Best smartwatch 2016: T3’s favourite smart watches and intelligent timepieces
The best smartwatch in the world right now is… drum roll please… the Apple Watch.
Of all the wearables available in 2016, the Apple Watch has the most ‘developed’ platform. It’s also the most attractive, and, arguably, more technologically advanced than its competitors.
So there you have it, we’re recommending the Apple Watch as the best smartwatch for iPhone users to buy right now… but, there are of course alternatives, because if you have an Android device, the Apple Watch won’t cut it…
Luckily for you, dear reader, we’ve also got nine brilliant alternatives for those unwilling to sell their souls to the Apple Cult.
No matter what smartwatch you’re after, this page will help you find the best one.
Best smartwatch – Apple Watch
Simply the best smartwatch out there right now
What has the Apple Watch done to revolutionise the smartwatch? Let’s take a look.
First off, it’s generated a tonne of interest, and not just from tech addicts, but from the general public. Whether that interest lasts is another question. Next is the Digital Crown. It’s an innovative input method which removes reliance on the small and often crowded touch screen making navigating the WatchOS much easier. Finally, it’s the only device which has straddled the line between tech and fashion, appearing in Vogue et al. It’s simply the best looking smartwatch.
Put simply, Apple’s first smartwatch impresses us. The design is well considered and sleek, the screen, in terms of PPI and colour depth, is perfect, and the number of third-party apps and accessories is unrivalled. That last point is important, because if you’re buying a personal device such as a watch, you actually want it to be unique.
It does have a few negative points, the UI is fiddly, especially compared to more simple rivals such as Android Wear, and it’s also iOS only, so if you have an Android Phone, you’re going to want to continue reading this guide.
The Apple Watch sits at the top end when it comes to cost, with prices ranging from £300 to £10,000+. That makes it slightly more exclusive, again drawing comparisons with the luxury watch market.