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The 5 Best Smartwatches of 2019 – Prices, Comparison, Ratings, Reviews

What are the best smartwatches for Android and iPhone this year? I lay out my top 5 picks in this roundup.

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If you’re always found using your smartphone, chances are that you also need a smartwatch. That said, smartwatches are a major tech category. With so many options to choose from, which is the best smartwatch of 2019?

The Best Smartwatches of 2019 – My Top 5 Picks Compared

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In this roundup, I review the 5 best smartwatches of 2019 for iPhone and Android devices. Let’s check out my top 5 picks:

1. Apple Watch Series 4 – the best smartwatch of 2019 (for iPhone)

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Apple released a stunning and a powerful smartwatch with the Apple Watch Series 4. If you’re looking for a simpler offering, you might get overwhelmed by the abundance of features you get for fitness, wellness and connectivity.

There’s also a new approach to design by Apple with its latest Apple Watch. Apple introduced 40mm and 44mm sizes with Series 4, as compared to 38mm and 42mm sizes with the previous versions. This means more space for usability and to show off all the latest features that Apple watchOS 5 has in store.

I really enjoyed using Apple Watch Series 4. It has a sweat, surf and swim proof design, which means its sturdy and durable.

The watch also comes with LTE, so you don’t need your iPhone around and you will still be able to make and receive phone calls, read and send text messages and get all the notifications that you get on your iPhone device.

Beautiful design and powerful performance has put the Apple Watch Series 4 on top of my list for the best smartwatches of 2019.

Latest Features:

The latest features that the Apple Watch Series 4 brings to the table include:

  1. The largest Apple Watch display yet
  2. New electrical heart sensor (FDA cleared)
  3. Low and high heart rate notifications
  4. Fall detection
  5. Emergency SOS contact
  6. Automatic workout detection
  7. Fitness tracking for yoga and hiking
  8. Head-to-head competitions
  9. Activity tracking and sharing
  10. Challenges and achievement awards
  11. LTE connectivity

Pricing:

The Apple Watch Series 4 is available at the following prices:

  1. Apple Watch Series 4 GPS – at $399, does not offer LTE connectivity, aluminum sport and Nike+ casing options
  2. Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular – at $499, comes with LTE connectivity: receive and make phone calls, send and receive text messages, receive phone notifications even when you don’t have your iPhone, Apple Music streaming, aluminum sport, Nike + and stainless steel casing options available

2. Huawei Watch 2 Sport – the best smartwatch of 2019 (for Android)

When it comes to Wear OS, I think the Huawei Watch 2 Sport is the winner for the best smartwatch title. It doesn’t disappoint.

In fact, it sets the bar high for all other Android smartwatches and therefore lands the #2 spot on this roundup for the best smartwatches of 2019.

Huawei Watch 2 offers full support for Wear OS 2.0, GPS tracking, and a heart rate monitor.

There is a Watch Mode, that turns of all the features and functionalities of Android Wear. It also extends the battery life to 25 days. It’s perfect for times when you are in a hurry or forgot to charge your smartwatch. Although, for standard mode, customers have complaints regarding struggling battery life.

Latest Features:

Let’s take a quick look at all that’s new in the Huawei Watch 2 Sport:

  1. Standalone GPS connectivity
  2. Professional running coach feature
  3. Water resistance
  4. Offline music
  5. Heart rate monitoring
  6. Real-time guidance
  7. Workout data reports
  8. Google Assistant
  9. NFC mobile payments

Pricing:

Huawei Watch 2 Sport costs you $299.99. It’s available through Best Buy, Amazon, Kohls, Target and Walmart, among others.


3. Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR (for Android, compatible with iPhone)

Fossil Q Venture HR comes with an improved design and lots of new tech under the hood. It offers a built-in heart rate monitor and support for Google Pay to make NFC payments. However, you will only last a day when it comes to battery life.

While the Q Venture HR is marketed towards women, the slightly larger Q Explorist HR is aimed at men. Although the Q Venture HR is primarily marketed for women, it may be your pick for the best smartwatches of 2019 – gender aside – if you prefer smaller wearable devices around your wrist.

The watch comes in rose gold, silver or gold, along with various color and strap combinations to choose from.

Latest Features:

Fossil Q HR Venture is a great choice, as it comes with:

  1. Heart rate monitoring
  2. Step and sleep tracking
  3. GPS tracking
  4. Google Pay support
  5. Wear OS 2.0 support
  6. 40mm (Fossil Q Venture HR) and 45mm (Fossil Q Explorist HR) sizes

Pricing:

Fossil’s latest smartwatches are available at the following prices:

  1. Fossil Q Venture HR – available in the US at $275
  2. Fossil Q Explorist HR – available in the US at $255

4. Samsung Galaxy Watch (for Android, compatible with iPhone)

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With Samsung dropping the Gear S lineup and calling its new watch the Samsung Galaxy Watch, this is a great pick for the best smartwatch offering powerful features and a new design from Samsung.

The new Galaxy Watch comes with 5 sensors, including a heart rate monitor. It also supports 3G/LTE connectivity, so you can be away from your Android device and still be able to access the necessities – phone calls, text messages and notifications.

There are 42mm and 46mm variants, with a slightly smaller 1.2” display on the 42mm and a 1.3” display on the 46mm wearable.

With new tech, strong battery size for the LTE variant and more RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Watch lands #4 on my roundup for the best smartwatch of 2019.

Latest Features:

Samsung Galaxy Watch offers some great new features, including:

  1. Heart rate monitoring
  2. 3G/LTE connectivity
  3. 472 mAH battery – for the 46mm size variant
  4. GPS tracking
  5. Built-in altimeter and barometer
  6. 5 ATM water resistance
  7. Samsung Pay – for NFC payments
  8. Home IoT for connectivity with home devices
  9. Measure and track over 39 activities

Pricing:

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch is available at the following prices:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Silver (46mm) – starting at $349.99, $399.99 with 3G/LTE connectivity
  2. Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) – starting at $329.99, $379.99 with 3G/LTE connectivity

5. Fitbit Versa – best fitness smartwatch of 2019

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If you want a dedicated health and fitness tracking companion, Fitbit Versa can be a decent choice for the best smartwatch of 2019. With a battery life that can last you over 4 days, and 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the Fitbit Versa is one of the best smartwatches you can invest in this year.

There is GPS tracking, app support, payment support via NFC, Bluetooth connectivity, and a lot more that comes with Fitbit Versa out of the box.

With a 34mm size, Fitbit Versa is one of the smaller sized wearables, which means it might not be a great experience for those who like their displays big such as the one on the Fossil Q Explorist HR smartwatch.

Fitbit Versa grabs the 5th spot on this roundup for the best smartwatches of 2019.

Latest Features:

Fitbit’s Versa packs a lot of useful features for fitness and health tracking, including:

  1. On-screen personalized coaching
  2. GPS tracking
  3. Heart rate monitoring
  4. Bluetooth connectivity
  5. 4+ days of battery life
  6. 15+ exercise modes
  7. NFC payments support
  8. Offline music
  9. Water resistance of up to 50M
  10. Female health tracking
  11. Lightweight design – weighs only 38 grams

Pricing:

  1. Fitbit Versa Standard – starting at €199.95 (~$230)
  2. Fitbit Versa Special Edition – starting at €229.95 (~$262)

So, those were my top 5 picks for the best smartwatches of 2019. Hope you enjoyed my roundup. Did your top smartwatch make it to my list? Want to make another recommendation? Leave your thoughts in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you.


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