Smartwatches have become much faster and more useful in recent years, and some of them really stand out from the rest. From the popular Apple Watch with its fast performance and great compatibility with the iOS ecosystem, to Samsung’s line of smartwatches that have now moved to Google’s Wear OS platform and only work with Android phones. We’re even getting a Google Pixel Watch soon!
Let’s take a look at all the worthy smartwatch options now on the table and find out which one is the best choice for you!
Best smartwatches in 2022, summarized list:
Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 is hands down the best smartwatch to wear on your wrist – with a rich app ecosystem and comprehensive health features. From heart rate measurement to EKG and blood oxygen monitoring, to sleep tracking and handwash reminders. It also tracks a large number of workouts and is also one of the most accurate fitness trackers. Not to mention, it can go completely autonomous with an eSIM that offers its own LTE connection. Supports Apple Pay.
Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE is a slightly more scaled-back version of the Series 6. No EKG and blood oxygen monitoring, and no always-on screen. But it still supports all the apps and workouts available and it has the facelift design – thin bezels, unlike the Apple Watch Series 3, which now looks quite dated. The SE also supports eSIM for standalone use. Supports Apple Pay.
Overall, the Apple Watch SE is the best 2022 smartwatch for Apple users who don’t really need all the bells and whistles of its more expensive counterpart.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch line is quite respectable as an Android-friendly alternative to the Apple Watch. The new Galaxy Watch 4 has a beautiful, high-quality aluminum and glass construction, but is also nice and light. It has IP68 dust and water resistance and is also shockproof.
Running on Wear OS 3, this smartwatch covers all the basics: a plethora of workout trackers, sleep tracking, and plenty of great apps to choose from. As for the battery life of the Galaxy Watch 4, it can last up to 40 hours on a single charge, and it charges quickly too. According to Samsung, a charging time of 30 minutes can yield up to 10 hours of battery life.
The Galaxy Watch 4 has a BioActive sensor, essentially three health trackers in one package. Samsung’s BioActive sensor consists of an optical heart rate monitor combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor and a bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor, the latter of which is capable of measuring body fat.
So needless to say, this is a great fitness tracking smartwatch for Android users. Because yes – and this is very important to note – the Galaxy Watch 4 is not compatible with iPhones.
#4: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Like the Galaxy Watch 4, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic no longer runs on Samsung’s Tizen operating system, but now uses Wear OS 3 and is currently only compatible with Android phones.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a timeless watch design, elegant and unisex, IP68 water and dust resistant and even MIL-STD-810G shock resistant. It has a rotating bezel, which older Samsung Watch fans will love. Despite the more elegant design, this is still a suitable fitness watch, if you want it. It can track your steps, calories burned, your stress levels and body composition and it can automatically detect when you start exercising.
In our use, it lasted about one day per battery charge, which is a long way from Samsung’s claimed 40 hours. So we can think of this as a watch with a battery life of one day that will probably need to be charged every night.
Garmin Vivoactive 4
The Vivoactive 4 offers up to 8 days of battery life in full smartwatch mode. It achieves this with an energy-saving display (transflective memory-in-pixel) rather than a flashy OLED panel. It can be paired with both Android and iOS, and you can make calls with it if you’re using Android. It has a comprehensive health tracking suite, including a thermometer and blood oxygen meter, as well as sleep and all the basics. Has its own Garmin Pay app for mobile payment.
Fossil Generation 5
If you want a different smartwatch, the Fossil Gen 5 is the best with Google’s Android Wear OS platform. Gen 5 comes in many different styles to choose from. You get the Google Assistant on board here and the full set of heart rate, fitness and health features you’d expect on a smartwatch. Can be combined with both Android and iOS, but on Android you get the most out of it of course. Has LTE version and supports Google Pay.
TicWatch Pro 3
The TicWatch Pro 3 has a highly energy-efficient LCD screen on top of a standard AMOLED screen, extending battery life up to 30 days. Being a Wear OS smartwatch, it comes with a built-in Google Assistant, Google Pay, the Google Fit features and supports LTE connectivity via eSIM.
Which one is on your wrist?
There we have them, the best fitness smartwatches, health tracking smartwatches or just elegant ones you can get right now in early 2022. Ultimately (and unsurprisingly), the Apple Watch Series 7 is the best smartwatch for lovers of Apple’s ecosystem, while Samsung Galaxy Watch series are also the best smartwatches for fans of the Korean giant and Android users in general. although they also work well enough with iOS.
If you’re still not sure if you need a smartwatch, we’ve got this helpful article for you: Do you really need a smartwatch? In it we look at how a smartwatch works, whether smartwatches are worth it and how they can help you in your daily life.