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. While they seemed at first like little more than Jetson-esque playthings, they’ve come a long way in terms of affordability, accessibility, and practicality.
Nowadays, there are scores of men’s smartwatches available from mainstream brands like Apple and Fossil to niche outdoor manufacturers like Garmin and Suunto. It might seem to be too overwhelming to look for the right smartwatch for you with each one varying widely in terms of style, features, and price point. But fret not as we listed below the best smartwatches for men in 2021 and break down their most exciting features.
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 6, would end up on this list. Built with a stainless steel case and a handcrafted, clasp- and buckle-free Leather Link band, this accessory is packed with exciting features, including an always-on retina display with force touch, a built-in compass, optical 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.
If you’re in the market for something a little more streamlined than the latest Apple Watch, check out the Galaxy Watch Active2 from Samsung. The simple, circular design and oversized numerical interface is fun, sleek, and straightforward. It’s a fantastic smartwatch 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 even optimize!) your Zzz’s.
If you’re a rugged, go-anywhere sort of adventurer, it’s hard to beat the military-inspired durability and premium features of Polar’s Grit X smartwatch. It’s packed with essentials like a compass, barometer, altimeter, heart-rate monitor, route guidance, weather forecasting, and more. But, it also boasts innovative, next-gen tech like a FuelWise smart fueling assistant, swimming metrics, and GPS-connected route planning. When you’re done training for the day, it’ll even help with your nightly recovery routine and sleep tracking. In short, it’s the smartwatch for hardcore outdoorsmen, endurance athletes, and U.S. Marines.
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 “basic” in appearance, the Versa 2 is a great pick for folks who want a user-friendly, easy-to-read interface that feels the most “smartwatch-y” of the Fitbit suite of products. One caveat? Most of the
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.
In contrast to the Fossil Gen 5, the Garmin Venu Smartwatch is a solid 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 this watch could be ideal for folks who want to be able to do a lot with their accessory. Plus, it’s all housed in a durable stainless steel case and powered by a five-day battery life.
Everyone is getting in on the smartwatch game these days. Case in point: Emporio Armani’s Smartwatch 3. The Google Wear OS-driven watch offers a highly personalized experience, so you can keep tabs on your daily essentials, like heart rate, texts, emails, and social media alerts. It’s all wrapped in a handsome 43mm stainless steel case available in matte blue, silver, black, and gold. The battery lasts multiple days on a single charge and it’s also swim-proof, so feel free to take it hiking, biking, skiing, or (obviously) swimming.
If you’re on a budget but still want a smartwatch that is premium and functional, this TicWatch Pro 4G LTE is about as good as it gets. It features a smart mode that could get you 2 days of battery life without cellular usage, and up to 18 hours of battery life with cellular usage. This smartwatch is also waterproof and pool swimming suitable with TicPulse technology for 24-hour heart rate monitoring and TicMotion technology for detecting your daily motions. And if you’re a Verizon phone plan user, the TicWatch Pro has ready cellular connectivity for instant calls and texts as well as other smartphone functions.
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