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Puma Smartwatch

Puma Smartwatch review: Looks sporty, performs poorly

Manufactured by the Fossil Group, the Puma Smartwatch offers a sleek and sporty Wear OS look and plenty of fitness tracking features. It's also a device that doesn't need your phone to track your workouts. But performance is a major issue -- even more so than most Wear OS watches.
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Fossil Gen 5 review: Style overcomes the flaws of Wear OS

Google’s Wear OS watches have a hard time distinguishing themselves. Some poke their head above the status quo with value, looks, or performance. In the case of the Fossil Gen 5, it’s the looks and smooth performance. I still can’t help but feel that Google is letting companies like Fossil down.
Garmin Instinct

Garmin Instinct review: A budget smartwatch for adventurers

The Garmin Instinct has a price you can't resist and a feature set that begs you to get outside. It's durable, offers fitness and health tracking features, and can help you navigate. Is this affordable adventure watch worth your hard-earned cash? We tested it in the rugged mountains of Maine to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: A bite out of Apple

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 rounds out Samsung's watch lineup well, offering Android users the essential functionalities and price of an Apple Watch Sport. Adding ECG, LTE, and some new third-party app integrations, its biggest competitors are its own Galaxy Watch siblings and its predecessor.
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Fitbit Versa 2 review: The subscription smartwatch

The Fitbit Versa 2 is in a strange place. It delivers multi-day battery life, and priced at $200 it offers almost any feature a Google Wear OS smartwatch might. But it bumps right up against pricing on the Apple Watch Series 3. Where it should set itself apart -- fitness -- it comes up short.

Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Review: Small watch, big deal

Garmin didn't disappoint with its new Fenix 6 outdoor watches adding power-saving battery modes, a new pace calculator and even solar charging in select models. We've enjoyed hands-on time with the Fenix 6S Pro, the smallest model in the Fenix series, and discovered that size definitely doesn't matter.
Diesel On Axial

Diesel On Axial review: A bold design for Wear OS

Diesel's Wear OS smartwatch stands out for its rugged, industrial, over-sized design that's sure to turn heads. It's not just unashamedly a Diesel design. It's also a feature-packed bit of tech with the latest Android smartwatch internals, and all the hardware you could ask for in such a device.
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Amazfit Verge review: More features, less money

The $160 Amazfit Verge is an affordable and surprisingly full-featured GPS watch. It exceeded our expectations on several counts and even rivaled Garmin and Suunto in performance. It's an incredible value.
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Michael Kors Access Lexington 2 review: Elegant form, average software

It's quite the looker -- Michael Kors is a designer brand, after all -- and you'll find most of the sensors you could ask for in a smartwatch. Better yet, you have battery modes that can take this watch beyond the average. But Google's Wear OS just can't help but hold it back, even with capable hardware inside.
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Huawei Watch GT2 hands-on review: The software holds it back

Huawei's latest smartwatch is the Watch GT2, and it has been treated to an upmarket redesign and a host of new features, which make it more of an all-rounder than its predecessor. However, first impressions of the software are not as good, and there's still work to be done on this aspect. Read our hands-on review.
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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE review

Mobvoi has launched a 4G version of its TicWatch Pro, which has seen some slight changes from last year’s model. The LTE connectivity only works on Verizon at the moment, but it opens a world of possibilities with the watch. You won’t find a more feature-packed Wear OS by Google smartwatch than the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE.
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Amazfit GTS Review: Apple Watch looks, but not Apple software

It’s easy to dismiss the Amazfit GTS off as a cheap Apple Watch knockoff. It’s undeniably a clone due to the distinctive shape of the body, but to ignore it entirely because of this would be a mistake. However, the software still needs work, as the notifications are not always reliable.
Garmin Forerunner 945 review

Garmin Forerunner 945 review

Garmin's Forerunner 945 takes fitness tracking to a whole new level with a feature list that is beyond compare. We spent some time with the Forerunner 945 to find out if all these features are worth the watch's high price tag.
Samsung Galaxy Fit Hands-on review

Samsung Galaxy Fit review

Samsung’s going toe-to-toe against Fitbit’s Inspire HR with its own $99 fitness tracker -- the Galaxy Fit. It also has a heart rate monitor, can automatically detect six workouts, shows you all the notifications from your phone, and has a battery that can last for days -- all in a small package.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active is a strong contender in the wearable world. It has solid battery life, a great notification system, and good fitness-tracking capabilities, all for a price of $200. Did we mention it looks great, too? The competition’s tough, but the Galaxy Watch Active puts up a tougher fight.
Coros Vertix

Coros Vertix review: For the mountaineer in all of us

Coros changed the fitness watch landscape by delivering battery life that is unbelievable in its Pace and Apex watches. We got our hands on the company's latest watch, the Vertix, to see if this adventure watch has the chops to compete with rivals Garmin and Suunto. Find out how it measures up here.
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Diesel On Axial hands-on review: An undeniably wild and stunning smartwatch

Diesel's latest smartwatch, the On Axial, has the wildest, most uncompromising, and completely masculine design we've seen yet. The brilliant visuals are matched with some much needed technical improvements too, and based on our early impressions, it's going to be a solid performer. Here's our first look.
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Misfit Vapor X Review: Forget the fuss

