Best Smartwatches in 2021

Smartwatches have taken the world by storm in the last decade, due to their constantly improving functionality, portable size and interconnection with smartphones and tablets. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best smartwatches on the market in 2021. 

What are smartwatches?

Smartwatches are wearable devices with touch screens that allow you to interact as you would on a mobile phone. Though every model differs, for the most part, you can send and receive messages, make calls, interact on social media, play games on apps, check your emails, and track and access a range of fitness data. The world’s first smartwatch was developed by Seiko in 1998 - I’m sure you can agree they’ve come a very long way since!  

Many smartwatches, whether they were initially designed for business or entertainment, have a variety of additional features on them. Check out some of these in the best smartwatches you can buy this year. 
 

Do Asda sell smartwatches?

Asda do have a selection of smartwatches available to buy online. From this list, you can browse and purchase the Fitbit Inspire 2, Honor Band 5 Smart, and the Vtech Kidizoom Smart Watch DX2
 

Best iOS smartwatches

Apple dominate the marketplace with the global popularity of their iPhones. They launched into the smartwatch industry with their Apple Watch series in 2015 and it’s now estimated that more than 100 million people own one.

The two most recent launches are the Apple Watch 5 and 6. Check out their specs below to see if one of these iOS smartwatches is your next choice. 
 

Apple Watch 6

Release date: September 2020

Price: From £379

 

Dimensions

40mm watch

40 x 34 x 10.7mm

 

44mm watch

44 x 38 x 10.7mm

Display

40mm watch

1.5 inches

 

44mm watch

1.7 inches

Chip

S6, W3, U1

Battery life

Up to 18 hours

Storage

32GB

Connectivity

5G and Bluetooth 5.0

Colours

Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Blue, Product Red, Graphite, Natural Titanium, Space Black


Features

The Apple Watch 6, being the newest to date, is packed with a wide range of features for the avid fitness enthusiast, such as a blood oxygen sensor, optical heart sensor and Sleep App to track your health during the day. 

It comes with a built-in GPS to track your location, and an Emergency SOS button for if you’re in trouble. It’s also water-resistant up to 50 metres, which will come in handy if you enjoy hiking and swimming (or even washing up!).

Additionally, it’s NFC-enabled, which means you can use Apple Pay to pay contactlessly at shops, restaurants, cafes, and more. No more hunting in your phone for your wallet, or even getting your mobile out. Your money can now be on your wrist, and with a simple tap, it’s all done and paid for. 

The Apple Watch 6 will only be compatible with the iPhone 6 or later, and the most recent operating system - as of the time of writing, this is iOS 14.
 

Apple 5 Watch

Release date: September 2019

Price: Around £250

 

Dimensions

40mm watch

40 x 34 x 10.74mm

 

44mm watch

44 x 38 x 10.74mm

Display

40mm watch

1.5 inches

 

44mm watch

1.7 inches

Chip

S5, W3

Battery life

Up to 18 hours

Storage

32GB

Connectivity

2G and Bluetooth 5.0

Colours

Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Stainless Steel, Space Black, Titanium, White


Features

The 5 sports many of the same features as its successor, with water resistance, a GPS, electrical heart sensor, optical heart sensor, Emergency SOS to contact set numbers when activated, and NFC-enabled compatibility. 

Like the 6, you also have a choice between multiple finishes: aluminium, stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic, so you can find the best weight for your wrist that’s both comfortable and stylish. 

The Always-On display means you have constant access to the most important apps on your watch without having to unlock it. Need to know the time, weather, and incoming messages? Get them all on your bright mini screen. 

 

Best Samsung smartwatches

Samsung, Apple’s longstanding Android rival, are never left behind on a trend, being the first to kickstart the revolutionary creation of foldable phones in 2018.

In 2013, they launched their first line of wearable devices called Samsung Gear. This has since been rebranded as the Samsung Galaxy collection. Below, we’ll show you two of the best Galaxy smartwatches available right now. If you’re an Android fan, you won’t want to miss out. 
 

Samsung Galaxy Watch3

Release date: August 2020

Price: £339

 

Dimensions

42.5 x 41 x 11.3mm

Display

1.2 inches

Processor

1.15GHz Dual-Core

Battery life

43 - 120 hours (247mAh)

Storage

4.3GB

Connectivity

4G and Bluetooth 5.0

Colours

Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze


Features

Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, one of the most original features on this Galaxy Watch is the rotating bezel design, which provides an alternative to the digital display.

The Watch3 also has a host of built-in fitness features, like the EKG, GPS tracking, ability to record 40 activities, blood oxygen monitoring (stored in the Galaxy Health App on an Android), and MP3 compatibility so you can listen to music or podcasts during the day. 

It’s also NFC-enabled, allowing you to pay with your watch by simply tapping your wrist on a receiving terminal at a shop or food establishment. 
 

