Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Selling Smart Watches Brands in The World 2016-2017. Since 1998 watches and wearable computers have been developed and produced without capturing the public imagination. Watch phones like the Samsung SPH-WP10 (1999), with aa antenna attached, the Fossil wrist PDA (2003), the SonyEricsson LiveView (2010) and the Vyzin ZigBee (2011). None were design classics, all looked like cheap children’s toys. Only with the Omate Truesmart did the consumer have a product that could truly be called a smartwatch. With sleek design and clever functionality it broke the mold. It should be remembered, therefore, that this product class is only a few years old and the journey of development has only just begun. Here is the top ten smart watches of 2016-2017:
List of Top 10 Best Selling Smart Watches Brands in The World 2016-2017
You have to admire pebble. In the usual suspects of electronics giants it must have seemed quixotic to attempt to raise money to enter the market as a startup. But their kickstarter campaign raised over $10 million and they were able to produce working prototypes. The Pebble Time Steel looks cool, will work with IOS or Android and uses always on colour e-paper display with a backlight. Steel band or leather, this one uses magnetic charging has thousands of custom watch faces, battery life of 10 days and inbuilt microphone for voice recording. Stylishly thin 10mm with a polished stainless steel chassis, the Pebble Time Steel really takes the eye and the 2.5D glass will give some peace of mind with regard to preventing damage to the display.
9. Samsung Gear S2
With the Samsung Gear G2 the emphasis is all on customisation. First off there is a choice of chassis materials to choose from. Rose gold (plated), platinum (plated), black, white and classic there really is an option for everyone. Personalised bands are another option. It promises additional functionality as far as fitness goes, keeping track of water vs coffee intake and steps taken,etc.. The rotating bezel, touchscreen and buttons all offer the ability to change apps and info of different types, and personalised watch faces (including a fun “peanuts” option with snoopy et al)) offer the wow factor on the visuals. They have partnered with a ton of consumer giants (Nike, ESPN, VW,etc.) to develop an impressive array of app power with streamlined connectivity with loads of android devices.
8. Garmin Vivoactive HR
You can’t argue about Garmin functionality. They have made their name on the strength of their sports tracking equipment and it does a very good job at that. Enter the Garmin Vivoactive HR, a do-it-all smartwatch with all the sports tracking you could ever want, and with GPS the stats are useful and detailed. It is a neat little package with nicely compact display. It falls down on design factors. I would not want to wear this outside of a sports context, maybe you feel differently.
7..LG Watch R
The big boast of the LG watch R the world’s first full circle P-OLED display. It is an impressive boast. The watch looks wonderful with classic design and lots of integrated technology on board. Loads of apps for the office and the gym, the outdoors and the car, the watch is in its element with someone who flits from one to the other, never really zeroing in on one specific consumer, rather being a jack of all trades. Nothing wrong with that at this price point. More a watch to wear on a night out than to the office or for outdoors pursuits, it still looks great and has a super cool ad on youtube.
6. Asus ZenWatch 2
More of a traditional dress watch, vaguely like an omega deville, the Asus ZenWatch 2 uses a traditional looking crown button as a way to interact with the watch (it has touchscreen as well of course). The faces are specifically designed for this model making style an important part of the reason someone would want to buy this watch. Battery life isn’t great and it doesn’t set the world of smartwatches alight but it is easy to wear being sleek and lightweight and it is very affordable, a good option for the office. This is one of Top 10 Best Selling Smart Watches Brands in The World 2016-2017.
5. Moto 360
This is a design classic in the making, simple yet useful and versatile because the screen is a big display to showcase apps and the various faces. It is comfortable, affordable and compatible with IOS. All the usual apps for android wear but really it is limited in terms of features and battery life is not great. It looks cool if specs aren’t your thing and price point is.
4. Sony SmartWatch 3
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is a law unto itself. They have decided to go their own way and it’s kinda cool, with a nice screen and well thought out user interfacing. Straps must be Sony straps, their special design. Micro USB charging makes the charging process democratic if not slick but the unusually accessible price makes it a great beginners smart watch. Design wise it does not really fit into any function. Not for dress, not for sports, not for office. Spec wise it is undoubtedly powerful with specs to go and Android Wear power but with average battery life, and it is a design that you will either love or hate.
3. Apple Watch 2
An early adopter and possibly the main populariser of the smartwatch, Apple’s insatiable appetite for innovation continues with the Apple Watch Series 2, with similar looks to the Series 1 it now sports a ceramic bezel, among the steel and aluminium varieties, and Hermes band. Waterproof, bright screen to read in sunlight, faster processor, and a new OS3 operating system full of useful intelligent features. There is also a raft of fitness related apps together with a GPS chip to facilitate all the sporty metrics the average wearer could need. Battery is an average 2 days and the item is expensive compared to the others of a similar functionality. But Apple users are crazy for Apple and that is basically who the Apple Watch Series 2 is for.
2. Huawei Watch
Huawei have come a long way from making consumer giant mobile phone imitations to their own very smart and competitive range of smartphones. Now their smartwatch has entered the field and it has caused a flurry of admiring glances. Right from first impressions it’s clear that the inspiration is classic watch design with options for the case design and side button reminiscent of a crown. Android Wear, so compatible with IOS or Android, the fully circular AMOLED is striking and with a resolution similar to Apple’s retina display. Battery isn’t up to much and it is expensive for a newcomer to the market. But it is a classy decoration for a wrist, more for the office or a swanky party than climbing mountains.
1. Tag Heuer Connected
First of all, elephant in the room, the cost. $1500 is not a stocking filler, look at what you are getting for that. Tag Heuer is a famous watch brand. They are in the “not quite a rolex” category but with a very respectable pedigree as far as wristwatches go. The Carrera titanium will set you back over $3000, the monaco over $9000. So put the price in that context. In ten years time most of the others in this list will be on the stalls of flea markets but this will command a respectable second hand price, simply because of the respect the brand has accrued. The watch itself: titanium case, transflective LCD panel which makes the watch look more like a mechanical watch, proprietary straps in various colours, big eye-catching crown, magnetic charging and micro USB, and the Tag custom faces are stunning. Battery life isn’t up to much and plastic back doesn’t feel very premium, no sporty additions like heart rate monitor and so on. Computing power is 1.6GHz processor and 1GB RAM, powerful for Android Wear. At 1.5” it is a hefty chunk of bling for the wrist and is very much like a wristwatch with apps attached rather than the other way around.
These are the Top 10 Best Selling Smart Watches Brands in The World 2016-2017. That’s it, just my opinion. If i were wandering around a swanky gathering in a casual shirt I would want the Tag on my wrist. If I were looking for connectivity and stylish functionality I would choose the Huawei. Sports I would go with the Garmin. Budget, I would choose the Pebble: I just love the e-paper display and the 10 day battery life is a big help. Bear in in mind that, as I mentioned in my introduction, the whole technology is new and there is no way to assess where this is going to go. The pace at which smartphones have developed was and is breakneck. Features that 20 years ago would have been considered impossible (if not pointless) are standard today. The same sort of thing is likely to happen for smartwatches.