Best smartwatch for Android users: new Wear OS 3.0 and brilliant alternatives

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Best smartwatches for Android users
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If you own an Android phone and you're looking for the perfect smartwatch to pair with it, you have a lot of options to pick from.

The new Wear OS 3 has landed on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, and Google is backing it up with a huge push for its new-look Play Store, with apps following strict new quality guidelines. It means Wear OS is now the place to be – even though only a handful of devices will run the new OS.

Away from Wear OS, there's smartwatches from Fitbit, Garmin, Huawei and Amazfit, which all work brilliantly with Android phones and are currently streets ahead of Google's own OS. So if you're looking for a top watch that plays nice with Android, here's our big breakdown of our favourite picks.

Which devices will run Wear 3.0?

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (out now)
  • TicWatch Pro 3 (out now, upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022)
  • TicWatch E3 (out now, upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022)
  • Fossil Gen 6 (out now, upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022)
  • Michael Kors Access 6 (out now, upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022)

What's the deal with current Wear 2.0 devices?

There are scores of existing Wear OS devices that won't get the new Wear OS 3.0 – and some are listed below. These devices remain on-sale, but will only get crucial support for a couple of years.

This does make them hard to recommend – but it doesn't mean you shouldn't buy them.

They still work fine, and won't lose any current features. So if you like the smartwatch and the price fits, it still could be a good choice.

But it's important to know what you won't get. Google seems to be creating a two-tier Play Store, where Wear 3.0 apps are better than Wear 2.0 ones. And many are not compatible with older devices. Even Google's own new Wear 3.0 apps such as Google Maps cannot be used with the majority of its Wear OS smartwatches.

So if you don't want to feel like a second-class smartwatch citizen, it might be best to stay clear of older Wear 2.0 watches, and choose one of the newer devices – OR a non-Wear OS watch entirely.

Update: We updated this article in November 2021 to include new Fossil Gen 6 and the Huawei Watch 3

Best Wear OS smartwatches

When many refer to Android watches, they mean Google's own Wear OS. Google and its hardware partners haven't been very forthcoming as far as revealing whether Wear OS 3.0 will run on current watches, so that's something to keep in mind here. We have some insight that some Wear watches will be updated and we'll note that where relevant below.

The best: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: specs and features

  • Available in 44mm/40mm (Watch 4) and 42mm/46mm (Watch 4 Classic)
  • Biggest Watch 4/Watch 4 Classic models include 396x396 Super AMOLED displays
  • Exynos W920 dual core processor with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB storage
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life
  • Run on Wear OS with Samsung One UI Watch 3
  • Samsung Pay or Google Pay support
  • Download apps from Google Play Store
  • ECG, PPG and BIA sensors
  • Built-in GPS/Glonass/Beidou
  • LTE models for all sizes
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • £249.99

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a huge reset for the Samsung brand, and hits reset on four generations of devices by moving to Wear OS and merging Galaxy Watch and Active brands.

And it's the undisputed best watch for Android users, with Samsung returning to run the new revamped Wear 3.0 with a superb integration.

There are two very distinct versions of the Galaxy Watch 4. The standard version (left) replaces the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Watch 4 Classic (right) retains the dress watch feel of the older Watch 3 in 42mm and 46mm options.

Those older devices on Tizen OS now have a limited life, with Samsung only providing critical updates for three years. That means they've been removed from this list.

The new smartwatches move to Wear OS, although retain the traditional look and feel of Galaxy Watches via the One UI Watch 3 overlay. We'd wager most users wouldn't notice the difference, and the Watch 4 retains the bezel control, close integration with Samsung services, and features such as blood pressure monitoring, ECG and GPS.

And it's now much better for Android users. People can opt to use Google Pay over Samsung Pay and users can access the Play Store for apps, which is head-and-shoulders above the old Galaxy Store. On Google's side, it's committed to improving app quality and selection – and there's already evidence this is well underway.

But Samsung and Google have hit the bullseye with this excellent smartwatch.

Read our full Galaxy Watch 4 review.

