Top 5 Best Cheap Smartwatches Under $50 That You’ll Actually Love

By | July 27, 2017
Top 5 Best Cheap Smartwatches Under $50 (Last Updated On: July 27, 2017)

Finding an affordable smartwatch for under $50 is challenging. You likely won’t be able to find a typical name brand but there are plenty of generic watches that can still perform well. These cheaper watches are also a good alternative for those who will be traveling where theft is a risk or participating in activities where their watch could be damaged.

Here are the five best smartwatches you can within a $50 budget.

Rwatch R5 Smart Watch

If you like the look of Samsung’s Gear 2 watch, you’ll appreciate the styling of Rwatch’s R5 Smart Watch. This watch offers the touchscreen display that is so popular among smartwatch developers.

Specs and Features:

  • Available in three colors – silver, gold and black
  • 5″ touch screen display with 240 x 240 resolution
  • Bluetooth 4.0 used for wireless syncing
  • Works with any Bluetooth-compatible phones (Apple, Android, Huawei, etc)
  • Three built-in sensors – gyro sensor, accelerometer and gravity
  • Includes normal watch functions as well as basic activity tracking, sleep tracking and Find My Device
  • Battery life offers talk time of 4 hours and standby time of 180 hours
  • Charges quickly with included micro USB cord

The three color options include the whole color of the watch, meaning both the metal display screen surround and the wristband. Many people find the black or silver to be more attractive color options rather than the gold, which doesn’t translate well with a rubber wristband.

Like any good watch, the R5 has all the typical features you’d expect – clock (with alarm), stopwatch and a timer. It also functions as a basic fitness tracker and sleep tracker. For fitness tracking this device works like a glorified pedometer.

It will track your steps, mileage, pace, calories burned and total time spent exercising. Rwatch does claim that the R5 offers sleep tracking though it doesn’t exactly explain what data it collects.

Vidonn X6 Smart Wristband

Vidonn’s X6 Smart Wristband looks very much like a typical activity tracker. It lacks the large display associated with some smartwatches, making it more sleek and sporty looking.

Specs and Features:

  • Available in three colors – black, purple and blue
  • Incredible standby battery life of 360 hours
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Water-resistant/splash-proof
  • Syncs with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Offers sleep tracking with a silent alarm
  • Built-in fitness tracking with impressive accuracy

The X6 is considered a smartwatch but is more on the fitness tracker side of the spectrum. You get all of the normal watch features along with notification alerts when you can calls, messages or push notifications from major apps. For fitness tracking you get all of the basics you need.

This wristband keeps track of distance traveled, steps taken, calories burned and more. On the interface you can create daily activity goals to ensure you are constantly working towards better health. This watch collects data every two minutes and can store up to 7 days worth of fitness data. Another nice feature is an alert to prompt you to move if you’ve been sedentary for too long.

The X6 also works for sleep tracking. You can set sleep goals and a silent, vibrating alarm to wake you up more peacefully in the morning. The sleep data it collects includes time when you fall asleep and whether you were in deep or shallow sleep.

Geelyda Smart Watch Aplus

The Geelyda Smart Watch Aplus is another device similar to the Samsung Gear 2. It boasts the large touchscreen display that is so popular with smartwatches.

Specs and Features:

  • 5″ display screen with 240 x 240 resolution
  • Compatible with Bluetooth 3.0
  • Works with iOS and Android phones
  • Includes very basic fitness tracking and sleep tracking
  • Works with Bluetooth as a music player
  • Can be used without a phone

While both this watch and the Rwatch R5 are very similar, Geelyda seemed to have gone with making their watch less about actual fitness. The Smart Watch Aplus only offers three types of fitness tracking – steps taken, distance covered and calories burned. It seems to be fairly accurate and the average person will only need these three types of data anyways.

One cool thing about this device is that you can use it on its own without a phone. Simply add a SIM card and you’re set. Of course the major advantage of Bluetooth syncing is that you can receive notifications, calls and play music which is the purpose of a smartwatch.

However, those without a phone or those who only want fitness tracking for the day will be happy that they don’t necessarily need a phone to use this watch.

OUMAX Bluetooth Smart Watch S6

If you have an Android phone, the OUMAX S6 Smart Watch is perfect.

Specs and Features:

  • Designed primarily for Android, with limited iOS compatibility
  • 54″ touch display screen with 240 x 240 resolution
  • Plays video and audio
  • Works with Bluetooth 3.0 for syncing
  • Supports major phone features like clock, contacts, push notifications and more
  • Built-in pedometer
  • Standby battery life up to 80 hours

If the bare bones of fitness tracking is all you need and you’d rather have a watch functions like a true smartwatch, you’ll likely be very happy with the S6. This watch has a pedometer but that is about where fitness data collection ends. You do however get a whole lot more in terms of lifestyle features.

First off, this watch was primarily made for Android phones. You can use it with iOS but will find it frustrating in how limited it is. Therefore you may as well choose a different model if you use an Apple phone. With an Android device you’ll be impressed with all the different little features it offers.

You will have access to the contacts, calendar and any app notifications via Bluetooth from your phone. You can make and take calls, plays video or music and even look at pictures. You also have quick access to setting alarms and using a calculator. It is overall very user-friendly and will work very well as an everyday smart watch.

Martian Watches Notifier Smartwatch

Some people just don’t like the look of a large display screen or the slim sporty design of wristbands. Thankfully the Martian Watches Smartwatchgives the look and feel of a traditional watch, with a lot of neat additions.

Specs and Features:

  • Includes a camera remote
  • Receive email, app, call, SMS and message notifications
  • Set alarms and dual clocks
  • Shows caller ID and basic text
  • Access weather and calendar when synced to your phone
  • Wirelessly syncs via Bluetooth

You can even set custom vibration alerts so you can feel what type of notification your watch is receiving. Not all apps with work with this notification setup but all the major ones do, such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Gmail, Pinterest and more. Another useful feature is a Leash and Find Phone. If you happen to lose your phone you can use the watch to find it.

The Notifier Smartwatch is really more of a lifestyle watch rather than a fitness tracker. This isn’t a downside however, and may be just what you may want for your busy life.

Unfortunately there aren’t many smartwatches under $50 and even though these are some of the best options you can find, they don’t necessarily compete with well-known brands. Most authorities on these gadgets recommend that if you want a watch that will last for a couple years without fail, you may want to save up $100+ and purchase a name brand choice.

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