There are a bunch of smartwatches available today that are packed with whiz-bang technology. They can all tell time of course, but which ones track your heart rate, and which let you answer email?
If you need help figuring out the watch that will work best for you, we’ve got the basics covered here:
For techies: Samsung Gear S2
What makes it awesome: Sporting a stylish, new circular design with a unique rotating bezel, the Gear S2 connects directly to the Verizon network.
The Gear S2 can be used to make calls, send texts and get app alerts when your phone is on and connected to the network. New fitness-related features include a 24-hour activity log, so you can view your progress and patterns at a glance. It can also send reminders to motivate you to stay on track. How about paying for a cup of coffee merely by waving your arm? The Gear S2 comes with NFC technology, so buying things is quick and easy.
For style addicts: Moto 360 2nd Gen
What makes it awesome: It’s got a lot of color, size and style options, so switching out bands to match your #OOTD is easy.
Not only does the second-gen Moto 360 look better than the first, it performs better too. You can customize the home screen’s “Live Dials” to show information like the weather or battery status. Thanks to its speedy processor, you can do everything you need to do more quickly. Its battery life is longer, too.
For traditionalists: LG Watch Urbane
What makes it awesome: It looks like a classic timepiece—not a superhero gadget.
Even your parents would appreciate the Urbane’s leather band and silver- or gold-toned finish. But while it might look old-school, it runs Android™ Wear with Wi-Fi connectivity, has a plastic-OLED display, and boasts 4 GB of memory. So it’s eons ahead of your pop’s wristwatch.
For health nuts: Fitbit Surge™ Fitness Super Watch
What makes it awesome: It’s like having a personal trainer without the expense.
While you work out, you can instantly see stats on your activity (including pace, distance traveled, calories burned and target zones). Other features? ’Round-the-clock heart-rate monitor, sleep tracker, GPS, calorie counter and water-resistance.