21 Best Smartwatch of 2021 (For Android & iPhone)

Finding the best smartwatch of 2021 is not an easy task and here’s why.

First, you have to test the constant flow of smartwatches from the perennial big contenders.

I am talking about the likes of Apple, Samsung, Tag Heuer, Fitbit, and Motorola.

Then, as you test all major smartwatches on the market, you have to catalog them by functionality, design, and value for money.

In the end, all brands tested deserve a place in our top 21 best smartwatches of 2021.

However, only one can be crowned the best smartwatch of this year and, without further ado, let’s see who’s the winner of 2021.



21.
TicWatch C2

Best Deal Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $119

TICWATCH C2 smartwatch review

PROS

Affordable
Google Pay feature
Built-in GPS

CONS

Old software
Low-quality hardware

If you’re looking for a good smartwatch but don’t want to spend more than £200, TicWatch C2 is your choice.

Made by Mobvoi, this smartwatch has everything you’d expect from a Wear OS smartwatch.

Some of the most important TicWatch C2 features include Google Pay, GPS, and heart-rate tracking.

Although this smartwatch has a rather stylish design, I think the built quality can do with a bit of improvement.


20.
Fossil Gen 5

Best Stylish Smartwatch For Women
Android & iOS
From $250

Fossil GEN 5 smartwatch review

PROS

Premium stainless-steel frame
Customizable battery modes
Stylish design
1GB RAM

CONS

Limited features
No offline Spotify playback

Powered by the Wear OS, Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is an excellent choice.

With a premium stainless-steel frame, this smartwatch has a super stylish design.

Also, thanks to its 1GB of RAM, Fossil Gen 5 doesn’t have any performance lags, usually seen in most Wear OS devices.

The smartwatch has 18 hours battery life that can be extended thanks to its customizable battery modes.

However, there are no fitness or heart rate health features, so commonly available on Apple and Samsung Galaxy Watches.

Moreover, you can’t store music offline on the watch’s Spotify app.

Despite the above-mentioned disadvantages, Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is one of the best Wear OS devices you can buy in 2021.


19.
Apple Watch 3

Best Affordable Apple Watch
iOS
From $135

Apple Watch 3 best smartwatch review

PROS

Affordable Apple Watch
High-resolution screen
Apple Watch features

CONS

Short battery life
Limited to iPhone users
Old design

Although Apple Watch 3 is three years old, it is still better than most smartwatches dedicated to iPhone users.

Actually, the model 3 is the only watch under £200 that Apple still continues to sell.

True, when compared to other types of Apple Watch, model 3 has a design that’s a bit dated.

However, the watch retains Apple’s timeless design, and still stands out.

Moreover, it is one of my favorite smartwatches right now for allowing me to run playzee on it.

And, if you upgrade your smartwatch to the latest watchOS, you’ll get all features you’d expect from the latest Apple Watch.

Just know that this watch is compatible only with iOS, so don’t buy it if you don’t have an iPhone.





18.
HUAWEI Watch 2

Best Affordable Sport Watch
Android & iOS
From $299

HUAWEI Watch 2 review

PROS

Affordable
Comfortable wristband
Advance features

CONS

Poor fitness tracking

I have found HUAWEI Watch 2 to be the most comfortable smartwatch on my list.

The smartwatch has great specs and a rather small high-resolution screen.

The software is super fast and it operates very smoothly.

With this model, HUAWEI has focused on fitness features.

From running to cycling and swimming, HUAWEI model 2 has all of the necessary sensors to track intense physical activities.

However, on some of my tests, HUAWEI Watch 2 didn’t perform as well as my dedicated fitness tracker wearables did.

This is rather unfortunate since the smartwatch is very comfortable and designed with fitness activities in mind.

Despite the screen size and the fitness tracking poor performance, its wearability makes it apart from other smartwatches I have ever tried.


17.
Amazfit Bip

Best Affordable Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $65

Amazfit Bip smartwatch review

PROS

Affordable
Built-in GPS
Long battery life

CONS

Low-resolution screen
Cheap design

Amazfit Bip proves that you don’t have to pay a lot of money to have a capable smartwatch with fitness-tracking features.

This cheap smartwatch costs less than £80 and is compatible with both iOS and Android.

Amazfit Bip has a built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor, and to our surprise, the fitness features are pretty solid.

Also, despite its low-resolution graphics, the watch’s transflective color display is easy on the eyes.

Another surprising feature is the battery life, which lasts around 45 days of normal usage.

However, given its low price, the smartwatch has certain limitations. For example, there are only five different watch faces available.

