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Wearables, smartwatches & fitness trackers compatibility

Wearables, smartwatches & fitness trackers compatibility

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We’ve compiled the smartphone compatibility list for your wearables that you didn’t know you needed.

So you want to buy a fitness tracker or smartwatch. Well, what you probably didn’t know is that they’re not compatible with every smartphone. Check out our table below to find the wearable you plan to buy and match it against the smartphone you currently own (or vice versa).

Name Category
Compatibility for iPhone 5 - 6 Plus
Compatibility for Samsung Galaxy S3 - S6
Compatibility for Google Nexus 5
Compatibility for HTC One M7/M8
Compatibility for iPhone 4
Compatibility for iPhone 4s
Compatibility for Samsung Galaxy S2
Apple Watch
Apple Inc. YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
ASUS ZenWatch
ASUSTek Computer Inc. NoYesYesYesNoNoNo
FitBit Charge
FitBit YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Fitbit Charge HR
FitBit YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
FitBit Flex
FitBit YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Fitbit One
FitBit YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Fitbit Surge
FitBit YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Fitbug Orb
Fitbug YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Garmin Approach S3
Garmin YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Garmin Vivofit
Garmin YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
LG G Watch
LG NoYesYesYesNoNoNo
LG G Watch R
LG NoYesYesYesNoNoNo
LG Gizmopal VC100
LG YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Moto 360
Motorola NoYesYesYesNoNoNo
Motorola Motoactv
Motorola NoYesYesYesNoNoYes
Pebble Smartwatch
Pebble YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Pebble Steel Smartwatch
Pebble YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Polar Loop
Polar YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Samsung Gear
Samsung NoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Samsung Gear 2
Samsung NoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Samsung Gear 2 Neo
Samsung NoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Samsung Gear Fit
Samsung NoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Samsung Gear Live
Samsung NoYesYesYesNoNoNo
Samsung Gear S
Samsung NoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Sony SmartBand SWR10
Sony NoYesYesYesNoNoNo
Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30
Sony NoYesYesYesNoNoNo
Sony SmartWatch 2
Sony NoYesYesYesNoNoYes
Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50
Sony NoYesYesYesNoNoYes
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
Withings YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Withings Pulse
Withings YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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What to look for when buying a smartwatch or fitness tracker

The final decision of what wearable is right for you will come down to preference and lifestyle, however, there are a few key features that you should look for when shopping for a quality smartwatch:

  • Is it compatible with my smartphone? The last thing you want to do is go to a store and buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker only to find out later when you get home that it won’t pair with your smartphone.
  • Do you want it to track fitness? If you’re an exercise nut, you’re going to want to make sure that you can track GPS, your heart rate, steps and distance traveled.
  • Battery life. Research and find out how long the wearable can go without being charged. Smartwatches with touchscreens tend to have a smaller battery life then smartwatches with analog faces.
  • What apps can run on it? Some smartwatches have limited functionality and some can do almost everything your smartphone can. That being said, it’s smart to really think about how you’ll be using yours. If you only want to use a few choice features, shop for wearables that offer what you need instead of buying a smartwatch with all the bells and whistles.
  • Can it be personalized? With smartwatches and wearables evolving, consumers want more choices of how to show off the smart device on their wrist — look at details like face shape, color, size and interchangeable bands.
  • Price. You can buy a smartwatch for under $50 or go all out and spend upwards of $1,000. Narrow down your budget in order to find the smartwatch that will most suit your personal circumstances.

What smartwatches are waterproof?

You can take some smartwatches for a dip in the pool or a swim in the ocean without killing it with water damage. If you’re an avid swimmer, be sure to pay attention to the ATM measurement, as this reflects how water resistant the watch actually is and how deep under water it can go. Here are some watches that go underwater:

  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Fitbit Flex 2
  • Withings Steel HR
  • Misfit Ray
  • Garmin Vivoactive HR
  • Garmin Forerunner 235

Are there smartwatches that can track swimming?

There sure are. When swimming is part of your daily exercise routine, it’s a must that you’re tracking your progress so you can keep up with your fitness goals. These underwater wearables can track laps, time, distance, pace and strokes depending on how you use them:

  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Garmin Fenix 3 HR
  • Garmin Forerunner 735XT
  • Misfit Ray
  • Withings Steel HR
  • Fitbit Flex 2

Bottom line

By researching the market to see what’s out there, you can narrow down whether a fitness tracker or smartwatch is the right wearable for you. There’s no such thing as the best wearable, as this depends on what features are needed and the amount of usage it’ll get. And pricey isn’t always better, take your personal situation into consideration to get the wearable that can benefit your lifestyle the most.

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