Best Smartwatch Under 100 (Jun.) 2017– Buyer’s Guide and Review

By Walter J. Farrell | TECH

We’ve spent over 19 hours researching and product testing to find you the best smartwatches under 100. Among the wearables we’ve seen, the Asus Zenwatch 2 stood out the most. The Asus Zenwatch 2’s strong aesthetic appeal and top notch performance drawn from its 512-megabyte RAM and its 4-gigabyte storage capacity are among its greatest feature. We also loved its overall built that is both durable and comfortable, making this wearable a solid wearable choice. [read more]

Smartwatches or wearables are a burgeoning trend these days because of their functionality which makes certain tasks easier and more convenient.

Whether it’s checking for notification from social media sites or tracking one’s steps and calorie intake, wearables are indeed becoming more useful.

The good thing about smartwatches is that they don’t have to be expensive to be functional and durable. There are a lot of reliable wearables under 100 which you can get in the market.

In this article, we’ll be providing a guide on how to find such wearables as well as a few product suggestions we’ve tested to be solid choices in the present wearable device market.

Best Smartwatch Under 100

 CompatibilityDisplay and DesignBattery Life 
Asus Zenwatch 2Android 4.3+ iPhone (limited functionality)AMOLED, 1.63", Square Display48 hours
Antimi SmartwatchSamsung,Google Pixel/Pixel XL,HTC, Sony, LG, HUAWEI, ZTE, OPPO, XIAOMI, iPhone (limited functionality)Square Display3-4 days
Martian Notifier Android 2.3+ iOS 6+OLED, 1.5”, Round Display5-6 days
Pebble 2Android 4.3+, iOS 8+e-Paper LED, 1.26”, Square Display7 days
Inchor L16 Smart WristfitAndroid 4.3+ , iOS7+OLED, Round Display5 days

What Should I Consider Before Buying a Smartwatch under 100?

There are a few things to keep in mind before you buy a smartwatch. A few of them are explained below.

1. Compatibility

More than anything else, smartwatches are meant to be an accompanying device to your smartphone. Hence, it is of great importance that you check your phone’s compatibility with the wearable you’re planning to buy. Most low-end smartwatches are compatible to Android devices. Iphone users, on the other hand, needs to be extra careful since most low-end wearables have limited functionality when paired with Apple devices.

2. Built (water/dust resistant, IP rating)

Although you’re on the hunt for low-end wearables, it is still worth trying to find a device that is durable. There are a few smartwatches that are made of high-quality materials. A smartwatch that is made of materials such as Corning Gorilla Glass 3, for instance, entails that its watch face is scratch resistant and is of incredible strength. Also, look out for environmental resistance ratings. Most durable low-end wearables can go as high as IP67. Again, paying less does not always mean that you also have to compromise the durability of the device you’re planning to buy.

3.​ Features and Applications

A smartwatch’s functionality is dependent upon the features and the apps that it can run. Ideally, you would want to go for wearables that have Wi-Fi capabilities, a built in mic and a Bluetooth connectivity. You’d also want those that can run various apps for specific purposes. If you are a fitness buff, you’d definitely have to look for a smartwatch with a reliable set of fitness features.

4. Rated Battery Life

The rated battery life and even the charging time also varies for different smartwatches. You would want to go for those with a high rated battery life. For low-end wearables, some devices can last as long as seven days. For other devices that have many features, the battery life can be lesser. In cases where battery life is minimized because of the extra functionality a wearable offers, you’d have to decide if you’d really need a battery life that can last for days.

5. Design

Wearables are also fashion accessories since they’re readily visible in your wrists. Obviously, you’d want something that would look stylish and attractive enough to wear. Preferences may vary though. Some may want a wearable that resembles a regular watch while others are willing to venture into ‘geek-chic’ types of wearables.​

How We Assessed and Evaluated These Smartwatches

We spend two weeks to research and test the products in our list. Initially, we’ve done a thorough research on the smartwatches that are under 100. We’ve looked into the built quality, the rated battery life, the aesthetic design, the functionality and a plethora of other characteristics of various smartwatches in the market today. Based from the information we’ve gathered from forums, testimonies and other relevant sources, we then carefully weighted the individual merits of each smartwatch and chose our top five best picks. After the thorough research we’ve done to come up with our shortlist, we finally tested each individual wearable to finally evaluate them based on a specific criteria which includes things such as comfortability, functionality etc.

Our Top Picks

1. Asus ZenWatch 2

Asus Zenwatch 2 is an interesting low-end smartwatch that offers a combination of decent functionality and aesthetics.

