After years of silence from Google, Wear OS has finally returned to the spotlight. New partnerships with Samsung and Fitbit have reenergized Android-friendly wearables, but there's still a lot we don't know. Both of these companies currently power some of the most popular wearables for Google's mobile OS, leaving many current owners unsure about the future of their watch.
Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 is still one of the best wearables you can pick up for Android today, and its "Titanium" edition is an ultra-premium version. It launched last fall for $600 — a significant markup over the already-expensive standard Watch3 — but Amazon Prime members can pick one up today for an all-new low of just $340.
Samsung makes some of the best smartwatches for Android, especially if you pair it using one of its phones. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 might not be the newest wearable on the block, but it's still a great choice — particularly since you can regularly find it for far less than its original MSRP. Today, you can grab it for just $180, an all-new low on one of Samsung's best fitness-focused watches.
I used Google devices exclusively for years. At the time, I loved my Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, the first two generations of the Pixel (XL versions), the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets, and even the Pixelbook. But after a few weeks with the Pixel 3 XL, I had to face a truth that I'd been trying to deny: Google hardware makes too many compromises. I went through at least three of each Pixel, all replaced on warranty for one reason or another. And the 3 XL wasn't faring any better in the software department, with the music app constantly being pushed out of memory and the camera failing to save many of the pictures and videos that I took.
Samsung makes some pretty stellar smartwatches, and today only, Woot is offering some serious savings on three of them. The Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active2, and Gear Sport watches start at just $145.99 with discounts up to 48% off, making this the perfect time to do some holiday shopping.
For those in the market for a smartwatch to pair with an Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is among the best of the best. Right now, Daily Steals is offering refurbished 40mm LTE and 44mm LTE versions for just $174.99 and $194.99, respectively — just make sure you apply our code to get the full discount.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a ridiculously long name, but it's still the best smartwatch money can buy. Since switching to it from Wear OS last year, I haven't looked back. The smooth and bug-free software, combined with excellent hardware and battery life make it well worth the higher price tag. If you're quick, though, you can grab it from Microsoft and get $30 off, bringing prices for each size option down to $250 and $270, respectively.
Samsung smartwatches are popularly associated with their rotating bezels, but the Galaxy Watch Active came out with an inert glass bezel, embracing a monumental design shift to some users’ dismay. Its unanticipated follow-up met halfway with a new touch bezel that emulates its mechanical peer using haptic vibrations. Turns out, you can get this interactive bezel on the original Watch Active, and an update is already underway to enable it.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 may have a ridiculously long name, but it's one of the best smartwatches you can buy right now. Fast, fluid, and reliable software is backed up by top-notch hardware to provide a solid user experience. I've had mine since launch, and it is easily the best smartwatch I've ever owned. At $300, this is an experience you usually have to pay through the nose for, but if you act fast you can save some cash on eBay.
Like most everybody else, Samsung is kicking off the holiday sales a little early with numerous deals on its popular phones, wearables, and other electronic gadgets. The trade-in promotion on the Galaxy S10 and Note10 are especially nice as long as the phone you're trading is relatively new. More Samsung deals are available from Walmart, Costco, and Best Buy.