Best Alternatives to Apple Watches

Best Alternatives to Apple Watches

When it comes to the world of affordable watches, Wristwatch Review UK tries to cover the brands the other blogs don’t. Here are some insights from Mike Richmond into what to watch out for when choosing a timepiece.

Perhaps you think you are above the Apple hype but you still love the idea of having a smart watch. What are the best Apple Watch alternatives that still give you a great smart watch experience? Smart watches are becoming increasingly popular, combining the practicality of a wristwatch with a means of tracking your fitness and a connection to your mobile phone so you do not need to take it from your pocket or bag to see certain notifications. Here are some options for fitness watches that are just as aesthetically pleasing and have many practical features.

Why Are Apple Watches so Popular?

Okay, not quite an alternative, but the Apple Watch is the benchmark against which all other smart watches are measured, so it is useful to understand why it is so popular. The latest Series 5 Apple Watch includes GPS tracking, a SIM-card slot so you can use it without your smartphone nearby (for example while on a run) and a host of apps for almost every eventuality. It is the best smart watch when it comes to features but it comes at a price to match.

Polar Ignite 2 Fitness Smartwatch

Apple Watch Alternative for Android Users

One of the most obvious reasons to choose a smart watch from a  brand other than Apple is down to your choice of mobile phone. If you are not bought into the Apple ecosystem then you’ll not be able to take advantage of many Apple Watch features. In that case, you should consider an Android Wear watch. I love the clean design of the Polar M600 – the way the strap integrates into the watch head makes it look really sleek, and it is an idea Apple Watch alternative for Android users: it features a heart rate monitor, GPS, voice control and it is ideal for runners who want to minimise what they are carrying by including 4GB of internal storage for your music. Polar have an excellent range of smart watches for you to decide on.

Polar M600 Running Smartwatch

Apple Watch Alternative for the Style Conscious

I love the styling of the Lotus smart watches. They resemble a conventional watch with a round face, compared to the square face of Apple’s fitness watch, and the removable straps means you can quickly change the look to match the occasion. That’s not to say the features are  limited: Lotus provides you with an attractive display featuring a step counter, heart rate and counters for calories burned and distance travelled.

Lotus SmarTime Smartwatch L50003/1

Large Face Apple Watch Alternative

If you find smart watches a touch tricky to read – like I do when on a run without my glasses – then you’ll appreciate the Calypso smart watch, which offers the largest screen on the market. It has a multi-sport mode fitness tracker and built-in heart rate monitor but for me, the best feature is its charger, which is integrated into the strap so you do not need to constantly carry a cable.

Calypso Bluetooth Smartwatch K8502/4

Apple Watch Alternative for Fitness

If fitness tracking is your main reason for choosing a smart watch then look no further than the Garmin Venu 2. I Iove the massive clear OLED display and it can store as many as 650 music tracks on the device itself for those times when you’re out of mobile phone coverage. The killer app here is a dedicated set of built-in workouts that include cardio, yoga, strength, HIIT and Pilates. If that’s not enough then you can create your own fitness routines with the Garmin Connect™ app on your smartphone. You can also view our full Garmin smart watch range.

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How to Decide

If you want to choose an Apple Watch alternative then I recommend starting out by thinking about how you will use it. If it is to be your own watch then you need a versatile watch with the ability to swap out straps to suit the occasion. If you want a dedicated fitness watch then consider whether you will have your phone with you when you work out, or if you would benefit from a watch with integrated features that do not rely on a Bluetooth connection. Think carefully about legibility, especially if you will wear the watch while on a bike, as you will not want to take your eyes off the road for too long to check the display.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. The Apple Watch is a great all-rounder but you might find you can get the features you need for far less by choosing the right Apple Watch alternative and perhaps invest some of what you save into another watch for your collection!