The best smartwatch is more than just a way to get smartphone notifications on your wrist. The device has to be everything in one: a fitness tracker, a wallet and even a phone.
Here are the best smartwatches available for Android and iOS users
1- Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Sizes: 40mm | Battery Life (Rated): 36 hours | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: No | Mobile Payments: Samsung Pay | Compatibility: Android, iOS (works best with Galaxy phones)
The Galaxy Watch Active, which works with both Android (and to a lesser extent) iOS smartphones, has GPS and a heart rate monitor, and can automatically track your activity and sleep. It runs Samsung’s Tizen operating system, so it works with both Android and iOS devices, but there’s a limited number of apps you can install on the watch. It comes in one size—40mm—and has other such useful features as Samsung Pay, onboard music via Spotify and heart health features.
2- Apple Watch Series 3
Sizes: 38mm, 42mm | Battery Life (Rated): 18-24 hours | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: Optional | Mobile Payments: Apple Pay | Compatibility: iOS
Starting at $279, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a more affordable smartwatch option for iPhone users. It’s smaller (38mm, 42mm), but still has a heart rate monitor, GPS, 8GB of storage with offline support for Apple Music playlists, and is waterproof up to 50 meters for swim-tracking. However, it has much thicker bezels than the Series 4, and lacks that model’s ability to detect atrial fibrillation with an ECG app.
3- Fitbit Versa 2
Sizes: 39mm | Battery Life (Rated): 4 days | GPS: Only when connected to smartphone | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: No | Mobile Payments: Optional, Fitbit Pay | Compatibility: iOS, Android
Fitbit’s Versa 2 is a refined upgrade from the original Versa that adds more advanced sleep-tracking features and built-in Alexa. Like its predecessor, the Versa 2 works with both iOS and Android and costs less than $200, which makes it a great value. Fitbit added a Spotify app to the Versa 2, so you can control music playback from your wrist. However, you can’t download Spotify playlists to the watch for offline listening. The Versa 2 also lacks on-board GPS. But overall, it’s a solid smartwatch for people who don’t want to spend more than $200.
3- Garmin Vivoactive 3
Sizes: 43mm | Battery Life (Rated): Up to 7 days | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: Optional | Mobile Payments: Garmin Pay | Compatibility: iOS, Android
Garmin’s Vivoactive 3 takes Garmin’s fitness-tracking prowess, beloved by marathoners and triathletes, and puts it in a stylish smartwatch form factor. The Vivoactive 3 comes in three models, ranging in price from $250 to $280: One without many bells and whistles, one with on-board music storage and one with LTE connectivity (for Verizon customers only, and with an extra monthly data plan). The plethora of options makes it easy to pick which features matter most (and how much you want to pay).
4- Amazfit Bip
Sizes: One size, with 1.28-inch display | Battery Life (Rated): Up to 45 days | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: No | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: No | Mobile Payments: No | Compatibility: iOS, Android
This ultra-affordable device costs less than $80, yet works with iOS and Android and comes with GPS and a heart rate monitor. Other functionality is limited: You can select only from five different watch faces, and can only view, and not respond to notifications from the watch itself.
5- Apple Watch Series 4
Sizes: 40mm, 44mm | Battery Life (Rated): 18-24 hours | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: Optional | Mobile Payments: Apple Pay | Compatibility: iOS
The Apple Watch Series 4 packs a huge display and sophisticated health sensors in a stylish package that’s just a smidge bigger than its predecessor. The watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, with an option to add LTE for an extra $100. With FDA-cleared features and a faster processor, the GPS Series 4 is the best smartwatch around, but it’s pricey.