7 lifestyle smartwatches to buy today

Smartwatches represent more than a new category or must-have device; they have the potential to manage how we manage content from emails, to texts to other notifications. They also hold the promise of making people healthier and more active.  These are 7 of the best smartwatches currently on the market.

Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch a comes in two sizes, and three models ranging from Sport, to Watch to Edition. It includes the now famous Siri that can act as a wrist companion for all sorts of things: fitness tracking, communication, phone calls, Apple Pay, wireless music playback, and a lot more.

Pebble Time


The Pebble Time smartwatch battery life can last up to seven days thanks to its smartScreen option.   Pebble Time has a microphone which lets you accomplish tasks via voice. The unique OS is centered around your timeline—past, present and future.  There are currently 13 Timeline ready apps in the Pebble app store like Swarm by Foursquare, fitness and sleep app Morpheuz.

Motorola Moto 360


The Motorola Moto 360 is a luxury smart watch.  It is an Android Wear model with a platform that transmits what’s on your phone to what’s on your wrist. If you allow it, you’ll see everything from emails to Twitter notifications to Google Now cards on the watch.  A key component is voice commands, where you can say things like “Navigate” to find directions or “Call a car” to request a Lyft ride.

LG G Watch R


The LG G Watch R is recognizable for its traditional design.  The smartwatch is simple and functional and features fitness tracking, Google, and turn-by-turn navigation.  It can connect via Bluetooth to any Android phone running version 4.3 or later and display your incoming notifications and various other alerts from Google Now.

Asus ZenWatch


The Asus ZenWatch  is more concerned with your general well-being.  It has a built-in “Biosensor” on the front that will give you one-off heart-rate readings.  Other singular tricks is an accompanying Asus ZenWatch Manager app, which lets you set your watch as an unlock key for your phone.

Alcatel Onetouch


The Alcatel Onetouch is geared toward people with an active, outdoor, lifestyle with it’s waterproofing up to 1 meter. It also has bluetooth technology to connect to your phone’s notifications, even allowing you to individually turn the sprinklers on and off for individual apps. Facebook, Twitter, mail, incoming calls are also included.

Huawei Watch


The Huawei Watch features a scratch-resistant sapphire glass and a stainless steel unibody design.  The Huawei Watch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM and, like all Android Wear smartwatches, has 4GB of on board storage.  Heart rate monitoring is a feature and, Google Fit is also pre-loaded on the device.

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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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