TicWatch Pro 3

TicWatch Pro 3

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TicWatch Pro 3: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 47mm case
  • 1.4-inch, 454 x 454 resolution screen
  • Runs on Wear OS
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor
  • NFC for payments
  • GPS, heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • IP68 water resistant (safe for pool swimming)
  • currency [usd="299.99" gbp="289.99"] - Official Ticwatch Pro 3 specs

The TicWatch Pro 3 was the first Wear OS device we’ve seen to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, which has since been superseded by its 4100+ platform. Ultimately though, you're getting the promise of a zippy performance, improved battery life and something equipped to run Wear OS 3.0.

The TicWatch Pro 3 uses a dual display, with the generous 1.4-inch 454x454 AMOLED overlaid by a basic low-power FSTN monochrome screen that displays the time when you’re not using the watch, saving even more battery.

In terms of health sensors, there’s a few onboard. SpO2 means you can spot check blood oxygen and there’s a warning app for noisy environments.

There are sports tracking modes, but we did find accuracy issues in running and swimming that Mobvoi has sought to address with software updates. If you’re not focusing on workouts you can ignore this, but at the price point of £289 there are plenty of comparable smartwatches that can get workouts right.

But if you’re looking for a Wear OS watch with top performance, this is the current technical flagship.

Check out our TicWatch Pro 3 review.

Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6

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Fossil Gen 6: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 42mm and 44mm case size options
  • 1.28-inch, always-on AMOLED screen
  • Runs on Wear OS – Wear 3.0 in 2022
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor
  • NFC for payments
  • GPS, heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • 3ATM water resistant rating (safe for swimming)
  • currency [usd="299.99" gbp="289.99"] - Official Fossil Gen 6 specs

The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch was announced alongside a new generation of Michael Kors Access devices with both set to get some Wear OS 3.0 love. Just not until 2022.

That new version of Wear OS will be a boost for Fossil, bringing new features, (supposed) better usability, (allegedly) longer battery life and Fitbit-based activity tracking.

It's equipped with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform that keeps performance zippy, but doesn't quite push battery life beyond a day or two max.

The Gen 6 comes in seven different looks for both men and women, covering those who prefer a sportier look or something better suited to formal occasions. There's the option of 44mm and 42mm case sizes with both featuring stainless steel cases that measure in at 11.5mm thick.

Both host a 1.28-inch, AMOLED touchscreen display, and like previous Fossil smartwatches, feature a rotating crown and two programmable pusher buttons.

It brings adds an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels.

In terms of battery life, you can still only expect 24 hours, but fast charging means it will only take an hour to full battery. And 30 mins will get you 80%.

It's still a great look like previous Fossil smartwatches and improvements have been made with heart rate and sports tracking. It's now all down to that new Wear upgrade to see how it can make this good smartwatch and even better one.

Read our Fossil Gen 6 review.

TicWatch E3

TicWatch E3

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TicWatch E3: specs and features

  • Wear OS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100
  • RAM: 1GB / ROM: 8GB
  • SpO2, Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, HD PPG Heart Rate Sensor,Low Latency Off-Body Sensor
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 44mm x 47mm x12.6mm
  • 1.3-inch 360x360
  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistance
  • 380mAh
  • Price: £179

Following on from 2019’s Ticwatch E2, the 2021 follow up is a smartwatch with big ideas and an attractive £179 price tag.

And that price is even more attractive when you factor in the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor that runs the show, and news that it will get upgraded to Wear 3.0. However, that's not set to happen until some time in 2022, so it's an investment for the future when you could just opt for for the Galaxy Watch 4 right now

But while it's one of the few confirmed recipients of Wear 3.0, it is a mid-range smartwatch through-and-through.

The screen is a middle-of-the-road 360x360 1.3-inch display with a 2.5D lens.

On board is GPS (with GLONASS and Beidou support) which powers the TicExercise app and its 20 workout modes.

But there’s a bigger focus on health, with an ever-expanding list of Tic-branded apps that live on top of the Wear OS operating system, adding loads of features that make it ones of the richest Google-powered smartwatch ecosystems.

Read our full TicWatch E3 review for more information.

Oppo Watch

Oppo Watch

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Oppo Watch: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Available in 41mm and 46mm sizes
  • Runs on Wear OS and Color OS
  • Built-in GPS
  • LTE (46mm version only)
  • Optical heart rate monitor
  • Google Pay support
  • Built-in speaker and mic
  • 24 hours battery life
  • £229.99 - Official Oppo Watch specs

If you're eyeing up owning a square Wear OS smartwatch then you might want to be checking out the Oppo Watch, which blends Google and its own Color OS together for a brilliant experience.

