The best smartwatches and fitness tracker deals for Black Friday [Updated]

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Corey Gaskin
Updated (11/26/21 3:20 PM EST): We’ve rechecked and refreshed this list now that it’s actually Black Friday. We’ve added a deal on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to this list and made a few other small updates. The Watch 4 is our favorite Android smartwatch. We will continue to monitor and update this throughout the weekend.

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Original post (11/24/21 6:00 PM EST)The Black Friday barrage is in full swing. We’ve been compiling a big list of the best deals we’d normally find, but amid the avalanche of discounts so far, we’ve seen and recommended a plethora of worthwhile deals on the smartwatches and fitness trackers of our choice.

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Most of our picks from our recently updated guide to the best smartwatches are seeing solid discounts for the holiday shopping season, so to help those hoping to grab a new wearable sort through the noise Well, we’ve highlighted a few favorites that are worth your consideration below.

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The best low-cost alternative to the Apple Watch SE Series 7.
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Apple Watch SE for $219 ,$279) on Amazon, aim

or for the new Apple Watch Series 7 $380 ,$400) on Amazon

Apple Watch Series 7 (On sale.) for now $380) tops our list as the best smartwatch you can buy, but the Apple Watch SE is the next best option. none of these are the best fitness tracker Available, but they both offer over 50 different activity-tracking modes, ranging from dancing to e-biking and everything in between. The real draw here is watchOS’s wide app compatibility, which brings the most popular smartwatch apps to your wrist, if not all. Although it lacks the Series 7’s always-on display and more advanced health features (electrocardiogram (ECG) support, blood oxygen monitoring), the Apple Watch SE’s GPS, optional LTE, and music storage make it a device you can enjoy with your device. Can use with confidence. To leave your phone at home.

This deal brings the best price we’ve ever seen for SE. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any significant deals on the high-end Series 7 as of this writing.

Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 on Amazon for $200 ($250), aim, best Buy, samsung

The Galaxy Watch 4 is our top choice for an Android smartwatch. The software driving it is Google’s new Wear OS, now a joint venture between Samsung and it. This means it now has much wider app compatibility than older Galaxy Watches that used Samsung’s Tizen OS. It works well as a fitness tracking tool with ECG (Samsung phones only), heart rate, blood oxygen, GPS, optional LTE and onboard music storage.

We’re used to seeing Galaxy watches sold for under their MSRP, so this deal could last longer than the season. But if you’re looking for the best Android smartwatch for the holidays, look no further.

Fitbit's Sense has all the sensors you could ask for in a fitness tracker and deeper health insight and guidance than the Apple Watch offers, especially with Fitbit's premium subscription.
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fitbit sense for $200 ,$270) on Amazon, aim, best Buy

Fitbit’s Sense is our second favorite non-Apple smartwatch. With ECG, GPS, EDA (electrodermal activity for stress measurement), SPO2 (blood oxygen), and essential heart rate sensors, Sense has your vitals covered. They all have the same sensors (plus one, EDA) that the Apple Watch Series 7, and it also comes with six months of Fitbit Premium. We still don’t find the Sense to be the best pure fitness tracker: You can’t store music on it, and activity tracking can be a little overzealous and somewhat confusing.

That said, the compatibility and market-leading bevy of health sensors on Android and iPhone devices make the Sense a good buy at its typical price and an even more attractive deal at $200—the lowest price we’ve tracked it for.

The top-of-the-line Sense sensors in the Fitbit Charge are all in a different form factor.
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Fitbit Charge 5 for $130 ,$175) on Amazon, aim, best Buy

NS fitbit charge 5 It’s the company’s best value device, and it’s price has come down to $130—the lowest since its release—making it one of the best fitness trackers you can find at this price. The device also includes six months of Fitbit’s premium service for more exercise, insight and health tips. The Charge has all the same sensors as the Fitbit Sense (EDA, ECG, SpO2, GPS, HR), but comes in a more rectangular wristband form. You won’t be able to control music or use any voice assistants on the Sense, but if you like the style of the Charge 5, $130 is a relatively low barrier of entry to this level of tracking and smartwatch functionality.

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for fitbit lux $100 ,$150) on Amazon, aim, best Buy

Fitbit Inspire 2 for $60 ,$95) on Amazon, aim, best Buy

The Fitbit Lux is, for my money, one of the best looking fitness trackers available, especially with Gorjana bracelet Accessory, sold separately. It’s Essentially a Dolled-Up Fitbit Inspire 2 With half the battery life—five days, versus 10 on the Inspire. The main reason for that battery disparity is the Lux’s vibrant OLED display, which, unlike the grayscale Inspire 2, is in full color.

Neither the Lux nor the Inspire 2 have built-in GPS, EDA, or ECG. They both also lack blood oxygen monitoring, though Fitbit says Lux should be backing it up soon. Regardless, the Inspire and Lux ​​are good values ​​for casual fitness trackers at $60 and $100, respectively. The former’s deal is $3 off the best price we’ve tracked, while the latter matches an all-time low. The main decision you have to make is whether the luxe look is worth the price increase for you.

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