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9 Best Smartwatches This Year: Top Picks for Every Budget


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Smartwatches are many people’s best friends. More and more individuals are wearing their smartwatches and doing incredible things, and technology is only improving. 

List of Best Smartwatches This Year

1. Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6

This is the best rated Apple smartwatch to date. Fantastic apps, Apple reliability, and an excellent choice for Apple users.

Features:

  • GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts from your wrist
  • Measure your blood oxygen with an all-new sensor and app
  • Check your heart rhythm with the ECG app
  • The Always-On Retina display is 2.5x brighter outdoors when your wrist is down
  • S6 SiP is up to 20% faster than Series 5
  • 5GHz WiFi and U1 Ultra Wideband chip
  • Track your daily activity on Apple Watch and see your trends in the Fitness app on iPhone

What We Like About It

  • Best real-time monitor for oxygen saturation, heart rate, and sleep.

What We Don’t Like About It

  • Need at least an iPhone 7

Pros

  • Measures Oxygen Saturation
  • New Faster Processor
  • New watch color and band options
  • Great Apps and Best third party app options

Cons

  • It is expensive

2. Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3

There are lots of health and fitness features that you will love, a larger screen and improved processor than Fitbit Versa 2. 

Features:

The smartwatch with everything you need on the go. Track your pace & distance—and leave your phone at home—with built-in GPS. You can also receive call, text, and app notifications, use Built-in Amazon Alexa, and control Spotify. 

What We Like About It  

  • For about less money than the Fitbit Sense, giving up on stress management and skin temperature, you get a great fitness-oriented smartwatch.

What We Don’t Like About It

  • The watch can have hardware issues after getting wet.

Pros

  • Battery charge quickly and lasts days
  • Supports Amazon Alexa, Fitbit Pay, Spotify for music
  • Integrated GPS 

Cons

  • The touch screen can be slow
  • Does not have stress and temperature detection like the Fitbit Sense

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3. Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch Se

For a pretty good price, you can get the high-quality watch that you expect with Apple minus some health sensors and an always-on display. 

Features

  • GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts from your wrist
  • Large Retina OLED display
  • Up to 2x faster processor than Series 3
  • Track your daily activity on Apple Watch and see your trends in the Fitness app on iPhone
  • Measure workouts like running, walking, cycling, yoga, swimming, and dance
  • Swim Proof design
  • High and low heart rate notifications and irregular heart rhythm notification

What We Like About It  

  • People can check their health & fitness as well as communicating with others without having to carry my phone with them.

What We Don’t Like About It

  • No real noticeable processing improvement from series 3.

Pros

  • Same screen size and resolution as series 6
  • Best Third-party App selection
  • Watch OS7 adds a handwashing timer and sleep tracking

Cons

  • Lacks ECG and Oxygen saturation sensors
  • No always-on display mode
  • Need an Apple iPhone 6 or later

4. Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Watch

Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Watch

This smartwatch has an always-on display with thousands of watch faces, so you can personalize your watch face and always see the time. 

It has access to hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, notifications, music, games, and more. 


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It is swim-proof and charges in less than an hour. It is perfect for all your activities. They use a Wear OS platform and are one of the few watchmaker smartwatches in the business.

Features

  • NCF for Google Pay, Heart rate monitor, Fitness tracker, waterproof to 3ATM
  • Custom battery modes to help you regulate your battery usage
  • Programmable buttons on the side are easy to press, along with a rotating crown that some people prefer over swiping the watch face with your finger
  • Colorful straps, leather, and metal bands are available to change the watch look
  • Good Speaker, so you can speak to Google Assistant and hear what is being said back to you
  • Supports WiFi 

What We Like About It  

  • It is lightweight yet has a great design.

What We Don’t Like About It

  • Many wish the battery would last longer between charging.

Pros

  • A fitness watch that looks like a watch during your typical day
  • Water-resistant up to 3ATM
  • Wear OS at its best

Cons

  • Display brightness is dim 
  • GPS can be slow

5. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

This is a good alternative for Android users who like Wear OS and has many features. It ranks in the high top ten of android smartwatches and worth considering. It has FDA approved health sensors for Blood Oxygen Saturation levels and EKG.

