The Apple Watch 9, just released last Friday, is the latest and greatest watch in Apple's wearable lineup, but don't sleep on the Apple Watch 8. It's still fully supported by Apple, chock full of great features, and -- most importantly -- on sale for 25% off following the Apple Watch 9 release. The retailer has marked the Apple Watch 8 GPS (41mm) down to $299, reduced from $399, while the larger Apple Watch 8 GPS (45mm) is now $340.
The LTE-connected version is also on sale: You can get the Apple Watch 8 LTE (41mm) for $384, reduced from $499, and the Apple Watch 8 LTE (45 mm) for $399, reduced from $529. So no matter which size or version of the Apple Watch you're looking for, you'll find a great clearance deal on it at Amazon.
Tap the button below to save $100 or more, or read on to learn why we love the Apple Watch 8 (and why you will too).$299 and up at Amazon
Do you actually need an Apple Watch?
To be honest, you do. That's because the Apple Watch Series 8 is so much more than a watch.
Says one Amazon reviewer: "This is probably the most useful watch to own when it comes to health related tracking. It can track everything from your, exercise, standing time, distance, and sleep." Apple Watches can control your music, send emails, respond to texts and even answer phone calls. Your Apple Watch can even detect a car accident and call emergency services. It also offers a lot of fitness tracking options, making it a great wearable to take to the gym, HIIT class or even on a hike.
We love that Apple Watches are sturdy, stylish and boast all that style and technology we Apple users have come to know and love.
Note, however, that you'll need an Apple iPhone to get the most out of your Apple Watch. They're not fully compatible with Android phones. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (save $30 when you buy through Samsung) and Google Pixel Watch (on sale for $294) make great smartwatch alternatives for Android owners.
Apple Watch Series 8 is $100 off at Amazon
Apple Watch Series 8 features advanced health sensors and apps. You can take an ECG, measure heart rate and blood oxygen and track temperature changes for advanced insights into your menstrual cycle. And with Crash Detection, sleep stages tracking and advanced workout metrics, it helps you stay active, healthy, safe and connected. It's a helpful, stylish accessory for users of all ages who want to monitor their health while staying safe on the go.
Why we love the Apple Watch 8:
- It sets up and pairs effortlessly with your Apple iPhone.
- The Apple Watch has large ecosystem of top-rated fitness apps tailored to sport-specific needs.
- It's rated IPX6, so while you can't wear it swimming, it will resist sweat at the gym and splashes of water.
The Apple Watch 8 is available in four colors and two sizes (41mm and 45mm). It pairs effortlessly with Apple iPhones, but note that the Apple Watch is largely incompatible with Android smartphones.$299 and up at Amazon
The Apple Watch Series 9 is also cheaper on Amazon
While it's not on sale yet, Amazon has already dropped the price of the Apple Watch 9 below Apple's list price. So if you want the latest generation, you can get it for $389 instead of $399 by ordering it from Amazon.
The most impressive upgrade coming with the Apple Watch 9 is probably Siri Health. This will make starting your workouts and getting status updates along the way a breeze. Instead of navigating the watch screen, just say "Siri, start an outdoor run workout" or "Siri, start a yoga workout." Your new watch will immediately start tracking the activity, even when you're not connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network.
You can also ask Siri for updates during a session like what your current heart rate is or how much distance you've covered so far. With this voice command functionality, you won't have to stop or slow down to look at your watch when you want to check your stats. Finally, you can log health data with Siri, too. Log your latest weight check in, the start of your period, or when you've taken your medication all via voice command.
When you pair Siri Health with the new Double Tap feature, mid-workout watch navigation will be easier than ever. Double Tap is a new gesture you can use to interact with your watch without having to touch the screen. Simply tap your index and thumb finger together twice in a row and the Apple Watch 9 will answer or end a call, start or stop a timer, play or pause your music or whatever else you need it to do.
This makes it a great choice for people who need to interact with their watch during workouts to check stats or start and stop timers. The hands-free functionality will seriously improve your workout experience so you can accurately log your activity without having to fuss with your watch.
It's also a great option for the multi-taskers. If you tend to squeeze in your exercise during the workday, for example, the ability to answer calls or reply to emails without having to stop your workout is a game changer.
The Apple Watch 9 is now available for purchase at Amazon and other retailers now. Prices start at $389. You can protect your investment by adding two years of Apple Care+ for $79.
Our favorite new features of the Apple Watch Series 9:
- Siri Health turns Siri into your built-in fitness trainer, letting you start or stop workouts, check your health stats, and more with voice commands on your watch, with no Wi-Fi required.
- The new double tap gesture lets you control any active app on your watch by double tapping your finger and thumb so you don't have to stop or slow down to navigate your watch.
- The improved dictation is up to 25% more accurate so you can reply to texts, email and more while you work out.
Android alternative: Google Pixel Watch
Google Pixel Watches are designed to keep you both fit and connected on the go. The Google Pixel Watch comes in both Wi-Fi and LTE-enabled versions and both are currently on deep discount at Amazon.
The Wi-Fi Google Pixel Watch keeps you connected to all your incoming communication, but it requires an available Wi-Fi network or a mobile device within close range.
Using Fitbit technology, Google Pixel tracks heart rate, calories burned and activity. It also gives insights into the quality of your sleep (and how you can get more). Though it's not completely waterproof, Google Pixel Watch is water resistant (up to 50 meters) and sweat proof.
The watch comes in five different face and band options. It's iconic sleek, round face makes it a stylish accessory you can wear anytime.$309 at Amazon
The LTE Google Pixel Watch keeps you connected to all your text messages and emails whether or not you're logged into a wireless network or piggybacking off your mobile device's wireless network. The LTE model is slightly more expensive.$337 at Amazon
Android alternative: Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
You need an Apple iPhone to get the most out of your Apple Watch. If you're an Android phone owner, consider going with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6. It includes all of the best features and sensors of the 4.6-star-rated Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, with some notable upgrades. It's compatible with Android devices in a way that the Apple Watch 8 is not.
Key features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6:
- Android compatible
- Comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes (larger is $30 extra)
- Rotating bezel controls are back
- Bezel is now smaller, giving you more screen space (1.3" and 1.5")
- 2 GB RAM, 16GB storage
- Auto workout tracking can identify running, swimming, rowing and more
- IP68 rated (water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes)
- Measures blood oxygen saturation and monitors your heart (ECG functionality)
- Charge lasts for one to three days, depending on usage
Shop Apple Watch charging stations on sale:
- Space saving multi-device charging station: Wireless charging station, $27 with coupon (reduced from $37)
- Small charging keychain: Portable Wireless Charger for Apple Watch, $18 with coupon (reduced from $26)