You get the apps and solid base of notifications of Wear OS, but a boosted fitness and wellness experience that exceeds the vanilla experience you'll find on rival watches.

Of course it's a proper Apple Watch clone, but we don't think too many Android smartphone users will care much about that. That's because the Oppo Watch offers a powerful spec sheet that certainly offers pause for thought.

There are 46mm LTE and 41mm versions, with a gorgeous looking curved glass. The two sizes pack in a 1.91-inch and 1.6-inch AMOLED panel respectively. That's an enormous amount of screen in manageable case sizes – and it's certainly got our attention.

Elsewhere, there's two days battery life (running on Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor), a power-saving mode than extends the Oppo Watch battery to 21 days while retaining some fitness tracking, and fast charging that offers 16 hours in just 15 mins.

There's GPS and its waterproof to 50 metres too and tracking is definitely better suited to someone that's not looking for a marathon training partner.

We've tested both size options, and we were highly impressed by the overall experience - something that feels superior to a run-of-the-mill Wear OS experience, even if workout tracking was a little bit off.

The larger model will get you a nicer screen, faster charging and LTE but either watch will get you one of the best Wear OS watch experiences you can get on your wrist right now.

We do have to note that it seems unlikely it will get Wear OS 3.0. There is a newer Oppo Watch 2, which does run on Qualcomm's newer Snapdragon 4100 platform, which would make it more likely to get that upgrade. Unfortunately, the Oppo Watch 2, is one that's China-only for now.

Read our Oppo Watch 41mm review and Oppo Watch 46mm review.

Michael Kors MKGO Gen 5E

Michael Kors MKGO Gen 5E

MKGO Gen 5E: specs and features

  • Powered by Wear OS by Google
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android phones
  • 43mm case
  • AMOLED Display
  • Voice-activated Google Assistant
  • Heart Rate tracking
  • Swimproof
  • Payment technology
  • GPS distance tracking
  • Water resistant up to 30M
  • Price from: £189 | MK GO Gen 5E official page

The second Michael Kors MKGO smartwatch comes in cheaper than the first MKGO and comes packing a lighter, smaller case partnered up with the kind of strap that makes it suitable for working out with.

Along with a good quality AMOLED display, you're getting something that's powered by a Snapdragon 3100 Wear processor and offers Wear OS features like Google Pay, smartphone notifications and the ability to make calls over Bluetooth with the built-in speaker.

On the fitness front, there's connected GPS to track outdoor activities with your phone nearby. The heart rate monitor performance has improved over the first MKGO and you're also getting swim tracking for the pool only.

Like many Wear OS watches, it's good for a day's worth of use and if you like a good-looking watch with solid fitness features, then there's a plenty to like about the fashion-focused smartwatch.

Have a read of our full Michael Kors MKGO Gen 5E smartwatch review.

Skagen Falster 3

Skagen Falster 3

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Skagen Falster 3: specs and features

  • Android and iOS
  • Google Wear OS
  • 42mm case
  • 22mm interchangeable watch straps
  • Google Pay
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Waterproof design
  • Up to 24 hours battery
  • Price when reviewed: £279 - Skagen Falster 3 product page

Ever since the first Falster smartwatch, the range has been a leader in terms of design. And the Falster 3 is no different. At just 11mm thick and powered by a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, it's a great looking and has just the right amount of power to make this a Wear OS smartwatch worth wearing.

The Falster 3 also boasts upgraded memory from the Falster 2, water resistance and heart rate monitor. Battery life remains at 24 hours. It runs on Fossil Group's older Gen 5 platform – with Google's Wear OS in the background.

It has grown to 42mm (which we count as unisex) but retains its premium case with great looking (if fiddly) straps. The 1.3-inch AMOLED is also bigger, so overall the smartwatch is easier to read and use.

The beauty of the Falster 3 is still its slim form factor, and at 11mm, there are few devices that look and feel so sleek on the wrist. The the not so beautiful is that the heart rate sensor isn't anywhere near good enough, the design and strap aren't really suited to sweaty workouts and it's going to miss out on that big Wear OS 3.0 upgrade.

