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Shootout: And the best smartwatch is...

By Bryan Chan & James Lu - 20 Feb 2017

Scores and Winner

The best smartwatch is…

Apple Watch Series 2

The Apple Watch Series 2 improves on an already great smartwatch with the inclusion of 50M water resistance and built-in GPS. The Watch 2’s feature set is the most comprehensive amongst all smartwatches and its two case sizes, and choice of straps and finishes means there’s an Apple Watch to suit all styles. In terms of software, Watch OS 2.0 is both functional and easy to navigate, and there are thousands of third party apps available for it. In fact, Apple’s App Store has the second most smartwatch apps available, behind only the now defunct Pebble app store. Apple’s own Watch apps are also some of the best out there, and its newly updated Workout app beats even apps from dedicated fitness companies thanks to its comprehensive list of activities and accurate tracking.

The only downside to the Apple Watch is that it only works in Apple's ecosystem and so, you need to be iPhone user. If you’re an Android user, Samsung’s Gear S3 is a good alternative, or if you don’t need a heart rate monitor or built-in GPS, ASUS’ ZenWatch 3 looks gorgeous and is great value.

Ratings Breakdown
Model Design Features User-Friendliness Performance Value Overall
Apple Watch Series 2 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.5 8.5
ASUS ZenWatch 3 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 8.5
Fitbit Blaze 7.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
Motorola Moto 360 Sport 8.0 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0
Samsung Gear S3 9.0 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.5 8.5

 

Final Ratings
Apple Watch Series 2

 

 

ASUS ZenWatch 3

 

 

Samsung Gear S3

 

 

Fitbit Blaze

 

 

Motorola Moto 360 Sport