Latest smartwatch reviews

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus review: The champion smart sports watch is better than ever
4.5 stars Garmin Fenix 5 Plus review: The champion smart sports watch is better than ever By Cam Bunton

Garmin has refreshed its Fenix range for 2018, adding more features into the 5 Plus and making it more powerful than ever. Despite its significant price tag, is this the best smart sports watch to buy?Rugged style, built to last Sapphire crystal display... Read more

Apple Watch Series 4 initial review: Bigger display brings bolder design
Apple Watch Series 4 initial review: Bigger display brings bolder design By Stuart Miles

The Apple Watch has been updated for the fourth time in as many years, bringing with it a number of new features, and for those likely to be looking to upgrade from the first-generation model, there's a tweaked design which features a bigger screen and... Read more

Microsoft Surface Go review: The ultraportable laptop alternative
Michael Kors Access Runway initial review: Smartwatches can be sexy
Michael Kors Access Runway initial review: Smartwatches can be sexy By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion brand Michael Kors has returned for a third time, adding to its Access range of smartwatches with the Runway.The new device goes back to the chunkier design we saw on the initial Bradshaw watch but it keeps the fully round display, whilst adding... Read more

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 initial review: Wear OS for the great outdoors
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 initial review: Wear OS for the great outdoors By Chris Hall

Casio has one of the more interesting Wear OS devices on the market, differentiating from some of the technology companies by offering a little more. Picking up the sort of design that still has people excited about the G-Shock line, the Pro Trek family... Read more

Sony FES Watch U: The e-paper watch that costs more than an Apple Watch
Sony FES Watch U: The e-paper watch that costs more than an Apple Watch By Britta O'Boyle

Sony-owned Fashion Entertainment presented a crowd-funded e-paper watch called the FES Watch in 2015. It then succeeded this device the year after with the FES Watch U, which was made available to buy in Japan in 2017.Two years on from its initial debut... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch initial review: Premium design meets beefy battery
Samsung Galaxy Watch initial review: Premium design meets beefy battery By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung has been in the smartwatch game a long time. Things started in a very different place to where they are now but based on the latest addition, the journey appears to have been worth it. The company's newest smartwatch member comes in the form... Read more

TicWatch Pro review: Best battery-life smartwatch outshines the big brands
4.5 stars TicWatch Pro review: Best battery-life smartwatch outshines the big brands By Cam Bunton

Wear OS, the former Google Android Wear wearable operating system, has gone through something of a shift over the past few years. As fewer traditional tech companies are building smartwatches, more designer watch brands are picking up the slack, which... Read more

Asus VivoWatch BP initial review: Read your blood pressure on the go
Asus VivoWatch BP initial review: Read your blood pressure on the go By Cat Thomas

Among other announcements at this year’s Computex in Taipei, Asus announced the VivoWatch BP.It is the world’s first wearable, blood pressure-reading smartwatch and Pocket-lint was on hand to give it a whirl.The VivoWatch BP has a medical grade silicon... Read more

Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 review: The Wear OS fashionista
4.0 stars Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 review: The Wear OS fashionista By Cam Bunton

Smartwatches are in an interesting place at the moment. We've seen Google's wrist-worn operating system change name from Android Wear to Wear OS in a bid not to put off iPhone users from adopting it. And over a fairly long period of time we've also seen... Read more

Samsung Gear Sport review: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package
4.0 stars Samsung Gear Sport review: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package By Cam Bunton

Samsung is in an interesting place with wearables. It's been making them for years and, since switching to making exclusively Tizen-based watches and wrist-worn bands, is making some of the best smartwatches around. The Gear S3 from earlier in 2017 was... Read more

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats
4.0 stars Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats By Stuart Miles

We've been wearing, exercising, calling, texting, and plenty of other things using the new 4G-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 to find out whether now is the time to start wearing it, or whether you can pass this one by.While much remains the same in the... Read more

Diesel On Full Guard review: Big on style, short on features
3.5 stars Diesel On Full Guard review: Big on style, short on features By Cam Bunton

Android Wear - which is Google's wearable operating system - has something of a complicated history, but after nearly four years in existence the platform is starting to move in the right direction. Which is good news for the future of wearable tech.Rather... Read more

Michael Kors Access Sofie review: Stunning smartwatch with serious sparkle
4.5 stars Michael Kors Access Sofie review: Stunning smartwatch with serious sparkle By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion brand Michael Kors is back with a second version of its Access smartwatch - the Sofie. The device follows on from the chunky but brilliant Access Bradshaw and it brings a smaller design, some serious sparkle and a fully round display. Yep, that's... Read more

