- Garmin Venu 2
Best Fitness Tracking
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
- Apple Watch Series 7
A good smartwatch is the ideal companion throughout the day – from sleep cycle tracking to alerts and fitness tracking, there is a lot of stuff that a good smartwatch can help you with. So, naturally it’s important that you choose a good one, which can be difficult given how many are out there.
The market is full of watch models, from cheap ones that are hardly more than a watch in the first place, to extremely specific ones that are mostly focused on taking care of one task and one task only. Finding the right choice can be hard, but we’re here to help – below is a list of some great all-rounder watches that will complement just about any lifestyle.
- Large, bright display
- QWERTY keyboard
- Faster charging than previous generations
- Battery life: 18 hours
- Display size in inches: 1.9 or 1.69
- OS: Apple WatchOS
As with all Apple watches, the Series 7 is only compatible with iOS devices. That makes them all but useless for anyone who doesn’t have an iPhone. However, if you do have an iPhone, then the Series 7 is just about the best smartwatch money can buy. It does have one glaring issue – the battery lasts for less than a day, which is sadly not up to standard in the class of smartwatch that the Series 7 aspires to be.
On the flipside, it does have much faster charging than previous generations, making up for the battery life a little. Of course, it has plenty of positives to make up for the battery – for example, the full qwerty keyboard and huge variety of watch faces you have access to. Like any decent smartwatch, you can use it for all sorts of fitness tracking, answering calls, and more – and with the native iOS integration, you can seamlessly use dozens if not hundreds of apps on the watch as well as on your phone.
- Wear OS
- Multiple size, colour and style options
- Good body composition sensors
- Battery life: 40 hours
- Display size in inches: 1.36 or 1.19
- OS: WearOS
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the improved version of the previous Watch 3. It has significantly improved on things like the heart rate sensors and added new features like reliable body composition metrics. Add to that the tons of customisation options the watch comes with, such as different watch sizes and lots of original and third-party strap options and types.
Both the Classic and the regular Watch 4 are solid options – and they boast the incredibly well-done Wear OS. The Classic 4 is a bigger, thicker version of the Watch 4, also improving the battery life. While the previous generations of Wear OS watches had their issues, the 4 and 4 Classic definitely overcame their problems, and delivered a solid, well-rounded watch. In case of the bigger models, the battery life is pretty solid as well, though the smaller screen circumferences don’t hold up as well.
- Vibrant AMOLED display
- Improved version with more storage and better accuracy
- Large screen and great responsiveness
- Battery life: 11 days
- Display size in inches: 1.3
- OS: Custom
The Garmin Venu 2 is a pretty big improvement over the original. Not only does it have a lot more customisation options, but it also comes with a larger screen and pretty good build quality. The display is quite dense in pixels and the AMOLED screen makes for a brilliant and bright screen in almost any situation.
While that bright display eats into the battery, Garmin has doubled the battery capacity to make up for that shortcoming. There have been some invisible improvements too – sensors are more accurate, and the software has had a major update as well. With advanced fitness options and more than 25 different sports profiles, you can track anything from HIIT to how many stairs you walk up. It’s a solid option for anyone who wants something other than the standard Apple/Samsung models out there!
- Fitness-focused smartwatch
- Music storage and Spotify support
- Two screen sizes
- Battery life: 8 days
- Display size in inches: 1.3 or 1.1
- OS: Custom
The Garming Vivoactive 4 is a particularly fitness-focused alternative to more ‘general’ models like the Samsung Watch 4. It deliberately focuses on fitness and health tracking and it does a great job of it too. It even has some dedicated yoga and Pilates workouts that you can watch on your, well, watch, to then follow along. Even if you’re not into yoga, this watch offers a lot of cool stuff – for example the built-in pulse ox that can measure the oxygen in your blood.
Beyond that, it has great sleep statistics and various other health analysis functions. Couple that with the nearly unbelievable week-long battery life and you have just about the best fitness watch anyone could ask for! The Vivoactive 4 is also a little more affordable than competing flagship watches, so it’s definitely worth a look if you’re not dead set on a Samsung or Apple watch.
Let us know which of these watches was your favourite – and why you chose it. What are you looking for in a smartwatch?