10 Best Smartwatches for Men in 2021

The horological sector is steeped in rich culture. It is dictated by style and culture ever since its dawn. But things started to change at the turn of millennia. The smartwatch was born when the fast-developing technology industry collided with the horological sector, merging digital efficiency with increased innovation. Ever since smartwatches have been straddling the line between technological devices and fashion accessories.

What is a Smartwatch?

A smartwatch is a watch with enhanced technological functionality, in addition to the characteristics found in traditional timepieces. The IBM Linus watch launched in 2000 is considered the first smartwatch. The watch featured the ability to connect wirelessly with PCs, cell phones, and other wireless-enabled devices, along with the ability to read emails and text messages. It also had a calendar, to-do list, and an address book.

First Smartwatch

Since then, the smartwatch industry has evolved into so much more. Smartwatches have become an everyday item, just like smartphones, which have made our lives drastically easier. With fitness and health monitoring, sleep data collection, and communication, the evolution of smartwatches has given way to several previously seemingly impossible features. Recently, the Apple Watch’s ECG feature picked up a critical heart condition of Dr. Donald W. Milne from Antelope Valley Hospital, saving his life. Turns out, buying a smartwatch might prove to be a great investment. 

Why do you need a Smartwatch?

As men, we are accustomed to multi-tasking. We might get an important business call while on a morning jog or need to schedule those meetings. And of course, you can’t carry your smartphone while exercising, can you? But how does a smartwatch help with multi-tasking?

A smartwatch is probably the most convenient gadget to help you with multi-tasking. It acts like your personal assistant and is easier to manage than those bulky smartphones. Whether you want to track your sleep, set a reminder, listen to music, or make a call, a smartwatch can handle it all. 

According to research, men are twice as likely as women to have a heart attack. Certain smartwatches come with the feature of electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood oxygen readings. An ECG detects signs of atrial fibrillation or irregular and rapid heartbeat while the latter is an indicator of your respiratory health. A smartwatch will keep a track of your health, keeping you honest about your workouts. Moreover, they look great on your wrist and it is a cinch to match them to each outfit.

Top 10 Smartwatches for Men You Need To Buy in 2021

Given the enormous number of features that every smartwatch on the market provides, choosing the perfect one that caters to your needs is crucial. Here’s a rundown of the 10 best men’s smartwatches to help you narrow down your options:

1. Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 40mm, 44mm                                    
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: 1 GB
  5. Storage: 32 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: Optional
  8. Mobile Payments: Apple Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS
  10. Colors: Silver, Gold, Space Grey, Blue, (Product)RED, Black Unity, Graphite

Key Features:

  • Colorful casings
  • Fast charge
  • Brighter always-on display
  • SpO2 monitor

You can’t really go wrong with an Apple product. The Apple Watch Series 6 is the sixth incarnation of Apple’s renowned wearable device, and it’s virtually everything you could want in a smartwatch. For the first time, Apple Watch comes in blue and a (Product)Red finish. It has all the features of the Apple Watch 5 and more. This watch comes with an always-on AMOLED display, a built-in compass, a brighter screen, a SpO2 monitor, and a heart-rate monitor. It is compatible with all iOS products.

The only drawback is that it has a battery life of a mere 18 hours. But that shouldn’t be a problem because it takes only 90 minutes to juice it up. The Apple Watch Series 6 also features sleep tracking due to the watch OS 7, which came out in 2020. There is also a hand-washing timer, a great addition to this pandemic, as well as support for Apple Fitness Plus. Also, you don’t need to have your phone nearby to make phone calls and answer texts, as long as the watch is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network.

2. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 41mm, 45mm
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: 1 GB
  5. Storage: 8 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: Optional
  8. Mobile Payments: Samsung Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White

 

Key Features:

  • Smart and slim design
  • Physical rotating bezel
  • FDA approved ECG-monitor

One of the most stylish smartwatches around, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is the best smartwatch for men who are Android users. With a round face and a ticking sound, it gives you the feel of a traditional timepiece. Samsung uses the OS Tizen for its watches. To make the interface navigation easy, it comes with a physically rotating bezel, while you can also customize the display with thousands of styles to choose from. It has an FDA-approved ECG monitor, SpO2 monitor, and VO2 max monitor, which puts it ahead of the Apple Watch. Having a VO2 max monitor is handy for the fitness buffs who want to know the amount of oxygen their body utilizes during exercise. 

