Best Smartwatches for Music
These days, smartwatches became almost as important as smartphones in our lives. Either if we are training, working, walking or doing groceries, a smartwatch can be quite helpful, we can take notes on it, see notifications, answer calls and so on. For a lot of people, the most important function of a smartwatch is the ability to help us listen to music. It can save a lot of trouble having everything you need at your wrist when you are listening to your favorite playlist as you can easily skip, pause and change the volume without having to take your phone out of pocket, also some smartwatches can even present features such as voice commands to make everything even easier. Moreover, as a lot of people struggle with the internal memory of their phones, having a smartwatch which able to store hundreds of songs can be a great help.
- 1 Our 8 Best Smartwatches for music
- 2 Buying guide
Our 8 Best Smartwatches for music
Apple Watch Series 5
Apple Watch Series 5 is a top-notch smartwatch that successfully delivers the best experience possible in every aspect, from health tracking to leisure activities. As you expect, as a high-quality smartwatch, Apple Watch Series 5 can be considered the best choice as a smartwatch for music. As it supports Wi-Fi, this smartwatch can use multiple music apps that will allow you to listen to whatever you like (music, podcasts, etc.). Moreover, due to its internal memory storage, you can simply store everything you need and you don’t have to worry about internet connection as you can listen to music in offline mode. However, Apple Watch Series 5 has a huge downside which is its compatibility. Like all the other Apple product, this smartwatch is no exception and it is not compatible with other Android and Windows devices. Therefore you can use it alongside with iPhones, iPads and any other Apple product.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung Galaxy Watch is one of the best choices when you are looking for a smartwatch that is able to store and play your favorite tracks. This smartwatch is not only a good choice as a music watch but it also makes a great activity tracker watch as it has multiple features such as sleep tracker, steps tracker and many more. One of its key points which push it in the first place of this top is its ability to store about 1000 songs beside its ability to play music from apps such as Spotify while connected to Wi-Fi. Moreover, as this smartwatch supports voice commands, your whole experience will be way more pleasant. Also, due to its built-in speaker, you don’t have to worry about your headphones if you just want to enjoy some music as you can do it even without pairing the watch with your headphones. You don’t need to worry about compatibility as well as Samsung Galaxy Watch is compatible with most of iOS and Android devices.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 can become your ”best friend” either if you are at the gym, home or just taking a walk in the park. Active 2 is a perfect choice for everyone that enjoys music; the watch supports Wi-Fi and it is able to use apps such as Spotify and if you don’t like to rely on music apps you can simply store the songs you need as it has an internal memory of 4 GB that is more than enough for all the songs you like. As its battery can last for at least 24 hours with the display always on, you can be sure that you won’t need to worry that you won’t be able to listen to your beloved tracks when you want. Samsung Galaxy Active 2 is compatible with most of Android and iOS devices, unfortunately, it is not compatible with Windows devices.
Huawei Watch GT2
As one of the leading companies in the technology industry, Huawei offers Huawei Watch GT2, a smartwatch suitable for the ones that love listening to music while enjoying their daily activities. Having 4GB of internal storage, this smartwatch is able to store up to 1000 songs which are more than enough even for the ones with huge playlists. Unlike most of the smartwatches, Huawei Watch GT 2 is compatible with three types of devices: Android, iOS and Windows. Moreover, you can use it all day long without worrying about the battery as its battery can last for up to 14 days (depending on the usage). Not only that this smartwatch is a great choice for a music smartwatch, it also offers features such as sleep tracking, step-taken tracking, distance tracking and many more, making it a good choice even as a training watch or a health monitoring watch. The only downside of Huawei Watch GT2 is that it does not support Wi-Fi and you are not able to use any music apps such as Spotify but it won’t be a problem as long as you have all the songs you love stored in it.
Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2 is an all in one smartwatch that successfully assists you and enhances your experiences from training sessions to music listening. As a smartwatch specially designed for women with everything tailored towards women from exercise mode to its compact and elegant design, Fitbit Versa 2 is one of the best choices among female customers. It has a great battery life of 4 days which can be recharged within a charging time of 2 hours. Also, it is a great music smartwatch as it can support Wi-Fi and online music apps such as Spotify and as well it can be used in offline as it can store up to 4 GB of music. Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch is compatible with most of the devices as it can be paired with Windows, Android and iOS devices.
