Best Cheap Smartwatch of 2017

Best Cheap Smartwatch

The best smartwatch does all you need it to do, looks good and feels good on your wrist. Not so long ago the new smartwatches were a rare and expensive gadget, luckily that is no longer the case and we are here with our best cheap smartwatch for 2017 reviews to help you find the best smartwatch to suit your taste and your pocket. Smartwatches do so much more than conventional watches do

It works best as an extension of your smartphone – letting you know when you get an email or a message, showing you who is calling you before you reach for your smartphone and displaying notifications from other apps as they arrive on your device. This allows you to leave it in your pocket and quickly and easily vet your messages and calls. Some will even allow you to make and answer calls and send messages as well as receive them. Most have a valuable second functionality as movement / activity / fitness trackers that can help you improve your health and fitness levels.

The Pebble Time Smartwatch offers great battery life, thousands of apps, an always on display, water resistance and all the other essential smartwatch features at a bargain basement price. What’s not to like?
Our Rating:
  • Low power always on color e-paper display
  • Customized faces
  • 8000 apps in the pebble app store
  • Always on LED
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By Pebble Technology Corp
ASUS ZenWatch 2 watch its powered by Android Wear’ smartwatch in this lineup and offers all the features associated with the Google created and branded smartwatch OS. This means it is the only smartwatch to offer the Google Assistant and all its voice activated features. It has a bright, readable display and delivers a full day of use.
Our Rating:
  • IP67 Water Resistant
  • Voice activated
  • Find my phone feature
  • Google Assistant
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By Asus
The Inchor Smart Sport Bracelet does its job of activity tracking well for those who take their fitness seriously, and adds the most used features of a smartwatch (notifications) into the package whilst delivering 5 days of battery. Impressive at the price!
Our Rating:
  • Round faced design
  • Great fitness tracker
  • Magnetic charging
  • Great price
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By InChor
The Pebble Steel Smartwatch is a more elegant, slightly more powerful sibling of the Pebble Time and offers all the smartwatch features you could want – along with the best feature of all: long battery life.
Our Rating:
  • Tough and damage resistant
  • Read messages, emails
  • Waterproof to 5 atmospheres (approx. 165 ft.)
  • Magnetic charging
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By Pebble Technology Corp
The AOKII Outdoor Bluetooth Sport Smart is not everyone’s idea of a smartwatch – but it is smarter than your standard timepiece in that it can monitor your activity and sync that data back to your smartphone. This gives it great usage before it needs to be recharged and makes a good choice for someone who wants nothing but a fitness tracker.
Our Rating:
  • Long life
  • Good fitness / activity tracking
  • LCD Display
  • Waterproof
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By AOKII
A great smartwatch that accepts its own sim card to become a standalone. With a built in camera, magnetic charging and it can pair with both operating systems. Looks good and activates when you raise your wrist.
Our Rating:
  • Built in camera
  • Accepts sim card to become standalone
  • Magnetic charging
  • Accommodates all operating systems
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By Veezy
An analog watch with notification features, the Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch delivers the most used functionality of a smartwatch at a fraction of the price.
Our Rating:
  • Custom vibration patterns
  • LED display
  • Find my phone
  • Receive notifications from smartphone
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If you want a smart watch that can work without pairing with a phone then the Antimi SmartWatch is the device you may be looking for, though heavy use may not see it lasting through the day. If you plan to pair it with a smartphone.
Our Rating:
  • Can accept a SIM and be used as a standalone
  • Built in camera
  • Micro USB port
  • Pedometer
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By Antimi
Your next adventure is around the corner and the PowerLead will be with you all the way. Waterproof, anti-dust and anti-sweat, this is the active man or woman’s smartwatch of choice. You will never get lost with the electric compass to guide you.
Our Rating:
  • Waterproof to 30 meters
  • Camera when connected to smartphone
  • Movement pedometer for fitness tracking
  • Electronic compass
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By PowerLead
The MSRM Smart Watch Bluetooth lets you dress to impress – look like you are wearing the Apple Watch that costs many dollars more! It includes basic smartwatch functionality when paired with iOS devices though and only delivers on all its features when paired with Android or when used in standalone mode. One of the best for 2017 for sure.
Our Rating:
  • Standalone phone
  • Looks like Apple Watch
  • Bluetooth
  • Can run Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp
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By Dan & Joy

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Buyers Guide Questions

Best smartwatch for iPhone?

So you have an iPhone and you want to get yourself the best smartwatch that will work with it to get you into the tech wearing generation. The Apple Watch is of course your first choice here as it is specifically designed by Apple to work well with its iPhone lineup. The problem here is that this product is not to everybody’s taste and of course the hefty price tag is also a consideration. Luckily there are a number of iOS compatible smartwatches on the market in 2017 which are great alternatives to this product and won’t break the bank.

Then of course, the Android Wear is also compatible with iOS so iPhone users have a wide variety of watches to choose from. The iOS support on the Samsung and Gear S3 now has full iOS support and will pair seamlessly with your iPhone. And if this is not enough, many of the best new smartwatches on the market are compatible with iOS as we have shown in our reviews of the best cheap smartwhatches available to buy on Amazon for 2017.

Best smartwatch for Android?

