This fall, Apple is releasing the newest, much-anticipated edition of its wearable technology: the Apple Watch Series 2. The new model features a built in GPS, a water resistance of up to 50 meters in depth, a display twice as bright as the previous, a dual core processor, an 18 hour battery life and up to 1GB of storage. Like Series 1, the second edition offers functions such as message and email notifications, a pedometer and real time heart-rate tracker and a built-in microphone/speaker system to make calls and send messages.
Along with the technological upgrade, the Apple Watch Series 2 has unveiled a varying range of designs. Two noteworthy models are the collaborations with Nike+ and Hermes. The Nike+ version features a black and lime green sport wristband made up of a durable yet lightweight material that improves ventilation to keep athletes cool. The Hermes line offers both beauty and versatility in three different styles of luxurious leather wristbands available in five different colors — all of which are interchangeable with the watch interface. Prices start at $369 for the most basic Series 2 model and go as high as $1,300.
However, the Apple Watch Series 2 isn’t the only functional and stylish watch out on the market this season. Here are a few others to keep your eye out for:
When it comes to sheer practicality, the Pebble Time 2 is tough to beat. For starters, the Pebble Time 2 is one of the most affordable smartwatches at only $130. Notable features include water resistance up to 30 meters deep, an activity tracker and up to 7 days of battery life. The design is sleek and futuristic with five different colors to choose from. Pre-orders begin shipping this October.
Samsung Gear S2
The battle between the kings of smartwatches remain neck in neck. Samsung’s design is large and striking, compared to the sleekness of the Apple Watch. Key features include built in 4G-LTE and GPS, Android phone compatibility, an always-on display and wireless charging. It comes in rose gold and platinum models, with prices starting at $300.
The Moto 360 by Motorola is easily one of the most beautiful smartwatches on the market, offering different sizes in cases and wristbands to suit every individual. Features include battery life of up to 2 days, wireless charging, an ambient light sensor, water resistance and WiFi connectivity. Prices start at $300.
Fossil introduces ultimate connectivity to accompany their line of fine leather goods. Several models are available in stainless steel, rose gold and leather, as well as a variety of hybrid smartwatches that combine both analog and digital elements. The Fossil Q features customizable watches faces and watch straps, an LED flashlight and wireless charging. Prices start $295.
Michael Kors is stepping up its game by introducing function to its ever-coveted luxury watch designs. Two models are available: the Bradshaw, a sophisticated piece of jewelry; and the Dylan, a rugged statement piece. Features include custom watch faces, voice command, 4GB of data storage, water and dust resistance and activity tracking. Several other band designs are also available for separate purchase. Prices start at $350.
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