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Best Smartwatch Of 2020 + Top 21 Picks For Every Budget

Aidan Russell
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To find out the best smartwatch of 2020, we’ve put to test big contenders like Apple, Samsung, Tag Heuer, Fitbit, and Motorola.

We’ve tested all the major smartwatches on the market, catalogued them by functionality, design and value for money.

Overall, all brands tested get a well-deserved place in our official list of 25 best smartwatches of 2020.

However, only one can be crowned the best smartwatch.

Without further ado, let’s see who’s the winner of this year.

21. TicWatch C2

TICWATCH C2 smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £131

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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 the watch has a decent and rather stylish design, I’ve found its built quality quite poor.

20. Fossil Gen 5

Fossil GEN 5 smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £279

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

PROS:

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

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 customisable 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 2020.

19. Apple Watch 3

Apple Watch 3 best smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £199

COMPATIBILITY: iOS only

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.

Moreover, 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.

Finally, if you upgrade your smartwatch with the latest watchOS 7 software, you’ll benefit from all the latest features you’d expect from an Apple Watch.

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

18. HUAWEI Watch 2

HUAWEI Watch 2 review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £113

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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 good 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

Amazfit Bip smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £59

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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 colour 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

TicWatch Pro 3 smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £289

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

PROS:

  • Responsive and 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 of this list.

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

15. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £129

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

PROS:

  • Comfortable and 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 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

Garmin Vivoactive 4 smartwatch review in 2020

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £209

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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 it 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 favourite smartwatches right now.

13. Honor Magic Watch 2

Honor Magic Watch 2 review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £109

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 review 2020

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £119

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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

Fossil Sport smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £119

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

PROS:

  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Powerful software

CONS:

  • Slow GPS
  • Limited features

Fossil has a lot of expertise in the wearable tech space, that 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 that.

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

Fitbit Versa Lite review 2020

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £99

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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 beat 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

MOTO 360 3d Gen smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £226

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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 colours leave the user looking and feeling like wearing a mechanical masterpiece.

8. Skagen Falster 3

SKAGEN FALSTER 3 smartwatch review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £279

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

PROS:

  • Stylish design
  • Variety of design options

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 customise its look.

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

7. Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense best smartwatch 2020 review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £299

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

PROS:

  • Long battery life
  • Great fitness and 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 on-board 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

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 best smartwatch 2020 review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £209

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

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

Fitbit Versa 3 best smartwatch review 2020

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £199

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS

PROS:

  • Built-in GPS
  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Great fitness tracking

CONS:

  • No music storage for Spotify

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

Apple Watch SE review 2020

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £239

COMPATIBILITY: iOS only

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

TAG HEUER CONNECTED best smartwatch 2020 review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £1,450

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS 

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 the Tag Connected.

2. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 best smart watch 2020 review

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £349

COMPATIBILITY: Android and iOS 

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 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

Apple Watch Series 6 best smartwatch 2020

TODAY’S BEST PRICE: £349

COMPATIBILITY: iOS only 

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 2020 is Apple Watch Series 6.

With a focus on health and fitness, the 6th series of Apple’s smartwatch 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 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 Watch 6 series.

Series 2 introduced GPS and waterproofing, Series 3 improved on that by adding GSM and 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 customisation 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 colour depth – is superb, and the number of third-party apps and accessories is unmatched.

The apps and accessories are critical as beyond its functional value, any watch is a fashion statement so you want to customise it and match it with your outfits.

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  1. huawei’s latest beast looks like rolex I swear. Can i replace my samsung galaxy, and when is this available in Canada?