9 Best Android Watches in 2021

Searching for watches that run on Android? There might be too many to choose from! But we are here to help you with our top 9 Android watches that you’ll love.

Android is a popular operating system that goes on most non-Apple smartphones. If you want to get a smartwatch and have an Android, consider choosing a device that is guaranteed to work well with it. They are many, but only 9 of them are the best. Read and compare them below.

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9 Best Android Watches


Features

  • Sleep tracking
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • accelerometer, barometer and gyroscope
  • GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo for positioning
  • Sports tracking
  • 5 days battery life
  • Design

Unlike previous generations of Samsung smartwatches, Galaxy Watch Active2 differs not only in case size (40 or 44 mm), but also in materials, color, and straps.

A polished stainless steel version is now available for purchase with a leather strap in black, silver, and gold, and an aluminum version with a silicone strap in black, gray, and pink. Plus, there is also a Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armor version.

  • Functionality

As a smartwatch, the device has a range of sensors, including an accelerometer, barometer, and gyroscope, and uses GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo for positioning. Wireless modules are represented by Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b / g / n 2.4 GHz, and NFC. The latter could be used for contactless payment since the watch works with the Samsung Pay service.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • Classic Samsung watches but improved in many ways.
  • Comfortable to carry, you can reply to messages and manage apps.

Why we hate it:

  • In many ways, this is a smartwatch, it is not suitable for those who want to thoroughly track their sports life.

The watch can be recommended for people who do not always have a phone at hand but need to quickly respond to incoming messages.


Features

  • Calls, texts, streaming music
  • Phone notifications
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Auto workout tracking
  • Automatic sleep tracking
  • 1 day battery life

Externally, the new watch has something in common with such popular models as the Gear S3 Frontier and Galaxy Watch, but their design has been significantly modified. The new models received larger displays: 1.4 inches (34 mm) and 1.2 inches (30 mm). All this had a positive effect on the appearance of the watch, it no longer looks too massive, the frame around the display has become more compact.

In general, the Galaxy Watch3 is positioned as the flagship of the Samsung smartwatch line, so in all versions, it uses only a steel case with a leather strap, in the Active line the company also offered more affordable aluminum models with silicone straps.

To control the watch, you can use the display itself, as in previous models, it is touch-sensitive, but unlike the same Active2, it is more recessed into the case, so it is more convenient to use the mechanical bezel to scroll through the interface and menus.

Of the other controls on the Galaxy Watch3 case, there are mechanical keys on the right side, the upper one is responsible for a step back, and the lower one opens the main menu and returns from the application to the main screen with a dial.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • They sit comfortably on the hand, have an interesting design, and are made for everyday wear.

Why we hate it:

  • The screen is deeply framed and may interfere with viewing or reading information.

The device can be recommended to those who like to make the watch look smart. The deeply set screen, leather strap, and round dial make the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 look like a classic analog watch, but have a lot of functionality compared to it.


Features

  • Built-in GPS, swim-proof 5ATM
  • Google Fit, Assistant, Pay
  • Audible phone calls, notifications
  • Up to 2 days battery life
  • Design

The watch design focuses on daily wear. Therefore, most of the functions are aimed at simplifying the daily life of a person. They can track the benefits, which will be convenient for people with diseases, and also allow you to quickly respond to calls and messages. The design of the watch is simple but elegant, it will fit almost any outfit and will look good both on a morning run and on a date in the evening.

  • Functions

This device is great in terms of sports functions. It has a built-in GPS and swim-proof properties that allow you do sports anywhere. Like any Wear OS device, it has Google Fit for many sports tracking. You can pay with this device, make calls, receive and respond to notifications. This watch has a broad “smart” functionality which is great.

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Why we like it:

  • Simple design
  • Built-in speaker
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved performance
  • Useful custom battery modes
  • Very stylish

Why we hate it:

  • Expensive
  • Few sports options

The watch is recommended for those who prefer fitness bracelets to smartwatches. The watch looks very fashionable on the hand, emphasizing the beauty of the owner, and at the same time makes everyday life easier.


Features

  • Swim proof 5ATM
  • 24h heart rate monitoring
  • Built-in GPS, Google Fit
  • Up to 2 days battery life
  • Design

This smartwatch is somewhere in the middle when it comes to design and features. It has overly dense coverage and has only basic functions. Plus, the design of the Mobvoi Ticwatch E2 is simplified. The screen was reduced, and the dial was turned into flat circles and sticks, which slightly spoiled its concept.

  • Functions

This smartwatch is great for sports because it is swim-proof and has a built-in GPS. Google Fit allows you to track and record your results in many kinds of sports. Also, this watch tracks health very well. It has an accurate heart rate tracker and sleep tracking. If you want to answer a call, this watch will help you with its microphone. It can show you phone notifications wherever you are.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • The basic functions work quite well and the manufacturer has room for improvement, nice color rendering on the display, they are inexpensive and durable. Good for its price.

