The best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

Because the Apple Watch isn't right for everyone...
10 Apple Watch alternatives for iOS

If you're an iPhone owner and you want to join the wearable revolution, the Apple Watch Series 2 isn't your only choice – there are a whole host of iOS-compatible smartwatches already on the market, with features that Cupertino's smartwatch can only dream of.

Plus, of course, Android Wear is compatible with iOS. Sure, it's fairly stripped back and not the full Google smartwatch experience, but it means iPhone users now have plenty of options to choose from. And it will only get better with Wear 2.0.

Read this: Check out our latest smartwatch reviews

So, if you find the Apple Watch a little too pricey or just not your style, we've rounded up a selection of the best alternatives to pick from, any of which will sync seamlessly with your iPhone with zero fuss.

Huawei Watch

While the Huawei Watch 2 might be on hold for now, the first Huawei Watch is every bit the luxury opposite number on the Android Wear side of things. Unsurprisingly then, the price tags are roughly shoulder to shoulder.

There's plenty of metal link straps to choose from and options of rose gold too, but it's the pin-sharp 10,000:1 contrast display that will probably catch your eye. The missing GPS is the only blot on its copybook but otherwise a very cool customer and now compatible with iPhone, of course.

Take a look at our full Huawei Watch review to see what we love and hate about the sleek Android Wear watch.

From $299, | Amazon

Fitbit Blaze

For those looking at the Apple Watch's fitness and health capabilities, the Fitbit Blaze is a worthy alternative. Fitbit's 'fitness watch' trounces Apple's undercooked health features and still includes notifications from your iPhone's stock apps – although WhatsApp is still missing on iOS for now, despite support being added for Android.

While runners and cyclists will find the balance of features a dead rubber, the Fitbit's daily activity tracking with its emphasis on resting heart rate tracking steals the show.

Check out our full Fitbit Blaze review to see what we made of the Apple Watch smartwatch rival.

$249.99, | Amazon

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Now with built-in heart rate tracking, the Garmin Vivoactive HR is possibly the most complete sports watch ever made. Much like the Apple Watch, the Vivoactive HR is designed for those who dabble in lots of sports, featuring modes for running, walking, cycling, golf, and more via Connect IQ.

With Garmin's impressive notifications support added into the mix, it's a powerful Apple Watch competitor and the battery life is also top notch, too.

Get our definitive take with our Garmin Vivoactive HR review.

$269, | Amazon

Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart

Mondaine smartwatch launching at Baselworld

Again, for those looking at the Apple Watch for its mediocre fitness tracking, the Mondaine is a much more attractive competitor. The traditional Swiss watch manufacturers aren't going to sit back and let Apple have their own way, and the Helvetica No 1 Smart from luxury firm Mondaine is proof of that. Like the Withings Activité, it combines a traditional watch face with a second dial for fitness tracking.

There are no notifications but some smart tracking features (the watch actually uses the same MotionX sensors found inside products from Jawbone and Nike). If you care more about style than Twitter alerts, this could be the answer.


Polar M600

Polar's first ever Android Wear smartwatch doesn't feel all like a smartwatch, but that's actually a good thing.

You still get all the Wear goodies on board including notification and app support, but it lives more in the background letting Polar's sports tracking features take centre stage including the built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring and Polar Flow software.

While it's pretty pricey for a Polar watch and it's nowhere as good looking as the Apple Watch Series 2, it's still a strong contender as a sporty alternative.

Read our full Polar M600 review.

$299, | Amazon

Pebble Time Steel

The most-funded Kickstarter project of all time, the Pebble Time Steel is the more premium alternative to the Pebble Time, yet it still costs $50 less than the cheapest Apple Watch.

Its colour e-paper screen means the battery lasts for up to 10 days on one charge, and Pebble's innovative timeline interface looks like a clever idea for smartwatches. You get voice control, swappable straps, a choice of metal or leather bands, the new Pebble Health features and much more.

Take a read of our in-depth Pebble Time Steel review and if you don't like rectangular smartwatches, it's worth checking out the Pebble Time Round too.

