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Choosing a smartwatch may not be that easy, even when judging them based on their price-quality ratio. Many smartwatches have similar features and are almost unique in their design. Thus we have elected on listing them according to their price, from low to high.
What to look for:
- Type: smartwatches can be digital or hybrid. In the latter case, they are usually classic watches with a standard dial, but with additional functions such as a step counter.
- Operating system: we have various operating systems. The main ones are Wear OS (formerly Android Wear – Google), Tizen (Samsung) and Watch OS (Apple).
- Display: bright screens, with good viewing angles and optimal screen resolution
- Hardware: enough CPU and RAM to ensure excellent performance
- Autonomy: large batteries or particularly efficient energy saving systems
- Functions: depend on the presence of additional components such as a speaker, heart rate sensors, GPS, etc.
These are the best smartwatches you can buy
Made by Huami (a subsidiary of Xiaomi, the same that makes the Mi Band), this Amazfit Bip (Out of stock) is definitely one of the most interesting choices in the current landscape. The battery is “infinite”, the screen is always visible and shows all and every notification. Of course, it is not a beautiful device, but it costs as much as a good smart band and offers much more.
Ticwatch E (Express)
It is the cheapest ($79.99) Wear OS smartwatch ever made and it manages to stand up to the competition. The battery is always its weak point, but there are worse performers out there. The OLED display is really nice and there is also a speaker to answer calls and GPS for tracking your outdoor fitness activities.
Ticwatch S (Sport)
The only differences between this and the TicWatch E are aesthetics and materials. This has a much more sporty design and a non-interchangeable TPU strap instead of a silicone one. But it also costs more ($83.48).
LG Watch Urbane
Although LG was the first who invested heavily in the Wear OS project during its initial phase, the company’s latest model, the Watch Urbane (Check on Amazon), is relatively old. It doesn’t sport the most inspired design out there but that is also one of its strengths since it is quite similar to a classic wristwatch.
It doesn’t offer anything more than the competition in this price range (Check on Amazon) (i.e. it doesn’t have GPS), but it has a very clean design and a very durable steel case. It is available in various colors and straps of various types.
Verge ($159.99) is an extremely interesting product because it combines the simplicity of the Bip and the power and flexibility of the Stratos in a smaller body than the latter and is equipped with an AMOLED display, a first for an Amazfit watch.
Huawei Watch 2
Huawei Watch 2 (Out of stock) is definitely one of the most complete Wear OS smartwatches. It has GPS and is the only one equipped with a battery that allows it to last two full days on a single charge. It isn’t as beautiful as the previous Huawei Watch, given its sportier appearance (that some may prefer), but it’s still one of the most interesting (and expensive) choices in the Wear OS landscape.
Samsung Gear Sport
Samsung’s latest smartwatch ($145.00) is designed primarily for sports people but is not limited to them. The beautiful OLED display is bright enough to be always visible, even when in “standby”. The notifications are always punctual and navigation via the rotating bezel is practically exclusive to this model.
Huawei Watch GT
The Huawei Watch GT (Out of stock) is an extremely interesting product because it offers a set of features that you can’t find in any other smartwatch. In particular, it is the only smartwatch with a beautiful AMOLED display and autonomy that can reach two weeks, with the heart rate sensor always active. In addition, it is very complete for sports and you can receive all your notifications. However, you can’t install additional apps and you can’t interact with said notifications.
It is not equipped with GPS, but otherwise, this Fitbit Versa ($199.39) is one of the best sports watches in circulation, thanks to its autonomy that exceeds 5 days, the beautiful touch display. Being so light and thin also makes it extremely comfortable. It can show all notifications and integrates various well-being features and not only for fitness.
For what it costs ($179.90) this Huami watch is a real deal. It sports an always visible display, three physical buttons, shows all notifications and has an above average autonomy. Unfortunately, many will not like the display, but if you need a sports watch primarily for fitness, give this device a thought.
This is the first time that Android Wear has been used in a device that is more of a smart band rather than a real smartwatch. The M600 ($235.95) is a device equipped with GPS and a heart rate sensor and is designed first and foremost for fitness.
Ticwatch Pro’s ($249.99) idea is simple but brilliant. Use two displays to have detailed (and visually pleasing) information during use and a secondary one with the time always visible with minimal consumption. It has all the functions that you have come to expect from Wear OS smartwatches and there is nothing missing connectivity wise since this device sports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
In terms of functionality, it is not a revolutionary product ($172.00), on the contrary, it is very similar to the Galaxy Watch and other Tizen devices. However, it is definitely more compact than most smartwatches and has a modern but simple design, perfect for the female audience, or for those with a small wrist in general.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 2018 Update ($194.64) is a very interesting product. It is a beautiful sports watch and besides having a beautiful display and a rotating bezel it is also one of the few that can guarantee up to 5 days of battery life on a single charge. You could do way worse.
Apple Watch series 4
If you have an iPhone choosing a smartwatch other than an Apple Watch would be a very risky move. It doesn’t look like a classic watch but it is undoubtedly the best smartwatch ever (it’s obviously not compatible with Android devices). There are many versions available and vary in price ($359.99).
The WSD-F20 ($293.54) is the perfect evolution of the WSD-F10, correcting various flaws such as the absence of GPS. It is undoubtedly targeted to hikers since it is able to offer an interesting set of tools that you cannot find in a normal sports watch.
Montblanc Summit 2
Perhaps the best Wear OS smartwatch, although the price (Out of stock) screams luxury. It is the first smart watch equipped with the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and is among the most compact on the market and will always last a full day, even with the always on display. The only drawback is its price but it is a Montblanc…