It’s important to choose a smartwatch that you’ll feel comfortable wearing every day. Do you like the way it looks on your wrist? Does the watch face display what you want?

Here are a few considerations to think about:

Watch bands

Smartwatches come in an expansion of patterns and designs, and a few are compatible with popular 16mm, 20mm and 22mm watch bands that you may trade out to personalize the appearance of your device. Some smartwatch bands have a quick release, making it even less difficult to change up your fashion with extra watch bands. In case you prefer a classic style that resembles a conventional watch, you can select a smartwatch that has a leather-based or stainless-steel band. Other watches feature flexible silicone bands, which are a good choice if you plan on using it for outdoor or fitness-related activities. Some smartwatch brands sell additional band options. Or, for even more options, multiple 3rd-party brands sell their own watch band collections compatible with multiple smartwatch models.

 

Display features

  • OLED and AMOLED
    OLED (organic light emitting diode) and AMOLED (active-matrix organic light emitting diode) displays work without a backlight, individually illuminating each pixel, producing deep blacks and high contrast ratios. Usually, they are also thinner and consume less power than other types of smartwatch displays. OLED screens can display single, multi- or full color, while AMOLED is always a full-color screen.
  • LCD
    These displays use a back-light to produce images on the screen. LCD (liquid-crystal display) screens with reflective designs typically perform well in sunlight and other bright settings.
  • Black-and-white
    These screens are known to save on battery life, often lasting longer between charges than color displays. Some black-and-white displays use E-Ink or E-Paper, which enables you to view your screen outdoors or in brightly lit environments without glare.
  • Display
    Some smartwatch displays are always on, while others are motion-activated to preserve battery life.
  • Water-resistant/waterproof
    If you know you’ll be using your device for outdoor activities like running or biking, you may want to consider a smartwatch that’s water-resistant. You’ll want to check the specifications carefully for how much water your smartwatch can withstand.
  • Chemically strengthened glass
    Watches with fortified glass, such as Corning Gorilla Glass, are built to handle the wear and tear of daily life so you don’t have to worry about scratches, dust or other damage.

Interface

  • Touch screen
    These displays are gesture-based and allow you to operate your device with a tap or swipe, for easy, intuitive scrolling and navigating.
  • Buttons and bezels
    Interact with your device using buttons located on the watch face that allow you to do things like snap a photo, check in on social media and more. If you prefer a more traditional, simple approach to operating your device, this might be a good option. Some smartwatches are controlled with a rotating bezel around the display that allows you to navigate apps and systems menus. Some also have push-buttons, as well as a bezel, for home and back commands.