This smartwatch is compatible to Android devices and to iPhones with at least an iOS 9 OS.

Built wise, this smartwatch has an AMOLED screen made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

It also has an environmental resistance rating of IP67, which means its dust and water resistant. The built, overall, is made up of solid and quality materials which makes it durable.

The design is also laudable. Its bezel is still quite chunky but still, the overall look is attractive enough. Its face is also customizable, thanks to the Zenwatch Manager App, an app which lets you customize the watch face. The rounded square display which offer a 280x280 resolution adds up to its appeal, although some users say it’s too small for usage.

In terms of its performance, the Zenwatch 2 has a lot to offer. This smartwatch has 512 megabytes of RAM and 4 gigabyte in storage. Along with these specs, it also has a built-in microphone and Wi-Fi capabilities. It’s Wi-Fi-capability essentially allows you to receive notifications even without your phone nearby, as long as you are in a Wi-Fi zone. Also, there are numerous apps that be ran with it. However, this enhanced functionality also comes with a price: its battery life only lasts for 48 hours of full usage. Its battery is not as good as Pebble 2’s, but at least it only takes 30-40 minutes to charge it.​

What We Liked

  • Attractive design
  • Solid built
  • Wi-Fi abled
  • Above average performance and functionality

What We Didn't Like

  • Battery Life lasts only for 48 hours

2. Antimi SmartWatch

The Antimi Smartwatch is a solid choice for those who are looking for low-end smartwatches under 50. It’s compatible to most Android smartphones, including but not limited to units such as Samsung, Google Pixel, HTC, Sony, LG, Huawei, ZTE, Oppo, Xiaom and others Android devices. Iphone users, however, will only be able to access a limited number of features in this smartwatch.

This smartwatch is capable of performing most tasks any other smartwatch can do. It has a notification push feature for calls, texts, email and social media alerts. It also has a voice recorder, an MP3/MP4 player, a pedometer, a sedentary reminder, remote camera, calander and a lot of other functional features. Functionality wise, this smartwatch offers a modicum amount of features that is sufficiently reliable.

What’s also impressive about this smartwatch is that it can also function as an independent phone. Insert a sim card in a special slot allotted for it at the back of this smartwatch and you’ll be able to make phone calls and send text messages, even without connecting it to your smartphone. Basically, it’s a smartwatch and a phone in one device.In terms of its built, the manufacturer did not specified what its 1.5 inch screen or its strap is made of. It is understandable if er materials were used in making this smartwatch, especially considering its price. Nevertheless, it’s decently comfortable. Its rated battery life also lasts for 3-4 days.

Overall, the Antimi smartwatch works well for anyone looking for a simple yet functional wearable.​

What We Liked

  • Can work as an independent phone
  • Decent battery life
  • Sufficient feature set for basic tasks (notification push, calendar, etc)

What We Didn't Like

  • Limited functionality for iPhone users

3. Martian Notifier

The Martian Notifier is a smartwatch that functions mostly as a notifier. It has a 1.7 inch face and its built is mostly made up of plastic.

Design wise, this smartwatch looks exactly like a regular wristwatch, an apparent anti-thesis to the trend of colourful LED displays of most smartwatches.

It looks stylish but because it has a big face, its looks better on men.

In terms of features, this smartwatch is only good at one thing: notifying. It can receive notifications from your e-mail and social media accounts as well as incoming phone calls and texts. You can also customize the sites which you want to receive notifications from. All of these notifications are displayed on a small OLED display located near the bottom of the watch’s face. There are a few other features, such as its find-my-phone feature which rings one’s phone (even if it’s in silent mode) if one is trying to find it. However, for the most part, there’s no other feature it offers that is equally as valuable as its notifier. While it does lack some techie features, its rated battery life, on the other hand, is quite solid – 5-6 days.

There are also a few flaws in its design, For starters, the watch does not have numbers. It only has a roman numeral XII for 12 and its logo M, located at the spot indicating 5 o‘clock. It also doesn’t glow in the dark.

Overall, this smartwatch is reliable and stylish enough but lacks the features that most other smartwatches are offering.​

What We Liked

  • Reliable Notifier System
  • Stylish Design
  • Water-resistant

What We Didn't Like

  • Lacks features most other smartphones have
  • Watch does not have numbers
  • Does not glow in the dark

4. Pebble 2

The Pebble 2 is still one of the most recognizable smartwatches in the market.

