The best 10 smartwatches in comparison

Which are the best smartwatches of 2020?

Best smartwatches of 2020 (1 - 5)
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Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Aluminium Case 44mm
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Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Ceramic Case 44mm
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Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Stainless Steel Case 44mm
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Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Titanium Case 44mm
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Apple Watch Series 5 GPS Aluminium Case 44mm
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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Stainless Steel 44mm
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Xiaomi Mi Watch
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Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm
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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Aluminium 44mm
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Samsung Galaxy Watch
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Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Aluminium Case 44mm
100points
Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Ceramic Case 44mm
98points
Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Stainless Steel Case 44mm
98points
Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular Titanium Case 44mm
98points
Apple Watch Series 5 GPS Aluminium Case 44mm
95points
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Stainless Steel 44mm
93points
Xiaomi Mi Watch
93points
Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm
93points
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Aluminium 44mm
91points
Samsung Galaxy Watch
90points
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Summary
Summary
  • Design (94)
  • Sensors (89)
  • Activity tracking (74)
  • Connectivity (77)
  • Battery (100)
  • Features (91)
  • Design (100)
  • Sensors (89)
  • Activity tracking (74)
  • Connectivity (77)
  • Battery (100)
  • Features (85)
  • Design (100)
  • Sensors (89)
  • Activity tracking (74)
  • Connectivity (77)
  • Battery (100)
  • Features (85)
  • Design (100)
  • Sensors (89)
  • Activity tracking (74)
  • Connectivity (77)
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  • Features (85)
  • Design (100)
  • Sensors (89)
  • Activity tracking (74)
  • Connectivity (68)
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  • Features (95)
  • Design (84)
  • Sensors (78)
  • Activity tracking (100)
  • Connectivity (94)
  • Battery (93)
  • Features (89)
  • Design (86)
  • Sensors (78)
  • Activity tracking (68)
  • Connectivity (100)
  • Battery (62)
  • Features (89)
  • Design (90)
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  • Activity tracking (74)
  • Connectivity (51)
  • Battery (60)
  • Features (100)
  • Design (84)
  • Sensors (67)
  • Activity tracking (100)
  • Connectivity (85)
  • Battery (93)
  • Features (89)
  • Design (81)
  • Sensors (67)
  • Activity tracking (95)
  • Connectivity (74)
  • Battery (84)
  • Features (74)
Pros
Pros
            • Compatible with Android
            • More battery power
            • Compatible with Android
            • Newer Bluetooth version
            • Compatible with Android
            • Compatible with Android
            • More battery power
            • More RAM memory
            • Compatible with Android
            Cons
            Cons
                      • Pulse oximeter sensor
                      • RAM
                      • Battery power
                      • Bluetooth version
                      • Wireless charging
                      • Battery life
                      • Wireless charging
                      • Automatic sync
                      • Wi-Fi connectivity
                      • Pulse oximeter sensor
                      • RAM
                      • Battery power
                      • Battery life
                      • Bluetooth version
                      • Pulse oximeter sensor
                      Design
                      Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
                      Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
                      Integrated displayThe device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
                      Integrated displayThe device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
                      Sweat resistanceResistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
                      Sweat resistanceResistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
                      Dust- and water-resistanceThe device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
                      Dust- and water-resistanceThe device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
                      Damage-resistant glassDamage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
                      Damage-resistant glassDamage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
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                      Total score for "Design"
                      Sensors
                      AccelerometerAn accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.
                      AccelerometerAn accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.
                      CompassA compass is useful for gaming, maps, and navigation software.
                      CompassA compass is useful for gaming, maps, and navigation software.
                      GPSGPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
                      GPSGPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
                      Heart rate monitorA heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.
                      Heart rate monitorA heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.
                      Pulse oximeter sensorYour blood oxygen level is a measurement how much oxygen is reaching your muscles. It is important because low levels mean that you will become easily fatigued during exercise. The more exercise you do, the better your blood oxygen levels will become.
                      Pulse oximeter sensorYour blood oxygen level is a measurement how much oxygen is reaching your muscles. It is important because low levels mean that you will become easily fatigued during exercise. The more exercise you do, the better your blood oxygen levels will become.
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                      Total score for "Sensors"
                      Activity tracking
                      Counter for calories burnedThis is useful if you are on a strict training diet or if you are trying to lose weight. It can also help to boost your motivation.
                      Counter for calories burnedThis is useful if you are on a strict training diet or if you are trying to lose weight. It can also help to boost your motivation.
                      Activity reportsYour activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.
                      Activity reportsYour activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.
                      Step countIt tracks how many steps you take throughout the day, allowing you to see how active you have been.
                      Step countIt tracks how many steps you take throughout the day, allowing you to see how active you have been.
                      Distance trackingIt tracks how far you travel.
                      Distance trackingIt tracks how far you travel.
                      Measures paceMeasuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
                      Measures paceMeasuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
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                      Total score for "Activity tracking"
                      Connectivity
                      Automatic syncThe device automatically syncs your data when in range of your computer or smartphone.
                      Automatic syncThe device automatically syncs your data when in range of your computer or smartphone.
                      Bluetooth versionBluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
                      Bluetooth versionBluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.5555554.25.154.2
                      Compatible with AndroidIt is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
                      Compatible with AndroidIt is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
                      Wireless synchronizationThe device syncs all of your data wirelessly, without the need for cables.
                      Wireless synchronizationThe device syncs all of your data wirelessly, without the need for cables.
                      Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
                      Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
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                      Total score for "Connectivity"
                      Battery
                      Rechargeable batteryThe battery can be recharged and used over again.
                      Rechargeable batteryThe battery can be recharged and used over again.
                      Wireless chargingThe manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
                      Wireless chargingThe manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
                      Battery lifeWith a longer battery life, you don’t have to worry about charging the device as often.
                      Battery lifeWith a longer battery life, you don’t have to worry about charging the device as often.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.1.2 days14 daysN.A.3 days
                      Battery level indicatorAn indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
                      Battery level indicatorAn indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
                      Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
                      Battery powerBattery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.340mAh570mAh455mAh340mAh472mAh
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                      Total score for "Battery"
                      Features
                      Call controlThe device alerts you to incoming calls on your smartphone, and allows you extra control such as muting or rejecting the call.
                      Call controlThe device alerts you to incoming calls on your smartphone, and allows you extra control such as muting or rejecting the call.
                      RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
                      RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.0.75GB1GBN.A.0.75GB1.15GB
                      Silent alarmThe device can wake you using vibration, so as not to disturb anyone else sleeping in the room.
                      Silent alarmThe device can wake you using vibration, so as not to disturb anyone else sleeping in the room.
                      Vibrating alertsVibrating alerts have a variety of uses, such as interval training.
                      Vibrating alertsVibrating alerts have a variety of uses, such as interval training.
                      NotificationsIf you get a notification such as a call or message, the device will vibrate on your wrist or make a noise to alert you.
                      NotificationsIf you get a notification such as a call or message, the device will vibrate on your wrist or make a noise to alert you.
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                      Total score for "Features"

