or Apple Watch 3, there should be enough to suit most users.   Combine this with a quick GPS, and users can track their workouts down to pace, heart rate, and mileage.

This is hands down the best Android friendly fitness trackers out right now.  For Samsung phone users, it is a no brainer.  For those with non-Samsung Android phones, I would consider this a great alternative.  It’s attractive, has a good battery life, has many guided workouts, works offline with Spotify, and has many other benefits.

Best Fitbit: Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch



Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

Fitbit brought a couple winners to the table as we were searching for the best Smartwatches of 2018.  A difficult decision for best Fitbit Smartwatch, a clash between best looking and most powerful, the Fitbit Ionic takes the win for the most powerful.  While certainly not the most visually appealing out of the two, the Fitbit Ionic has tons of upgraded features, that may just sway your decision to purchase the pretty one.

For one, it has a built in GPS.  What this means for you, is that you can now go running without your phone.  It will not need to be connected to your phone in order to map out a route.  This is a huge bonus that only a couple Smartwatches on the market are capable of allowing currently.

The Fitbit Ionic currently allows your to make Fitbit Payments to stores that accept it, but I am not sold on how fruitful this will actually be.  Even the smartphones had to come quite a long way before anyone would consider purchasing over them, so we will see how well Fitbit Pay will do.

As far as battery life, I am seeing between 4-6 days before recharging.  I do admit I let it go completely dead sometimes, as I am not always up to date on how full the battery is.  Fitbit has come a long way since its original Fitbit tracker, just take a look at the ‘less visually appealing’ Fitbit Ionic below.

The Fitbit Ionic has a heart rate sensor that is top notch.  This hardware was originally part of what made Fitbit stand out, and they have continuously made improvements.  The Fitbit Ionic is waterproof up to 50 Meters.  The huge array of Fitbit apps and health tracking data that is made available to you on your dashboard makes this Smartwatch one of our top choices, and our favorite Fitbit.

Best Looking Fitbit:  Fitbit Versa



Fitbit Versa Smartwatch

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch

Fitbits better looking watch made our list of best Smartwatches of 2018.  Yes, the Fitbit Versa is a much better looking watch than the Fitbit Ionic.  However, we loved the Fitbit Ionic a bit too much to allow the Versa to be our favorite.  But we also liked the look of this one so much, that we created a new category for it.  Best looking Fitbit.

The Fitbit Versa reminds us a lot of the Apple Watch, and we liked that.  Fitbit nailed this one – the Versa is stylish, comfortable and elegantly simple.  Like the Fitbit Ionic, this Smartwatch is waterproof up to 50 Meters, and you can go swimming with it.  Look stylish while you track your exercises.

The Fitbit Versa does not come with built-in GPS like the Fitbit Ionic.  This Smartwatch will require you to take your phone with you, while you hike, bike, or run.  If you are fine with that, than this watch is for you!  However, one of the reasons we liked the Fitbit Ionic so much was because it had its own built-in GPS.

The Versa can track all the regular stats just like the Ionic, including heart rate, steps, distance, calories, active minutes, floors climbed, swimming, and even sleep.  Want a Smartwatch that looks stylish, and has top notch health tracking?  The Fitbit Versa is for you.

Best Rugged Outdoors: Casio PRO TREK



Casio WSD-F20 Protrek

Casio WSD-F20 Pro Trek Smarwatch

We wanted to add a rugged element to our list of best Smartwatches of 2018.  The Casio Pro Trek is a great smartwatch for Android users looking to explore rugged terrain.  An upgrade from its predecessor, the WSD-F20 now has built-in GPS.  The watch sustains up to 50 Meters underwater and can boast a battery life of up to a month in ‘watch only’ mode, and a couple days when connected with phone.

For the adventure lovers, it comes with an altimeter – answering how much more uphill you have left to summit.  The Casio Protrek includes a barometer, digital compass, and activity tracking.  It even has a built in microphone that lets you record notes and tag them geographically.

In addition to its standard GPS, there are other satellite systems that help triangulate your position to a scaringly accurate location.  We were impressed with the accuracy of the Casio Pto Trek.  Even when you lose signal, the color maps save your position offline and allow you to navigate around.  Using Google Fit, this works smoothly with iOS, but works much better with Android.

As the most rugged Smartwatch on our list, it is also the bulkiest.  That won’t matter when you are in the elements as it has military grade protection, but in the office it could look a little silly.

 

Best Discount:  Motorola Moto 360 Sport



Motorola Moto 360 Sport

 

Motorola Moto 360 Sport

Another winner on our list of best Smartwatches of 2018.  The Motorola Moto 360 Sport has won us over with their sleek design, GPS built-in, sweat proof and water resistant Smartwatch that easily competes with the rest of the lineup.  Covered with Gorilla Glass, the watch has a combination of a bright backlit display with a front end reflective display.  It boasts a variety of health tracking activities as well.

The Moto 360 Sport has 24/7 heart rate tracking, and the GPS built into the watch helps record location, pace and target heart rate during your activity.  This smartwatch is half price of the other watches, and its capabilities that lack show.  The really short battery life is a hassle, but the trackers work well for the price.

 

The Motorola 360 Sport is pretty much only ideal for running, it is not necessarily a sport watch.  But if that is your thing, the price is quite a deal compared to other watches.

Our Top Pick:  Apple Watch 3



Apple Watch Series 3

The Apple Watch 3 wins us over for our top position in the best Smartwatches of 2018 category.   The amount of apps it has available, the syncing features, the draw and appeal of the Watch OS 4, and of course the look and charm of the watch itself.

Pros:  The look and feel, waterproof, apps, built-in fitness tracking, built-in GPS, latest Watch OS 4, and many more.

Cons:  A bit pricy.

Who should buy it:  Anyone who owns an iPhone, or for those of you that can afford to switch over.  Hopefully Smartwatches will work with all devices seemlessly in the future, but that would require a bit of teamwork.  Do yourself a favor and check out the Apple Watch 3.






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