A capable smartwatch is every mans ultimate gadget. It will pairs with your phone, gives you notifications, tracks your heartrate, movement, calorie burn and much more. In this article, we have handpicked the best selling, most popular and most highly reviewed smartwatches for men in 2018.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
The Samsung Gear S3 is one of the most popular smartwatches right now. It has an always-on face and the bezel can be turned to access apps and functions. This smartwatch can be bluetooth paired with your iPhone or Android device to allow you to text, make calls, get notifications and make payments with Samsung Pay. The built-in GPS will track your activity. The watch itself will resist dust, water and users praise its durability and performance, as well as the many functionslike sleep tracking and calling.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Smart Fitness Band
Another watch from Samsung on the best smartwatch list. Why? Because the Gear Fit2 Pro is slim, swimready, resistant and capable. Listen to music or use fitness apps and monitor your performance like calorie burning og heart rate monitoring. It can be paired with your iPhone or Android device and has multiple sensors like accelerometer, gyro and barometer. In reviews, users appreciate the form factor, the heart sensor, the different watch faces and the many fitness options and apps. For a wristband-style watch, it’s a sound choice.
Huawei Band 2 Pro Smart Fitness Wristband
Similar to the Samsung Fit2, but more affordable and simple, is this Huawei Band 2 Pro. It has a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor, and has other functions such as sleep tracking. It can be paired with most smartphones and is 5ATM water resistant. The battery life is quite long, allowing up to 21 days of use – however practically it is probably less. User reviews appreciate the heart rate monitor, water resistance and available partner apps. For third the price of a Garmin, it’s a good buy if you don’t want all the bells and whistles.
Garmin Fenix 3 HR
This popular and highly reviewed smartwatch will suit most your fitness needs – and more. It measures your heart rate from the wrist or allows you to track with an accessory chest strap. The silicone strap is comfortable, flexible and will not get discolored, giving this smartwatch an exclusive look. Rugged and water resistant up to 10ATM, you can swim with this watch and go anywhere you like. It connects to wifi to Garmin Connect account and has a lot of fitness training features. Users praise this as one of the best sport watches you can find. Note: There’s also a Garmin Fenix 5.
Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Smartwatch FTW2108
The Fossil Q Marshal Gen2 has interactive dials and smart notifications when paired with most smartphones. The watch supports third party apps like Spotify, Uber, Google Play or Google Fit. You can change the strap or make custom dial faces. User reviews appreciate the clear display and app connectivity. It’s a quite large and thick watch, so make sure you don’t mind. The battery like most of these connected always-on watches lasts less no more than a day.
Michael Kors Access Unisex Bradshaw Smart Watch
The Michael Kors “Access” is a very fashionable yet capable smart watch powered by Android Wear, compatible with both Android and iPhones. You can customize the watch face to suit your style, and change the strap as you see fit. Once connected, it gives you texts, calls and emails, and will track your sleep, steps and calories. Users appreciate the form factor, very stylish design and many functions. It works best with Android phones, and the battery like for most watches this type lasts for about a day.
Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Smart Watch
The Pebble 2 smartwatch is another wristband-style watch with heart rate monitor, step counter and sleep tracker. It has a built in microphone and the battery will last for up to 7 days. Once bluetooth connected to your smartphone, this watch will serve you notifications, texts and emails, show your schedule and a ton of available apps. It is water resistant up to 30 meters. Users love the form factor, the crystal clear display and its responsive and fast interface.
What you should look for when choosing a smart watch
Battery life: Some of the bigger watches with always-on and large screens will need recharging almost every day, whereas the wristband type watches can go for 7-30 days. Your choice depends on whether you will be able to recharge it every day, and how much you want to watch to do.
Form factor: The form factors plays a huge role in how you will use the watch. The wrist-band type watches are worn like bracelets, where as the bigger watches with large screens are more clunky.
Always-on: Does the watch have the option to show time always – or do you have to press a button? The always-on feature is important, because you will miss it if you like to tell time. On the other hand, turning it off will allow for much better battery life.
Functions and apps: See reviews for the usability of the apps and functions of your watch, and see what users report about these apps. Also check if the app support is good for iPhone or Android – or both.
Touch screen or button usability: Does the watch support touch screen, and if not, how do you access functions and app? Make sure the watch has good usability – read user reviews to find out what users report about using buttons or the screen.
Monitors and sensor: Which sensors does the watch have – steps, heart rate, sleep tracking, gyro, GPS? Which ones of these do you need?
Pairing: Before you buy, see specs for whether the watch pairs with your particular smartphone. Most smartwatches allow pairing with iPhone and Android phones, but some models like Samsung are specifically made to pair with Android apps only and will have limited functionality for iPhones.
Water resistance: Look for the promised water resistance. If you need to swim with your watch, or even dive with it, you want to make sure it is perfectly resistant. Go for at least 5-10ATM if you swim a lot.