Read our full Skagen Falster 3 review.

Suunto 7

Suunto 7

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Suunto 7: specs and features

  • Runs on Google Wear OS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform
  • Compatible with Android and iOS
  • Weighs 70g
  • Uses 24mm straps
  • GPS, Glonass, Galileo
  • Up to 12 hours GPS battery life in GPS/Up to 48 hours in daily use
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Price when reviewed: £429 - Suunto 7 product page

A running focussed Wear OS watch, the Suunto 7 is designed to blend the features of a dedicated running watch with that of a true full-screen smartwatch.

However, while running performance checks out - it's ultimately held back by the familiar Wear OS shortcomings of battery life and initially disappointing fitness tracking. That has since been improved with a major software update that brought native sleep tracking and daily heart rate data.

In running terms, the built-in Suunto app does a good job, and offers decent mapping features – based on Suunto's heatmap software.

Run tracking was accurate and you get decent analytics – but the experience isn't as polished or slick as the Apple Watch or dedicated Garmin watches.

Ultimately though, it's ended up with something that costs more than an Apple Watch and a whole host of other sporty smartwatches that will give you a better overall experience. Even if it does have those great mapping skills.

On the music front there's 8GB of storage on board (smartwatches normally have 4GB) leaving room for thousands of MP3s to be played from the wrist. That means you can take advantage of offline playlist support you can enjoy with Spotify and YouTube Music.

Suunto hasn't revealed if it will be upgradeable to Wear OS 3.0, so that's something to keep in mind here too.

Read our full Suunto 7 review.

Best smartwatches for Android (non Wear OS)

If you're not sure that Wear OS quite what you are looking for in a smartwatch, there are a host of different options you can consider instead that work well with Android smartphones and do it by offering a different software experience to Google's own.

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3: specs and features

  • 42mm and 46mm sizes
  • Runs on Harmony OS
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Huawei TrueSeen 5.0 heart rate sensor
  • Dual-Band GNSS positioning for outdoor tracking
  • 100+ workout modes
  • AI running coach
  • Up to 2 weeks battery life
  • 5ATM waterproof rating
  • Price from: £209.99 | Huawei Watch GT 3 official page

The Huawei Watch GT 3 is the successor to the GT 2, which launched in 2019 and sees Huawei's mid-range watch option brought closer to its flagship Huawei Watch 3 (below) adding a fuller version of its Harmony OS and also bringing some interesting features for sports lovers.

Like the GT 2, it comes in two size options with bigger screens and improved resolution the headline enhancements here. The GT 3 inherits the haptic crown from the Watch 3 and uses an upgraded version of Huawei's TruSeen optical heart rate sensor to improve accuracy.

Along with over 100 sports modes, Huawei has added the dual-band five-system GNSS technology it introduced on the Huawei Watch 3 Pro to improve outdoor tracking accuracy. There's basic navigation features here too and new personalised training plans and an AI coach will give it big appeal to runners.

Battery life remains weeks as opposed to days with that dropping closer to a week in heavy usage. The price has jumped up with the smallest option starting at £209.99 (around $288). Like other Huawei watches, there's no details on US pricing or whether this is going to be an easy one to get hold of Stateside.

Huawei Watch 3

Huawei Watch 3

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Huawei Watch 3: specs and features

  • Android compatible and iOS
  • 46mm
  • Stainless steel case
  • Ceramic back
  • 5ATM
  • 16GB 2GB RAM
  • 1.43-inch AMOLED screen 1000 nit
  • 466 x 466, 326ppi
  • Rotating crown
  • Interchangeable strap
  • GPS
  • SpO2
  • Price when reviewed: €369 | Huawei Watch 3 official page

The Huawei Watch 3 looks and feels great, offers a strong set of features, and it’s one of the best smartwatches for Android users.

It comes in at a punchy €369. There’s no US price as it won’t get a formal launch there, but it’s been on Amazon US for $432.

That means it costs more than an Apple Watch SE, and just under the Apple Watch Series 6. Of course, those devices aren't Android compatible, so the Huawei Watch 3 sets its stall out as the premium choice for users of Google's OS.

In runs Harmony OS, a new Huawei proprietary OS which features an app store – although the selection at launch is particularly sparse.

With a ceramic and stainless steel case, it's reassuringly weighty and one of the best-built Android smartwatches going.

