Best smartwatches (2021) – all budgets, tested and reviewed

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There are so many great smartwatches to choose from right now – but the best wearable on paper may not be the one that's right for you.

There's now a range of super smartwatches with big health features, such as the Apple Watch Series 6, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Fitbit Sense, that come with ECG, blood oxygen monitoring and even stress detection.

But there are also some excellent budget options, with GPS and decent health and sports tracking features for less than $100.

We've picked our favorite smartwatches from our reviews, and not only outlined the best on paper, but the ones we feel are right for savvy buyers like you.

Tl;dr: Our top smartwatch picks

Best smartwatch – Apple Watch SE – $279 – Full reviewAmazon

The Apple Watch Series 6 is more advanced with always-on and ECG, but the cheaper Apple Watch SE has all our favourite features and a price tag that's more accessible for everyone.

Best budget smartwatch: Amazfit Bip U Pro – $69 – Full reviewAmazon

Belies its sub $100 price tag with great features, GPS, decent sleep tracking and loads of health features. The app is a cut above most other budget smartwatch brands too. Great value for money.

Best fitness smartwatch: Garmin Venu 2 – $399 – Full reviewAmazon

The Venu 2 offers big battery life and a big focus on sports tracking and health. If you're looking for a fitness focused smartwatch, you won't be disappointed.


Best smartwatch 2021 – our reviews compared

We've run down the pick of our smartwatch reviews, and distilled them into one read. However, read the full in-depth testing before buying to make sure you're getting the right device for your needs.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE

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Apple Watch SE key features

  • Works with iPhone only
  • 18 hours battery (36 in testing)
  • LTE/4G options available
  • Fitness tracking
  • Suitable for swimming
  • Heart rate
  • Apple Pay
  • Notifications, make/take calls
  • Price when reviewed: $279.99 (40mm) – Official Apple Watch SE specs
Buy it if: You're an iOS user that doesn't care about ECG and SpO2. If you can live without these two fairly niche health features, there's so much to love about the Apple Watch SE.

The new Apple Watch SE has joined the Series 6, and is the first of a new line of Apple’s smartwatches since Series 1 – and it might just be our favorite.

It’s more affordable for sure, but don’t think of it as a cheap Apple Watch. It still costs $279.99 for the 40mm version, which makes it on the pricey side given the competition out there from Huawei and Amazfit.

The Series 3 is still available at $199.99 but now seems a poor compromise given the old shape and ageing internals – which mean it's likely to lose out on future watchOS updates.

But the Apple Watch SE only makes a few compromises over the Series 6, which means it's easy to recommend to the majority of people.

It’s easier to start with the features you don’t get: the always-on display, ECG and SpO2 tracking are all missing from the Apple Watch SE. And it only comes with aluminum case options.

But you still get the same screen tech, sizes, GPS, sports and fitness tracking, swim-proof design, LTE options, Apple Pay… all the stuff that makes the Apple Watch our favorite smartwatch to use day-to-day.

However, the single day battery life (we got up to around 36 hours) is still a major downside compared to rivals.

If you’re not bothered about the high-end health features, then the Apple Watch SE comes very highly recommended.

Read our full Apple Watch SE review.


Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - the best for Android users

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 key features

  • 41mm/45mm
  • Tizen OS
  • LTE versions available
  • 1.2-inch/1.4-inch display
  • 360 x 360 Super AMOLED screen
  • 247mAh/340mAh
  • Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz
  • ECG
  • Blood pressure
  • SpO2
  • Sleep tracking
  • Heart/rate VO2 max
  • Fall detection
  • Price when reviewed: $429.99 – Samsung official page
Buy it if… The best smartwatch for Android smartphone users. But due to the lack of silicone strap as standard, this is better suited for non-sport activities.

Samsung's flagship smartwatch returns to a more classic wristwatch style, with a big feature list and premium price tag. We found the Galaxy Watch 3 to be a superb smartwatch and one of the best Apple Watch alternatives out there. However, there are rumors of a Galaxy Watch 4 on the horizon with a switch of OS, which could make the Watch 3 obsolete pretty quickly.

