Whether you use it for its fitness tracking features, or as a less distracting option for your phone, a smartwatch in 2021 can be a great addition to your tech arsenal. However, if you have an Android phone, Apple may opt out of the Watch. The question is whether it is only compatible with Apple’s iPhone (sorry, Android users). But there are plenty of other qualified smartwatch contenders on just about any budget.
If you are looking for the best smartwatch for Android users, check out our recommendations below. You’ll notice that we’re not recommending any watches powered by Google’s Wear OS for two reasons: We haven’t reviewed many new ones in the past year, and we weren’t too impressed to begin with them. And now he, We expect the company to double that brand – and further enhance its Fitbit OS. Samsung watches, meanwhile, run their Android-friendly Tizen operating system. We will update this best Android smartwatch list periodically when we review new products.
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Versa 3 is compatible with both iOS and Android phones and lets you choose between Alexa or Google Assistant as your go-to voice assistant. It doesn’t offer all the apps and smart features that some of its competitors do, but it is a well-rounded smartwatch with plenty of health and fitness features to keep you on track, such as onboard GPS and Live Heart Rate Zone Notification. It is the best on this list for sleep tracking, and also gives you a breakout of your SpO2 and body temperature data throughout the night (for Fitbit Premium users). Battery life is also the best: I always got four full days (and nights) of screen usage. Read our Fitbit Versa 3 review.
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Active 2 offers almost all the smartwatch features as the new Galaxy Watch 3, including the ECG app and fall detection, for about half the price. It is not as attractive as the Watch 3 with its physical rotating bezel and thicker frame, but it is less shiny and more comfortable at night and during workouts. Active2 handles calls, texts, and app notifications, and it offers Spotify support as well as all the basic fitness features you need. You can also get an LTE version of this smartwatch, which provides you with LTE connectivity that receives calls nearby without your Android smartphone. Read our Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review.
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If you’re looking for a fitness-focused Android watch without deviating too much, which works with both Android and iOS, the Garmin Venu Sq is the watchmaker. It has built-in GPS, lots of workout options to choose from, and a lot of data about your workouts such as heart rate zones and dynamics running in the mobile app.
It also doubles as a health tracker with high and low heart rate alerts, a comprehensive sleep analysis and SpO2 tracking. It measures blood oxygen levels on demand, or automatically throughout the day and night, like the latest Apple Watch Series 6, but for half the price. But you compromise on the design. The watch has a plastic frame, and the screen is not as large or as vibrant as other watches on the list. Read our Garmin Venu SQ review.
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If you want to get more value for money, then you have to work harder to find a better deal than Amazfit Bip S. This $ 70 smartwatch is compatible with iOS or Android devices and checks most of the box when it comes to features: heart rate sensor, always on-display, built-in GPS tracking, and the best battery of any device on this list life. You can use up to 40 days on a single charge, or increase the brightness and brightness by about two weeks with GPS (a time that is still above and beyond the rest).
When it comes to aesthetics, you may have to make some sacrifices, however, it has a plastic casing and the screen is not as bright or responsive as Samsung and Apple watches. Read our Amazfit Bip S review.
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