Features

  • Better sleep tracking and advanced health tools like EKG and measuring blood oxygen levels.
  • Premium design
  • Beyond the basic running fitness aids
  • The screen has an always-on feature
  • Classic Analog design, looks like a normal watch when not monitoring fitness or health 
  • Running coach to keep your fitness goals on track
  • Leave your phone behind. Galaxy Watch 3 gives you the freedom to call, text, stream music, and get notifications via Bluetooth connectivity.

Pros

  • Great display
  • FDA approved health monitoring features like oxygen saturations and EKG
  • Physical Rotating Bezel for navigating through the menu

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No major improvements in hardware 

6. Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3

This is the most affordable Apple Watch available. It 

Features 

  • Monitor heart rate and detect irregular rhythms
  • Sleep tracking
  • WatchOS 7 enables software updates like new watch face options and workout apps
  • Emergency SOS
  • Yoga and hiking workouts
  • Personalized coaching
  • GPS, Swimproof, Optical heart rate sensor
  • Podcast and audiobooks

Pros

  • Excellent tracking and fitness
  • Affordable: The cheapest option for Apple users
  • Apple Music streaming
  • Use Siri from your wrist

Cons

  • 18-hour battery life
  • Does not have some of the health features the later watches have

7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

This is Samsung’s first-generation Galaxy Watch. It is one of the best, less expensive smartwatches for Android users.

Pros

  • Useful fitness apps
  • Under $150

Cons

  • Not exceptionally long battery life
  • Not as many App options as other Galaxy smartwatches

8. Huawei Watch GT 2e

Huawei Watch Gt 2E

This attractive watch provides fitness and health tracking that pairs with some useful Huawei Health apps that are detailed and insightful.

Features

  • HUAWEI’s self-developed wearable chip Kirin A1, and power-saving technology to provide up to 1 week of battery life.
  • 3D glass screen in a smartwatch is a new step in the industry. AMOLED display with highly accurate touch response.
  • 15 Workout Modes and Full-time Fitness Training
  • Programmed with GPS and GLONASS satellite tracking for accuracy.
  • Message notification, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring
  • Track your fitness progress like your step count, calories burned, sedentary reminders, etc.

What We Like About It  

  • It’s a battery miracle. During six days of use running with GPS, monitoring heart rate, music, and sleep tracking, one should expect to only use up 40% of the battery if you have it on “not using always display” mode.   

What We Don’t Like About It

  • In some countries, you may not be able to change the watch face design.

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Week-long Battery life
  • Bright display, professional look

Cons

  • No NFC for payments
  • Design looks like a fitness tracker

9. Amazfit Bip 

Amazfit Bip

It looks similar to the Apple watches with a square watch face with lots of fitness features and a heart rate sensor.

This may be the best smartwatch deal for 2020. It is not as smart as an Apple Watch, but it has many features for the money. This falls between an above-average activity tracker and a decent smartwatch with fewer bells and whistles.


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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Battery up to 9 days, sometimes more
  • Oxygen saturation monitor and you can wear it for swimming

Cons

  • Auto pause feature does not work as expected
  • Limited workouts support

There are a lot of different options for every budget this year. The technology is on our side. Who would have thought that one could basically strap on a water-resilient mini-computer onto our wrist and do so much with it? 

Our advice is to compare and determine what is most important to you? Is last year’s model suitable for your needs? Do you need blood oxygen saturation statistics monitored constantly? Is having a long battery life important? Remember, you may not want a mini-computer strapped to you 24/7. 

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from technology. 

About Author

Mehul Borichahttps://techrrival.com
Mehul Boricha is the founder of Tech Arrival & Astute Links. He is a computer and smartphone geek from Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He is a Computer Engineer by Education & an Entrepreneur by Passion. Apart from technology geek, he is an audiophile & loves to connect with people.

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