Smart Watch

Best Smartwatches for 2018

Top 5 Smartwatches for 2018


All of these work with both Android and Apple devices.  All except for the last one are round, which is my personal preference.  I did leave off the Apple Watch just because it only works with Apple devices so didn’t really make my requirement for this list.  Not saying it’s a bad watch since it does do some things really well.  The version 3 you can see here

So these are my top 5 smartwatches for 2018 so far.  The first two have watch faces that are fully digital so can do a lot of things, but the battery life takes a hit because of it.  The next two are hybrids so they look more like traditional watches with smaller digital displays for showing notifications, alarms, steps, etc…  The last one is the Fitbit Versa, which is more like the first two except it has a square screen.

Garmin does make a more sturdy smartwatch geared more towards someone that either works or plays in the outdoors a little more.  It has the sapphire screen option that makes the screen virtually unbreakable and very hard to scratch.  I didn’t include it mostly because it is pretty expensive compared to all of these upwards of $500.  If interested in that one you can find that here


Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Silver, SM-R800NZSAXAR

TicWatch Pro Bluetooth Smart Watch, Layered Display

Nokia Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch

Garmin vívomove HR, Hybrid Smartwatch

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch One Size (S & L Bands Included)

Display 42mm(Midnight Black or Rose Gold) or 46mm (Silver)

1.3 Inch sAMOLED 360x 360

military-grade durability, swim-ready water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ that prevents the display from getting scratched.

45mm diameter and 14.6mm thick

Display is 1.39″ AMOLED 400×400 pixels

Has both a high resolution AMOLED screen and a power saving FSTN LCD screen to empower you with unprecedented control over extending battery life up to 30 days

36mm (Rose Gold/Black, Rose Gold/White, Silver/White, Silver/Black) or 40mm (Silver/Black)

36mm model: 36.3mm diameter (1.4’’), 13mm thickness (0.51’’), 39g (watch only)
40mm model: 39.5mm diameter (1.6’’), 13mm thickness (0.51’’), 49g (watch only)

chemically strengthened glass

43 x 43 x 11.6 mm

64 x 128 pixels

Width 1.34″

diagonal Screen Size 0.9478″ x 0.9478″


Bands v4.2Strap: 22mm silicone.  Can use standard 22mm Can use standard 22mm Easy to customize bands

36mm model: 18mm wristband width (0.71’’)

40mm model:  20mm wristband width (0.79’’)

Several sizes to choose from as well as colors.

20mm, Industry standard

Sport: silicone

Premium: leather

Small/medium fits wrists with a circumference of 107-177 mm

One size fits most fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm

One Size (S & L bands included)
The minimum and maximum circumference range between 140 – 206 millimeters
Charger Wireless Magnetic with pins Magnetic Clip style with pins Base with pins
Battery Life Up to 4 days 5-30 days on a single charge due to layered display with two modes. Minimum 5-day battery life is possible if Auto switch to Essential Mode is turned on. 415mAh Steel HR is the first activity tracker with heart rate monitoring to offer a long-lasting battery life of up to 25 days.

+20 days if in power reserve mode (time and activity tracking only)

5 days if in workout mode the whole time.

up to 5 days in smart mode; up to 2 weeks in watch mode 4+ days
Internals Processor: 1.15 GHz Dual-Core
Memory: 0.75GB RAM 4GB internal storage
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Memory RAM: 512MB / Storage: 4GB
Sensor Type Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor, Light Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, PPG Heart Rate sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor Heart rate infrared sensor
Day & Night motion sensor
High precision MEMS 3-axis accelerometer
Low power consumptionAlexa Integration
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor

Barometric altimeter


Ambient light sensor

3-axis accelerometer
3-axis gyroscope
Optical heart rate monitor
Ambient light sensor
Vibration motor
SpO2 sensor
NFC (in special editions)
Tracking Automatically tracks select workouts, monitors heart rate and detects when you switch activities. Get credit for up to 40 workouts, plus GPS capabilities when you go for a run GPS tracker, heart-rate monitor, step counter, calories burned counter, speed & cadence monitor, sleep monitoring Steel HR is a comprehensive activity tracker that automatically recognizes walk, run, swim, and sleep and delivers in-depth reporting right to your smartphone.

Steel HR helps you wake up at the optimal point in your sleep cycle. Simply set a window of time, and Steel HR will wake you via a silent vibrating alarm during your lightest sleep stage within this range.

Steel HR includes a screen that shows the information you want at a glance, but with no compromise on style: heart rate, number of steps, distance, calories burned, alarm time, and smartphone alerts.

24/7 heart rate monitoring with Elevate wrist heart rate technology

Wellness monitoring tools, such as all-day stress tracking and a relaxation timer, help you manage stress
Includes fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max and fitness age

Displays steps, calories, distance, heart rate and intensity minutes
Stay connected with smart features such as auto uploads, smart notifications, music controls and more

7 timed activities; 14 days of activity tracking data

Track your all-day activity, 24/7 heart rate, & sleep stages — all with a 4+ day battery life (varies with use and other factors)

Take your favorite music phone-free by storing 300+ songs or downloading stations from Pandora or playlists from Deezer

Use 15+ exercise modes like Run or Swim (Fitbit Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters) to record workouts and connect to smartphone GPS for more precise real-time pace & distance

Easily fit in workouts with personalized on-screen coaching that play on your wrist and coach you through each move
Access your favorite apps for sports, weather & more and get call, calendar, text, and app alerts. Send quick replies to messages (Android only)

Water Resistent Swim Ready (50m submerge) IP68 (up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 mins; swimming not recommended) Steel HR is a heart rate monitor that can accompany you to the pool, hit the showers, and survive a downpour. SWIM rated, 5 ATM Up to 50 meters. (Some reviewers say it’s not however)
Mobile Payment Samsung Pay (NFC) Google Pay (NFC) No No Special Edition versions include a built-in NFC chip to make secure payments without your wallet and an additional black classic accessory band.
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Bluetooth.

Mobile connectivity through places like Verizon, Sprint, At&t and T-Mobile

Bluetooth: 4.2 / Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn 2.4GHz Bluetooth Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+® WiFi antenna (802.11 b/g/n)

Bluetooth 4.0

OS Tizen Wear OS (Formerly Android Wear) Nokia Proprietary Garmin Proprietary Fitbit Proprietary
Release Date August 24th 2018 July 10th 2018 April 2017 Q1 of 2018 April 16th 2018

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