Here you have a very wide selection of options available. The Android Wear specification is now in its second generation and is much improved over the earlier Android Wear OS. Android Wear 2 was only announced in February and watches supporting it are only due out later this year. Picking the best one for you amongst all the available options is no easy task. There are now a whole host of different brands on the market, and they range in price from very expensive such as the Tag Heuer and Fossil, to ones that will not break the bank.

All of the best smartwatches for 2017 available on Amazon, like the ones we have reviewed for you are compatible and the biggest decision you will need to make is which one suites your requirements better. Are you looking for one that will be able to give you a lot of features such as a pedometer, camera and will operate independently of the smartphone as well, or just a normal smartwatch that will sink seamlessly with your smartphone? You can also get fashionable watches that do not look like high tech smartwatches from great fashion brands that are also compatible. The best cheap smartwatch for 2017 available on Amazon is ultimately dependent on your needs and desires, lifestyle and taste.

Best smartwatch for women?

A watch is a personal accessory that reflects who you are and displays your sense of style. This is as true for smartwatches as it is for normal analog / digital watches. In 2017, many people will say that this is an absurd question, and that there is no difference between women and men and ultimately, there is no specific ‘best smartwatch’ feature that differentiates between whether it is suitable for either gender.

That said, the smartwatches best suited for women tend to be slimmer is design, include more conventional and stylish materials (steel, gold, leather) and embrace the visual design aesthetic of conventional women’s watches. If you are looking for the best smartwatch for 2017 available on Amazon for the woman in your life you should know what she likes, her style and design aesthetic – and then look for a watch that will look good on her wrist. The typical bulky design of most smartwatches seldom look good on women’s wrists and you are likely to be disappointed if you get such a watch and she does not wear it very often!

Best smartwatch for men?

A watch is a personal accessory that reflects who you are and displays your sense of style. This is as true for smartwatches as it is for normal analog / digital watches. Ultimately, there is no specific ‘best smartwatch’ feature that differentiates between whether it is suitable for a man or a woman. Again here we have to take into consideration that men tend to be more driven by the gadgetry and features that offer – and by resilience and toughness – e.g. features such a water resistance, scratch proof glass, etc.

Men tend not to object too much to the often bulky designs of most smartwatches and are more likely to be content with resin and rubber straps and bodies. So if you are looking for the best smartwatch for 2017 available on Amazon for the man in your life pay most attention to all the bells and whistles that the watch has to offer!

How long does a Smartwatch Battery life last?

 Smartwatch battery life varies greatly and is directly related to the way you use the smartwatch – and the software in the smartwatch. Most smartwatches have batteries that will last about a day and they need to be charged nightly. If you use your timepiece to play music, make calls and read / send lots of text messages then you will shorten its lifespan drastically, making it probably last less than a day. If you only occasionally look at and read notifications when they arrive, you can probably stretch it to last two days.

The big issue here is the screen. The more the display of your product is lit, the more power it uses and the shorter the period it will last. If you use an Apple Watch or an Android Gear powered watch then improvements in the operating software of your watch can result in longer usage before recharging is necessary – but only if you download and install the latest updates for your smartwatch. Third party smartwatches that use their own software and design vary wildly in their battery life.

Watches like the Pebble series that use e-paper screens have a hardware design that uses much less power and so can go 4 – 7 days between charges. Some limited function smartwatches use an analog timepiece for displaying the time and a different battery for the smartwatch notifications, etc. In this case for the standard timepiece it is likely to last for months whilst the smartwatch may be able to go days between charges.

Finally, you get the ‘standalone’ category of smartwatches that accept sim cards and can be used without having to pair them with smartphones. The life on this kind of product tends to be the lowest of all and may be as low as 5 or 6 hours. A good rule of thumb is to look at the manufacturer’s claimed life before recharging is needed for the smartwatch and count on getting around 2/3 of that life in everyday use.

As to the periods between replacing it with a new one, that would greatly depend on the model. Many conventional watches need new batteries every 1 to 2 years, smartwatches tend to have shorter periods before new batteries need to be acquired.

Conclusion

A smartwatch adds a lot of functionality to the standard time, day, date (and possibly alarm, stopwatch) functions of a normal watch. The ability to read texts and see who is calling before reaching for your smartphone is a great advantage.

We live in the golden age of information and computing – so shouldn’t your wristwatch do more than simply tell you what time it is? The answer is easy – get a smartwatch! Now you can, and our reviews of the best cheap smartwatches available in 2017 from Amazon will help you on your way.

Pebble black Straps

Top Pick

Pebble Time Smartwatch is our top pick of the best smartwatches for 2017 because of its versatility, extended usage before it needs recharging and it is water resistance. It works equally well with either of the standard operating system smartphones and delivers on all the functionality one needs from a smartwatch. And it does this all at a very reasonable price!

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Gunmetal

Premium Choice

Although it will work with an iOS smartphone, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is powered by Android Wear and is designed to work best with Android smartphones. This timepiece offers the full ‘designed for the Android Wear experience and so qualifies as our Premium Choice of smartwatches available on Amazon for 2017.

Inchor Sport Bracelet

Great Value

The Inchor Smart Watch Sport Bracelet notifies you of messages, emails, texts, calls and appointments from your device, but where it really shines is in activity and movement tracking – which it does well at a very reasonable price, and this is why we have chosen it for our Great Value pick for smartwatches on Amazon for 2017.

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