The apple watch base model can be purchased with GPS only (no cellular capability) for $399, or GPS + Cellular for $499. A stainless steel version of the watch is available for $699, while a titanium-case version starts at $799.
There are less expensive alternatives from brands like Fitbit, Ticwatch Pro, and Samsung that, like the Apple Watch, can track workouts and get notifications. But even these non-Apple wearables are often too expensive or sacrifice watch features leaving buyers with a cheaper alternative of lesser quality. What if you could get everything an Apple Watch offers at a much lower price?
Well, the Spectus Convoy is just that. The Convoy’s Dual 5MP, camera, Health and fitness tracking, full access to the google play store app market, and stand-alone phone capabilities make this not only an apple watch alternative, but arguably the new gold standard on the market. And its just $250.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
The sporty Samsung watch gains some style
OS: Tizen OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.2" or 1.3" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED | Processor: Dual-core 1.15GHz | Band sizes: 22mm or 20mm | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: 4 days on 46mm / less on 42mm | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: 50m | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE (for extra)
Impressive battery life
Useful rotating bezel
Bixby isn’t great
The Samsung Galaxy Watch has a phenomenal four day battery life even when you’re using it extensively. That’s impressive considering a lot of other watches on this list last a day or so from a single charge.
The rotating bezel remains a highlight of navigating around the Tizen OS on the watch, and the interface is one of the easiest to pick upon a smartwatch.
Apps available on the watch are more limited than Wear OS or watchOS — two rival smartwatch operating systems — but it still offers the core basics and Samsung had provided a watch that’s good at fitness as well as sporting a great design and lots more functionality too.
Apple Watch 5
The best Apple Watch money can buy
OS: watchOS 6 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.78" OLED | Processor: Apple S5 | Band sizes: Varies based on watch size | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 1 day to 36 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: Water-resistant to 50m | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE
Battery isn’t incredible
Apple Watch has the best device you can get if you own an iPhone. It works seamlessly with Apple’s phones, and it’s well worth considering if you plan to stick with the iPhone range for at least a few years.
There aren’t many huge upgrades over the Apple Watch 4, but the main change is it comes with an always-on display for the first time. That means you won’t have to raise the watch to see your key stats, and instead it’ll display most of the information you need on a dimmed screen.
The design is similar to the Apple Watch 4. All of the fitness features you’d expect come on this watch, and that includes a variety of top-end features such as the ECG monitor, GPS tracking, impressive heart rate monitoring and more. If you’re looking for the very best Apple Watch, this is it… it’s just not our favorite smartwatch money can buy.
Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit’s best smartwatch
OS: Fitbit OS | Compatibility: Android , iOS | Display: 300 x 300 AMOLED | Onboard storage: 2.5GB | Battery duration: Up to 5 days | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | IP rating: Water resistant | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
Always-on display option
Good battery life
Doesn’t work with third-party health apps
The Fitbit Versa 2 is the latest part-smartwatch-part-fitness tracker from Fitbit, one of the most famous wearable companies about.
The Versa 2 brings a host of upgrades to the original Fitbit Versa, including an always-on display, Alexa integration, and a slightly smaller body.
However if the original Versa wasn’t quite right for you, the Versa 2 may not be the best either, as it’s still fundamentally the same device, and it lacks some of the trappings of different smartwatches, like GPS functions or offline Spotify.
But for general wearable fans, the Fitbit Versa 2 is a good option, and it’s more affordable than some of the other options on this list too.