Garmin Vivoactive 3
If you are a sports enthusiast and you like training your body quite often but in the same time you want to enhance the atmosphere with some music, then Garmin Vivoactive 3 may be the right smartwatch for you. It provides more than 15 sports modes to train your body and mind either indoors and outdoors (swimming, running, yoga, etc.) alongside with multiple sensors to track and provide reports on your activity. Moreover, due to Garmin Pay, you can easily pay without taking your card out of your wallet. Using Garmin Vivoactive 3, you can listen to your favorite tracks either in online or offline as due to its 3.5GB memory you can store up to 750 songs and play them whenever you need. But, you can also use music apps when the watch is connected to Wi-Fi.
A popular choice among female customers, Amazfit GTS successfully combines quality with price. It has an elegant design and it comes in a wide variety of colors. While not on par with Apple and Samsung watches, Amazfit GTS still has a lot to offer, from the activity and sleep tracking to music playback. With the music control feature, you can easily control your playlist while working out without having to reach for your phone. Amazfit GTS is compatible with multiple iOS and Android devices but unfortunately, it does not supports Windows devices. Regarding its battery lifetime, it can last for up to 14 days (and 25h with GPS always on).
Willful Smart Watch
Willful smartwatch is a budget-friendly smartwatch suitable for music control and activity and sleeping tracking. Due to its low power consumption system, it can last for 30 days in standby mode and for up to 7 days in usage. With Willful smartwatch, you can easily enjoy your favorite music while walking, running, hiking and doing many other activities as it has 9 sport modes that will help you improve your body and mind health. It can be paired with any Android device that runs with Android 4.0 or higher and any iOS device that runs with iOS8.0 and higher. The overall quality of this watch may be lacking in some areas but given the fact that it is a budget-friendly watch, way cheaper than most of the watches on market, it successfully offers good quality for a low price.
As these days you can find a lot of smartwatches on the market, while it should have become easier to find a smartwatch that suits you it seems to be way harder due to all the options available. Therefore, before buying a smartwatch you have to consider a couple of things.
It may sound a little bit odd to think about having some free space on your watch when you can just connect it to a Wi-Fi and play whatever song you need straight away. But you also have to consider that if you won’t be able to use Wi-Fi you won’t be able to listen to music with your watch unless you have the songs stored or you pair it with the phone (which also needs the songs stored).
While you are going to use the watch for controlling and listening to music, the battery will drain way faster and at some point, it may become quite bothersome to have to recharge your watch every day or in worst case twice a day. Also, the charging time may create inconveniences as for most smartwatches the charging time takes about 2 hours for a full charge. Therefore, you should focus on a smartwatch that is able to run for at least 48 hours on constant use.
Not all smartwatches support Wi-Fi, however, this is not a crucial feature as you can have the music transferred to the smartwatch with other methods. But, having a smartwatch that is able to connect to Wi-Fi can be a great help as you can just download the songs you want from different apps such as Spotify, and you can as well just listen to the songs in online.
Checking the compatibility before buying a smartwatch is a must. However, even if you forget to do so it is not that bad if you own an Android or an iPhone as almost all the smartwatches are compatible with these two operating systems. But, if you own a Windows phone, the chances of ending up with a smartwatch that won’t support your phone is quite high. Therefore, it is recommended to check the compatibility first even if you own an Android or an iPhone.
Do I need a Wi-Fi connection to use my smartwatch for music?
Not really, a lot of smartwatches can store the music and you can play them without having to connect them to a Wi-Fi network and use online apps. Moreover, not all smartwatches support Wi-Fi, and you are still able to use them for music control and to listen to music (as long as you store the tracks in the smartwatch). Obviously, for this, you need a smartwatch that is able to store the tracks (you need some free space on the internal memory) and you also need to make sure that the smartwatch can receive the songs (via Bluetooth or something similar). Therefore, you don’t really need a Wi-Fi connection but it can save you a lot of trouble.
Can I connect a smartwatch to my earbuds?
As long as your smartwatch supports Bluetooth, yes you can. It is also way easier to listen to music that you already have on your watch especially if you are training or doing other activity that may not let you use your phone so freely.
Can I pair my smartwatch with different phones?
Yes, you can, as long as the smartwatch the phone you are trying to pair it to. For example, Apple smartwatches won’t support Android phones therefore you can only pair them with Apple products. However, most of the smartwatches on the market won’t have a problem pairing with either Android or iOS. But it is recommended to do a bit of research about the smart watch’s connectivity before buying it (especially if you are using Windows phones).