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Best Third Party Apple Watch Band For Christmas 2017 - 2018 Series 3, 2, 1

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If you have grown tired of your current Apple Watch band or just will like to add some variety to your arsenal of bands but find Apple Bands to be overpriced or just rather save the cash for the iPhone 7 then here are some of the best affordable third-party options.

#1 - BRG Apple Watch Band, Stainless Steel Mesh Milanese Loop with Adjustable Magnetic Closure


This band takes some serious inspiration from Apple’s original Milanese band but this one comes in four colors black, gold, rose gold and silver.

Oh, and the best part is just a fraction of the price from Apple’s offering selling for a bit under $15.

It’s one of the best selling bands on Amazon and it has an almost perfect 5 start review rating with over 3000 reviewers praising it.

You can’t go wrong with this one.

#2 - OULUOQL Apple Watch Band 42mm, Silicone Sport Straps


Here is another highly reviewed band. With over 3000 reviews and an almost 5 perfect rating, this band is perfect for those looking for a more traditional sports band.

It comes in four colors and at the time of writing, the price is just $8.

#3 - Apple Watch Band, 42mm Premium Vintage Genuine Leather


This is one of the best selling and highly rated Leather bands. It looks amazing and it just under $12.

#4 - Apple Watch Band, JETech Apple Watch 42mm All Models Stainless Steel


If you are looking for the ultimate in style and elegance this stainless steel link bracelet has no rival. With thousands of positive reviews and awesome look for a fraction the cost of Apple’s link bracelet this one will surely elevate any Apple Watch Sport look at a fraction of the cost.

#5 - COVERY 42MM Band Genuine Leather Strap Stainless Metal Buckle


This elegant leather band comes in multiple colors and sizes and will give any apple watch a high-end look for under $10. It has an almost perfect 5-star rating and over 1000 reviews.

#6 - 42mm Marge Plus Genuine Leather Strap Replacement Band with Stainless Metal Clasp


If you are looking for a brown leather strap but with a less vintage more modern look this one can’t be beaten. Highly rated and one of Amazon Best Seller this one is a must-have.

#7 - OULUOQI Sports Watch Band 42mm, Soft Silicone in Multiple Colors


If you love the look of the Apple Nike inspire watch band but cringe at the price. This highly reviewed and I mean highly since it has over 3000 reviews is just 1/5 the price and come in a huge selection of colors.

#8 - UMTELE Rugged Protective Case with Strap Bands


If what you are after is a band and case combination that is rugged and will protect your Apple Watch no matter the environment then this combo is for you. An almost perfect rating with over a thousand reviews this one is a no-brainer.

#9 - Fullmosa Yan Calf Leather Replacement Band/Strap with Stainless Steel Clasp


This band comes in 15 colors and will give the Watch a very high end and refined look for under $14.

#10 - Zyra Sports Band for Apple Watch


This band will give your Watch the same look as the official Watch Sports band but it will only set you back $10. It also comes in 10 colors to choose from.

Best Third Party Apple Watch Bands Late 2016 early 2017 #applewatch

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Note: Related Post

I have compiled a previous list and the bands on that list are all a great buy check that list HERE.

The New List

1 - Inteny Apple Watch Band Series 1 Series 2 Colorful Pattern Woven Nylon Band


This nylon woven band has a 4 out 5 rating with excellent reviews and come in a huge assortment of colors in both 38mm and 42mm sizes (almost 40 varieties).

The woven nylon bad does not only feels good it also includes a free silicon sport band. This band quality is amazing I am currently using one and love it. It also cost less than Apple’s official woven nylon band.

Key Selling Points:

  • Fine Woven Nylon Band with Classic Buckle For Apple Watch Series 1 or Apple Watch Series 2
  • Made from high-quality nylon, comfortable and breathable for good hand feeling
  • Made from over 500 threads woven together in a unique, colorful pattern
  • Good Pulling Force for all bracelets with spring bars as original one
  • Package Included: 1 X Nylon Band;1 X Silicone Band Watch is not included

If you are looking for a sporty band and likes the look of the new Apple Nike+ band then you will like this Covery band. It has great reviews with buyers praising the great build quality and confort.

