3 Smart Yet Affordable Alternatives for the Apple Watch

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PebbleLooking for a smartwatch? Get the same features without breaking the bank.

Since the Apple Watch can be a little bit too pricey for most people (prices start at $349 while the 18 karat gold edition can go as high as $1,700), you may want to explore some other attractive alternatives that offer the same features and functionalities for less. Here are some of the best yet affordable wearable devices that can satisfactorily take the place of the new Apple Watch.

Pebble Smartwatch
The Pebble Smartwatch may be one of the most affordable smartwatches available in the market today but it does not mean that it is inferior compared to the other devices in its category. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear, has a great battery life (lasts for 5 to 7 days) and an extremely user-friendly operation, and is compatible with Apple (iOS 6 and higher) and Android devices (OS 4.0 and higher).

Pebble also offers a wide range of downloadable apps so you can customize it to suit your lifestyle. By downloading the applicable apps, you can use your Pebble smartwatch to keep track of your fitness level, sleep and wake patterns, and calories burned. You can also use it to track your reminders and to-do lists, pay for your purchases, and enjoy your music while on the go. It also allows users to receive emails, text messages and notifications from their favorite social media platforms. Prices start at $99.

Samsung Gear S Smartwatch
This Korean-made smartwatch features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display that fits perfectly around the wrist, full calling features (you can make and answer calls, and check emails, text messages and notifications), and a number of pre-loaded apps such as Milk Music (which allows users to stream music directly to their smartwatch), Here Maps (provides help with navigation) and fitness apps such as S Health and Nike+ Running. More apps can be downloaded at the official Samsung website. Price varies with service agreement but it usually falls within the $200 to $300 range.

Sony SmartWatch 3
The Sony SW3 is currently the only smartwatch in its class that offers GPS connectivity. Runners will surely love this feature since it gives them the freedom to accurately track distances, speed, and workout stats without needing to pair it with their smartphones. All of the data collected are then saved and can be viewed on iFit.com.

The SW3 responds to your voice so you can use your voice to search for anything you want – whether it may be your travel information, calendar reminders or weather reports. You can also personalize it to suit your style using a wide range of wrist straps and downloadable apps. This smartwatch is powered by Android Wear so you can be sure that there will be a variety of apps for your every need. The SW3 is also waterproof and has impressive stand alone features. Prices start at $249.

There are a lot of smart yet affordable alternative to the Apple Watch so you can still have your pick without breaking the bank.