It comes in 41mm and 45mm case sizes, so there should be something to suit everyone. The size has shrunk since the original Galaxy Watch, and it's better for it, with a slim and light build that's big on all-day wearability.

Both sizes use AMOLED displays that show off the vibrant Tizen OS.

There are stainless steel and black options in both sizes. However, the 45mm will come in black titanium, and the 41mm has a Mystic Bronze option too.

It's a classic looking smartwatch, and the rotating bezel has returned to control the menu system, with its pleasing mechanical click.

Key upgrades are ECG and blood pressure (both now available in the US and Europe) and an SpO2 sensor to track blood oxygen. There's also a new focus on VO2 max.

You'll get a couple of days battery life with "normal" use, but it's a shame that Tizen OS couldn't muster the week-long battery we've seen on the Huawei Watch GT2e and Amazfit GTS 2.

We found some inaccuracies with the heart rate monitor, but we were impressed with the swimming tracking and the plethora of running metrics. Of course, you'll need to buy a replacement band as the standard leather strap isn't best suited to getting sweaty.

However, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been updated with some of the Galaxy 3's best features, and retails for significantly less money.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review


Garmin Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2

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Garmin Venu 2 key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 45mm case size (40mm Venu 2S)
  • Dedicated sports tracking modes
  • 5ATM water resistance
  • Heart rate and Pulse OX
  • Stress tracking, Body Battery
  • GPS
  • Offline Spotify/Amazon Music
  • Garmin Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $399.99
Buy it if: You want the power of a Garmin sports watch in the sleek style of a fully fledged AMOLED smartwatch.

Garmin's updated AMOLED smartwatch is still extremely sports-focused, with dedicated modes for running (indoor, outdoor, treadmill), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool only thanks to 5ATM water resistance), golf, strength, cardio, elliptical, indoor rowing, yoga and more. HIIT has been boosted specifically, with special modes for EMOM and AMRAP sessions, and it will track reps in guided strength workouts, too.

The glossy 416 x 416 resolution screen (the Venu 2S has a 360 x 360) will attract for those tempted by the Apple Watch, but the Venu 2 offers over a week of battery life, and a bunch of advanced health metrics, including pulse ox, top notch health tracking and stress monitoring.

It's a nice bit of kit and that screen is really punchy, making stats during runs in the dark easier to read, and notifications look crisp and sharp, too.

On the Venu 2 you'll get around 10 days in smartwatch mode (with always on screen and pulse ox off), 7 hours when using GPS tracking and music streaming and 19 hours of GPS battery life. It has impressive rapid charging too, and 20 minutes should bag you a full day of use.
In our experience, those 10 days in smartwatch mode feels a bit ambitious if you're using its full compliment of features. We'd say it's more like a week. It does offer more in the way of GPS battery life, particularly if you choose to ditch offline music streaming and just take your phone out with you.

We also really liked the health features – and Garmin has made big strides in accuracy with the Venu 2. The stress tracking felt immediate and useful, and we could see stressful feelings spiking the real time tracking. Likewise, the sleep tracking has improved massively, which also feeds into Body Battery measurement of energy. It will also record blood oxygen levels at night or 24/7 if you desire.

It's not all rosy, though. The wrist raise is a bit clunky, and the supplied watch faces and apps on Connect IQ feel very basic.

In short, the Garmin Venu 2 isn't as slick as an Apple Watch – but tears strips off it for battery life, while being a top fitness smartwatch. It comes recommended.

Read our full Garmin Venu 2 review.

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini key specs

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 40mm case
  • 1.55-inch 354 x 306 AMOLED
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS
  • Optical heart rate monitor
  • SpO2
  • Price when reviewed: $99.99 – Amazfit official page
Buy it if… Possibly the sweet spot for features vs price. Top sports and health tracking in a superb package. The only reason to consider spending more is the lack of decent health analysis and lack of payments, LTE and smart features.

There’s a whole family of Amazfit GTS 2 watches now – but it’s the GTS 2 Mini that gets our vote.

