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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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Knowing what the best Android smartwatch is can feel complicated. For one thing, these aren't wearables that run Android, but ones that work well with the smartphone operating system. 

The Android smartwatches listed below have all been picked because they pair well with Android phones, letting you use all the features without being locked out because of your choice of mobile operating system. 

Many of these smartwatches run Wear OS, which is basically the wrist-based version of Android, but we've included other options that may also appeal to you. 

This list is similar to our guide on the best smartwatches for obvious reasons, but it's not identical. In the case of that list, certain devices only work on iPhone, so they won't feature here. 

If you already know what you want and why, it might be worth checking out the best running watches or best cheap smartwatches to find a more accurate fit for you. For more general use though, read on while we rank the best smartwatches for Android. Our rankings are based on price, performance, design, and how well the timepiece integrates with the Android ecosystem of fitness apps. 

Best Android smartwatch 2022

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 on a wrist

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The best of the best

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

+
Great performance
+
Premium design

Reasons to avoid

-
No rotating bezel
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Limited compatibility

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 but 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 Fitbit Versa 3 on a wrist

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The best Fitbit

Specifications

OS: Fitbit OS
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 1.58" AMOLED
Processor: N/A
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

Reasons to buy

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Built-in GPS
+
Lightweight and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

-
Poor side button
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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, and up to six days of battery life in our tests. 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.

We did find it lightweight too, so it's a good choice for if you don't want a bulky watch.

Read the full Fitbit Versa 3 review

The Galaxy Watch 3 on a wrist

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The best Tizen-powered smartwatch

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: 8GB
Battery duration: 3 days on 45mm / less on 41mm
Charging method: Wireless
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE (for extra)

Reasons to buy

+
Premium fit and finish
+
Excellent features

Reasons to avoid

-
Battery life not great
-
Expensive - but worth it

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is 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. 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

The TicWatch Pro 3 on a wrist

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The best Wear OS 2.0 watch

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

+
Big battery lasts 3 days
+
Fast chipset

Reasons to avoid

-
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 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 sporty watch

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

+
Great performance 
+
Two-day battery life 

Reasons to avoid

-
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

The Fitbit Sense on a wrist

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A Fitbit with tools for mental health

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

+
Detailed stress logging
+
On-board GPS

Reasons to avoid

-
Many tools require Fitbit Premium
-
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. But its health features go beyond the physical.

The Fitbit Sense has the... well, sense, to check in on some aspects of mental health too, as it logs your mood and stress, and provides meditation and mindfulness lessons too.

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.

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

+
Great fitness courses
+
Lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

-
Utilitarian looks
-
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.

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. Of course, there are also loads of other fitness features like run tracking, heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking.

Consider this a cheap alternative to the pricier watches higher on this list - it won't cost as much as your Fitbit or Galaxy, though it won't come with as long a feature list as a result.

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

+
One of cheaper Fitbits
+
Multi-day battery

Reasons to avoid

-
No GPS or NFC
-
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

+
Lightweight design
+
Powerful watch

Reasons to avoid

-
Lacks high-end features
-
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 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 more powerful Wear OS devices as it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset inside, and we found it noticeably slicker than some other choices.

Read the full Fossil Sport review

The Ticwatch E2 on a wrist

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The best super-cheap Wear OS watch

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

+
A cheaper alternative
+
Easily two-day battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
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 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

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.

How we tested these 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.

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.

Tom Bedford
Tom Bedford

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.


He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.