If you’re looking for the best smartwatch but don’t have a whole lot of money to spend on one, don’t fret, there are cheaper options out there that don’t suck.
Whether you’re looking for something under $100, or you’re willing to stretch things out to around the $150 mark, you can still live a smartwatch life as good as your Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa-owning friends.
While you might have to make some compromises on aspects, like advanced sports tracking or a luxurious design, you’ll still be able to do things like receive notifications and track your fitness. Of course, watches will be compatible with iOS and Android smartphones too.
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If you head over to Amazon, you can pick up a host of smartwatches for as little as $15, but take it from us, those really cheap ones are awful. We know, we’ve played with a bunch of them. So if your wallet can’t stretch to an Apple Watch Series 4 or a Samsung Galaxy Watch, read on for our list of decent cheap smartwatches you can grab without breaking the bank.
Best cheap smartwatches under $100
Xiaomi spinoff Huami has been making budget smartwatches for a while now, but its latest effort is its most compelling. It looks like the lovechild of a Pebble and an Apple Watch, but it also comes with up to 45 days of battery life (30 days if you cut out some features, like constant heart rate monitoring).
Speaking of features, you’re going to get some solid GPS and heart rate performance. It’s also extremely light and comfortable. We wish it was made out of some better materials and did more, but for the price (and that battery life) it’s tough to beat.
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Following a short tenure at Nokia, Withings is back to scrappy startup status. The Withings Move is one of its first products in the post-Nokia era, a simple hybrid with plenty of character – and a super affordable price. There are actually two versions here, the Move and the Move ECG, the latter offering an electrocardiogram sensor.
The Move costs just $69.95 and is out now, while the ECG version will cost $129.95 and will be available some time later in the first half of 2019 – Withings is still waiting to get the FDA nod. One thing to note: The Move is not available on Amazon at the moment, but on Withings’ website you can go ahead and customize the watch to your liking.
Wareable verdict:Withings Move
So here’s the deal. 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 week-long 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 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. There’s also a fan-built project called Rebble that is offering support for Pebble users now that Fitbit has pulled the plug on official support. Be warned, however, that stock is running out – so your chance to get in on the Pebble 2 is coming to an end.
Wareable verdict: Pebble 2 review
Best cheap smartwatches under $150
The new king of budget smartwatches, Mobvoi’s Ticwatch E gives you a balanced, affordable entryway into the smartwatch world. Everything you want is here: an intriguing design that’ll remind you of an old Swatch, solid GPS performance, and some good customization from Mobvoi that’ll set your watch apart from the rest of the Wear OS cohort.
Wareable verdict: Ticwatch E review
Fitbit Versa Lite Edition
The Versa was a big hit, and now Fitbit is looking to get it onto more wrists with the Lite Edition, which kills some features in an effort to drop down that price. There’s only one button rather than three, no swim tracking and no music controls.
Otherwise, you’re getting all the same features that the Versa has. You’ve got that heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor. You’re getting fitness tracking and Fitbit’s app stores and a good number of watch faces.
Wareable verdict:Fitbit Versa Lite Edition
Samsung Gear S2
With the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Watch Active on the scene, the Gear S2 is now the cheapest it’s ever been. But don’t be put off by the price or its age; this is still one of the best smartwatches you can get your hands on, and Samsung continues to roll out updates for the old smartwatch.
While it might not boast the same number of apps as the Apple Watch or what’s up for grabs for Wear owners, it does have Tizen OS, which is one of the slickest smartwatch operating systems we’ve used. It’s also got that great rotating bezel for navigation, and battery life is not too shabby either.
It’s not quite below that magic $150 mark, but it’s close enough that we think it’s worth including.
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear S2 review
Yes we’ve snuck in another hybrid, but if you can live with the fact there’s no touchscreen and this is the Connected 2017 model, this is one of the best looking hybrid smartwatches you can get on your wrist. Aside from the gorgeous design, it’ll give you a nudge when you receive notifications, tracking activity including sleep and has Skagen Link, which unlocks the ability to do things like control music on your phone and taking photos. Sleek and smart, it’s definitely one of our faves.
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