Casio Edifice EQB-501 hands-on: A modern, smart chronograph
Casio Edifice EQB-501 hands-on: A modern, smart chronograph By Cam Bunton

Smartwatches are here to stay, but for some, they're an unnecessary annoyance. Constant bleeping, notifications and attention-grabbing might be your idea of a nightmare. However, it is possible to have a regular analogue watch that uses a smartphone's... Read more

Fitbit Ionic preview: A smart start for Fitbit's smartwatch
Fitbit Ionic preview: A smart start for Fitbit's smartwatch By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is no stranger to the wearables market. In fact, it's been kicking around for a decade this year, having sold over 67 million devices. That's quite a lot. While the company dominates the fitness tracking market though, it isn't as prominent in... Read more

LG Watch Style review: Subtlety over style
4.0 stars LG Watch Style review: Subtlety over style By Britta O'Boyle

When the LG Watch Style was announced in February 2017, it was one of the only Android Wear 2.0 watches, which gave it a notable point of interest. Six months on, however, at the point of its release, it faces some tough competition from the likes of... Read more

Montblanc Summit review: Far from peak performance
3.0 stars Montblanc Summit review: Far from peak performance By Chris Hall

Android Wear started life in technology companies like LG and Samsung, before it spread its wings and convinced a wider range of brands that this Android-based platform was the ideal way for them to take a slice of the fledgling smartwatch sector.That's... Read more

Huawei Watch 2 Sport review: New tricks and 4G's a hit
4.0 stars Huawei Watch 2 Sport review: New tricks and 4G's a hit By Chris Hall

The second-gen Huawei smartwatch, the aptly named Watch 2, arrives as part of the Android Wear 2.0 brigade and, therefore, with more features than its predecessor. The Watch 2 is also available in two finishes: Sport, as reviewed here, for the sportier... Read more

Casio WSD-F20 review: The best Android Wear sports watch for outdoor activities
4.0 stars Casio WSD-F20 review: The best Android Wear sports watch for outdoor activities By Cam Bunton

Last year, Casio took the wraps off its first Android Wear watch aimed at active outdoors people: the WSD-F10. Although it never officially made its way over to the UK, the watch was clearly aimed to offer something that hadn't really existed before.For... Read more

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap
Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap By Mike Lowe

When Acer CEO Jason Chen showed off the company's latest wearable, the Leap Ware, at Acer's annual conference, the slender looking wrist-wearable looked as though it had promise.That's often been the case with Acer wearables, however, with the majority... Read more

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king
4.5 stars Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: The undisputed smartwatch fashion king By Chris Hall

"It's too expensive". "It's unnecessary". "It's too big". "It doesn't have all the features of a watch a quarter of the price".The arguments against the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 are many and varied. What we see, however, is a fashion-forward and... Read more

New Balance RunIQ review: Runs into some hurdles
3.0 stars New Balance RunIQ review: Runs into some hurdles By Cam Bunton

There has been something of an interesting shift in the Android Wear watch market over the past year to 18 months. Traditional companies are seemingly approaching the product category with more hesitation, while fashion companies like Tag Heuer, Guess,... Read more

Fossil Q Marshal review: Gorgeous looks lack technical hook
3.5 stars Fossil Q Marshal review: Gorgeous looks lack technical hook By Luke Johnson

Smartwatches are no longer just the products of tech giants, fashion brands have been getting in on the act too. We've already seen wrist-based gadgets from the likes of Tag Heuer and Nixon, but it's the Fossil group that's that's jumped in deepest with... Read more

LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0
LG Watch Sport preview: The crown prince of Android Wear 2.0 By Chris Hall

Android Wear has so far been a middling story of wearable devices. The best iterations have been sold on a brand's strengths - like Polar's integration into its M600 giving you a great Polar Flow experience, or Tag's premium reworking on the Tag Heuer... Read more

Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch
4.0 stars Apple Watch Nike+ review: Great smartwatch, just not a perfect runner's watch By Chris Hall

We can all agree that the Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there. Its user interface is slicker than many rivals, it works seamlessly and exclusively with the iPhone and comes wrapped in high-quality, understated hardware. The Nike+ edition... Read more

Samsung Gear S3 review: Android Wear, beware, this is the smartwatch to beat
4.5 stars Samsung Gear S3 review: Android Wear, beware, this is the smartwatch to beat By Cam Bunton

