When choosing the best smartwatch for your needs, there are a lot of factors to consider — especially since it will probably be strapped to your wrist 24/7.
You’ll want to decide on the look of the watch, if you want something compatible with iOS or Android, what fitness and health features you desire — like sleep tracking and electrocardiogram — or what third-party apps you’ll need.
A smartwatch should be able to offer everything from heart rate monitoring to GPS. Some can even be used for contactless payment. They should all work seamlessly with smartphone notifications.
Here are three of CNET’s top choices of the best smartwatches based on function, price and compatibility.
Best affordable Apple Watch alternative
Fitbit Versa 3
Starts at $230
The Fitbit Versa 3 is compatible with both iOS and Android phones, and it lets you choose between Alexa or Google Assistant as your go-to voice assistant. It’s well rounded, with plenty of health and fitness features, like onboard GPS, as well as the best sleep tracking on this list and even a breakout of your body temperature overnight. Also, Its battery life is better than most.
Sets the standard for Android smartwatches
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Starts at $250
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 runs the new Google Wear platform, co-designed by Samsung and Google. It has EKG and heart rate tracking, plus an impedance-based electrical sensor that can tell you more about your body composition. But some of the key features are compatible only with Samsung phones for now, and the battery life is not as strong as other smartwatches.
The best Apple Watch for your money
Apple Watch SE
Starts at $279
If you want the best Apple Watch that’s also more affordable, this is the one to get. The Apple Watch SE is a cheaper alternative to the Series 7 with a lot of the same great features, plus slightly longer battery life. It doesn’t have the Series 7’s extra health sensors (EKG and SpO2), and it doesn’t have an always-on display, but it does everything most people need.
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