You can’t buy this band directly from Apple or Nike unless you buy a whole new Apple Watch Nike+ edition. But you can get this replacement in a assortment of colors for both the 38mm and 42mm Watch.

Key Selling Points:

  • LIGHT WEIGHT - Made from durable, soft, lightweight silicone which reduces weight and improves ventilation
  • SKIN FRIENDLY - The smooth material drapes elegantly across your wrist and feels comfortable next to your skin
  • MOTIVATION IN MOTION - From leading-edge comfort to the way it connects you to your running buddies, it’s your perfect running partner — on your wrist
  • APPLICATION - Perfectly fit for apple watch series 1 series 2 sport & edition

If you are looking for a replacement silicon band you need to look at this FanTek band. With almost 1700 reviews at the time of this writing and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 you will expect this band to cost more but at just 1/5 the cost of the official Apple version this one is a no brainer.

Reviewers like the build quality, confort and exceptional value provided by this band. This band also comes in a huge assortment of colors for both the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch.

Key Selling Points:

  • The watch band is made of high quality materials, Comfortable and Durable
  • The band comes with Lugs on both sides, which lock onto Apple Watch Precisely and Securely
  • M/L Size, Suitable for 5.9"-7.9" (150mm-200mm) wrist
  • Package included: a pair of Watch Bands. Smart Watch and other accessories Not Included

This beautiful band has almost a 1000 reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 average rating. This band is made of genuine leather and comes in brown or black.

This is a beautiful leather watch band for the apple watch. The connectors fit perfectly as if it was made by apple themselves. I really like the off-white accent stitching around the band as well. I pair it with the "modular" watch face in stone grey and the whole thing just looks great.

Key Selling Points:

  • Explanation: it is compatible with Apple watch 42mm; special note: we just sell the band without the watch.
  • Material: 100% genuine leather band, made of original grassland cattle leather, comfortable, the inner leather is made of 100% real microfiber and was made on the original leather, pure handmade craft with the modern technology; the buckle is made of high-end steel, matte design and not rust; the band adapter is made of original Apple steel, easy to be installed and replaced.
  • Design: made of Europe Crazy Horse leather; you can use it on any occasions (conducting business activities, attending the party, playing outdoor activities and so on); which will also highlight the genuine leather’s elegant design; we do not recommend bring it to swimming or putting it into the water directly (please do maintain it if it was wet)
  • Size: standard size, we recommend you choose the correct size based on your wrist’s size.
  • After-sales service: one year warranty and lifetime customer service; please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions; we will solve it for you asap.

With over 2000 exceptional reviews and at less than $10 this band offer an amazing value. Everyone should own a Milanese loop band and this one is a must buy.

It comes in four colors Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold in both 38mm and 42mm.

Key Selling Points:

  • Unique fully magnetic Milanese loop is infinitely adjustable, NO TOOL needed, just stick and lock your watch band easily.
  • Easy to lock into your Apple Watch and one button removal. You can swap easily back and forth with different color or other Apple Watch band.
  • Personalize your iWatch with this refined strap compared to Apple ones, but LESS PRICE.
  • Please recognize the seller name ‘’BRG Tech‘’ when you purchase, beware of imitation, fake and poor products from other seller.

Gboard The Best Third Party Keyboard For iPhone

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I have tried every third party iOS keyboard including Microsoft Word Flow, Fleksy, SwiftKey, Swype, Microsoft Hub, TouchPal, Typeeto, Clipped among other. Some of them are very good and some are not.

But yesterday I installed Googles Gboard and finally I found a third party keyboard worth using.

Gboard allows you to search google directly from the keyboard without leaving the app you are using. It can also search for images, gifs and even emojis. The keyboard is fast and it also has a built in Swype style text input.

After using it for the last 24 hours I can say I am hook. This is a super convenient keyboard.