Innovation. Iteration. Hyper-personalization. These words describe the continued advancement of smartwatch tech offerings. We’ve come a long way from the original humble fitness tracker. Who knew it would soon be possible to send and receive calls right from a GPS-enabled, 32GB supercomputer strapped on your wrist? Well, here we are.
From entry-level options to splurges, over the course of 2020 we’ve watched smartwatch standouts rise to the top again and again. There are specs that we consider must-haves for the best smartwatches for men: seamless cell compatibility, tech-forward solutions under the hood, design aesthetic, and long-lasting battery life.
Determine which smartwatch will work for you. Let’s take this notion literally: which smartwatches are compatible with iOS and which are compatible with Android phones? While the Apple Watch will only work with iOS, other smartwatches may be compatible with both Android and Apple devices. Note that while a smartwatch that isn’t an Apple Watch may be compatible with your Apple device, this won’t necessarily guarantee a seamless software experience.
Now, let’s consider how smartwatch favorites will measure up against fitness, task, and everyday activities. At a base level, we look for heart rate, fitness and sleep monitors. Training for a triathlon? Select smartwatches that include built-in workouts and fitness coaching deliver an enhanced smart experience. Everyday tasks including contactless payment, the ability to send/receive calls and messages rank as our must-haves.
To help you weigh your options, we’ve listed some of the best smartwatches for men to invest in now. Check out the top 10 smartwatches of 2020.
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Suunto 7 GPS Sport Smartwatch
From city streets and backwoods trails to intense triathlons, the Suunto 7 GPS Sport Smartwatch was developed for sports lovers and fans of the great outdoors. Enabled with Wear OS by Google, the Suunto 7 syncs efficiently with the standalone Suunto app to deliver the best in everything from activity and workout tracking, to contactless payment and offline route navigation. Android users, this one’s crafted for you and the Suunto 7 stands proudly up against Apple Watch. Enjoy a handsome 50mm display and up to 12 hours of battery life in GPS tracking mode.
Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition Smartwatch
The Garmin Venu SQ is one of our new favorite smartwatches for 2020. Tough Gorilla Glass 3 covers the smooth square bezel and protects all of the inner workings that keep the Venu Sq ticking. From intense guided workouts to the Body Battery energy monitor—your heart rate, stress and activity levels are sure to be demystified. With the Music Edition, enjoy all of your favorite jams on the go with built-in storage that can sync up to 500 songs from Spotify and other services. Compatible with both iOS and Android phones, the Venu SQ endures at up to 14 hours of battery life in GPS mode.
Garmin Forerunner 745 Smartwatch
Serious athletes need a serious tool for tracking detailed workout data—the 30.4mm Garmin Forerunner 745 lives up to the challenge. One of the best Android smartwatches, the lightweight-yet-durable Forerunner 745 features serious built-in workouts across swimming, biking, and running. Daily workout suggestions and Garmin Coach help you track towards triathlon goals. And don’t forget to rest—after your workout you’ll receive recovery time analytics to better understand the next period for optimal training. Clearly track your goals in the Garmin Connect app and go further with up to 6 hours of battery in GPS mode.
Fitbit Sense Smartwatch
Sleekly designed (button-free) and highly functional, the Fitbit Sense is a reliable pick, particularly for Android users. Staying true to Fitbit’s recognizable smart design aspects, the Sense sparking Gorilla Glass 3 display tracks a variety of useful vitals, including heart, stress, Sp02, and skin temperature. Fitbit Premium members can review health monitoring analytics right in the Health Metrics Dashboard on the Fitbit app. From high intensity workouts and cashless payments to Amazon Alexa, you won’t worry about running down your battery—the Sense boasts up to 12 hours of battery life with continuous GPS. While the Sense is compatible with both iOS and Android, Android users may enjoy a more seamless experience.
Fitbit Inspire 2
Hands down one of the best fitness trackers under $100, the Fitbit Inspire 2 smartwatch keeps going and going with up to 10 days of battery life. The capabilities of the Inspire 2 go a step further with Fitbit Premium, which delivers workouts, insights on sleep patterns, heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, and more. Android and iOS users will find that the water resistant OLED display touch screen is easy to read, yet discreet. The added bonus? Android users enjoy quicker set up with Google Fast Pair. No time’s wasted when it comes to shattering those PRs, right?
Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium Smartwatch
$499.99 (17% off)
A new smartwatch for 2020, the 45mm Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium is admittedly a splurge, but it’s worth it. Are you ok with a smaller watch face or forgoing the titanium version? If so, take advantage of tiered pricing—while the look of the Watch3 will change, everything under the hood still shines. Its sleek, titanium design makes Watch3 a practical-yet-fashionable smartwatch. Whether you’re looking for on-device fitness coaching, monitoring your health or prepping for a 5k, get out there and explore without being tethered to your phone. The Watch3 empowers Android and iOS users to call, text, and receive LTE connectivity with participating carriers.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Smartwatch
These days, getting outside and staying active feels rewarding and gratifying. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 upgrades the outdoor experience. Available in two sizes (40mm and 44mm) and multiple colors and finishes, the Active2 is crafted for winning. No slacking here. Voice command functionality and built-in pace coaching is almost as good as a personal trainer. Fine-tuned sensors monitor and provide prompting for ideal heart rate levels. With more than five days of battery life on a single charge, it’s time to level up!
Apple Watch Series 6 Smartwatch
iPhone users, it’s time to get moving. Available in 40mm and 44mm, the Series 6 can track up to 80 unique exercises including boxing, swimming, and strength training. New for the Apple Watch is SP02 level indication, which tracks how red blood cells are supporting the body’s oxygen levels. SP02 tracking rounds out expected features including heart rate, ECG, and sleep monitoring. With Siri built-in, you can send and receive messages, see app notifications and use Apple Pay right from your wrist. And a low charge is the last thing you have to worry about—the Series 6 clocks in with up to 18 hours of battery life.
Fossil Gen 5E Smartwatch
Fossil continues to be an everyday and stylish favorite among watch lovers. The bright 44mm stainless steel Fossil Gen 5E is the newest in the lineup of sharp Fossil smartwatches. Gen 5E delivers multi-day battery modes, tailored to your activity levels and meant to endure with you. Navigate life right on your wrist, from contactless payments, calls, and notifications, to music streaming. Seamlessly integrate with Google Fit to track activity goals and stay at the top of your game. The Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch is powered with Wear OS by Google and compatible iPhone and Android phones.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro Smartwatch
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro is handsomely made. Available in sleek black and metal options, keep going with up to five days of battery life. Think: better, faster, stronger. Monitor key vitals, including heart rate, fitness and everyday activity. Managing phone calls, NFC payments, and streaming music is a breeze. Lean on Google Assistant to keep you on track with everyday tasks and alerts. Powered by Wear OS by Google, the TicWatch Pro is compatible with Android and iOS phones.
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