Superb Smartwatches for Snazzy New Yorkers

September 4th, 2018

We, the people of NYC, are a snazzy bunch. We like to own the latest and greatest stuff. Phones, gadgets, cars, you name it--we want it. In the wake of the smartphone craze, comes the smart watch craze. The smartwatch movement is rapidly changing the timepiece game as we know it, adding cool features to the humble wristwatch that it’s creators never imagined. If you don’t yet own a smartwatch, it might be time to consider trying one out. Where do you start? I depends on what you want. Stonehenge NYC is here to help with a rundown of some of the best smartwatches on the market. Apple Watch Series 3: Apple has long been on the forefront of personal tech, so it makes sense that their smartwatch is one of the best. Apple has been producing dope smartwatches for years now, but the series 3 truly is a great leap forward. Series 3 The Series 3 is marketed primarily around the ability to simply leave your phone behind. That means you can go running, swimming (yep, it’s waterproof), or just about anywhere without bringing your phone along. Unlike inferior smartwatches, you can still make calls, send texts, and even stream music right from your wrist. Pretty soon you’ll be wondering why you even own a smartphone. The Apple Watch Series 2 can still be found on sites like Amazon for about $100 less than its predecessor. It has the much loved Apple look and feel though doesn’t have all the latest fantastic tech of the Series 3. Price: $330-$360 range Garmin Fenix 5 Plus: Garmin watches are a favorite of hardcore runners, and the Fenix 5 Plus is the pinnacle of their achievements in smartwatch development. The Fenix 5 Plus has built in GPS and GLONASS technology, meaning you get redundant satellite tracking to ensure super accurate calculations when running. It tracks your heart rate, checks your form, and accumulates more fitness data than anyone really needs. Fenix Not only that but the Fenix 5 Plus can hold up to 500 songs, meaning you can always bring your music with you, no matter where your runs take you. They’ve even added the ability to make digital payments with the watch, meaning you can ditch your phone and your wallet. It’s a truly great smartwatch, but it might be a little more than anyone really needs. The staggering price point of the Fenix 5 Plus can be off-putting to many buyers. If you want something similar, we recommend the Garmin Forerunner 235. It does a great job at tracking your heart rate and your runs, without all of the extra bells and whistles. Price: $800 TicWatch Pro: Do you love the idea of a smartwatch, but hate the idea of ditching the classic look and feel of a good old wristwatch? If so, the TicWatch Pro might just be what you’ve been looking for. The TicWatch is both a classic watch and smartwatch, all in one brilliant package. Ticwatch The secret behind this watches dual nature is in it’s proprietary layered display. It uses an innovative transparent second screen to allow you to shift between a traditional, low-powered watch face and a smartwatch face. It’s also got all the features you want, including GPS tracking, payments, and even heart rate monitoring. Price: $250 Fitbit Versa: Fitbit is the producer of the world's most popular fitness trackers, and they’re aiming to overtake Apple as the number one smartwatch producer. The Fitbit Versa promises to be a more affordable, longer-lasting, simpler alternative to the massively successful Apple Series 3. Versa The Versa, as the name suggests, is a pretty versatile device. Footstep tracking, sleep tracking, music, and workout assistance are all available. When paired with an Android phone, it can even send text responses though it doesn’t offer the same freedom as you’d get with an Apple watch. You won’t be able to Google information, or use it as anything more than a watch without a phone. Still, at this price point, it’s a worthy competitor to Apple’s flagship device. Price: $200