The 10 best smartwatches for iPhone users

Because the Apple Watch isn't right for everyone…

If you're an iPhone owner and you want a new smartwatch, the new Apple Watch Series 3 isn't your only choice. Yes, it's a fantastic wearable and our current smartwatch fave, but it's not for everyone's taste and hardly ths most wallet-friendly.

Luckily, there's a whole host of iOS-compatible smartwatches on the market with features that Cupertino's device has yet to include.

Read this: The ultimate smartwatch buyers guide

Plus, of course, Android Wear is compatible with iOS and so are Samsung's latest Gear smartwatches. So iPhone users have plenty of options to choose from and it's only improved since the rollout of Wear 2.0.

So, if you find the new LTE-enabled 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 Sport

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

The Samsung Gear Sport is not a replacement for the Gear S3, instead it's an upgrade to the Gear S2 and brings it closer to Apple's sports tracking skills. The new waterproof design brings dedicated swim tracking to accompany the built-in GPS for running and cycling along with the on-board heart rate monitor. On the smartwatch front, it'll offer the same strong notification support as the S3, Samsung Pay and Spotify offline playlist support.

That rotating bezel is still there to navigate Samsung's Tizen OS and it still manages to eek out more battery life than the Watch Series 3 too. It doesn't however have LTE support, but if you want that, you can go for the Gear S3 instead, which is still a worthy alternative to the Apple Watch. For a full verdict, take a read of our Samsung Gear Sport review.

$299.99, | Amazon

Fitbit Ionic

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

If Samsung or Android Wear don't do it for you, then there's always Fitbit's first smartwatch to consider. Like the Watch Series 3, it's all about fitness. So it's got a waterproof design along with swim tracking, built-in GPS to track runs and rides and an onboard heart rate monitor to measure workout intensity.

You can also expect the usual Fitbit fitness tracking features including arguably the best sleep monitoring features of any wearable we've tried recently.

As far as core smartwatch features are concerned, it supports first and third party notifications, has an onboard music player and offline playback support for Pandora in the US with Deezer support incoming for everyone else. You can also download apps. Although, there's not a lot of those available yet. There's also contactless payment support via Fitbit Pay.

Unlike Apple's smartwatch, it does work with Android, iOS and Windows smartphones and with up to 5 days battery life you don't need to charge it every night. It's a strong alternative, and one that's going to improve over the next year as Fitbit builds on the strong array of sensors.

Read our Fitbit Ionic review.

$299.95, | Amazon

Nokia Steel HR

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

Offering the Apple Watch a run for its money in terms of wellness tech, the Nokia Steel HR is a serious fitness tracker disguised as a classic Swiss watch. The optical heart rate sensor offers decent analysis of your daily heart rate and tracks resting heart rate over time – arguably doing better than the Apple Watch in this department.

And despite being an analogue watch, it's not without a screen. A discreet OLED panel displays relevant health stats, and some notifications, so you won't miss a call.

Of course, without GPS the Steel HR is no watch for Apple's smartwatch for outdoor runs, cycling and workouts, but it does offer automatic detection of exercise and will monitor your heart rate during a session and count that into your daily goal. It's also an excellent sleep tracker, which fills a hole left wide open by the Apple Watch, and it offers 25 days of tracking on a single charge.

It's a different proposition, but those mainly interested in the Apple Watch as a fitness tracker would do well to consider the Steel HR.

Check out our Nokia Steel HR review.

$179.95, | Amazon

Garmin Vivomove HR

The 10 best smartwatches for iPhone users

Like the Steel HR, the Vivomove HR is a sporty hybrid that packs in a lot of features.

Unlike the Vivomove, Garmin's new hybrid is available in designs for men and women and now includes a sleek discreet display that appears on the watch face when you give it a tap.

On that display you can see a whole raft of information including fitness tracking data, resting heart rate, smartphone notifications and will even let you check in on your stress levels.

If you care about battery life, it's a fine performer offering two weeks in watch mode and around five days when you tapping into all of those smartwatch features on a regular basis.

Have a read of ourfull Garmin Vivomove HR review.

Starting at $199.99, | Amazon

Ticwatch E

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

With the demise of Pebble, the Ticwatch E is now our plucky smartwatch start-up of choice. We previously recommended the feature-packed Ticwatch 2 with its independent Ticwear OS, plus GPs, heart rate and more. That's still work a look for those seeking something leftfield, but we're now switching our official backing to the new Ticwatch E.

It runs Android Wear, and strips back features to a minimum, but at the tantalising price of $159.99, it's a solid Apple Watch alternative. It has a 1.4-inch OLED display with a solid 400 x 400 resolution, which matches up well it the Apple Watch's screen.

The design is fun and quirky, and it's a nice relief from the monotony of the same old brands – but with the certainty and stability of Android Wear under the hood.

Check out our review of the Ticwatch E.

$189, | Amazon

LG Watch Sport

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

The next stop on your tour of Apple Watch alternatives should be our recommended Android Wear all-rounder, the LG Watch Sport. It's the flagship device 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, | Amazon

Garmin Vivoactive 3

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

The Apple Watch offers a solid sports tracking experience, but with the Vivoactive 3, it's designed for those who dabble in a lot of sports. It'll cover running, cycling, golf and more via its Connect IQ store. It will even cover gym workouts with the addition of rep counting. Garmin Pay has been added into the mix letting you make payments from the wrist, and improved notification support that now lets you respond to your messages.

The battery life is top notch and the new circular design is a massive step up from its predecessor the Vivoactive HR. Get our definitive take with our Garmin Vivoactive 3 review.

$299.99, | Amazon

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

10 of 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.

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.


Michael Kors Access Grayson and Sofie

The 10 best smartwatches for iPhone users

If you want a good looking Android Wear smartwatch, Fossil is currently serving up some of the best options right now. Its Michael Kors Access collection are definitely the models that stand out above the rest.

Read this: Every Fossil smartwatch for 2018

Available in versions for men (Grayson) and women (Sofie), both feature 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 pixel AMOLED touchscreen displays and run in the latest version of Google's smartwatch operating system. That means you'll be able to enjoy features like the ability to download apps, more customisable watch faces and accessing Google Assistant.

There's no sports tracking features and unfortunately NFC is lacking as well, which means you can't buy stuff with this smartwatch. But it gives you the basic Android Wear experience wrapped up in a design that you'd actually want around your wrist.

If you're not a Michael Kors fan, you should definitely check out the Skagen Falster as well or the Kate Spade New York Scallop too. You can read our Michael Kors Access Grayson (and Sofie) review to find out more about one of our Fossil faves.

Huawei Watch

10 of the best Apple Watch alternatives for iPhone users

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 $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. 

  • 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.

  • joboypmi says:

    Hi. I want to buy a smartwatch for my boyfriends birthday but it has to be waterproof not just resistant. It also needs to notify calls, text and whatsapp. The Apple one is too price and the vivo one gets bad reviews for the screen breaking.
    Any suggestions please,
    Thanks in advance

  • JasonW says:


    Anyone know how well or not the new Michael Kors Sofie watch works with iOS?

    I'm considering it as a b-day gift for my wife as I know she'll love how stylish it is, but since it's pricey I'd like to make sure it'll work with her iPhone well enough.


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