Introduction to the Best Android Smartwatches
We have discussed Best Smartwatches before where we saw incredible watches capable of doing so much stuff ranging from tracking your fitness and health aspects to bringing your smartphone’s notifications right to your wrist. These were the best overall smartwatches, and in today’s review, we will take a closer look at the best android smartwatches. These smartwatches are specifically meant for all the consumers that are using Android smartphones.
So, how well do the best android smartwatches compare to our overall top pick smartwatches and the best Wear OS smartwatches? And more importantly, what’s the best android smartwatch you can get today?
The best Android Smartwatch at the moment is the Fitbit Versa. Fitbit has not been making smartwatches until recently, and the Fitbit Versa is just their second watch, but they have completely nailed it here. The Fitbit Versa Smartwatch is a collection of the best fitness features blended in a stylish watch that also doubles up as a one-stop destination for all your incoming smartphone notifications. This smartwatch is excellent in so many ways as we are going to see. This explains why it is also one of the best-selling Android smartwatches in the market today.
Here is a more detailed review of the Fitbit Versa and some of the other alternatives that you should also check out before making up your mind.
Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa Smartwatch has so much going for it. From the exterior, the smartwatch looks stunning and elegant enough not to attract odd attention to itself. It feels good and comfortable, and the wristbands are made of a friendly material making sure that the users don’t just feel comfortable wearing it, but they are also protected against irritations and other such issues.
It is available in three designs; Rose Gold, Silver Pebble, and Black. You can also get a special edition of the watch which is either in Rose Gold with lavender woven band or Graphite with Charcoal woven band.
The Fitbit Versa runs on Fitbit OS. We have to admit that the Fitbit OS doesn’t have as many apps as Wear OS, but the good news is that all the essentials you expect in a smartwatch are well represented here. The operating system is very, and it shouldn’t take you anything more than a few interactions to fully get used to it.
Fitbit may not be very dominant in the smartwatch industry, but they arguably have the best line of products when it comes to fitness trackers. The Fitbit Versa is enough to exhibit for that. The smartwatch is fitted with numerous sensors that will stay on top of your fitness and health levels 24/7. It can monitor your heart rate, how long you sleep, and the quality of your sleep. It also comes with several exercise modes that can help you set and keep track of your fitness goals in real time. Through SmartTrack, you can also set the watch to automatically detect and monitor all the exercises you are engaging in.
When it comes to pulling your smartphone functions, the Fitbit Versa also performs very well. The watch will alert you when there is an incoming call or text. It will also give you notifications for other apps like the calendar, finance, sports, fitness, and others.
The Fitbit Versa smartwatch is compatible with all smartphones running on Android 5.0 or later. Should you decide to change from Android to other devices, the watch will remain useful since it can also work with Mac OS 10.6 and later and Windows 10 devices.
Other than seamlessly doing all the basics expected of a smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa is also packed with a couple of extras that we really liked. First, all female users can log data on their symptoms and periods, and the watch will always keep track of their periods issuing alerts whenever it’s necessary. Also, you can store over 300 songs in this watch. This should be enough for you to create an insane playlist that will keep you motivated and entertained during your workouts.
- Swim-proof up to 50m
- 4+ day battery life
- 34 x 24 x 24 mm display
- Built-in GPS
- Reminders to move
- SpO2 sensor
- Fitbit coach
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
It’s no surprise at all that a Samsung smartwatch features in this review. Samsung has been making incredible pieces of tech from all departments, and the smartwatch arena is one they are definitely looking to dominate. The Samsung Galaxy Watch line already has some really successful watches such as the original Samsung Galaxy Watch. The Galaxy Watch Active is fine-tuned to blend with all the fitness enthusiasts who need a watch that can do more than just telling time and delivering notifications.
Before we even get into the fine details of what this watch has to offer, we’d like to take a moment and appreciate the elegance of this watch. The design of the Galaxy Watch Active is simply breathtaking, and I wouldn’t have expected anything less from a smartwatch retailing at over $200. The only thing more impressive than its looks is the display. Most people argue that Samsung has the best displays in smartphones, and the same level of expertise is felt in this particular watch.
The Galaxy Watch Active is available in different sizes and four colors i.e., Silver, Rose Gold, Black, and my personal favorite Green. You can, therefore, get the perfect fit for your specific wrist and preferences. Also, the bands are interchangeable, and hence you can stock up two or three different galaxy active bands to make sure that your smartwatch is in perfect tune with your outfit.
Moving on from the looks, the Galaxy Active is fitted with various health and fitness sensors that can track over 39 exercises. It can also automatically detect and monitor seven different exercises. One amazing thing we need to point out is the ability of the smartwatch to detect and send real-time alerts when your heart rate gets too low or high. This should help you get the help you need as soon as possible.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active will be an excellent addition to anyone creating a galaxy ecosystem. This watch will sync with your galaxy devices seamlessly expanding its functionality significantly. That doesn’t mean that it can’t sync with other smartphones, though. The Galaxy Active can be linked with both Android and iOS smartphones. It should then comfortably pick different notifications.
- Sleep Trackers
- Military grade protection and Gorilla glass coating
- Swim ready (up to 50m)
- Water resistant (10m)
- Customizable watch face
- 45-hours battery life
- Wireless power share
- Plenty of supported apps
- GPS built-in
- Intuitive Keyboard and speech-to-text emoticons
- Breathing techniques
Amazfit Bip Smartwatch
If you are looking for the best smartwatch experience and you still want to keep money in your pocket, then the Amazfit Bip is your best pick. This watch is retailing for less than $80, yet it comes with all the essentials you’ll need in a smartwatch plus a few extras for optimal performance.
The external designing is cool enough to please different user preferences. It is after all, available in different colors and hence you should be in a position to get one that isn’t just pleasing to the eye but also to complement with your overall taste in fashion. The smartwatch also feels really good to the touch and its compact, lightweight nature should allow you to have it on throughout the day and even at night without feeling uncomfortable.
And why would you want to wear the smartwatch at night? Well, who would have guessed that such an affordable smartwatch also comes with all day sensors that can monitor the hours and quality of sleep you are getting? On top of all that, you will get a wide variety of other sensors that will track your heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, and many more. This basically means that the Amazfit Bip is the accessory you need to track your everyday activities without failing or weighing you down. In addition to that, the smartwatch features a variety of sports modes ranging from running, walking, cycling to the treadmill. From all the sensors and modes, you will get accurate and comprehensive data on both your fitness and health levels. This should help you set and monitor your goals.
The Amazfit Bip will also save you the hassle of fetching your phone every time you hear a beep or vibration. That’s because the smartwatch will give you notifications on all your emails, incoming calls, texts, WhatsApp, weather forecasts, etc. You can also sync the smartwatch with your social media accounts to deliver notifications from Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Snap, etc.
- 1.28-inch color touch always-on display
- 2.5D Corning gorilla glass
- 20mm changeable watch band
- 45-day battery life with low notifications or 30 days with more notifications
- 1.1-ounces weight
- Automatic activity tracking
- Daily goal achievement
- Mi-Fit App
- The IP68 water and dust resistant
- Built-in GPS