Are you in favour android wear? Or maybe you’re not ready to switch to iOS? We’ve found the best alternatives to the apple watch, with a brief summary of the all best features to look out for.

The Apple watch has enjoyed strong sales and positive feedback since its launch in 2015, but even if it’s the crème de la crème of smart watches, you’ve found yourself here probably because you’re curious to know how the alternatives stack up or maybe you want a cheaper wearable?

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Let’s review 10 of the best apple watch alternatives that are compatible with android, iOS (and maybe windows!)


Apple Watch Alternative: Fossil Q Founder

The benefit is that you would be purchasing a smartwatch produced by a renowned watchmaker. The company have tackled the smartwatch arena with their flagship wearable dubbed the Fossil Q Founder. It’s available with a leather strap or a beautiful stainless steel bracelet.

The watch is powered by Google’s operating system, android wear, but it works on iPhone devices as well as Android. Its strong competition for the Apple Watch as it boasts 1 gig of RAM for a speedy response whenever it’s activated.fossil-founder-smart-watch

The biggest selling point for me is that the Fossil Q Founder still looks like a stylish timepiece rather than a tacky wearable gadget. It scores highly on our list of apple watch alternatives.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes

Compatible with Android: Yes

Product Rating: 9.4 ★★★★★★★★★☆

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Apple Watch Alternative: Pebble Steel

Your get a few variations of the Pebble and it features on our list more than once, which goes to show just how good this brand is.

Bear in mind there’s a few differences with each one; make sure you check up on the features before purchasing. The Pebble Steel is the entry level smartwatch from the company and it sports a black and white display. pebble-steel-smart-watch-for-iphone-and-android

Amazingly it is supplied with 2 interchangeable straps, one is leather and the other is steel. Its a welcome surprise especially at this price point and gives you the option to swap around depending on your mood.

Don’t be put off by the monochrome screen on the Pebble Steel as it performs just as fast as more expensive models.

Notifications pop up with no delays and the smartwatch can be used as a remote control for your favourite tunes. The battery lasts an impressive 7 days which blows the Apple watch out of the water.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes
Product Rating: 8.5 ★★★★★★★★☆☆
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Apple Watch Alternative: Pebble Time

The Pebble Time is the natural successor of the first Pebble which was a bestseller when it was launched a few years ago. The company has gone from strength to strength with their recent lineup of smartwatches. The Pebble time is no exception.

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Unlike the Pebble Steel it’s equipped with a colour screen. With all the different variations of the Pebble, how can you tell whether it has a colour display or not? Just remember is that if the product contains the word “Time” within its name then it has a colour display.

It has a universal strap lead to fit pretty much any 22 mm wrist strap you desire. The Pebble Time is also supplied with a durable silicone strap. You can get one at for a good value at less than $80. Check out the latest prices here.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes
Product Rating: 9.0 ★★★★★★★★★☆
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Apple Watch Alternative: Pebble Time Steel

The Pebble Time Steel is the third smartwatch on our list from Pebble. To simplify things, it’s a mix between the body of the Pebble Steel and the colour display of the Pebble Time.

It’s a pricier option than the first 2 but then again it feels more robust and looks just as premium as the apple watch.  pebble-time-steel-smart-watch-for-iphone-and-android

The Pebble Time Steel has a choice of 3 stylish finishes; The Gold version sports a red leather strap, The Silver version is accompanied with a stone toned leather strap or a Black version with a black leather strap.

The Time Steel has an impressive battery life which can last up to 10 days on a full charge compared to just 18 hours on the Apple Watch.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes
Product Rating: 9.5 ★★★★★★★★★☆
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Apple Watch Alternative: Huawei Watch

The Huawei smartwatch is a fairly recent addition to the wearables market but it doesn’t lack style and has a rich list of features. Thankfully it works on Apple and Android devices.

The Huawei smartwatch looks premium in every imaginable way. The circle screen sticks to a classical look and makes this smartwatch indistinguishable from a normal wrist watch.

The superior build quality is demonstrated by the use of a sapphire crystal glass screen and stainless steel body. The announcement of the Huawei smartwatch would have sent the folks at Apple running scared.

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The Huawei Watch doubles into an activity tracker thanks to its integrated sensors that monitor activity metrics such as heart rate and daily steps. You can keep a close eye on your health and exercise regime through the use of the displayed data which is user-friendly and easy to understand.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes

Compatible with Android: Yes

Product Rating: 9.6 ★★★★★★★★★☆

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Apple Watch Alternative: Alcatel OneTouch

The Alcatel OneTouch is a strong alternative to the Apple watch. It has the dual benefit of encompassing great looks and top of the range features provided at a low price point. No wonder it remains a popular wearable.

