There are many reasons why someone would buy a smartwatch, other than just curiosity, or because they’re in trend. Depending on your particular needs, you may find that specific models suit you better than others.
To help you understand what would be a good fit, here’s a look at the five best smartwatches in the five most popular niches on the market.
If you’re going for the ultimate Apple user experience, then the Apple Watch Series 5 is your best bet. Go for the GPS + Cellular model as it offers the complete package.
As expected, this watch is available in various color patterns and finishes, every one of which has the same comfortable band and lightweight feel. In terms of performance, it’s quite an improvement over its predecessor, primarily due to the WatchOS 6 implementation and the addition of the always-on display.
This watch comes with more apps, smoother performance, better heart rate monitoring, and overall fitness tracking than its predecessors. However, it has roughly the same battery life as the previous model and no sleep tracking feature.
Among the new coolest features is the one that helps monitor noise levels, as well as the one that tracks women’s menstrual cycle. It’s great to see that the overall fitness tracking accuracy has improved, even though this is not a fitness-specific tracker.
- New and improved WatchOS 6.
- Plenty of new apps.
- Better fitness tracking accuracy.
- Always-on display eliminates the need for wrist flicking.
- Available in multiple finishes.
- Average battery life, same as its predecessor.
- It lacks sleep tracking.
The Samsung Gear Sport may not be the best overall fitness watch. But, seeing as it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, it’s a must-have for swimmers, free divers, and fishers.
What’s also cool is that this is an entirely street-ready watch, especially given its sleek design and Samsung Pay NFC compatibility. Although it has fewer premium features, it still offers some personal coaching, accurate readings, and 24/7 fitness tracking.
You may even use it to track your calorie intake with its easy-to-access menu. The watch is also compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, although it will offer more when paired with an Android device.
The feel is somewhat tight, but the strap won’t pull hairs or cause chaffing, which should be good enough in most cases.
- It can take calls and make payments.
- Resistant up to 50 meters underwater.
- Android and iOS compatibility.
- Stylish design.
- It has accurate fitness and sleep tracking.
- A limited number of apps.
- It’s not the cheapest option for swimmers.
The Fitbit Ionic is not the cheapest fitness smartwatch. However, it’s one of the most durable and reliable without a doubt. It has a large screen with excellent glare reduction, vibrant colors, easy to swap straps, and it’s also very comfortable.
This smartwatch has GPS and GLONASS technology, which is ideal if you’re an international workout fanatic. The option of having either small or large bands is also neat, as it should help accommodate users of all sizes.
Battery life is no issue, either as one full charge should last about four days. Of course, that depends on how heavy you use real-time tracking features. Due to the watch’s decent waterproofing, it can also track swims, cycling, weight workouts, and other activities.
And, if you’re looking for something durable too, know that the Fitbit Ionic can work at up to 30,000ft. Finally, it can withstand temperatures as low as 4 degrees or as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Great tracking accuracy.
- GPS/GLONASS tracking.
- Vibrant screen with minimal glare.
- Compatible with almost any device.
- Will perform in rugged environments and workout conditions.
- Slightly expensive for someone who only jogs or powerwalks.
- No scratch-free case.
Hiking smartwatches are a different breed, which is why the Suunto Core is so different from your average Apple smartwatch or Fitbit fitness tracker.
This watch comes with an accurate altimeter, a barometer, and a compass. It’s a high-tech wrist guide for adventurers, hunters, and anyone else venturing off in parts unknown. It also boasts a weather tracking feature that tracks weather patterns as well as sunrise and sunset times.
The Suunto Core benefits from GPS and GLONASS tracking technology. Along with its powerful processor, it has no problem tracking and recording elevation, descent speed, depth, and many other important metrics.
- Very accurate real-time tracking.
- Weather trend graph.
- It tracks and displays elevation, speed, depth, heading, and other things.
- Rugged build.
- It has dual time, timer, and alarm features.
- Somewhat bulky and limited in lifestyle features.
- Not the most fashionable watch.
If you use both Android and iOS devices, then you’re not left with many options when buying a smartwatch. Currently, the Fossil Gen 5 model is the best Wear OS watch in terms of features, compatibility, power, and style.
This stylish watch is one of the hottest sellers due to its impressive battery life, accurate heart rate monitoring, and activity tracking. Its compatibility with Google Assistant and the ability to take calls are hard to beat in its price range.
Another good thing about it is the waterproofing. Although not built for swimmers, the watch can handle a few laps in the pool. The speaker is not overly impressive, but the touchscreen’s readability surely is.
You should also know that this watch boasts a fast processor, 8GB of on-board storage, as well as a magnetic USB charger. The latter can give you up to 80% of a full charge in under one hour.
- Very stylish Fossil design.
- Comfortable to wear.
- It has plenty of processing power and storage.
- Good GPS tracking.
- Compatible with any smartphone.
- Slightly pricier than similar models.
- The speaker is not the best.