Smartwatches are fantastic devices, but many have features that won’t work unless they’re paired with a phone. Having to have your phone with you all times is certainly irritating. But standalone cellular watches will mean you can leave your phone at home.
Standalone phone watches mean you can enjoy all your fitness activities or an evening out without the worry of leaving a phone behind or finding a place to store your phone whilst you have fun.
We reviewed some of the best cellular/phone watches on the market today; from cheap to expensive and basic to advanced so that you can choose the one that best suits your lifestyle.
Our Top Picks for Smartwatches with SIM card or eSim Phone Watches
1. Apple Watch Series 6
Everyone’s heard of the Apple Watch. The Series 6 is an excellent standalone smartwatch you can wear wherever you go and starts at around $400. The best part is that the cellular version uses an eSim. Meaning you don’t have to buy and physically insert a SIM card into the watch. Which is super convenient when setting up the watch! Start using your new Apple Watch as soon as you get it out of the box.
The Apple Watch is renowned for its fitness tracking ability; you can go swimming in open water, enjoy your session in the gym or just track your steps each day. There is an activity app that shows you the progress you’re making. Furthermore, it helps to remind you to move when you’ve been sedentary for too long. Plus, this latest version has advanced fitness features such as blood oxygen and ECG monitoring.
You can text and call your loved ones wherever you are, as long as there is a signal. You can even get directions to your next destination! And with the GPS tracking, you can be certain that each journey you take will be accurately tracked for you to analyse later.
- GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts from your wrist
- Measure your blood oxygen with an all-new sensor and app
- Check your heart rhythm with the ECG app
2. Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE comes with the same premium design, in the same size options with most of the same features as the Series 6. However, it has blood oxygen and ECG capabilities missing. As such, it comes at a more affordable price at less than $300.
As with the Series 6 above, it also uses an eSim, so there’s no need to purchase a separate one and fiddle with the tiny card.
- GPS + Cellular model lets you call, text, and get directions without your phone
- Large Retina OLED display
- Up to 2x faster processor than Series 3
3. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 LTE Model
This stylish newcomer has an LTE model which you can buy right now. ECG sensors will accurate record your ECG, workouts will identify and start automatically. A Wear OS watch powered by Samsung ,16GB music storage which is double the Galaxy 3/previous model. The LTE model allows you to be out and about or exercise freely without your phone. There is no SIM slot or a need to stick a physical SIM. Like the Apple Watch it uses a digital sim or an eSim for seamless carrier connectivity.
The Classic version comes at 42mm or 46mm or if you like the sleek new model, it comes at 40mm or 44mm. All sizes have an LTE model and updated health tracking sensors compared to the Galaxy Watch 3 (see review below)
- LTE Connectivity: Call, text and stream without your phone. (LTE service required).
- Get ready to crush your wellness goals with body readings right on your wrist.
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4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE Model
A Top Phone Watch Choice
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is the don of standalone Android smartwatches. It will keep you in touch with the world without the hassle of packing a phone!
It has a beautiful design with a touch-sensitive bezel that gives easy access to all your apps – you’ll be able to use it to tell the time, text, call and use all compatible apps with ease. Plus, the battery will last up to a full day, too.
The screen is beautiful and works well outside as you can change the brightness to suit your environment. When shopping there will be no need to pull out cash or cards as you can use Samsung-pay on your watch. Choose from either a 41 or 45mm version.
Like the Apple Watch, there’s an ECG function. What’s more, there’s stress tracking and automatic sleep monitoring. For a more comprehensive overall health picture.
Finally, if you also want to listen to music then you can access Spotify and YouTube wherever you are.
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5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (LTE Model)
LTE enables you being connected all the time with or without your cellular phone. Listen to music or watch Youtube, call or text without having to carry your phone.
Use Samsung Pay yo make payments, receive all your notifications on your Galaxy Active 2. You could also receive and make calls and text from your wrist – all of this without carry your phone!
Voice functionality enhances this further with the ability to read your texts to you or asking to make a call for you.
The Samsung Galaxy Active 2 LTE is a great fitness tracker that’s also very well connected.
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- Comfortably sleek the Galaxy Watch Active2 is light enough to wear anywhere comfortably. It comes in...
6. The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE
Has Awesome Wireless Potential
TicWatch Pro 4g/LTE is an awesome watch if you want to go phoneless.
This device is powered by Wear OS and, because it has 4G, you will see a noticeable speed difference when using apps and tracking features; everything feels smoother and easier to access.
Probably the most amazing feature of the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is the battery life – up to 30 days in essential mode and up to five days in Smart Mode mean you don’t need to worry about it running out of juice before you finish what you’re doing!
With a user-friendly display and stunning design, it also offers 24-hour heart rate monitoring, contactless payments, waterproof capability and Google Assistant. You won’t need anything else when you have this on your wrist! Priced around $300.
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7. Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE
(Requires active subscription to an M1 LTE Network)
Up until recently Garmin was not a major player in the cellular smartwatch segment. With the the Forerunner 945 LTE model all of this changes. You get the best of all worlds – a top of the line sports watch from the most recognizable sports watch brand and LTE connectivity. Cellular network connectivity means that you can get live tracking of your running and establish interactive messaging with motivating friends and fans during a race for instance. This is very important if you want to race without having to carry your phone which makes sense.
With the Cellular option, you are able to make and receive calls. Garmin also offers a round the clock emergency response center should you need help. Being connected means you can use Garmin Pay to make NFC payments, even without your phone. The options are wide and this is going to grow even more.
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8. Huawei Watch 2
A Cellular Watch Packed with Features
Unfortunately, this last option is only for UK-based readers as it’s a 4G watch. This is one of the cheapest standalone watches that we looked at and it is a great option if you are on a budget but want to access 4G without having to take your phone out with you.
Because it has a 4G SIM slot you can use it to make calls and send messages just as if you had your phone with you. The acoustics are clear, meaning that the person you are talking to will have no idea that you are on a watch.
The watch also comes with a range of fitness tracking features, heart rate monitoring and is waterproof. It packs a lot in for a watch with such a small price tag.
The battery life is good – up to two days without needing to be plugged in. We were really impressed with its quality so we recommend that you look at it before paying out for a higher-priced watch!
Which Phone Watch is Right For You?
It’s clear that no matter your budget, you can access a cellular smartwatch that can stand alone and be used for calls and texts when you don’t want to use your phone.
The difficult part is choosing which one you want to spend your money on and how soon to do it! We would suggest that any of the ones we reviewed are great choices and so you’ll need to decide which one suits your style and wallet the best.
No matter what you choose, a standalone smartwatch is no longer an impossibility and your phone no longer has to be glued to your hand – meaning you have more time to focus on what is really important in your life.
Last Updated on September 5, 2021