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Best Android smartwatch 2022: what to wear on your wrist for Google-powered phones

Best Android smartwatch
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The best Android smartwatch isn't a one-size-fits-all-solution. The ideal choice is different for every user so it's lucky that several different manufacturers make their own smartwatches. These cover pretty much every price point and every type of user.

The best Android smartwatches also typically feature among the best smartwatches overall on the market. Each will see you through your fitness, wellness, and health tracking needs. Many of the smartwatches below run Wear OS which is effectively the wrist-based version of Android, but some also run on other operating systems too. 

One thing to remember is that if you're looking to pair it with one of the best iPhones, you may come across some limitations. Even if you have the latest model of iPhone, you may find it better to go for one of the best Apple Watches or even switching to an Android phone

Still, if you have your heart set on an Android smartwatch, we've got them all listed below. Whether you're looking for the best running watches or best cheap smartwatch, you'll find the best Android smartwatch below to suit your needs. Each entry comes with a quick overview, pros, and cons, along with a link to their full review.

The best Android smartwatch 2022

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

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The best Android smartwatch overall

Specifications

OS: Wear OS
Compatibility: Android
Display: 1.4-inch 450 x 450 Super AMOLED
Processor: Dual-core 1.18GHz Cortex-A55
Onboard storage: 16GB
Battery duration: One day
Charging method: Qi wireless charging
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

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Powerful fitness features
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Durable and lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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One-day battery life
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Optimized for Samsung phones

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is a smart looking watch in every sense of the word. It looks great on your wrist while offering powerful features. A Super AMOLED display is sharp and clear, as well as able to handle very bright outdoor scenes. 

Performance wise, it's fast although you'll reap the most benefits when paired with a Samsung smartphone. There's no iPhone support here either. 

Besides SmartThings integration, the highlight here is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5's ability to monitor your body composition. It's bordering on the ultimate fitness tool with extensive sleep tracking also helping you get the most from yourself every day. Shame about that one day battery life, though.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review.

The Ticwatch E2 on a wrist

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The best cheap Android smartwatch powered by Wear OS

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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A cheaper alternative
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Easily two-day battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No NFC for payments
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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 makes 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. 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.

Read the full TicWatch E2 review

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

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The smartwatch for outdoor enthusiasts

Specifications

OS: Wear OS
Compatibility: Android
Display: 1.4-inch 450 x 450 Super AMOLED
Processor: Dual-core 1.18GHz Cortex-A55
Onboard storage: 16GB
Battery duration: Two days
Charging method: Qi wireless charging
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

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Tough exterior
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Advanced GPS features

Reasons to avoid

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Average battery life
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Chunky

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review is big, bold and brash with an eye on assisting outdoor enthusiasts. Its AMOLED screen is super smooth to use while also being twice as durable as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 before it. All the improved health features are there with the Pro offering up a route workout GPS function so you can plan your route carefully with turn-by-turn navigation. 

It has the advantages of a Garmin watch while also the glamor of a Wear OS device, ensuring you get the best of both worlds with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. A 80 hour battery life is better than many other Wear OS watches but it's not quite as good as the Garmin-based competition if you plan on being very active. Still, it's a small price to pay for an otherwise gorgeous watch.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review.

Person wearing the Galaxy Watch 4 on their wrist

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Formerly the best Android smartwatch

Specifications

OS: Wear OS
Compatibility: Android
Display: 1.4-inch 450 x 450 Super AMOLED
Processor: Dual-core 1.18GHz Cortex-A55
Onboard storage: 16GB
Battery duration: Two days
Charging method: Qi wireless charging
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

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Premium finish
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Great performance

Reasons to avoid

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Limited compatibility 
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No rotating bezel

The best Android smartwatch as well as one of the best smartwatches overall, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is packed with features. With an improved battery life over its predecessor, and some interesting new software in the form of One UI Watch 3, it's a compelling mixture of features right down to its new body composition tools. 

There's limited compatibility if you don't have a Samsung smartphone to pair it with and we miss the rotating bezel (although there is a virtual one), but you can't beat the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for all-round style and useful features. Its gorgeous display further helps here too with speedy performance keeping up with your plans.

It might not be the most highly-specced fitness watch out there. However, it's a solid all-rounder for those keen to check on their heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and more while looking good in their downtime too.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review

The TicWatch Pro 3 on a wrist

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The best Wear OS 2.0 Android smartwatch

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Big battery lasts 3 days
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Fast chipset

Reasons to avoid

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Sometimes poor interface
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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 in our tests. 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

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 on a wrist

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The best Android smartwatch for sporty users

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Great performance 
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Two-day battery life 

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than previous gen 
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Limited third party apps 

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 improves on its predecessor, the Watch Active,  with 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.

