The 8 Best Android Smartwatches to Buy in 2018

It's time to up your watch game

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: ASUS Zen Watch 2

Style, sophistication and powerful computing directly from your wrist – the ASUS Zen Watch 2 has it all. This beautifully designed watch has a durable stainless-steel casing paired with an elegantly curved watch crystal. On the move? Get a 60 percent charge from a dead battery in just 15 minutes, so you can get going again – and don’t forget to use the built-in pedometer to help you track your steps. Receive notifications, view Google Now cards, answer and dismiss calls and make voice queries directly to Google search with this impressive smartwatch. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the ZenWatch 2 face against scratches and dings. Plus, this smartwatch is shower-safe and water-resistant up to one meter deep.

Best Budget: Alltrum Smart Watch

Try out the smartwatch trend even if you’re watching your spending with this Alltrum Smart Watch. This fun and budget-friendly smartwatch comes in black, blue or green and is compatible with most Android smartphones. Use your Alltrum watch to view notifications, monitor your sleep, play music, set alarms and reminders, as well as make hands-free calls. You can even set personalized reminders to help you remember to drink more water or to get up and move around if you’ve been sitting for too long. The flexible band is adjustable, so you can achieve a comfortable fit. You’ll love the full-color 1.56-inch touchscreen, too.

Best for Samsung Owners: Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch, in many people’s opinions, seems to be the first truly Samsung-optimized watch, much the same way an Apple watch is set up for iPhones. First, let’s talk about the look — with lined silicon bands, it straddles the line between sporty and formal, and because you can pick it up in 46mm Silver, 42mm Midnight Black, or 42mm Rose Gold, it’ll be sure to match your style. The display gives you a decent pixel spread, and with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display tech, the brightness is there too.

They’ve attempted to revitalize the Always On display by offering full color and some cool features, and the Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ top level will help protect against accidental scuffs. They’ve loaded in an Exynos 9110 Dual-core 1.15 GHz processor and up to a 472 mAh battery (depending on which size face you get) for decent longevity and solid performance. Charging is seamless (and cord-free) with the wireless cradle dock.

This watch connects via Bluetooth to your phone, and there’s an accelerometer, gyro meter, barometer, heart-rate monitor, and an ambient light sensor all built in. All in all, it’s a solid watch that is made to work in tandem with your Samsung phone.

Best Sport: AOWO Sport Smartwatch

Get moving with the AOWO Sport Smartwatch. The oversized 40-millimeter screen helps you stay in touch even when you’re focusing on your fitness. This durable watch is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can use it while swimming, snorkeling, rafting or kayaking. This watch also has an incredibly long battery life; AOWO estimates that with normal use the battery only needs to be replaced every 22 months (it uses a standard CR2450 button battery). This smartwatch also comes with an accurate pedometer to track steps, distance and estimated calorie burn, so you can make sure you meet and record your goals each day.

Best Water-Resistant: GV68 Smartwatch

The GV68 is an excellent Android smartwatch to use as a fitness tracker. It comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and a G-sensor, so you can track your steps, distance and estimated calories burned. This sporty smartwatch is water-resistant to three meters, so you don’t have to worry about wearing it when boating, hiking, or just hanging out by the pool. It even has a sleep quality analyzer that helps make sure you are getting the rest your body needs to perform its best. It also includes a remote camera function, alarm, calculator, calendar, and stopwatch – everything you need to train your hardest. This watch comes in gold, green, and red.

Best Luxury: Samsung Gear S3

One of the most popular Android wearables out there, the Samsung Gear S3 has the look of a luxury timepiece with all the high-tech benefits of a smartwatch. The controls are integrated seamlessly into the watch design — answer calls, view notifications and cycle between apps simply by rotating the steel bezel on the watch face. It even has a built-in microphone and speaker that allows you to conduct hands-free phone calls directly on the device. The Gear S3 is resistant to dust, water and extreme temperatures, has a two- to three-day battery life, a built-in GPS and compatibility with Samsung Pay, making it perfect for rugged adventures as well as busy city life. The Gear S3 comes in two styles: “Classic,” which has a polished silver face and a more traditional “luxury” look, and “Frontier,” which has a black metal face and a more tactical, rugged aesthetic. 

Most Professional: Bit Smart Watch

Be professional and prepared with the Bit S1 Plus Smart Watch. With polished silver and tan calfskin, the classically elegant design of this watch coordinates well with office wear while still providing all of the functional applications you expect from a modern smartwatch. Send and receive phone calls, texts and e-mails discreetly during meetings or presentations directly from your watch. You can also use the Bit Smart Watch to load and store over 1,000 songs in the Bit Music Vault. Download the free Bit Watch app from the Google Play Store to sync reminders, calendar appointments and download fitness tracker data.

Best Minimalist Style: Smart Touch KW18 Smartwatch

If you want a smartwatch that is not only useful but beautiful, you’ll love the Smart Touch KW18 Smartwatch. This smartwatch has a soft, thin watchband that adorns your wrist like a stylish minimalist bracelet in silver, gold or black. Its sleek silhouette offsets a 2.5 D radian capacitive round touchscreen that displays social media notifications, reminders, calendar appointments and text messages. You can also use it as a remote camera or music player, or dial your contacts hands-free with a Bluetooth connection. A unique side slot provides a space for SIM or TF cards, too.