Ever since the original Samsung Galaxy Gear was
unveiled back in September 2013, we’ve seen some great
smartwatches land from the Korean company – but which Samsung smartwatch should you buy? What Samsung smartwatch is the best for you?
With Apple continuing to be a major player, Fitbit entering the smartwatch game with the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa along with the horde of Wear OS smartwatches, the crop to choose from has never been stronger.
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If you’re interested to see why you should opt for a Samsung smartwatch, though, then read on to see what’s currently on offer.
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The best Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active might not be the most feature-packed Samsung smartwatch, but it’s the one we’ve enjoyed using the most.
Natural successor to the Samsung Gear Sport, it’s all about keeping you moving, offering many of the same features as the Galaxy Watch. So you’re getting built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor, swim tracking, 24/7 fitness tracking and mindfulness features like guided breathing exercises.
It’s significantly smaller than both Galaxy Watch models, featuring a gorgeous 1.1-inch 360 x 360 touchscreen display. And one thing you won’t get is that rotating bezel you’ll find on the Galaxy Watches and the most recent Samsung Gear models.
Samsung’s Tizen OS runs the show with the company’s OneUI landing on a smartwatch for the first time. It handles notifications well, offers solid music features including Spotify offline playlist support and there’s a decent collection of high profile apps you can download from the Galaxy Store. There’s also a big new software update that is rolling out bringing features like automatic swim tracking and heart rate alerts.
With the drop down in size comes a drop in battery performance, so it’ll manage one to two days, but it’s likely to be closer to one and a half days based on our experience. But for the price, the Galaxy Watch Active offers great value for money. We should mention that it looks like a Galaxy Watch Active 2 could be arriving soon, so it’s worth keeping that in mind.
Wareable verdict: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review
Buy it if you want… a smaller (and cheaper) alternative to the Galaxy Watch and Wear OS watches
The next best Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Galaxy Watch
If you want the best that Samsung currently has to offer in a smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch is the one to go for.
The design is a blend of the Frontier and Classic S3 models. It’s also decided to go to two sizes for the first time, with 42mm and 46mm options.
Elsewhere, you’ve got a 1.3-inch (46mm) or 1.2-inch (42mm) AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360. There’s 5 ATM water certification so you can take it swimming, NFC for contactless payments, GPS and – of course – a heart rate sensor.
This is also the debut device for Tizen 4.0, which comes with a new My Day watch face that gives you a lovely overview of your day. There are also new wellness features like stress and sleep tracking. Plus, 21 new workouts for those of you who want to track the likes of lat pulldowns.
Plus, like other Samsung smartwatches, it’s still got Spotify support, offline music support with 4GB of storage and a healthy selection of apps – though not quite to the level of Wear OS or Apple Watch. There’s also a 4G model if you want that extra hit of connectivity support.
All of this is in a package that’ll last you two to three days on a single charge. Plenty for a couple of nights of sleep tracking without having to worry. You can also push to four days if you avoid certain features, like GPS. Samsung has done everything right here, and that’s why it’s a great smartwatch to consider.
Price: $259.99 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Galaxy Watch review
Buy it if you want… a classy smartwatch packed with features
Best Samsung smartwatch for battery life: Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Based on our time with all of these smartwatches, it’s the Gear S3 Frontier that served us up the most playtime before we had to reach for that charger.
The sportier, more rugged of the Gear S3 models is still crammed with features including built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor, Samsung Pay and all of those staple smartwatch skills. There’s also an LTE option if you want a more standalone experience.
The 46mm watch body means it’s not going to be a great fit for those with skinnier wrists, but if you’re all about that outdoor watch look, the Gear S3 is going to have appeal. It has a great touchscreen display and includes that rotating bezel to help navigate Samsung’s Tizen OS operating system.
Samsung has been good in offering regular software updates to the Gear S3, adding new features and optimising existing features since its launch, so it’s a smartwatch that has improved over time and should be supported for some time yet.
While it’s essentially now been replaced by the Galaxy Watch, you can still pick up the Gear S3 Frontier for a decent price from other retailers. If you don’t mind not having the latest smartwatch and can live without things like Bixby and a waterproof design, there’s still a lot to like about this big Samsung watch.
Price: $299.99| Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear S3 review
Buy it if you… want a big Samsung smartwatch that offers big battery life
The cheapest Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Gear S2
Not everyone will embrace the bigger design of the newer Gear S3 or want the active look of the Galaxy Watch Active – or they simply won’t want to spend big on a smartwatch. So what’s stopping you from taking a look at a smaller sibling?
Boasting a beautiful round-faced display that guns straight for the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S2 was the company’s first model to feature the revered and intuitive rotating bezel.
Like its successors, the range offers two variants – the standard Gear S2 and the S2 Classic – with the latter also offering a 3G model and GPS tracking. This means the device is still able to compete alongside the smartwatch heavyweights and assist you with all your fitness and activity tracking needs.
You will miss out on features like waterproofing and it doesn’t offer as much room for customisation as other models on this list. But we’re still big fans of the Gear S2, and we think you will be too.
Price: $129.99| Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear S2 review
Buy it if you… want a cheaper, smaller Samsung smartwatch, which still packs that all-important rotating bezel.
The best Samsung fitness tracker: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
While the Galaxy Fit and Fit e fitness trackers are now on the scene, they are not actually replacements for the still solid Gear Fit2 Pro.
Think of the Fit2 Pro as Samsung’s answer to the Fitbit Charge 3. You get a 1.5-inch curved AMOLED display, which is one of the best in the business for brightness and vibrancy. However, the headline act here is the waterproofing up to 5 ATM.
With swimming allowed, there are also some new abilities for swim tracking. Expect the Fit2 Pro to record lap time, lap count, and stroke type. You can also link it up to the Speedo On swimming platform.
Almost everything else is the same. You’ve still got GPS and GLONASS support, Tizen is still under the hood to power apps, the Fit2’s automatic exercise tracking makes a return, and there’s 4GB of storage for music. Samsung also partnered with Under Armour, which means its suite of apps, which include MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, UA Record and MapMyRun, are all pre-loaded.
Price: $149.99 |Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review
Buy it you want… a fitness tracker and a smartwatch but haven’t got money for both. There are Garmin and Polar devices that tick this box, too, but none with such an awesome display.
The best budget Samsung fitness tracker: Samsung Galaxy Fit
The newest Samsung fitness trackers are the Galaxy Fit (the one in the white) and the Galaxy Fit e (the one in yellow). Both are sub-$100 devices, and while we enjoyed using both, it’s the Galaxy Fit we think stands out more.
The Fit at $99.99 is going up against Fitbit’s Inspire series though it’s going a slimmer design and significantly more punchy 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen display.
In the fitness tracking department it does all the basics including step counting, distance covered and offers strong sleep monitoring features. It will track sports like running, cycling and swimming though the lack of GPS (or connected GPS) means outdoor activities are tracked using the onboard motion sensors.
There’s a decent array of smartwatch features here too with notification support and the ability to switch out watch faces. There’s no music player controls, payment features or Bixby support, but the features that are there work well.
Battery life is around the 7 day mark depending on usage. We found maxing out on all features including having the screen nice and bright still meant it hit that week target. You will have to some software quirks in the companion app, but overall it’s a solid little tracker.
Price: $99.99 |Amazon
Buy it you want… a fitness tracker that’s affordable and does the core tracking features well, with a few smartwatch features thrown in for good measure too.