So, this Android smartwatch is not only waterproof, but also suitable for running, swimming, and cycling among other activities. Performance-wise, we found it to be fast enough – despite still having the same Exynos 9110 dual-core chipset as its predecessor. We found it to be powerful enough to zoom around the interface. It also handles notifications well. 

Its battery life diminishes with lots of activity. However, with typical use, our test unit lasted through two full days.

Read the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

The Fitbit Sense on a wrist

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An excellent Android smartwatch with mental health tools

Specifications

OS: Fitbit OS
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 300 x 300 LCD
Processor: N/A
Onboard storage: N/A
Battery duration: Up to 6 days
Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin
IP rating: Water resistance to 50m
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Reasons to buy

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Detailed stress logging
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On-board GPS

Reasons to avoid

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Many tools require Fitbit Premium
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Step counting slightly inaccurate

The Fitbit Sense has a design that's quite similar to the Versa, listed higher on this list, and as a Fitbit it's also quite similar to use. However, this Android smartwatch model comes wtih health features that go beyond the physical.

The Fitbit Sense has the... well, sense, to check in on some aspects of mental health too, logging your mood and stress, as well as providing meditation and mindfulness lessons. Its main issue is that you have to pay for Fitbit Premium for lots of its extra features. There aren't exactly many other watches on this list that require you to keep paying after you've bought it.

Performance-wise, we found it to be impressive during testing. Putting the Sense through a pretty intense spin session, we didn’t see any unexpected dips in heart rate that indicate an issue with fitness trackers. It also vibrates to indicate when you're moving between heart rate zones, which is very useful for training.

Read the full Fitbit Sense review

The Honor Watch ES on a wrist

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The best fitness tracker-like smartwatch

Specifications

OS: Own
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 280 x 456 LCD
Processor: N/A
Onboard storage: 4GB
Battery duration: Up to 10 days
Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin
IP rating: Water resistance 5ATM
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Reasons to buy

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Great fitness courses
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Lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

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Utilitarian looks
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Connectivity issues

This is an affordable Android smartwatch that straddles the line between fitness tracker and watch. If you're looking for a low-cost health-focused wearable, it's a great choice.

As a great fitness tracker, it boasts plenty of health metrics, from heart rate and sleep to stress, and very detailed feedback to help you. Meanwhile, we found its battery life to average about eight days if you have typically busy days. During our test, that included a daily 15-minute exercise course, a half-hour run once or twice a week, constant sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and notification handling. 

The best fitness feature on the Honor Watch ES is the range of Fitness Courses. Each one walks you through a workout you can do at home and great for people wanting to improve their strength or fitness with guided exercises. Of course, there are also loads of other fitness features like run tracking, heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking.

Read the full Honor Watch ES review

The Fitbit Versa Lite on a wrist

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The best affordable Fitbit

Specifications

OS: Fitbit OS
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 300 x 300 LCD
Processor: N/A
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

Reasons to buy

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One of cheaper Fitbits
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Multi-day battery

Reasons to avoid

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No GPS or NFC
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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 in our experience 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. We'd also recommend buying a new strap for it, as we found the in-box one a little uncomfortable.

Read the full Fitbit Versa Lite review

The Fossil Sport on a wrist

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The best older Wear OS watch

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight design
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Powerful watch

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks high-end features
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GPS can be slow

The Fossil Sport is arguably one of the first watches from the company that can keep pace with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch. We found it lightweight, so it's comfortable for a variety of exercises and built with fitness in mind with GPS and an accurate heart rate monitor.

Despite its sporty focus, the design still feels premium and we found it noticeably slicker than some other choices. It's one of the more powerful Wear OS devices as it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset inside, which we found to be snappy. The apps felt nice and responsive during testiig. 

Meanwhile, the always-on OLED screen allows the smartwatch to make it breakfast to bedtime with 30% battery remaining. Switching that off, and it'll certainly last you even longer.

Read the full Fossil Sport review

How to choose the best Android smartwatch for you

First off, don't buy an Apple Watch, as they don't work with Android.

Beyond that it's a case of picking one with the features you need. Do you care about being able to take an ECG or is basic heart rate monitoring enough? Are you into health and fitness or do you mostly just want notifications? Consider all that, along with what prices and styles suit you.

Do these smartwatches also work with an iPhone?

Most smartwatches that work with Android will also work with an iPhone. However, you might lose out on some functionality, and there are a few that won't work at all, such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. For the best results with an iPhone, stick to an Apple Watch. 

How we test Android smartwatches

When testing a smartwatch we pair it to our phones and use it for days, so we can tell what it's like for everyday use - this includes working out its true battery life, seeing how it handles notifications, and appreciating any extra features it has.

We also take it for workouts with us, so we can see if it's accurate at measuring distances and time, and to see if the fitness modes bring any cool extras.

To create our ranking we considered our review score, the specs, features, performance, price, and how they stack up to alternatives.