The Galaxy Watch 3 has a 2-day battery life which is shorter than the original Samsung Galaxy Watch. But it is understandable, given the enhanced features with more storage and support for Samsung Pay. The limited app store is another drawback.

3. Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 40mm
  2. GPS: GPS and GLONASS (for enhanced accuracy)
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: unknown
  5. Storage: 4 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: No
  8. Mobile Payments: Fitbit Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Carbon, graphite, lunar white, soft gold

 

Key Features:

  • Holistic health features
  • Long battery life
  • Lightweight

Unlike other men’s smartwatches, the Fitbit sense gives you a holistic look at your health. Not only does it come with an FDA-approved ECG monitor and SpO2 monitor, but it also measures your skin temperature and electrodermal activity. It is quite comfortable and lightweight to wear and has a “squircle” watch face with its rounded edges. The solid-state sensor given on the right side acts as the button and buzzes lightly when pressed. It also has whooping 6-day battery life.

The Fitbit sense is not the smartwatch for you if you are looking for one that allows you to make untethered phone calls, control your smart devices or monitor your bank activity. However, it does have third-party apps for Uber, Yelp, Starbucks, and a few others. You won’t be able to download songs on Spotify either. You can make phone calls and answer texts, only when your phone is nearby. 

4. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 40mm, 44mm
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: 1 GB
  5. Storage: 8 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: Yes
  8. Mobile Payments: Samsung Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Black, Silver, Gold

 

Key Features:

  • Offline storage for Spotify
  • Digital rotating bezel
  • Great Battery life

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 gives the Apple Watch a run for their money. Samsung’s watches work with both android and iOS (with limited features).  It too, has a GPS, heart rate monitor, and LTE. The circular watch face and the design overall is gorgeous. The digital rotating bezel makes it convenient to operate the device. It has a sleep tracker, though not very efficient, and a battery life of 54 hours. 

Although the app store is not as diverse as the Apple Watch, there are enough apps for efficient usability. The health features are FDA approved and also include advanced running metrics, trip detection, and VO2 Max monitoring.

5. Garmin Vivoactive 4

Garmin Vivoactive 4

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 40mm, 45mm
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: unknown
  5. Storage: 4 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: No
  8. Mobile Payments: Garmin Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Black, Silver

 

Key Features:

  • Premium design
  • Long battery life
  • Animated workouts

Garmin Vivoactive 4 is an all-rounder, tailor-made for daily life. It offers on-screen animated yoga and Pilates workouts and has more than 20 preloaded fitness apps. It comes with a round LCD screen, bright enough for efficient operation in outside environments. With a heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, built-in music storage, Spotify support, a convenient two-button navigation, and 7-day battery life, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 is close to perfect for those who have fitness as their main priority for buying a smartwatch.

6. Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 140 – 180mm, 180 – 220mm
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: unknown
  5. Storage: 4 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: No
  8. Mobile Payments: Fitbit Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Black, Midnight, Thistle, Pink clay, Olive

 

Key Features:

  • Premium design
  • Long battery life
  • Pure pulse 2.0 for heart rate detection
  • Unique color options

Fitbit versa 3 is a reliable and sleek smartwatch ( no buttons), especially for android users. The watch uses PurePulse 2.0 for heart rate detection. Along with that, it also monitors your stress level, sleep, and the temperature of your skin. With the premium version, you can also view your health analytics on the Health Metrics right in the Fitbit app. The 6 plus days battery life ensures that you never have to worry about draining it after short usage. 

7. Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Men’s Smartwatch

Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Men’s Smartwatch

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 44mm case diameter
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: unknown
  5. Storage: 8 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: No
  8. Mobile Payments: Google Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Black, Midnight, Thistle, Pink clay, Olive

 

Key Features:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon for high performance
  • Water-resistant up to 30 meters
  • Heart rate and sleep monitoring

This high-performance smartwatch is equipped with numerous functions to ease your day-to-day activities, while also monitoring your health. It is a Qualcomm Snapdragon that delivers high performance, superior connectivity, and compelling features. The watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters in depth so you can wear it while swimming. It also has a heart rate and sleep monitor to keep you abreast of your health. 

