Buy cheap, buy twice. The adage applies to many things, but does it also apply to smartwatches? The truth is, there are some excellent smartwatches for under $200 on the market. Sure, you won’t get an Apple Watch for under $200, but you’ll at least get a usable device that’ll track your activity and send you push notifications.
Plus, what does cheap really mean? $200 is a good chunk of cash. You can buy a month’s groceries for that. The only thing to keep in mind when buying a smartwatch for under $200 is that you won’t always get high-end features such as GPS or LTE connectivity.
If you can live with that compromise, read on, for we’ve compiled a list of the best smartwatches for under $200 below (in no order of favouritism). Enjoy.
The Ticwatch E should be priced higher than it is. It’s a well-made smartwatch with plenty of features, and it has Google Assistant built in.
Featuring a 1.4” OLED 400 x 400 resolution display and running Android Wear 2.0, the Ticwatch E has all the same features as premium smartwatches. Google Assistant is built in, it has GPS, it has a heart rate sensor, and it has Wi-Fi.
What’s the catch? Well, there really isn’t one. This is simply one of the best smartwatch bargains on the market right now. It’s available in a wide range of colours, too. We’re in love with the Ice version, which has a transparent polycarbonate shell.
Pebble Time Round
The Pebble Time Round is the world’s thinnest and lightest smartwatch. It’s also one of the chicest and daintiest. If you’re looking for a stylish smartwatch, this is ideal.
Featuring a 64-colour e-paper display, a stainless-steel case and a Gorilla Glass crystal, the Pebble Time Round feels more expensive than it is. It’s also feature-packaged, with timeline calendar alerts, notifications, and silent alarms.
Despite being purchased by Fitbit in 2016, and subsequently being shut down, the Pebble ecosystem is still going strong. The Pebble Time Round is one of the brand’s newest products, and that shows with the technology on show. Simply, it still looks great today.
LG Watch Style
The LG Watch Style is a stylish alternative to the Pebble Time Round, and it has a 1.2-inch P-OLED 360 x 360 resolution (299ppi) display. What’s not to like?
The LG Watch Style runs Android Wear 2.0, so it has access to its own Google Play store and doesn’t need to piggy back off a smartphone. It even supports iPhone, and with its 10.8mm thickness, it gives the Pebble Tim Round a run for its money for slenderness.
It’s fast too. The Snapdragon 2100 processor is high-end for this price and provides a slick user experience. Google Assistant is built-in as is Google fit, so it will track walking, running, treadmill work, biking, push-ups, sit-ups and much more.
ASUS ZenWatch 2
The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is a great smartwatch. It boasts an IP67 water resistance rating and a built-in pedometer for precise step counting accuracy.
With its square 1.63-inch 320 x 320 AMOLED display, the ASUS ZenWatch 2 offers a different aesthetic to the norm and runs Android Wear. It doesn’t have a heart-rate sensor, but it does have a 6-axis gyrometer, accelerometer and pedometer.
One of the benefits of choosing ASUS is that the ZenWatch 2 has HyperCharge, which charges the ZenWatch 2 from 0 to 60 per cent in 15 minutes. It also has gesture control, so you can control certain smartwatch functions with a flick of the wrist.
The Nokia Steel is a hybrid smartwatch with an analogue watch face and fitness tracking sensors. It’s stylish, affordable, and offers an 8-month battery life.
The Nokia Steel is the same smartwatch as the Withings Activité Steel - an excellent smartwatch that’s been rebranded following Nokia’s buy-out of Withings. It offers sleep monitoring, activity monitoring, silent alarms, and a stonking 8-month battery life. It also includes the free Nokia Health Mate app for your smartphone, which is rather good.
This smartwatch for under $200 is also water resistant up to 5 ATM and has a dedicated analogue dial to show you your activity progress in real-time.
Nokia Steel HR
If you like the look of the Nokia Steel but you want heart-rate tracking functionality, then the Nokia Steel HR is the smartwatch for you.
This is the exact same smartwatch as the Nokia Steel, except it has an optical heart rate sensor built into the case back. The activity progress dial on the watch face has been moved to the lower centre, to make way for a heart-rate dial on the upper centre of the watch face.
The only downside to having the HR sensor is the battery life. Unlike the Nokia Steel’s 8-month battery, the HR has a 25-day battery life. Thankfully, the battery is rechargeable, and the watch comes with a charging dock in the box.
The Polar A370 is more of a fitness band than a smartwatch, but it makes our list because it’s feature-packed, looks great and is a snip at under $200.
Featuring assisted GPS, sleep analysis, 3rd party fitness app support and a continuous heart-rate feature, the Polar A370 is a fantastic smartwatch for fitness fanatics. You can even set it up to receive smartphone notifications on your wrist.
This is Polar’s top-end device too, so you get the company’s Sleep Plus technology which uses your heart-rate to track your sleeping patterns down to a tee. The battery life is also decent, with users reporting over 24-hours of use with assisted GPS turned on.
Fossil Q Wander Gen 2
The Fossil Q Wander is a great smartwatch. It’s compatible with Android smartphones and iPhone, offers SMS and email notifications, and has a built-in pedometer.
Featuring a 1.5” 360 x 360 resolution round display, Android Wear 2.0, a pedometer and magnetic charging, the Q Wander Gen 2 ticks all the right boxes. The only thing it lacks is a heart-rate sensor, but we can forgive it at this price.
Mainly, you would buy the Q Wander because you want a stylish, functional smartwatch that feels more substantial than, say, the LG Watch Style. It’s also a good smartwatch for music, with compatibility with Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, Google Play and Apple Music.
Fossil Q Jacqueline
If you like the idea of a hybrid smartwatch but you’re looking for something feminine, the Fossil Q Founder is an excellent smartwatch for under $200.
The Fossil Q Jacqueline was released in 2017, and it’s a decent smartwatch. It has an analogue watch face with Roman numerals and silver indices, a polished stainless-steel silver case and a brown leather strap. It’s chic and dainty, without being over the top.
Built-in fitness tracking and notification support (including texts, social media, emails, app alerts, alarms) mean the Q Jacqueline is a capable smartwatch too. You can even control your music and smartphone camera using the usefully chunky buttons on the side.
Timex IQ+ Move
Not a fan of the Fossil Q Jacqueline? Then how about the Timex IQ+ Move. This women’s smartwatch is arguably better looking and is water resistant to 50m. It also has Timex’s Indiglo light-up dial, which comes in handy at night.
The Timex IQ+ Move is a surprisingly well-made and classy women’s smartwatch. It has a beautiful brushed and polished stainless-steel case and is available in a range of colours to suit any taste. Our personal favourite is the Tan/Cream/Teal colourway.
This smartwatch will track steps, calories burned and sleep metrics. It also has a silent alarm function and a countdown timer. A great option for something dressy.