Samsung knows what it's doing when it comes to wearables. The company's Tizen operating system is routinely hailed as being in a league above other competitors like Google's Wear OS due to its speed and fluidity. Amazon is currently offering the original Galaxy Watch for prices as low as $134.97 — the same watch that Samsung will pay $200 for in trade-in value.
Samsung released the Galaxy Watch3, and it's a very solid smartwatch. We found it a bit pricey at the $400 MSRP, but right now, you can save up to $260 on the wearable with an eligible trade-in on Samsung's website. And even if you don't have an older piece of tech lying around, you can still save $60 on the Galaxy Watch3 right now from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Samsung.com.
Samsung's Galaxy Watches usually pair excellent hardware with refined software, but there still aren't that many third-party applications. Samsung has covered most of the basics with its own apps, and you likely won't do most of the same tasks with your watch as you would with your smartphone, but it can still be difficult to find apps to improve your watch's usability. It doesn't help that the Galaxy Store lumps in watch faces with applications, so scrolling through the top apps mostly amounts to scrolling through various clock styles.
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These days, there are two primary options for Android-compatible smartwatches. You can use a watch powered by Google's own Wear OS software, or pick up a Galaxy Watch from Samsung. Both platforms get most of the basics right, but depending on which features you care about the most, one might be better than the other for you.
In this guide, we'll go over the key differences between both platforms, so you can make an informed smartwatch purchase.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Watch 3 has been leaking like crazy recently. It first went through the FCC back in May, and then a report claimed that Samsung would announce the watch at an event in July. And now it looks like we're getting some even more specific confirmation of that announcement date thanks to a leaked product render.
Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 is a fantastic smartwatch that earned our Most Wanted accolade back in October. Its MSRP is steep, though, starting at $280. But thanks to an open-box deal on eBay, you can pick one off at a tasty discount — $170 for the 40 mm model or $180 for the 44 mm.
The Galaxy Watch Active2 has enjoyed rave reviews and the general consensus is that it's the best Android-compatible watches right now. If you've been looking for an excuse to dip in, it's a good day for it: the 44mm variant of the Active2 is just $190 on eBay, a full $110 off the standard price.
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.