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Release date: September 2019

Price: £199 - £269 depending on size and material

 

Dimensions

40mm watch

40 x 40 x 10.9mm

 

44mm watch

44 x 44 x 10.9mm

Display

40mm watch

1.2 inches 

 

44mm watch

1.4 inches 

Processor

Exynos 9110 Dual Core

Battery life

40mm watch

247mAh

 

44mm watch

340mAh

 

Wireless charging is included

Storage

4GB

Connectivity

LTE and Bluetooth 5.0

Colours

Silver, Black, Gold, Aqua Black, Cloud Silver, Pink Gold, Rose Gold


Features

The Watch Active2 was designed with durability in mind. The Always-On display benefits from strong and durable Corning Gorilla Glass, and the watch has an overall IP waterproof rating of IP68 to protect against water damage

It tracks all sorts of movements, such as walking, running, cycling, rowing, and swimming. Using the time spent exercising and data about your heartbeat, the smartwatch can accurately calculate how many calories you’ve burned. There’s also a built-in Stress Tracker that can monitor the tension levels in your body and suggest breathing exercises to meditate

It’s compatible with Android 5 or higher, and iPhone 5 or higher. 

 

Best Fitbit smartwatches

Fitbit is well-known for being the smartwatch powerhouse of the fitness world. The majority of people who are passionate about health and fitness opt for a Fitbit on their wrist, due to its exercise stats and real-time recording.

Check out two of the most impressive Fitbit smartwatches below, one of which you can buy from Asda right now!
 

Fitbit Versa 3

Release date: September 2020

Price: £199

 

Dimensions

40.48 x 40.48 x 12.35mm

Display

1.59 inches

Battery life

6 days

Storage

Saves seven days of data

Connectivity

LTE and Bluetooth

Colours

Midnight, Black, Pink Clay, Olive, Thistle


Features

The Fitbit Versa 3 has no shortage of features available for the most avid fitness fan. You can monitor and detect everything from your GPS location, 24/7 heart rate tracking, oxygen saturation in the blood to assess your body’s ability to adapt while on the move, skin temperature variation, sleep scores, and breathing. This model also includes Active Zone Minutes, which is a feature that ensures every minute you’re spending exercising is worthwhile and effective. 

It’s water resistant up to 50 metres, NFC-enabled for the use of Apple Pay or Google Pay, fully integrated with the AI Google Assistant for verbal commands, and compatible with iOS 12 or higher, and Android OS 7 or higher. 
 

Fitbit Inspire 2

Release date: March 2020

Price: £89 from Asda (available in Black and Desert Rose)

 

Dimensions

37.3 x 16.7 x 12.7mm

Display

1.4 inches

Battery life

Up to 10 days

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.0

Colours

Black, Desert Rose, Lunar White


Features

For under £100, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is one of the best ‘phone away from home’ smartwatches you can get at such an affordable price, with emails, texts, calls, and third-party apps all available to access from the display. 

It also monitors your heart rate, offers a Cardio Fitness Score based on recorded activity, uses Active Zone Minutes to ensure you reach the set amount of 150 minutes of exercise per week, tracks the efficiency of your sleep to calculate a Sleep Score, and is water-resistant up to 50 metres.

If you want to hop on the smartwatch wagon, but don’t have more than £100 to spare, this is one of your best options. 

You can also check out the best phones for under £100 and £200 to pair your smartwatch with an affordable smartphone. 

 

Best Ticwatch smartwatches

Ticwatch smartwatches are manufactured by Chinese company, Mobovi, who have been creating electronics for eight years. Operating on Google’s Wear OS, the following two smartwatches are some of the most advanced on offer right now. 
 

Ticwatch Pro 3

Release date: September 2020

Price: £260 - £296

 

Dimensions

47 x 48 x 12.2mm

Display

1.4 inches 

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100

Battery life

Up to 72 hours (Smart Mode)

Up to 45 days (Essential Mode)

Storage

1GB

Connectivity

4G LTE

Colours

Shadow Black


Features 

The Ticwatch Pro 3 is all about showcasing the best of what Mobovi has to offer. The Always-On display can toggle between two different modes, Smart and Essential, which changes what’s on the home screen and alters the longevity of the device’s battery.

The Pro 3 measures your stress levels, supplies guided breathing exercises, monitors how effectively you’re sleeping, tracks your blood oxygen saturation, your heart rate and - most impressively - keeps your hearing healthy by measuring the decibels around you to ensure you’re not overexposed to damaging sounds. 

With a built-in GPS and water protection, this smartwatch is ready for whatever you throw at it. 
 

Ticwatch Pro (2020)

Release date: February 2020

Price: £222

 

Dimensions

45 x 52.8 x 12.6mm

Display

1.39 inches

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100

Battery life

415mAh

Two to five days average use

Standby for 25 days

Storage

4GB

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2

Colours

Black, Silver


Features

A revised 2020 version of the popular 2018 model, the Ticwatch Pro features an Always-On display so you barely even have to lift your arm to check incoming messages, see if the weather’s going to change, or skip your current music track. The MP3 and MP4 compatibility make this smartwatch slightly different from some of the others, which don’t always allow music streaming

In terms of fitness, the Ticwatch Pro can track how much sleep you’re getting, how many steps you’re taking, the calories you’re burning, the distance you’re travelling, your stress levels, and your heart rate. 

