If you aren't an Apple diehard, you're probably not totally set on getting the Apple Watch, which is due for release sometime this spring. Not to worry, because there's a wide variety of other wrist-worn devices out there, and Sony just added a particularly hardy option to the mix. The stainless steel SmartWatch 3 wisely ditches Sony's own OS, opting for Google's more widely-supported Android Wear. That means compatibility with a bunch of apps, from Uber to Runkeeper to the usual Gmail and Calendar apps, right out of the box.
The wearable is waterproof and has the option of a matching steel wristband, which gives it a durable, professional air many other smartwatches lack. It's equipped with its own GPS unit, so you can leave your phone at home and the SmartWatch 3 can track your progress on a run or ride even — though you won't be able to answer calls or check email while you're out and about if you do. Maybe that's a good thing! There's no heart rate monitor, however, which may turn away fitness fiends.
The SmartWatch 3 costs $250, which is about middle-of-the-road when it comes to devices like this. You should be able to buy it soon at the Google Play Store.
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