8. Michael Kors Grayson Smartwatch

Michael Kors Grayson Smartwatch

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 47mm case 
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: unknown
  5. Storage: 8 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: No
  8. Mobile Payments: Google Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Black

 

Key Features:

  • 24-hour battery life
  • Configurable strap

The Michael Kors Grayson Smartwatch is designed to be smart and useful. A stainless steel strap paired with a 47mm silver case gives it a striking, sporty look. The watch features smartphone alerts, touchscreen functionality, and activity and goal monitoring. The watch, which runs on Google’s Wear OS, is expected to last for 24 hours before recharging. It also has configurable faces and bands, as well as Bluetooth and WiFi built right in.

This Michael Kors smartwatch also has a fitness tracker, a pedometer, multi-sports tracker, and much more for all-around health monitoring. The watch itself is stunning, masculine, and large, and it comes in a classic MK white box. It makes for a perfect gifting option for the men in your family.

9. Huawei Smartwatch GT 2 Pro

Huawei Smartwatch GT 2 Pro

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 46.7 mm case 
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: Yes
  4. RAM: unknown
  5. Storage: 4 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  7. LTE: No
  8. Mobile Payments: Google Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Black

 

Key Features:

  • Lightweight (only 52 grams without strap)
  • Can withstand 10 minutes immersion in water
  • Huawei TrueSeen 4.0+ for accurate heart rate monitoring

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is a premium smartwatch product, featured in Sports and Classic versions.  Without the band, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro measures 46.7×46.7×11.4 mm and weighs 52gms. It has a 5ATM water resistance rating, which means it can withstand up to 10 minutes immersed in 50m of water. The smartwatch is also available in the colors Nebula Grey and Night Black.

Other noteworthy characteristics include more than 100 sports modes, an altitude barometer that detects real-time changes in air pressure, 24-hour heart rate tracking, blood oxygen levels (SpO2) detection, sleep monitoring, and all-day stress tracking. It also has Huawei TrueSeen 4.0+ tech, which ensures precise heart rate data. Furthermore, to get improved results, the technology employs enhanced LEDs and AI algorithms.

10. Diesel On Full Guard Smartwatch

Diesel On Full Guard Smartwatch

Specifications:

  1. Sizes: 48 mm case 
  2. GPS: Yes
  3. Swim-proof: No
  4. RAM: 512 MB
  5. Storage: 4 GB
  6. Heart Rate Monitor: No
  7. LTE: No
  8. Mobile Payments: Google Pay
  9. Compatibility: iOS, Android
  10. Colors: Black

 

Key Features:

  • 1.4-inch AMOLED display
  • 4 GB storage capacity
  • Snapdragon 2100 CPU

The Diesel On Full Guard features a nicely finished round dial. This 1.4-inch AMOLED panel has a 454 x 454 pixels resolution and is vibrant, crisp, and simple to read in almost any environment. While the majority of Wear OS is the same across all devices, Diesel has managed to stamp its brand on this specific watch by offering some exclusive – and customizable – watch faces.

The Diesel On Full Guard blends an appealing appearance with a stunning screen, but it is plagued by low stamina and lacks crucial capabilities such as GPS, NFC, and a heart rate sensor. It is designed for fashion-conscious shoppers rather than fitness devotees.

Conclusion

It’s not easy to pick a smartwatch. Most of the time, you are limited by the smartphone you use. If you choose to buy an Apple SmartWatch for men, you need to be an iPhone user. Although both Google’s Wear OS (a smartwatch OS by Google) and Samsung’s Tizen is compatible with both Android and iOS, they only offer limited functionality on the latter. You also need to consider the comfort and usability of the product. A larger dial may make navigation easier, but it is also more cumbersome to carry. You must also select a design that complements your taste. Whichever smartwatch you choose to buy, let us know what you liked or disliked about it in the comments area. Also, let us know if you think there’s a smartwatch that deserves to be a part of our list of the best smartwatches for men.

 

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