Smartwatches have evolved quite a lot in their shorter life span. Many would consider smartwatches as the best accessory for a smartphone, and they might be true to some extent. These watches pack in some serious hardware, and even the mid-range ones do a great job without putting a hole in your pocket. So today, we’ll try to answer the age-old question, which is the best. To be specific, which is the best smartwatch to buy in 2022.
Before we proceed further, we’d like to clarify that no single Garmin watches are on this list. Garmin and similar brands focus more on the sports and activity tracking features of their products. Their products might not be best suited for users looking for Smart features.
Which is the best smartwatch to buy in 2022
Almost every smartphone manufacturer has a line of smartwatches. Companies like Google might’ve been in a rush as they’ve skipped the entire R&D process and decided to settle on Fitbit. Samsung and Apple have been at each other’s throats when it comes to smartphones. The situation is somewhat similar between these tech giants for smartwatches as well. Other prominent players like Amazefit and Huwaei have already established themselves in the smartwatch industry.
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7 Best Smartwatches in 2022
Here are the best smartwatches you could buy in 2022. Like always, we’ll start with the latest arrivals in the game. Note that we won’t be covering the water resistance and sensors on each watch. All these watches can handle your occasional dives to a pool or a shower. As for sensors, you’re getting all the necessary health monitoring sensors, and the brands behind each watch boasts them as nothing like others.
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
- Amazfit GTR 3, GTS 3 and GTR 3 Pro
- Huawei Watch 3 Pro
- Fitbit Charge 5
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
- Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch Series 7
Apple Watch is the pioneer when it comes to smartwatches. With their rectangular design with rounded corners, these watches have set numerous records. The Series 7 is the most recent model from the Apple Watch series. It features a slightly bigger Retina LTPO OLED display compared to the last-gen Series 6. The Series 7 is available in multiple configurations, including GPS + Cellular models. These features make it one of the very few watches on this list that can function independently without the need for a smartphone.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is available in dial sizes of 45mm and 41mm. You do have the option to choose between Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Titanium as the primary build material. Like its predecessors, the Watch 7 only works with iOS. The Apple Watch Series 7 starts from $399 on the Apple Store.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4
Samsung has been making smartwatches for quite a while now. The Galaxy Watch4 is Samsung’s latest iteration of the Galaxy Watch series. The watch has a more classical circular dial which makes it feel more like a premium watch. The Watch4 is mainly available in two variants, the Galaxy Watch4 and the Galaxy Watch4 Classic. Samsung sells the Watch4 with built-in GPS and Cellular connectivity. The Watch4 starts from $249.99, and the Classic variant will set you back at around $349.99.
The Galaxy Watch4 Classic is available in 46mm and 42mm dial sizes. Galaxy Watch4, on the other hand, is available in 44mm and 40mm dial sizes. These watches are running the One UI Watch 3, a custom version of Android Wear OS. Unfortunately, the latest Watch series from Samsung won’t work with iOS, at least for now. The Galaxy Watch4 has already grabbed the attention of critics. And many are praising it as the best smartwatch you get for its price. These watches feature Samsung’s AMOLED display which remains unmatched even today.
Amazfit GTR 3, GTS 3 and GTR 3 Pro
If you’re on a tight budget, Amazfit might be the way. The brand has some great deals for under $200. But keep in mind that these watches do come with their limitations. The Amazfit GTR 3 and the GTR 3 Pro gives you a classical look with their circular dials. Amazfit GTS 3, on the other hand, comes in a rectangular form factor with its characteristic rounded corners. All three watches feature AMOLED displays that are reasonably bright for what you’re paying. The battery life on these watches is also top-notch. The GTS 3 and the GTR 3 Pro would give you around 12 days on a single charge. Whereas the GTR 3 offers typical battery life of 21 days.
