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Do You Have the Time for the Best Smartwatches for Men?

If our grandfathers lived in an era of analog and our fathers in a time of digital, we’ve landed squarely in the future of smart — watches, that is. These whirring gems have been kicking around for the past few years and while they at first seemed like little more than Jetson playthings, they’ve come a long way in terms of both affordability and accessibility.

Nowadays, there are dozens of solid options floating around the Internet, which range in terms of style and price point. But which one is right for you? Below we’re taking a look at some of our favorite smartwatches of 2020 and breaking down their most exciting features.

Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

At this point, Apple has pretty much set the standard for smartwatch technology, so it’s no surprise that the brand’s latest offering (the Series 5) would end up on this list. Built with an aluminum case and a sports band, this accessory is packed with exciting features, including retina display with force touch, a built-in compass, optimal heart sensor, accelerometer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth capability, and Ion-X strengthened glass. Plus, it’s water-resistant with a battery life lasting up to 18 hours. Wow, indeed. Here are our favorite Apple Watch bands.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

If you’re in the market for something a little sleeker than the Apple Watch, I’d recommend checking out the Galaxy Watch from Samsung. Personally, I love this timepiece, as I appreciate its fun interface and sleek, circular design. I also think it could make a fantastic pick for athletes, as it has a built-in pacesetter to keep up with your jogging rhythm as well as exercise trackers and goal-setting functionality. And once you’ve worked it out, you can use the watch’s sleep tracker to monitor (and optimize!) your Zzzs.

Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2

For something a little more affordable, consider the Fitbit Versa 2. This health and fitness smartwatch comes with a ton of cool features, including built-in Amazon Alexa functionality, sleep and fitness tools, heart-rate tracking, Spotify, and more! Though a little more “basic” in initial appearance, the Versa 2 could be a great pick for folks who want a user-friendly and easy-to-read interface that feels the most “smart-watchy” of the Fitbit suite of products. One caveat? Most of the fitness benefits are only accessible via the Fitbit premium paid subscription service.

Fossil Gen 5

Fossil Gen 5

Want a smartwatch that doesn’t really look like a smartwatch? Then allow me to introduce you to the Fossil Gen 5. This bad boy is built to look like any ol’ Fossil watch, with one slight difference — its OS-powered display. Compatible with both iPhone and Android devices, this watch packs a serious punch with options to set alarms, create app and calendar alerts, check email, monitor social media, and text. While it doesn’t have the futuristic look of other options on the market, its leather band and more traditional face could endear it to folks looking to rock an old-school vibe.

Garmin Venu Smartwatch

Garmin Venu Smartwatch

In contrast to the Fossil Gen 5, the Garmin Venu Smartwatch is my pick for guys who want a timepiece that looks (and functions) like a full-on gadget. There’s little this smartwatch can’t do, from underwater heart-rate monitoring to Bluetooth syncing, calendar planning, texting, and weather forecasting, to name just a few. Though the design is a little clunky, it’s clear that this watch could be an excellent pick for folks who want to be able to do a lot with their accessory. Not to mention that it’s all housed in a durable stainless steel case and powered by a five-day battery life.

Not quite ready to make the leap from analog to smart? No worries. Check out the best watches under $200 and under $500.

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