Even worse, the watch does not respond to notifications.





16.
TicWatch Pro 3

Best Multifunctional Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $299

TicWatch Pro 3 smartwatch review

PROS

Responsive & fast
Long battery life

CONS

Poor interface
Poor sleep tracking

The TicWatch Pro 3 is one of the best Wear OS watches I’ve tested on my list but let me explain why.

First, you can use this watch with your iPhone or Android phone.

Then, it offers some solid battery life, as well as some intuitive functionality.

The watch packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset with 1GB of RAM, which makes it one of the most powerful devices on this list.

All apps load quickly, with no boot-up delays.


15.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Best Affordable Samsung Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $199

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review

PROS

Comfortable & lightweight
Stylish design

CONS

App support is limited

While this is not the latest and greatest smartwatch from Samsung (it is the first generation of the Samsung Galaxy Watch) this is still an excellent smartwatch from the money.

The watch has a similarly sleek design and excellent software.

But, it does not have the ability to take ECG readings (I do not see it as a deal-breaker).

Above all, it is much more affordable than the Galaxy Watch Active 2, so this is an excellent bargain.


14.
Garmin Vivoactive 4

Best Smartwatch For Yoga
Android & iOS
From $239

Garmin Vivoactive 4 smartwatch review in 2020

PROS

Music storage for Spotify
Easy navigation

CONS

Complex app installation process
Occasional syncing issues

Garmin took the best features of its Vivoactive 3, the best smartwatch for fitness, and made them even better with Vivoactive 4 and 4S.

The watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 45mm, to offer a better fit for most people.

It also comes with Garmin Pay and music storage out of the box, instead of having to pay more for premium features, as was the case with Vivoactive 3.

The Vivoactive 4 smartwatch brings further features such as on-screen yoga and Pilates workouts.

Finally, there’s a new pulse ox sensor that measures your blood oxygen level and gives you detailed sleep insights.

All of that plus 7-day battery life makes the Vivoactive 4 one of my favorite smartwatches right now.





13.
Honor Magic Watch 2

Best Sport Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $195

Honor Magic Watch 2 review

PROS

Fitness features
Long battery life

CONS

Limited features

If you’re big into fitness but don’t think a dedicated sports watch is for you, then the Honor Magic Watch 2 might be what you need.

Thanks to its set of fitness features, Honor Magic Watch 2 can track a wide range of sports and provide you with detailed pieces of information.

It can even provide workout advice and feedback for certain activities if you’re looking to get fitter.

The watch also lasts for a long time without needing to be charged, up to a week or two weeks depending on which version you buy.

However, I’ve found a few issues with this watch, such as its relative lack of non-fitness features.


12.
HUAWEI Watch GT 2

Best Smartwatch For Heart-rate Monitoring
Android & iOS
From $145

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 review 2020

PROS

High-resolution screen
Long battery life

CONS

Limited app support
Basic features

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is different from every other smartwatch on my list and here’s why.

This watch is a mix between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker.

Yes, it looks like a smartwatch thanks to its great, high-resolution screen and ability to run basic system apps (calendar) and notify you about calls and messages.

However, the main focus is on fitness tracking, with the Watch GT 2 keeping tabs on your lifestyle and exercises via a built-in heart-rate sensor and GPS.

Overall, this is a watch for fitness novices rather than road warriors.

If basic fitness tracking, notifications, and long battery life are important to you, then the Huawei Watch GT 2 could be the smartwatch for you.


11.
Fossil Sport

Best Lightweight Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $199

Fossil Sport smartwatch review

PROS

Comfortable & lightweight
Powerful software

CONS

Slow GPS
Limited features

Fossil has a lot of expertise in the wearable tech space, which has culminated with the Fossil Sport, hailed as the best smartwatch the company has made to date.

The Fossil Sport is a top-end watch with a lower price tag.

The watch features GPS, a lightweight – yet premium – design, and at least two days of battery life on a single charge.

The watch packs a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset inside – the latest from Qualcomm – able to offer a smoother experience than you’ll get on most Wear OS watches.

It doesn’t have any unique features, but the overall package of Fossil Sport may make this the best watch for you.

That’ll be the case if you’re looking for a fitness watch that comes with Wear OS software and won’t look odd on your wrist when you’re going about your day.





10.
Fitbit Versa Lite

Longest Battery Life Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $159

Fitbit Versa Lite review 2020

PROS

Affordable
Long battery life

CONS

No GPS
Poor workout screening features

The second best Fitbit on our list is the Fitbit Versa Lite, the more affordable version of the Fitbit Versa, however, with a few of the features removed.

