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The best LTE-enabled smartwatches: Apple, LG and more

For when you need to live your standalone life

Smartwatches can be wonderful things that cull your dependence on a smartphone, but in most cases you still need to keep the two connected - unless you happen to have one that's LTE-enabled.

The only problem with that is - right now - LTE-enabled smartwatches are few and far between. Sure, Apple has finally joined the fray, but fashion powerhouses like Fossil haven't yet got on board as LTE tends to mean added bulk.

Read this: The best smartwatches of 2018

But if you want an LTE smartwatch right now, what's on offer? And which one is perfect for you? Read on, dear friends, so that you too can join the life of a standalone smartwatch wearer.

Apple Watch Series 3

The best LTE-enabled smartwatches: LG, Samsung and more

Apple has finally embraced LTE-enabled smartwatches with the Apple Watch Series 3, creating the first standalone Watch experience. Not only will you be able to take calls and get notifications thanks to that built-in e-SIM, but you'll be able to stream Apple Music right from your wrist.

The new Watch also builds on the Series 3 with a barometric altimeter for tracking elevation, while also promising a 70% performance improvement - all while staying almost identical in size to older models (it's about .025mm thicker, but who's counting?).

Check out our Apple Watch Series 3 review for a deeper dive.

$399, | Amazon

LG Watch Sport

The best LTE-enabled smartwatches: LG, Samsung and more

With LTE, GPS and NFC support, the LG Watch Sport was - and still is - the closest Android Wear 2.0 device to a full smartphone replacement. On top of that, it's also extremely powerful, with a 1.1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 and 768MB of RAM. Let's also not forget the 1.38-inch P-OLED display, boasting an impressive 348ppi.

That's right, the LG Watch Sport is still easily the best all-rounder in Google's quiver of Android Wear 2.0 devices, despite getting very long in the tooth now. You're getting a pretty complete Wear experience with all the benefits of using the device sans smartphone. On the downside, it's a beefy smartwatch.

Check out our full LG Watch Sport review for more.

$399, | Amazon

Huawei Watch 2

The best LTE-enabled smartwatches: LG, Samsung and more

If an all-rounder like the LG Watch Sport tickles your fancy, but you're little afraid of battery life, then the Huawei Watch 2 is your best bet. In our review, we found battery life on the LTE Watch 2 to be among the best in the Android Wear world.

There's also a neat Watch Mode that'll extend battery life even further should you need it. And of course, you have all the connectivity you need: NFC and GPS are fully on board and ready to go. One problem: the LTE version is not available in America.

Here's the full Huawei Watch 2 review for more information.

$419, | Amazon

Samsung Gear S3

The best LTE-enabled smartwatches: LG, Samsung and more

Want something a little different? Samsung's Tizen-powered smartwatch is the answer for you. Not only does the Gear S3 have LTE and GPS, it comes in two different styles. There's the more luxury-looking Classic and the more rugged, outdoors-y Frontier.

Truth be told, you're not going to get as many apps with the Gear S3 as you would with an Apple Watch or an Android Wear device, but Samsung also offers a unique enough control input that allows it to stand out. That bezel, which is mostly decoration on most other smartwatches, actually rotates. It's the way you interact with the OS. If you're tired of the usual smartwatch interaction methods, and you've got yourself a Samsung phone anyway, the Gear S3 will fit right in for you.

Check out the full Samsung Gear S3 review for more.

$299, | Amazon

LG Watch Urbane

The best LTE-enabled smartwatches: LG, Samsung and more

LG's first LTE-enabled smartwatch might also be the best looking. The Watch Urbane screams premium luxury. You've got a stainless steel case, you've got a crisp P-OLED display, and you've got the best looks this side of 4G.

It's not the fastest watch in the world, and it's still chunky despite its handsome good looks, but if you're looking for an LTE watch with some good fashion sensibility you're not going to find anything that works better with your fancy evening wear than this.

You should act quick, though, as stock on this one is running out.

Here's the LG Watch Urbane review for more information.

$319.99, | Amazon


  • MM2 says:

    Are any of the devices noted in this article water proof as opposed to water resistant?

    I am an avid swimmer and am looking for a device that I can wear in the pool and track my activity in and out of the pool

    • m.sawh says:

      The Watch Series 3 is waterproof so you can go swimming with it. It's great for swim tracking as well based on our experience

    • yogibimbi says:

      Yes, Wear still doesn't have anything for swimmers if you want to have LTE. And watch out for buttonless watches too. Touchscreens are mostly useless in and near the water, so you will need buttons to operate them. Or a rotating bezel, of course...

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