The screen is incredible – with a sumptuous 1.43-inch AMOLED screen punching out at a vibrant 1000 nit. The panel has a 466 x 466 resolution a 326ppi, and is one of the best on the market.

There’s a temperature sensor onboard, the Huawei TruSeen 4.5 heart rate monitor with SpO2 and there's GPS. That powers 17 “professional” sport tracking modes that offer extra insights including running, cycling and HIIT. And there are 85 standard workout profiles.

As standard Huawei says the Watch 3 offers three days of battery life, which includes a 4G connection and an always-on screen. That’s obviously quite a step back from the Watch GT2 series that offers closer to two weeks. However, there’s a battery saver mode that will offer 14 days away from the charger, while still offering 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring and access to 14 sport modes.

So how did it fare in our review? It's a fantastic smartwatch, but the experience is very close to the Huawei Watch GT2e (below), which is around 1/3 of the price.

If you're plumping for the Huawei Watch 3 it's because you need to really value the excellent design and build, or have faith that Harmony OS will deliver a serious app experience.

Read our full Huawei Watch 3 review.

Huawei Watch GT 2e

Huawei Watch GT2e

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Huawei Watch GT2e: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Huawei's Lite OS, not Wear OS
  • 42mm and 46mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in music player (Android only)
  • SpO2
  • Stress tracking (Android only)
  • Speaker and microphone
  • 15 sports tracking modes
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Two weeks battery (normal use)
  • Price when reviewed: £179 - Huawei Watch GT2e product page

There isn't an Huawei Watch GT 3e yet, but that doesn't mean ruling out the older and the very affordable Watch GT 2e, which we still think offers a really strong smartwatch and sports watch experience.

With the GT 2e, we got a new sporty look and Huawei enabled new features such as SpO2 and stress tracking.

The Huawei Watch GT 2e favours Android users, who get exclusive access to features like the built-in music player and the stress tracking app.

But the lack of changes over the GT2 don't make it any less of a great choice. It's a powerful sports watch with dedicated tracking profiles for pretty much every activity – and it's especially good for runners with guided running sessions straight from the watch and advanced running metrics focused on the effectiveness of sessions, recovery and VO2 Max.

It also boasts a two-week battery life, despite an always-on display, GPS location tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep reports, storage for music support and more.

Its only real downfall that sports tracking data is not able to be shared with major third-party apps. All of your data can only live inside of Huawei's companion Health app. That does look like that might change as Huawei recently decided to open things up to developers to build apps for its smartwatches.

If you’re in Europe the Huawei Watch GT2e is great value for money, but with the restrictions in the US, you’ll be made to pay through the nose, and the value just isn’t there.

Read our Huawei Watch GT2e review.

Garmin Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2

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Garmin Venu 2: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Garmin's own software
  • 40mm and 45mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in music player
  • Garmin Pay
  • SpO2
  • Stress tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Up to 12 days battery life
  • Price when reviewed: £349.99 - Garmin Venu 2 product page

The Venu 2 sees Garmin push on with a sporty smartwatch option that remains the only watch in its collection to host an AMOLED colour display.

With the new Venu, it's making that screen bigger and better, boosting battery life and offering new features that make it better fit for people that don't spend their lives on a bike or out running.

Crucially, it's made welcome changes to the interface, which we were critical of on the first Venu and makes it a much nicer watch to use.

In typical Garmin fashion it's comfortable tracking runs, rides, pool swims and also has modes for golf and climbing. Garmin has now added dedicated modes for HIIT-style training too and new muscle maps for strength training to make sure you're working on all those key muscle groups.

You're getting everything Garmin has to offer in smartwatch features including payments, a built-in music player with offline support and now room for 2,000 songs. There's notifications for Android and iOS users, but still no sign of a LTE here.

Battery life comes up a little short against Garmin's claims and is good for a week, with the always-on mode getting you an extra day compared to the Venu. It's more than what you'll get on Wear OS watches and Samsung watches.

It's great option with solid smartwatch and sports tracking skills and is one of the best options available for Android phone owners.

