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5 Best Cheap Smartwatches in 2019 for Android

Android smartwatches are not exactly scarce in the market today. However, picking the best one can be quite an ask sometimes, especially considering the kind of options there are right now. Keeping this in mind, it makes sense for the customers to get the best wearable meant for their usage.

Best Cheap Smartwatch 2017 LinkPrice on
Martian WatchesMartian Watches Notifier Smartwatch167.69
Pebble Technology CorpPebble Time Smartwatch79.99
WithingsWithings Activité Steel73.9
AsusASUS ZenWatch 2 SmartwatchCheck Price

Even in the Android smartwatch segment, we have to realize that not all wearables are powered by Google’s Android Wear OS. There are some custom OS based smartwatches like the Pebble, which are widely popular as well. We will be discussing a few such smartwatches today.

Another aspect to keep in mind is the pricing. Premium Android wearables range from nearly $299.99 and higher, whereas something like the Apple Watch costs well over $300, so the ones without an Apple logo are found to be the cheaper options. We won’t talk about the Apple Watch on this list, as we’re only covering smartwatches that are compatible with your Android smartphone. Have a read for more details.

5 Best Cheap Smartwatches in 2017 for Android

Pebble Time

The upgraded version of the original Pebble, the Pebble Time comes with a color e-paper display, allowing you to get the best visibility even in broad daylight. The original Pebble came with a conventional black & white display, so the Pebble lineup has come a long way since then. As you would imagine, the Pebble Time is an OS agnostic wearable, meaning that it’s compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. The smartwatch is water resistant as well, allowing you to use it even when you’re swimming. You might have to be careful, though, as it’s only water resistant by up to 30 meters.

There’s a dedicated Pebble app for your Android smartphone, allowing you to change and even download new watch faces. It can send notifications in a jiffy, and that’s pretty much all you need from a smartwatch. There’s also a built-in microphone on the watch, which lets you record quick audio notes directly from the wearable. This comes highly recommended for those who are considering the purchase of a cost effective smartwatch which does exactly what it’s supposed to. The Pebble Time is currently priced at $56.97 on Amazon, which makes it a very attractive option on this list. Be sure to check it out.

ASUS ZenWatch 2

The second-gen smartwatch by ASUS, this one runs on Android Wear and comes with all the features that we saw from Google’s Android Wear operating system. There’s no word on whether the wearable will get the Android Wear 2.0 update, but we don’t see why not given that it has the hardware to support it. But that shouldn’t be on your mind since it’s a fairly good performer already. The ZenWatch 2 comes with a 1.63-inch LCD panel on board, which is pretty large by modern day standards. You can get all your notifications on your wearable, and even make phone calls and type messages using only your voice.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can try downloading one of those Android Wear keyboards, allowing you to type messages directly from your smartwatch. This is the beauty of the Android platform as it allows users to get the experience that’s suited for them. The ZenWatch 2 comes with Wi-Fi built-in, which means you can connect your smartphone to a Wi-Fi network rather than on Bluetooth. Not only does this help in getting your messages faster, but will also save battery life with Bluetooth turned off. The ZenWatch 2 is currently selling for as low as $79.99, although you might have to shell out more depending on the kind of watch band you choose.

Withings Activité Steel

This isn’t merely a smartwatch, as it also helps you track your activity and sleep schedule. In terms of design, this Withings offering comes with a 316L stainless steel case which gives it a premium look. Much like any other smartwatch, it can track your sleep, steps, and calorie intake whenever you need, making it a pretty attractive device overall. Withings is a highly popular brand among fitness buffs and the company has a lot of expertise in this field. That should help you convince yourself of the device’s potential.

It has a circular watchface, giving it a very old school feel. The wearable comes with built-in wake-up vibrations which will wake you up in the morning without much fuss. Naturally, the wearable also comes with a dedicated app, letting you track your fitness data and even make some changes to the functionality of the wearable. You have to remember that this is an activity tracker, so it doesn’t come with comprehensive notifications support. The smartwatch will set you back by $90.96, which is pretty decent considering what it brings to the table. You can snatch it from Amazon right away.

Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch

This is a little-known brand, so it probably won’t make a lot of top 5 lists. But we’re making an exception here given the kind of features it offers for a nominal price. The Martian Smartwatch will only set you back by $41.98, which is amazing given the kind of features it offers. The low price tag is also understandable taking the competition into account. In terms of features, the Martian Smartwatch comes with a 1.5-inch OLED display on board, which should ensure decent visibility even during daylight. Not many smartwatches come with OLED displays anymore, which gives you more reason to have a closer look at this particular wearable.

