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5 Smart Watches That Will Blast You Into the Future

Considering a smart watch? These are the cream of the crop.

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Apple Watch Series 3

The newest generation of the infamous Apple Watch, the Series 3, is a smart watch with unparalleled popularity among tech lovers—it’s unclear whether that’s due to the brand name itself or the features. The bright OLED display is mesmerizing, featuring 1,000 nits of brightness.

The most notable upgrade is surely the ability to leave your phone behind and go on a run, get in the water, or get busy DIYing in your garage, and still have the ability to make calls and send texts, ask Siri for directions, set a reminder plus, stream your favorite songs and more.

The watch is great for all your fitness needs as well, featuring an overwhelming array of fitness tracking features and sensors, including Nike+ Run Club. It has built-in GPS for recording the distance, speed and route of your outdoor workouts, an altimeter for tracking elevation, and it’s swim-proof and tracks both pool and open-water workouts, and even allows you to do back-to-back workouts, tracking each one separately and then seeing an overall summary at the end. Furthermore, you can pair your watch wirelessly with compatible gym equipment.

The Apple Series 3 smart watch tracks heart rate, speed and calories, too. Apple claims the battery life to be 18 hours, but you will likely find normal usage to give you around 2 to 3 days of battery life on a single full charge. If you love Apple products, check out these 10 things to know about the Apple HomePod.

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Garmin fēnix® 3

This Garmin is a great smart watch for people looking for topnotch GPS technology, featuring omni-directional EXO™ stainless steel antenna, with GPS/GLONASS satellite reception, which can track more challenging environments than GPS by itself.

The Garmin fēnix® 3 is the newest addition to the brand, and it’s loaded with quality features. It uses its own OS as well as its own app store, making it feel like it’s not trying to replicate other brands.

The watch is made of rugged material, making it great for adventurous types. It has protective stainless steel bezel and buttons, and reinforced housing for extra durability. And for any time of day, there’s the high-resolution color Garmin Chroma Display with LED backlight, which allows you to access your data no matter the lighting conditions.

It’s water resistant up to 100 meters, has a battery life of up to 50 hours when in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 3 months in watch mode.

The Garmin smart watch has fitness training features like VO2 Max and Recovery Advisor, and has Connect IQ™ compatibility for customized apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.

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Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic features a look unlike any other of the brand’s products, with the face noticeably larger, so you can see more information at once, or enjoy fewer stats, in bigger print, at a mere glance. Aside from the vibrant screen, this smart watch has changeable straps, is safe for swimming, has built-in GPS and NFC and allows you to use your Pandora subscription to listen to music via Bluetooth headphones, whether you’re exercising, working on a project for the house, gardening or at work.

The Ionic is a lightweight smart watch that you’ll forget is there, making it a great fit for everyday use. Along with being water resistant up to 50 meters, it has a battery life of 5 days.

People who are looking for a sleep tracker will love the Ionic’s ability to see your time spent in light, deep and REM sleep stages. Health enthusiasts will enjoy all-day activity tracking of steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and more.

Other notable features include on-screen guidance for personal coaching, the ability to store and play 300-plus songs, a built-in GPS that records pace and distance, as well as elevation climbed, split times and a map of your route. The wrist-based heart rate is continuous and automatic, you can store credit and debit card information for on-the-go payments, and can see calls, texts, emails and calendar and various app notifications when your phone is nearby. Here’s some helpful collection of tips for using technology to help seniors age in place.

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Samsung Gear S3

This smart watch is Bluetooth connected, allowing you to receive texts, emails and various other alerts without using your phone. Thanks to its built-in speaker and microphone, you can even make and answers calls right from your watch.

The Gear S3 allows you to easily make payments with your watch, features a built-in GPS for tracking your activity, is made of military-grade materials for withstanding the elements, and uses the built-in S Health app, allowing you to do everything from track your steps, monitor your heart rate, set goals, post results and check leader boards. Enjoy the watch for about 4 days on a single charge, too.

If you download the MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, or Endomondo apps on your Samsung Gear, you will get a full year of Under Armour™ premium apps for free. Check out these 6 easy home tech add-ons.

Photo: Courtesy of Samsung

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Huawei Watch 2

The Huawei Watch 2 comes in sports and classic watch styles, making it a versatile smart watch to consider. Along with continuous heart rate monitoring, built-in GPS and Android Pay compatibility, plus accurate step and distance tracking, it also has great battery life. With always-on display activated and the watch connected via Bluetooth, you can expect to get 40 hours out of it on a single charge. The watch even uses Google Assistant to make your life easier!

You can expect the watch to withstand the elements thanks to the IP68 water and dust protection, so you can focus on its impeccable features for your busy lifestyle, including offline guided real-time coaching, offline music, workout data report and the ability to make calls on the go. Feel like being smart? Check out these 19 futuristic home tech products we love.

Photo: Courtesy of Huawei

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Alexa Erickson
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