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Apple Watch Series 8 review roundup: Best smartwatch gets a tick better

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Apple Watch 8 is great. But it's not necessarily great enough to upgrade, given its minimal improvements.
Apple Watch 8 is great. But it's not necessarily great enough to upgrade, given its minimal improvements.
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The upcoming Apple Watch Ultra garners most of the oohs and aahs, and the Apple Watch SE takes the cake as Cupertino’s best-selling wearable, but gosh darn it, people like the Apple Watch Series 8, too. And by people, I mean reviewers.

Early reviews of Apple Watch Series 8 started coming in Thursday morning. They tend to emphasize that it remains the best smartwatch you can buy, even though its upgrades over the Series 7 seem minimal.

Get this Apple Watch alternative for the best price you’ll find on the web

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Upgrade your watch with this top-rated Apple Watch alternative.
This top-rated Apple Watch alternative is on sale today for less than $55.
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If last week’s Apple Watch Series 8 announcement left you reeling from sticker shock, you might want to reconsider what features you actually need from your smartwatch. For example, this GTS 2 by Amazfit offers plenty of smartwatch features — without the Apple tax.

Usually $99, it’s currently on sale for just $49.99. That’s the best price you can find anywhere online.

Skip the Apple Watch price tag and grab this affordable alternative instead

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Watch out for this affordable Apple Watch alternative.
Your smartwatch can be affordable and useful, and The C-MAX Smartwatch proves it.
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Apple Watches are fantastic, but they’re also pretty expensive starting at $399 for a Series 7. Luckily, there are Apple Watch alternatives that get the job done and look great at the same time. The C-Max Chrono-Max Smartwatch is an affordable Apple Watch alternative that comes in black, teal, rose and pink, and for a limited time, all colorways are on sale for $34.99 (regularly $219).

This smartwatch might save your grandparent’s life

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This discounted smart watch is also a first-rate medical alert.
This wearable combines typical smartwatch features with advanced medical alerts.
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The LutiBand is a next-gen medical alert device as well as a great smartwatch. Its combination of advanced security features and precise biometric readings make this a fantastic wearable for you or a loved one.

For a limited time, the LutiBand Smartwatch is on sale for $99.99 (regularly $169).

This $50 smartwatch is a solid Apple Watch alternative

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This smartwatch isn't second best.
This $49.99 smartwatch is packed with features.
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A smartwatch doesn’t need to come with a hefty price tag. While it might not boast all the advanced features of the latest Apple Watch Series 7, the ChronoWatch C-Max Call Time smartwatch gets the job done just fine. And it’s definitely a bargain when you consider the Series 7’s starting price of $399.

This affordable smartwatch comes with many common features related to health, fitness, productivity and entertainment. It works with iPhones as well as Android devices. And it’s on sale for just $49.99 (regularly $159).

Withings smartwatch sports long battery life and Apple Health integration

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The Withings ScanWatch Horizon looks like a classic dive watch but it's quite tech-savvy.
The Withings ScanWatch Horizon looks like a classic dive watch but it's quite tech-savvy.
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Withings, maker of health devices and smartwatches, launched its new ScanWatch Horizon wearable on Tuesday. It looks like a classic dive watch but packs modern health and activity tracking, 30-day battery life and Apple Health integration.

It’s not cheap, but there are reasons for that.

This Apple Watch alternative just dropped its price

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This Apple Watch alternative looks great and costs less.
Get the job done for less.
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Apple Watches are great, but they aren’t the only smartwatches that get the job done and look good. For a limited time, you can get a far less expensive smartwatch that still puts a ton of functionality on your wrist.

The C-Max Chrono-Max Smartwatch is a fine Apple Watch alternative, available in four different colors. And its price just dropped all the way down to $49.99 (regularly $219). That’s a deal you should watch out for.

Take control of your health with this smartwatch with built-in Bluetooth earbuds

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Get more than half off this Apple Watch alternative packed with useful features. 
This great Apple Watch alternative is on sale for less than half its normal price.
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A smartwatch is your go-to fitness gadget. And you can enjoy some great everyday wellness benefits without an Apple Watch-size price tag, thanks to the great range of third-party smartwatches on the market right now.

One of the best? This X6 2-in-1 Smart Watch with Bluetooth Earbuds, which you can grab with a 52% discount right now for just $95.99 (regular price $201).

Boost your health with 4 deals on fitness-tracking smartwatches

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Improve your fitness with this sleek smartwatch.
Track your New Year's resolutions with ones of these affordable smartwatches.
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The most common New Year’s resolution is (you guessed it) to exercise more to improve health and fitness. If that’s your goal for 2022, you’ll have a lot more luck sticking to your resolutions by using a fitness-tracking smartwatch as your accountability buddy.

The Apple Watch is our go-to smartwatch, of course. But if you don’t want to spend hundreds getting into the game, these stylish smartwatches will give you a clear picture of your lifestyle and activities at a glance.