Much like the Pebble, this one too is OS agnostic, suggesting that you will be able to use it with both iPhones and Android smartphones. You will need an Android device running Android 2.3 or higher to use this particular wearable, which covers pretty much every Android device in existence right now. While the Martian doesn’t boast of fancy features that you would see on Android Wear smartwatches, it will still offer notifications and give you practically everything you require from a wearable. Users can customize the vibrations for the wearable as per their convenience, making this a pretty decent offering overall. Keeping this in mind, the quoted price tag of just under $42 is extremely reasonable. The smartwatch can be snapped up from Amazon.

Moto 360

One of the most popular smartwatches a couple of years ago, the Moto 360 is designed to impress. It comes with a flat tire design which isn’t fully circular. This has received some flak from the customers, but for a device that pretty much made smartwatches popular, the Moto 360 is quite the device to own even today. You can get the Moto 360 in a variety of colors right now, which is a bonus for prospective buyers. In terms of compatibility, you will only be able to use this particular smartwatch with Android smartphones. You will need a smartphone that runs Android 4.3 or higher.

Given the slew of fitness features available on board, the Moto 360 can also double as a decent fitness tracker. It comes with Android Wear by default, which means you have the liberty to play around the system a little bit. The Android Wear app lets you download a myriad of custom watch faces made specifically for the wearable. It’s a pretty attractive offering overall, and well worth the price tag of $89.99 quoted by the seller. You will have to spend slightly higher for other variants of the smartwatch. Given that this is probably the last Moto smartwatch we’ll see in a while, we suggest you pick it up when you still can. The Moto 360 can be snapped up from Amazon.

Best Cheap Smartwatch 2017 LinkPrice on
Martian WatchesMartian Watches Notifier Smartwatch167.69
Pebble Technology CorpPebble Time Smartwatch79.99
WithingsWithings Activité Steel73.9
AsusASUS ZenWatch 2 SmartwatchCheck Price

Best Android smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches unveiled at IFA 2015

Technically, this year’s glamorous-as-always IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin wraps up today, just as Apple puts the finishing touches to the San Francisco stage where the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will break cover in a matter of hours.

IFA 2015

But back to IFA 2015, all the high-profile product announcements really took place last week, with the vast majority preceding the expo’s formal opener on Friday. Why did it take us so long then to round up the Android protagonists that made the tech world rumble before rehashed iPhones can seize their unjustified spotlight?

Well, we wanted to digest the profuse device introductions and re-introductions, and filter the handhelds, tablets and wearables that objectively show decent promise from the gimmicky duds and prime vaporware suspects.

After careful consideration, we’ve chosen a number of 20 new Androids we believe you’ll hear more about in the coming months:

Best smartphones of IFA 2015


Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Z5, and Z5 Compact

Xperia Z5 Premium 4K

Why: Because they’re outstanding, different enough from their predecessors to stand out for a change, and cater to all classes of power users, no matter their hands and trouser pocket sizes. All three come with minuscule fingerprint sensors, neatly disguised as lateral power buttons, and they’re all handsomely engraved with Xperia logos to their sides.

The Z5 Compact is obviously the smallest and lowest-end model of the bunch, with a 720p 4.6-inch display and 2 GB RAM in tow. Then you have the 1,080p 5.2-inch Z5, loaded with 3 gigs of memory, and finally, the road-opening 4K 5.5-inch Z5 Premium.

When: By October as far as the Z5 and Z5 Compact are concerned, and sometime in November the Z5 Premium. In Europe, Asia, and Canada, that is, with official US availability details notably missing from the puzzle.

How much: Roughly €550, €700, and €800 respectively on the old continent.

Huawei Mate S

Huawei Mate S

Why: It brings Force Touch-similar technology before the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Also, it’s a definite head-turner, and it recognizes fingerprints.

When: Alas, there’s no way Huawei will dispatch the Mate S in advance of next-gen iPhones. Pre-orders begin September 15, shipping should be underway by the end of the month… in certain global markets.

How much: €800 or so with Force Touch and 128 GB internal storage, €649 in a standard, 32 gig configuration. Ouch!

ZTE Axon Elite

ZTE Axon Elite

The European-bound counterpart of the Chinese Axon and American Axon Pro, this is only Full HD-capable, but offers fingerprint and eye-scanning features, as well as microSD storage expansion beyond the base 32 GB.

Priced at €420 in most EU territories, this has the brawn of a flagship, but not the prohibitive demands to match it. Nicely done!

