WHETHER you want to take phone calls from your wrist, leave your smartphone at home, or take photos on the go, there are smartwatches to fulfil your needs.
by David Compa
The new generation of wearable gadgets are significantly more advanced than before and ready to convince holdouts to make the investment. We’ve reviewed five of latest additions to suit every wearer, whether you’re into fitness, apps, or Star Wars. Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular 5 out of 5 stars From $559 / apple.com/au Making a phone call on Apple Watch Series 3, which adds its own cellular connection.Source:Supplied Three models in, Apple appears to have ticked most boxes on the smartwatch wish list. The third Apple Watch adds a 4G cellular connection that kicks in when you walk away from the phone to which it is connected, delivering internet access, calls, and text messages on your wrist. You can even use the same phone number in the Watch rather than rely on call-forwarding, thanks to support from Telstra and Optus. New software in the Watch 3 also delivers greater health-tracking features, including better workout options and heart-rate detail, it gives Siri a voice so she can talk back to you, and it adds to the existing must-have additions of water-resistance and NFC payment technology. This smartwatch isn’t perfect — its battery still only sees out a day and it can only be used with iPhones — but it’s the most complete smartwatch on the market. Fitbit Ionic 4 out of 5 stars $459 / fitbit.com Fitbit's first smartwatch, the Ionic, features a touchscreen, long battery life, and will deliver alerts from Apple or Google-based smartphones.Source:Supplied The world’s biggest fitness technology brand finally caves into the smartwatch trend with this gadget. The Ionic doesn’t just pay lip service to smartphones but delivers apps on its 1.5-inch touchscreen, will let you pay for goods with a credit card by tapping it at the register, and will show third-party apps like Strava. Naturally, its main focus is fitness, and to this end it will take your heart rate around the clock, track your runs with enhanced GPS, record your elevation, and even judge your sleep quality and patterns. New features include enough water resistance to take it swimming, and an SpO2 sensor that will assess the oxygen level in your blood. Sadly, this information isn’t accessible at