However, all these watches fall short in connectivity. None of them features LTE connectivity, and things are even worse for the GTR 3 and the GTS 3. Neither of these models is getting Wi-Fi connectivity. The price does justify these shortcomings. You can get the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro for $229.99. The GTS 3 and the GTR 3 retails for $179.99 each.
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Huawei Watch 3 Pro
This one looks very much like a classic watch, thanks to its titanium strap. With its 48 mm case and the 466 x 466 pixels AMOLED display, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro does make the game harder for its competitors. The watch uses a combination of Titanium and ceramic as the primary build material. You could choose between leather or a titanium strap, both of which add a distinct look and feel to the watch. Apart from all the necessary sensors, you’re also getting a temperature sensor in the Watch 3 Pro, which is a great little detail.
You’re getting GPS, LTE, and NFC on the Watch 3 Pro. Note that NFC might not be available in some countries due to various environmental regulations. Sadly, the watch isn’t available in the US, thanks to the Huawei ban. If you’re from the UK, you could get it for £499.99. Note that the price will vary from country to country. The average battery life of the Watch 3 Pro has made it a favorite for many critics. A full charge would get you around five days.
Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 is for those who value simplicity. It’s a smartwatch in the shape and size of a fitness & health tracker. The watch features a 1.04-inch color display that keeps you updated on all the necessary parameters related to your health. However, it doesn’t come with cellular connectivity, meaning you might fall short in many instances.
A single charge on the Fitbit Charge 5 can get you through a week. Paired with Fitbit’s software, the Fitbit Charge 5 does an excellent job at monitoring your health and activities. Even we’ve lost count of the countless features and services offered by Fitbit. At just $179.95, we’d say the Fitbit Charge 5 is an entry ticket to the Fitbit ecosystem.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
This one might be the best smartwatch you could get if you’re on a tight budget. Just like an old ad from Samsung said, Good things come to those who wait. And if you’ve been waiting for a good smartwatch, this might be the right choice for you. Even though Samsung sells the Watch3 series from $399.99 onwards, we believe you could get it at much lower prices. The Watch3 comes with its iconic circular dial, and you could get it in either 45mm or 41mm dial sizes. GPS and Cellular connectivity is a bonus.
Unlike the Watch4, the Watch3 runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS 5.5. It makes the watch compatible with iOS and Android. So if you’re an Apple user and looking for a Samsung Watch, the Watch3 might be your best bet. As for storage, you’re only getting a maximum of 8gigs. Compared to the 16gigs on the Watch4, Watch3 might not be your best option to save offline media. There is no point in comparing it with the 32gigs storage on the Apple Watch Series 7.
Apple Watch SE
Many consider the Apple Watch SE an entry-level Apple watch, and they might be true to some extent. The SE is similar to Series 6 in terms of specs. However, it uses the Apple S5 chipset compared to the S6 chipset on the Series 6. It might be Apple’s way of bottlenecking a cheaper product. Critics have already started calling the new Apple Watch Series 7 a carbon copy of the Watch Series 6 due to the minor changes.
The Apple Watch SE starts from $279 and goes up with the design and features you choose. If you’re an Apple user and looking for a cheaper Apple Watch for your kid, the SE might be the right choice. Thanks to the inclusion of GPS and LTE, you can track your kid with ease.
To wrap things up
That was a long list of smartwatches. Each smartwatch in this list is best in its unique way. So it might be quite a challenge to pinpoint any one of them. However, we’d recommend that you go with Galaxy Watch3 if you’re looking for a premium smartwatch at the best price. The Apple Watch SE is an excellent entry-level Apple Watch that is best suited for kids. Even though Amazfit watches fall short on connectivity, they’re great for what you’re paying.
Saneesh VS is a Registered Nurse by Profession and Wearable Tech Enthusiast by Passion. He loves to write about fitness, smartwatches, and fitness trackers. He also loves reading books on wearable tech, technology in healthcare, artificial intelligence, etc., which he has been writing for the past 5 years.