The Amazfit GTS 2 was listed here, but at $179.99 we’ve always felt its price increase wasn’t fully justified. You do get MP3 storage, wrist calling and Alexa – but these features don’t justify a $80 premium in our book.

Then there’s the Amazfit GTS 2e, which keeps the larger screen plus doubles battery life and adds a temperature sensor. That didn’t stand up in our review though.

That leaves the GTS 2 Mini, which like the three bears of smartwatches, gets things just right.

First, it doesn’t miss out on any key features, so you still get heart rate, 60 sports modes, GPS, stress and sleep tracking, SpO2 and an AMOLED screen. It’s lightweight, well made and really performs as a sports watch.

And then there’s the price. At $99.99 it’s almost half the price of the GTS 2. We described it in our review as the “sweet spot” with all the features, a good screen and a killer price. What’s not to like?

Accuracy of the biometrics is one criticism, as is the app which is nowhere near as polished as Apple or Fitbit. That’s where devices like the Versa 3, Sense and Apple Watch SE justify their price tags.

Also a word on the GTR 2. It’s a great looking smartwatch that does everything the GTS 2 can do. But at 47mm it’s a big watch, and still suffers question marks over value for money. The GTR 2e is a smarter buy.

Read our full Amazfit GTS 2 Mini review.


Amazfit Bip U Pro

Amazfit Bip U Pro

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Amazfit Bip U Pro key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 42mm plastic case
  • TFT 1.43-inch display
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS and optical heart rate monitor
  • Up to 15 days battery life/22 hours GPS battery
  • Price when reviewed: $69.99 – Official Amazfit Bip U Pro specs
Buy it if… Smartwatches don't come better at this price. You get so much for your money, but buyer beware the cheap plasticky build.

If value for money is your aim, then the Amazfit Bip U Pro is the best it gets. The 1.43-inch screen and case materials are the key downgrade on the GTS Mini (above), as it uses a TFT display over AMOLED. The result is a dimmer, duller and more pixelated affair.

Aside from the screen and materials you get same health features as the GTS range. It’s a decent sleep and step tracker, and the Pro version has Alexa and GPS built in. If neither of those interest you, you can save even more money by opting for the standard Bip U.

Like the GTS range you still get stress tracking, SpO2 and heart rate monitoring. Amazfit seems extremely reluctant to hold back key features on its budget devices, which begs the question ‘why pay more?’

In our in-depth review we were impressed by the value for money and performance of the Bip U Pro – the general feeling of cheapness is the only reason to opt for the more premium GTS 2 Mini.

Read our full Amazfit Bip U Pro review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
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Key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 40/44mm case size
  • Up to two days battery life
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • ECG
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Swim tracking
  • Spotify offline playlist support
  • Samsung Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $279 – Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 product page
Buy it if… Still an incredible smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has received multiple upgrades and is the best Samsung smartwatch for those that want to get sweaty.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a top sport-focused smartwatch, especially for Android smartphone users that can't access the Apple Watch.

The Active 2 is smaller and cheaper compared to the Galaxy Watch 3 – and with a silicon strap it's a more natural fit for sporty users.

With 40mm and 44mm size options, it will suit most wrists, and both have typical top-notch Samsung displays. It's touchscreen but there's a touch sensitive bezel to help navigate's Samsung's Tizen OS operating system.

It's more of the same on the sports tracking and fitness tracking front, with a solid performing optical heart rate on board, built-in GPS and a new run coach to help you get moving faster and clocking up quicker times.

And it's inherited new features from the Galaxy Watch 3 in a recent update. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now boasts fall detection, VO2 max, running coach and running dynamics. That's on top of ECG and blood pressure monitoring.

Smartwatch features are solid too with notification support and impressive music features (offline Spotify playlists FTW). The selection of apps isn't fantastic, but if you're happy with the core experience, you might not need too many of those anyway.

Battery life is also on-par with the Apple Watch, maxing out at about two days depending on what features you make use of.

