9 best smartwatches that do much more than tell the time

The current smartwatch market is confusing and full of economic jeopardy when it comes to finding a dud. For every Apple Watch, there are three rotten alternatives. Happily, however, the top end of the market has become established, to the point that there are a few safe bets. Even at the lower end, there are brands that are making names for themselves for producing reliable, smart(ish) watches. Your choice depends entirely on your focus. Even the top watches in this category may not be able to track your monster fitness sessions in the way you want – be sure to select a sports-specific model over a more general-purpose product if you’re undertaking an ultramarathon, for instance. For most of us there’s a balance to be found between the fitness-focused and general-use wearables: one that’s simultaneously becoming simpler to achieve and more difficult to commit to with every new release. We tried to test each of our contenders in a range of settings and under the strain of different demands. Could we go from a slow jog to the shower and straight out to dinner without the smartwatch buckling under the pressure? Look and comfort were also vital considerations: a smartwatch...

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