Best Samsung Galaxy smartwatch and fitness trackers compared

We give you the lowdown on the Samsung smartwatches to look out for
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Samsung has cemented its place as the biggest smartwatch brand after Apple, and one of the top choices for Android users.

It's been a staple of the smartwatch world since the beginning, and its line-up splits two ways: the Galaxy Watch 3 and its classic wrist-watch styling to the more sporty Galaxy Watch Active devices.

There are also a range of Galaxy Fit fitness trackers, as well.

The smartwatch market is getting pretty busy. The Huawei Watch GT2e has emerged as a serious, cheap alternative, and new Wear OS devices such as the Oppo Watch and of course the Fitbit Versa 3.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Buy now: Amazon | From $249.99

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a huge change for the Samsung brand, and hits reset on four generations of devices.

The new smartwatches move to Wear OS, although retain the traditional look and feel of Galaxy Watches via the One UI Watch 3 overlay. We'd wager most users wouldn't notice the difference, and the Watch 4 retains the bezel control, close integration with Samsung services, and features such as blood pressure monitoring, ECG and GPS.

There are two very distinct versions of the Galaxy Watch 4. The standard version (left) replaces the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Watch 4 Classic (right) retains the dress watch feel of the older Watch 3 in 42mm and 46mm options.

Google's influence is here, however. You can opt to use Google Pay over Samsung Pay and users can access the Play Store for apps, which is head-and-shoulders above the old Galaxy Store. On Google's side, it's committed to improving app quality and selection – and there's already evidence this is well underway.

The Galaxy Watch 4 is a fantastic smartwatch. Sleek with a gorgeous screen, packed full of top fitness and health features (including the new BIA sensor that tracks body composition), and comes at a decent price.

Single day battery life is a gripe, and this watch is Android only.

But Samsung and Google have hit the bullseye with this excellent smartwatch.


Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Buy now: Amazon | From $399

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 sports

Now replaced by the Galaxy Watch 4, things are even bleaker for the Galaxy Watch 3. With the move to Wear OS for the newer smartwatch, the Watch 3 is an endangered species and will only be supported with critical updates by Samsung for three years.

It comes in two sizes, a unisex 41mm available in black, silver and bronze and a larger 45mm that comes in black/silver. The 45mm also has a black titanium option.

In terms of specs you get a 1.2-inch or 1.4-inch 360x360 super AMOLED display. There's 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage for things like Spotify offline playlists.

But while it's certainly more of a formal looking smartwatch than the Galaxy Watch Active 2, it's no slouch when it comes to fitness and health. You get GPS, heart rate, automatic workout detection, ECG (which is now FDA cleared) SpO2 blood oxygen readings and blood pressure (which is only for South Korea right now).

And the Galaxy Watch 3 also brings fall detection and stress monitoring into the mix.

Prices start at $399 for the 41mm Galaxy Watch 3, and rise to $429.99 for the bigger 45mm.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Buy now: Amazon | $279

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a surprisingly quick followup to our previous pick for the best Samsung smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch Active.

It continues the streak, taking its place as the Samsung wearable we've enjoyed using the most.

But the Galaxy Watch 4 signalled the end for the Active 2, with Samsung's smartwatches now under one brand. And like the Galaxy Watch 3, it will now only be supported for three more years, as it runs the defunct Tizen OS.

But if you see it at an absurdly low deal price, there's still a lot to like: built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor, swim tracking, 24/7 fitness tracking and mindfulness features like guided breathing exercises. There's also an ECG, although it's not yet active due to regulatory systems.

It's significantly smaller than both Galaxy Watch models, featuring a gorgeous 1.2-inch 360 x 360 touchscreen Super AMOLED display. Samsung has also brought back a software solution replacing the rotating bezel you'll find on the Galaxy Watches and the more recent Samsung Gear models. Instead, you can swipe around the edge of the watch to the same effect, something the first Watch Active didn't offer.

Samsung's Tizen OS 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. You also get good fitness support, with features like automatic swim tracking and fairly reliable automatic activity detection.

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. Still, in terms of overall quality, we can't look past the Galaxy Watch Active 2 - and if you can find the first version on a cut-price deal, that makes a really good choice, too.

Wareable verdict: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

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Buy it if you want… a smaller alternative to the Galaxy Watch and Wear OS watches.

The best Samsung fitness tracker: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

Buy now: Amazon | $166.17

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.

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 2

Buy now: Amazon | $59.99

samsung gear fit 2

The newest Samsung fitness tracker is the budget-concious Fit 2, which essentially kills of the Fit e.

The Fit 2 at $99.99 is going up against Fitbit's Inspire series, though it's gone for a slimmer design and significantly more punchy 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen display.

What you're getting with the Fit 2 is a 1.1-inch AMOLED display, sitting upon a a band that's slimmer and sits more snug than its predecessor.

It has the sensors on board to count steps, monitor sleep and can keep tabs on your stress using the optical heart rate monitor.

There is also automated workout support for activities including running, elliptical and indoor rowing. While it's fit to be worn in the pool, it won't track your activity in the water.

On that AMOLED display, you can take control of your music, view notifications and send quick replies if you're an Android phone owner. You're also getting a big collection of watch faces to pick from too.

Battery life is up there with Xiaomi and Amazfit's trackers. So if you're a fan of Samsung's hardware and companion app, it's another solid option to consider.

Wareable verdict: Samsung Galaxy Fit review | Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 review

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.