Much to the surprise of absolutely no one, Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. It’s a solid smartwatch that starts at $250 and goes big on fitness with an all-new UI and OS.
Is it made by a brand-name phone manufacturer? No, but the watch balances functionality and price, which is why it’s on this list. I like the minimal design and physical buttons. When it gets the new Wear OS update later on, the improved functionality will surely drive up the watch’s value.
Fitbit watches have always been a bit of an outlier, leaning heavily into fitness while slowly adding smart features with each new iteration. The Fitbit Sense takes that idea further with strong health tracking features for overall wellness such as the EDA scan app for measuring stress levels and a new temperature tracking sensor. It also has an electrocardiogram for detecting irregularities in a heartbeat.
The $300 watch isn’t just a health and fitness tracker. Other features include both Google Assistant and Alexa, a built-in GPS, and smartphone notifications. If you’re looking for a true smartwatch this ain’t it. But if you want one of the best health and fitness trackers with some smart features, the Fitbit Sense is worth considering.
Software updates post-launch have fixed a ton of bugs and added features like an always-on clock. The OnePlus Watch still is a cut below the Galaxy Watch 4, but if you want a simple fitness watch with a sleek look that won’t break the bank, it works. Its best feature is still its one-week battery life.
In our review, we liked new features like the always-on display, sleep tracking, and blood oxygen monitor, but we found them to be superfluous, especially if you already have an Apple watch from a few years ago. And if you don’t have an iPhone, forget everything you just read — the watch doesn’t play nice with Android.