Best cheap smartwatches: Sony, Martian, Pebble, Asus and more

Smartwatches that won't break the bank
The best budget smartwatches

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 decent smartwatches you can grab without breaking the bank.

Essential reading: Best smartwatch 2017

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.

Best cheap smartwatches

Pebble 2

Best cheap smartwatches: Pebble, Sony, Samsung and more

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.

£77.99, pebble.com | Amazon

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.

Wareable verdict: Sony Smartwatch 3 review

£88.90, sonymobile.com | Amazon

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.

Wareable verdict: Asus ZenWatch 2 review

£149.88, asus.com | Amazon

Martian Notifier

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.

£33, martianwatches.com | Amazon

Amazfit Pace

Best cheap smartwatches: Pebble, Sony, Samsung and more

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.

$111.99, amazfit.com | Amazon

UWear

Best cheap smartwatches: Sony, Martian, Pebble, Asus and more

We can't vouch for the quality of this smartwatch for hikers, which is HK$768, translating to roughly £75 on Kickstarter (Hong Kong) now. But UWear might be worth a punt now or when it starts shipping in August (and the price doubles to around £160).

Here's what you get: step counting, calories burned, GPS, GLONASS, sensors including a heart rate sensor, altimeter, barometer, thermometer and a compass. Ten sports modes, beyond hiking, including cycling features too. There's also smartphone notifications and a 45 day battery life. Sounds too good to be true? We'll find out this summer.

£75, kickstarter.com

Weloop Hey S3

Best cheap smartwatches: Sony, Martian, Pebble, Asus and more

Another option to look into, considering that most Western brands don't seem to be very interested in making sub £200 smartwatches. The Weloop Hey S3 a 38g, 11.5mm Apple Watch clone that is being sold on Xiaomi's crowdfunding platform in China.

It offers a 1.28-inch LCD display with a resolution of 176 x 176 plus it's reportedly waterproof to 50m, rocks GPS, GLONASS and a heart rate sensor. And it should last 30 days on one charge. We haven't tested this yet either.

£60, weloop.cn




10 Comments

  • 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.

  • silver222 says:

    Hi, U'm looking for smartwatch that has phone finder feature. I see some chinese cheap smartwatches on youtobe like GV08, G4, A09, etc has the feature but some say this feature doesnt work on android 6. Does the reviewed smartwatches in this article have phone finder feature that work with android 6? (phone finder makes your smartwatch ring the phone, not just vibrate/ring the smartwatch when it's out of bluetooth range from phone)

    • sinkezg says:

      I bought No1. G6 for ~26 USD and phone finder works just fine. Unfortunately there is a problem with downloading & setting up watch faces, but I still need to check is there a way to make it work.

  • fb_tlancer says:

    Bought a used Samsung Gear S2 Classic for $150 and for $5 a month good to go on Verizon. Waived activation for some reason. Really liking it so far and the brand new 3G/4G watch prices were ridiculous.

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