If you're looking for the best smartwatch but want to operate on a cheaper budget, there are still options out there for you. The demise of Pebble after it was gobbled up by Fitbit means there are a few cut-price smartwatches doing the rounds, at least for a while, meaning you can grab one for $150 or less.
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. So if your wallet can't stretch to an Apple Watch Series 2 or a Samsung Gear S3, read on for our list of quality smartwatches you can grab without breaking the bank.
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Sure, it's looking a little thinner that this time last year. But we're hoping that the trend towards high end, luxury launches and nothing else in smartwatches switches up in the second half of 2017.
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We've kept the Pebble 2 in the list purely because nothing else quite offers the same set of features, specs and price. You get a seven day battery life, Pebble Health and Timeline, an optical heart rate monitor and a monochrome screen. If you're picking one up, just be aware that Pebble services are safe only for the course of 2017 and a lot of apps have disappeared, so you'll be relying on the basic functionality here. Still, for that price it could still be worth it.
Sony SmartWatch 3
The Sony SmartWatch 3 was our top Android Wear watch fave for a long time, and while it is now positively ancient, it's still a solid budget/mid range smartwatch all-rounder. 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. If you want a cheaper sporty Android Wear watch equivalent to the Moto 360 Sport or the Polar M600, then this the one for you.
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Asus ZenWatch 2
For the ZenWatch 3, Asus decided it was time to go round, but if the whole rectangular or circle argument doesn't bother you, the ZenWatch 2 is worthy of your attention. Okay, so it's not challenging the big guns such as the Gear S3, Apple Watch Series 2 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.
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The price of this Martian Notifier certainly makes things interesting, despite not exactly bringing anything groundbreaking to the party. Compatible with Android and iOS, the Notifier mixes an analogue face with a small OLED screen, which displays messages and calls. It's a very similar smartwatch setup to the more expensive Guess Connect and Hugo Boss Smart Classic. 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, it's not bad at all.
We haven't tested the Amazfit Pace out yet, but the affordable smartwatch from the Xiaomi offshoot looks very promising. It's running focused with GPS and GLONASS, as well as offering IP67 water resistance and an optical heart rate monitor. Battery life is up to 11 days, or 36 hours with GPS and continuous HR turned on. Smartwatch features essentially boil down to alerts for calls, texts and apps though we haven't seen any screens of how they show up on the display yet.
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