October 2021

Smartwatches: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Smartwatch rankings posted by key online experts, as of October 2021.

At a glance - October 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smartwatch
TechRadar
Tom's Guide
Wareable
Android Authority
Ars Technica
Popular Science
10Beasts
Reviewed
Trusted Reviews
PCMag
1
- $330
Apple Watch Series 6
3
1
4
1
1
3
-
1
1
1
2
+1 $349
Apple Watch SE
1
4
1
-
-
-
-
2
3
5
3
-1 $295
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
5
5
5
-
7
2
-
4
2
-
4
+5 $219
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
2
2
2
2
-
-
-
3
-
4
5
+1 $222
Fitbit Versa 3
4
6
12
3
3
-
-
-
-
3
6
-2 $286
Fitbit Sense
-
3
11
-
2
4
-
-
10
10
7
-2 $220
Samsung Galaxy Active 2
7
7
10
-
-
-
4
5
-
-
8
- $180
Apple Watch 3
10
8
-
-
-
-
10
-
7
6
9
-2 $300
TicWatch Pro 3
9
-
21
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
10
+1 $399
Garmin Venu 2
-
-
6
4
-
-
-
-
-
8
11
New * $279
Garmin Vivoactive 4
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
12
New * $200
Mobvoi TicWatch E3
-
-
9
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
13
-1 $234
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
-
-
15
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
14
-1 Check price
Oppo Watch
-
-
16
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
15
-1 $220
Skagen Falster 3
-
-
17
-
-
-
-
7
-
-
16
-1 Check price
Withings ScanWatch
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
11
-
17
New * $199
Garmin Lily
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
7
18
-2 $190
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
10
-
-
19
-2 $176
Fitbit Versa 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
9
-
-

We ranked Apple Watch Series 6 #1 in October 2021 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked Apple Watch Series 6 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best premium Apple Watch

Pros
Great color additions
Always-on display

Cons
Lacks a headline upgrade
Battery life needs to be longer

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch overall

Pros
Blood oxygen (SpO2) app
New colorful casings
Brighter always-on display
Faster charging

Cons
Still just 18-hour battery life

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Wareable

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Android Authority

The best smartwatch you can buy

Pros
Premium design and accessories
Big, bright screen with always-on display
Stellar heart rate monitoring
Accurate, reliable GPS
Unmatched app support

Cons
Sleep tracking is too basic
Battery life could be better
No third-party watch faces

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Ars Technica

The best smartwatch overall

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Popular Science

Best smartwatch display

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Reviewed

Best Overall / Editor's Choice

Pros
Bright, always-on display
Great fitness tracking
Advanced sensors
Smooth, intuitive performance

Cons
Battery still average
No Android support

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Trusted Reviews

Best Smartwatch

Pros
Great design
Excellent fitness and health tracking
Wide range of straps

Cons
Battery life remains basically a day

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PCMag

Our Top Pick Overall

Pros
Measures blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) on demand
Always-on altimeter for real-time elevation tracking
Improved wrist-down screen brightness
WatchOS 7 adds a handwashing countdown timer and sleep tracking
Fast new processor
Best third-party app selection
Attractive new watch colors and band options

Cons
Expensive
Offers only a slight battery life improvement

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We ranked Apple Watch SE #2 in October 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Apple Watch SE as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best smartwatch... but you'll need an iPhone

Pros
Premium design
Great price for Apple Watch

Cons
Lacks always on display
Battery could be better

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Tom's Guide

The new mid-range Apple Watch

Pros
Classic design
Huge app library
Large screen

Cons
No always-on display
No ECG

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Wareable

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Reviewed

Best Value / Editors' Choice

Pros
Strong performance
Great fitness tracking
Loads of storage

Cons
No always-on display
Missing latest health features

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Trusted Reviews

Best Apple Watch for most people

Pros
Excellent value
Huge range of tracking features
The best smartwatch OS around
Wide variety of straps available

Cons
No always-on display
Battery life still only really a day

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PCMag

Apple's Midrange Smartwatch

Pros
Same screen size and resolution as the Series 6
Supports fall detection, heart health notifications, and Emergency SOS
Always-on altimeter for real-time elevation tracking
WatchOS 7 adds a handwashing countdown timer and sleep tracking
Best third-party smartwatch app selection

Cons
No always-on display mode
Lacks ECG and SpO2 sensors

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Smartwatches.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Smartwatches, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for October 2021 ranking

We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 #3 in October 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Tizen smartwatch

Pros
Great, premium design
Rotating bezel is useful

Cons
Battery could be better
Tizen apps are limited

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for Android users

Pros
Slimmer design than the original
Physical rotating bezel is back
FDA-approved ECG readings

