5 best wearables of IFA 2017: the tech you may soon be wearing

The announcements from IFA 2017 have all finished, so we now have a clear picture of everything the major fitness tracker and smartwatch manufacturers will be pushing in the run up to Christmas and Black Friday.

If you’re currently looking around for something new on your wrist, you’re in luck. 

There are a bunch of new smartwatches and fitness wearables that launched at Europe’s biggest tech show last week and we’ve put together a collection of our favorites. Check them out below and be sure to look out for a full review of each very soon.

1. Samsung Gear Sport

Samsung’s next big smartwatch upgrade isn’t the most exciting new wearable launched at IFA 2017, but it does allow you to swim with it unlike previous iterations.

The design has been refined and for the first time this comes with offline Spotify support, which means you can upload Spotify tracks directly to your watch and you don’t have to take your phone out while you’re running.

There’s built-in GPS to help you keep track of where you go and one of the new fitness features gives you workout plans to complete that you can even cast to your TV for when you’re working out at home.

2. Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic was announced just before IFA 2017 kicked off as the company wanted to get ahead of all the other announcements. It’s the very first smartwatch made by the company and we like what we’ve seen.

It has expanded fitness features including workouts you can do straight from the watch, there’s built-in GPS and a new and improved heart rate tracker is meant to be its most accurate ever.

There are a variety of apps available on the Fitbit Ionic too with third-party developers working on the platform as we speak. You won’t have to wait long for our full review to see if the £299.95/$299.95/AU$449.95 asking price is too much money.

3. Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin’s latest watch still focuses on the fitness elements by including tracking for lots and lots of different exercises, but it’s closer to a traditional smartwatch than anything else the company has made previously.

There are personalized watch faces available for the Vivoactive 3 and you’ve got the choice of two versions; one with a plastic body and another with a more premium metal design.

New tech called Garmin Pay also means you can connect your phone with your bank account and tap on contactless payment readers while you’re out and about in a similar way to Android Pay and Apple Pay. 

4. Fossil Q Venture

The Q Venture may be the best wearable launched at IFA 2017 for those with smaller wrists. It comes running Android Wear 2.0, has a smaller design than a lot of the other watches running the same software, plus there’s a premium build too.

At $255 or £260 this is one of the cheaper Android Wear watches, which may make it the perfect smartwatch for you when it comes out at the end of September 2017.

5. Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

The Gear Fit 2 is one of our favorite fitness trackers in the world right now, but Samsung may be about to bump it out of that list with its new Gear Fit 2 Pro announcement.

Samsung’s latest fitness tracker includes swimming support so you can take it in the pool with you, plus there’s offline Spotify (like the Gear Sport) so you can upload songs directly to the band and take them wherever you go.

On top of that is built-in GPS support and a variety of other fitness based features that may make it worth buying for your fitness needs.

Honorable mentions

Other wearables announced at IFA 2017 include the Diesel On, TicWatch S, Garmin Vivomove HR, Garmin Vivosport and the Samsung Gear Icon X 2018.

Note: We are not writer of this article, original source is mentioned below.

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