Smartwatches are evolving, just like their smartphone counterpart, and now, you don’t even have to spend top dollar before you get a smartwatch that works just as fine, which is good news for those of us that would like to track our fitness activities, or sleep, just want a basic smartwatch on a budget. This piece compiles the best Smartwatches under $100 in 2019, showing that you don’t necessarily have to shell out more than a hundred bucks to get a smartwatch that works for you.
We start off the list of under-$100 smartwatches with the Pebble Time. This is pretty good smartwatch that’s simple and minimalistic, featuring an e-ink colour display and a very good battery life. It’s a 2017 device, and if you don’t mind the dated smartwatch hardware, and the lack of official support, it still does pretty well. It comes with a 1.25 inch e-ink display that draws so little power, it gives a 7-day battery life, the screen lacks sharpness and colour vibrancy compared to an OLED (or LCD) display panel, but does well in areas like outdoor readability; besides, you get a screen that’s extremely power efficient, despite the fact that it’s always on. The always-on e-ink display makes the Pebble Time look less digital in an aesthetically pleasing way.
You get smartphone notifications on the Pebble Time once you’ve paired the device with your smartphone (which could be running iOS or Android), and then there’s a fitness app, Pebble Health, that allows you to track fitness activities.
Pebble Time can be gotten for $100 (or much less, if you know where to look), it’s now a lot cheaper than it was when it was originally launched. A solid smartwatch in 2019, it does earn its place in the list of top 10 smartwatches under $100.
Samsung Gear Fit
A nifty smartwatch (more like a smartband) from Samsung, focused on fitness. It forgoes the conventions of a smartwatch display for rectangular, elongated curved AMOLED display – which is 1.84 inches. This smartwatch is suitable for fitness-oriented folks, and it packs the necessary sensors such as a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer, and pedometer for accurate fitness tracking, it is water-resistant (IP67 water resistant rating) and can detect a few fitness activities too.
The Gear Fit comes in at under $100, and can be gotten for lesser because the Gear Fit 2 already exists as its successor. A good smartwatch for fitness, offering a great value for money in 2019.
Garmin Vivomove Sport
The Garmin Vivomove is a hybrid smartwatch that’s elegant, functional and valuable. It doesn’t have a digital display, just the good ol’ analogue dials. It uses sub-dials to show activity progress and steps taken; you wouldn’t need to charge this device as it has a 1-year battery life and its battery cell is user-replaceable. It syncs up to Garmin Connect automatically to log on your fitness activities. Its design is quite stylish (albeit a bit chunky), offering a range of colours to suit any taste.
It costs under $100, and what you get for the price is a simplistic, functional and elegant hybrid smartwatch; this makes the Garmin Vivomove one of the best smartwatches under $100.
Pebble 2 + Heart Rate
The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate comes with a heart rate monitor for folks who would really want it, and it’s really affordable too. The device comes with a monochromatic e-ink display that can show notification texts from your smartphone once you’ve got them paired, the heart-rate sensor would track activities from runs, walks, to sleep to calories. It even has a built-in microphone for taking notes during workouts. It runs on Pebble’s Operating System, which is a bummer, given in 2019 Pebble no longer exists, meaning it no longer has official support. If you’re out looking for a smartwatch with a heart-rate sensor for cheap, this device is still worth considering.
In this list, the INCHOR InClock is probably the best smartwatch under $100. It packs a lot of features and is the world’s first auto-calibrating smartwatch. It is a hybrid smartwatch with analogue dials and a 0.42-inch OLED display which displays notifications and activity logs. It comes with a range of sensors for heart-rate monitoring, steps counting, sleep tracking and even blood pressure measurements, it also boasts of a 60-day battery life and would play nicely with smartphones: pushing notification texts when successfully paired. It all comes together in a lightweight and water-resistant casing that comes in black PVD and stainless steel options.
At $100, the INCHOR InClock is quite a compelling device, with so much it’s offering for that price. It makes a very good smartwatch buy in 2019.
The Martian Notifier is a Hybrid Smartwatch that does well as a Smartphone companion. It lets you receive your smartphone’s notification on it, and customize how you’ll like to receive them; you can select from different vibration alert style for your notifications, so that you can identify what notification you’re receiving by the vibrations. It is not focused on fitness, rather it works well as a smartphone companion, pushing notifications such as emails, social media messages and so on. It has a fairly decent battery life of about 4 days, and you would have to juice it up by plugging a charging cable (that comes in the box).
It’s functional, simple and cheap; these attributes makes the Martian Notifier a good smartwatch under $100.
This is a unique entry on the list of smartwatches under $100. It is not exactly a smartwatch since it doesn’t tell the time; it is a special activity and sleep tracker: It would track activities such as sleep, steps, calories, walks and so on. While it might not be regarded as a smartwatch, but it does look the part when worn on the wrist, it can be detached from the wristband and worn on other parts of the body, like the waist. It is water-proof and boasts of battery life that can last up to 6 months.
Priced at around $100 in 2019, this is a good device for people who just want a simple, stylish activity tracker.
Famar Hybrid Smartwatch
The Famar Hybrid Smartwatch is unique, somewhat fancy hybrid smartwatch. It doesn’t have a digital display of any kind, instead, it delivers notifications and other alerts using a vibration motor. It can be paired with a smartphone and would notify when a call is incoming. Its standout feature is that it allows you take a photo or silence a phone call by shaking your wrist (provided it has been paired with a smartphone). It comes in Aurora Blue, Night Black, Sand Gold and Flame Red colour options.
The Famar Hybrid Smartwatch is a good choice at a price of under $100, and it’s for people who love the idea of having a smartwatch that looks entirely like an analogue watch.
The Polar A300 looks like a digital watch, and it does more than just telling digital time. It would track sleep, calories burned and distance covered. While it doesn’t have a heart-rate sensor, it can be connected to the Polar H7 heart-rate sensor, which is sold separately. It is a fitness smartwatch, and would send you vibration alerts to remind you of fitness activities. It battery would last for roughly 26 days with activity tracking turned on all the time. It comes in yellow, white, pink and black colorways.
The Polar A300 is offering to track your fitness activities accurately for just under $100, and in 2019, the offer is a still pretty good one.
Fossil Q Tailor
The weird name aside, the Fossil Q Tailor looks delicately stylish and elegant. It doesn’t have a digital display, but it has functions such as notification alerts and it complements nicely with either an Android smartphone or an iPhone. It also has the automatic calibration system and has a battery life of up to 6 months. You can use the Fossil Q Tailor to do stuff like take a picture on your smartphone, or control music playback through Bluetooth, it can even make calls to your phone in a situation where you’re looking for your phone.
Clearly not a fitness device, the device suits people who want a dainty-looking smartwatch that can push notification alerts, and generally just work with their phones. At around $100, it definitely isn’t a bad buy in 2019.