Cons
Shorter battery life than original

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Wareable

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Ars Technica

Best Android smartwatch

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Popular Science

Best android and iPhone-compatible smartwatch

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Reviewed

Pros
Vibrant display
Gorgeous design
Excellent fitness tracking

Cons
Limited apps
Expensive

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Trusted Reviews

Best for Android

Pros
Super swish design
Solid fitness and health tracking
Decent smartwatch functionality

Cons
Battery life could be better

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 #4 in October 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Samsung smartwatch

Pros
Excellent performance
Interesting new software

Cons
Limited compatibility
Lacks rotating bezel

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for Android

Pros
Slim design and fun watch faces
Improved Wear OS software
Body composition analysis

Cons
Inconsistent battery life

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Wareable

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Android Authority

The best Wear OS smartwatch

Pros
Classy, durable designs
Multiple size options
Wear OS 3 is all-around good
Large models have decent battery life
Improved heart rate sensor
Useful body composition metrics

Cons
No solid software update commitments from Google
No Google Assistant support
Slow, slow charging
Poor GPS performance
Sleep tracking needs tweaking
Small models have short battery life

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Reviewed

Best for Android / Editors' Choice

Pros
Bright, vibrant display
Tiles provide a lot of information
Solid fitness tracking

Cons
No iOS support
Bixby needs some work
Accessibility feels like an afterthought

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PCMag

Our Top Pick for Android Users

Pros
Competitively priced
Bright, sharp display
Thinner than the Classic model
Fast processor
Wrist-based body fat and composition measurements
Tracks snoring
More third-party apps than previous Samsung watches

Cons
One-day battery life
Third-party app selection still trails Apple's watchOS

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 3 #5 in October 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Fitbit

Pros
Built-in GPS
Lightweight and comfortable

Cons
Poor side button
No offline Spotify

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for sleep tracking under $250

Pros
Good battery life
Custom training programs (with subscription)
Great sleep analysis

Cons
Can only use one voice assistant at once

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Wareable

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Android Authority

The best Fitbit smartwatch

Pros
Decent battery life
Pretty accurate health tracking
Built-in GPS
Google Assistant and Alexa support
Speaker with phone call support
Good price

Cons
Very small app library
Onboard music limited to two services
The capacitive button isn’t ideal
Proprietary charging cable

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Ars Technica

A slightly more affordable smartwatch we like

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PCMag

Longest Battery Life

Pros
Attractive design with large, always-on color display
Integrated GPS
Battery charges quickly and lasts for days
Measures blood oxygen level while sleeping
Supports Amazon Alexa, Fitbit Pay, and Spotify

Cons
Laggy touch screen
No stress tracking, skin temperature, or ECG sensors
Doesn't provide high and low heart rate notifications

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We ranked Fitbit Sense #6 in October 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best Fitbit smartwatch

Pros
Attractive
Long battery life
Comprehensive fitness/health features

Cons
No Spotify storage

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Wareable

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Ars Technica

Runner-up

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Popular Science

Best health and fitness smartwatch

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Trusted Reviews

Best for Alexa

Pros
New focus on health tracking
Great battery life
Fast GPS tracking
Informative running data

Cons
Offline playback limited to Pandora/Deezer
Overzealous step counter
Fitbit Premium required for best use
Back panel scratches easily

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PCMag

Lots of COVID-19 Features

Pros
Attractive design with large, always-on color display
Excellent battery life
Measures blood oxygen level
Features an ECG app
Robust stress management and sleep tracking features
Supports Amazon Alexa, Fitbit Pay, Spotify

Cons
Expensive
Touch screen responsiveness could be better
Band release latch can be accidentally triggered
Small third-party app selection

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Active 2 #7 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best fitness-focused Tizen watch

Pros
High-end design
Rotating digital bezel

Cons
Few features for price bump
Still limited functionality with iOS

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Tom's Guide

A sleek fitness smartwatch for Android users

Pros
Offline Spotify storage
Gorgeous design
Works with iOS and Android

Cons
Sleep-tracking needs some work

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Wareable

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10Beasts

Best for Fitness Accountability

Pros
Great haptic dial control on-screen
Great minimalist design
Battery life is decent

Cons
Very few third party apps

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Reviewed

Pros
Large display
Good battery life
In-depth fitness tracking
Advanced sensors

Cons
Limited third-party apps
Setup is tricky

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We ranked Apple Watch 3 #8 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best cheap Apple Watch

Pros
Cheapest Apple Watch
Clear, bright screen

Cons
Battery isn't amazing
Only for iPhone users

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Tom's Guide

The most affordable smartwatch for iPhone users

Pros
Improved fitness-tracking
Faster Siri
Apple Music streaming (with LTE model)

Cons
No always-on displayNo fall detection

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10Beasts

Best for iPhone Users on a Budget

Pros
Screen is bright and clear
Great fitness features

Cons
Somewhat overtaken by newer models
You have to pay more for cellular connectivity

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Trusted Reviews

Best Apple Watch on a budget

Pros
Snappy performance
Super-bright and clear display
Decent battery life (when not reliant on LTE)
Apple Pay

Cons
LTE has a big impact on battery life
Needs more dedicated watch apps to make use of LTE
Siri doesn’t always work
No LTE roaming

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PCMag

Most Affordable Apple Watch

Pros
Built-in cellular connectivity.
Improved heart rate monitoring.
Faster processor.
Clear call quality.
New band and case options.

