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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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