The Versa Lite has a good range of fitness features and a battery that’ll last you a good few days; the battery beats out most devices on my list.

Also, Fitbit Versa Lite has a body that’s small and light and will fit on your wrist with ease, without even noticing you’re wearing it most of the time.

Some of the features Versa Lite misses over Versa, Versa 2, and 3 are no Fitbit Pay, no onboard GPS, and a slightly less impressive screen.

However, if you’re on a budget and looking for a great smartwatch, give this a try, I’m sure you won’t mind these missing features.


9.
MOTO 360 3rd Gen

Best Stylish Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $129

MOTO 360 3d Gen smartwatch review

PROS

High-end design
Fitness tracking features
Long battery life

CONS

No built-in speakers
Poor health tracking
Expensive

Long before the Cupertino-based company announced its smartwatch, Moto 360 was one of the hottest watches around.

Those taken in by the nostalgia of the name and shape will feel right at home.

The iconic design has been updated with more accurate sensors and improved software, courtesy of Google’s latest OS.

While bold, the design isn’t big and bulky.

Moreover, the slick stainless steel and choice of colors leave the user looking and feeling like wearing a mechanical masterpiece.


8.
Skagen Falster 3

Best WearOS Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $285

SKAGEN FALSTER 3 smartwatch review

PROS

Variety of design options
Stylish design

CONS

Poor activity tracking features

If you’re looking for something smaller, try Skagen Falster 3 smartwatch.

In my opinion, it is one of the best all-around WearOS smartwatches you can buy right now.

Not many Android smartwatches can be described as elegant, but this Danish brand is known for creating timeless wearable tech pieces.

Skagen Falster 3 is powered by Google’s WearOS and comes with Google Assistant, smartphone notifications, activity tracking, world time, weather, and many, many more.

A battery-efficient dial design provides up to 24 hours of use on a single charge, and finally, the interchangeable straps allow you to customize its look.

Oh, let’s not forget that each watch comes with an inductive magnetic charger.





7.
Fitbit Sense

Best Smartwatch For Health Tracking
Android & iOS
From $230

Fitbit Sense best smartwatch 2020 review

PROS

Long battery life
Great fitness & health tracking features

CONS

No music storage for Spotify

Fitbit Sense is the company’s top-shelf smartwatch and comes with advanced health and wellness features when compared with the Versa line.

Not only does it have an FDA-approved ECG sensor and blood oxygen reading, but Sense has the ability to measure electrodermal activity and skin temperature, too!

As one of the best Fitbits to date, Sense works with both iOS and Android and comes with onboard GPS, a native app store, Alexa, and more.

To me, this device proves that Fitbit is no longer just a brand with products for tracking our steps but a company interested in taking a holistic look at your health.


6.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Best Smartwatch For Women
Android & iOS
From $149

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 best smartwatch 2020 review

PROS

Stylish design
Fitness tracking features
Offline music storage for Spotify

CONS

Poor sleep tracking

As good as the Apple Watch is, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 can give Apple’s smartwatch a run for its money.

Samsung’s watch works with both Android (and to a lesser extent) iOS smartphones and features GPS, a heart rate monitor, and LTE (for a premium), activity, and sleep tracker.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2’s circular design is visually appealing, whether you get the 40mm or 44mm model.

Based on Samsung’s Tizen operating system, this Galaxy Watch boasts other useful features as Samsung Pay, onboard music via Spotify, and heart health features.

Also, there’s an expected ECG feature to be implemented, that has just earned FDA approval.

But the biggest reason why the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is one of the best smartwatches for Android users is its top-of-the-range battery life.





5.
Fitbit Versa 3

Best Smartwatch For Fitness Tracking
Android & iOS
From $159

Fitbit Versa 3 best smartwatch review 2020

PROS

Built-in GPS
Comfortable and lightweight
Great fitness tracking

CONS

No music storage for Spotif

Don’t want something from either Samsung or Apple?

That’s ok as I think I have the best device for your wrist.

Fitbit Versa 3 is the latest smartwatch from the company and one of the best wrist companions for those who want to focus on fitness features.

The design is comfortable to wear, the display is easy to view -with a crisp image, and there’s a built-in GPS.

Like all previous Fitbit smartwatches, this timepiece is focused on fitness and won’t be for everyone.

But for general wearable fans, the Fitbit Versa 3 is a top option and, more affordable than most of the other options on my list too.