Read our Garmin Venu 2 review.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 46mm aluminium case
  • 1.45-inch AMOLED screen (with always-on support)
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • Alexa and offline smart voice assistant
  • Download apps and built-in music player
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS, optical heart rate monitor, skin temperature sensor
  • Up to 12 days battery life
  • £179.99 - Official Amazfit GTR 3 Pro specs

The GTR 3 Pro represents Zepp's move to make more full fat smartwatches and that includes packing software that's built to support apps, watch faces and potentially more in the future.

Like the Amazfit GTR 2 watches you're getting high grade materials and a crisp AMOLED always-on screen you'd usually have to pay more for. That stylish design packs in sensors to track heart rate, skin temperature, blood oxygen and offers the ability to take readings of four metrics in a 45-second measurement.

Zepp OS is a new in-house built operating system that works with Android and iOS and brings more dynamic UI and an app store with future support for developers to build apps and watch faces.

Elsewhere, it's a lot of what we've seen on Amazfit smartwatches before. You can view notifications, weather forecasts, control music playback and stream music. There's Amazon Alexa integration too along with an offline voice assistant and you can take calls when paired to your phone via Bluetooth.

You're getting 24/7 fitness tracking and sleep monitoring and good enough sports tracking with new PeakBeats training insights offering a similar training insights you can get from a Garmin.

Battery life is good for a week depending on what features you put to regular use. We experienced some software bugginess in places, but if you like the idea of an attractive smartwatch that offers a good mix of health, fitness and those core smarts, the Pro does a good job overall.

Read our full Amazfit GTR3 Pro review.

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

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Amazfit GTS 2 mini: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 40mm plastic case
  • Always-on AMOLED display
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS and optical heart rate monitor
  • Up to 14 days battery life
  • £79.99 - Official Amazfit GTS 2 Mini specs

If you're looking at smartwatches like the Galaxy Watch 4 and thinking how expensive they are then the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini will be of serious interest. There's no Amazfit GTS 3 Mini (yet), but until then, we still think it's well worth considering.

The design and build is certainly not as sleek as the bigger GTS 2 models, but for£79.99 price, you get something that looks smart and even finds the space for a punchy 1.55-inch 354 x 306 AMOLED screen.

You get GPS, 5ATM water resistance with swim tracking and sport profiles aplenty, as well as basic notifications, 24/7 heart rate and sleep data. It misses out on the built-in music player and voice assistant you will get on pricier Amazfit watches.

Of course you're not getting the same experience as a Fitbit or Samsung smartwatch - but there’s plenty of data to check on, and most importantly, the basic stuff stacks up in terms of accuracy. It does falter for sleep tracking and heart rate tracking accuracy compared to its pricier competitors.

Sports and fitness tracking impress and the presence of GPS means it’s a decent performer when out for a run.

You'd be hard pressed to find a watch at this price that can offer what the GTS 2 Mini does. It's not perfect, but it's a truly budget smartwatch we can recommend.

Read our full Amazfit GTS 2 mini review.

Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3

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Fitbit Versa 3: specs and features

  • PurePulse 2.0 HR sensor
  • GPS
  • SpO2 sensor
  • Swim tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Notifications
  • App Gallery
  • Alexa
  • Music storage
  • Women's health tracking
  • Price when reviewed: £199.99 - Fitbit Versa 3 official page

Announced alongside the Fitbit Sense health watch (a worthy a smartwatch for Android in its own right) is the more basic, and cheaper, Versa 3.

It's a solid update to the previous version, and finally adds GPS for accurate tracking of outdoor workouts.

As a smartwatch and fitness tracker, the basics are the still same – with heart rate, steps, sleep tracking all done within the Fitbit app.

The SpO2 sensor is now live, too, adding insights into Estimated Oxygen Variability, as well as Sleep Score, Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights.

Subscribers to Fitbit Premium will get breathing rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation and resting heart rate in the new Health Metrics dashboard.

As a smartwatch you get Fitbit Pay (please check if your bank is supported before hand) and Alexa for on-the-wrist commands with support to use Google Assistant instead. There's third party apps and watch faces you can download, even if the quality is a little hit and miss.

And of course you get notifications of messages and calls, and a future update will enable you to take calls on the wrist and reply to messages without reaching for your smartphone.

While it might not be the complete package as far as sports tracking is concerned, it offers plenty elsewhere at a good price to make it one to consider.

Read our full Fitbit Versa 3 review