In short, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 remains a top buy, even in the wake of Samsung's new flagship. And canny buyers will find plenty of deals, with it often appearing around $199.99.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review.

Apple Watch Series 6

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Apple Watch Series 6 key features

  • Works with iPhones only
  • Always-on display
  • ECG and SpO2
  • Available with GPS and GPS/LTE
  • 40/44mm case options
  • Optical heart rate sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Apple Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $399 – Official Apple Watch Series 6 page
Buy it if… The Apple Watch Series 6 is the best Apple Watch. But to choose it over the Apple Watch SE you need to be picking the superior stainless steel design, new colorways or want the ECG/blood oxygen tracking.

The Series 6 is absolutely the best Apple Watch, with the most features and high-end health tech.

It debuts the SpO2 sensor to keep an eye on blood oxygen saturation, and retains ECG for spot checking your heart rhythm for possible Afib. If that doesn't mean much to you, perhaps the Apple Watch SE is the smarter purchase.

At $399.99 for the 40mm model it’s pricier, but the always-on display also makes it worth choosing over the Apple Watch SE. If you’re into aesthetics, choosing a stainless steel Series 6 is a big visual step up over the aluminum case and another reason to pay more.

Elsewhere, it’s the same story and it’s a minor upgrade from the Series 5. There’s GPS, sports tracking, 5ATM water resistance and all the key Apple Watch features. There’s also an always-on altimeter for you climbers and hikers.

The App Store is bustling with third-party offerings, and if there's something the Apple Watch doesn't do, there's usually an app for that.

Sadly, it’s also the same Apple Watch battery life story. Apple promises 18 hours, but we found around 36 hours. Of course that heavily depends on use. But using the Apple Watch for sleep tracking means you need to think about when to charge, and that’s now a problematic side to the watch.

In short, the Apple Watch Series 6 is the best version of the best smartwatch. But ask yourself how much you care about SpO2 and ECG. If you don't, it's only the stainless steel finishes and always-on display that makes the Series 6 worth the extra money.

Read our in-depth Apple Watch Series 6 review.


Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense

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Fitbit Sense key features

  • EDA
  • ECG
  • Temperature monitoring
  • 1.58-inch display
  • 336 x 336 pixels
  • Google Assistant and Alexa
  • GPS
  • 50m water resistance
  • 20+ sport tracking modes
  • Six-day battery life
  • Fast charging
  • Price when reviewed: $329.99 – Official Fitbit Sense specs page
Buy it if… The Fitbit Sense is the best "health watch" you can buy. Temperature sensing, stress tracking and Health Metrics join Fitbit classics of activity, sleep and GPS tracking to make the Sense the best day-to-day tracker of health money can buy right now.

A powerful health watch but an average smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense comes recommended for those that want as much health data as they can muster.

It excels as a sleep tracker and heart rate monitor, and it boasts ECG for detection of Afib, SpO2 which is linked to sleep tracking for detection of sleep disorders, an electrodermal activity sensor for stress detection and even a temperature sensor to put you in tune with your body and health.

Fitbit has put an added focus on its Fitbit Premium, so subscribers to the $79.99 a year service will get even more data.

Premium reveals a whole dashboard of new raw data called Health Metrics across all devices – but Sense leverages the most.

You get temperature and resting heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate variability all shown in one screen.

A criticism is that there’s no analysis of this data, but if you love graphs then the Fitbit app has the motherlode.

There are few devices that put you in control of this much data about your body, and it’s perhaps the perfect device for these pandemic times – but there are caveats.

The Fitbit Sense isn't an amazing smartwatch. Fitbit Pay support is patchy, while the watch face gallery is clunky and full of paid-for apps with a bizarre payment process.

But you do get around six days of battery life, and a seriously rapid fast charge. And Fitbit Pay is on board if your bank supports it.

If you're looking to get the maximum amount of health data this is a great choice.

Read our in-depth Fitbit Sense review.

Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3 review picture

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Fitbit Versa 3 key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Six days battery life
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Swim tracking
  • Amazon Alexa smart assistant
  • Apps and customizable watch faces
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $229.99 – Official Versa 3 specs page
Buy it if: You want the Fitbit sleep and sport tracking staples without the bells and whistles of the Fitbit Sense. The app experience and analysis make it worth the price tag.

A moderate update to the Fitbit Versa 2, the Versa 3 now plays second fiddle to the Fitbit Sense health watch.

But like the Apple Watch SE, there’s a lot to like if you don’t want those insights into ECG and Afib, stress and body temperature.

The Versa 3 has GPS added for the accurate tracking of outdoor workouts, which is the biggest addition. It also gets the excellent fast charging, which can add a day’s worth of battery life in just 10 minutes.

And you still get a week of battery life, which is truly excellent, and you also get the best of Fitbit’s core fitness tracking features.

That means top-notch sleep monitoring with a single sleep score, workout detection and heaps of sport profiles. That’s on top of the standard step, elevation and Active Zone Minutes.

And there’s still an SpO2 sensor on board that will keep tabs on blood oxygen as you sleep.

As a smartwatch it delivers notifications with aplomb, but you’re not getting the breadth of apps you’ll find on Apple Watch, nor Wear OS.

But there is Fitbit Pay and you can choose between Alexa and Google Assistant voice controls from the wrist. We didn’t find that experience that useful, but if you’re a regular with smart home control then it might appeal.

It’s a good fitness-focused smartwatch, and the Fitbit app is one of the best places to keep tabs on your health.

Check out our full Fitbit Versa 3 review.

Huawei Watch GT2e

Huawei Watch GT2e

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Huawei Watch GT2e key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Huawei's Lite OS, not Wear OS
  • 42mm and 46mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • 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: $169.99 – Huawei Watch GT2e product page
Buy it if… The GT2e offers great running and sports tracking at an excellent price. A cheaper alternative to Fitbit and Apple, although Amazfit offers more.

The Huawei Watch GT2e doesn’t offer that much over its predecessor the GT2, bar a visual redesign that’s a little more sporty.

It runs Lite OS rather than Google’s Wear OS, but it’s a really capable smartwatch with some very smart fitness and wellness features, that comes recommended for users of Android smartphones in particular.

The 1.39-inch AMOLED display is bright and clear, and you get a bunch of sport profiles including swimming (thanks to 5ATM water resistance), cycling and an excellent running experience.

And that’s because the GT2e is actually really good for runners, thanks to loads of metrics, a clear screen, and Firstbeat’s VO2 Max and recovery stats.

The only downside is that due to a lack of third-party plug-ins, you can’t boot data out to Strava, and there are no other apps to use.

Battery life is excellent at 14 days, heart rate accuracy was good at moderate levels, and workouts are well tracked within the app.

Sleep tracking was also excellent, and Android smartphone users can benefit from native music storage and stress tracking too. For iOS users the app feels a little under-cooked and bare, and we'd proceed with caution.

And now finally the Huawei Watch GT2e is actually listed on Amazon US at a price of $160 – which makes it a good buy at this price. A no-brainer for Android users, but iOS people should pay a little more for the Apple Watch Series 3.

Read our Huawei Watch GT2e review

Xiaomi Mi Watch

Xiaomi Mi Watch

Xiaomi Mi Watch key features

  • 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 resolution AMOLED touchscreen
  • 5ATM water resistance
  • Blue, black and beige
  • Custom OS
  • iOS and Android
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Good GPS accuracy
  • 117 exercise modes
  • In-depth fitness data from Firstbeat
  • 16 days battery life
  • 50 hours of GPS tracking
  • Price when reviewed: Mi Watch: $TBC Mi Watch Lite $TBC
  • Xiaomi Mi Watch official page
Buy it if...The Xiaomi Mi Watch is a decent and capable sporty smartwatch that's easy to love at a great price. It plays nicely with iOS, giving it the edge over the Huawei. But US availability is troublesome.

Two for the price of one here, as Xiaomi’s pair of smartwatches are yet to get a formal US release, but they are a formidable offering, with top sport features at a great price.

