These days, it’s becoming increasingly common to see people with a smartwatch strapped to their wrist. After all, what’s not to love? With the ability to check messages, receive notifications, make or receive phone calls all from the convenience of our wrists, smartwatches are the perfect way to stay connected.
But we get it, there are simply too many options in the market today and if you feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of devices in the market today, don’t worry because we’ve whittled down those choices to these few smartwatches that we think might be the best of 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
We’re not sure what happened or why Samsung skipped a generation with the Galaxy Watch 3, but given the substantial improvements Samsung has made to it, perhaps it was fitting that it skipped a generation. The Galaxy Watch 3 features a more traditional design so it should look perfect for an evening out.
It is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor, while featuring the same 1.4-inch display. It will also come with health tracking capabilities and features like sleep tracking, a heart rate monitor, and there is even VO2 Max tracking that helps monitor your cardio activities.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
In case the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a bit too bulky for you and you want something a little more understated, then the Galaxy Watch Active 2 could be worth checking out, especially at a lower price compared to the Galaxy Watch 3. It does come with a slightly smaller display and might lack a VO2 Max tracker, but it does come with other biometric trackers like a heart rate monitor and an ECG monitor to check for heart health.
If you’re not an Apple fan and have not bought into the Apple ecosystem, but you can dig the design of the Apple Watch, Oppo has something for you in the form of the Oppo Watch. At a glance it might be easy to mistake the Oppo Watch for the Apple Watch, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially given that it’s almost half the price of the Apple Watch.
Powered by Google’s Wear OS platform, the Oppo Watch comes with all the features you might expect from Wear OS, along with a bunch of fitness tracking features like a heart rate monitor, GPS, GLONASS, and also sleep tracking.
Fitbit Versa 2
A lot of smartwatches these days will probably offer you about a day’s worth of battery, give or take depending on what you use it for, but that’s where the Fitbit Versa 2 shines. The company is claiming that the smartwatch will last for as long as 6 days (your mileage may vary, once again depending on your use).
Also, given Fitbit’s experience and reputation with fitness trackers, you can expect a lot of those features to find its way into the Versa 2, with the added benefit of having a larger display that can show more things on the screen.
Skagen Falster 3
If you’re looking for more Wear OS based smartwatches, then the Skagen Falster 3 might be worth taking a look at. It sports a clean-looking design that’s easy on the eyes, so if you don’t want a watch that stands out too much and can be worn for multiple occasions, this could be it. The Falster 3 improves on the company’s previous offerings, which includes better speaker capabilities, a smart battery feature that should help you squeeze out more battery life, more RAM, and it also comes with a slightly larger display. The last feature could be a welcome change to those with larger arms who felt that the previous model was a bit too small.
For those who have been into fitness wearables, Suunto is a brand that might be familiar to you. The company has been around for a while now churning out a variety of fitness-related gadgets, so it’s no surprise that the company also expanded to the smartwatch market. The Suunto 7 also marks the first time the company has made a Wear OS device, which is great if you love the Suunto brand but also love the Android/Wear OS ecosystem with its apps and features. The Suunto 7 is also a rather big smartwatch with a 50mm watch face, so if you love big chunky designs, this could be it. Combine that with a smartwatch that the company promises 12 hours of battery with fitness tracking and GPS and we think you’ve got a winner.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 2020
A lot of smartwatches typically rely on pairing with our smartphones for connectivity purposes, but this can be annoying if you just want to go out on a run and don’t want to bring too many things with you. This is where watches with cellular connectivity comes in. Mobvoi has updated its Wear OS based TicWatch Pro with 4G connectivity which makes it an ideal workout companion. There are other features that also makes it a great workout partner, like its IP68 rating and also it MIL-STD-810G compliance, which means that it should be capable of withstanding a bump or two without it taking too much damage. Combined with its rugged looks, it might fit perfectly on those who love the outdoors.
Apple Watch Series 5
While we do love our Android phones, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the Apple Watch is simply a great smartwatch. We’ve come across multiple stories of how the Apple Watch’s heart and ECG monitoring features have saved lives, and with built-in features like fall detection and the numerous straps that you can customize the watch with, it would be almost criminal for us to not include it on the list.