There should be one question you have to ask yourself if you have an iPhone and want to buy a smartwatch and that is: how much do you want to spend on an Apple Watch? That’s because the choices in the smartwatches market are not much satisfying right now. Here are the best smartwatches to buy for you iPhones.
Although there are some smartwatch and fitness band choices out there, none of them can work as fine with iOS as the Apple Watch does. Some of those choices have sufficient battery life, but none of them match as many features, as well as Apple, does.
Best Smartwatches to Buy
It would be kind if Apple opened up iOS so that it was even likely to make a competing smartwatch but still, you could bother with the absence of competition and what it predicts from a platform copyright point of view, but our honest advice when it comes to purchasing something is to just buy whatever Apple Watch you can afford.
Apple Watch Series 5
Apple eventually made a change everyone has been expecting for in 2019: it enables you to have an always-on screen that regularly displays the time. About Apple Watch Series 5, we saw that it does introduce a slight change in battery life, but not so much so that you can’t get through a day.
The always-on display is the main reason we suggest Series 5 over older Apple Watches, but the bigger screen size and more agile processors don’t bother either. Series 5 is also an outstanding fitness tracker and has health-monitoring features that could give information to you or your loved ones in case of falls or abnormal heartbeat problems.
Although the app ecosystem is nowhere similar to what the iPhone has, there are some third-party apps that you might find helpful, including some that allow sleep tracking, the great feature still needing on the Apple Watch out of the box.
If you don’t like a screen on your wrist, there are some other means to track your steps or even get notification alerts like a Withings Steel HR or a FitBit. They are experts at what they do and have long-lasting batteries, but they don’t allow you to respond to iMessages or have other strong alliances with iOS.
Apple Watch Series 3
On the release of Apple Watch Series 5, Apple abandoned the Series 4 but retained the Series 3 throughout. That sounds complicated, but don’t bother about the plan, bother about the price: $199.
Just for half of the price of Series 5, you are still getting a very competent smartwatch with an all-day battery life. Your only need is the big screen size, the always-on display, and the processor is relatively slower. For most people, those things won’t matter a lot. It is probable that over the long period, the Series 3 won’t hold up as well as the Series 5 in terms of running watchOS fine. It’s probable, but it’s also a supposed dilemma for a few years from now. Apple typically allows great software updates for many years for all its products. So don’t you worry about it.
The other choices in this list are more suitable for Android users than iPhone users. The foremost idea to choose any of them over the Apple Watch is look and appearance. Just be conscious that if you need that round watch face, it comes with remarkably limited functionality when paired with an iPhone.
Fitbit Versa 2
- Convenient, lightweight design
- Week-long battery life
- The screen is bright and easy to see outside
- Excellent fitness and sleep-tracking features
- Voice replies are helpful for Android users
- Changing straps is still a big task, despite the quick-release pins
- The always-on display is too simplistic and not customizable adequately
- Alexa integration is awkward and mostly useless
- Smartwatch productivity features are lacking
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
- Touch-sensitive bezel
- Offline Spotify
- Adequate battery life
- No great mapping solutions
- Does not run as fine with iOS as it does on Android
Fossil Carlyle Gen 5
- Brisk looks
- More durable performance
- Complex battery settings
- Difficult to see in direct sunlight
- Wear OS doesn’t do satisfactorily with iPhones
Withings Steel HR Sport
- Slim, light design
- Long-lasting battery
- Sleep tracking
- Doesn’t integrate with iOS as great as with Android
- The unmanageable menu system on the watch