The Misfit Vapor X smartwatch keeps a low profile in stealthy black; but don't take this for an inability to impress. We've tested the watch out for a few weeks, and found it to be one of the most reliable, easy-to-live-with WearOS smartwatches available today. The subtle, unfussy design goes with everything too.
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Coros Apex is light in weight, long on battery life, but misses on features

Coros may be a newcomer to the GPS watch market, but the company is making a name for itself with its incredible battery life. Power savings is only part of the equation, a good fitness watch also has to track performance. We tested the Apex to see how it stacks up to the current crop of GPS watches.
Withings Move ECG

Withings Move ECG review: An affordable electrocardiogram alternative

The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $400, and while it’s feature-packed, the highlight is the electrocardiogram, which has the potential to save lives. Withings’ Move ECG has the same capability but at a fraction of the cost. It’s not as smart as the Apple Watch, but it works on Android and iOS as well.
Suunto 5

The Suunto 5 sports watch is durable, but the display holds it back

Suunto set a high bar last year with the touchscreen-enabled Suunto 9, but its latest fitness watch, the Suunto 5, is a step backward. The watch offers Suunto's most exciting training and battery technology, but an uncomfortable band and low-quality display leaves us disappointed.
Fitbit Ace 2 review

Fitbit Ace 2 review

With its Ace 2 fitness tracker for kids, Fitbit didn't just take one of its adult fitness bands and repackage it. The company instead listened to feedback and designed a tracker kids actually will enjoy wearing. From colorful bands to a kid-friendly interface, there's a lot to like about the Ace 2.
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Withings Move review

Withings nailed it with the Move hybrid fitness watch. Its stylish good looks and competent fitness tracking won us over. For casual athletes, it's a bargain at $70, but there are a few drawbacks to its budget design.
Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 review

Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 review

Diesel’s no-holds-barred watch designs are awesome, so we hold its new smartwatch to a similarly high standard. Sadly, while Diesel holds its end of the deal up, the On Full Guard 2.5 is let down by a poor battery and the underlying Wear OS software platform from Google.
Garmin Forerunner 45S

Garmin Forerunner 45S Review

Garmin's new Forerunner 45S debuts with a bevy of new metrics and a fresh new look. Are these features worth the $200 price tag? We logged some serious miles to find out.
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Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Golf Edition review

Tag Heuer’s known for its sporting partnerships, and this new Golf Edition Connected Modular 45 smartwatch is so into the game, it even comes with three specially-branded golf balls. It has got the looks, but has it got the talent? Surprisingly, it does, and there is more than just some balls in the package.
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Alpina AlpinerX review

The Alpina AlpinerX is what happens when the Swiss watch industry gets smartwatches right. It combines the desirability of a Swiss-made timepiece with the convenience of notifications and smart features of a full smartwatch, with carefully judged accuracy. It’s as delicately balanced, and expertly made as you hope.
Armani Exchange AX Connected review

Armani Exchange AX Connected review

The Armani Exchange AX Connected smartwatch does everything right. It has strong technical features, a good design, and isn’t over-priced. However, it doesn’t stand apart from the competition, and relies too much on the appeal of the Armani name to convince people to buy it. Is that enough? The watch has been on our wrist for a while, and we’ve found out.
Huawei Watch GT Elegant and Active hands-on

Huawei Watch GT Elegant and Active hands-on review

Huawei has launched two new versions of the Watch GT smartwatch, embracing a smaller screen and case size to go along with a new look for the larger model. But while it has not added many new features, it does expect you to pay more to own one. We’ve worn them to see if the higher price is justified.
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Garmin Marq hands-on review

Garmin’s celebrating its 30th anniversary in style with the launch of its Marq range of luxury “tool watches,” which have special features that will appeal to adventurers, sailors, pilots, racing drivers, and the very sporty. You’ll have to splash out, but the high quality and laser focused feature list may tempt you.
Fitbit Versa Lite Review

Fitbit Versa Lite review

Fitbit's Versa Lite smartwatch is the company's most affordable smartwatch, but this low price comes with some strings attached. To keep the price affordable, Fitbit trimmed some of the features it bundled in it popular Versa smartwatch. Is this a deal breaker? We put the Versa Lite through its paces to find out.
Casio Pro Trek F30 review

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 review

Casio has worked hard to make its new Pro Trek smartwatch suitable for more people by reducing the size, without compromising on features or battery life. By doing so, the watch has evolved to become suitable for the outdoor enthusiast and fans of the design alike. Here’s our review.
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Nubia Alpha Hands-on review

The Nubia Alpha is the maddest wearable we’ve seen in a while. Described as a wearable smartphone, it has a 4-inch flexible screen that wraps around the top of your wrist, gesture controls so you don’t have to touch the screen, and even a camera. The style won’t be for everyone, and the price makes it a hard sell.
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Oaxis Timepiece Review

The Oaxis Timepiece wants to be a traditional watch, a fitness tracker, and a basic smartwatch all-in-one. That’s a tall order, despite it sounding quite simple, so can the sub-$180 wearable manage to pull it off? We’ve been wearing it for a while to find out if it can complete the trifecta, or if it falls short.

Joe Maring is the Section Editor for Digital Trends’ Mobile team, leading the site’s coverage for all things smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Since joining the industry in 2012, Joe has reported on the latest mobile tech news, reviewed countless devices, and worked with other writers to help them find the angles that matter.

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