- The Garmin Vivoactive 4
Best Fitness Tracking
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
- Apple Watch SE
A great smartwatch can be the perfect companion to anyone’s day – from a busy office worker to a pensioner with a passion for gardening. Smartwatches offer a lot of useful functions – fitness tracking, sleep cycle tracking, heartbeat monitoring, and, of course, things like alarms, phone calls, and smart connectivity with other devices.
There are a lot of smartwatches out there on the market – we’ve collected some of the best. Each watch on the list has some fantastic features – and they’ll fit into just about any life situation!
- Long battery life
- Subtle but appealing design
- ‘Lite’ version of the Fitbit Versa
- Battery life: 4 days
- Display size in inches: 1.34
- OS: fitbitOS
Fitbit is without a doubt the biggest name in the fitness-oriented smartwatch market, and not without a reason – they are compact, solid devices that are perfect for anyone who needs a fitness monitor. The Versa Lite is one of the bigger models, and not only is it cheaper than most of its siblings, it still does almost everything just as well.
While it lacks music storage and Fitbit Pay, it offers the same features otherwise – long battery life, extensive fitness tracking, and more. Unlike the Fitbit Versa, it doesn’t have swim tracking, so if that’s what you’re after, you may want to pay a little extra for that model. Beyond that, you can expect a solid Fitbit experience from the Versa Lite.
- Brand new OS and software
- Excellent performance and top-tier functions
- Powerful hardware
- Battery life: 40 hours
- Display size in inches: 1.19 or 1.36
- OS: Samsung Wear OS Powered by Samsung
Samsung is one of the biggest names in the smartwatch market – and not without reason. Their watches are powerful, well-featured, and yet not as expensive as their main competitor Apple makes them. The Watch 4 is no exception – the flagship model is cheaper than its competing Apple device and yet offers a plethora of features to its users.
It comes with a reworked OS, however at the cost of the fairly popular rotating bezel that other Samsung smartwatches have had over the past few generations. It’s comfortable as well as suitable for all wrist sizes – the main drawback it has is in regards to compatibility, as it won’t connect to iPhones at all, and some features only work with a Samsung phone. While this is a solid watch for just about anyone, it’s also not necessarily worth it if you already have a recent Galaxy Watch, such as the 3, since it hasn’t improved too much over previous models.
- Water-resistant to 50m
- Affordable option for Apple users
- Innovative design and comfortable fit
- Battery life: 18 hours
- Display size in inches: 1.73 and 1.57
- OS: WatchOS
This watch is just about the best one Apple has made to date – it offers nearly everything the Apple Watch 6 has to offer but at a far smaller price tag. One of its biggest issues is the lack of support for phones that aren’t Apple’s own – the watch really only works with an iPhone.
If you have one though, you’ll get one of the best watches out there with the SE – from top specs to a pretty design and a solid range of features, there isn’t much the SE is lagging behind in. As far as value for money goes, this is one of Apple’s best creations yet.
- Two sizes for different wrist sizes
- Built-in Spotify support
- Good battery life
- Battery life: 8 days
- Display size in inches: 1.3 or 1.1
- OS: Custom
The Vivoactive 4 is an improved version of the 3, with most of the functions users had to pay extra for on the 3 (such as music storage and Garmin Pay) coming as standard. It has all the bells and whistles – including animated Yoga and Pilates workout as well as fitness goals and trackers.
It can even track your blood oxygen levels and keep pretty advanced sleep stats so you can stay on top of your fitness goals – and all that for less than half of what a flagship Apple watch costs, for example.
The smartwatches on this list are all solid choices both for a first smartwatch and for an upgrade over an older one that you’ve had. You can’t go wrong with any of the options here – and we’re really interested in which one of these is your favourite, so let us know!