For centuries, watches served one purpose: to tell the time. Now, though, with smart watches, telling time is only the beginning. Today’s best smartwatches can help you manage and optimize your time. And they can help you manage your health, stay in touch, be entertained, and any number of other benefits. With so many capabilities, smartwatches can be rather expensive, but on July 12-13, Amazon will host a Prime Day event for Amazon Prime members featuring smart watch bargains that may just prove irresistible.
The Best Prime Day Smartwatch Deals
Smart watches can act as an extension of the smartphone, with the ability to text, make calls, and show notifications. Smartwatches can also act as health trackers, counting steps, measuring heart rate, and providing info about your sleep patterns. Various smart watch brands specialize for different things. For example, Apple and Samsung each run their own lines of smart watches optimized for use with their phones, while brands like Fitbit and Garmin focus on fitness tracking. All are worth careful consideration and you can find even more deals in our Best Prime Day 2022 Deals guide.
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Apple Watch Series 7 (GPS, 45mm)
The Series 7 is Apple’s flagship smartwatch and is PCMag’s Editors’ Choice for best overall smartwatch. You’ve probably seen it on a few of our lists, but that’s just a testament to how awesome this smartwatch is. This time, we’re highlighting the model with a larger display for those of you looking for just a bit more screen real estate. This model features an extra-strong and quite large Always-On Retina screen, plus an onboard ECG and blood oxygen monitor for added health info. The super-quick recharge rate supports 18 hours of battery life, depending on how heavily you use your smartwatch’s many features; including GPS, calls, texts, and fall detection.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4
Now I may be a little biased about this one, but after receiving the model meant for smaller wrists as a gift last month, I haven’t taken it off once. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration; my point is that this is an excellent smartwatch. Samsung watches have a range of available colors, both for the watch face and the bands (additional ones can be purchased in a variety of sizes and designs), and tons of watch faces via apps like Androidwear and Facer, making them incredibly customizable. Let’s not forget health conscious features like EKG monitoring, sleep tracking, and body composition analysis as well as connectivity with your Android device for texts, calls, and access to your Google assistant.
Fitbit Versa 3 Health and Fitness Smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa 3 comes with a built-in GPS and support for voice commands. Standard to the Fitbit model, it can track your workout and heart rate while also suggesting when you need to step up your intensity in order to maximize your workout. It’s water resistant to 164 feet, so you can wear it in the shower or swimming without worry. Battery life depends heavily on how you use your watch, but the specs promise up to six full days of battery life on a single charge, which takes less than an hour to get to 100 percent.
It’s a strong value for the price, especially for Android users. That’s why it’s the PCMag Editors’ Choice award for affordable smartwatches.
Garmin Venu GPS Smartwatch
With a beautiful 43mm AMOLED display and a rugged, but stylish design, the Garmin Venu is a watch you can wear for any occasion. It’s especially useful for those who are health-conscious, providing all-day health monitoring of respiration, heart rate, and more. Garmin Coach is a feature specific to Garmin’s smartwatches and a variety of workouts can be downloaded to your watch from the app and displayed while you workout, making this the perfect fitness companion.
This watch is even cheaper through sellers other than Amazon, but we recommend checking seller ratings before committing to your purchase.
Fossil Gen 5E Smartwatch
Fossil is a widely recognized brand in the watch and jewelry world, and the sleek design of its smartwatch Gen 5E reflects this. In comparison to the Gen 5, the 5E has a lower price point and that comes with some sacrifices: namely, there’s no built in GPS. Those looking for a workout companion may want to look elsewhere, but if you’re just looking for a nice watch to wear to work that will keep you on top of all your notifications, the price is right on the Fossil Gen 5e.