Whether you’re trading in an aging wearable or you’re new to smartwatches, Amazon Prime Day is a great time to get a deal on an Apple Watch. Discounts extend to two of three models in Apple’s current lineup, including flagship Apple Watch Series 8 and the most affordable Apple WatchSE – both of which have their biggest discounts. (The bounty Apple Watch Ultra (not currently updated.) Options from other brands like Samsung and Fitbit are also on sale. We’ve also included some of our recommended fitness trackers that have Prime Day discounts. Here are the best Prime Day deals on Apple Watches, smartwatches and fitness trackers we could find.
Apple Watch Series 8
THE Apple Watch Series 8 is the brand’s newest flagship and typically sells for $399 for the 41mm GPS model. Prime Day brings it down to $280, which is the best price we’ve seen. Series 8 is our top pick in our guide to smartwatches, as it combines detailed health and fitness tracking with seamless iPhone integration. New features include temperature sensors, ECG and blood oxygen readings, crash detection and improved sleep metrics. THE WatchOS 10 coming soon will further increase the usefulness with widgets as well as expanded health, fitness and mindfulness features.
We pass the time with the Apple Watch 8 when it was released late last year and called it “complete (and) complete”. Apple claims 18 hours of battery life with average use and always-on display. Low Power Mode (which we found particularly impressive) can give you up to 36 hours. If you want to make calls, receive texts, and more when you don’t have your phone, you might want to get the model with cellular capabilities. These versions are up to $380 for both case sizes.
Apple Watch SE (44mm, GPS)
The most affordable smartwatch in the range is the Apple WatchSE. The 40mm case size was out of stock for a while, but has returned and is only $200 for Prime members, which is the lowest price we’ve seen on the wearable yet. THE 44mm larger case is also on sale. It’s usually $279, Prime Day discounts only make it $230. We called the SE “the best $250 smartwatch you can buy” in our Engadget Review. It uses the same processor, matches 50-meter water resistance, and looks nearly identical to the Apple Watch 8, though the SE lacks dust resistance and always-on display. It also cannot give blood oxygen, temperature, and EKG readings. But if you don’t need those things, you can save money while still getting plenty of fitness and health data plus seamless integration with your iPhone.
Our reviewer Cherlynn Low notes that Apple made surprisingly few sacrifices with the SE and named it “the best smartwatch for the money.” In fact, in the conclusion of her Apple Watch 8 cover, she said if she was buying for herself, the SE is the watch she would buy.
Cellular models are also on sale for Prime Day. The GPS plus cellular model lets you take calls, send texts and stream music even when your iPhone isn’t with you. THE 40mm SE with cellular was usually $299, but now it’s $250. And the Size 44mm with cellular is $280 instead of $329.
Smartwatches from other brands
Not all smartwatches are made by Apple. Here are a few smartwatches we’ve tested from other brands – all of which are on sale for Prime Day.
Google Pixel Watch
Prime Day reduces the Google Pixel Watch at $250 for Prime members, which is $100 off and the lowest price we’ve seen. Google’s first smartwatch only had a 74 in our Engadget review, but it’s a beautifully designed wearable with plenty of useful watch faces and quick assistant responses. Our main gripes were the short battery life and software issues like clunky Fitbit integration – things the upcoming launch of Port OS 4 could fix.
We were doing enjoy the variety and usefulness of the faces offered by Pixel Watch. After Google bought Fitbit, the company integrated wellness tracking into its new watch. While we think Fitbit offers some of the best wellness tracking capabilities, the integration between the watch and the Fitbit app isn’t yet as fast as it should be.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Of course, Apple Watches only work with iPhones. For those who prefer Android devices, the Galaxy Watch 5 is our best recommendation in our guide to smartwatches. Usually $280, it’s currently $151, 46% off. Samsung’s latest wearables run on Google’s Wear operating system and give you plenty of health data and fitness tracking, as well as sleep guidance and body composition analysis.
The Galaxy Watch 5 is a modest update over the previous generation, but it still got a score of 85 in our review, since the previous generation was already quite good. This time around, the construction is stronger, the battery life is longer, and the curved back of the case makes better contact with your wrist for more reliable readings.
Fitbit Versa 2
THE Fitbit Versa 2 is the budget choice in our smartwatch guide and up to $140 for Prime Day. Fitbit devices have always been about fitness and the Versa 2 automatically tracks and detects a host of different workouts giving you plenty of data. But since it’s a smartwatch, it can play Spotify, integrates Alexa, and brings your phone’s notifications and hundreds of apps to your wrist. It’s also device-agnostic, pairing with iPhones or Android devices, which can’t be said for Apple’s wearables.
The battery can last six days without always-on display enabled (but only about two days with this feature enabled). Since it doesn’t need to be recharged every night, you can take advantage of sleep tracking features and get a sleep score every morning. Fitbit’s Premium subscription is required to get a daily Readiness Score and a breakdown of your sleep score, but the subscription also includes sleep content from Calme.
If all you need is something to reliably track your workouts, fitness trackers are cheaper and tend to have longer battery life than smartwatches. Here are our recommended picks that are on sale for Prime Day.
Fitbit Charge 5
THE Fitbit Charge 5 is our overall favorite tracker, and is currently $100 or $50 off its regular price. Fitness trackers aren’t as feature-packed as smartwatches, but that usually means they have longer battery life and cost a bit less. We like the Charge 5 for its comprehensive activity tracking and health monitoring that comes in a slim profile with multi-day battery life. It also pairs with Apple and Android phones.
Built-in GPS precisely tracks runs, bike rides and hikes and the bright OLED display has an always-on mode that can make it easier to track your progress as you train (although this feature affects battery life ). The Charge 5 also has heart rate sensors and stress-sensing EDA monitors for a better understanding of your health.
Fitbit Inspire 3
Our favorite budget Fitness Tracker East Fitbit Inspire 3 and Prime Day makes it even more affordable with a 20% discount that makes it just $80 instead of $100. It doesn’t have built-in GPS, but if you bring your phone, its connected GPS capabilities will give you all the same data. It offers monitoring of your heart rate, blood oxygen, and skin temperature variations.
The Inspire 3 achieved the advertised 10-day battery life in our tests, which is especially useful for sleep monitoring. Fitbit also makes different interchangeable bands to customize the wearable to your liking.
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