It’s also NFC-enabled for contactless pay and IP68 water resistant. 

 

Best Fossil smartwatches

For those sporty, aesthetic picks, you don’t need to look much further than a Fossil smartwatch. Their focus is on designing wearable technology that is both smart and stylish, so if that sounds like something you’d be interested in, see more about our top two picks below. 
 

Fossil Sport

Release date: Autumn 2018

Price: £89

 

Dimensions

41mm watch

41 x 12 x 18mm

 

43mm watch

43 x 12 x 22mm

Display

1.2 inches 

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100

Battery life

24 hours

Storage

4GB

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2

Colours

Black, Smoky Blue, Blue, Green, Red


Features 

You can’t grab many smartwatches for under £100! 

This Fossil smartwatch comes equipped with a GPS, heart rate monitor, and water-resistant rating, suitable for either the beginner fitness fan, or someone who just wants an affordable smartwatch and isn’t too concerned with having all the features.

With NFC compatibility, this is a great starter choice for someone who’s debating whether a smartwatch is for them or not. It’s compatible on Android OS 6 and above, and iOS 12 and above. 
 

Fossil Gen 5E

Release date: 2020

Price: £199

 

Dimensions

42mm watch

42 x 12 x 22mm

 

44mm watch

44 x 12 x 22mm

Display

1.18 inches 

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100

Battery life

24 hours

Storage

4GB

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2

Colours

Two Tone, Gold, Rose Gold, Blush, Stainless Steel


Features 

Compatible on Android OS 6 and above, and iOS 12 and above, the Fossil Gen 5E is a swim proof model with an Always-On display. A built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, steps counter, and cardio data make this a solid choice for someone wishing to improve their health - or even just keep an eye on it. 

You can also take advantage of your personal AI, Google Assistant, to make verbal commands while running or otherwise occupied, and the NFC-enabled compatibility to checkout quickly whilst on the go.

 

Best Honor smartwatches

Founded in 2013, Honor create a variety of electronic devices, from laptops and smartwatches to smartphones and other accessories. They mostly target younger consumers with their products, but the two smartwatches below are more suitable for older children and adults, with a list of impressive, high-spec features. 
 

Honor Magic Watch 2

Release date: Autumn 2019

Price: £140 - £180 depending on size and colour

 

Dimensions

45.9 x 45.9 x 10.7mm

Display

42mm watch

1.2 inches

 

46mm watch

1.39 inches 

Processor

HUAWEI Kirin A1

Battery life

42mm watch

Seven days

 

46mm watch

14 days

Storage

4GB

Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.1

Colours

Sakura Gold, Agate Black, Charcoal Black, Flax Brown


Features 

The Honor Magic Watch 2 is an impressive smartwatch with a retail price that doesn’t exceed £200. 

On this smartwatch, you can benefit from the built-in GPS tracker, 13 running courses, a heart monitor, sleep tracker, stress identifier, and calorie counter. It also features 15 goal-based Fitness Modes to explore, so you can ensure you’re doing the most for your health.

In addition, you can store 500 songs onto the Magic Watch 2 to play when you’re commuting or exercising. 
 

Honor Band 5 Smart Wristband

Release date: July 2019

Price: £30 from Asda 

 

Dimensions

43 x 17.2 x 11.5mm

Display

0.95 inches 

Battery life

Up to 14 days

Storage

1MB

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2

Colours

Midnight Navy


Features

The Honor 5 Band uses HUAWEI technology to track the wearer’s heart rate and sleep cycle, using TruSeen and TruSleep features to accurately calculate your overall health. You’ll also get 200 suggestions on how to improve your sleep if you frequently stay in light sleep, rather than REM. 

In terms of fitness, there are multiple sports modes that can be activated from the watch face, and measures like oxygen saturation in the blood to assess how well your body adapts while exercising. The watch is also waterproof up to 50 metres. 

 

Best smartwatches for kids

Kids like to use technology too. Whether your child wants to learn more about fitness, or simply wants another gadget to play with, the Vtech smartwatch from Asda is your best bet for suitability and price. 
 

Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

Release date: April 2018

Price: £49.97 from Asda

 

Dimensions

22.4 x 4.6 x 1.5cm

Display

1.4 inches

Battery life

Two to three days

Storage

256MB

Colours

Pink, Blue, Purple, Black, Camouflage, Violet


Features

The Kidizoom smartwatch from Vtech is the perfect learning companion for any child over four years of age. They can take photos with the dual cameras and apply fun effects to decorate the images. There are also a number of engaging learning apps and other games available to install on the smartwatch for your child to play and develop their mind. 

A built-in step counter also ensures your child is getting enough exercise rather than staring at a screen for too long each day. And, as a bonus, the watch is splashproof to avoid any incidents!
 

That’s all of our smartwatch recommendations for 2021! Which is your favourite? Let us know on Twitter.

You may also be interested in reading about some of the most exciting and useful apps you can download onto your new smartwatch. 


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