The Apple Watch has cornered the smartwatch market by packing loads of features in a sleek streamlined design. However, those of us who simply want a functional fashion accessory to complement our on the go lifestyle can bet on more stylish alternatives. Right now, ladies can polish their look and save as much as $156 when you order Fossil’s Venture HR, Kate Spade’s Scallop 2, or Michael Kors’ Access Sofie while Amazon has them on sale. These trendy wearables are certainly ticking with all the glitz and glamour.
— $129 ($146/53% Off)
Fossil has been making watches since time immemorial and they sure have everything from definitive chronographs to more contemporary smartwatches. The Gen 4 Venture HR merely proves that function doesn’t have to come at the expense of style. Its 40mm stainless steel case won’t look bulky on slender wrists while the 18mm interchangeable band gives you more flexibility to switch up its look. You’ll even be able to personalize your dial with your Facebook or Instagram photos. And with 4GB of internal storage, you sure can sure download and keep your favorite apps and music. Going through its menus will be no hassle with touchscreen functionality.
Both iOS and Android users will be able to sync with Fossil’s Venture HR but since it is wired with Google’s Wear OS, some features may vary between platforms. Regardless, you’ll be able to keep tabs on your beats per minute with the heart rate monitor and distance traveled with the integrated GPS. Activity tracking is mostly coursed through Google Fit which is the pre-installed health app that guides you toward reaching your fitness goals with recommendations from the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization.
Bluetooth connectivity enables smart notifications, app alerts, and music playback. It also supports contactless payments with Google Pay and NFC. You can also track your laps at the pool as the Gen 4 Venture HR is water-resistant up to 30 meters. Rest assured, you can sport this in the gym as well as in the boardroom.
The Fossil Gen 4 Venture HR can be the smart and dapper wearable on your wrist for only $129 instead of $275 from Amazon.
— $179 ($155/46% off)
The original Scallop already caught our editor’s eye as one of the best-designed wearables for women last year and the Scallop 2 steps up with an updated look and some new tech. The scallop pattern is no longer limited to the bezel as it can be enjoyed on the new rubber and metal straps as well. As for the 42mm aluminum case, it comes in multiple colorways just like its straps, so it’s more likely for anyone to find one that would suit their mood, personality, and style — even more so with customizable dials.
Its 1.2-inch touchscreen along with the digital rotating crown makes navigation smoother despite employing the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor. The only drawback we’ve found so far is that some people with relatively smaller wrists found it a bit large and heavy over time. On the other hand, you’ll be glad that the Scallop 2 runs with the latest Wear OS by Google and partnered up with Fossil to integrate a heart rate sensor, untethered GPS, NFC chip for Google Pay, and water resistance up to 30 meters.
Basic activity tracking is possible as much as you can receive smart notifications and access music storage and controls once your smartphone is paired via Bluetooth. Although it’s compatible with iOS, only Android users will be able to respond with smart replies or activate Google Assistant. Rest assured, Kate Spade’s Scallop 2 can get you through the whole day with 24-hour battery life and fast-charging capabilities.
Usually wearing a $335 price tag, snag this chance to be fashion-forward while Amazon has the Kate Spade Scallop 2 selling for as low as $179.
— $199 ($151/43% off)
The Access Sofie is anything but subtle, this shiny piece of tech will surely catch the eye of those who love rocking the pavé look. Readability doesn’t falter under direct sunlight with a vivid 1.19 AMOLED screen flaunting a 390 x 390-pixel resolution. Its 42-millimeter case is held by an 18-millimeter band that seems to fit most people but you can add or decrease links or notches. To give you the utmost room for self-expression, you’ll be able to switch out its straps, select among multiple watch faces, as well as edit alerts to make it distinctly yours.
Smartphone notifications, touchscreen functionality, and music playback are enabled once paired with a compatible iOS (9.0+) or Android (4.4+) device. Since the Sofie is powered by Google’s Wear OS, Android users have more perks in store for them like the ability to interact with notifications. Although wired with the dated Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 512MB of RAM, it is unlikely that you’ll encounter any issue with either its performance or interface regardless of the platform you’re using. And with 4GB of storage, you can tune into your favorite playlist and hook it up to wireless headphones for a hands-free experience.
While it doesn’t have GPS or a heart rate monitor, you won’t be missing out on basic fitness tracking for steps taken, calories burnt, and distance traveled. With a 24-hour battery life our review can easily vouch for, Michael Kors’ Access Sofie is a wearable you can sport all day. You won’t even have to remove it when washing your hands as it is water-resistant to 1 ATM, though the pool remains to be unchartered territory. Usually priced at $350, all this glitz and glamour can be yours for just $150 with a $200 discount from Amazon.
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