Want connectivity, fitness tracking, fashion and finesse on your wrist? Don't want to go hungry and lose your home for it? You've come to the right place.
If investing in a smartwatch is something you consider to be for the rich and famous only, read on.
The news is that you don’t have to get a brand new Apple Watch for well over $1,000 in order to enjoy connectivity on your wrist. There are plenty of relatively affordable options out there, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look and grabbing the best deal.
Here are 5 ways to get yourself (or someone else) an affordable smartwatch:
1) Refurbished from Apple Watch
Get one of the best for less. Apple sells refurbished items on its site, and you can invest in a decent Apple Watch Series 1 for less than $500, here.
Not waterproof, but splash resistant, the Apple Watch Series 1 acts as a fitness tracker, allowing users to measure workouts and monitor health, and stay connected with friends and family. Compatible with iPhone 5 and later.
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Refurbished Series 2 watches are also available for around $600-$700. Compatible with iPhone 5 and later.
2) Asus-ZenWatch 3
The Asus-ZenWatch 3 is available for less than $400 at major retailers. With it you can keep track of your sleeping, distance travelled and calories burned, all while handling things like calls and emails.
This watch allows you to make and receive calls, respond to emails using voice commands, get social media updates, track the weather and more.
According to Best Buy, it’s compatible with Android 4.3 or higher, or iPhone running iOS 8.2 or higher via Bluetooth technology.
3) Sony Smart Watch 3
Sony’s smartwatch responds to voice prompts, and sends out a buzz to alert users to notifications. Impressively, in addition to the normal functions of a smartwatch, like tracking activity and providing connectivity, this one also sports a compass and built in GPS.
4) Samsung Gear 2
The Samsung Gear 2 is water resistant. Don’t go scuba diving with it on, (too much pressure) but if you happen to jump in the pool with it, or keep it on in the shower, it will be fine.
With this smartwatch users can also do the usual stuff: stay connected and monitor your heart rate. You can also take photos with this, which is kind of amazing, make calls and listen to music.
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A drawback is that this watch is only compatible with Samsung devices, however. If you have one, no problem.
5) Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
It’s not all about tracking your health at Fitbit. The company’s smartwatch gives you all that you need in a fitness tracker plus call, text & calendar notifications. Connected GPS and FitStar workouts all on your wrist make this a smartwatch for the active consumer. Get call and text notifications as well as calendar alerts, sleep monitoring and more.
Sweat, rain and splash proof features, plus a battery life of up to 5 days makes this a watch for all places and occasions.
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