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, a Fitbit's first smartwatch, the Ionic, on the way and plenty of devices jumping aboard the Android Wear 2.0 ship, the smartwatch crop to choose from has never been stronger.
If you're interested to see why you should opt for a Samsung device, though, and don't want to wait for this year's Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, then read on to see what's currently on offer...
The best Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Gear S3
The Gear S3 comes in two flavours, the Frontier or Classic, and both will appeal to very different watch owners.
If you want something with a more rugged, outdoor watch vibe, the Frontier is a safe bet. Although its bulky 46mm frame undeniably makes it a more masculine watch, Samsung has thrown in features such as LTE support and Wi-Fi to help this model become a standalone option.
It's a shame it can't fully embrace water, with its IP68 certified resistance only allowing you to submerge in water of up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes, but at least the Frontier can tolerate a rainstorm (or your shower) without any issues. If waterproofing is a must, you may want to wait until the 50-metre proof Gear Sport.
If you're not looking to take on the elements, the Classic model provides you with a more traditional smartwatch look.
And while both models are bigger than the predecessor, those looking for this smartwatch to be a tracking machine are in luck. Not only can both Gear S3 models offer an accelerometer, ambient light sensor and a heart rate monitor, an altimeter, barometer, speedometer and GPS are also packed in.
One of the more attractive selling points of the Gear S3 is its ability to now work with iPhones, giving you the option to mix with both worlds.
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear S3 review
Buy it if you... want an alternative to Android Wear and you like your smartwatches to be big and bold.
The next-best Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Gear S2
Not everyone will embrace the bigger design of the newer Gear S3, so what's stopping you from taking a look at its smaller sibling?
Boasting a beautiful round-faced which guns straight for the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S2 is the company's first model to feature the revered and intuitive rotating bezel.
Like its successor, 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.
Price: From $199 | 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
While the Gear Fit2 doesn't exactly fit in the smartwatch category, as it's technically a fitness tracker, this remains an option since it offers some handy smartwatch, er, smarts, runs Tizen and has access to third party apps.
So, what sets it apart? Well, the device bucks the crap-display tracker trend with a sumptuous 1.5-inch screen with an eye-popping 432 x 216, 322ppi display. On the fitness side, there's GPS built in for run tracking and an optical heart rate monitor – all for a very competitive price tag. It's not waterproof though, so if you want that you probably should wait until the Fit2 Pro.
Price: $129 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 review
Buy it if you... want a fitness tracker and a smartwatch but haven't got money for both. Sure, there are Garmin and Polar devices that tick this box too, but none with such an awesome display.
Samsung Gear Sport
Samsung's latest smartwatch is going all in on the world of fitness, on both land and sea. You've got waterproofing, you've got a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, and you've got it in a package smaller than the S3. Of course, there are changeable 20mm bands for you to switch things up should you want a new look.
Hands on: Samsung Gear Sport review
Non-sporty features include Samsung Pay, taking control of Samsung smart home devices via Samsung Connect and being able to use it as a remote control for Gear VR or PowerPoint.
This is also the first Samsung wearable running Tizen 3.0, and it also comes with 4GB of memory and a 300mAh battery that can do wireless charging. We don't have an exact price or release date yet, but you should expect it this fall for about $350.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
Here's one we've known about for a while. Like the Fit2, it also sports a 1.5-inch curved AMOLED display, which is good news because it is one of the best in the business for brightness and vibrancy. The big new feature here, however, is waterproofing up to 5ATM.
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 Speedo's Speed On swimming platform.
Hands on: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review
Most everything else is the same. You've still got GPS and GLONASS support, Tizen is still under the hood powering apps like Spotify, the Fit2's automatic exercise tracking makes a return, and there are 4GB of storage for music. Samsung also partnered up with Under Armour, which means its suite of apps, which include MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, UA Record and MapMyRun are all pre-loaded.
The Gear Fit2 Pro is available for pre-order now for $199.99 and will begin shipping 15 September.
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