Cons
Expensive.
LTE drains battery rapidly.

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We ranked TicWatch Pro 3 #9 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Wear OS watch for battery life

Pros
Big battery lasts 3 days
Fast chipset

Cons
Sometimes poor interface
Sleep tracking isn't the best

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Wareable

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Trusted Reviews

Best for Google services

Pros
Fast performance, courtesy of Wear 4100
Long battery life for a Wear OS watch
Dual-display is still a winner

Cons
The design isn’t as bold this time around
Questionable heart rate tracking for weightlifting
No Google Play Music equals no offline listening

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We ranked Garmin Venu 2 #10 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Android Authority

The best Garmin smartwatch

Pros
Now comes in two sizes
Crisp AMOLED display
Accurate fitness, sleep, and health tracking
Excellent GPS accuracy
Health Snapshot is useful
More music storage

Cons
Battery life can be finicky
Uneven heart rate sensor data
High price tag

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PCMag

Most Fitness Focused

Pros
Attractive classic watch design in two sizes and multiple colors
Bright, responsive AMOLED touch screen
Measures blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), respiration, stress, and energy levels
New HIIT and updated strength training apps
Preloaded workouts with animations
Onboard music storage
Supports Bluetooth accessories and contactless payments

Cons
Expensive
Limited third-party app selection
No voice assistant support

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We ranked Garmin Vivoactive 4 #11 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for fitness

Pros
Comes in two sizes
Built-in music storage with Spotify support
Two-button navigation

Cons
Occasional syncing issues
Convoluted app installation process

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PCMag

Easy to Read Outdoors

Pros
Respiration tracking
Pulse oximeter readings
On-screen workout animations
Onboard music storage and support for Bluetooth headphones
Underwater optical heart rate monitoring
Pilates support

Cons
Uses multiple smartphone apps
Excessive badges

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We ranked Mobvoi TicWatch E3 #12 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Android Authority

The best cheap Wear OS watch

Pros
Well-built hardware
Good display
Decent battery life
IP68 rated
NFC and Google Pay

Cons
Iffy automatic activity tracking
Inconsistent sleep tracking
Wear OS 2 is aging
Cheap strap

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We ranked Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro #13 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Trusted Reviews

Best for battery life

Pros
Reasonable price
Good fitness tracking
Attractive design
Formidable battery life

Cons
A bit slow

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We ranked Oppo Watch #14 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Trusted Reviews

Best for simplicity

Pros
Bright, clear screen
Solid performance
Great looking design

Cons
Wear OS needs more apps
Average at best battery life

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We ranked Skagen Falster 3 #15 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Reviewed

Pros
Large display
Lots of apps
Google services integration

Cons
Wear OS can be flaky
Battery needs daily charging
Limited fitness tracking

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We ranked Withings ScanWatch #16 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Android Authority

The best hybrid smartwatch

Pros
Premium, classy design
Long-lasting battery
Health Mate app is well-designed and easy to use
Potentially lifesaving and easy-to-use ECG monitor
Clinically validated AFib and breathing disturbance notifications
Fantastic sleep tracking

Cons
Limited availability
Small display limits smart features
Few advanced fitness features or insights

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Trusted Reviews

Best looking

Pros
Oozing in sophistication
Battery life champion
Simple to use interface
Great app design

Cons
Lagging in fitness tracking
No GPS or NFC

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We ranked Garmin Lily #17 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Ars Technica

Most stylish women's or smaller-wrist smartwatch

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PCMag

A Jewelry-Inspired Design

Pros
Stylish classic watch design
Measures breathing, energy level, and stress
SpO2 sensor
Lots of useful widgets
Excellent companion app

Cons
No built-in GPS
Lacks a color display

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We ranked Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE #18 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
10Beasts

Best Battery Life

Pros
Impressive battery life (in Essential mode)
Beautiful design
Great innovation on screen

Cons
No LTE connectivity
So-so performance
Poor battery life (in Smart mode)

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Reviewed

Pros
Good fitness tracking
Lots of apps
Integration with Google services

Cons
Chunky design
Mobvoi software lacks polish

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 2 #19 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
10Beasts

Best for Sleep Tracking

Pros
Battery life is great
Always-On AMOLED display
Great sleep tracking features

Cons
No GPS
No Google Fit or Apple Health integration

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Reviewed

Pros
Comprehensive activity tracking
Long battery life
Built-in voice commands

Cons
Limited smartwatch features
No GPS
Fitbit OS needs work

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