Why we hate it:

  • Ugly design, not suitable for sports. There are only basic smartwatch functions.

This model is suitable for people who need a minimum of smartwatches, they do not expect fantastic functionality from them, but they want the watch to be always with them.


Features

  • GPS
  • Music streaming services
  • Training status notifications
  • Adaptive training plans
  • Advanced running dynamics
  • Up to 7 days in smartwatch mode
  • Functions

The peculiarity of the 245 Music model is that the device has built-in memory for storing music tracks, as well as the ability to stream music using various music services such as Spotify or Deezer.

Additional running metrics are available, new safety features, Pulse Ox sensor for additional outdoor workout metrics, and support for women's health tracking.

  • Design

The case rests comfortably on the hand, it is pleasant to wear the gadget throughout the day and even at night.

245 model is designed in the style of modern models of the series and the design is not much different. The focus is on technology and capabilities, not design.

The reviewers were unpleasantly surprised by the lack of a barometric altimeter that originally appeared on Vivoactive 3 Music and 645 Music. It is needed to control the gained height while running over rough terrain or cycling. These watches are very expensive.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • Perfect sports functions
  • Enormous music storing and streaming possibilities

Why we hate it:

  • Plain design
  • No barometric altimeter

There is no doubt that the 245 is designed primarily for running (indoor and outdoor), but like most of the manufacturer's other models, they are also great for those who enjoy other sports. For example, cycling and swimming (only in the pool).


Features

  • Amazon Alexa for weather
  • Heart rate and sleep monitoring
  • Spotify, Pandora, Deezer
  • Calorie, activity, floors tracking
  • Automatic workout detection
  • 6+ days battery life
  • Design

Fitbit Versa 2 looks a bit like Apple Watch. Thanks to the straps of two different sizes, the watch will fit all wrists with a circumference of 14 to 25.4 cm. The 40 x 40 x 12 mm case is made of aluminum and weighs about 41 g.

The included straps are very comfortable to wear; you can also buy additional bracelets in different colors or use bracelets from the first generation Versa (they are compatible with the new model). While Fitbit trackers are not IP-rated, the Versa 2 can be submerged up to 50m, so you can shower or swim in the pool with them.

The 25 cm2 AMOLED touchscreen display remains readable in the sun and is automatically dimmed when entering a room. The mode of continuous display of information on the screen can be turned off; in this case, the watch will wake up by pressing a button, or by lifting the wrist.

  • Functionality and Ease of Use

The touchscreen display is very easy to use. Access to notifications, statistics, and applications is done by swiping left and right, programs are opened with a simple press, and the button on the left side of the case is used to return.

This button can also be configured to activate Fitbit Pay or Amazon Alexa. Fitbit Pay availability depends on your country and bank (the list is rather limited so far). In some countries, you can order a Fitbit VISA card if your bank does not support Fitbit Pay.

Amazon Alexa requires an Amazon account, but you don't need the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone. Alexa is only activated when you press a button, so you don't have to worry about the voice assistant constantly listening to all conversations. The query results and responses are shown on the display.

The algorithms used to determine distance based on individual running patterns are proof that artificial intelligence (AI) that smartphone manufacturers love to brag about has found its way into smartwatches.

It also formed the basis for the algorithm for detecting different types of exercises, as well as recording the duration of the workout (both functions performed well during our tests). After a couple of days of use, you no longer need to manually select the training mode (cycling, running, or swimming), you just start moving, and the tracker will determine everything by itself.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • Great sports activity trackers
  • Main apps to go along with when you train
  • Good battery life

Why we hate it:

  • Not much of a smartwatch functionality
  • The device is ideal for those who love sports and outdoor activities.

Features

  • GPS, NFC
  • Many sports modes
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Sleep, stress monitoring
  • Up to 3 days battery life
  • Design

The TicWatch Pro 3 is not particularly different from the TicWatch Pro 2020 and Pro 4G in design. The novelty has retained the familiar bezel with time marks, a pair of physical buttons, two-tone metal, and matte plastic in the case construction. However, visual similarity fades into insignificance when real use begins – especially when compared to the Pro 4G.

  • Functions

The TicWatch Pro 3 has a lot of new sensors: a night infrared static heart rate sensor with invisible light, a barometer, and a blood oxygen saturation sensor. All of them make it possible to talk about more accurate monitoring of health indicators that were already available earlier, and also add new ones. On the watch, among other things, there was a monitoring of the level of stress and more.

The new model in the TicWatch Proline can hardly be called something fresh. However, they have enough improvements that make the watch more comfortable to use. The large size and outdated processor used to be very confusing, and now it doesn't.

The watch has become noticeably smaller than its predecessors in size, it still comes with a 1.4-inch display – this is a massive gadget that not everyone will like. There is no ECG here, which is used in many other modern smartwatches.

