Getting the best of both worlds with a hybrid smartwatch

Android Central

Android Central
Android Central
Nov 30, 2015
As much as we love the functionality that smartwatches offer, there's no denying that traditional, non-smart watches look way better more times than not. Thanks to the competitive market for hybrid watches, it's possible to get something that looks like a regular watch but still offers some of the best features of a smartwatch. If you think the hybrid life might be for you, here are the ones we recommend!

Minimal beauty

Skagen Connected

Our first pick on this list is the Skagen Connected. The sleek, minimalistic design is something we can't get enough of, with the 42mm case making this accessible for even the smallest of wrists. The watch also tracks your steps, sleep, and notifies you when you get a call or text. It's even water resistant up to 30 meters!

$86 at Amazon

Long-lasting battery

Fossil Q Men's Hybrid Smartwatch

Fossil is one of the biggest supporters of Google's Wear OS, but did you know the company also makes hybrid watches? The Fossil Q Men's comes with six months of battery life, customizable buttons, and ships with a gorgeous leather band that complements the 45mm black metal case wonderfully.

$155 at Amazon

Rose gold life

Fossil Q Jacqueline

If you're looking for something a bit more feminine, the Fossil Q Jacqueline is one of the most striking hybrid watches around. It also comes with six months of battery life, 50 meters of water resistance, and a super sleek 36mm case. The rose gold color is a real thing of beauty, as is the included steel mesh watch band.

$174 at Amazon

Powered by Wear OS

LG Watch W7

Unlike the other options listed here, the W7 is powered by a full version of Wear OS. This means you can use its touchscreen to use apps, track your activity, reply to notifications, and a ton more. However, it's unlike most smartwatches thanks to the two physical watch hands in the middle of the display.

$450 at Amazon

Best for fitness

Withings/Nokia Steel HR

The Withings/Nokia Steel HR is the hybrid watch to get if fitness tracking is your top priority. It can monitor your heart rate, has 24/7 activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and even Alexa integration. All of your data is synced to the Nokia Health app on your phone, and when it comes to battery life, you should see up to 25 days per charge.

$180 at Amazon

Ultimate style

Michael Kors Women's Access Slim Runway

Should you prefer form over function, you'll want to go with the Michael Kors Access Slim Runway. This women's watch has a 42mm stainless steel case that's paired nicely with a matching metal watch band. The watch can track your activity throughout the day, view multiple time zones, and is even water resistant up to 50 meters.

$148 at Amazon

Get in shape

Garmin Vívomove HR

Another great fitness-focused hybrid watch is the Garmin Vívomove HR. This watch is capable of 24/7 hear rate monitoring, activity tracking, stress monitoring, and long-lasting battery life that'll get you up to five days in smart mode and two weeks in watch mode.

$200 at Amazon

Always in fashion

Fossil Q Grant

The Fossil Q Grant works the same as the other Fossil watches on this list but offers a design that's a bit classier. The stainless steel case is paired with a tan paint job around the Roman numeral numbers, and when you add that together with the genuine leather watch band, you get something that's truly stunning.

$155 at Amazon

Value pick

Skagen Signatur Connected

Last but certainly not least, the Signatur Connected from Skagen is the cheapest option on our list and delivers a much better experience than the price tag would suggest. Along with a fantastic, minimal aesthetic, the Signatur Connected also alerts you of notifications from your phone, tracks steps and distance, and is rated for up to six months on a single charge.

$62 at Amazon

For people that want a good mix of great aesthetics and useful smart features, the Skagen Connected is a fantastic choice. Not only does it look downright gorgeous, but it has just about every feature you could ask for while also being the most affordable pick on our list. Fitness enthusiasts will be better suited with something like the Withings/Nokia Steel HR, and if you want the absolute most features you can get in something that's still technically a hybrid watch, the LG Watch W7 is the way to go.

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