The 5 Best Smartwatches for Hiking

Smartwatches are capable of many things, from displaying mobile notifications on your wrist to tracking activity and fitness stats. Yet a lot of those extra features you don’t need when you’re out in the wilderness on a hike or a long-distance trip. You’re not going to care much if your watch tracks swimming or soccer stats, but you will care that it has a high water-resistance rating and whether or not it accurately tracks distance traveled. It begs the question, what are the five best smartwatches for hiking? What features are useful when you’re out in nature? How to Select the Best Smartwatch for Hiking? When choosing a smartwatch for use outdoors, or more specifically for hiking activities, there are several features you should look out for. Some of them come standard in most smartwatches, while others are more specialized — like access to a barometer, for example. Must-Have Features for a Hiking Smartwatch The following features should always be present in a smartwatch you’re going to wear while hiking: Durability – Any watch you’re going to wear outdoors must be rugged, able to withstand harsh conditions. It’s not just about waterproofing, but also dust and debris resistance, as well as temperature and humidity resistance. If you’re out in cold weather, for instance, you don’t want your watch dying or malfunctioning. Water-Resistance – Be aware, there’s generally a difference between water-resistance and waterproofing. For casual activities, they’re essentially the same thing. However, when you’re talking about the outdoors and extreme conditions, it’s something you must pay attention to. Waterproof smartwatches can be submerged underwater up to a certain depth,...

2019: The Best Smartwatches for Women

This list has been updated for 2019, complete with new smartwatches for women. Don’t take this as an insult, because I don’t intend it to be. Most smartwatches available today just weren’t designed to accommodate unisex sizes, nor are they appealing to women or those with feminine tastes. Just take a look at some of the watches on store shelves and you’ll see how bulky, and unattractive they can be. Our own Lawrence Bradford discussed the struggles she had while trying to find a smartwatch. Frankly, a woman’s wrist is often smaller and her tastes are much different than that of a man’s; certainly one so invested in the tech market. The good news is that issue is starting to dissipate, slowly but surely. No one has come up with a viable design for women just yet, but manufacturers have been much better at creating unisex style devices. The Best Smartwatches for Women: Updated for 2018 There are some unisex watches that are acceptable. The Moto 360, for example, while still relatively bulky looks sleek and stylish. The real allure is that you can choose from a dozen wrist straps to match your tastes. If you don’t see something you like on the Motorola website, there’s no need to fret. It uses a standard size band measurement so you can swap the stock band out for almost any strap of your choosing. This is great not just in terms of style, but also when it comes to comfort. You may not like the band that comes with the watch, but you can easily install one that feels better on your...

The Best GPS Tracking Watches for Kids: Updated for 2019

This list has been updated for 2019, complete with new GPS tracking watches for kids. Latest Update: Updated April 2019 As you might expect, it’s time to update this list once again. We removed defunct or unavailable devices because some time has passed since this was last edited. We also added new devices that are more suitable for our audience. One of our most successful articles here at Smartwatches is our list of the best smartwatches for children. In that list is a wide variety of devices from entertainment wearables, to full-on GPS tracking watches for kids. Strapping a wearable with tracking support to your child’s wrist makes a lot of sense, especially when it allows you to monitor their current location and habits in real-time. In the past, it was perfectly acceptable to allow your children free roam of the neighborhood without supervision. Parents would usually set a dinner curfew and children were expected to return at the appropriate time. The world isn’t so forgiving anymore, at least it sure doesn’t seem to be. Every day we hear stories about children being abducted, going missing or being involved in some kind of accident. As a parent, you can never be too safe with your child. Features such as geofencing, are becoming popular methods parents use to ensure the whereabouts of their child. That’s why we’re going to take a look at some of the best GPS tracking watches for kids. Some things to note first: There are no truly “tamper-proof” models it seems. Most include a silicone band that can be easily removed. Some of the devices do have tamper alerts to let...

