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 on the market, with features that Cupertino's smartwatch can only dream of.

Plus, of course, Android Wear is compatible with iOS and the Gear S3 and S2 works with the iPhone as well. Sure, it's fairly stripped back and not the full smartwatch experience, but it means iPhone users now have plenty of options to choose from. And it will only get better from Google with Wear 2.0 from February.

Read this: Best smartwatches in the world

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.

Misfit Vapor

The best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

The stylish Misfit Vapor offers a nice alternative to the Apple Watch in a couple of ways while still appealing to Apple fans. First up, it has a round OLED screen albeit at a one size fits all 44mm (bigger than Cupertino's watch). Next, there's a handy touch bezel around that screen and one button at the crown position which means you shouldn't have to smudge your finger over the screen too much.

With a grown up, minimalist custom OS, built-in GPS, optical heart rate monitor and water resistance up to 50m, the Vapor is a very capable all-rounder. As it's compatible with both iOS and Android, it could steal sales from both the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 and Android Wear watches.

Read our Misfit Vapor hands on review from CES.


Fossil Q Crewmaster

The best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

While Fossil's collection of full-display Android Wear smartwatches are well worth checking out, their dated screens and second-rate iOS support makes them troublesome to recommend over the mighty Apple Watch Series 2.

We've selected the hybrid collection here, which puts activity tracking and smartwatch notifications via vibration behind a classic analogue wrist watch. All the smarts are provided by wearable giant Misfit, which Fossil acquired in early 2016.

They're selling buckets for Fossil, and for many, make more sense and provide greater wearability than a full-on smartwatch, while offering many of the benefits.

Check out our review of Fossil Q Grant.

$175, | Amazon

Ticwatch 2

The best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

With the demise of Pebble, the Ticwatch 2 is now our plucky smartwatch start-up of choice. The Ticwatch 2 boasts a vibrant 400 x 400 OLED panel at an eye-popping 287ppi, which is one hell of a display in a smartwatch that costs just $199. The OS needs some work, but there's built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor – in fact, most things you could ask from a smartwatch.

Check out our Ticwatch 2 hands on review - full review coming soon.

$199, | Amazon

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 are 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 its 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, such as the built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring and Polar Flow software, take centre stage.

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

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.

Essential reading: Upcoming smartwatches to look out for

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 and new details around Tag's smartwatch plans for 2017.


Vector Luna

The Vector Luna has no touchscreen but you may actually prefer it this way. It might take a little time to unlearn 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. Warning: Vector is now owned by Fitbit so the series won't get any new software updates. Read our full Vector Luna review before you decide.

$299, | 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.

      • Camykatt says:

        I just purchased zenwatch 2 to pair with my iPhone 6s and the watch keeps disconnecting. I can't seem to reconnect without unpairing the 2 every time which is frustrating to say the least. Did you experience this at all?

  • 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. 

    • KevinX3 says:

      Like 99% of the watches around, they are Android and you need the middleware app (Android Wear for Android watch OS and Gear S for Tizen (Samsung) watch OS). They will always be feature deficient using iOS. As for size, the rugged, bulky, feature full watch is what Casio is aiming at. They have also just released the next version the F20. 

      So from a nerdy, small, rectangular, iPhone purpose designed Apple watch, you somehow thing an Android watch built like the proverbial is an alternative?

      Look if you want the best watch experience using iOS get an Apple watch 2. I'm getting a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. It may not have all the features on iOS, but it has the ones I want. And it doesn't look like a nerdy piece of crap (I said 'look' like). It looks like a man's watch, job done.

  • Savannahmooney says:

    less cheap than Apple iPhone 6.

  • KevinX3 says:

    You have the Misfit Vapor at the top of your list. It isn't released yet and there is no release date.

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