The Best Smartwatch for Android Phones

The Best Smartwatch for Android Phones

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (44 mm)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (44 mm)

A stylish, capable smartwatch

This watch lasts multiple days on a charge, offers quick performance, and is both stylish and comfortable.

Buying Options

$290* from Amazon

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $270.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2, available in 44 mm and 40 mm sizes, is the best smartwatch for all Android phones even though it doesn’t run Google’s software. It runs Samsung’s Tizen, which allows for better performance and battery life (two to three days) than what you get from watches running Google’s Wear OS. Samsung’s watch interface is easy to navigate thanks to the touch bezel scrolling, and the round OLED display is gorgeous. The Galaxy Watch Active2 also has impressive fitness tracking with automatic workout detection—something Wear OS still lacks. You won’t find as many apps on Tizen as on Wear OS, though.

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Fossil Gen 5

Fossil Gen 5

A good smartwatch with Google integration

This watch usually lasts all day on a charge and comes in several body styles. It runs Wear OS, which gives it tight integration with Google services but can have noticeably slower performance.

Buying Options

$295 from Best Buy
$78 from Target

May be out of stock

The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches are good options for people who want more integration with Google services. These watches run Google Wear OS, which has better app support via Google Play and full Google Assistant integration for sending messages or setting reminders. Powered by the Snapdragon 3100 processor, the Gen 5 offers better battery life than older Wear OS watches do but still needs a recharge every night. It does have a low-power mode that can display the time for as long as a month (if you enable that mode when the battery is fully charged). Fossil’s watches also come in several styles to suit your taste. However, Wear OS still suffers from sluggish performance and awkward notification management.

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Withings Steel HR

Withings Steel HR

A hybrid watch with a 25-day battery

The Steel HR is a handsome analog watch with a physical dial, a small non-touch OLED screen for notifications, some basic smartwatch features such as activity tracking, and weeks of battery life.

Buying Options

$180 from Huckberry
$140 from Amazon

The Withings Steel HR is a traditional watch with physical hands and a few smart features, a combo sometimes referred to as a hybrid smartwatch. It shows you notifications and tracks fitness stats such as heart rate, steps, and exercise via the small non-touch OLED display on the face. It looks refined, and the smaller body makes it extremely comfortable. And unlike typical smartwatches, which need to be charged every day or two, the Withings Steel HR has you covered with a month of battery life. However, it’s nowhere near as versatile as the Gen 5 or the Galaxy Watch Active2; it lacks an NFC chip (for contactless payments), GPS, media controls, voice control, and any way for you to act on notifications beyond dismissing them.

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Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (44 mm)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (44 mm)

A stylish, capable smartwatch

This watch lasts multiple days on a charge, offers quick performance, and is both stylish and comfortable.

Buying Options

$290* from Amazon

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $270.

Also great

Fossil Gen 5

Fossil Gen 5

A good smartwatch with Google integration

This watch usually lasts all day on a charge and comes in several body styles. It runs Wear OS, which gives it tight integration with Google services but can have noticeably slower performance.

Buying Options

$295 from Best Buy
$78 from Target

May be out of stock

Also great

Withings Steel HR

Withings Steel HR

A hybrid watch with a 25-day battery

The Steel HR is a handsome analog watch with a physical dial, a small non-touch OLED screen for notifications, some basic smartwatch features such as activity tracking, and weeks of battery life.

Buying Options

$180 from Huckberry
$140 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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