Samsung has been in the wearable game longer most other tech companies. From its original Galaxy Gear through to now with its latest Gear S3 - available in Classic and Frontier models - the progression shows the company's refined focus on its smartwatch... Read more

Emporio Armani Connected preview: Simple and sophisticated
Emporio Armani Connected preview: Simple and sophisticated By Britta O'Boyle

Fossil has been busy stirring up the smartwatch world, launching a number of devices over the last year in collaboration with several fashion companies. The latest to join the party come from Diesel, Kate Spade and Emporio Armani.Like the other two fashion... Read more

Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore
4.0 stars Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore By Chris Hall

The best iterations of Android Wear don't come from electronics manufacturers trying to make watches, it comes from watch manufacturers taking advantage of Google's smartwatch platform. Devices like the Tag Heuer Connected and the Polar M600 achieve... Read more

DieselOn Time preview: Solid, stylish, smart
DieselOn Time preview: Solid, stylish, smart By Britta O'Boyle

Fossil's latest fashion smartwatch collaborations come in the form of Diesel, Kate Spade and Emporio Armani, joining the existing partnerships with Michael Kors and Danish brand Skagen.Like the Skagen Connected previewed at IFA 2016, the DieselOn Time... Read more

Kate Spade Hybrid Smartwatch preview: Fashion and tech in perfect harmony
Kate Spade Hybrid Smartwatch preview: Fashion and tech in perfect harmony By Britta O'Boyle

New York fashion brand Kate Spade is entering the smartwatch world, with a little help from the Fossil Group. The two companies have teamed up to launch the Kate Spade Hybrid Smartwatch, following in the footsteps of Michael Kors and Skagen, both of... Read more

Pebble 2 review: Smart, but not fancy
4.0 stars Pebble 2 review: Smart, but not fancy By Cam Bunton

Before the plethora of Android watches and, eventually, the Apple Watch hit the market, there was Pebble. It wasn't the first ever smartwatch, but it was the first to excite the tech community with its ping-from-phone alerts and apps and was, for a while,... Read more

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw review: An Android Wear smartwatch you'll actually want to wear
4.5 stars Michael Kors Access Bradshaw review: An Android Wear smartwatch you'll actually want to wear By Britta O'Boyle

Michael Kors is a fashion label with a huge presence, so when it announces a smartwatch it's a big deal, just as it was when Tag Heuer and Guess did the same.But this isn't just about the tech, it's about the luxury surrounding the tech. The Access smartwatch... Read more

Fossil Q Founder review: More Qs than As for this fashion smartwatch
3.5 stars Fossil Q Founder review: More Qs than As for this fashion smartwatch By Cam Bunton

Once gadget manufacturers started producing smart, connected watches, it was never going to be long before traditional watch brands got on board. Companies like Tag Heuer, Casio, Nixon and Michael Kors have all launched Android-powered smartwatches, as... Read more

Apple Watch Series 2 review: Fitness first
4.5 stars Apple Watch Series 2 review: Fitness first By Stuart Miles

As the Apple Watch continues to polarise opinion, Apple has released a new version of the smartwatch which hopes to address many of the concerns of the first outing. It's called the Apple Watch Series 2.The new watch features a much greater focus on fitness;... Read more

Skagen Connected: More than meets the eye
Skagen Connected: More than meets the eye By Britta O'Boyle

Danish company Skagen, part of the Fossil Group, has shown off its Skagen Connected Hybrid Smartwatch at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin. The new device looks like a typical watch on first look, but it is so much more than that when you look... Read more

Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on
Asus ZenWatch 3 preview: Android Wear marches on By Chris Hall

Asus has unveiled its latest ZenWatch model, following two watches that have tried to be a little different in the original ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2.It's perhaps a little worrying, then, that the latest ZenWatch doesn't so much strive to be different,... Read more

Omate Rise preview: Full Android 3G smartwatch with carbon fibre for $280
Omate Rise preview: Full Android 3G smartwatch with carbon fibre for $280 By Luke Edwards

Omate, more well known for children's watches, is making its entrance into the big boys game with an impressive offering. The Omate Rise plans to straddle the boundaries between connectivity, form and price.Omate says the Rise, when it arrives in June,... Read more

Motorola Moto 360 Sport review: Lifestyling sport
3.5 stars Motorola Moto 360 Sport review: Lifestyling sport By Chris Hall

