Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker Black Friday 2018 Deals

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A smartwatch is the best accessory you can buy for your smartphone. Aside from being able to tell the time, a smartwatch can run a bunch of useful apps for GPS navigation, voice-activated search, and fitness tracking. If you’re an extremely active person, then a smartwatch makes a great training companion whether you are into swimming, diving, weight lifting, or running.

This Black Friday is the perfect time to catch great deals on smartwatches. Practically all the major brands have discounts available on their most popular models. To help you pick the best smartwatch for you, we have compiled a list of the deals on smartwatches per brand below. Come back to this page regularly, as we will be updating as we find more deals.

Samsung

Discounted PriceItemRetailerOriginal Price
$179.99Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch 43mm – BlackAmazon$279.99
$149.99Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Fitness Smartwatch (Large) – BlackAmazon$199.99
$70 offAny Samsung Galaxy SmartwatchBest BuyVaried
$199.99Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch 46mm – Dark GrayAmazon$299.99
$189.99Samsung Gear S3 Frontier SmartwatchBJ’s Wholesale Club$269.99
$189.99Samsung Gear S3 Frontier SmartwatchCostco$269.99

Fitbit

Fitbits are the smartwatch to get if you want better battery life. Most of their models can support up to seven days without charging.

Discounted PriceItemRetailerOriginal Price
$199.95Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch – Charcoal GrayBest Buy$269.95
$199.99Fitbit Ionic Smart Fitness Watch *Kohl’s$269.99
$149.99Fitbit Versa Smartwatch with Bonus BandBJ’s Wholesale Club$199.99
$149.86Fitbit Versa Smartwatch (Peach) with Bonus Black Accessory BandSam’s Club$199.86
$149.95Fitbit Versa Smartwatch with 34mm AluminumAmazon$199.95
$149.95Fitbit Versa SmartwatchMeijer$199.95

* Get $60 Kohl’s cash

Garmin

Garmin also has great battery life, with some watches offering up to 9 days of power.

Discounted PriceItemRetailerOriginal Price
$199.99Garmin vivoactive 3 Smartwatch – Stainless SteelAmazon$269.99
$699.99Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Sapphire Smart Watch Fiber-Reinforced Polymer – BlackBest Buy$849.99
$249.99Garmin vivoactive 3 Music Smartwatch 43mm Polymer – Black SiliconeBest Buy$299.99

Apple

The only Apple Watch you will find on sale is the older Series 3. The newly released Series 4 will not be discounted.

Discounted PriceItemRetailerOriginal Price
$80 offAny Apple Watch Series 3Macy’sVaried

 iTouch

Discounted PriceItemRetailerOriginal Price
$29.99iTouch Kids’ Playzoom Sports Smart WatchKohl’s$49.99
$39.99iTouch Curve Unisex Smart WatchKohl’s$85
$49.99iTouch Air 2 Women’s Smart WatchKohl’s$95

Other brands

Discounted PriceItemRetailerOriginal Price
$80 offAny Fossil Gen4 SmartwatchBest BuyVaried
$39.99Kirlor Fitness Tracker SmartwatchAmazon$49.99

How to choose a smartwatch

With more than a dozen major brands releasing their own smartwatches, picking out which one is the best for you can be quite difficult. If you’re shopping for a smartwatch, make sure to consider the following factors.

Device compatibility

Before you buy a smartwatch, you need to make sure that it is compatible with your current smartphone. Obviously, you need to have an iPhone if you’re considering buying an Apple Watch. Fitbit smartwatches are known to be equally compatible with Android devices and iPhones, while particular Samsung smartwatches work better with Android devices. With a little due diligence, you can be confident that there will be compatibility issues between your smartwatch and smartphone.

Features

Depending on your purpose for buying a smartwatch, you may opt for certain features over others. If you’re a fitness buff, you will probably prefer a model with GPS tracking and a heartbeat monitor. Some models have features to allow you to make calls from your smartwatch or to do a Google search based on voice commands. If you are into doing mobile payments, then most major brands have models that allow you to pay using just a smartwatch.

Interface

Some smartwatches offer a full touch-screen display. Although this type of interface is quick and intuitive, the small face of the smartwatch may make it challenging for some users to make accurate button presses. To remedy this, some smartwatches such as the Samsung Gear S3 instead provide a bezel that you can rotate to scroll through functions and menus. The Apple Watch offers a combination of a touch screen and side buttons to deliver a more user-friendly smartwatch experience. If you are unsure which interface works best for you, maybe it will be worth your time to try a few models in your local tech store.

Battery life

Just like your smartphone, you’ll probably need to charge your smartwatch every 1 or 2 days depending on how heavy you use them. Smartwatches with voice capabilities can quickly get drained if you use them to make calls. Thankfully, most smartwatches use wireless charging docks, so charging them regularly should not be too inconvenient.

Customization of design

Most smartwatches offer a provision for interchangeable straps and can even accommodate third-party versions. This is important if you want to make a fashion statement and if you do not want your smartwatch to look generic. Some models even offer options to customize the face color, finish, and size of your smartwatch before buying.

Final thoughts

Smartwatches seem to have taken a long time to catch on, but they are finally starting to become popular. With the technology becoming more reliable and advanced, but also cheaper, smartwatches might just realize their potential of being the next big thing. If you’re looking to ride this wave of popularity, then there is no better time to get a smartwatch than this year’s Black Friday. With so many deals to choose from, you are sure to get the smartwatch that suits your style.