Best Cheap Smartwatch of 2017
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
List of the Best Cheap Smartwatch Reviews of 2017
- 1. Pebble Time Cheap Smartwatch – Black
- 2. ASUS ZenWatch 2 Gunmetal Smart Watch
- 3. Inchor Smart Watch Sport Bracelet
- 4. Pebble Steel Smartwatch – Silver
- 5. AOKII Outdoor Bluetooth Sport Smart Watch
- 6. Veezy Gear 2 Solid Stainless Steel Bluetooth Smart Watch
- 7. Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch
- 8. Antimi SmartWatch
- 9. PowerLead Pwah PL-N20 Smart Watch
- 10. MSRM Smart Watch Bluetooth Touch Screen
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.
Pebble Time Cheap Smartwatch – Black
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So you want a new timepiece but not just any one, you want one of the new cheaper smartwatches on the market in 2017. The Pebble Time Smartwatch is one of the best smartwatches and has a battery life of 7 days – even though it is always on! This is made possible by the low power, always on color e-paper display which includes an LED for nighttime visibility. Note: e-paper is not LED – so don’t expect the bright, vivid display that you would get from a smartwatch with a LED display.
The trade-off between brightness and vivid colors for long battery life and always on display is worth it though. What it does is allow the Pebble to behave (and be used) like any normal ones, instead of blanking out, which is what LED based smartwatches have to do to save battery life. On top of that, the e-paper display is readable even in the brightest of sunlight – which is not the case for most LED screens.
Pebble has created a fun, snappy interface that works with both types of smartphones in a thin, light smartwatch that is comfortable and easy to wear and one of the best for 2017.
Let’s start with the interface though – the Pebble uses a Timeline display controlled (scrolled) by buttons on the side. The display is not touch enabled and all controlling is done using the buttons. The timeline pins events onto a scrollable display so that you can see what happened in the past and what is coming in the future (calendar events, etc.).
You need to download and install the Pebble app onto your smartphone from either the App store (Apple iPhone) or the Google Play store and then pair it using Bluetooth in order to enable smartwatch functionality such as notifications, etc.
When installed on your smartphone, you can use the Pebble app to manage your smartwatch, update software and install / customize faces to make it look just the way you want it to.
The Pebble app also acts as its own app store where you can get apps to install. Though you are limited to around 8 apps that can be installed, you can easily change and configure this from your smartphone.
This budget smartwatch includes health tracking features, over 8000 apps (in the Pebble app store), 30m water resistance and the ability to control most Bluetooth music sources.
The band is standard 22mm and replaceable. The bezel is a little large and prone to scratching and distracts from the overall look and feel.
ASUS ZenWatch 2 Gunmetal Smart Watch
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ASUS ZenWatch 2 Watch is an Android Wear designed to work specifically with these types of Smartphones using a version not earlier than 4.3. It is also compatible with Apple’s iPhones if you download and install the Android Wear App from the app store.
Android wear is best as it allows you to download and install hundreds of different faces to customize its appearance and express your own style and taste. It also includes the Google Assistant – a voice activated feature that allows you to say “OK Google” and then ask your questions or give it instructions. The Google Assistant requires an internet connection, so you must be in range and you must be connected to the internet for this feature to work.
You can use Google Assistant to give instructions such as ‘Call xxx’ or ‘Set a timer for 10 minutes’ or ‘Track my run’ and it will do as you ask. You can also use Google Assistant questions and it will try to find the answers on the internet – e.g. ‘How’s the traffic on the xxx freeway?’ or ‘What does multifaceted mean?’ or ‘How old is John McEnroe?’
A large, thick and rectangular and looks like a black rectangle on the wrist. The display 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 AMOLED touch screen. all controls are through the touch screen or by voice command using the Google Assistant. It has a soft rubber strap that is easily replaceable by any standard 22mm band.
This smartwatch offers all the standard smartwatch features - apps, navigation, weather, calendar, email, text / messaging, notifications, alarms, timers and much more. It even allows you to see your phone’s battery status – and to make it ring for those times when you have misplaced it and simply can’t find it.
Battery life is around a day, Also has HyperCharge with No hassle just a quick charging - just 15 minutes to a 60% charge from 0% battery level.