8 Of The Best Smartwatches for Kids: Updated for 2019

This list has been updated for 2019, complete with new smartwatches for kids. Latest Update: Updated November 2019 for the Holiday Season Smartwatches aren’t just for adults. Children can get in on the fun too. Of course, you wouldn’t want to hand your child a $200+ smartwatch in the hopes that they would take excellent care of it. Luckily, there are watches specifically designed with kids in mind. They feature games and fun activities, colorful designs, and durable materials. If you’re looking for a smartwatch for your child, then this is a great place to start. Below are eight smartwatches made especially for kids. 8 of the Best Smartwatches for Kids In 2019 Please keep in mind, this list will remain exclusive to smartwatches for kids. If you’re looking for a GPS tracker head on over to: The Best GPS Tracking Watches for Kids. We also have another post that discusses the best toys for kids: The Best Toys and Wearable Tech for Kids. Click to Tweet: “Here are 8 of the best smartwatches for children” 1. The VTech Kidizoom DX2 – One of the Best Smartwatches for Kids Ages: 4 to 9 UPDATE: See our 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide where the Kidizoom made our top pick for the best smartwatch for kids! The VTech Kidizoom was one of the best smartwatches for kids ages 6-12. The Kidizoom DX was updated to include a variety of new features, like more memory and fun activities. Then the DX2 was launched with – you guessed it – even more stuff! We still recommend all three generations, though the older ones may be...

Cheap Smartwatches for Geeks on a Budget: Updated for 2019

This list has been updated for the 2019 shopping season, complete with more cheap smartwatches. It’s tough to find good-quality, cheap smartwatches. After the launch of the Apple Watch, the smartwatch market changed a bit. Now, here we are, years later, with a new Apple Watch (Series 2) and several new smartwatch brands. It’s not any better off — or worse — just different. That’s because there’s more competition in the space even among the list of cheap smartwatches. The Apple Watch is great and resonates well with fans. Many have been waiting patiently for a decent smartwatch that’s compatible with iOS. But, there’s no denying the price is a little steep. The cheapest model — the Apple Watch Sport — costs $349. That’s a lot of money for a device you don’t need. Why would we say that? Well, because you don’t need a smartwatch to get by. You can make the argument you don’t need a smartphone either. But you can use a smartphone without anything else. Most smartwatches need a connected phone or they lose functionality. The good news is, if you don’t care about bleeding edge products you can get a smartwatch for cheap. Motorola, LG, Samsung and even Pebble Huawei, have delivered some competitive prices in recent years. If you’re wondering what some of those cheap smartwatches are, you’ve come to the right place! That’s what we’re going to take a look at. Cheap Smartwatches Under $200 We’ll do our best to provide several different cheap smartwatches – cheaper than the Apple Watch anyway. That way everyone should be able to find something. Sony SmartWatch...

The Top GPS Wearables for Fitness and Exercise Tracking: Updated 2019

Fitness trackers and health monitors are a dime a dozen these days. In fact, outside of the wearable and smartwatch market there are dozens — if not hundreds — of devices that will allow you to monitor various health and fitness information. There are pedometers, BMI calculators, blood sugar monitors, and much more. Of course, if you lead an active lifestyle you’re going to want something more streamlined, which is why it makes plenty of sense to pick up a smartwatch or fitness tracker instead of a niche device. Most modern wearables offer a suite of tracking features instead of just a single type. For example, you can track everything from calories burned, to distance traveled and sleep patterns. The real stars of the show are the GPS wearables, capable of shedding limitations to a smartphone or paired device. You didn’t come here to listen to us drone on about all this nonsense, however. You came here to find out some of the best GPS wearables and smartwatches. The Top GPS Wearables for Fitness and Exercise Tracking Owning — or wearing — one of the many GPS wearables means you don’t have to carry a smartphone most of the time to track your location, distance traveled and more. Chances are, when you’re running, jogging or exercising in general you want to remain as lightweight and untethered as possible. No one wants to carry a bulky smartphone around in their pocket or on their person while they’re breaking a sweat. That’s why GPS support is so convenient, for the most part it allows you to shed the collar latched on by...