Wearable tech isn’t going away anytime soon. At CES 2020, the premier global conference for new consumer technology, we saw a lot of new wearables. While augmented reality headsets may still be a few years away, smartwatches have already become part of our daily lives. Here in the United States, smartwatches are starting to eclipse traditional watchmakers. Apple, Fitbit and Samsung are three of the top-selling watch brands in the country today. Fitbit and Apple may have helped kickstart the smartwatch trend, but there are also a lot of high quality Android-ready smartwatches running on a number of different operating systems.
The best Android smartwatches provide the convenience of a smartphone and double as a stylish men’s fashion accessory. And if you’re looking for a gym companion to play music and track your workouts so you can keep up on this year’s fitness goals, most of the watches below can do that, too. In this article, we’re going to review the best smartwatches for Android users. Strictly speaking, not all of these watches are running on the Android operating system (known as Google’s Android Wear OS), which means some of them aren’t true Android watches. However, to the average customer, this distinction doesn’t really matter. All that matters is whether that new watch can sync up with Android devices, and since some of the smartwatches running on Wear OS leave something to be desired, we wanted to provide a range of options.
For Android users, all of these watches provide a lot of style and utility but won’t cost you an arm and a leg to own. To elevate your wardrobe and improve your quality of life, consider one of the best Android smartwatches for your wrist.
1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
When you combine features, style and affordability, it’s hard to beat the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. This product keeps you looking sharp whether you’re in a suit or at the gym (for bonus style points, opt for the rose gold over the classic black). When you’re using it as a fitness tracker, it has onboard music storage so you can ditch your phone while you exercise. It’s also smart enough to track a run for you even when you forget to fire up the right app. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 receives your phone’s notifications and even allows you to scroll through social media to keep up with your digital life. And even with great utility and style, it’s also affordable. For obvious reasons, this watch is designed to work best on Samsung devices, but it will function well with Android products, too. For this reason, this is a great selection for Android users.
2. Samsung Galaxy Watch
Another quality Samsung product, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is a stylish accessory with great utility and battery life, so you can wear it and look great all day. The oversized watch face looks great with business attire, but it still has its rugged side. You can track your heart-rate, steps and other activity while you exercise. And when you recover, the Samsung Galaxy Watch will even track your sleep cycle. Accessing all this data is simple and intuitive with the Tizen OS, which makes even a first-time smartwatch user feel like an expert. This product will also pair with your Android devices via a Bluetooth connection. It’s a bit more costly than other watches, but damned if it doesn’t make you look like a boss. For those who love the look of a classic watch face, this is one of the best smartwatches for sale today. The enlarged, all-black screen looks especially sharp with analog-style displays like the one pictured below.
3. Fossil Sport
BEST ANDROID SMART WATCH
Fossil Sport runs on the Wear OS, making it a true Android smartwatch. Fossil Sport is for the active guy that still cares about his style. It shouldn’t be a surprise to expect a great looking watch from a long-time watchmaker like Fossil, and the Fossil Sport certainly doesn’t disappoint in the design department. It also has all the features you expect from your wearable tech. With NFC capabilities, GPS and all-day heart rate monitoring in a lightweight and slim package, the Sport was designed with the modern man in mind. It’s even waterproof enough to go swimming without taking it off. The GPS has been known to be a little finicky and it can take a minute to find your location, but those are minor drawbacks for an otherwise reliable product. Ultimately, the Fossil Sport is an impressive watch, especially when you factor in the price.
4. Fitbit Versa 2
People love their Fitbits, and the Fitbit Versa 2 is Fitbit’s excellent take on a watch-style activity tracker. (SPY also named the Fitbit Versa 2 the best overall Fitbit product.) The AMOLED touchscreen display features an Always-on function, which is something all Fitbit users have been begging for for years. This feature works as great as the display looks, providing accurate heart-rate and pedometer data to track your activities throughout the week. Like the Samsung Galaxy Active 2, if you forget to track an activity, the watch recognizes your movements and tracks them for you. And if that isn’t smart enough, the Versa 2 has built-in Alexa functionality. You can check your calendar, the weather and control other connected smart devices with your voice. On top of that, users can send quick replies and voice replies when their phone is nearby — so long as that phone is an Android. It’s the smartest Fitbit to date, and it only costs $100.
5. Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
BEST FOR RUNNERS
The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is for runners who like to go the extra mile (and listen to music while they do). With fantastic onboard music storage, GPS and six-hour battery life when the GPS is activated, runners will be able to complete a marathon before it needs to be recharged. And for serious trainers, it has plenty of running insight to improve your time by providing advanced running statistics like VO2 max along with your training status. For music lovers who spend a lot of time hiking, at the gym, or running, this is the ultimate smartwatch. The Garmin Music 245 watch will elevate your training and help you achieve any fitness goals you set this year. Plus, Android users can receive notifications from their phone.
6. Fitbit Ionic
BEST FOR ACTIVITY TRACKING
The Fitbit Ionic is a great choice for those who value fitness and health. It’s the only Fitbit in their smartwatch line that features onboard GPS to accurately track distance and pace while you run. And taking the extra step, onboard music storage lets you ditch your phone while it provides the playlist you need to get through your workout. It has many of the same features as the Versa 2 (minus Alexa, alas), but it has more training capabilities. It’s a little bit more square and less stylish than similar fitness trackers, but if training is your motivation, style is likely on the backburner. Android users running Android 5.0 and up can sync up with their phone to receive notifications on their wrist.
7. Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 2
BEST METAL SMARTWATCH
Some people want a watch that doesn’t scream “look at this new piece of technology I’m wearing!” Enter the Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 2. Although this designer men’s watch does boast plenty of smart capabilities, it looks like a premium metal watch that’s closer to business and formal attire than a smartwatch. The stylish Android smartwatch runs on Wear OS and is available in four colors: gunmetal, rose gold, silver and gold. While it looks great, this accessory also provides a smooth user experience. The performance is equally as impressive with onboard music storage, GPS and even the ability to take calls from your wrist. If you’re willing to drop the extra coin on this stylish timepiece, you’ll be rewarded with more than a great looking timepiece. With Wear OS and classic styling, this is one of the best Android smartwatches for sale right now.