Best cheap smartwatches: Pebble, Sony, Samsung and more

Smartwatches that won't break the bank
Best budget smartwatches

If you're looking for the best cheap deals on smartwatches, look no further. It feels like barely a week goes by without a new smartwatch appearing on the market, and one of the benefits of this high churn rate is that you can often pick up older hardware for decent prices.

Essential reading: Best budget fitness trackers

If you head over to Amazon, you can pick up a host of smartwatches for as little as $15, but take it from us, they are awful. We tested a bunch of cheap smartwatches to give you an idea what you'd be dealing with.

What we have below is our hand-picked list of recommended smartwatches, which enables you to save a few dollars/quid/clams. They're not the cheapest, but they are the bona fide deals we feel comfortable recommending.

Best cheap smartwatches

Pebble Time Steel

The original Pebble is still going strong two years after launch, but for Pebblers looking to upgrade, you can now pick up the Pebble Time Steel for a pretty wallet-friendly price.

So you can enjoy that impressive seven-day battery life, new colour e-paper screen, revamped Timeline OS and Pebble Health for a whole lot less.

If you prefer smartwatches with a circular watch face, the Pebble Time Round is up for grabs for as well.

Read this: Pebble Time review

$98.89, | Amazon

Sony SmartWatch 3

Pssst. You… over here. Basically forget about everything else on the list and buy the Sony SmartWatch 3. First up, it's got full GPS tracking for all your fitness needs, then you'll also find it's got NFC for all your Google Wallet contactless payments and finally it's got a two-day-plus battery life that actually delivers. Get it while it's hot.

Read this: Sony Smartwatch 3 review

$128.99, | Amazon

Ticwatch 2 Global Edition

Currently smashing its Kickstarter campaign with nearly $1 million raised is the global edition of the Chinese Ticwatch 2. Using a forked version of Android, the Ticwatch 2 boasts an eye-popping 400 x 400 screen, GPS built in, and voice control using Google's technology. It uses its own Ticwear 4.0 OS and can be controlled via touchscreen and the Tickle strip on the side of the casing. While hardly bargain basement, there's a heap of sub-$150 early bird discounts available before the end of the campaign.

From $139 (while stocks last) | Kickstarter

Asus ZenWatch 2

Designed to sit at the budget end of the smartwatch market, the Asus ZenWatch 2 does very little wrong. It's not challenging the big guns such as the Gear S2, Apple Watch or Huawei Watch in any respect, but with all the latest Android Wear features and a slim, sleek build, it's a bargain for the price and well worth considering.

Read this: Asus ZenWatch 2 review

$139.99, | Amazon

Martian Notifier

Back on the cheap smartwatch wagon, the price of this Martian Notifier certainly makes things interesting. Compatible with Android and iOS, the Notifier mixes an analogue face with a small OLED screen, which displays messages and calls. While the screen is a little small, you can customise vibration patterns to identify callers. Yes it's a bit old now, but for less than $40, who can argue?

$33.85, | Amazon

Pebble Classic

The original Pebble first appeared at the start of 2013 on the back of what was at the time the most successful Kickstarter ever. It supports both Android and iOS, comes with a growing pile of apps and watch faces, and can last a week on a single battery charge. It might be getting on a bit in gadget years, with the Pebble Time now taking the headlines, but the device that ushered in the era of the smartwatch still has a lot going for it, and the e-ink screen is a massive boon for battery life.

Read this: Updated Pebble review

$69.99, | Amazon

Samsung Gear Live

Right out of the first batch of Android Wear watches is the Samsung Gear Live, and this model is still worth a look for bargain hunters. While Android Wear watches are now in their third generation, updates haven't left older smartwatches behind. However, if you are thinking about last-gen tech, then maybe look at the Asus ZenWatch 2 for almost the same price. Sorry Europeans/Brexiters, this one is US only.

$118.99, | Amazon

Shop for recommended smartwatches on Amazon

Samsung Gear S2
Samsung Gear S2
Pebble Time Round
Pebble Time Round
Sony SmartWatch 3
Sony SmartWatch 3
Huawei Watch
Huawei Watch

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  • Yuval says:

    what about the zenwatch 2 in 150 usd? Worth a mention.

  • jeffzsx says:

    The Alcatel watch is total crap.  Battery lasts less than 2 months, and the watch typically breaks before 30 days.  Do research.  

    • RobertShowell says:

      yes, it fails to charge properly too

  • Johhennneee says:

    Chineese knockoffs of them all for 1/4 the price

  • JaredBarley says:

    Can buy knock-offs for $10US or less on Amazon and other online stores. Would like to see you guys buy a varied bunch and test them vs brandname items. 

  • sephia_rezzar says:

    U call these cheap?? So which are expensive?

  • Pebbleuser says:

    i have been using the original pebble for a while now. The watch has a known issue called screen tearing which happened just after pebble upgraded the watch firmware pebble os 2.0. The screen becomes unreadable showing garbage, i.e horizontal lines. This happened exactly in the 13th month after I bought my pebble and of course pebble refused to do anything about it. Basically, you just have to throw away the watch if you get screen tearing issues. If you check the pebble forums, you will note that this is a very common problem. That being said, such article always tend to mislead potential buyers to sponsored products without doing a research on whether these products are sustainable. Hope this helps someone.

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