The best cheap Android smartwatches you can buy

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Looking for a Wear OS smartwatch? You may have seen some nice-looking options from top fashion brands, but few people can or should spend upwards of $1,000 or even more for one We’re here to tell you that there are quality options available at much lower price points. These are the best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy.

Durable and long-lasting

Mobvoi TicWatch S2

Staff pick

The TicWatch S2 offers a great Wear OS experience for hundreds of dollars less than the competition. It can track your workouts and heart rate, lasts all day with a larger battery than its predecessor, and of course, it displays your notifications. It’s also built tough with military-grade durability.

$180 at Amazon

Classic style

Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3

While Fossil’s fourth-generation Explorist trumps the previous model in every way, the Gen 3’s reduced price tag still makes it a decent buy. It’ll offer a rather basic Wear OS experience, but if all you need is something to use apps and view notifications on, the Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 will make you happy.

$179 at Amazon

Big value

Mobvoi Ticwatch E2

Mobvoi is really good at making cheap smartwatches that have a lot of features. The TicWatch E2 has luxury features like a heart rate monitor and built-in GPS that are normally reserved for more expensive watches. It also has a cleaner, less rugged look than the slightly pricier TicWatch S2.

$160 at Amazon

Mischievous

Misfit Vapor

The original Misfit Vapor brings a competent smartwatch experience on the cheap with its heart rate sensor and GPS, but it also tries to offer a little something unique in its touch-activated bezel used for navigating Wear OS. It comes in plenty of flashy colors, and you can even customize the looks to your liking.

$200 at Misfit

Ritzy option

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

The TicWatch Pro isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s not over-the-top expensive. At $250, it offers the best Wear OS experience you can find today, featuring no less than two days of battery life, Google Pay, Google Assistant, a heart rate sensor, GPS, and more. If you have the extra cash, this is the watch to buy.

$250 at Amazon

Good smartwatches don’t have to cost a fortune

While Wear OS has seen less traction as of late, there are still a handful of great affordable options available. Mobvoi’s TicWatch series is an excellent place to start. The TicWatch S2 is a rugged and inexpensive watch with water resistance, heart rate monitoring, and all-day battery life. What more could you ask for in a $180 watch?

If you don’t spending just a tad more though, the TicWatch Pro is an even better smartwatch that lasts longer than the S2 and adds in NFC for mobile payments through Google Pay. On the more affordable end is the TicWatch E2, which has a less sporty look than Mobvoi’s other watches and still monitors location and heart rate information.

What if I want a fashionable watch?

Appearance is subjective, of course, but if fashion is a high priority for you, the silicone band and chunky design of the TicWatch S2 may not be for you. Instead, we’d recommend the Fossil Q Explorist, which features a stainless steel casing and a gorgeous leather strap for under $200.

We also like the Misfit Vapor, whose minimalistic form factor is made even better-looking thanks to the wide variety of great color options on Misfit’s site. If none of the standard options speak to you, you can even design your own combination with a ton of color options to choose from for the strap.

This article was originally posted on Android Central

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