Inchor Smart Watch Sport Bracelet
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If you are looking for one of the best smartwatches that will not only give you what a normal one will, but also record your steps and activity to track fitness levels, provide you with notifications and look slim and elegant on your wrist then look no further than the Inchor Smart.
The Inchor Smartwatch Sport Bracelet looks like a small black bubble on your wrist. It is thin, slim, light and shiny black. The band is not changeable and is made from a soft comfortable rubber. It will look at its best on a slim, ladies wrist unlike most of the bulky clunky smartwatch designs out there.
The dial is displayed in bright digits in the middle of the display only when you touch it. Tapping the face rotates between the different display options – basically time, day and date, activity tracker. Mostly the display stays off, helping to enable the long battery life that this offers.
It may not have all the other bells and whistles and 3rd party apps but it is designed primarily as a fitness tracker and that is a function it performs very well. You do need to view most of the data after it has synced the data to it, but it measures steps taken, distance covered and calories burned with a good deal of accuracy so you can plan your fitness regime. As to other smartwatch functions it does the basics notifications well enough in an elegant round-faced package that looks good on your wrist.
As usual, this smartwatch supports both Android (4.3 and up) and iOS (7 and up) smartphones with an app that must be downloaded from either the App store or the Play store. The app syncs tracking data and allows it to display notifications (e.g. you have received a mail / text) but you will need to look at the phone to read the mail / text.
Its battery life is claimed at 5 days, but that will depend on how often you activate the LED touch display. It is rated IP67 water resistance and holds around 5 days’ worth of activity tracking data without needing to be synced.
Pebble Steel Smartwatch – Silver
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With its Steel bezel and slightly curved rectangular face the Pebble Steel Smartwatch is the best looking wrist piece for 2017 in this review so far. The Pebble Steel uses the same Timeline interface as the Pebble reviewed earlier and includes the ability to read email, texts and calendars on your wrist, as well as see the identity of callers and access apps.
Steel is not the only quality material used in its construction – the glass is Corning Gorilla Glass which is scratch and shatter resistant (the same glass used in most smartphones) and the strap is genuine black leather.
As with the previous Pebble, the display is ‘always on’ monochrome e-paper which does not have the same levels of brightness and color as LED displays but is easily visible even in bright sunlight. The included LED backlight makes the display visible at night.
Interfacing with your smartphone takes place via the Pebble app (available on the App store and the Play store) and the app is itself an ‘app store’ where you can get different faces and Pebble watch apps. The Pebble Steel can run a maximum of 8 apps.
The Pebble Steel Smartwatch is designed to be worn 24/7 under all conditions. It is tough and damage resistant thanks to its high quality materials and it waterproof to 5 atmospheres – around 165 feet – which means you can safely shower / swim / run around in the rain without getting any water damage. So all of those who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and keep to a fitness regime no matter the weather this is one of the best inexpensive smartwatches.
AOKII Outdoor Bluetooth Sport Smart Watch
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The AOKII Outdoor is sporty smartwatch with activity tracking features for you to manage your fitness levels that can sync to your smartphone, the AOKII Outdoor Bluetooth Sport pushes the definition of being a smartwatch a little.
It is big and bulky, looks a lot like your standard men’s sport watch and boasts incredible battery life of 8 – 12 months. But this is because it does not have a smartwatch style display – instead it has a standard digital watch LCD display with icons to show you notifications from your phone. When your phone rings or you receive a text you will be notified by a sound and the appropriate icon will light up to inform you of the activity.
Apps are not installable and texts, etc. cannot be read on the display.
It counts your steps, calculates your calorie burn, tracks the distance you have covered and acts as a remote control for your smartphone’s camera.
It is IP67 waterproof rated, which the manufacturer claims makes it waterproof to 5 atmospheres. Do not be misled, this rating means that it can endure a little water and can be worn whilst washing hands, etc… but should not be used in the shower or whilst swimming.
Veezy Gear 2 Solid Stainless Steel Bluetooth Smart Watch
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The Veezy Gear 2 Solid Stainless Steel Bluetooth Smart Watch accepts a SIM card to allow it to work as a standalone device without needing to be paired with a smartphone. It delivers full smartwatch functionality when used like this or when paired with Android, but only has limited functionality when paired with an iOS (Apple) operating system. You do not need to remove the back to insert the SIM card as there is a sim tray on the underside of the right-hand side.
