Dear Lifehacker, I am quite a small guy with a very small frame, and that means I have small wrists. I’d love to get a smartwatch but I’m worried that the wristbands and faces will look ridiculous and/or won’t fit. Any recommendations for a more compact smartwatch? Thanks, Wrist Opportunities
Like you, I’ve got rather small wrists, so I feel your pain. Thankfully, there are a few options open to you when it comes to smartwatches in smaller frames. Apple sells its Apple Watch in two different sizes, with either a 42mm or 38mm face, and you may find the smaller face more appealing for your wrists and sense of style.
In the Android wear space there aren’t quite as many smaller screen options, with some devices such as the LG Watch Urbane being genuinely huge on the wrist. Having said that, some models are more petite in scope, such as the slightly thinner Motorola Moto 360.
Your other option in this space could be a more scaled-back fitness band that also includes watch-style functions. It’s not quite a “smartwatch” in the same app-connected way, but devices such as the Fitbit Charge, Huawei Talkband or similar may suit your smaller wrists more easily than a full frame smartwatch.
The one general bit of advice I’d give, however, is to save judgement until you can actually try on the smartwatch or band you intend to buy. While I’ve got smaller wrists myself, I find the larger 42mm Apple Watch fits quite nicely on my wrist without seeming overly large. I wouldn’t have thought that would be the case prior to trying one on, however. Sometimes, hands-on experience, especially for a purchase that’s as personal as a watch, is the best approach.
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