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Apple iPhones continue to reign supreme as the most popular smartphones in the US. In fact, the latest iPhone models (the 6 and 7 series) came in as the top four most shipped smartphones worldwide. Despite widespread arguments that Apple products are overpriced and behind the curve in technology or camera quality compared to other devices, the number behind these smartphones don’t lie.
As wearable technology advances, a growing number of consumers are looking into purchasing smartwatches to complement their phone. There are a multitude of different smartwatches on the market, many of which barely rake in a 3 out of 5 star rating.
Though smartwatch manufacturers are improving with every new model, it goes without saying that if you’re investing in a smartwatch you need to shop carefully.
If you’re an Apple lover and want a smartwatch that works well with the much-loved iOS system, here are the top four models to check out.
Apple Watch Series 1
Up first is the Apple Watch Series 1.
This likely comes as no surprise since there isn’t a company that can make a smartwatch that works as seamlessly with Apple OS as Apple can. For many diehard fans of the iPhone, this is the one and only choice when it comes to the best smartwatch for iOS.
Like so many smartwatches, the Apple Watch is really more of a fancy fitness tracker with benefits. You can track heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, steps, and more. All of these “vitals” are stored in Apple’s Health app which is on all iPhones. Fitness tracking aside, this watch also allows you to check and respond to emails or texts, whether you prefer typing a response or verbally dictating one.
The Apple Watch is also handy for creating Reminders, calling an Uber, or receive a phone call. There is also a huge selection of different band styles available so you aren’t stuck with what you
Overall the Apple Watch looks nice, performs on point with other smartwatches, and is naturally the best choice for iOS. It is best for those that want to track health as well as get phone notifications or make notes on the go without having to get out their phone.
The Series 1 watch remains an excellent choice even though the Series 2 is newer. For the conscious buyer on a budget the $100 price (For the latest prices and discounts, check here) increase from the 1 to 2 isn’t really worth it, though the upgrade is slightly faster, is waterproof, and has built-in GPS.
Up next is one of the best fitness trackers currently on the market – the Blaze by Fitbit. Fitbit has consistently been on the cutting edge when it comes to fitness tracker technology so it’s no surprise they were one of few to be able to combine all the benefits of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch in one.
The Blaze works amazing with the iOS system and does have the classic smartwatch look, meaning it looks like a high-tech, sleek watch rather than a clunky fitness band. Additionally you can swap out different color bands or opt for a leather or metal band.
Originally being a fitness tracker in design, the Blaze offers a slew of different activity tracking functions. These functions include the normal calories burned, steps, distance traveled, etc, but also has Fitstar which has built-in workouts. You also get sleep tracking functions with the Blaze.
The battery life of the Blaze is incredible, lasting up to 5 days before needing a charge. This is a huge benefit as many smartwatches need to be charged daily.
In terms of smartwatch functionality you will be able to get notifications from your iPhone, see calls (but not make them), and control a music playlist. The Blaze isn’t loaded with apps but is still a top quality choice if you really want a fitness tracker but also want to be able to check your email and texts.
A very different smartwatch option for the fashion-forward consumer is the Vector Luna. While so many other tech wearable get caught somewhere between a fitness tracker and a feature-rich watch, the Luna seems to be in its own category.
The biggest difference with the Luna is that it is a smartwatch developed by a watchmaker rather than a tech wearable company. This means that it looks very much like a traditional watch. It is made of stainless steel and features a round face which is classic yet unique for a smartwatch. The Luna also has an impressive battery life, lasting nearly a month.
When it comes to smartwatch capabilities, they are limited, which may not be such a problem for some. The Luna has a gyroscope as well as an accelerometer, which are the basics needed for this watch to tracks steps, distance, and burned calories. It also helps with tracking sleep.
Though it lacks a GPS, it is quite water-resist with a rating of 5 ATM. This means you can wear this watch safely throughout daily life activities like showering, washing hands, and even a splash in the hot tub. But be warned the Luna is not suitable for diving and shouldn’t be completely submerged in water.
The Luna is a great choice for an iOS compatible smartwatch for those that aren’t too concerned with tracking and don’t wish to have a bunch of apps on their watch. Simply put, the Luna is perfect for those that want a beautiful classic timepiece, with a few extras.
Don’t let the Android Wear label send you running. Though it may not have been originally made for iOS, the Misfit Vapor is one watch that is not only compatible but competes heavily with the Blaze as a premier smartwatch and fitness tracker combo.
Despite still being on pre-order for consumers, with a late summer ’17 release date, the Vapor has already received a whopping 6 CES awards from PC Magazine, TechAdvisor, ars, and more. Similarly to Fitbit, Misfit is a brand that seemed to focus purely on creating fitness trackers but has since advanced their products into the smartwatch category.
Style-wise, the Vapor is visually set apart from other fitness trackers in that the face is round rather than square. Like the Luna, the round face instantly gives the Vapor a more “grown up” feel and can confidently be worn in a professional and/or office setting. It certainly doesn’t have the fault of looking like a traditional fitness wearable.
A huge step-up from the competition is that Vapor is priced under $200 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here) yet still manages to have advanced fitness tracking capabilities, including a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor.
It offers 4GB of storage for apps and music (primarily the latter), which means you can load up plenty of songs on this watch to keep you motivated during a workout or daily errands, without your phone.
If you want a smartwatch that can handle pretty much any activity yet still have full function as a smartwatch that can largely function without your phone glued to your side, the Vapor is very promising.
When shopping for a smartwatch it is always preferable to feel, try it on and play around with it prior to purchase. Majority of the watches featured can be found online but also in most big-name tech stores that sell similar gadgets. Naturally the Apple Watch can be found in Apple stores. If you purchase from a third-party retailer be sure they accept returns in the event you find you don’t like your choice.