The second-gen Motorola 360 Android Wear watch has a special edition that's pitched towards sports training. That's obvious enough from its Moto 360 Sport namesake, perhaps bringing some clarity to a segment of wearable technology that's a little muddled... Read more

Razer Nabu Watch: Here's that enormous digital watch with some 'smart functions'
Razer Nabu Watch: Here's that enormous digital watch with some 'smart functions' By Elyse Betters

The company that is "for gamers, by gamers" has made a smartwatch that it doesn't want you to call a smartwatch.While at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, we got a look at Razer's interesting new device, called the Razer Nabu Watch, and the first thing we noticed... Read more

Martian made a hybrid smartwatch for women: Here's the Kindred vip
Martian made a hybrid smartwatch for women: Here's the Kindred vip By Elyse Betters

Martian Watches is at CES 2016 in Las Vegas showing off a couple new watches, including something described as a hybrid smartwatch for women.The watch is the Kindred vip. It has a round watch face with a diameter of 38mm set in a stainless steel case.... Read more

Casio WSD-F10 Android Wear smartwatch: Google wearable goes rugged
Casio WSD-F10 Android Wear smartwatch: Google wearable goes rugged By Stuart Miles

Casio has revealed an Android Wear powered smartwatch at CES in Las Vegas, but added its own design ethos on to the experience to help it stand out from the crowd.The new WSD-F10, which harks plenty of the G-Shock qualities from the company's rugged range... Read more

Huawei Watch Jewel and Elegant: Huawei's Android Wear watch just got a lot glitzier
Huawei Watch Jewel and Elegant: Huawei's Android Wear watch just got a lot glitzier By Elyse Betters

Huawei is at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, where it is taking a moment to refresh its product lineup, and of course it hasn't ignored the Huawei Watch. You can now get the company's Android Wear watch with ultra-fancy design options.The idea here is of course... Read more

Tag Heuer Connected review: Android Wear gets its luxury tag
4.5 stars Tag Heuer Connected review: Android Wear gets its luxury tag By Chris Hall

The Tag Heuer Connected was described as a marriage of Watch Valley and Silicon Valley at the launch, with the larger-then-life CEO of the Swiss watch company, Jean-Claude Biver, introducing this forward-looking device from a traditional watch company.It's... Read more

Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform?
4.0 stars Android Wear review: The smartwatch platform? By Chris Hall

Android Wear is the platform for wearables designed to put the power of Google on your wrist. It keeps you always connected by delivering tailored alerts from your smartphone, but also acts as a point of input for interaction with your apps. It's designed... Read more

Guess Connect review: Fashion with function
4.0 stars Guess Connect review: Fashion with function By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion company Guess may be better known for handbags and shoes, but it has been making watches for over 30 years. The Guess Connect is the result of its most successful design - the Guess Rigor - joining the wonderful world of smartwatches.Smartwatches... Read more

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock: Charging time?
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock: Charging time? By Stuart Miles

There are plenty of Apple Watch docks on the market already. Companies like Griffin, TwelveSouth, Belkin and others were all keen to offer something in place of Apple's absence.Now Apple has announced, and launched its own docking station for the Apple... Read more

Asus ZenWatch 2 review: Suave without the spending plan
4.0 stars Asus ZenWatch 2 review: Suave without the spending plan By Elyse Betters

The wearable market is still in its infancy. Android Wear watches began hitting store shelves just last year, with the original Asus ZenWatch one of the affordable numbers that added a touch of elegance to the party.Elsewhere we're beginning to get a... Read more

Blocks reveals up]dated design and glimpse at bespoke OS
Blocks reveals up]dated design and glimpse at bespoke OS By Luke Edwards

Blocks, the modular smartwatch, is nearing the final stages of its Kickstarter run and getting ready to start making deliveries in May.This should be the beginning of a new platform that does to hardware development what apps did to software.We caught... Read more

Samsung Gear S2 review: The Tizen gamble
3.5 stars Samsung Gear S2 review: The Tizen gamble By Mike Lowe

You may know Samsung as the lead manufacturer for Android, with its smartphone sales decimating those of the official Nexus series. However, it also has a habit of going off on a tangent, in the occasional bid for world domination. The Samsung Gear S2... Read more

Pebble Time Round coming to the UK sooner than you think, we take a first look
Pebble Time Round coming to the UK sooner than you think, we take a first look By Rik Henderson

It didn't seem long after the launch of the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel smartwatches that the company unveiled another model in the line-up. However, while it is in the same family, and with the same colour Pebble OS and Timeline software, the Pebble... Read more

LOAD MORE