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Summarized list of the best smartwatches in 2021:
The Apple Watch Series 6 is easily the best smartwatch you can put on your wrist — with a rich app ecosystem as well as fleshed out health features. From heart-rate metering to ECG and blood oxygen monitoring, to sleep tracking and hand-washing reminders. It also tracks a good amount of workouts and is pretty much among the most accurate fitness trackers as well. Not to mention, it can go completely autonomous with an eSIM providing its own LTE connection. Supports Apple Pay.
Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE is a bit more dialed-back version of the Series 6. No ECG and blood oxygen monitoring and no always-on screen. But it still supports all of the apps and workouts available and it has the facelift design — thin bezels, unlike the Apple Watch Series 3, which looks pretty dated by now. The SE also supports eSIM for autonomous use. Supports Apple Pay.
Huawei Watch GT2
The Huawei Watch GT2 is arguably the best smartwatch in 2021 when it comes to battery life performance — it can last you upwards to two weeks. It still has a colorful OLED display and has all the basic features of a smartwatch — notifications, activity tracking, heartbeat sensor, and robust sleep tracking. It looks like a stylish timepiece, too, and can pair with both iOS and Android. It does not use Google’s Wear OS, but Huawei’s own in-house software. It’s very limited in terms of apps, and you can only view notifications — no replying from the watch. No mobile payment system here, too.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch line is also pretty respectable in terms staying power. It doesn’t have quite as many apps as the Apple Watch, but it’s still a very useful smartwatch with all the basics — a plethora of workout trackers as well as sleep tracking. Its battery can last about 3-4 days. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 supports eSIM and has a speaker for full autonomous work. It can pair to both Android and iOS, but you get access to the most apps and features if you pair it specifically with a Galaxy phone. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 works with Samsung Pay.
All this makes the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active the best smartwatch in 2021 for Android users, and particularly Samsung users who are looking for a fitness-focused watch and don’t wish to overspend on a more expensive Samsung options.
#4: Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Much like the Galaxy Watch Active 2, the Galaxy Watch 3 can pair up to Android and iOS but you get the most out of it if you have a Galaxy Phone. It sports a more classic look, with thick metal case and a rotating bezel to navigate around the UI. Don’t let the classy looks fool you — it still has pretty robust health-tracking features, just like the Watch Active 2, and also can last about 3 days on a single charge. The Galaxy Watch 3 works with Samsung Pay.
This is arguably the classiest, best smartwatch a Samsung fan can get in 2021, at least until its successor comes out.
Garmin Vivoactive 4
Fossil Gen 5
TicWatch Pro 3
The TicWatch Pro 3 sports a highly power-efficient LCD display on top of a standard AMOLED display, which can take its battery life all the way up to 30 days. Since it’s a WearOS smartwatch, it comes with a built-in Google Assistant, Google Pay, the Google Fit features, and supports LTE connectivity via eSIM.
Which one’s going on your wrist?
There we have them, the best fitness smartwatches, health tracking smartwatches or simply elegant ones you can get right now in 2021. Ultimately (and unsurprisingly) the Apple Watch Series 6 or SE is the best smartwatch for those who are into Apple’s ecosystem, while Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series are the best smartwatches for fans of the Korean giant and Android users in general, even if those work well enough with iOS also.