What looks like the traditional winder on the right-hand side is actually a 0.3mp camera that can be used for photos or videos (you need to install a micro SD card in the watch to be able to use this feature).
The Veesy looks like a standard dress watch with a large round black face. The display activates when you raise your wrist or press buttons. It is a little on the bulky side. The band is standard 22mm and can be switched with ease.
Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch
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The Martian Watches Notifier is essentially a standard circular faced dress watch where the lower third of the face includes a single line 96 x 16 pixel display LED display. Attractively styled with a shiny stainless steel bezel and can accept any standard 22mm band. When paired with the custom app on Android or iOS, it will receive notifications and alert you with a flashing LED and customizable vibration patterns paired with scrollable text in the display.
The small display helps extend the lifespan before it needs recharging to 6 days whilst the time is displayed using conventional analog hands on a standard analog display.
The watch will alert you when you move out of range and will help you find a misplaced phone by broadcasting a request for it to make a sound when you are in range of the phone.
The watch itself cannot run apps, it only receives notifications. Activity stats it receives are notifications from activity trackers.
There are two batteries in the watch – one for the analog watch and a separate rechargeable battery for the smartwatch functions (recharges with micro USB). You can use one of the watch buttons as a remote control trigger when the app is set to ‘Camera’ mode.
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The Antimi SmartWatch can be used as a watch paired with your smartphone (the manufacturers state that the watch works better with Android devices, though it will work with reduced features with an iOS operating system). It can also accept its own sim card and be used as an independent device. There is also space for a micro SD memory card. The watch even has its own camera.
In appearance, the Antimi SmartWatch resembles the Apple Watch, except the face is gently curved. There is a single button on the right-hand side, unobtrusively flush with the bezel. There is a Micro USB port on the left-hand side, covered by a protective flap. It is charged by the USB and gives about 6 hours of use. The back is removable for inserting, SIM and micro SD cards. The top of the watch contains the 2mp camera and the bottom has a speaker grille.
The functions of this watch vary widely compared to whether you are using it as a standalone device with SIM and SD card or paired with your smartphone. When used independently the watch will run Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
When paired with an Android devices The Antimi can be used to make and answer calls, send and receive messages, etc. as well as normal smartwatch features such as notifications, pedometer, activity tracker, etc. With an iOS device, the watch is limited to standard features such as notifications, pedometer for fitness tracking, calendar, etc.
PowerLead Pwah PL-N20 Smart Watch
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It looks like a standard wrist watch with great styling. The outdoor persons dream smartwatch with waterproofing, anti-sweat, and anti-dust. The PowerLead has a movement pedometer, built-sensitive sensor which will let you keep track of your motion, and using the APP you can analyze and monitor the motion data to help improve your fitness regime.
By connecting remotely to your cellphone you can take pictures whenever and wherever you are, so you can record those adventures without having to carry a heavy camera along with you. Also to assist you in exploring without worry, it provides precise movement navigation and an outdoor professional electronic compass to make sure you always know where you are going and allows you to explore new and exciting routes. As we said this watch is waterproof, it has an IP68 rating to 30 meters so even when swimming you can keep this with you.
The PowerLead Pwah is compatible with both Android and iOS, has a 7 hour standby, self-timer remote control, sleep test, Bluetooth functionality, alarm clock and calorie consumption counter. Comes with a 12 month warranty.
MSRM Smart Watch Bluetooth Touch Screen
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Although it looks very much like the Apple Watch, the MSRM Smart Watch Bluetooth Touch Screen is one of the best available on Amazon for 2017 and works best with Android smartphones and only has limited functionality with iOS operating devices. This is another smartwatch that accepts a SIM card and micro SD to allow it to function as a standalone.
In appearance, the MSRM Smart Watch Bluetooth Touch Screen looks almost exactly like the stainless-steel version of the Apple Watch, except the winder is in the middle of the right-hand side of the watch.
The functions of this watch vary widely compared to whether you are using it as a standalone device (with SIM and SD card), or paired with our smartphone. When used independently the watch will run Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
When paired with your smartphone the MSRM Smart Watch Bluetooth Touch Screen can be used to make and answer calls, send and receive messages, etc. as well as normal smartwatch features such as notifications, pedometer, activity tracker, etc. With an iOS device, the watch is limited to standard features such as notifications, pedometer, calendar, etc.
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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.
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 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!
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.
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.