This has a round face for more of a classic watch look, but is hardwearing, too. Designed to be waterproof to one metre, you could even swim in it. It’s compatible with Android (4.3 or higher) or iOS (7 and up) and lets you view texts and emails and see who’s calling you. Plus you can control music or videos on your phone and use it as a remote for your phone’s camera to be sure your selfies look good.
It’s £134.99 from Mobile Fun.
Samsung R3500 Gear Fit Smart Watch
It looks like a fitness tracker and features a heart rate sensor, pedometer, exercise monitor, sleep tracker, and stopwatch. But you can also easily make/take/reject calls and reply to messages. The 4.6 cm (1.84 inch) touchscreen is one of Samsung’s signature curved Super AMOLED screens, and the whole device is compatible with Android 4.0 and up.
It’s £159.99 from Currys.
Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30
If tapping takes too much effort, don’t worry: you can control this smartwatch by talking, and make and take calls directly from the watch. It also works as an activity tracker and lets you see notifications on its 3.81 centimetre (1.5 inch) black and white e-ink sunlight readable display. It’s optimised for Android 4.4 and later, dust-resistant and waterproof up to 2 metres.
It’s £117.59 in white or black from Handtec.
LG G Watch
Compatible with all smartphones running Android 4.3 or above, this watch has a generous 4.1 cm (1.65 inch) liquid crystal display, on which you can check your messages and notifications or change what you’re listening to – it comes with 4GB of internal storage. It’s also waterproof to a depth of a metre for 30 minutes, and if you don’t like the design, you can swap out the strap to suit your style.
It’s £149 from Very.
This earned its name by being a hybrid of fitness tracker, smartwatch and phone, with a built-in Bluetooth headset that clips out so you can make calls. It has a clear white 3.5 cm (1.4 inch) OLED screen, up to two weeks standby time and seven hrs talk time, and is compatible with all devices running iOS 5 and higher and Android 4.0 and up. Its thermoplastic silicon design means it’s durable and comfortable to wear.
It’s £100 from Mobile Fun.