2021 SMARTWATCH AWARDS [Not An Obvious Choice]
Weirdly enough, we lost more smart watches than we gained, and this was because of a massive update that left many watches in the dust with no promise of getting the update, theyre still for sale, but theyre just going to be obsolete really soon. So, for these reasons, its more important now than ever to choose the correct smart watch this year, brands like tick watch gained popularity, samsung switched to googles, warehouse 3 and many other surprising changes to the watch industry, but ive been keeping up with it and i tested Countless different watches and in this video were going to talk about the very best smart watches you can buy in 2021. So these are the 2021 smartwatch awards. Based on my testing my experience and, of course, feedback from you guys in the comment section, but rather than just ranking these like one through ten or one through six or whatever, i know that everybody has different needs. So i want to break these down into winners of six major categories, so the categories were talking about in this video. The first one is the best hybrid watch and, of course, hybrid watch is essentially any smart watch. That has an analog hand on the outside. This looks a little nicer, looks more like a classic watch and usually has a longer battery life then well talk about the best style and aesthetics for both men and for women. Honestly, i think a lot of you, probably wouldnt, guess this one its a really interesting one then ill get into fitness bands, which are usually like a cheaper smart watch, alternative that are very small, very light, great battery life and, of course, the big thing here is That they are much more affordable, usually in about the 40 to 60 dollar range.
You can find a really impressive one after that. Well, talk about the best fitness smart watch, so if youre looking to either lose weight or train for a marathon or whatever you might be looking to do. If fitness is your main goal of a smart watch, then this is going to be it for you and lets be real. I wouldnt share anything in this list that wasnt very capable of tracking your fitness, but some of them are going to be much better than others. Then after that well talk about the best for most people, and what i mean by this is its not always worth it to spend the extra 150 for that one feature that youre probably never going to use so for most people. This is what i would recommend and then, in the last category, its the best overall, if money is no object, if you dont care about saving that 150 whats, the best watch you can buy and keep in mind the last two categories: im going to split into Ios and android because well theres a difference there so lets get into the first category. This is the best hybrid watch which is essentially like i said, going to look a little bit more like an analog watch. It has analog hands in the front and is still able to do a lot of smartwatch stuff, which gives you not only a better battery life, a better aesthetic, but also a very different style, that out of all these watches, the one that i get the most Compliments on is always my hybrid watch now, unfortunately, this was not a big year for hybrid watches.
I think it should have been, especially with this big transition. It would have been a great opportunity for watch brands to come out with hybrid watches, but they didnt, and so the big one i want to talk about is the withings scan watch last video i made about the best smart watches i actually mentioned it then, but It wasnt actually available in the us now as of very very recently. They finally got fda approval, so the ecg is available here in the united states, so you can buy this watch ill. Have a link in the description ive been wearing this for a very, very long time. I love this watch. It does a great job with sleep tracking health tracking has an ecg, like i said, a 30 day battery life usually even longer for me, and i just really like the style where you have a little a little screen on the top. That tells you the basic stuff. You need to know its, not a touch screen or anything but other than that its going to be a lot like an analog watch, so the winning scan watch definitely a great buy right there. The next category is the best. Looking watch – and here i said – i want to split this into mens and womens, but really you could wear any of them, but really i want to talk about larger and smaller wrists. Thats, probably a better way to look at this, so for a larger wrist.
A more masculine style watch, i would say the fossil gen 6 is my favorite watch by far. I think this looks amazing and i love how youre really able to customize it not just with different watch straps, but i found that if you buy like, for example, this one right here, which is the steel bracelet, the steel chain bracelet, i think it looks like No other smart watch out there and if you just go and swap out the band for a leather one, it looks like a totally different watch, both very classy and it can very easily match whatever youre wearing so the fossil gen 6. I think its just a very elegant, looking watch really really nice sleek design and so thats a clear winner for the masculine watch and then for smaller wrist. I would say your best bet is actually the garmin venue 2s. A lot of other watch brands really dont. Do a great job of catering to smaller wrists. So if you have a smaller wrist garmin, i think really pulls through here. They have four different colors. I think they look really nice, this ones the white and gold, and i think it looks amazing and on top of that, its made by garmin. So you can really bet that this is going to be a great smart watch for tracking your fitness and your health, and things like that actually well talk about this watch a little bit later on in this video, but just as a quick little bonus one.
I want to mention as well. If you have an even smaller wrist and the garmin venue 2s is not the style for you, you can check out the garmin lily. I feel like the garmin lily. Really didnt get the recognition it deserved. It was a really cool watch had a really cool, different design. I love how garmin was going about something in a completely different way, so check out that watch. If you have a very small wrist and are looking for something a little bit more on the feminine side, next up, we have the best fitness band. This one should really be no surprise to any of my long term viewers. The best fitness band winner this year is none other than the me band 6. for the past couple years. The mi bands have really been crushing it in winning this category. With the four, the five and now the six, which has a larger display, it has blood oxygen, it has all types of things on there really a fantastic device and its selling at an incredibly low price. So if you want a lot of smart watch, features like weather notifications like basic things like that, but you dont want to spend a lot of money. You can now get the mi band 6 and its still giving you a pretty substantial display. So youre not even really compromising on how big it is and its also a really nice subtle design on your wrist, so its not going to be a giant smart watch again, if you have smaller wrists, this would be a good buy for you, but it does Miss out on two things, which is why again, i always split the fitness band into like a best fitness band, which is me band six and then im going to give it like another subcategory of the best premium fitness band, which is, if you want to get Something that like yeah, the mi band 6 is great, but the two things its missing out on one of them would be nfc payments.