                      How to choose the best smartwatch

                      A smartwatch can be a great companion in terms of health and wellness: depending on the model, it may remind you to stay active, give that much-needed push to keep up with the ideal daily water intake, track your sleeping patterns, and even offer relaxation exercises. Moreover, smartwatches are part of your look – and yet, it wouldn’t be financially or environmentally sustainable to have one smartwatch to fit every outfit. However, choosing a smartwatch that goes with your personal style is only part of the challenge!

                      Before buying any kind of wearable, you must make sure that it’s compatible with your smartphone and that it caters to your individual needs. But don’t feel desperate! We’re here to help you simplify your decision-making process. Here are a few things to consider before moving forward with your purchase.

                      Design and build

                      Needless to say, you should look for a smartwatch that resonates with – or perhaps enhances – your style. For the most design versatility, your best bet would be to go for a model with replaceable watch bands – and you can search for exactly that by using our filter functionality. With this same feature, you can narrow down your search to specify your preferred wristband with and screen size – critical information to observe, whether you’re looking for a bulkier smartwatch or if you prefer to wear something smaller.

                      Still considering the design of your next fitness and wellness buddy, it’s worth it to keep in mind that design goes beyond looks: it has to match the way you use your smartwatch. Do you intend to work out while wearing it? If so, a sweat-resistant wearable is a must. Now, if you want to go a step further and take your smartwatch for a swim (many models have special features for swimmers), you should opt for a product that is water-resistant and, most importantly, that it has the appropriate waterproof depth rating. Another possibility is that the display’s sturdiness is paramount for you (perhaps an outdoorsy person, or just a little clumsy), in which case you may want to consider the added protection of a damage-resistant glass display.

