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This $5,800 Wear OS watch is approaching the height of pointlessness

One of the longstanding justifications for the luxury watch owner has been investment. Rare and desirable watches often appreciate in value over time, or at least lose far less of their value than something like a new luxury car or a boat (well, until the economy craters). At auction, extremely rare watches can go for tens of millions of dollars, which has solidified their place alongside fine art and classic cars as a legitimate place to "park" large sums of money.

With its new Wear OS watch, Hublot aims a bit lower, at a mere $5,800, but supposes that at just over half the cost of the next-least expensive Big Bang watch—there are no models under $10,000—the new Big Bang e Ceramic is an absolutely stunning value.

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Mobvoi's Ticwatch E with Wear OS is just $80 right now ($20 off)

Fossil produces the bulk of the watches powered by Google's Wear OS platform, but Mobvoi is still in the wearables game. The company's Ticwatch E model is one of the few Wear OS watches that has ever dropped below $100, and now it's $79.99 on Amazon — a $20 discount from the usual price.

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Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Watch, and it just passed through the FCC

Samsung released two fitness-oriented wearables last year, the Galaxy Watch Active and Watch Active2, but the company's only option that looks like a traditional timepiece is the original Galaxy Watch from two years ago. Thankfully, it looks like new models are finally on the way.

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Fitbit Charge 4 review: All the fitness tracking you could ask for, plus some smartwatch goodies

For many people, Fitbit is synonymous with fitness trackers, but the company has faced new challenges from smartwatches in recent years. The Fitbit Charge 4 signifies a change, even if it doesn't look too different from its predecessor. The tracker packs everything you could want from a fitness tracker, and you get basic smartwatch capabilities like notification management, Spotify controls, NFC payments, alarms, and more. However, its $150 price tag may make it a tough sell when a smartwatch like Fitbit's own Versa 2 often goes on sale for the same price.

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Galaxy Watch Active2 can now monitor heart rhythms, but only in Korea

Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active2 late last year, but not all of the wearable's hardware features have been activated yet. The Watch Active2 includes an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor for measuring the rhythm of the heart, and now the feature has been approved to go live — though only in South Korea, for now.

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Fitbit hopes to detect COVID-19 infections earlier via fitness data

Wearables capture a whole lot of data about us, far beyond heart rate graphs and activity estimates. Fitbit (soon to be owned by Google) thinks it might be able to use some of that data to help with the current global pandemic to build an algorithm that could detect COVID-19 before you notice symptoms yourself. The company is currently inviting anyone who has the disease, has previously had it, or who otherwise has flu-like symptoms to participate in its research.

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Get an open-box Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 for as low as $170

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.

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Should you buy a Wear OS watch or a Galaxy Watch?

The two most popular smartwatch options for Android are devices running Google's own Wear OS platform (formerly Android Wear), and Samsung's Galaxy/Gear watches that are powered by Tizen OS. While there is a great deal of overlap between the two — they can both display notifications, run apps, track health, and so on — there are also some differences between them.

In this guide, we'll go over the key differences between both platforms, so you can make an informed smartwatch purchase.

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Skagen Falster 3 review, three months later: A great Wear OS watch

Google's Wear OS still has a few long-standing issues that haven't been addressed, like stagnant hardware and poor app support, but Fossil Group has been trying to pick up the slack. Last year's Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches showed the platform at its best, featuring 1GB RAM to reduce lag and a few exclusive software features.

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Track your health with the charge-free Garmin Vívofit 4, on sale now for $50 ($30 off)

Smartwatches and wearables are everywhere; every company you've heard of — and many you haven't — are churning out devices at an impressive pace. If you've been looking for a cheap and maintenance-free way to track your exercise and vitals, today is your day: Garmin's Vívofit 4 is on sale for just $50.

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