The flagship is the round-faced Xiaomi Mi Watch, which packs in GPS, heart rate monitoring, SpO2 and 117 workout modes. It’s a good-looking smartwatch with a punchy 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 AMOLED display. There’s 5ATM water resistance and a 16 day battery life.

The sports tracking and health data is excellent, and you get Firstbeat analytics from workout data – although we had some issues with heart rate accuracy. This can undermine some of the advanced stats, but it doesn’t put us off recommending to casual fitness users.

It’s available for 119/149 – but if that still seems too pricey you can opt for the Mi Watch Lite.

The Mi Watch Lite packs a square 1.4-inch TFT LCD display, which is noticeably duller than its sibling. The touchscreen functionality is also reduced to taps, that can be a little unresponsive. It’s a much more budget ensemble, but you do get a lot for just £50/€50.

There’s GPS, a heart rate monitor and 17 workout modes. It’s not the kind of sports tracking that will rival Garmin or the Apple Watch, but impressive at this price point none-the-less.

The global rollout has reached Europe and Asia, but there’s no word on the US. The on-going trade issues with China has seen the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi hold back on US markets. That means that the Amazfit GTR 2e and Amazfit Bip U is still the best picks for US shoppers.

Read our Mi Watch review and Mi Watch Lite review.


Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 454 x 454 AMOLED 1.39-inch display
  • Ceramic back/titanium case
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS and optical heart rate monitor
  • SpO2
  • Price when reviewed: $299.99 - Huawei official specs page
Buy it if… The titanium build makes the GT 2 Pro one of the best looking watches for Android users, and the sports tracking won't disappoint.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro brings the best of Huawei’s excellent value GT range of smartwatches, into a package that’s anything but cheap.

Boasting a titanium case and two strap options in the box (leather and silicon) combine for a weighty and premium feel that really oozes some class – and puts it right up there with the Galaxy Watch 3 in terms of style.

In terms of features there’s GPS, stress tracking, SpO2, guided workouts and a host of tracked sports. However, it’s not as smartly implemented as the Amazfit GTS 2, so many of these features require you to take a reading, not tracking during sleep or when they’re most useful.

The app is also a little under-baked with no third-party apps or integrations.

There’s no denying the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is a gorgeous and well-made smartwatch, but it’s double the price of the GT 2e and with same features and shortcomings.

Availability in the US is still patchy, but it's available via resellers.

Read our full Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro review.


Oppo Watch

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Oppo Watch 41mm key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Available in 41mm and 46mm sizes (41mm tested)
  • Runs on Wear OS and Color OS
  • Built-in GPS
  • Optical heart rate monitor
  • Google Pay support
  • Built-in speaker and mic
  • 24 hours battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $299.99 – Official Oppo Watch specs
Buy it if: You're looking for the best Wear OS smartwatch. The Oppo Watch is sleek, well made and gets a lot right.

The Oppo Watch has taken us by surprise, not only by being a delightful and competent debut from Oppo, but also a breath of fresh air for Wear OS.

Yes it’s an unashamed Apple Watch clone, but if you look beyond design there’s a lot to like.

Oppo has added its own skin and UI to the Wear OS experience, and replaced some of Google’s bland fitness apps with its own. That makes for a much nicer wearable experience, with a better balance of key features, including fitness tracking.

The Oppo Watch comes in 41mm and 46mm sizes, with the larger device adding LTE and longer battery.

Front and center is a 1.6-inch, 320 x 360 resolution AMOLED screen that offers bright, sharp surroundings plus good visibility in bright light and when we took it for a dip in the pool.

It's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage. While this is clearly a Wear OS watch, it feels unlike any we've used before and that's actually a good thing.

It features GPS, swim tracking and plenty of workout modes, although again, heart rate data wasn’t too accurate so it’s not one for serious athletes.

Battery life of the smaller 41mm Oppo Watch also came in at 24 hours.

At $299 it’s pricey for what it delivers, and best suited for Android smartphone users that have been coveting the Apple Watch, but want to keep it in the Google family.

Read our full Oppo Watch review and our new Oppo Watch LTE review.

