The Chinese Brands to Boycott
The global smartwatches market was expected to reach USD 19.62 billion by 2020, according to a study by Grand View Research, Inc. This is another market that Chinese corporations have tried to grab as much market share as possible.
Huawei, Amazfit from the Xiaomi subsidiary Huami, TicWatch belonging to Mobvoi are examples of the Chinese assault on this market. Vtech is also a brand gaining traction with kids.
The Best Smartwatches for 2020 on a Budget
Apple Watch Series 3 ($$) – The Best Cheap Apple Smartwatch
The Apple Watch Series 3 is a somewhat older model, making it an affordable option (38mm, GPS model) for people that are already using the Apple ecosystem. You’ll need an iPhone to take advantage of all of the smartwatch’s capabilities.
It does everything a smartwatch should do, you can read and send text messages, check social media, track your workouts with GPS location tracking, swim tracking, heart rate monitoring, 4G/LTE for cellular support (although you don’t need to splurge on this option to get the best features) and Apple Pay.
If you already own an iPhone this is a great budget option for you.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active ($$) – The Best Cheap Android Smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is a comfortable and affordable smartwatch for fitness and everyday life.
It brings a sleek crisp AMOLD display, elegant design and is top notch for fitness enthusiasts featuring fitness with apps for multiple sports. Optimal for measuring your heart rate and is swim-proof. Its equipped with an onboard GPS, LTE cellular support, Samsung pay and works with both iOS and Android.
If you’re looking for a cheap and practical Android option, this is definitely a good option.
Fitbit Versa 2 ($$) – Fashionable and Cheap
The Fitbit Versa 2 is stylish and lightweight, great for health tracking and sleep monitoring.
It brings a colorful touchscreen AMOLED display, built-in Alexa, heart rate tracker, great battery life, sleep analysis and is swim proof. It also has cross-platform compatibility with iOS and Android, making it one of the best cheap smartwatches on the market. It doesn’t have and onboard GPS (uses your phone’s GPS), does not have offline Spotify playback and its app store is a bit more limited.
Overall, it’s a good fitness device that can help you improve your health.
Fossil Sport ($) – The Best Wear OS watch
The Fossil Sport is stylish and lightweight smartwatch, with multiple colors and bands, while having an unbeatable price.
This smartwatch brings a colorful touchscreen AMOLED display, heart rate tracker, onboard GPS, Google Pay and is swim proof. It also has cross-platform compatibility with iOS and Android.
The Fossil Sport is a fantastic smartwatch for fitness lovers looking for style as well.
Garmin Forerunner 30 ($) – Best Cheap Garmen OS watch
The Garmin Forerunner 30 is dedicated to the fitness segment, with a focus on runners. But it also has some features tailored for cyclists. It deliverers an incredible amount of data.
This smartwatch has a nice display (not a touchscreen but easy to control and very intuitive), heart rate monitor, onboard GPS and a battery that can last you up to 5 days. The VO2 Max monitor allows you to record your fitness level over time, a feature normally found in higher end models.
If you are a runner and fitness junkie on a budget, the Garmin Forerunner 30 is the smartwatch for you.
Polar M200 ($) – Another Cheap Option for Runners
The Polar M200 is another cheap smartwatch designed for runners and fitness enthusiasts. It packs the ability to follow multiple training programs and has some multi-sport tracking abilities.
This smartwatch has a nice display, heart rate monitor, waterproof, onboard GPS and a great battery that can last you up to 6 days.
Although the design is a bit dated, it has all the features needed to optimize your athletic performance. The Polar M200 is probably the cheapest option on the market for runners.