10 of 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 in with wearable tech, 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 work with the iPhone as well. So iPhone users have plenty of options to choose from and it's only getting better with the rollout of Wear 2.0.

Read this: Best smartwatches in the world

So, if you find the Apple Watch a little too pricey or just not to your taste, 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.

Samsung Gear S3

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

Want an Apple Watch alternative? Look no further than its biggest rival Samsung and the Gear S3. We haven't been able to recommend it previously because the iOS support has been missing in action. But now it's officially here, and while it's not completely the same experience as pairing with an Android phone, it's still does the job very well from an iPhone too.

The S3 of course comes in two models; the Frontier for rugged sporty fans and the Classic for more luxury watch look. Annoyingly, it's bigger than the Gear S2 this time, but it is packed into the rafters with tech. There's built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, a host of outdoor-friendly sensors and you'll get better battery life than you will on an Apple Watch.

It runs on Samsung's own Tizen platform, which still lacks the app support of Android Wear or the App Store, but along with the rotating bezel and a sleek UI, it's one of the best smartwatch operating systems we've played with.

Have a read of our Samsung Gear S3 review to see why we're fans of the circular smartwatch.

From £349, Amazon

LG Watch Sport

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

The second stop on your tour of Apple Watch alternatives should be our recommended Android Wear all-rounder, the LG Watch Sport. It's a great start for the revamped Wear 2.0 with solid fitness chops and built-in GPS, a full and untethered experience away from your phone via LTE, not to mention NFC for payments. If you want a do-it-all smartwatch then you could do much worse than the good-looking and clever flagship LG smartwatch. Read our full LG Watch Sport review.

$349, lg.com | Amazon

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

The best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

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

Tag's second Connected looks like a classic Tag for starters, with first-class build quality and a host of impressively detailed custom watch faces. Android Wear 2.0 is there keeping things running but it definitely takes more of a backseat than on Wear alternatives from LG, Motorola and company. With NFC and GPS onboard, you're well looked after no matter what you need. Tag is definitely onto a winner here – check out our full Modular 45 review for more details.

£1,400, tagheuerconnected.com

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 and one button at the crown position which means you shouldn't have to smudge your finger over that screen too much.

With Android Wear 2.0 (not its own custom OS as promised), 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. Read our Misfit Vapor hands on review from CES, full test coming soon.

$199, misfit.com

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 and a heart rate monitor – in fact, most things you could ask from a smartwatch.

Check out our in-depth Ticwatch 2 review – a fitness features update is coming soon.

$199, ticwear.com | Amazon

Fossil Q

The best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

Fossil's hybrid collection is well worth checking out. The series 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.

£159.95, fossil.com | Amazon

Huawei Watch

While the bigger Huawei Watch 2 is now available, 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 it's 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 £279, consumer.huawei.com | Amazon

Fitbit Blaze

For those looking at the Apple Watch's fitness and health capabilities, the Fitbit Blaze is a worthy alternative. Just bear in mind that Fitbit's first 'proper' smartwatch should arrive later this year.

Fitbit's existing 'fitness watch' gives Apple's undercooked health features a run for its money and still includes notifications from your iPhone's stock apps. 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.

£159.99, fitbit.com | 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 top notch too. Get our definitive take with our Garmin Vivoactive HR review.

£239, garmin.com | Amazon

Polar M600

Polar's first ever Android Wear smartwatch doesn't feel like a smartwatch, but that's actually a good thing. It's still the best Android Wear running watch.

You 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 near 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, polar.com | Amazon


Shop for recommended smartwatches on Amazon

Samsung Gear S3
Samsung Gear S3
£319
Pebble 2
Pebble 2
£78.48
Apple Watch Series 2
Apple Watch Series 2
£399
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivoactive HR
£176.81

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29 Comments

  • 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. 

  • 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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