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Best Android smartwatch 2020: what to wear on your wrist if you have an Android

Best Android smartwatch 2020
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The best Android smartwatch for you is one that has plenty of great features, looks stylish on your wrist, and also works really well with your personal Android phone. We’ve tested all the key products on the market to decide which devices best meet that criteria.

It's likely that many of these will be discounted on Black Friday and on Cyber Monday, which is happening on November 27 and November 30, respectively, so this is the ideal time to research the best Android smartwatches. 

We've seen plenty of new wearables come out this year including the Fitbit Versa 3 and TicWatch Pro 3, both of which are among the latest additions to this list. And with so many new models out there, we expect significant Android smartwatch deals for older models in the coming weeks during these sales events.

However, in previous years, there were still often discounts on the newest models too, so keep your eyes peeled if you've got one of our top-ranked smartwatches in mind.

We've ranked the eight best smartwatches that are compatible with Android phones in this definitive list based on price, performance, design, and how well the watch integrates with the Android ecosystem of fitness apps. 

Not all of the devices on this list use Google's Wear OS software so we have a separate list of the best Wear OS watches if that's what you're looking for

Much like picking from the best Android phones, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to buying a smartwatch to pair with it. That can also mean that the options feel overwhelming but it's worth noting that most pack in basic notification and fitness features like step counting and tracking of walks and runs if that's all you're looking for.

If you're after more advanced functionality, you can always pay a little more and benefit from features like a heart rate sensor, GPS, NFC for mobile payments and improved battery life. It really depends on what you want a smartwatch to do or add to your life in a way that you can't get from your smartphone or a regular wristwatch.

Don't forget about design either. There are plenty of different styles to choose from with sporty, blocky looks for the fitness enthusiast to regular watches that wouldn't look out of place in the workplace or at an evening event. With many models allowing for interchangeable straps, you can rock several styles with one purchase.

Every watch on this list is a top choice for Android, but they will also work with an iPhone (though sometimes with fewer features available). Make sure to read each individual review to see which of our picks is the best one for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

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1. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

The best of the best

OS: Tizen OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.2" or 1.4" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED | Processor: Dual-core 1.15GHz | Band sizes: 22mm or 20mm | Onboard storage: 8GB | Battery duration: 3 days on 45mm / less on 41mm | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IP68 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE (for extra)

Premium fit and finish
Excellent features
Battery life not great

Not only is the Galaxy Watch 3 the best Android smartwatch, it’s the best smartwatch you can buy full stop. It’s packed with features, and is available in two sizes to suit different sized wrists. 

We love the return of the physical rotating bezel that you don’t find on the Galaxy Watch Active range. It makes zipping through the circular menus of Samsung’s Tizen software a tactile pleasure. The Watch 3 marries excellent, modern design with top tier fitness features like GPS and multisport tracking.

A slight downside is that it’s a distinctly one-day battery watch, but then again so is the Apple Watch Series 5. But the Watch 3 more than makes up for it with excellent software, all the fitness functions you could want, and a premium feel that justifies the high price. 

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review

Fitbit Versa 3

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2. Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit's best smartwatch is a great choice for fitness

OS: Fitbit OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.58" AMOLED | Onboard storage: N/A | Battery duration: Up to 6 days | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | IP rating: Water resistant | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC

Built-in GPS
Lightweight and comfortable
Poor side button
No offline Spotify

The Fitbit Versa 3 is a superb smartwatch, especially if your focus is more on fitness than general smart features.

It has GPS, SpO2 monitoring, 24/7 activity and heart rate tracking, guided breathing exercises, and numerous workout modes. Shell out for the Fitbit Premium subscription service and you’ll also get access to a Health Metrics dashboard, which lets you dive even deeper into your health and fitness stats.

There are other highlights beyond the fitness side though, with the Fitbit Versa 3 sporting a bright, crisp, and clear AMOLED screen, plus up to six days of battery life. It’s not a huge upgrade on the Versa 2, its smartwatch features are slightly limited, and to make the most of its fitness tools you need a subscription on top of the already pricey hardware, but quality rarely comes cheap.

Read the full Fitbit Versa 3 review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

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3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Another great Samsung watch

OS: Tizen OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.2" or 1.4" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED | Processor: Dual-core 1.15GHz | Band sizes: 20mm | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Around 2 days | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: 50m | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Great performance 
Two-day battery life 
More expensive than previous gen 
Limited third party apps 

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is sold alongside the original Watch Active but we prefer this newer model thanks to an updated design, great battery life and a digital touch bezel which was sorely missing before.

The ‘Active’ branding means this is a smartwatch more suitable for workouts and fitness tracking compared to the regular Galaxy Watch, reflected in the great on-board coaching suggestions and reminders to move to reach your set goals.

