Waterproof Smartwatch Battle! – 2017 edition
It was not long time ago when a Kick-starters project was backed by a million people to launch the first smartwatch called Pebble, it could connect to your phone using Bluetooth and do some basic notification and music control tasks.
Early smartwatches, like the early smartphones, were revolutionary. Though they were large, expensive, not easy to use and did not solve any consumer needs or problems yet it was an innovation that was here to last. With the increase in technological development, smartphones have become small yet powerful, giving rise to powerful computers, tablets and now the smart watch. With specialised applications, fitness trackers and ability to notify user of such things as call and message, it can act as a standalone gadget as well as an accessory for the phone.
In other words, you can say that smartwatches are to the smartphone what wristwatches were to the pocket watch. They have become the utmost smartphone accessory. And Yes! It can tell the time, of course.
What is a fitness tracking smartwatch that you cannot use while swimming or running in the rain? So in this article, we will talk about the Top 10 Best Waterproof Smart Watches of 2017. These rugged smartwatches could become the best compainon for travelers & Field workers.
Also Read: Best Upcoming Smartwatches of 2018
Are These smartwatches Fully Waterproof?
When it comes to the electronics, the term “waterproof” should not be taken literally. “Water-resistant” is term more accurate as increasing depth, pressure and time can damage most waterproof devices. The list below focuses on Smart watches, which are at least water resistant to 50 meters (5 ATM)
Best Waterproof Smartwatch Reviews
1. Apple Watch 2
The Apple Watch 2 is the best smart watch you can get right now. It was a major update to Apple’s first draft at a wearable as it delivered to bring the most of your phone on to your wrist.
The first edition looked the same but people struggled to understand its purpose: It had health and fitness tracker, but they were limited and did not offer water-resistance. Just like the first iPhone which was released almost a decade ago, Apple watch has evolved into a super product. If you are into fitness tracking, with all the fitness and tracker superb integration with iPhone, makes the Apple Watch 2 the perfect wearable. With Series 2 Apple took a huge but successful leap by making it not only waterproof but also Swim-proof.
If you like square watches over the round one, then this watch I definitely for you,
The square screen of the watch makes it easier to use this watch with gestures such as swipe up, down, left, right from the edges. The rotating Digital Crown is the cherry on the top, as it still works best with zooming in and out, and general navigation.
There are two main editions, stainless steel and aluminium chassis, and one limited edition, white ceramic, available. The Series 2 is available in two sizes: 38mm and 42mm, in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Grey and Silver colours.
- Review Price: $279.99
- 38mm or 42mm case
- Built-in GPS
- 50m water-resistance
- Heart rate sensor
- 1,000 nits OLED screen
2. LG Watch Sport
Just after the release of Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system, LG released it in style. Offering both, the design and specs to the new OS is what makes this new watch the best Android-based smartwatch.
It is the smallest Android wear yet, which means it’s light and feels good on the wrist making it easier to carry the watch All-Day kind of watch. LG Watch being a sports-focused wearable, the watch houses the best fitness trackers. Not only has this, LG made sure that it can act as a standalone fitness tracker by making it supportive to LTE. It consists of the P-OLED display at 480×480. The watch is packed full of tech. It features GPS, NFC with Android Pay, an optical heart rate monitor, Bluetooth and antennas for LTE network.
LG gave the customers an option to choose from Design-Focused smartwatch or
Sport-focused smartwatch, LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style
- Review Price: $279.99
- Android Wear 2.0 operating system
- Premium design
- 430mAh battery (Sport) / 240mAh battery (Style)
- GPS, heart rate monitor and NFC (Sport)
- IP68 water resistance (Sport), IP67 water resistance (Style)
- 1GHz Snapdragon Wear 2100
3. Asus ZenWatch 3
While ZenWatch 2 had a rectangular display, Asus did a vast improvement in terms of looks with ZenWatch 3 being round.
Unlike its rivals (Moto 360), there is no sign of flat tyre shaped screen, making it look much elegant and sophisticated. Asus seems to be inspired from classic mechanical watch look in terms of ZenWatch 3.
Not only in terms of looks, Asus worked hard in terms of quality and finishing as well. Jewellery grade 316L stainless steel against diamond cut bezels provide ZenWatch 3 a much more premium look than its rivals. The 340mAh battery is enough to provide 2 days of power to the watch. Even if you are an iPhone user, ZenWatch 3 will be a good choice, though it will not work as well as Apple Watch 2, after the improvement in compatibility with iOS devices, you will not face many issues.
- Review Price: $229.99
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
- Jewellery-grade 316L steel construction
- 39-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display
- 512MB RAM, 4GB storage
- 5D Corning Gorilla Glass
4. Samsung Gear S3
Samsung may have had many “Hit” and “Miss” when it comes to smartwatch. The predecessor of this watch, Gear S2, was more of a hit rather than miss. In 2017, Samsung launched Gear S3 with a bigger and bolder design.
