2021 Gift Guide: Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers


When it comes to looking for the best smartwatches and fitness trackers, the possibilities are truly endless. You can opt for the Apple Watch if you have an iPhone, or you can go with something like the Fitbit Charge 5 for those who want a platform-agnostic smart wearable device. Then there’s the Galaxy Watch 4, which is the only smartwatch that is currently running Google and Samsung’s joint Wear OS 3 release. Nevertheless, there’s something out there for everyone and we’ve rounded up the best of the best.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung definitely didn’t disappoint with its release of the Galaxy Watch 4. This and the Watch 4 Classic remain the only two smartwatches to be powered by the new Wear OS 3. Plus, they include all of the health-tracking features that you could want and then some.

Fitbit Charge 5

hose looking for the best fitness tracker won’t want to look any further than the Fitbit Charge 5. There’s a new color OLED display, as Fitbit introduced a slight redesign compared to the Charge 4. Enjoy everything that the Charge 5 has to offer and pair it with the Fitbit app for even more health and fitness tracking fun.

Apple Watch Series 7

If you want simply the best smartwatch that money can buy, it’s hard to argue with getting the Apple Watch. Of course, you’ll need an iPhone to take full advantage, but even if you were to pick up something like a used iPhone SE just for setting it up, it will still provide all of the notifications and fitness tracking that you would want.

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra

Despite not being equipped with Wear OS 3, the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is our next favorite pick if you want a traditional smartwatch. The build is a bit bulky for some, but it offers the best Wear OS 2 experience out there and lasts for up to 45 days when using Essential Mode.

Fitbit Sense

While we await Google and Fitbit’s integration to come to fruition, the Sense is Fitbit’s top-of-the-line smartwatch. This smartwatch can measure things like your skin temperature, offer heart rate notifications, and even check for heart rhythm irregularities.

Fossil Gen 6

We were hoping that the Fossil Gen 6 would launch with WearOS 3.0, but it seems that Samsung has some type of exclusivity deal with Google on that front. Nevertheless, the Gen 6 is still an incredible smartwatch, coming in an array of combinations and sizes, while being able to keep track of your most important health metrics including Blood Oxygen levels.

TicWatch E3

TicWatch is well-known for creating some pretty great hardware, but if you want more budget-friendly option compared to the Pro 3, the TicWatch E3 is the way to go. This smartwatch is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 4100, and features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, while also supporting Google Pay with the embedded NFC chip.

Amazon Halo View

The original Amazon Halo was an interesting device as it didn’t include a screen, but still managed to provide plenty of fitness tracking features. With the Halo View, you’ll enjoy a color display, while also gaining access to Amazon’s Halo membership which provides access to more features, dedicated workouts, and more.

Amazfit Band 5

Amazfit is one of those companies that continues to release great wearable devices, while relying on RTOS instead of Wear OS. And with the Band 5, you’ll enjoy a basic fitness tracker with up to 15-days of battery life, along with Amazon Alexa built right in.

Fitbit Inspire 2

The Inspire 2 from Fitbit may look a bit small compared to other fitness trackers, but that’s the point. With this wearable, you won’t need to worry about a big screen on your wrist causing distractions, while still enjoying heart rate tracking, long battery life, and subtle motivation notifications to get you moving around.

Garmin Vivosmart 4

The Vivosmart 4 from Garmin is another one of those fitness trackers that doesn’t try to do too much. It offers a bright display so you can easily see your progress throughout the day, while also being capable of monitoring your sleep, Vo2 Max, energy levels, and more.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6

By many accounts, the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is the best fitness tracker than you can get, regardless of price. But the best part is that this tracker won’t break the bank even without any sales, and will track all of the important metrics you could want while lasting for up to two weeks on a single charge.


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