It’s waterproof, suitable for running, swimming and cycling among other activities, handles notifications well, and you only have to charge it every other day. 

Read the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

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4. Fitbit Versa Lite

The cheapest Fitbit smartwatch

OS: Fitbit OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 300 x 300 LCD | Onboard storage: N/A | Battery duration: Up to 4 days | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | IP rating: Water resistance to 50m | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Multi-day battery
No on-screen workouts

Fitbit makes several smartwatches but the cheapest of the bunch is the Versa Lite. Despite its price though it’s still a great Android watch pick thanks to a raft of features.

While it lacks built-in GPS, you can connect it to your phone to record run routes and there’s all the sport tracking features you’ll find on the Versa 2 or Ionic. 

The battery life is first class and will last around five days even with steady use, and the unit itself is slim and light so it’s easy to wear it to bed for the sleep tracking features.

It lacks NFC so you can’t use Fitbit Pay but if you want the Fitbit experience in a watch for less then it’s a no brainer.

Read the full Fitbit Versa Lite review

Fossil Sport

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5. Fossil Sport

Fossil takes position four

OS: Wear OS | Display: 1.2-inch 390 x 390 AMOLED | Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz | Band sizes: 22mm straps | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Two days | Charging method: Proprietary | IP rating: IP68 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Lightweight design
Powerful watch
Lacks high-end features
GPS can be slow

This is the first watch - of many - in this list that comes with Wear OS software on board. It's the Fossil Sport, and it's arguably one of the first watches from the company that can keep pace with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch.

It's lightweight, so it's comfortable for a variety of exercises, and it's built with fitness in mind with GPS and an accurate heart rate monitor included.

Despite its sporty focus the design still feels premium, and it's one of the most powerful devices on this list as it comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset inside. That's not in a lot of other Wear OS watches yet, and we found it noticeably slicker than some other choices.

Read the full Fossil Sport review

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6. Honor Magic Watch 2

Fitness focussed

OS: LiteOS | Compatibility: Android , iOS | Display: 1.2-inch / 1.39-inch 454 x 454 AMOLED | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: 7 days / 14 days | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | IP rating: Water resistant | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Incredible battery life
Top fitness features
Dust magnet
Non-fitness features limited

The Honor Magic Watch 2 is great if you want a ton of high-end fitness features in a smartwatch that can masquerade as a dressier, circular watch. It’s not a full-on sports watch but packs in GPS, tons of different workout modes with detailed info, and the software can give feedback on some activities.

The best part is the one to two week battery life, stamina that is very rare to find on other large-screen smartwatches. 

Bear in mind that this is pretty much a fitness tracker that looks like a watch as its few smartwatch features are very rudimentary and the notification system is not the best. It’s also best to use on Android as there are features missing if you connect to an iPhone, but for Android fitness fans this is a good shout. 

Read the full Honor Magic Watch 2 review

TicWatch Pro 3

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7. TicWatch Pro 3

The watch with two screens

Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.4" 454 x 454 OLED paired with LCD screen | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 4100 | Onboard storage: 8GB | Battery duration: Up to 72h, 45 extra days in Essential mode | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | IP rating: IP68 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC

Big battery lasts 3 days
Fast chipset
Sometimes poor interface
Sleep tracking isn't the best

The TicWatch Pro 3 is a good all-rounder that doesn’t necessarily excel in any one area. But it doesn’t need to because it’s also cheaper than top-end rivals.

And it does have a lot going for it. For one thing, it was the first smartwatch to use the top-end Snapdragon 4100 chipset, so performance is good. It also offers two to three days of battery life, or – if you switch it to Essential mode – it can keep going for up to 45 days.

The TicWatch Pro 3 also has a good screen - 1.4-inch 454 x 454 one that’s crisp, bright, and responsive, plus the watch has all the typical health and fitness features you’d expect from a smartwatch. Just don’t buy this for sleep tracking, as we found that wasn’t very accurate.

Read the full TicWatch Pro 3 review

TicWatch E2

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8. TicWatch E2

A Wear OS watch you’ve probably never heard of

OS: Wear OS | Display: 1.39" 400 x 400 OLED | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Around 48h | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Affordable price
Easily two day battery life
No NFC for payments
Bland design

Now it's time for one of the cheapest devices on this list, and it comes from Chinese manufacturer Mobvoi. The TicWatch E2 isn't a huge improvement on the first-gen watch, but it offers some fantastic features considering its price.

We really like the two-day battery life and the fact you can get all of the features of Wear OS on a watch for this low a price. It's quite an impressive feat, and that's why it ranks so highly in our best Android watch list.

There's no NFC (so no Google Pay) but we can forgive that at this price, especially as you do get GPS and a heart rate monitor.

Read the full TicWatch E2 review

Not sure on the design? Why not take a look at the TicWatch S2? It's a remarkably similar watch, but it comes with a slightly different look.