And, don't forget, the Pebble Time 2 is incoming soon and we've had our hands on the Pebble 2.

$199.99, | Amazon

Tag Heuer Connected

Yes, this is the most expensive Android Wear watch out there by some distance, but if you want a luxurious smartwatch around your wrist, it doesn't get much better than this.

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The Connected looks like a classic Tag for starters with first-class build quality and a host of impressively detailed custom watch faces. Android Wear is there keeping things running but it definitely takes more of a backseat than it does on Wear alternatives from LG, Motorola and company.

Tag is definitely onto a winner here. Now we just need to Google to up its game on the software front.

Have a look at our full Tag Heuer Connected review.


LG Watch Urbane

The Urbane is a decent copy of a dress watch, something the Apple Watch has never been able to achieve. Whether you get the silver or gold finished stainless steel one thing is for sure: it's shiny shiny. There's no missing it. The full round, now smaller but still sizeable bezel is seriously eye- and light-catching.

The LG Watch Urbane second edition exists, but if you want a stylish yet simple LG Android Wear watch, this is still the one to go for.

Take a look at our full LG Watch Urbane review.

$349, | Amazon

Vector Luna

Warning: the Vector Luna has no touchscreen but you may actually prefer it this way. It might take a little unlearning all that tech has taught you over the last eight years but there is an advantage to this platform agnostic smartwatch's three-button control. It means that the battery life lasts a staggering one month on a single charge. Eat that Apple.

The Luna is also a swish little number if you opt for one of the higher-end styles and finishes. Drawbacks include a slightly flaky notification set-up and a screen that does let the side down somewhat. It's called pay-off for that month of battery.

Read more in our Vector Luna review.

$299, | Amazon

Casio Smart Outdoor WSD-F10

The Casio Outdoor Smartwatch is designed for those who love a bit of adventure and the great outdoors. It's aimed a segment of people who would traditionally look to Suunto or Garmin – or perhaps Casio's non-smart but super-durable G-SHOCK brand – but still want some traditional smartwatch action.

With dedicated apps for hiking, fishing and biking, a bevvy of sensors, the ability to hook into apps and services and access a world of data, the Casio is much more rugged and adventure friendly than the Cupertino timepiece. It also has a mode to extend battery life to a month.

Have a look at our comprehensive Casio Android Wear smartwatch review and also check out our Nixon The Mission review to find out how the outdoor-friendly Android Wear watches compare.

$500, | Amazon

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  • REGNURS2 says:

    awesome! Never knew there were Apple watch alternatives 

  • nalimer says:

    I miss here Alcatel onetouch SM02. This smartwatch are in the middle between Pebble and fitness smart watch. You can masure your fitness activity and also you can see missed calls, calendar or social media activity. 

  • Janice1619 says:

    I love my apple watch it does everything I want it to do I'm looking forward to the new update :-)

    • Diabl0 says:

      stop showing off yo...who give a ??

      • Yoyo says:

        learn to speak yo

      • dfdfdf says:

        Yo?  Are you an idiot?

    • PJ_Bear says:

      I'd love one too..but it's too overpriced for what it does so I refuse to buy it. =/

      • Descyite says:

        I traded an iPad mini for one and the other for my wife I got for repairing a computer. There are so many apple watches on Craigslist. My buddy for his for an 80$ vape machine. Think outside the box!!

    • Drsarah says:

      I like my Apple Watch but honestly it is an expensive remote for my phone.  Between my fitbit and wireless headset I got the same basic functions and other more powerful ones for less cost. 

  • vchapan says:

    check out garmin vivosmart have had it for 2 months now and love it, best fitness/smart band in my opinion

    • gasg5000 says:

      Even with the Iphone 6s plus? i heard a lot of complain of it not being able to sync

    • cesarmcmillan says:

      Works great for about 6 weeks, then the display craps out.  Nearly 100% of them do this; check amazon reviews or similar.  Store replacement aside, they'll replace them if you are persistent, but it takes a little doing.  

    • Bleather says:

      Love my Vivosmart too, but am on my 2nd which is dying. The screen started fading around the edges on the first and was replaced under warranty. Although the replacement was brand new, they only warranty it for three months. I've had it six months and the screen is beginning to disappear around the edges. 

