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The best Android smartwatches are hard to find because there are so many options out there, all of varying quality. There are no shortage of wearables that come from brands like Sony, Samsung, Amazfit, Skagen, Misfit, and others. What they have in common is they all run Google's Wear OS designed for smartwatches and wearables. The best devices will have a nice, lightweight design, a long-lasting battery, and specs and features that are useful to the average consumer. We've reviewed a number of devices and picked the best ones for you.
If your needs are more fitness-based, be sure to check out our list of best fitness trackers as well.
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30-day battery life
Stylish and lightweight design
GPS and heart rate monitor
IP68 water and dust resistance
Can't respond to notifications
Whether you spend your mornings going for a jog or getting into the office early, the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch is intended to match the needs of your lifestyle. Available in a variety of colors, this smartwatch tracks your steps, the quality of your sleep, and how far you’ve traveled each day, along with granting you instant access to incoming emails, texts, phone calls, and social media alerts. Our tester liked how it was capable of lasting 30 days on a single charge. It's also lightweight, unobtrusive, water-resistant and dustproof, letting you incorporate it easily into your routine.
The watch also features four different sports modes — for running, using the treadmill, cycling, and walking — so you can more easily track your progress to set — and meet — your goals. Use it to stay organized, whether that’s checking the weather or setting alarms and timers. However, be aware that you’ll still need to keep your smartphone on hand: you won’t be able to reply to texts or emails using the watch, and it is not able to answer calls.
"If you never want to worry about charging your smartwatch, then the Bip is unbeatable." — Emily Ramirez, Product Tester
Has speaker and microphone
Includes heart rate monitor
Easy to read screen
Bulky and awkward design
Compatibility issues with Android
Be professional and prepared with the Beantech Bitwatch S1 Plus. Our reviewer enjoyed the polished silver and tan calfskin, and the way the classically elegant design of this watch coordinated 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.
"The Beantech Bitwatch is not a groundbreaking smartwatch, but it provides a lot of essential features for $50." — Emily Ramirez, Product Tester
Solid build quality
Onboard NFC, GPS, and heart rate monitor
Runs older hardware
Average battery life
Beautiful and sleek, the Skagen Falster 2 combines aesthetics with performance, offering a bright, interactive smartwatch that can assist you throughout your day. Bringing Google Assistant to your wrist, the watch makes payments easy with Google Pay and relays your smartphone notifications. Along with being a stylish addition an outfit, the Skagen Falster 2 tracks your heart rate and activity levels, includes GPS and has a 24-hour battery life and rapid charging.
Our reviewer used it to set goals and alarms, store music, and hit the gym after work. There's also a swim-proof touchscreen and a variety of sports modes, including walking, cycling, and stair climbing. For additional functionality, third-party apps can be downloaded from the Google Play store. Customizable watch faces and interchangeable bands, including mesh and leather options, mean the watch can match your style, or change with it.
"One of the watch’s most interesting features is that it’s waterproof, allowing it to track swimming activity." — Emily Ramirez, Product Tester
Rugged and premium build quality
Excellent 4G connectivity
Snappy, reliable performance
Clunky apps and integrations
Unfriendly setup process
The TicWatch Pro LTE synonymizes practicality and style. Built for the person who does it all, Mobvoi's latest smartwatch introduces cellular support through Verizon in addition to now-standard fitness tracking capabilities. Keep track of all of your notifications with a glance at your wrist and manage daily tasks like sending texts, updating your calendar, and making payments through Google Pay. Our reviewer liked the combination the Snapdragon 2100 processor and 1GB of RAM to ensure more rapid and responsive performance. With a slightly smaller chassis than the original TicWatch Pro, this watch bears a silicone strap and stainless-steel bezels.
Wear it while out on runs and swims — its military-grade durability, IP68 rating, and Gorilla Glass 3 display let it withstand laps in the pool, as well as extreme conditions, and a few bumps here and there. Upon detecting it, the TicWatch Pro LTE even records exercise, offering daily heart rate charts and a seven-day heart rate history so you can monitor your activity levels and personal health.
