This year’s CES showing without a doubt showcased some of the most innovative and ground-breaking technology to date, particularly in the smartwatch category. From devices presently on the market to rumored up and coming gadgets there was something for everyone.
CES is just a small window into the smartwatch world. Companies are constantly rolling out new devices making it hard for consumers to keep up with the latest offerings. Which is where we come in. We’ve done our homework and are bringing you everything we found with our list of the Best smartwatches of CES 2017 and Beyond. Our list features the best of the new, old, and yet to come, so you know what you’re options are in this ever growing field.
The Smartwatch Revolution
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Smart Watch and Wearable of the Year: High-End Perfection
- 2 Less Is More
Smartwatches are leading the charge in the tracking field and were all the rage at CES. From custom faces to high-end finishes, there are lots to see and admire in this latest class of devices. Right now, GPS is front-and-center on most models, making runners, hikers, and golfers euphoric. So is water-proofing, a long overdue feature. Fashion statement smartwatches are also causing a stir, with high-end finishes available on almost every model.
Best Smart Watch and Wearable of the Year: High-End Perfection
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch: Best in the Class with Affordable Price
Fitbit is considered by many to be the pioneer of trackers, so it’s no surprise they created a watch that has everyone buzzing. Called the Blaze, it has everyone fired up, with many saying it’s better and less expensive than Apple’s Watch. And we have to agree. From the design elements to all the new apps, it’s the ultimate blend of beauty and brains. There are lots of first’s here for Fitbit, and they all add up to a watch that is first in performance.
Regarding looks, Fitbit spared no expense. This is their first-ever attempt at a colored touchscreen, and they more than delivered. The octagon-shaped face is sharp, with a crystal clear resolution to see steps, notifications and more. And it can be customized, from the fonts on the screen to the apps and clock faces. The bands are another first, with offerings in leather and stainless steel, for a polished look. Of course, they also have their signature polymer bands available too, in a wide variety of shades.
And the firsts don’t stop there. There are lots of new apps for users to be excited about, starting with FitStar. With this app, you get a personal coach, right on your wrist. FitStar gives you step-by-step instructions to a myriad of exercises, right on your watch screen. No phone needed to access it! Then there’s Smart Track, which instantly recognizes and records any activity you perform, no programming necessary. All this, in addition to improved PurePulse heart monitoring and enhanced idle alert, make this is a luxury watch at a bargain price.
The Fitbit Surge – GPS Built-in
Consumers were chomping at the bit waiting for this fitness smartwatch, the 1st ever from Fitbit. And once it was released they were not disappointed. Although it has a straightforward design, it is sleek and light, making it very comfortable to wear. The band is strong and flexible, moving with you naturally, so you don’t notice it’s even there and the display is a touchscreen for easy use.
More importantly, It has GPS tracking and 24-hour automatic heart-rate monitoring, putting it on a different level from your average smartwatch. Plus, it lets you stay connect via Bluetooth, so you know if someone’s trying to reach you – which means there is no excuse not to get moving. It retails for $249, a high but worthy price.
What’s a best of list without an Apple product? An incomplete one! Apple’s Smart Watch is just what consumers would expect from the technology giant, giving users a smooth and powerful operating system in a sturdy, sleek casing. Capable of moving your iPhone’s apps and functions to its screen, it takes sharing information to a whole new level. And for that reason, nothing is more impressive than the digital crown that lets you communicate without obscuring the screen.
There is a stone fluoroelastomer Sports band, which is flexible, durable, and comfortable, for all-day wear. Then there’s the rose gold anodized aluminum chassis, featuring a face that can be customized using widgets. Other bands, in luxury finishes, are also available. Widgets also give you instant access to your most used data, so you have the stats you need right at your fingertips. Bluetooth connectivity and Siri are also included, making the under $300 price tag for this high-end device a great deal.
Garmin took one of its best-selling devices, the Vivoactive, and gave it some serious upgrades that sports enthusiasts will love. From the colored touchscreen to the GPS tracking feature, it was made with your every comfort in mind. The touchscreen is easy to use, and the high-resolution finish makes it easy to read too- in any light.
The built-in GPS though is the real star here. It lets you map routes, track laps, and mile stats, even when there is no signal. It also enhances you heart rate monitoring, for more accurate data. All that, plus Smart Notifications, make it a great buy for around $200.
The Asus ZenWatch3
Asus’ ZenWatch 3 has lots to admire thanks to detailed craftsmanship that expertly weaves the old with the new. Taking a page from old-time watchmakers, it looks like a classic timepiece. But this isn’t your dad’s watch thanks to Asus’s exclusive HyperCharge technology. This technology lets you charge your battery from 0%-60% in just 15-minutes, which is unrivaled in this market.
The supple Italian leather band, Gorilla Glass, diamond-cut bezel, and jewelry-grade stainless steel face, combine to create a timeless look that can last an eternity. These materials are as durable as they are functional. So you can wear it day in and day out, and it will still look brand new. And the face is ingenious. It resembles a traditional clock, with 3 windows in the middle to display the stats you choose. And they’re all controlled with a simple, but effective 3-button system.
