Best Apple Watch for Men iMore 2020
Apple Watches provide lots of great features and are available in various styles and price points. For men, we recommend the flagship Apple Watch Series 5, which offers the newest features to date. We've also included other models to help you make a better-informed decision.
- Best Overall: Apple Watch Series 5
- Best Alternative: Apple Watch Series 5 Nike+
- Best Value: Apple Watch Series 3
- Best Premium: Apple Watch Edition
- Best for Fashion: Apple Watch Hermès
Best Overall: Apple Watch Series 5
The Apple Watch Series 5 carries over the design from the now-discontinued Apple Watch Series 4. It includes a larger display, thinner bezels, and more rounded corners than previous versions. New this year is an always-on display and built-in compass. With an S5 64-bit dual-core processor, the Apple Watch Series 5 doubles the performance of the previous model, the Apple Watch Series 3.
This Apple Watch version also features an electrocardiogram (ECG) system that's capable of detecting whether you're experiencing cardiac abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation. There's also a built-in fall detection tool that automatically contacts emergency services if you fall. The Apple Watch Series 5 also includes a louder speaker, which is ideal when receiving calls, ceramic and sapphire crystal back, and increased storage capacity. The last of these is great for loading up your wearable device with podcasts and audiobooks.
If there's one downside to buying the Apple Watch Series 5, it's the price. Depending on the model, the newer version is at least $200 more than the Apple Watch Series 3.
The Apple Watch Series 5 is available in 44mm and 40mm with GPS only and GPS + Cellular. Prices differ depending on the size of the display, material of the case, and type of watch band.
- Large display
- Two times faster than Apple Watch 3
- Includes always-on display
The current flagship
The Apple Watch Series 5 is available in various styles and price points. New for this year is an always-on display and compass.
Best Alternative: Apple Watch Series 5 Nike+
In terms of features, the Apple Watch Series 5 Nike+ is precisely the same as the regular Series 5 model. However, in this case, you'll receive an already installed Nike Run Club app with audio-guided runs, and exclusive Nike+ Analog and Digital watch faces.
Hardware-wise, the Nike+ version is only available with an aluminum case, and there's no gold finish option. The Nike-branded Apple Watch bands, Sport Loop, and Sport Band varieties, are available to everyone, not just to those with a Nike+ watch.
The Apple Watch Series 5 Nike+ is available in 44mm and 40mm with GPS only and GPS + Cellular.
- Same price, more faces
- Works with the same bands
- Only available with aluminum case
- No gold finish available
More watch faces
If you're indifferent to which Apple Watch Series 5 to choose from, you might want to get this one. For the same price, you'll get extra watch faces.
Best Value: Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 includes a smaller display area than the more recent model and older internals. However, it's still packed with many of the same features that make it worth considering. These include an onboard optical heart sensor, water-resistance up to 50m, a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 18 hours between charges, and a barometric altimeter.
Unfortunately, the Series 3 version doesn't include the ECG system or fall detection tool. It's also missing a gold finish option and is no longer available with a stainless steel body. Despite this, look at that price.
- Price is right.
- Supports watchOS 6
- Great for swimming
- Limited selection
- No ECG, fall detection
It still packs a punch
The 2017 Apple Watch Series 3 is still a great choice. Best of all, it's available at a steep discount.
Best Premium: Apple Watch Edition
If you like what the Apple Watch Series 5 has to offer but have grown tired of aluminum and stainless steel, consider the all-new Watch Edition for 2019/20. Offered in regular titanium, space black titanium, and white ceramic, the Watch Edition is sure to turn plenty of heads. Best of all, in most cases, it's not as pricey as the Hermès. Keep in mind, however, that inside it's exactly the same as the regular Apple Watch Series 5.
- Premium materials
- Same as regular Apple Watch Series 5
Whether as a gift or for yourself, the Apple Watch Edition is terrific. Choose your band wisely.
Best for Fashion: Apple Watch Hermès
If you're looking to spend the most bling possible on an Apple Watch Series 5, the Apple Watch Hermès is here. These watches start at $1,249 and go up to $1,499. Each features a stainless case and GPS + Cellular. The main differences are the display size (44mm or 40mm) and the leather band you select.
Besides offering high-end leather bands, each Apple Watch Hermès includes an exclusive Hermès orange Sport Band. There are also distinctive Hermès watch faces. Beyond this, the features are identical to what you will find on other Apple Watch Series 5 models.
- Unique watch faces
- Premium leather bands
- All ship with exclusive Hermès Sport Band
- Very expensive
- Limited selection
Best for Fashion
When you want to knock your purchase out of the park, consider the Apple Watch Hermès, which is always a winner.
If you're a guy looking for a new Apple Watch, you'll quickly notice there's a wide selection of versions available. Our favorite model, the Apple Watch Series 5, offers the latest bells and whistles, including an always-on display.
Available in multiple styles and price points, the Apple Watch Series 5 features the largest displays to-date on the wearable device and the best internals. Find the one that's perfect for you and have fun buying new bands to complement your purchase.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Bryan M. Wolfe is a dad who loves technology, especially anything new from Apple. Penn State (go Nittany Lions) graduate here, also a huge fan of the New England Patriots. Thanks for reading. @bryanmwolfe
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