Before we start getting into specific features, first there are a couple of things you need to consider; the most important being the phone you’ll be pairing it with. It may seem obvious but Android users won’t be able to benefit from virtually any of the features of the iOS-enabled Apple Watch, while iPhone fans won’t get as much out of Android Wear as Android phone users. If you’ve got a Samsung phone, for example, you may want to consider the company’s Tizen-based Gear smartwatches.


It might also be worth considering whether you want your smartwatch to come with LTE connectivity. LTE-enabled smartwatches can be a real godsend if you need to leave your phone behind for some reason but still want to remain connected. With an LTE smartwatch, you can still get your notifications thanks to the watch possessing a cellular radio. Bear in mind, however, LTE connectivity often comes at the expense of battery life and usually means a much chunkier design.


Finally, it’s highly likely that at some point you’ll need to pick a priority: function or fashion? Size, shape and bezel will no doubt have you swaying one way or another, and while we’re not here to tell you that’s wrong – you’re the one parting with your hard earned cash – just bear in mind fashion-forward devices can often lack the features and functionality.


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