If you have an iPhone and want to buy a new smartwatch, then Apple Watch is not the only choice. Yes, Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches in the world, but it is quite expensive. Also, it has short battery life. The design is very personal thing, and many people simple don’t like Apple Watch appearance.
Fortunately, there are many smartwatches on the market, which are compatible with iOS.
We decided to choose the best alternatives to Apple Watch for any budgets and focused on different tastes of users. All these smartwatches will work with any iOS gadgets without problems.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Along with Apple Watch Series 4, Samsung Galaxy Watch is one of the best smartwatch for today. The device was released in August 2018. It is the next generation of no less popular Gear S3.
Samsung Galaxy Watch is available in two sizes: 46 and 42 millimeters. Also, the buyer can choose from three color options: black, silver and pink gold.
The main specifications include: Super AMOLED screen with a diameter of 1.2-inches (42mm) or 1.3-inches (46mm) and a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. There is water protection up to 50 meters, GPS, NFC and 4GB of internal memory.
The watch runs on Tizen 4.0 operating system. In our opinion, it is even better than Wear OS from Google.
Galaxy Watch has the same rotating bezel for easy navigation, like Gear S3 and almost the same functions. The watch can track about 40 different sports modes. It also supports heart rate monitor, stress levels, sleep quality, etc.
The battery life of Galaxy Watch is up to 7 days for a version with 46 mm body. The model with 42mm case has a battery life of up to 3 days. This is much more than 18 hours of Apple Watch Series 4.
As for compatibility with iPhones, users will face these functional limitations:
- The function of answering a call or message is not available.
- Samsung Health functions are not supported.
- You will not be able to use Samsung-exclusive features (Samsung Pay, T-money, Nike Running, etc.).
- Limited additional applications.
Price Samsung Galaxy Watch is from 279 US dollars.
Fitbit Versa was introduced in March 2018. This is the second smartwatch from FitBit brand after Ionic. Since the launch, the new smartwatch has won many fans. In mid-2018, it was on the second place in the ranking of the most popular smartwatches in the world. As you understand, the first place was Apple Watch Series 1.
Fitbit Versa is an excellent alternative to Apple Watch, not only because it has a similar design and a rectangular body, but also because it costs half the price and offers many useful features.
Versa’s main features are 1.34-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 348 x 250 pixels. There are 4GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. In addition, the watch has optical heart rate sensor, oxygen SpO2 monitor, altimeter and NFC.
The battery life is up to 4 days. The watch is waterproof up to 50 meters. Also, it supports various sport modes.
One of the most interesting features is women’s health control. Probably the smallest drawback of the smartwatch is the lack of GPS. Therefore, you will need to use the smartphone’s GPS for accurate speed and distance during training.
Price Fitbit Versa is from $169.95.
Huawei Watch GT
Huawei Watch GT debuted in October 2018. Today it is the flagship smartwatch of this Chinese brand. The manufacturer has developed its own operating system LiteOS to provide longer battery life. It significantly increases the battery life, but also inferior to Wear OS in some aspects.
The operating system greatly limits Huawei Watch GT in smart functions. Yes, everything is fine with sports monitoring, and smartwatch tracks various sport modes including jogging, cycling and swimming.
There is water resistance up to 50 meters. TruSeen 3.0 and TruSleep 2.0 technologies provide the most accurate and detailed information about heart rate and sleep quality.
The watch is equipped with 1.39-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels and a variety of sensors, including GPS, an optical heart rate sensor, a barometric altimeter, a digital compass, a gyroscope and an accelerometer.
420mAh battery provides battery life up to 14 days.
There is also a cheaper version of smartwatch, released under Honor brand: Honor Watch Magic and Watch Dream. They differ in a slightly smaller screen, battery and materials.
The price of Huawei Watch GT is $180 for the sports version and $200 for the classic version.
Withings Steel HR Sport
Withings Steel HR Sport is a new hybrid smartwatch for the classic design lovers. Like many hybrids, Withings Steel HR has a small digital screen under the analog arrows, which displays all the basic information received from the built-in sensors. These are heart rate, oxygen level VO2 Max, number of steps, calories and distance.
The additional dial shows the progress of the daily goal in steps. The smartwatch has no GPS. You will need to connect it to smartphone to receive accurate data about speed, trajectory and distance during training.
The watch can track about 30 sports modes, including swimming and sleeping. Protection against water corresponds to 5 ATM up to 50 meters. The battery life is approximately 25 days in normal use.
Price Withings Steel HR Sport is about $199.95.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is one of the best smartwatch of this manufacturer. It boasts a variety of sensors and components that can track any kind of activity and sport. The battery life is very good – you need to charge the watch every 5 days.
Deezer music streaming service is supported, and you can store up to 500 music tracks in memory.
The screen of Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is transflex, so it is perfectly readable in any light. Firstbeat technology provides information on the level of blood oxygen saturation and stress levels. The water resistance to 50 meters allows you to track swimming and other sports modes.
At CES 2019, Garmin introduced LTE version of Vivoactive 3 Music, but so far it is available only in United States and nothing is known about the release on other markets.
Price Vivoactive 3 Music is $300.
Fossil Sport is one of the newest models of smartwatches of Fossil company. Probably the most interesting feature of the watch is new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. So far, only a few smartwatches have it. The chipset is more powerful than Snapdragon Wear 2100, released since 2016. It allows you to get a little better battery life.
Another feature of Fossil Sport is a huge choice of color options and two body sizes: 41 or 43 millimeters. Among other specifications are water resistance up to 50 meters, GPS and NFC with support for Google Pay payment system. There are also heart rate sensor, accelerometer, 1.2-inch screen and 4GB of internal memory.
As for the functions, then everything is standard for smartwatch running on Wear OS. There is support for all Google services, call and message notifications, smartphone music player control, activity tracking, sleep monitoring and much more.
Price Fossil Sport is from $255.
Mobvoi TicWatch E2 and S2
Mobvoi brand, founded by former Google employees, presented two new smartwatches at CES 2019: TicWatch E2 and S2. As for specifications, they are almost identical. The main difference is that TicWatch S2 has an enhanced protection by American military standard MIL-STD-810g, while TicWatch E2 is waterproof up to 50 meters.
Both models are equipped with AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 1.39-inches with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. The watches run on Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The sensors include GPS, an optical heart rate, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.
415mAh battery provides battery life up to 2 days on a single charge.
You can buy TicWatch E2 and S2 for $160 and $180, respectively.
Amazfit Verge is one of the most affordable Apple Watch alternatives from this list. We can still recommend Amazfit Bip, but Amazfit Verge has some improvements, such as screen, performance, etc.
The smartwatch is equipped with 1.3-inch AMOLED touch screen with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. Xiaomi new smartwatch has 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.
Also, the gadget received GPS, an optical heart rate sensor, a barometric altimeter, a digital compass and an accelerometer.
The battery life of Amazfit Verge is pretty good. In mixed mode, it will work up to 5 days without charging. If you will use the smartwatch for only call notifications and messages – you can get up to 11 days.
Talking about main functions of Amazfit Verge, there are different sports and fitness modes, sleep monitor, heart rate monitor, steps count, calories, VO2 Max oxygen monitor. In addition to the standard app, the watch can be synchronized with Strava application.
The price of Amazfit Verge is from $159. However, you can use coupon code ALWA2Z7H2A to buy the smartwatch for only $132.99.