"The manufacturer has loaded in a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 1GB of on-board RAM. This gives the watch plenty of power to tackle all the apps you’ll need, and because of that, swiping through the display and using apps feels snappy and responsive." — Jason Schneider, Product Tester
Sporty and colorful straps
Sweatproof and waterproof
Standalone GPS and heart rate sensor
Though a bit on the pricier side, the Misfit Vapor 2 is geared towards all athletes, from the casual runner to the marathon trainer. The exercise-specific sport straps, available in a variety of colors, may resemble leather but are both sweatproof and waterproof, and swimmers can use the smartwatch in water as deep as 50 meters. The watch plays music without needing a phone, includes a heart rate sensor, and boasts a standalone GPS that allows you to track the progress of your workout, monitoring everything from elevation to distance to speed.
Built-in Google Pay lets you make purchases with just a tap of your wrist, and you can check your smartphone notifications while on the go. The battery life can last up to 24 hours, and it can charge up to 80 percent in less than an hour. With interchangeable bands and customizable watch faces, it will look the part at the gym or at happy hour.
Built-in heart rate monitor and G-sensor
Sleep quality analyzer
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.
The best Android smartwatch for most people is the Amazfit Bip. Made by Huami, its 30-day battery life, combined with the unobtrusive design lets you handle everything from notifications to activity tracking and sleep quality. Best of all, it's highly affordable. If your budget is even more limited, the Beantech Bitwatch S1 Plus is even cheaper and shares most of the features of the Amazfit, though battery life isn't quite so long.
Our expert reviewers and testers evaluate Android smartwatches along several factors. We start by taking a look at design, style, durability, and how easy it is to change straps. We evaluate the screen size and resolution focusing on how legible the text, complications, and other information is, particularly outdoors and in direct sunlight.
We look at overall user experience (UX), by seeing how easy to the smartwatch is to setup, how many apps it's compatible with, how well it syncs to your phone, and the general fluidity of the operating system. We also consider any additional features that are included like heart rate monitoring, GPS, and fitness tracking.
To test battery life, we charge the smartwatch up to full, and then use it over the course of a day to see how much it drains. To make our final judgement, we look at the competition, and see how the smartwatch stacks up against rivals in a similar price range. The majority of the smartwatches we test are purchased by us; sometimes newer releases are provided by a manufacturer, but it has no bearing on the objectivity of our evaluation.
Emily Ramirez has written for Lifewire since 2019. Before that she's been published in Massachusetts Digital Games Institute and MIT Game Lab. She's familiar with the latest and greatest tech, having reviewed everything from soundcards and VR headsets, to wearables and games. She tested most of the smartwatches on this list, but felt the Amazfit Bip stood out for its long battery life, useful set of features, and low price.
Jason Schneider has a decade worth of experience writing about tech. He's deeply familiar with the consumer tech space, particularly with audio, but he's also reviewed a fair number of wearables and accessories. He tested the connected TicWatch Pro and enjoyed its excellent 4G connectivity and snappy performance.
Patrick Hyde has nearly five years writing about technology. He was previous an editor at Health Fitness Revolution and is familiar with the wearable and fitness tracker market.
Software - Not all Android smartwatches run Google’s official Wear OS software. If you are looking to get the most out of your Android smartphone, look for one that runs the official Google operating system. Third-party software isn’t always a bad idea, but be sure to know how it may limit or enhance your experience.
Design - Watches are a fashion choice even when they have technology embedded. Choose a watch design that you will feel comfortable wearing. Consider aspects such as the device’s screen size, and whether it will fit your wrist, as well as the shape of the screen. Some watches offer traditional round faces, while others opt for a more modern square face.
Battery - Smartwatches are known to go through batteries quite quickly, typically requiring a charge at the end of each day just like your smartphone. Check the manufacturer's information to see how long your new smartwatch is rated to last—whether that's a day or a full weekend.