Skagen Falster 3

Skagen Falster 3

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Key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Google Wear OS
  • 42mm case
  • 22mm interchangeable watch straps
  • Google Pay
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Waterproof design
  • Up to 24 hours battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $299 – Skagen Falster 3 product page
Buy it if… The Falster 3 brings bags of Danish style. It's slim, light and smart. Easily the best looking Wear OS watch out there by our reckoning.

The Falster 3 is the latest generation of smartwatch in one of our favorite smartwatch designs – and it's now better than ever. It runs on Fossil Group's Gen 5 platform – with Google's Wear OS in the background – with an upgraded Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, upgraded memory, water resistance and heart rate monitor. Battery life is still only 24 hours though.

Despite the case size growing to 42mm (the Falster 2 was 40mm), it's still one of the best looking smartwatches out there. A premium case with great looking (if fiddly) straps, the 1.3-inch AMOLED has grown too, so it's easier to read and use. At 42mm we'd still consider it to be pretty unisex.

The beauty of the Falster 3 is still its thinness, and at 11mm there are few devices that look and feel so sleek on the wrist.

Performance of the watch itself is great, although the accuracy of the heart rate sensor isn't anywhere near good enough when working out. However, the design and strap are hardly suited to sweaty workouts – so this is one for general day-to-day wear.

The only real bugbear here is Wear OS. The platform is stagnating, with poor health and wellness features in particular, and it's not an ecosystem we'd heartily recommend. But we love the Falster 3 design, so it gets the nod for those who care about style more than features.

Read our full Skagen Falster 3 review.

Garmin Venu Sq

Garmin Venu Sq

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Garmin Venu Sq features

  • Fitness tracking and HR
  • 20 pre-loaded sport profiles
  • Golf tracking
  • Stress monitoring
  • Body Battery
  • SpO2
  • Respiration
  • Notifications
  • Six days of battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $199.99 – Official Venu SQ page
Buy it if… The Garmin Venu Sq gives you the Garmin sports tracking experience for less. It's a simple watch with few bells and whistles, but Garmin Connect comes to life with health and fitness insights.

A budget version of the Garmin Venu full AMOLED smartwatch, but pared back and with a significant price drop.

The standard version is just $199.99 but you can pay extra for the Garmin Venu Sq Music, which enables you to store tunes and offline sync various services including Spotify for $249.99

The Venu Sq is pretty stripped back, and simply offers access to a number of Garmin sport profiles.

You get loads, with running and cycling on board with GPS as you’d expect, plus yoga and even golf yardages in the mix.

Fitness tracking is also pretty on point, and the overview of your day is also packed with data including stress monitoring and Body Battery, which measures your energy levels and assesses when you need to take a break.

It is a very simple experience, though. There are few widgets to explore on the watch itself. A swipe down gives you the My Day overview, and the main button sends you to sport profiles. That’s it.

But it feeds plenty of data into the Garmin Connect app – and if you’re a keen athlete that’s looking for accurate sport tracking and compatibility with Spotify on the wrist, then don’t let the Venu Sq go under the radar.

Read our full Garmin Venu Sq review.

Amazfit Neo

Amazfit Neo

Amazfit Neo key features

  • Works with Android phones only
  • 1.2-inch STN display
  • Activity and sleep tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sports tracking modes
  • Phone notifications alerts
  • 28-day battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $39.99 – Amazfit Neo official page
Buy it if… There's so much to love about this retro Amazfit that still manages to be a useful fitness tracker. And at this price it makes a great gift or fun toy to play with.

The most basic smartwatch on this list, the Amazfit Neo isn’t remotely a rival to the likes of the Apple Watch – but that doesn’t stop it being a delightful option.

Styled like a 90s Casio digital watch, the Amazfit Neo still offers a heart rate monitor, activity and sleep tracking smarts – all for just $40.

Paired up to your smartphone it will deliver message and app notifications, but just lets you know you have something to read.

However, the retro design, decent features and fantastic price all combine for something really pleasing. It makes a great present or gift – and there’s loads to like.