And as good as it looks, it’s nothing compared to what it can do. Fitted with Android’s OS-Smart Gesture control, you can make calls, listen to messages and scroll through notifications, hands-free! Water-resistant up to 1 meter, you can shower with it or run in the rain. And the new ZenFit app guides you throughout the day to ensure you reach your fitness goals.
It is being called the king of all the new smartwatches, as it should be thanks to a never before seen GPS integration feature. The GPS gives users a fully customized data screens option- a true first. Leave it to Garmin, the titans of GPS to take that technology and tweak it to come up with a smartwatch/tracker/GPS navigator that really does it all. The GPS gives you extensive statistics in terms of distance covered and calories, as well as giving you access to thousands of maps and routes to hike or play.
It has multiple sports programs, including swimming and golf (yes, golf!) giving users a wide range of exercises to monitor. Each program’s data screen can be tailored to display the information you want, something everyone will love and appreciate. Plus, it has expanded smartphone notifications, including full text message display and social media notifications, covering all the bases. It’s at the higher end, but reasonably priced considering all you get.
The LG/Audi smartwatch
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This watch is still in its development stages, but that didn’t stop EVERYONE from admiring it. It was easily the most coveted and talked about wearable at CES and that’s saying something since only the prototype was available. Based on specs and the prototype it is the most fashionable smartwatch that will hit the market. A perfect mix of exquisite styling and top-notch engineering anyone and everyone is going to want.
It had a stainless steel band and slim round display that could compete with the beauty of a Rolex, yet has a lot more functionality. It will operate on LG’s open WebOS, instead of Android Wear and will give users access to LG exclusive apps. There will also be features like “Find My Phone” and voice shutter, plus there appears to be “sounds” menu which could indicate it has a loudspeaker. It will also have Audi apps that allow you to control various function in your Audi vehicle, like unlocking and audio management. High-end in price (rumored to retail
at around $279) it is also high-end in performance.
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These wearables, a collaboration between Misfit and Swavorski were easily the most attractive and appealing looking device shown. They look like high-end jewelry thanks to a crystal display and braided, crystal accented straps that could be worn to a fashion show and look right at home. Best part is the device is high quality when it comes to function too: it runs on light of any kind and is a full, wireless fitness tracker and sleep monitor. It sells for between $169 and $249 but you can’t put a price on beauty.
Less Is More
The Lenovo Vibe Band VB10
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Lenovo’s first try at a smartwatch is a commendable one, as they built a device that is affordable, functional and innovative. And it’s all thanks to it’s E-ink display. The E-ink technology extends battery life and provides users with a sharp resolution that is easy to see in any light. It also displays numerous smartphone notifications, including Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and it’s capable of showing up to 150 characters- which is more than a whole tweet. All this, plus standard tracking and iOS and Android compatibility for just $89 makes the VB10 a true bargain
Samsung Gear Fit2 Smartwatch:
Samsung’s Fit2 is a no-nonsense smartwatch that is ideal for serious-minded fitness buffs at around $130. Designed to track and analyze multiple sports and activities, it is built to last with a durable, but slim polymer band that is flexible and won’t irritate. The AMOLED screen is thin and shows all your stats, along with text and call notifications, so you’re always connected. And best of all, it can differentiate between running, cycling, and more, for an accurate depiction of your health. A great device to keep you on track and meet all your needs.
The Alcatel One Touch Watch
Alcatel’s smartwatch costs $150 and performs just like the other trackers, with one exception: there is a USB port built into the strap, so you don’t need a dock to charge it. It also charges in under 2 hours and can last up to 5 days on that single charge. Plus, it has a streamlined, sleek look, is razor thin and can handle both iOS and Android systems, making it a real steal.
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The Razer Nabu X:
This was the most basic model of all the wearables but at just $49.99 it more than does it’s job. It is a pure fitness tracker and works by displaying LED lights that light n various combination based on what you’re doing. The band is IP67 certified, so it ca stay submerged in up to 1 meter of water for a half an hour.
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Samsung Gear s2 Smartwatch
Taking a futuristic approach, Samsung created a one-of-a-kind Android-powered smartwatch with the Gear s2. Featuring a rotating bezel to navigate the touchscreen, it gives you instant access to your stats, Smart Notifications, apps, and widgets. This is a watch that truly does it all. Not only can you check your calories or heart rate, but sports scores, movie reviews, and anything else! There are interchangeable bands in various colors and materials and there is a cool, easy to use wireless charging dock. All this for around $100 makes this watch a must-have on anyone’s list.
Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Touchscreen:
Fossil has always been known for their stylish, innovative watches, so it makes sense their smartwatch would follow in that vein. Made with high-quality materials, and touchscreen technology, it is a winner among young consumers. The bands come in polished finishes, from metal to leather, complimenting the round, classically designed face. And the face is this watches best feature. Not only does it shows your stats, it shows calls and messages too; full messages that you can read right on your wrist. This, combined with controls for your music and syncing with and Android device, more than justifies the $300+ price tag.
CES 2017 gave us a new class of incredible wearables and smartwatches to join our list of the best smartwatches of 2017. These devices showcase the best of the best in this field and make it easy to see why they are here to stay and have become such an integral part of our society. At any price-point investing in one of these devices is money well spent and an investment in your own future.