publishUpdated   Nov 10, 2020, 10:12 am

Sometimes you want a bit more of an actual “watch”, but enjoy having all of the extra features of a fitness tracker. These smartwatches are an extension of your phone, and some even make it easy for you to leave your phone behind when you hit the gym.

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Best Overall

These are the best smartwatches that you can get overall. With either Tizen OS or Wear OS onboard, you can get the best software possible for an Android-connected smartwatch.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
The Galaxy Watch 3 is the company’s flagship smartwatch offering. All of the latest features, paired with a gorgeous design, and even automatic sleep tracking make for an impressive flagship smartwatch.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3
Those wanting to stick with Wear OS, will want to check out the TicWatch Pro 3. This smartwatch sports the latest Snapdragon Wear processor, along with 8GB of storage. The Dual-Layer display is arguably the most interesting and unique feature, but there’s also a slew of great health features in-tow.
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Fossil Gen 5e
While we await the Fossil Gen 6, the Gen 5e is a fantastic option for Wear OS fans. You’ll find more than 24 hours of battery life, along with automatic workout-tracking, and a classic watch design.

Best for workouts

If the primary focus of your needs is around your daily workout sessions then there are a lot of great smartwatches that do more for workouts than just read off notifications. It can be tough to find a smartwatch that can do literally everything for you, but these ones come pretty darn close.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
The Watch Active 2 is arguably the best smartwatch for Android, for everyone. From a sleek design to some great health features, along with long-lasting battery life, combine for a great experience.
Fitbit Sense
Fitbit has taken a slight turn with its latest smartwatch. While there is still a clear focus on health tracking, the Sense sports sensors you won’t find anywhere else in the company’s lineup.
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Garmin Venu
Runners will want to pick up the Garmin Venu, thanks to the slew of health monitoring features, including stress, sleep, respiration, and more. You can download songs from the likes of Spotify, and leave your phone behind thanks to the built-in GPS.
Fitbit Versa 3
The Versa 3 from Fitbit includes many of the same features as the Sense, but misses out on sleep tracking, and the SpO2 sensor. Nonetheless, it's still a great value and is the best option for most.

Best for Apple

There’s no denying that the Apple Watch is an impressive smartwatch, regardless of whether you are an iOS or Android user. The only problem comes in with the fact that you can’t actually use the Watch with an Android device. Nonetheless, if you want the very best smartwatch and have an old iPhone laying around, you can still take advantage of the hardware and many of the features.

Apple Watch SE
If you own an iPhone and want a smartwatch, the Watch SE is the way to go. This is the entry-level options rom Apple, and sports many of the same features as last year’s Apple Watch Series 5, at a fraction of the price.
Apple Watch Series 6
If you’re in the market for the best overall smartwatch, there’s nothing better than the Apple Watch Series 6. This is the fastest smartwatch to date while featuring more health sensors than you can shake a stick at, including the all-new Blood Oxygen sensor.

Phandroid’s 2020 Holiday gift guide

While the list above highlights a few of our favorite gadgets of 2020, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of 250 products in 19 different categories to make it easy for you to find the best gifts for your family members, friends (or yourself) this holiday season. We’d also like to thank MediaTek for sponsoring the Chromebooks, Smart Home, and Smart Speakers & Displays sections of our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.

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