                      Features

                      Some might say that functionality matters more than looks, and we wouldn't disagree! When it comes to smartwatches, however, we would say that both should be taken into account together – after all, why invest in a beautiful smartwatch that lacks the features you need, or have a wearable with all your favorite functions, but never wear it? With that, after discussing design and build, let's talk about features.

                      If you're a swimmer or keen on water sports, a smartwatch that is only resistant to sweat won't cut you: you'll need a wearable that is water-resistant, and which can function at the waterproof depth that you need. However, if you're a runner who may eventually get caught in the rain, waterproof depth won't be so important, and if you're only using your smartwatch for indoor workouts, sweat resistance would be enough.

                      Smartwatches may include wonderful features such as a heart rate monitor and its own GPS, but don't take it as a given. For instance, unless your wearable has an inbuilt GPS sensor, location tracking would only work while your wearable was paired with your smartphone; this means having your phone with you, which is not ideal for all types of workout.

                      Some user-favorite smartwatch features are activity and sleep tracking reports, call control, messages, and calendar events, as well as a smart alarm that wakes you up within a timeframe, but when you're at a lighter phase of sleep (so waking up isn't as "traumatic"). Other desirable features for many are the ability to set fitness goals, be notified about achievements, have smart assistant integration, keep track of calorie and water intake, and be able to track specific sports.

                      Compatibility

                      Now comes an issue that provokes quite a lot of frustration: not every smartwatch is compatible with all types of smartphones. The reason why compatibility matters is that many of your smartwatch functionalities rely on smartphone pairing (such as receiving notifications or being able to answer calls), so you wouldn’t get much out of your wellness and fitness buddy by using it solo.

                      The Apple Watch series, for instance, only works with iPhones, so if you’re an Android user, you can already cross that off your list. However, plenty of smartwatches that run on Google’s Wear OS are iPhone-compatible as well (although the scope of available features is not always precisely the same).

                      There are three operating systems currently available for wearable devices:

                      watchOS

                      Apple joined the smartwatch game a bit later than its competitors, releasing the first Apple Watch in April 2015, but it managed to get more than half of the global market share in just a few years. watchOS, the iOS-based operating system for Apple wearables, offers several interesting features, such as Apple Pay and the SOS app, which allows you to quickly contact emergency services by pressing and holding the side button.

                      Android Wear

                      Android Wear powers a wide range of smartwatches from various manufacturers: Asus, Huawei, LG, Sony, and many others. A few select Android wearables are also compatible with Apple devices running iOS 8.2 or newer versions, but some features may be unavailable.

                      Tizen

                      Tizen is an open-source operating system based on Linux and developed for the connected mobile ecosystem. It powers a wide range of devices, from smartphones and smart TVs to smartwatches. Samsung switched from Android to Tizen in 2014, with the release of the Samsung Gear S2. Tizen smartwatches are compatible with Android phones, but they can’t be paired with iOS devices. Another drawback for Tizen, at least for now, is that the number of apps is smaller compared to Android Wear and watchOS.

                      Pairing and connectivity

                      As already mentioned, smartwatches become an extension of your smartphone when used to their full potential. They may connect to your phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi; whichever the case, once you do the initial setup, you're good to go, and your smartwatch should be able to automatically sync your data with your smartphone if this feature is available. However, an advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity on your smartwatch is that it may stay synced with your smartphone even if the Bluetooth connection is interrupted (both devices need to still be within the same Wi-Fi network range, though, as featuring cellular data is a rare smartwatch feature). Additionally, a growing number of smartwatches feature connectivity protocols such as NFC, turning your smartwatch into a digital wallet and making it an even more useful wearable tech.

                      Battery life

                      This is one of the most critical (and often overlooked) aspects of the decision-making process, especially if you intend to track your sleeping patterns with the smartwatch – after all, many of us recharge our smartphones and other devices overnight. It might be useful to take into account that smartwatches with colorful OLED displays may present increased power consumption, especially if the Always-On Display function is turned on; yet, the newer a product is, the more likely it is to have a more powerful battery, as technology keeps evolving.

                      A smartwatch’s battery life may range from less than a day to weeks; assessing this specification is a challenge both for manufacturers and for consumers, considering that battery expenditure depends on the features available, and on the ones that you use. As an example, if two individuals use the same smartwatch model for the same purposes, but only one of them is using it to track a particular activity – let’s say this person is a runner –, the runner’s battery life will consequently be shorter.

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