So if you want to go to a gas station or a grocery store and just like tap your wrist and buy something or the second thing is having onboard gps now, the mi band 6 connects to your phone and uses that gps, but i like to run Without my phone, so the winner here for the best premium, fitness band is the fitbit charge. 5.. I love this device. It looks really nice very, very lightweight, five to seven day battery life, and now, after many years of a black and white display, fitbit finally upgraded the charge series to a color display. On top of that, they added a lot of other stuff on here, like some really advanced health features, including skin temperature, tracking ecg type, stuff, really advanced sleep tracking, and so you know, if youre looking to get something like the fitbit sense. But you want it a little bit smaller. This basically does all the same stuff as a fitbit sense, but in a much smaller package. So as far as fitness bands go, this is absolutely the best premium fitness band now with that being said, if you like this style of video and youre into the latest smart watches, i have reviewed pretty much all of these on this list. So if you want to see future videos just like this one be sure to go down there and click the subscribe button and the bell icon, so you dont miss future videos.
Next up we have the best fitness smartwatch and the winner of this category is the garmin venue 2 and the venue 2s theyre, really the same watch just different size, and so this is really ideal, because it works very well for both android and ios, while still Giving you a lot of really nice smartwatch stuff. You get a lot of advanced metrics in the garmin app from body battery to sleep tracking to workout tracking. That makes a lot of this complicated data very digestible and its easy to understand exactly what, where your health is, what you need to work on and what kind of progress you made additionally youre getting great things on here. Like offline spotify notifications, you can get apps on here like theres, a lot of functionality on the garmin venue watches and they look really really nice. They dont look like some of the giant sports watches out there. So with that being said, i think the garmin venue 2 is really a clear winner here. If youre looking for something with a longer battery, though just kind of like a runner up, not the winner here, i would say that for a more sports oriented watch, the coros vertex 2 is really a solid device with both accurate gps. Accurate heart rate features a really long battery life like 60 to 70 days, and a visibly durable design like you can see. This thing is an absolute tank of a design, but with it like its its a pretty chunky, watch like all right, so the best for most people – and this one i mentioned in the beginning – is basically the best watch you can buy.
That is still a pretty good value so for well start off with iphones, because this is the easiest way to understand this. So the winner here is the apple watch. Se – and i choose this instead of the apple watch – 6 or 7, because the apple watch sc does everything you really want it to. It, gives you the apple ecosystem. It gives you a really fast chip on there. It gives you a beautiful display, great device. Overall, everything about it, its a full blown apple watch, theyre, really not holding anything back, except for a few really tiny things that most people probably wont necessarily care about. Youre saving a lot of money here, its like the two hundred seventy dollar range versus the normal. Four hundred dollars for an apple watch, six or seven and what youre losing is essentially an ecg, which i would argue most people, probably dont, even use and youre losing it always on display. So a really small hit there, but thats. Why? I think this is a very, very clear choice for any iphone user, like the apple watch. Se is such a great, buy its really a good deal and its still a really fast powerful device. Now, for android users, its a little bit trickier, i made a video earlier this year explaining the transition to wear os 3, which essentially means any older watches from samsung from fitbit or that run. Wear os 2 are really not going to get the update, and that leaves you with about five or six watches that you can really choose from that are going to be a solid smart watch.
So of these like the tick watch, e3 is a great buy. The ticwatch pro 3 and the ticwatch pro 3 ultra all great buys, but i would say the best for most people, a very robust watch that works really well looks really nice and sells at a surprisingly low price around. That 270 dollar range is actually the galaxy watch 4.. Now this is the smaller version, and this is so its not the classic either so its a more active version – and really this is the sequel to the galaxy watch active 2, which was a much loved watch. Youve seen so many positive reviews on it. This device right here is the perfect sequel to that. In my opinion, youre getting a touch bezel on here; a really slim little design, aluminum rails on either side and, like i said, youre, getting a lot of health capabilities on here from body composition, to estimate your body fat to ecg and all types of things like That this watch definitely packs a lot and also it is one of only two watches that is already running, wear os three. So the galaxy watch, for i think, is a clear pick right here for most people and again this is the smaller version and it is the non cellular version, so youre selling at about 280 dollars, which is really a reasonable price for what youre actually getting and That brings us to the final category the best of the best.
If money is no object, what is the overall best watch? You can buy well starting off with iphone users, its pretty obviously the apple watch. Seven integrates very well with the whole ecosystem. Youre now getting a larger display that is really a visible difference. I made a whole comparison between this and the apple watch. Six and and you can really see that this device like even though thats one of the few changes they actually made like the display, is such an impressive improvement, its really better than most other watches on the market. For that app support and that incredible display size. Now, of course, for android users, you might be able to guess if i picked the galaxy watch 4 for most people, the galaxy watch 4 classic is my pick for the best overall. This one has a beautiful rotating bezel makes it feel like such a premium device and if youve never used it. I recommend going to your local best buy and just like feeling, the bezel and youll see what i mean like its very intuitive, its a really clean way to navigate the interface and again its getting all the same stuff. I talked about on the galaxy watch. 4. Is also on the classic, so great health tracking great features great integration, and you are in that samsung ecosystem, so guys those are my picks for the best watches the smartwatch awards for 2021. Of course, there are so many other watches out there that are really impressive.
That maybe just didnt fit into these categories. But if you have a pick that you really like leave a comment down below and if i already tested it ill, leave my comments and my thoughts on there and if i didnt ill, consider looking into it and maybe making a video on that watch in the Future, if you enjoyed this video, consider liking and subscribing im mike obrien thanks for watching and ill see, you next time check the mic and make sure it sound right.