Read our review of the Amazfit Neo.

Withings Steel HR Sport

Withings Steel HR Sport
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Withings Steel HR Sport key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 40mm size
  • Features OLED sub-display
  • Connected GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • VO2 Max estimates
  • Phone notification support
  • Up to 25 days' battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $199.95 – Withings Steel HR Sport product page
Buy it if: You want top health insights and battery life inside a less "techy" package.

The majority of smartwatches in our list have been full-screen devices, but the Withings Steel HR Sport approaches things a little differently – yet is still a powerful connected watch in a package that weighs just 49g.

The analogue display shows the time on the main dial (with a month of battery) and progress towards your step goal on the second dial – but there’s so much more going on than this.

The Withings Steel HR Sport has a 24/7 heart rate monitor that will keep tabs on VO2 Max, and it will pair up with a smartphone to track outdoor workouts via GPS, although the tech isn’t built into the watch itself. It’s also swimproof to 50m and can track basic swim stats.

What’s more, Withings Health Mate app is one of the best out there for keeping tabs on all your assorted health data.

It’s no slouch as a connected watch, either, and will alert you to notifications on your smartphone using vibrations and the tiny OLED screen build into the bezel. This is capable of offering quick and fairly crude alerts, but can show you when a message/call/calendar alerts are coming through using quick icons.

It’s a stripped back smartwatch experience but one that’s packed into a stylish, small and comfortable hybrid that doesn’t make as many compromises as you’d think.

Take a look at our Withings Steel HR review


TicWatch Pro 3

TicWatch Pro 3

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TicWatch Pro 3 key features

  • Runs on Google Wear OS
  • Snapdragon 4100
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 1.4-inch 454x454 AMOLED
  • 22mm interchangeable straps
  • Dual-layer display
  • Google Pay
  • Built-in GPS and heart rate monitor
  • Two days battery life (smartwatch mode), 30 days battery life (basic watch mode)
  • Price when reviewed: $299.99 – Official Ticwatch Pro 3 specs
Buy it if: You love Tag Heuer and you love smartwatches. It's a beautiful piece of kit, but you won't be passing this Wear OS watch down to your kids.

We’ve seen two TicWatch Pro smartwatches this year, but the new Pro 3 is the one to watch.

It’s the first Wear OS device we’ve seen to run the new Snapdragon Wear 4100, which nukes complaints about performance and also means you’ll get two days of battery life.

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

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. If you’re not focusing on workouts you can ignore this, but at the price point of $299.99 there are plenty of comparable smartwatches that can get workouts right.

If you’re looking for a Wear OS watch with top performance, this is a key highlight for the 2020 holiday season.

Tag Heuer Connected 2020

Tag Heuer Connected 2020
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Tag Heuer Connected 2020 key features

  • 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 pixel (326ppi) OLED display
  • 47mm case
  • Wear OS
  • Quick-change strap
  • 24 hour battery life
  • GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Price when reviewed: $1800 – Tag Heuer Connected official page

Tag Heuer has, once again, absolutely nailed the physical aspect of its smartwatch, with a superb build and design; and has kept Google's smartwatch OS in the background just enough.

It’s big and chunky, built for those who love over-sized watches, with a 47mm case housing a 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 pixel (326ppi) OLED display that is, as you'd expect, super clear and seems to almost sit on top of the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal screen.

For the first time Tag Heuer adds a heart rate monitor, along with a decent sports app that, like its Golf app, shows the company is really taking the experience of its smartwatch just as seriously as the design.

It’s really easy switch between straps and digital faces, making the transformation from fashion statement to fitness tracker a cinch.

The trouble with Wear OS is it hasn't evolved quickly enough and, as such, has been left miles behind Apple's watchOS.

Of course the Tag Heuer Connected 2020 is expensive, but it's a well-built high-end watch from Tag Heuer – what did you expect? It’s a beautifully designed and built smartwatch that’s in a league of its own. Wear OS does hold it back, but we’d figure that for those who can afford this watch, the choice is more than about the tech.