Samsung Galaxy Watch4
This watch has the latest Wear OS software, offers speedy performance, and is both stylish and comfortable.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $210.
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch4, available in 40 mm and 44 mm sizes, is the best smartwatch for Android phones because it has Google’s latest Wear OS 3 software, while most other Android watches don’t. It uses Samsung’s One UI interface, but you also get access to all the apps and watch faces in the Google Play Store. The Galaxy Watch4 also offers impressive health tracking with automatic workout detection, ECG, SpO2, and stress analysis. The Watch4 lacks the rotating bezel of the Watch4 Classic, and it comes in just one, minimalist style that may or may not match your aesthetic preferences. You can swap out the bands to customize the Watch4’s look, but that’s it.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic
The Watch4 Classic has everything that makes the Watch4 great, plus a more durable stainless steel body and a rotating bezel for easier system navigation.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $310.
Samsung’s Watch4 Classic has the same specs and features as the Watch4, but the styling is more traditional. It’s also on the heavier side for a smartwatch, thanks to its more durable stainless steel body. It comes in 42 mm and 46 mm sizes. The Watch4 Classic also keeps the rotating bezel found in older Samsung watches, making it easy to zip around the OS. It’s a better smartwatch if you don’t mind the bigger size and a $100 price increase over the Watch4.
Fossil Gen 6
The Fossil Gen 6 lineup is capable and comes in numerous styles and sizes to fit your aesthetic, but they run an older version of Wear OS that isn’t scheduled to be updated until late 2022.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $319.
Fossil’s latest Android smartwatches are available in a dozen different body styles, but they all use the same internals with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon Wear 4100+ “platform” (a pair of processors designed to work in tandem). Performance is excellent, and Fossil still has a full suite of health sensors, as well as access to the Play Store for apps and watch faces. But for now, the Fossil Gen 6 runs an older version of Wear OS that lacks the latest apps and features. The Gen 6 is slated to receive the new Wear OS later this year, and it will integrate with Google apps and services on your phone, while the Watch4 makes you download multiple Samsung apps on non-Samsung phones.