These include the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and the new Fitbit Sense, but not new from Mobvoi. Of course, it's also a shame that the TicWatch Pro 3 doesn't offer the latest Wear OS at launch. It’s bad that Google doesn’t allow us to use it yet.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • Great health and fitness monitoring
  • Good smartwatch functions

Why we hate it:

  • Old Wear OS
  • Massive case

TicWatch Pro 3 is a great choice for the person who wants to actively monitor their health. This, among other things, concerns the determination of blood oxygen saturation and control of the mass of other indicators. However, the watch is not suitable for users with a small wrist, or for those who simply don't like a big watch.


Features

  • GPS
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Heart rate and activity tracking
  • Swim proof 3 ATM
  • 1 day battery life

Fossil Gen 5 is one of the best Wear OS wearable devices nowadays. It cannot beat Apple devices, but still it good at its job. Fossil Group produces one of the best Wear OS devices out there, and the Gen 5 looks incredibly fine.

There are many colors, straps, finishes, and more to customize your device. It is more of a hybrid watch, so it won’t tell everybody that it's a hi-tech device. It wisely hides its digital properties under a 44mm wide and 12mm thick watch case. It looks slim, is convenient, and fits small wrists as well as larger ones.

  • Performance and Apps

The watch has a 12.8 AMOLED display that is clear, bright, and can adjust to the level of light. There are many watch faces in the built-in memory and many more on the Play Store. The phone has a speaker, which will be great for voice operation.

As for battery life, there are no issues. This is a rarity for Wear OS devices. Fossil Gen 5 has great performance. It doesn’t lag in speed because of its powerful Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor.

The navigation is also simple. You need to swipe right to left for main widgets and features. If you swipe left to right, you will see Google Assistant that you can operate using your voice. If you press the crown, you can see a list of apps or restore the watch face.

Replying to messages is great with this device. You can use canned responses or your voice. The device even has a keyboard which can do the job quite well, though not perfect. The watch supports many third-party apps like Citymapper or Strava. On the device, you already have Google Maps, Fit, and Translate. This device can be a great help if you don’t want to pull your phone out of your pocket. The Wear OS and functions of this phone is a masterpiece.

  • Health Features

While Wear OS functions are great, health tracking seems to be a bit weak. You can use Google Fit, which can track movement minutes, steps, and “heart points.” The app constantly monitors your heart rate. The app can provide you with breathing exercises to reduce stress.

Still, there are few functions besides listed above. There is no sleep monitoring, although the app can track many workouts. The bad thing is, you cannot customize displays, and workouts drain a lot of battery life. If you play music, the battery time will reduce greatly.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • It looks like a real watch
  • Works well with Android
  • Good controls and productivity
  • Plenty of apps
  • At least 1-day battery life

Why we hate it:

  • Poor health tracking
  • Lower battery life than most competitors

Features

  • 15 workout modes
  • Fitness trainer and courses
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • Up to 1-week battery life
  • Design

People love Huawei Watch GT 2 for its outstanding design and a battery that lasts long. It is a highly wearable device that improved from the plain GT model. It has two models, 46mm and 42mm, and is lightweight. It has an AMOLED display with great resolution and brightness even in the sunlight.

This device has easy controls. There are two buttons on the side that help to select apps and launch workouts and health tracking. Apart from this, you have plenty of settings such as don’t disturb mode, alarms, find my phone, and many more.

  • Functions

The watch has a speaker, so you can listen to music and take calls straight from your phone. There is also a powerful microphone. This watch has a nice selection of apps but unfortunately, it can’t download third-party apps. It has good GPS but you cannot pay using it.

If you do many sports, you will be glad to see the selection of detectable sports on GT 2. It tracks indoor and outdoor running, elliptical, walking, rowing, swimming, cycling, climbing, trail running, aerobics, triathlon, and hiking.[/su_list]

Why we like it:

  • Good battery life
  • Great smart design
  • Fitness tracking on the highest level

Why we hate it:

  • Doesn’t support third-party apps
  • You cannot pay with this device
  • No possibilities to customize it

Conclusion

Today, if the watch is not Apple-produced, it can go along with both iOS and Android. However, some of them don’t integrate with it perfectly. Therefore, if you have a phone which runs on Android, you have to search for certain watches.

They should have full integration with Android without loss of functions. We have reviewed the best of them and can say that Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Watch 3 are some of the best choices. Pay attention to Skagen Falster and Fossil Gen 5 if you need lots of smartwatch functions.

The same goes for Mobvoi TicWatch E2. If sports tracking is vital for you, opt for Huawei Watch GT2, Garmin Forerunner 245 Music, or Fitbit Versa 2. Ticwatch Pro 3 GPS Smartwatch will provide you both with sports and smartwatch functions.


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