  • ja3857 says:

    how much are the watch

  • PJ_Bear says:

    I'm hoping a year from now someone will put one out that does everything the Apple watch does..but at a reasonable price. The Apple watch is way overpriced for what you get. 

  • nalbuquerque says:

    Legal conhecer as alternativas - uma tecnologia emergente, mas que logo logo nos pega pelo "indispensável" (na mídia é a tecnologia "wearable" - "vestível" numa tradução (muito) mais livre para esse tipo de coisa).


    Good to see so many alternatives to the Apple Watch (nothing against it, by the way).

  • ddwindsurf says:

    One that has been missed off this lot is the Suunto Traverse - new to the market, but in terms of phone to watch notifications is brilliant. I have an Apple watch arriving this week so look forward to comparing the two of them.

  • Maggie26 says:

    Pebble should've made the cut here. Fantastic watch. Fraction of the cost. Long battery life.

  • MattFromPhilly says:

    Picked up a refurbished zenwatch (first version) on Amazon for $80 and I have been pretty happy with it. All I wanted was text/email notifications on my watch as well as the normal time and date you expect from a watch. This works well with the iPhone Android Wear app. Haven't had it lose the connection or anything. It doesn't do much more than notifications and show me a weather card each morning. I have not been able to get the voice search with "OK Google" to work yet. It shows an icon that it could not get to the internet. Maybe there is a setting somewhere I missed on the phone to allow the Android Wear app access or something. Just haven't spent time looking into it. So, if you are looking for an iPhone paired watch to do lots of stuff, you really need to just save up for an Apple Watch. Or maybe a Pebble - I haven't used one but they are supposed to have the best iOS integration outside of Apple's official watch. Anyway, for $80 this is a fun watch.

    • MattFromPhilly says:

      Update. My watch OS updated this morning (3.18.2016) and the issues with OK Google has been fixed. Voice command work just fine with my first gen. Zenwatch and my iPhone 6.

  • RobertShowell says:

    I personally like the GT08 Smartwatch, even looks a lot like the apple watch

  • RobertShowell says:

    I personally like the GT08 Smartwatch, even looks a lot like the Apple Watch

  • Dreyeah says:

    I'm thinking of getting a smart watch but I am by no means tech savvy, I see a lot of different smart watches on eBay, and they say android iOS compatible, but that doesn't necessarily mean I can sync it to my iPhone 5s? Heeeeeelp please before I make a mistake haha. I'm a bit of a cheapie but I don't need real fancy, I just want the call/text and sleep/pedometer, wouldn't mind other features too though. (:

  • cm1973 says:

    We are a 3 Pebble family.  We participated in the original Kickstarter campaign and enjoyed the first Pebble UNTIL the trouble started.  It stopped holding a charge for very long, each update that it had made it more and more unreliable.  It now sits in a drawer.  As a graduation present, I received a Pebble Steel.  Loved it at first, but then, it stopped charging, it became unreliable, it now sits in a drawer.  At the same time I received my watch, my 15 year old son saved up enough money to buy a Pebble Time.  Within the first week, the crystal(plastic) cracked.  Then came the update issues, each update made it less and less reliable and it is only because he saved his money and is too stubborn that it is not in a drawer.  We contacted Pebble support and were given the run around at every turn.  "Not in warranty", "You never returned our messages", "We don't cover wear and tear", "All we can do is give you a discount on a new Pebble".  Needless to say, unless Pebble is willing to come up with a reasonable solution to our issues, we are DONE with Pebble.  In the first Kickstarter it was nice to feel part of something.  Helping this little company get off the ground.  After their abysmal failure with customer support and less than stellar products, I will continue to look for a reasonable alternative. 

  • jollydsouza says:

    Smartwatches are now on sale only at SmartwatchOffers;com

  • Level9000 says:

    That Casio watch is NOT a good alternative for the iPhone. I bought it and almost none of the app worked with the iPhone so I returned it. What a piece of garbage. Plus it's huge and bulky. The only person who can wear it is a man who is 6 feet tall or more. 

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