Lenovo Phab and Phab Plus


We don’t like filing gigantic 7 and 6.8 inchers under handhelds, yet Lenovo leaves us little choice, marketing the upper mid-range duo as everything but tablets. They’re phones, phablets, phabs, crossover devices, just don’t call them tabs.

Good thing they’re super-affordable, at $179 and $229 respectively, with 720p and 1,080p screens, Snapdragon 410 and 615 chips, 1 and 2 GB RAM, plastic and metal bodies, 13 MP cameras and Lollipop across the board.

Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe S1


It’s perhaps not fair to tackle these radically distinct products together, but we can’t give Lenovo three spots on our smartphone recap. Besides, the P1 and S1 do have one thing in common, namely they each focus on one key selling point.

The former targets people who are always on the move with a massive 5,000 mAh battery, while the latter aims to win the hearts of selfie addicts, courtesy of a quirky 8 + 2 MP dual front cam arrangement.


IFA 2015 – tablet roundup


Acer Predator 8

Acer Predator 8

We can’t say we were shocked to see merely a handful of Android slates previewed at IFA, since sales in the segment have steeply plunged of late, but the Predator 8 was certainly a nice surprise, not to mention a welcome change of pace from the tens of budget-friendly models that all look the same.

This gaming-oriented beast is clearly special, in more than one way, what with its four snazzy red front-facing stereo speakers, tactile feedback support, Intel Atom x7 power, and high-res 8-inch panel.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro, Tab 3 8 and 10


Boy, was Lenovo busy leading up to IFA! This trio of new “multimode” tabs consists of two low-cost configs, capable of lasting a while between charges, and a “professional” variant with a built-in pico projector, 2,560 x 1,600 pix res screen, thin aluminum construction, and an even huger battery.

Prices? From the totem pole top to bottom, $500, $199, and $169 respectively. Not too shabby!

Alcatel Xess

Alcatel Xess

This choice is going to be a little harder to explain, but bear with us for a second. First of all, yes, 17 inchers are crazy uncomfortable to carry around. Also, the manufacturer itself emphasizes in marketing material this is a “genre-busting” smart device “so different we can’t call it a tablet.”

However you therefore elect to call it, you might be surprised to find it’s an effective and compelling home entertainment product, at least on paper. It comes with a convenient kickstand, it’s sharp, long-lasting, decently speedy and, above all, big.


Best smartwatches of IFA 2015


Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2

It doesn’t run Android Wear, and was teased so many times ahead of last week it feels like old news. But it’s compatible with a large number of Android phones, not just Samsungs, and it’s still fresh and unavailable to buy.

Starting at around €350 in Europe and $350 stateside, the circular Tizen timepiece should globally go on sale within a few weeks, including in a 3G-enabled flavor. Elegant, robust, durable, health-friendly, and water-resistant, the Gear S2 is no doubt a worthy LG Watch Urbane and second-gen Moto 360 contender.

Moto 360 2015 and Moto 360 Sport

Moto 360 2015

Speaking of revamped 360s, these offer far more customization options than before, with models specifically designed for men, ladies, and fitness nuts of both sexes. Also priced dangerously close to the Apple Watch, at $300 and up, the 360 2 essentially confirmed all recent speculation, delivering superior raw system performance, autonomy, and… iPhone support.

Huawei Watch

First unveiled six full months ago, the luxury Android-running timepiece has gone through a lot to reach stores, with pre-orders at long last open, but the MSRP set a little high, at $350 with a leather strap, or $450 in a version tied together by a stainless steel link band.

Huawei Watch

This is arguably a handsomer accessory than the 2015 Moto 360, Gear S2 and Watch Urbane, but ultimately, it’s still useless without a paired Android handheld or iPhone. Make it $250, Huawei, $300 tops, and we have a deal!

Asus ZenWatch 2

Asus ZenWatch 2

Another previously announced product that got further detailed at IFA, the ZenWatch 2 is nowhere near as premium-looking as the aforementioned smartwatches, but at least it comes in two sizes. With sharp AMOLED panels, IP67 water protection, decent battery, a host of useful sensors, and a starting tariff of only €150 in Europe, which suggests $150 in the US.

Alcatel Go Watch

Alcatel Go Watch

It’s clearly tricky for low-key French OEM Alcatel to shine in such a competitive and crowded space, yet the Go Watch is inexpensive enough, at $150, to make you overlook its terribly unattractive design. It’s also waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, rated at 2 to 5 days of endurance on a single charge, compatible with both Androids and iPhones, plus capable of monitoring your heart rate, and offering advice accordingly.