The company has decided to run its own operating system within the Alcatel OneTouch rather than android wear.

The software utilises Bluetooth to interact with iPhones or Android devices. But don’t worry about the unfamiliar software because messages, calls and social media alerts are displayed in similar style that you are accustomed to.

alcatel-onetouch-smartwatchgIt shares a resemblance to the Motorola Moto 360 with a circular display available in different sizes. The OneTouch smartwatch is offered in a variety of colour options and finishes including Steel, Chrome and Plastic.

Not only will you find sensors to track activities but the OneTouch is equipped with an optical heart rate sensor, which is a great feature for a inexpensive smartwatch.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes
Product Rating: 9.1 ★★★★★★★★★☆
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Apple Watch Alternative: Garmin Vivoactive

The Garmin Vivoactive is a smartwatch focused on tracking various activities such as running and cycling thanks to the on-board GPS.Garmin_Vivoactive_activity_tracker

Similar to the Apple watch it shares a square design although the vivoactive is boxier. The colour options are either in white or black with various wrist straps choices. Garmin Vivoactive uses its own operating system instead of android wear. It’s compatible with iPhone and android devices.
Vivoactive is also geared for golfers through the extensive use of Garmin’s maps system. It even provides the golfer with useful data such as the par for a certain hole and how far it is. For all swimmers out there, the smartwatch is waterproof up to 50 metres and is a great training companion.

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Its one of the best priced smartwatches with on-board GPS.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes
Product Rating: 9.3 ★★★★★★★★★☆
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Apple Watch Alternative: Microsoft Band 2

The company listened to customer feedback from the original Microsoft Band and reinvented the smartwatch to work better and look more stylish. The Band 2 rocks a curved display and plenty of useful extras to win use over.

For starters Microsoft have squeezed a whopping 11 sensors inside the Band 2 including a barometer, heart rate monitor, UV monitor and even GPS. Its no wonder this smartwatch can track a huge range of sports and is popular amongst the fitness conscious. It seamlessly delivers the usual notifications such as calendar or email alerts and calls without interfering with activity data.

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As well as being compatible Apple and Android, the Microsoft Band 2 will work on a windows smartphone for obvious reasons. If you own a windows phone, the Band 2 should be your top smartwatch option. You have a choice of 3 different sizes for the perfect fit. Check it out here 

Also, this is a Microsoft product, so probably the only time we can actually say that this works best on a Windows smartphone. It comes in 3 three sizes, be sure to check here which one is for you.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes

Compatible with Windows: Yes
Product Rating: 9.5 ★★★★★★★★★☆
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Apple Watch Alternative: Asus ZenWatch 2

The ZenWatch 2 is a much needed improvement on the original design. It showcases a fresher design and better features. A choice of colours and straps only adds to the appeal.

Battery life is never an issue thanks to its fast charging function which gives you a day’s usage from a 30 min charge. A sharp displays which produces vivid colours thanks to the AMOLED screen.asus-zenwatch-2-smartwatch

When the screen is not in use the watch defaults to a grey scale display to show the time. A well considered function.

ZenWatch 2 uses Android wear that is utilised by an Asus app on your smartphone to customise the watch functions including its watch faces.

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes
Product Rating: 9.3 ★★★★★★★★★☆
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Apple Watch Alternative: Sony Smartwatch 3

The Sony Smartwatch 3 has the benefit of GPS to track running or walking distances meaning that it doesn’t need to rely on your smartphone for accurate data. If you opt for the sports band, rather than the stainless steel, you can purchase it for under $129.

This time around Sony chose to use Android Wear which compliments the minimalist design. The watch is encased in a removable housing which allows you to swap the design to completely change its look.

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The Smartwatch 3 can be charged easily via micro USB. Sadly, it doesn’t contain a HR monitor and it suffers from screen glare.

It can be linked to iPhones or Android via Bluetooth and it comes with 4 gigs of storage space for your favourite songs. The watch can be directly paired with Bluetooth headphones for music enjoyment whilst on the move. Check out the different colours

Compatible with apple iOS: Yes
Compatible with Android: Yes
Product Rating: 8.7 ★★★★★★★★☆☆
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Summary

The range of ever growing wearables means that we are more spoilt for choice than ever. It can be daunting comparing features trying to find the perfect smartwatch. We recommend that you strike a balance between price and functionality. Our top ten list of apple watch alternatives has been purposely made brief to simplify things for you.

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