Style over substance? Maybe, but you’ll be looking fly with one of these bad boys on your wrist.
Yes, we all want to get our hands on the latest, most advanced wearables on the market. But, often our concern for style overrides our need for the latest tech. It’s for this reason words like style, class, expression and personal taste take the spotlight during Apple Keynotes and the ‘boring’ details about specs and hardware are an afterthought.
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5. Apple Watch
The smartwatch that needs to introduction has finally launched in Australia to… well, mixed reactions. Still, it’s hard to deny the Apple Watch as something that people want to wear because of how it looks on the wrist, and fair enough.
The Milanese Band looks nice, and snaps together with grace. The sapphire display is crisp, tough and customisable. Apple gets just about everything right about the smartwatch and in a perfect world, the Apple Watch would be higher on this list. The Apple Watch has just one very unappealing visual, and that’s your account balance after making the purchase. Check out our review here.
Price: $499 - $1,629Back to top
4. Neptune Hub
Admittedly, the Neptune HUB is a bit of a cheat entry on this list, as it is yet to be released. But, this device (and it’s accessories) are just too stylish to pass up. Still in the middle of its Indiegogo campaign, the Neptune Hub is a smartwatch/personal computing device at the centre of an array of products that all rely on your smartwatch for processing and memory. But hey, we didn’t come here to talk about what it does, we’re here to talk about how it looks– and it looks so suave.
The Neptune Hub has a bangle-like band that’s designed to sit flush with your cuff. It’s curved touchscreen allows it to wrap around the wrist like a classic watch and comes in small, medium and large. Its seamless display is customisable (as most smartwatches are) and is lined by a textured, matte-black rubber. This design is reflected across each of the companion devices, which are each as much of a fashion statement as the Neptune Hub, including the Neptune ‘Necklace‘– a wireless pair of headphones that snap together magnetically.
Price: Approx. $490 AUD for Neptune Hub and NecklaceBack to top
Yesterday, we reviewed the Garmin Vivoactive and found it to be a comprehensive smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid at an affordable price. While it may seem a little bland at first, we can say for certain that images on the internet don’t do it any justice– you really need to see it in person.
Its square face and rubber band are simple, yet elegant. Garmin have sacrificed some more advanced features, like the heart rate monitor (which comes as a separate device with the premium package anyway), in order to slim this device down and rid of some of the bulk that causes other fitness trackers to catch and snag. Which is especially important with this device, as it’s designed as an ‘all day’ watch that can be worn with your daggiest gym clothes and your best professional wear. And to top it all off, the Garmin Vivoactive is, unlike most smartwatches, completely submergible, so you’ll be swimming in style at your local pool. Here at finder.com.au, we loved the Garmin Vivoactive.
Price: Approx. £199.99Back to top
The Pebble Time Steel has all the retro charm of an old Casio digital watch with the smartwatch functionalities of an Apple Watch. It’s classical design would lead some to believe that it lacks the advanced features of its more modern smartwatch brethren but that’s not the case at all. You can download apps, switch out watch faces, download apps and even speak into a microphone to respond to notifications. To top it all off the Pebble Time Steel has a 3 ATM water resistant rating, meaning it can take quite the soaking but can’t be submerged.
In terms of design, the Pebble Time Steel is far superior to the Pebble Time. Its high-end stainless steel casing curves to the wrist and its band, like others mentioned on the list, is a stripped back, replaceable band that also wraps snugly around the wrist.
The colour finishes include silver, black and gold and if you pledge around the $310 AUD mark to the Kickstarter, you’ll receive both a leather and metal band. And that’s what makes the Pebble Time Steel much more attractive than the alternatives, it’s reasonable, wallet-friendly price. Check out our review of the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel.
Price: Approx. $310 AUDBack to top
1. Moto 360
In our opinion, the Moto 360 is, by far the most attractive android wear smartwatch, and just ahead of its other competitors in terms of style. The 360 could easily be mistaken as a Fossil or Tag Heuer watch from afar.
With one tap of the watch face, however, you’ll find that there’s a lot more under the trunk than expected. It has the advantage of choice, thanks to the Android Wear’s compatibility with Google Play and manages to cram a bunch of features, including a heart rate monitor and pedometer, into the band without forfeiting comfort. The range of watch faces available, from modern, digital displays to more traditional analogue options, look so crisp on the circular, 1.56 inch display that it’s often easy to forget that it’s a LCD display and not a traditional watch – cogs and all.
The Moto 360 has been out for some time now, so technologically, it may be somewhat dated, but with a sophisticated design that would make Don Draper hot under the collar, the Moto 360 is still one of the most stylish smartwatches on the market. Check out our review for the Moto 360 here.
Price: $329 AUDBack to top
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