The Gear S3 is available in two models- Classic and Frontier. Though there is no difference between the two according to the specs, both are one of a kind. Where frontier displays the sporty and active lifestyle, Classic is more towards the styling. Frontier having the All-Weather resistant silicon band, whereas Classic comes with leather straps like luxurious watches. The bezels of the Samsung Gear makes navigation easy on small screens, but it was felt on Gear S2 that the bezels were slippery so with this one Samsung improved the bezels by designing distinct ridges, which give this smartwatch a sturdy look. The only drawback to this smartwatch is that it works on TizenOS and not on widely accepted Google’s Android Watch OS.
- Review Price: $359.99
- 3-inch 360 x 360 always-on display
- Dual-core 1GHz
- 768MB of RAM
- 4GB storage
- Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi B/G/N, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass
5. Polar M600 Waterproof smartwatch
The M400 model made by the smartwatch manufacturer, Polar, was an all-time favourite. Though it was just a GPS based watch, M600 is an Android Wearable.
It tracks your running using the Polar Flow platform, keeping complete stats of your activities. Being an Android Wear means you are not only limited to Polar’s sporting expertise but now you have the functionality of your phone on your wrist making it worth buying. As there is a shortage of Android wear in market specialized for sports, Polar M600 completely nails it.
- Review Price: $299.99 – $397.27
- MediaTek MT2601, Dual-Core 1.2GHz
- 512MB RAM, 4GB storage
- 3-inch 240 x 240 transmissive TFT display
- IPX8 water resistance
- Optical heart rate monitor
- GPS & GLONASS
- Android Wear
6. Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20
This is the second smartwatch from one of the biggest sports watch manufacturer, Casio. It may not be a watch for everyone, but if you are a type of person who is outdoor-inclined, it might be the one for you.
It has been tested against some serious wear and tear and it stands like a pro. The watch doesn’t feel incomplete as it has all the sensors. If you are an adrenaline junkie, the altimeter and the air pressure read-outs will make this watch something you’d love to have.
Of course, it runs on Android Wear 2.0 giving this tough watch a whole new set of the feature with all the apps and connectivity with your phone.
- Review Price:$500.00
- Android Wear 2.0
- Dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
7. Garmin Fenix 5X
The Garmin Fenix 5X is the largest watch among the new Fenix smartwatches as it packs such power, not just in terms of battery but the hardware and performance wise as well. This rugged smartwatch has the capability to not only track the basic outdoor activities like running, cycling, swimming etc. but also exploits activities like hiking and paddle boarding.
Brushed metal with exposed screws give it a rough look but the sapphire glass screen is what makes it tough as well. It is a wear-anywhere device, even at the depth of 100-metres. When it comes to the battery life, it can go for a day without any issue.
- Review Price: $410.00
- Onboard maps
- Multi-sport tracking
- Heart rate monitor
- Super-rugged sapphire screen
- Water-resistant (100-meters)
8. Pebble Classic And Pebble Steel
The Pebble smartwatch is considered the best waterproof smartwatch for the first time buyers. Low price and 7 days of battery life is what made this watch appear in this list.
However, it is not an Android wear but it can still perform functions like music control, smartphone notifications, activity and fitness tracking, and the ability to download apps from the Pebble app store.
The Pebble Steel has the exact same features as to Pebble Classic but it offers more formal look with stainless steel bezels, metal bands and 2.5D scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display.
- Review Price: $39.99
- 25-inch e-paper display
- 5-7 day battery life
- Android and iOS compatible
- Cortex M4 CPU
9. Nixon Mission
The Nixon Mission is currently on the top if you are looking for a smartwatch that is sturdy enough to pass a military level test. It was made for not only running or cycling but also to monitor ocean and mountain conditions.
It was designed for activities like surfing and snowboarding. Mission being an Android wear has access to Google Play apps and Google Fit activity tracking.
To make this Mission strong, Nixon made it huge with tough polycarbonate plastic but bezels and back are made of 316L steel.
- Review Price: $399.00
- 400mAh battery
- 39-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED screen
- Android Wear
10. Moto 360 2
The Moto 360 2 is Motorola’s second smartwatch. The predecessor, Moto 360, was the first android wear to go for the traditional circular watch design but it was not able to convince that we needed smartwatches in our lives as much as Apple or Samsung was able to do.
With Google’s Android Wear OS at the heart of the watch, Motorola added the wifi support in the second generation to end the dependency on the phone to use its features.
With the successor of Moto 360, what Motorola forgot to do was to remove that ugly flat tyre display. No matter it has a stunning metal watch case but it could not disguise that flat spot below the screen.
- Review Price: $299.99
- 42mm or 46mm watch case options
- 400mAh battery with up to 1.5 days’ battery life
- Wireless charging with dock
- Built-in optical heart-rate monitor
- IP67 dust and water resistant
Update: Apple just introduced Apple watch 3 with watch OS 4, the key difference is the Apple watch now supports LET and that too without a physical sim, hold tight for a full review coming soon!