4.
Apple Watch SE

Best Smartwatch Deal For iPhone
iOS
From $249

Apple Watch SE review 2020

PROS

Stylish design
High app availability
Apple Watch features
Large screen

CONS

No ECG monitoring
Limited to iPhone users

Apple Watch SE is a hybrid between the Apple Watch Series 5 (which has since been discontinued) and Apple Watch Series 3.

The device doesn’t have all the Series 6’s features, but still stands out for its speedy chip and safety features.

It also comes with LTE, making it a good choice for those interested in trying out Family Setup.

When choosing between Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE, the final decision is the price.

If you want to spend an extra $120 for a brighter display with an always-on option, ECG monitor, and a SpO2, go for the next model up.

If these features aren’t deal-breakers for you, the SE is a capable device for most iPhone users.


3.
Tag Heuer Connected

Best Luxury Smartwatch
Android & iOS
From $1550

TAG HEUER CONNECTED best smartwatch 2020 review

PROS

Premium design
High-end hardware
Tag Heuer exclusive apps

CONS

Short Battery life

TAG’s latest attempt at a smartwatch, the TAG Heuer Connected, is a handsome-looking wearable.

The watch mimics traditional mechanical watches thanks to its fully circular display and sporty-looking case.

The new model improves a lot on the previous generations with enhanced sports tracking, GPS, and built-in heart-rate sensors.

TAG Heuer Connected is without any doubt a class above all of its Android Wear siblings.

Also, aesthetically I find it preferable to the most expensive Apple Watch variants, its only rivals in the ‘luxe smartwatch’ market.

The device feels more watch-like than any other smartwatch I have tested for my top.

So, if you’re looking for a luxury Android smartwatch or even a premium smartwatch, look no further than Tag Connected.





2.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Best Smartwatch For Samsung
Android & iOS
From $149

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 best smart watch 2020 review

PROS

Slim and stylish design
Great performance
Accurate ECG monitoring feature

CONS

Short Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is one of the most stylish smartwatches around, and one of the most functional, too.

It comes available in two sizes, 41 and 45 mm, and in an LTE variant, so you can leave your smartphone at home.

The Galaxy Watch 3’s rotating bezel makes navigating the watch’s interface easy and gives your access to thousands of watch faces to customize the display to your liking.

Although Galaxy Watch 3 has a shorter, 2-day battery life compared to the original Samsung Galaxy Watch, this model introduces more music storage, an FDA-approved ECG tracking, and a trip detection feature.

Of course, you’ll get Samsung Pay for contactless payments, and all the good fitness features too.

Like the first Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch 3’s biggest setback is Samsung’s app store, which remains limited in its offering when compared to Apple’s, but Tizen is catching up.


1.
Apple Watch Series 6

Best Smartwatch In Total
iOS
From $319

Apple Watch Series 6 best smartwatch 2020

PROS

Premium design
High-resolution always-on display
Variety of fitness features
Great performance

CONS

Average battery life
Limited to iPhone users

Not surprisingly, the best smartwatch of 2021 is Apple Watch Series 6.

With a focus on health and fitness, the 6th series of Apple’s smartwatches can monitor your heart rate and suggest you see a doctor if it detects something irregular.

Moreover, it’ll call the emergency services if you’ve fallen over and don’t react.

These life-saving features are the main reasons people are ditching their traditional watches for the latest Apple Watch.

The device comes in two size options, it is incredibly comfortable, and suitable for most wrists.

Also, this time the design of the Apple Watch Series 6 is almost perfect, beautifully blurring the lines between tech and fashion.

Every generation has seen minor improvements that have gone a long way to perfect the Watch 6 series.

Series 2 introduced GPS and waterproofing, Series 3 improved on that by adding GSM and the ability to use it without an iPhone present, all while remaining loyal to the original design.

Then, Series 4 improved the design with a stunning new screen that stretched to the edges of the device.

Series 5 kept the excellent design of Series 4 but and added new customization options and an always-on display.




Apple Watch Series 6 (the winner of our top) adds a pulse oxygen sensor to its range of health systems and has made its always-on display 2.5 times brighter.

Moreover, Apple has introduced an always-running altimeter, stepped-up to the latest S6 processor, and delivered new watchOS 7 features.

Without exaggerating, Apple Watch Series 6 has impressed me greatly.

The design is sleek, the screen – in terms of PPI and color depth – is superb, and the number of third-party apps and accessories is unmatched.

Finally, I’ve found the accessories critical; beyond the functional value, any smartwatch is a fashion statement.

In this case, I was able to match it with some of the best streetwear brands I own.

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