It has an incredible seven-day battery life, a durable built and a generous feature set. Its face is made up of Gorilla Glass 3, a material known to be a solid and scratch-resistant glass.

This wearable also has a 30M water resistance, which basically entails you can wear it while swimming.

Its silicone strap feels like its plastic but it’s still comfortable to wear. Design wise, its angular, rectangular face is not stylish unless you’re into geeky wearables.

This smartwatch also has an interesting roster of features. Fitness buffs will appreciate its heart rate monitor, step and sleep tracker and other fitness features which easily syncs with Google Fit, Apple Health and other third-party apps. Features such as Timeline which automatically display information from various apps of your choosing (i.e calendar, weather forecast, news etc.) also come very handy. It also syncs well to a wide variety of iOS and Android apps. Lastly, it also has a mic which lets you make voice commands.

The Pebble 2 is a reliable wearable in terms of functionality and durability but it may use some improvement on the aesthetics department. Its monochrome display, especially the fonts does look outdated. While it’s not exactly a stylish wearable, it is worth noting, however, that its feature set and its built quality are rare to come by for an item that costs less than a hundred.​

What We Liked

  • Durable Built
  • Water-resistant
  • Seven-day battery life
  • Syncs well with smartphones
  • Functional fitness features

What We Didn't Like

  • Design isn’t fashionable
  • Display looks outdated

5. Inchor L16 Smart Wristfit

The Inchor L16 is a low-end wearable, designed mostly for fitness buffs. Its round display and its slim strap creates an attractive and outdoorsy aesthetic appeal, which makes it an apt choice for athletes and fitness buffs.

More than its aesthetic appeal, this smartwatch also has a modicum set of features for fitness monitoring. It has a 3-axix accelerometer for movement tracking (steps, calories, mileages etc.) as well as a health data tracker. It’s also versatile enough to offer further functionality. It also has a notification push feature which allows you to receive alerts from social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. By and large, it covers most basic functions expected from a smartwatch.

Compatibility wise, it can work well to any smartphone running at least an Android 4.3 or an iOS 7 operating system. Its battery life is also quite competitive, lasting up to 5 days of usage. Also, we’re also impressed that it has an IP67 environmental resistance rating, a generous addition for a smartwatch under 50. Lastly, the Inchor L16 is designed to be wristfit, so problems on the strap not fitting tight enough to the wrist is less likely to occur.

In a nutshell, it is safe to say that the Inchor L16 wristifit smartwatch is a decent entry-level fitness smartwatch. But, even if you’re not using it in a fitness routine, it’s still useful as a regular smartwatch given the roster of features it has.​

What We Liked

  • Comfortable wristwatch design
  • Reliable Fitness Features
  • Versatile Compatibility
  • Water/dust resistant

What We Didn't Like

  • May have responsiveness issues when synched with a smartphone

Our Recommendations:

Editor's Pick: Asus Zenwatch 2

The Asus Zenwatch 2 is a great smartwatch because of its durability, functionality and its aesthetic appeal. Its rounded-square design looks attractive and its parts are also made of high quality materials. It’s AMOLED display, for instance, is made up of Corning Glass 3. It is water and dust resistant (IP67) which makes it one of the few durable low-end wearables in the market.

More importantly, functionality and performance is great with this smartwatch. We loved that it has a 512-megabyte RAM and a 4-gigabyte storage. Moreover, its system capacity allows users to run different apps with this smartwatch.

By and large, the Asus Zenwatch 2 is a durable, attractive and an ultra-functional smartwatch which makes it a solid choice for a low-end wearable.

Honorable Mentions: Pebble 2 Smartwatch & Martian Notifier

The Pebble 2 Smartwatch and the Martian Notifier are also laudable wearables in their own right. The Pebble 2 for instance, also matches the functionality and the durability of the Asus Zenwatch 2.Like the Zenwatch 2, there are also a plethora of apps that work well with this wearable. The Pebble 2 is also made of a Gorilla Glass 3 screen and it’s also water and dust resistant. In fact, the Pebble 2 outranks most low-end wearables in the battery department with its 7-day battery life. However, the device does look like a toy which places it at a disadvantage when it comes to aesthetic appeal.

Lastly, the Martian Notifier is also worthy of recognition for its unique approach to smartwatch design. It’s attractive and classy and despite its lack of added features, some customers may find satisfaction with just the notification push feature it offers. It’s also durable enough. For a watch under 50, an attractive watch with a little smartwatch function can be a sexy deal.

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About the Author

Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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